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5 Haunted Cemeteries to Explore this Halloween

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | October 21, 2016

5 Haunted Cemeteries to Explore this Halloween

PHOTO: Howard Street Cemetery in Salem, Massachusetts. (Photo via Flickr/goodharbor

It's true that cemeteries are creepy year-round, but few attractions are as terrifying as a haunted cemetery on Halloween. Whether you're passing through before dusk or taking a group tour after nightfall, these five cemeteries are guaranteed to make your hair stand on end.

St. Louis Cemetery

PHOTO: St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. (Photo via Flickr/Jennifer Boyer

Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

Easily one of the most toured cemeteries in the world, New Orleans' St. Louis Cemetery is also one of the creepiest since most of its graves are above-ground vaults that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

Visitors to the Big Easy this fall can take a haunted tour of the cemetery with Dark Crescent Tours.

Westminster Burying Ground & Catacombs

PHOTO: Edgar Allan Poe's original grave at the Westminster Burying Ground. (Photo via Flickr/Natalie Maynor) 

Where: Baltimore, Maryland

The final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, Westminster Burying Ground is undoubtedly Baltimore's spookiest attraction this time of year.

READ MORE: 4 Ways to Experience Edgar Allan Poe in Baltimore this Fall

Established in the late 18th century, this cemetery is open to the public daily during daylight hours and private tours can be scheduled. This year's Annual Halloween Tour will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 and will feature a performance from Count Dracula on a fully restored 1882 Johnson & Son Organ.

Cemetery Hill

PHOTO: Cemetery Hill. (Photo via Flickr/lcm1863) 

Where: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

It's been more than 150 years since more than 3,000 soldiers were killed in the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. Nonetheless Cemetery Hill, where many soldiers died, still gives visitors the creeps to this day, with many reporting phantom smells and ghost sightings.

Howard Street Cemetery

PHOTO: Howard Street Cemetery. (Photo via Flickr/goodharbor) 

Where: Salem, Massachusetts

Infamous for its 1692 witch trials, Salem has long been one of the top Halloween destinations in the world.
That said, visitors should take advantage by booking a walking tour of Salem's most haunted attractions, including Howard Street Cemetary, where guests will learn about the Curse of Giles Corey, a farmer who died from torture during the Salem witch trials.

READ MORE: Ranking the Top Halloween Destinations for 2016

Stull Cemetery

PHOTO: Stull Cemetery. (Photo via Flickr/Ayleen Gaspar) 

Where: Stull, Kansas

Known as the Gates to Hell, Kansas' Stull Cemetery is rumored to have a set of hidden steps that lead directly to the netherworld. Evil forces within the cemetery are said to be the result of a nearby church where witches and occult groups would worship.

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