Haunted Places and Attractions in Missouri
We love Missouri for many reasons: the beautiful rivers and lakes, gorgeous scenery, nature, big modern cities, bbq, great people, and one-of-a-kind sunsets. But there’s more to our great state than meets the eye: hauntings galore! Hopefully you love scary stuff as much as I do, because Missouri has plenty of it. It was hard to narrow this list down to only 10!
Lemp Mansion – One of the most haunted places in America – and definitely the most haunted in the city of St. Louis- the Lemp Mansion is a “must visit”. Riddled with a history of suspicious deaths and tragic suicides, the Lemp Family is still famous… for all the wrong reasons: drug addiction, alcoholism, mutilation, and other unspeakable activities. Take a Haunted History Tour of the Lemp Mansion, if you dare.
Missouri Governor’s Mansion – Oddly enough, many governor’s mansions across the country are haunted. Ours is no exception. Located in Jefferson City, the Governor’s Mansion is said to be haunted by the ghost of a nine year old. In 1883, the nine year-old daughter of Thomas Crittenden died of diptheria. She was once spotted in the attic by a repairman. Objects have moved; voices in the distance and sounds of a child’s laughter have been heard at the mansion as well as footsteps. FREE tours.
Hornet Spook Light – This location is actually in Oklahoma, but it can be seen from Joplin, MO right on the border, which is why it’s famous here, too. The red-orange orb travels from east to west along a four mile gravel road, long called the Devil’s Promenade by area locals. The first report of this legend dates back to 1881 reports by Native Americans. Many paranormal and scientific investigators have studied the light, including the Army Corps of Engineers, but no one has been able to provide a conclusive answer as to the origin of the light. Many explanations have been presented over the years including escaping natural gas, reflecting car lights and billboards, and will-o’-the-wisps, a luminescence created by rotting organic matter. It’s said that the orb disappears and is “scared” of large groups, so go alone if you want to see it and arrive between 10pm and midnight when the chances are said to be the greatest!
Jefferson Barracks – If you live in Missouri, particularly around St. Louis, surely you’ve heard of Jefferson Barracks. It’s a large property, housing over 40 historic military buildings dating back to the 1800s. Several versions of a story involving sentries who still patrol the property are part of the barrack’s mystery. Many cemeteries aren’t open to the public, but this one is: it’s off Telegraph Road in South St. Louis County, open daily until dusk. This IS a military cemetery, so please be respectful of the graves and property.
Old Missouri State Penitentiary – Called the “Bloodiest 47 acres”, the prison opened in 1836. Closed since 2003, it was once America’s largest prison. Practically every employee there reported strange happenings and paranormal activity. Take a Tour OR even a Ghost Hunting Class. Ever wondered what happens inside the walls of a 175+ year old prison in the dead of the night? You can even stay and find out! SPOOKY!
Epperson House – Built around 1920, it is is now a part of the University of Missouri–Kansas City. It is believed to be haunted by the ghost Harriet Evelyn Barse, adopted daughter of the original owner Uriah Epperson and his wife. She died at age 47 in the house, during the construction of the house’s large organ. Students and security personnel alike have reported seeing Barse’s apparition in an evening gown, along with strange lights and unexplained organ music.
Vaile Mansion – Built by Colonel and Mrs. Harvey Vaile in 1881, the former mistress of the home may still reside there. Reportedly, some time after Mr. Vaile built the mansion he encountered some trouble when he was accused of mail fraud and faced a trial. Sylvia Vaile, mortified over the accusations, took an overdose of morphine and killed herself in 1889. Mr. Vaile was ultimately exonerated but, alas, it was obviously too late for his wife. People claim to see Mrs. Vaile looking through the window and have seen her about the property. In addition, people believe that there is left over residual haunting and negative energy from the mansion’s later days as an asylum and also at one point a nursing home.
The Abyss – “Underground, no one can hear your screams” … that’s the terrifying message The Abyss delivers. They are called St. Louis’ only real haunted house for a good reason.
The Beast – This location houses several haunted attractions: The Beast, the Edge of Hell, and the Macabre Cinema. Each takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, so you can choose one or get a combo ticket to visit more than one. It’s not recommended for children under 12.
Phobius – These guys are open every Friday the 13th throughout the year, which is awesome! They also have an “Escape” attraction, which is known to be pretty scary.