13 REAL Haunted Places That Will Make You Cry for Mommy

Continuing this month's apropos theme of all things haunted, I bring a list of 13 of the most haunted places in the world. Paranormal activity is an international affair, and ghosts and apparitions toy with the living everywhere from California to Mumbai. This list will have some familiar names, and some places you never expected to be haunted (The White House?!), but each one comes with tale after tale of weird and terrifying experiences with the phantom world.

13. Ballygally Castle - Ballygally Bay, Ireland

Though now a newly renovated hotel, Ballygally Castle was built in 1625 by James Shaw. True to most castles in Europe, it is, of course, haunted. The most notable ghost in Ballygally is that of Lady Isobel Shaw, who was locked in a room by her husband James and starved to death. Said to be friendly, she amuses herself by knocking on doors and then disappearing. Another apparition is Madame Nixon who can be seen and heard walking around in her silk dress. When Ballygally was actually a castle it came under attack several times and many soldiers lost their lives. Consequently, their restless souls frequent the castle grounds in military uniform toying with guests, and perhaps searching for their enemies.

12. The Crescent Hotel - Eureka Springs, Arkansas, US

I admit to a guiltless plug here because I am from Arkansas and have actually stayed in this hotel. Nonetheless, this place is renowned for its possession and I have friends who can attest to its haunts. This 78-year old hotel is haunted by a number of ghosts, including Michael, an Irish stones man who worked in the hotel and took a fatal fall off the roof into an area that is now room 218. His ghost is said to still roam the halls surrounding the room. Also roaming the grounds is a gentleman in Victorian clothing who haunts the lobby, the confused ghost of Doctor Baker (who ran the facility in the 1930s when it was a hospital/health spa), and the ghost of a nurse dressed in white who wanders the entire hotel. A good friend of mine, who claims he has a knack for getting into trouble with the paranormal, swears that while he was staying in room 202 (a notably haunted room in the hotel) he saw the nurse ghost briefly when he entered his room. He also said that the nurse ghost played with the lights, touched his arm and shook the antique mirror that hung above his bed. When my mother remarried in Eureka Springs, I tried to talk her out of having the family stay in this hotel. She didn't listen but, luckily, we had a ghoul free weekend. Click here to read more history about the Crescent.

11. The Rose Hall Great House - Montego Bay, Jamaica

The Rose Hall Great House is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jamaica due in no small part to the legend of its mistress, Annie Palmer. Palmer came to Rose Hall in 1820 and was known for her gruesome treatment of slaves. Considered a Black Witch by locals, she brutally tortured slaves and killed many of them simply because she was bored by them. She is also said to have murdered three of her husbands: the first by poison, the second my stabbing and then pouring boiling oil in his ears, and the third my strangling. All of Annie's victims are said to haunt the grounds and tourists come armed with instant cameras in hopes of snapping a picture of ghosts such as the ones in the picture. There is also rumored to be secret underground tunnels on the grounds and visitors have spoke of bloodstains smeared in numerous places. It should also be noted that the included picture was taken without a flash or sun exposed windows. Find out more about the history, hauntings and personal experiences here.

10. Singapore

Ok, I know Singapore is an entire country, but I was reading about some pretty disturbing stuff that goes on around there. Considered Asia's most haunted city, Singapore is home to many locations that register high numbers in paranormal activity. Strange lights glitter through Hougang School near East Coast Beach and one ghost actually goes around slapping people at the Changi Beach House. Near the coast at Lor Halus, ghosts of the poor beg for food and money along the streets. Many years ago at the Bedok Tenant House, a ghost apparently killed a resident and now the woman is herself a screaming ghost who disturbs the residents at the Hou Gang Tenements. In the Fort Sentosa district, the Punggol White House is haunted by a whole family who committed suicide together, while headless apparitions terrorize passengers as they pass through certain MRT mass transit stations in the city. As you can see Singapore has a slew of hauntings that are ceaseless in their disturbance to the living.

Oct 25, 2006
by waN (not verified)

Singapore isn't part of

Singapore isn't part of malaysia. its a whole country by itself/

Oct 25, 2006
by Michelle
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You're right, thanks for pointing out the type...we fixed it.


Oct 27, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

I think Marblehead

I think Marblehead Massachussetts and Salem Massachussetss need to be on your list. I could swear that on cold wet nights, I see figures walking on the beach when there are none. It's happened twice and it totally freaked me out.

