Top 10 Most Haunted States in America According to Paranormal Sightings

The spooky season is upon us, and we have just the thing for you. Whether you have seen a ghost in your life or not, there’s no denying that the sense of their presence alone is enough to send chills down your spine. Here are America’s ten most haunted states and some of their most haunted locations. Have you been?

1. Texas

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Texas has several haunted places for you to visit, like The Jefferson Hotel. It is believed to be one of the most haunted hotels in America, let alone Texas. The Grove is another place in Texas thought to have over 100 years of paranormal activity. It still stands to this date, just as it did when it was built in 1861.

2. California

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Paranormal activity might not be the first thing that crosses your mind when you hear the word California. But this state has some of the most terrifying haunted places in America. 

Whether you are at the Los Coches Adobe hearing the mine workers scream, the Oakwood Cemetery in Claremont seeing small grey entities run around in the dark, or The Whaley House Museum in San Diego. The haunted places in California are terrifying enough to send chills down your spine.

3. Ohio

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From Haunted Asylums and Abandoned Hospitals to Paranormal Hotels, Ohio is a ghost hunter’s dream. In Cleveland, numerous ghosts are said to be haunting the Franklin Mansion. There have been many reported sightings of spirits in the mansion.

The Majestic Theatre in Chillicothe is another place believed to be haunted by the ghost of a woman named Elizabeth. Apart from her, other shadowy figures have also been seen around the theatre on multiple occasions. The Ohio State Reformatory is another haunted place used as a movie location for The Shawshank Redemption.

4. Michigan

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The Mackinac Island on Lake Huron is one of Michigan’s most haunted places. The people visiting the Island have reported sudden chills even in peak summer hotness. The Island has had over 100 individual ghost sightings reported, making it one of the most haunted Islands in America.

The Detroit Masonic Temple, allegedly haunted by the ghost of George D Mason, is another scary spot to visit in Michigan. A few other haunted places to visit in Michigan are The Traverse City State Hospital and The Terrace Inn.

5. Illinois

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Elmwood Cemetery, known initially as Centralia Cemetery, is believed to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in Illinois. According to locals, faint violin music can be heard in the cemetery, which comes from a statue within the graveyard.

Apart from the cemetery, a cave known as Devil’s Bake-Oven is another famous haunted spot in Illinois. The ghost of a woman wearing a white dress is often seen there. Several reports have also been of someone sobbing or shrieking near the cave.

6. Pennsylvania

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The Hill View Manor, situated in New Castle, Pennsylvania, encountered numerous paranormal activities during its operation. It served as a residence facility for the elderly and mentally ill people of the county until 2004. It is one of the main haunted sites in Pennsylvania. 

The Pennhurst State School And Hospital is another one of the haunted places in Pennsylvania. Visitors report hearing strange voices and apparitions roaming around the place.

7. Indiana

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One of the most haunted places in Indiana has got to be the Willard Library in Evansville. The ghost haunting the Library is called the “Grey Lady,” who can occasionally be seen in the building.

The Haunted Bridge in Avon is another spooky spot where you can hear a woman screaming. The Nicholson House, The Historic Hannah House, and The Story Inn are some of Indiana’s most prominent haunted places to visit.

8. New York

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You probably already know what New York’s most famous haunted place is. Yes, you guessed it right, it’s the “House of Death” in Greenwich Village. The house that still looks beautiful on the outside has a terrifying past and has taken many innocent lives.

It is one of the most well-known haunted sites in the States and has many visitors. Some other haunted spots in New York are Washington Square Park, St. Mark’s Church, and King’s Park Psychiatry Centre. Also, the Van Cortlandt House Museum sits in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. It’s a former plantation and the subject of haunted house reports.

9. Oklahoma

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Oklahoma has been home to a long list of famous haunted places. Whether it’s Belvidere Mansion in Claremore, haunted by the spirits of the Bayless family, or the Dead Woman’s Crossing in Weatherford.

There is one place that Oklahoma will always be famous for, and that is the Veteran’s Lake in Sulphur. The Lake is believed to be possessed by a lady who once drowned in it. There have been several reported sightings of a lady across the Veteran’s Lake, making it one of the most frightening Lakes in America.

10. Virginia

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You know how horror movies have such enormous haunted mansions in the middle of nowhere? Well, Virginia has the real-life depiction of that haunted house known as Major Graham’s Mansion in Whythe County.

It is one of the most haunted places in Virginia. This mansion has been a part of several television shows. The Staunton Train Depot has also had several ghost-sighting reports over the last few years. The Depot has started to gain some attention in the haunted world recently. The St. Albans Sanitarium for the mentally ill in Fairlawn is also said to be haunted.