Happy Halloween!! Trick or Treating in Central Ohio may be wrapping up, but there’s no reason that the spookiness needs to end now! Ohio is full of classically creepy settings: acres of empty cornfields, old church cemeteries, semi-deserted small towns, and a couple months of cloudy, dark, gloomy days every year (thanks, Lake Erie!). Wondering where scary supernatural events occur the most? Look no further! Here are the five most haunted places in Ohio:
5. Woodlawn Cemetery, Dayton Ohio
This beautiful cemetery is also an arboretum, because of the large variety of tree species there. However, trees aren’t the only things residing in this picturesque place. There are stories of a ghostly woman in a red shirt and jeans wandering among the graves. Not only that, there’s a boy and his dog who reportedly haunt the area. Visitors have also noted some spooky sobs and moans following them around the park.
4. Fudge Road Bridge in Gratis, Ohio
Fudge Road is a narrow, suffocating stretch of gravel that winds its way through rural Preble County. A steel bridge sits over Aukerman Creek, just north of the intersection of Enterprise and Fudge roads. While easy to discount as just another of Ohio’s many crybaby bridges, other things lurk in the surrounding woods that make Fudge Road Bridge really stand out. According to legend, a young mother threw her baby off the bridge and then hung herself there. Today, motorists crossing Fudge Road Bridge will hear the cries of an infant if they park their car and say “mama” three times. Stranger still, a large beast is said to lurk in the nearby woods. Troll-like, it is believed to find shelter under the bridge and growl as you pass by.
3. Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio
Kenyon College is one of the most haunted schools in the world, with more ghosts per capita than any other. The creepiest reports are of the legless spirits of students who died in a 1949 fire that killed nine people. According to Haunted Ohio by Chris Woodyard, there are no less than seven other haunted buildings on campus, including Norton Hall, Lewis Hall, Manning Hall, Caples Hall, Werthheimer Hall, Shaffer Hall, and Hill Theater. Hill Theater is thought to be haunted by the ghosts of two people who died in a drunk driving accident. Poltergeist activity has been reported in Lewis Hall, which is blamed on a student who allegedly committed suicide there. Various other ghosts are said to appear throughout campus, making Kenyon College a very haunted place!
2. Ridges Asylum in Athens, Ohio
Old asylums are always reported to be haunted because of the terrible treatment of the mentally ill in the past. This one is especially spooked, though. One of the most disturbing stories is of a patient who wandered into an unused wing of the asylum and lost her way. She wandered there for weeks before she died, and it took over a month to find her body. By the time it was removed, it had left a stain on the floor which could never be washed away. Of course, she haunts the hospital now.
1. Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio
- Construction on this haunted jail was completed in 1910. It served as a prison for petty criminals, including juveniles. Tales of the atrocities committed there are abundant, and the ghosts of both boys who were imprisoned and abused, and guards who were murdered by the inmates wander aimlessly through the halls. So so spooky.