We’ve all heard stories about families fleeing their haunted house in search of safety in a new location nearby, but what happens when there is no such relief to be found because the whole town is haunted? This happens more often than you would think. Check out our list of some of our favorite haunted towns and pray that this doesn’t happen to yours, or even worse, that it hasn’t already and you just don’t know it yet.
1. Shepherdstown, West Virginia
An artsy scenic town, and the oldest in all of West Virginia, Shepherdstown has become riddled with paranormal activity to such an extent that the town’s small police department can’t keep up with the amount of emergency calls they receive from frightened home owners. The mystery surrounding the ghost activity within this area was so layered and intense that a whole TV series on Destination America was devoted to it.
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2. Helltown, Ohio
What can you expect from an abandoned hamlet known as Helltown other than rumors of satanic activity, murdered children, escaped mental patients on a rampage, endless ghosts, and mutated animals? In truth, Helltown was once Boston, Ohio, one of the oldest villages in Summit County. In 1974, the United States government acquired the village property and its standing structures to make way for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The transition process stalled out, however, leading to derelict homes in the forest and tales of sinister activity. As of 2016, most of the buildings were cleared away and the ground upon which Helltown once stood was absorbed into Cuyahoga Valley National Park (which is now open to the public). In either case, this one should consider a name change to HellNoTown.
3. Jerome, Arizona
This once bustling mining town didn’t earn the nickname “Ghost City” for no reason. A culmination of years of mining deaths, drug overdoses, and general depression made for fast turnaround in the population (which dipped as low as 50 people in the 1900s). Make no mistake though, the residents don’t move out, per se, they just turn to ghosts.
4. Sleepy Hollow, New York
A well-known town that mixes a healthy amount of fact with fiction, Sleepy Hollow was originally called Tarrytown, but changed its name in 1996 to cash in on some tourist money. That doesn’t mean that the whole town isn’t still completely haunted though, because it very much is. British ghost hunter Dean James Maynard spent a great deal of time investigating the area and its frequent apparitions, dubbing it “the most haunted place in the world.”
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5. Garnet Ghost Town, Montana
Our own Sasha Brown-Worsham reported on this ghost town not too long ago and gave info on how you (yes, you) can apply to work as a caretaker during the summer months. In exchange for general maintenance work, you’ll get free room and board in one of the most bleakly beautiful, and completely vacant vacation spots around. Sounds great, right? Just so long as you don’t mind all the ghosts, of which there are many.