Trip Ideas: Spooky Spots in Missouri
Visit haunted places around the state to satisfy your Halloween scare cravings. Get goosebumps at these frightening haunts that will be sure to have you checking under your bed twice.
Northwest
The ghosts of Liberty tell stories of battle and of nature. Learn about the ghostly construction worker; the haunted courthouse; and the doctor who tossed body parts out of the window after surgery. This tour features the business district, college and cemetery.
1325 Odd Fellows Road, Liberty MO 64068, 816-589-8502
Hours: Tours: 8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Independence has a mysterious side; that of the paranormal. We feature stories from the courthouse, town square, jail and cemeteries. Learn about the haunted doll, a ghostly mail clerk, and the haunted inn. Tours depart from the Courthouse.
113 W. Lexington, Independence MO 64050, 816-589-8502
Hours: Tours depart: 8 p.m.
Northeast
A spine-tingling, guided driving tour around one of the most haunted towns in America. Come aboard our shuttle to learn the secrets of many of Hannibal's most notoriously haunted sites.Hear stories of murder and mischief that took place during Mark Twain's boyhood days in Hannibal; meet the present-day ghosts of the mansions on Millionaire's Row; and visit other ghostly sites.
200 N. Main St., Hannibal MO 63401, 314-494-2918
Hours: April-Oct: daily, 7 p.m. / Nov-Dec, Feb-March: daily, 5 p.m.
Main Street St Charles seems to have more than its share of mysterious manifestations. Prepare to visit some of the places reporting ghostly activity. Just-glimpsed glows, unexplained noises, and flitting shadows at the edge of vision. Lights, sights, sounds and even ghostly smells.
101 South Main St., St. Charles MO 63301, 314-374-6102
Hours: Fri.- Sat,, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ~ Other times by appointment.
Southwest
Built by the Knights of Pythias as an orphanage in 1913, the structure was later owned by the U.S. Military for more than 50 years. The nearly 40,000 square feet contain more than 50 rooms, including dungeons and a ballroom. The Paranormal Task Force and the Ozark Paranormal Society have certified Pythian Castle as a haunted site. One-hour tours are offered daily. Murder mystery dinners, comedy nights, ghost tours, and other special events occur regularly.
1451 E. Pythian St., Springfield MO 65802, 417-865-1464
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Heroes from all wars are buried in the Springfield National Cemetery, including a Revolutionary War soldier and hundreds of Civil War soldiers killed during the Battle of Pea Ridge, Battle of Wilson's Creek and the Battle of Springfield. It is said that floating orbs and glowing gravestones have been photographed here.
1702 E. Seminole St., Springfield MO 65804, 417-881-9499
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Central
When this prison opened in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo was going on in Texas. Missouri's prison was 100 years old when Alcatraz started housing federal prisoners. In 1967, the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) was named the "bloodiest 47 acres in America" by Time magazine. Ghost/paranormal tours are available for all those who are brave enough to take them.
115 Lafayette St., Jefferson City MO 65101, 866-998-6998
Hours: CVB Office: Mon.- Fri., 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.