Missouri is home to the creepy, the crawly and things that go bump in the night. There are plenty of haunted places around the state to satisfy your Halloween scare cravings and make you check under your bed twice. Here are five haunted places in Missouri that are sure to send a chill up your spine.
Lemp Mansion in St. Louis is considered one of the most haunted buildings in the United States. It is now a restaurant and inn, so you can dine and spend the night with the ghosts of the Lemps. America's first lager beer brewers met their untimely demise beginning with the mysterious circumstance surrounding the death of Frederick Lemp, William's favorite son and the heir apparent to the brewery presidency. Death seemed to stalk the Lemps as the family continued in tragedy with several self-inflicted mortalities. Join the hunt for paranormal activity, attend their Halloween bash and dare to stay the night.
A portion of the Rock Hollow Trail in Wildwood is said to be watched by the "shadow people." This 2.3 mile section of old railroad tracks is one of the largest American Indian mound sites; it was walked by settlers crossing the country; and it was used by the Union Army during the Civil War. The ghostly apparitions that haunt Zombie Road watch from the trees, but might step out onto the trail if a traveler is brave enough to traverse the secluded path.
Find more information at: www.PrairieGhosts.com/zombie_road
Known as the Bloodiest 47 Acres in America, this prison was once the largest prison in the U.S., housing 5,200 inmates at its peak. However, this 182-year-old prison is now far from its peak and belongs to apparitional sightings, unexplained sounds and horrifying stories. Whether the spirit belongs to a victim of the 1954 prison riot or was sentenced to death in the gas chamber, the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City is sure to make your hair stand on end.
This certified haunted castle in Springfield is steeped in history. Built as an orphanage, it was later owned by the U.S. Military. More recently, the Paranormal Task Force and the Ozark Paranormal Society have certified Pythian Castle as a haunted site. Today, it is open to visitors for tours. Investigate the 40,000 square foot castle that contains more than 50 rooms, including dungeons and a ballroom. Ghost tours and history tours are offered to those who want to catch a glimpse of ghostly former inhabitants.
Kansas City Union Station
This Kansas City train station, built in 1914, was a bustling hub of activity. In its prime, more than 200 passenger trains passed through the station on a daily basis. Union Station is still a hub of culture, education and entertainment. At night this time of year, it belongs to the supernatural. When the sun goes down the station belongs to the spirits who are still waiting for their trains. Employees tell stories of a woman in a black dress walking down the stairs after hours and apparitions of travelers with suitcases wandering the halls. The Kansas City Ghosts and Gangsters tour includes the gruesome story of the Union Station massacre and other Kansas City horror stories.
Written by Katie Caraway, former intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism