With Halloween weekend quickly approaching, now seems like a great time to dive into my countdown of the top 10 creepiest towns in America. These towns and cities are all famous for various reasons unrelated to their vast history of spooky folklore, but they are all similar in that they share a rich and deep history of strange and creepy occurrences that have the potential to scare the pants off of you.
From old Civil War battlefields, to UFO sightings, to the scenes of famous murders, these towns are all places that are perfect to visit around Halloween for maximum fright. Plus, if you plan on moving to any of these cities or towns in the near future, it certainly doesn’t hurt to learn some of the history behind them first.
If you currently live in one of the cities on this list, feel free to comment below on what your spookiest experience there was. If there is a town that didn’t make this list that you think should be on it, tell us about that too, and let us know why you think it’s one of the creepiest towns in America.
- New Orleans, LA. With so much rich history here, it’s hard to pick one specific thing that stands out about the spooky lore that surrounds many of the places in New Orleans. It could be the voodoo, or haunted the above-ground cemetaries, but something about this city makes it a breeding ground for restless spirits. Be sure to visit the St. Louis Cemetary, which many people claim to be the most haunted cemetary in the world.
- Salem, MA. Home of the famous Salem witch trials in the late 17th century, this old fashioned Massachusetts town frequently holds events and reenactments related to the famous witch trials around the Halloween season and the town’s location, in eastern Massachusetts just north of Boston, makes this place the ideal setting to enjoy spooky fall weekends.
- Boston, MA. The city is steeped in American history and folklore and contains the site of many important moments in our nation’s quest for independence, including the Boston Massacre. Cemetaries where former presidents and American icons such as Paul Revere lay buried are great places to visit, as are the supposedly haunted Boston Commons. Also, the first reported UFO sighting happened in the 17th century.
- Point Pleasant, WV. The home of the Mothman legend that has spurned many creepy stories over the years, as well as the film The Mothman Prophecies. The Mothman legend still permeates here, and occassional sightings of the mysterious winged creature still occur.
- Philadelphia, PA. With old haunted prisons like the Eastern State Penitentiary that regularly feature Halloween attractions that are open to the public, as well as other famous haunted establishments like the Pennhurst Asylum, Philadelphia, and its surrounding area, is a hotbed for paranormal activity. Residents of Philly are no strangers to regular hauntings and welcome them about as much as a delicious cheesesteak on a crisp fall day.
- Roswell, NM. The site of an alleged UFO crash in the 1950s, Roswell is now home to several museums and attractions that honor its place in American folklore. There are still regular UFO sightings over the Roswell area, and throughout New Mexico, and one is forced to question the possibility that maybe something did crash there in the desert years ago, something that is being kept secret for a reason…
- Gettysburg, PA. The location of one of the bloodiest battles in American history, Gettysburg is a hotspot when it comes to paranormal activity. A place that’s rife with the ghosts of old Civil War heroes that were killed in battle, the cemetary at Gettysburg and the various other historical monuments around the area are home to many ghost sightings and other haunted happenings.
- Washington, D.C. Our nation’s capital is another hotbed for ghost sightings and the paranormal, including one spot that you would never even guess. That’s right, the White House. There have been stories for years about ghost sightings in the White House, and presidents aren’t the only ones being haunted on a regular basis. Ghost sightings have also occurred at the Capitol building as well as many other famous historical locations throughout the city.
- Los Angeles, CA. Move to Los Angeles for the constant sun and beautiful weather, but stay for the hauntings. Beyond all of the glitz and glamour that surrounds Los Angeles lies several hotspots for hauntings, including haunted hospitals, cemetaries and other places that hold the restless spirits of stars that refuse to fade out.
- Cape May, NJ. Rife with paranormal activity, the old Victorian town of Cape May on New Jersey’s southernmost point is a place where ghost fanatics would feel right at home. Besides being a beautiful and bustling summer resort town that dates back to the 18th century, Cape May is the home to dozens of haunted locations, including famous hotels, restaurants and local hangouts. Ghost sightings here are about as common as the sight of dolphins frolicking just off the coast.