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While Halloween brings out the eeriness in certain places, cemeteries can be hauntingly beautiful and spectacularly spooky year round. Each of these eight cemeteries across the United States entices visitors with their distinctive architecture, diverse inhabitants and, of course, ghost stories. They’re yours to explore as long as you’re respectful of your surroundings. Amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, check with each location on hours and accessibility before visiting.

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Bonaventure Cemetery: Savannah, GA

Built upon a former plantation, this Victorian-style cemetery was made famous by the film version of the novel, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” What makes this burial site haunting, so to speak, is its famous permanent resident. Gracie Watson was the beloved six-year-old girl daughter of a hotel manager who died of pneumonia. Gracie’s resting place is adorned with a statue of her likeness that was sculpted from a photograph of her. Her legend lives on as toys and other presents are left at her statue.

Learn more about Savannah’s history with hauntings through this ghosts and gravestones tour.

Howard Street Cemetery: Salem, MA

Salem has three cemeteries linked to the history of the Witch Trials of 1692. Among them, the Howard Street Cemetery is believed to be near where Giles Corey—a farmer who was accused of witchcraft—was taken to be pressed to death. Corey apparently refused to stand trial for this accusation, perhaps to avoid losing his property if he was convicted. His story also goes that his last words cursed the town of Salem, with some sheriffs having health issues over the years. The other two graveyards linked to this history are Charter Street Cemetery, also known as the Old Burying Point, where Giles’ wife Mary is interred; and Broad Street Cemetery, which contains the remains of George Corwin, who oversaw the arrest warrants of the accuser.

Explore more of Salem’s haunts through this guided walking tour.

Green-Wood Cemetery: Brooklyn, NY

As one of the first rural cemeteries in the United States, this grand burial place in Brooklyn once was a popular tourist attraction in the 19th century. Built in the 1860s, the Green-Wood Cemetery was said to be second only to Niagara Falls in terms of tourists visiting. At this cemetery, find not only grand granite mausoleums and marble statues, but an impressive A-list of New Yorkers laid to rest here.

You’ll find William Poole, aka “Bill The Butcher,” the notorious gang member symbolized in Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York.” Other noteworthy names include artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tammany Hall politician Boss Tweed, “The Wizard of Oz” film’s Frank Morgan, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, the namesake of the lux jewelry store. There are some sad reminders of death. The Brooklyn Theatre Fire Monument commemorates lives lost in the collapse of a burning theater in December 1876. There’s also a memorial for those who died in the crash of United Airlines Flight 826 in Brooklyn’s Park Slope in December 1960; an unmarked plot holds the remains of victims.

Tours and various events happen here often, but be sure to take the subway back into Manhattan to go on a ghost tour of Greenwich Village

Westminster Hall & Burying Ground: Baltimore, MD

Originally called the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, this 18th-century burying ground’s most famous occupant is Edgar Allen Poe.  At first, the poet, who had lived and died in Baltimore, was placed in an unmarked grave towards the back. However, a group of schoolchildren in Baltimore weren’t having it. In 1875, these kids raised money through what was known as a “Pennies for Poe” project that resulted in a monument dedicated to Poe being placed at its entrance. Along with Poe’s now marked grave, where he’s buried with his wife and mother-in-law, the grounds also hold catacombs and a number of generals and military heroes from the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Another neat fact: For years, an anonymous “Poe Toaster” would visit Poe’s grave on his birthday on January 19, raise a toast to him with a glass of cognac and leave three red roses (for him, his wife and MIL). 

Discover more about Poe and other fascinating facts about Baltimore via this popular haunted walking tour

Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum: Chicago, IL

On Chicago’s North Side, this massive cemetery holds a number of noteworthy Chicagoans but also its share of spooky stories. To start, a monk-looking statue known as “Eternal Silence” at the plot of Dexter Graves is one you might not want to take a selfie or even a snapshot of. Legend has it that anyone who does so might end up with a blurry image. But don’t look into the statue’s eyes, as the tale goes that you might see a split second of your fate. Then, the Palmer Mausoleum is featured in a funeral scene in the 1978 “Omen” sequel, “Damien.” But its most eerie piece is a glass-enclosed statue of a young girl referred to as Inez Clarke. Her alleged backstory involves her death due to being struck by lighting and her heart-broken parents having this piece made in her memory. But supposedly this plot is not really hers—instead it belongs to a young boy. 

If you’re also fascinated by Chicago’s Mob history, check out this Gangs and Ghosts tour

Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Los Angeles, CA

This Los Angeles cemetery offers much celebrity spotting, as tons of past and present legends from the stage and screen were laid to rest here. Having been around since the early days of American cinema, the cemetery’s afterlife roster reflects this history with markers for the likes of Judy Garland, Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, Chris Cornell, Mel Blanc, Mickey Rooney, and Rudolph Valentino, among countless others. There’s even a grave for the dog who played Toto in the film version of “The Wizard Of Oz.” As for Valentino, the silent film star’s grave was visited by the “Lady in Black,” a woman dressed in mourning garb. 

Along with being a crematorium and funeral home, the cemetery also holds a Dia de Los Muertos celebration and it’s the site of concerts and the beloved Cinespia outdoor summer cinema series.

Delve more into Hollywood’s haunted legacy through this walking tour or small group tour.  

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1: New Orleans, LA

New Orleans is noted for cemeteries built above ground with the dearly departed having to be interred in marble chambers above ground. Some are accessible to the public via private tours; due to COVID-19, it’s best to check their websites for confirmation. The St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is known for being New Orleans’ oldest extant cemetery, dating back to 1789. Its most well-known occupant is Marie Laveau, known as the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.” As of now, the cemetery is only open to visitation by families of the entombed. 

Other cemeteries in NOLA might also be closed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, another way to find out more about New Orleans’ haunted tales is through a walk amid its famous French Quarter

Old City Cemetery: Galveston, TX

This 200-plus year-old cemetery has an array of plain tombstones and elaborate mausoleums, plus some sad-but-true stories. Interred here are some of the victims of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, which decimated the island and swept people into the sea. Another tragic tale involves the Alberti family plot. Its matriarch was Elize Alberti, who shockingly took the lives of her children before eventually taking her own. Texas war veterans and prominent families are also buried here.

There are many themed tours for learning more about Galveston’s unnerving tales related to ghosts and the paranormal

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