October 13, 2016

15 Haunted Places Near St. Louis Guaranteed to Give You the Chills

The moment the calendar turns to October, the nation is suddenly obsessed with all things spooky. But while haunted houses and horror movies are a sure-fire way to spike your adrenaline, there's nothing quite like the real deal -- places that don't just manufacture horror, but have lived it. And in that department, the St. Louis area stands second to none. From theaters to mansions to locales all over the "most haunted small town in America" (we're looking at you, Alton), here are 15 haunted places for you to visit...if you dare. Sources: visitalton.com, missourighosts.net, stltoday.com.

The moment the calendar turns to October, the nation is suddenly obsessed with all things spooky. But while haunted houses and horror movies are a sure-fire way to spike your adrenaline, there's nothing quite like the real deal -- places that don't just manufacture horror, but have lived it. And in that department, the St. Louis area stands second to none.

From theaters to mansions to locales all over the "most haunted small town in America" (we're looking at you, Alton), here are 14 haunted places for you to visit...if you dare.

Sources: visitalton.com, missourighosts.net, stltoday.com.

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Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
2900 Sheridan Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63125
This national military cemetery was established all the way back in 1826, which is basically a recipe for ghost stories. The nearby Jefferson Barracks Military Post was established that same year, and ghost sightings are said to have started even before the Civil War. Photo courtesy of Flickr / christina rutz.
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
2900 Sheridan Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63125

This national military cemetery was established all the way back in 1826, which is basically a recipe for ghost stories. The nearby Jefferson Barracks Military Post was established that same year, and ghost sightings are said to have started even before the Civil War. Photo courtesy of Flickr / christina rutz.
The Seven Gates of Hell
Lebanon Road
Collinsville, IL
Get directions to the different gates here.
Yes, this legend is as morbid as the name. The "gates" are actually old bridges (most formerly used for trains) that you'll recognize by tons of graffiti. The story goes that if you drive under bridges one through seven in order after midnight, you will come to a portal to hell and "Hell Hounds" upon passing through the final gate. There are also spine-chilling tales associated with the gates, including the story of teens who were on acid and wrecked their car at one of the bridges. It's now infamously known as Acid Bridge. Photo by Scott Semko, via Instagram / airuptherevisuals.
The Seven Gates of Hell
Lebanon Road
Collinsville, IL
Get directions to the different gates here.

Yes, this legend is as morbid as the name. The "gates" are actually old bridges (most formerly used for trains) that you'll recognize by tons of graffiti. The story goes that if you drive under bridges one through seven in order after midnight, you will come to a portal to hell and "Hell Hounds" upon passing through the final gate. There are also spine-chilling tales associated with the gates, including the story of teens who were on acid and wrecked their car at one of the bridges. It's now infamously known as Acid Bridge. Photo by Scott Semko, via Instagram / airuptherevisuals.
Lemp Mansion
3322 Demenil Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-8024
Today it's a restaurant and hotel, but years ago, Lemp Mansion was home to the Lemp family, owners of the Lemp Brewery. The family faced a series of tragedy, starting with the mysterious death of one of the brewery's heirs. Over the years, this was followed by five other family deaths, four of which were suicide. Today it is said to be haunted, and you can take a tour -- or spend the night -- to see for yourself. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Paul Sableman.
Lemp Mansion
3322 Demenil Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 664-8024


Today it's a restaurant and hotel, but years ago, Lemp Mansion was home to the Lemp family, owners of the Lemp Brewery. The family faced a series of tragedy, starting with the mysterious death of one of the brewery's heirs. Over the years, this was followed by five other family deaths, four of which were suicide. Today it is said to be haunted, and you can take a tour -- or spend the night -- to see for yourself. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Paul Sableman.
Zombie Road
777 Ridge Road
Wildwood, MO
With a nickname like that, you know it has to be haunted. Officially called Rock Hollow Trail, this trail has many stories attached to it. The path has earned its reputation since its beginnings in the 1800s, when pioneers settled on what was Native American land and supposedly were attacked. Since then, reports of nearby drownings, a wealthy widow's death and various other incidents are said to have occurred -- and, of course, paranormal activity. Photo courtesy of Instagram / alicatfour.
Zombie Road
777 Ridge Road
Wildwood, MO