It may not be ghosts, but it wasn't normal humans either

Oct 31, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

The Crescent is Without Doubt....Haunted

Although I no longer live in AR, I return there and every visit must include a stay at the Crescent. The entire town is incredible. I myself have had experiences in the hotel and have several photos with orbs. I also knew someone that spent their honeymoon evening there....they checked out by 1 AM because they couldn't take it any longer. You can definitely sense something there and even friends who do not believe in spirits said they could feel something. I live in San Diego but have not yet made it to the Whaley House...but I will soon!

Nov 1, 2006
by Frank Smither (not verified)

More than half of these came from the book: The World's Most...

More than half of this list came from Jeff Belanger's book, The World's Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of Ghostvillage.com. You'd think these folks would have at least mentioned the book!

Nov 1, 2006
by Michelle
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Crediting Policy

Well, actually, if you do a bunch of research in this topic, many of these places come up again and again and again from multiple sources. In that case, we don't feel it appropriate to mention one source unless we got it from that source...or we think their expression or content is particularly noteworthy.

Thanks for your comment.

AmericanInventorSpot.com Team

Nov 1, 2006
by Seth Plattner

Crediting Policy continued

If I could also chime in about the sources for my list. Yes, many of the places on my list were featured in that book, and I will admit I looked into that book. But, as Michelle pointed out, many of the places featured Belganger's book were also quick to pop up when I was researching. I consulted many different sources for my list, researched them all and decided which ones I thought were appropriate.

I don't mean to discredit anyone, but I agree with Michelle that it would be inappropriate to give one person credit. Thanks and keep reading.


Dec 20, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

my house is haunted

i know for a fact i have atleast 4 ghost in my house because everyone in my house has seen them. we've known this for a while but they had never spoken to us before.i was recording myself singing on my phone just as i have done aton of times. except the wierd thing is. is when i played it back it was not me. it was about 17 seconds of waiting then in a faint blurred voice you can hear."who is sing" and then a couple of seconds later"who is singing" and it says it 2 more times and it was very strange.please email me back if you have a number i can call to help us figure this out.

Dec 31, 2006
by Debbie (not verified)

Ever think about putting a

Ever think about putting a cam in your house for others to watch and see what they might be able to catch? If interested please let me know.

Feb 12, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

this place sucks. put more

this place sucks. put more REAL things on it

Feb 12, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

dude. this stuff isnt

this stuff isnt real.
i have seen a lot better.

Feb 23, 2007
by THUNDERBOLTZ (not verified)

They are not ghosts but JINNS.


Feb 26, 2007
by Anonymous

This is the best hanted

This is the best hanted thing I ever seen.I bet the people hoo died there is hanting the place still.Oneday I might even go there someday.well to the people hoo craetid googel will get googles of money from the PRESIDINT OF THE U.S.A.beacase you my friends have somthing very speicial KINDNESS.                                                         YOURSTRULY        PRISCILLA.

May 14, 2007
by karla valladares (not verified)

it was really scary, about

Sealedit was really scary, about all does houses that ya gottan to show us and my family

Jun 21, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

The Myrtles Plantation,St.Franciville, LA

My husband and 11 year old son went there tonight.  They had strange experiences on the bridge. The first time they walked over my son felt "really bad vibes", once they were on the small island, the quiet night turned in to a loud, overwhelming screeching sound of frogs.  They crossed back over and the frogs seemed to settle awhile after the were away. They decided to cross the bridge again and everything was peaceful, they felt "normal" and the frogs were calm.

They then went to "CLOE'S HOUSE" and my son went up to the fence and touched it. He looked up and saw a woman that was in the window. The lady had black eye shadow, black mascara, red lipstick, and pale white skin. once they saw that, they "high-tailed " it out of there and drove home.  This was written by myself and a little help from my son, the expert ghost sighter! Real stuff. If you don't believe it you should get your butt over there and find out yourself!!!                        - Bob, Freida  and huloiu, and hannah Surprised

Jul 17, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)


i stayed at the crescent hotel and nearly died it was even on scifi=ghost hunters

Sep 14, 2007
by Lauren (not verified)

your house.

can you send me the file from your phone?

Sep 22, 2007
by Yves Marie Danie Baptiste (not verified)

re: Ghost stories

I absolutely LOVE ghost stories and watching

the movies. I think halloween is a fun holiday

and enjoy watching the festivities.