With a nickname like that, you know it has to be haunted. Officially called Rock Hollow Trail, this trail has many stories attached to it. The path has earned its reputation since its beginnings in the 1800s, when pioneers settled on what was Native American land and supposedly were attacked. Since then, reports of nearby drownings, a wealthy widow's death and various other incidents are said to have occurred -- and, of course, paranormal activity. Photo courtesy of Instagram / alicatfour.
The McPike Mansion
2018 Alby St. 
Alton, IL 62002
Built in 1869, the McPike Mansion holds status on the National Register of Historic Places. But until 1936, it was the home of the McPike family -- and rumor has it that the family still dwells at the house today. According to the McPike Mansion website, "It is not uncommon to find in photos of the mansion, orbs, balls of light, even figures appearing in the windows that were not seen by the human eye when the photo was taken." People also claim to have seen mysterious lights or figures in the windows. Photo courtesy of Instagram / kyliecoyotea.
The McPike Mansion
2018 Alby St.
Alton, IL 62002


Built in 1869, the McPike Mansion holds status on the National Register of Historic Places. But until 1936, it was the home of the McPike family -- and rumor has it that the family still dwells at the house today. According to the McPike Mansion website, "It is not uncommon to find in photos of the mansion, orbs, balls of light, even figures appearing in the windows that were not seen by the human eye when the photo was taken." People also claim to have seen mysterious lights or figures in the windows. Photo courtesy of Instagram / kyliecoyotea.
Loretto-Hilton Center
130 Edgar Rd. 
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 968-4925
Rumor has it that this theater on the Webster University campus is home to three different spirits. David Hitzer, a master electrician, is a favorite -- according the Post-Dispatch, he's known for roaming the catwalks and playing with the projectors and lights. He is also said to have saved people who have leaned over too far while fixing lights. Hey, we're all for friendly spirits, right? Photo courtesy of Flickr / Timothy.
Loretto-Hilton Center
130 Edgar Rd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 968-4925

Rumor has it that this theater on the Webster University campus is home to three different spirits. David Hitzer, a master electrician, is a favorite -- according the Post-Dispatch, he's known for roaming the catwalks and playing with the projectors and lights. He is also said to have saved people who have leaned over too far while fixing lights. Hey, we're all for friendly spirits, right? Photo courtesy of Flickr / Timothy.
Campbell House Museum
1508 Locust St. 
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 421-0325
One look at this historic building, and you understand why this place is considered haunted. Built in 1851, the house was owned by the Campbell family from 1854 to 1938 before it became a museum in 1943. But some stories will make you wonder if the family ever left. People tell tales of feeling strange sensations, furniture being mysteriously moved and other unexplained occurrences. You can read more about it here. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Paul Sableman.
Campbell House Museum
1508 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 421-0325

One look at this historic building, and you understand why this place is considered haunted. Built in 1851, the house was owned by the Campbell family from 1854 to 1938 before it became a museum in 1943. But some stories will make you wonder if the family ever left. People tell tales of feeling strange sensations, furniture being mysteriously moved and other unexplained occurrences. You can read more about it here. Photo courtesy of Flickr / Paul Sableman.
Powell Hall
718 N Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Powell Hall isn't just home to the St. Louis Symphony -- it's also said to be the home of a female spirit named George. She's said to dress in white tails and a top hat. Very fitting for the symphony, don't you think? Photo courtesy of Flickr / Paul Sableman.
Powell Hall
718 N Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103


Powell Hall isn't just home to the St. Louis Symphony -- it's also said to be the home of a female spirit named George. She's said to dress in white tails and a top hat. Very fitting for the symphony, don't you think? Photo courtesy of Flickr / Paul Sableman.
Alton Military Prison
Alton, IL
What started as a state prison in 1833 eventually became a prison for over 11 thousand Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. The prison had a higher than average disease and death toll. The prison was closed in 1865 and was later demolished, but you can still find a part of the wall in tact. Photo courtesy of Instagram / bstanton3.
Alton Military Prison
Alton, IL

What started as a state prison in 1833 eventually became a prison for over 11 thousand Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. The prison had a higher than average disease and death toll. The prison was closed in 1865 and was later demolished, but you can still find a part of the wall in tact. Photo courtesy of Instagram / bstanton3.
North Alton Confederate Cemetery
Alton, IL 62002
This is where over a thousand Confederate soldiers were laid to rest after dying in Union captivity. But this isn't your typical graveyard; there are no individual headstones. Instead, you'll find an ominous, 58-foot stone pillar as a memorial. Just a tad creepy... Photo courtesy of Instagram / bss212s.
North Alton Confederate Cemetery
Alton, IL 62002

This is where over a thousand Confederate soldiers were laid to rest after dying in Union captivity. But this isn't your typical graveyard; there are no individual headstones. Instead, you'll find an ominous, 58-foot stone pillar as a memorial. Just a tad creepy... Photo courtesy of Instagram / bss212s.