 Yves Marie Danie Baptiste


Oct 5, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Singapore Ghosts

Hey I am from Singapore. Your segment on my country contains a number of inaccuracies. For example, Sentosa is an island at the southern most tip of Singapore, while Ponggol is at the north, so what you read about the family that committed suicide cannot be placed. Also MRT passengers are not terrorised by headless ghosts. We are more worried at missing the last train of the day and having to take taxis at 50% above the normal rates.

I know it's fun to add colour to stories but you need to get your facts right. Although you are right about the part about Singapore being haunted. You just have to get the right stories. For a sampling of our ghost stories and urban legengs, check out youtube with the entry "Incredible Tales". You'll have a better idea about what goes bump in the night on this little island in Asia. Wink



Oct 10, 2007
by Jim (not verified)

No Flash ? Wait that can't be right


 In photo number 11, there is bright reflection on the laquered headboard that is supposedly a ghost, as it's claimed that there are no exposed windows and no flash equipment was used.

 But the curtain behind the headboard is completely illuminated. There has to be some sort of light source directly behind the photographer, otherwise that curtain would be in shadows.

  That's not a ghost, it's a reflection of the bright light source that's illuminating the bed.



Oct 26, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

r u from TAPS??????????????????

I dislike when people start to debunk everything. Was you there to know if there was a flash?

Oct 27, 2007
by Janice (not verified)

Crescent Hotel

You state that the Crescent Hotel is 76 years old. It was build in 1886 so that would make it 121 years old. Just wanted to clarify that.

Thank you.

Oct 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

haunted places in Arkansas

Where in Arkansas do you know that are haunted near Malvern, Benton and Little Rock any old abandones hospitals??

Oct 31, 2007
by Justin Mc Carter (not verified)

my view after readin this whole article about he haunted places.

my name is justin and i am a cusrious n a crazy fellow about readin n viewin such stuff that revolves around the places and the people bieng haunted on this planet.I am really fond of viewin these paranormal activities in real although i didn't had a chance to view such so far.But,if i'll get a chance to to take a look of them i wont mind goin for it.After,readin about these places i am eager to see them how they look in real especially the edinburgh castle n the tower of London.The intresting part is knowin that even my country's white house is also haunted.I had herad about it a long time before as well in one of the haunted series televised by Discovery Channel n i was amazed to know this fact about white house.
I really like watching the programmes based on ghosts n haunted places.My favourite series are ''MYSTERY HUNTERS & A HAUNTING'' that airs on discovery channel.I wish i get a chance to view any of the ghosts around me.Once i n ma friend dave felt a presence of some supernatural happenings around us when we both of were readin a novel about the death mystery of a woman.We used to spend a long time at the library readin that spooky,thrillin n mysterious novel n one day there were only three persons in the library i,dave n the librarian.While,we read that novel,we felt like someone always seated with us or used to disturb us and that very day,i felt the presence of a lady at my home in my bedroom while i was continuin that novel.But,that would have been a myth or some sort of fear phycosis that i developed by mistake or also there might have been a possibility that it happened in real.That time i was just 14yrs old,so i couldn't make out for such a happening but now i realize i missed a great chance of getting close to the supernatural world.I have an urge to adopt the ghost hunter profession but my mom won't let me get into it as i m her only loving son.But,my keen intrest about the haunted things won't end up easily.

Nov 3, 2007
by Justin Mc Carter (not verified)

so,what's next??

This is Justin again.Except these 13places i would like to know about some other haunted places,i request the concerned team of inventor spot to kindly update me with some information about such places at the other corners of the world.
Thanking you.

Nov 5, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

About Singapore

hey i'm from Singapore, and I would like to say that I am more disturbed by your inaccuracies about my country than your ghost stories. As far as I am concerned, there had been NO claims of headless apparitions in our MRTs. If you find Singapore a terribly haunted placein Asia, then you probably have'nt heard of Bangkok's (Thailand's capital) ghost stories.

Please get your facts right before posting non-factual statements =P.

Nov 15, 2007
by Natural Disaster! (not verified)



Nov 16, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)


i have seen a ghost and it was haedless and ghostly!
it scared the crap out off me!
He and or She was watching me over my bed while i sleep!

Nov 16, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)



Nov 19, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

i want to the very scary

i want to the very scary places that have ghost footage