This fall, do some ghost-busting of your own with this list of 9 spine-chilling spots that might make you might want to sleep with the light on.
Skip the corn mazes, plastic skeletons and eerie music and go right for the spots that are actually haunted… you can even spend the night in some of them.
Phoenix isn’t exactly known for holding on to its history. Rather, city officials seem to love letting developers tear down what little remains of Phoenix’s early days in favor of parking lots and high-rise condominium towers, but the ghosts of yesteryear have to go somewhere and if you’re up for exploring some of the most famous spots around the area then let’s take some time to explore the 10 most haunted places in the Phoenix area.
Casey Moore’s Oyster House
Legend has it that Casey Moore’s Oyster House was home to couple William and Mary Moeur, both of whom eventually died there. After their death, the home was used as a boarding house that reportedly doubled as a bordello.
If you’re lucky, you might see a faint glow coming from the upstairs windows, or spy the shadows of a couple (the Moeurs, perhaps) dancing.
There are also reports of dishes being rearranged overnight, things falling off the walls, and a dark-haired woman walking into the kitchen before disappearing.
The Hermosa Inn
The inn is the picture of Jazz Age glamour, so it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that some guests decided to return to the boutique hideaway, even in the afterlife. Doors close randomly, mysterious hands pat guests on the head, strange reflections of mysterious cowboys appear in mirrors, candlesticks fall over, and bottles of tequila go flying. Keep your eyes peeled for the “Lady in Pink” who has been known to walk across the bridge above the pool late at night.
Hotel San Carlos
In May of 1928, 22-year-old Leone Jensen leaped to her death from the roof of the Hotel San Carlos. Jensen came to Phoenix to marry her boyfriend, a bellhop the nearby Westward Ho hotel. When she arrived, Jensen discovered her boyfriend was having an affair with another hotel worker. She wrote a suicide note and put on her evening gown before heading to the roof and jumping off. Today, guests claim to see a woman in an evening gown on the roof, leading many to speculate that Jensen’s ghost repeats her fall nightly. Although she never speaks, she seems to be a friendly presence.
At least Jensen has company. The hotel occupies the site of Phoenix’s first school, built in 1874. Employees have seen a tearful little girl visiting hotel rooms at night, heard children laughing in empty rooms, and seen young boys playing ball in the hallways. It is suspected that the ghosts are former students of the school who died in an influenza epidemic.
The Orpheum Theatre is a gorgeous, historic gem in Phoenix, and it might be home to a few ghosts. Built in 1929, the historic theater was originally used for vaudeville acts. One of the ghosts known to frequent the theater is perhaps the original owner who died a violent death, and has been known to call out to patrons, sometimes even by name.
After the building fell into disrepair for several years, the theater was purchased by the city in 1984 and underwent a $14 million restoration. Today, it hosts off-Broadway shows, silent movie nights and international music acts.
The theater’s most loyal patron is a specter named Mattie, who can be seen wandering by the balcony during intermission. Mattie likes to touch theatergoers, interrupt performances, and even shows up in images. Little is known about why Mattie visits the theater, but most witnesses claim her clothing dates from the mid-20th century.
Pioneer Living History Museum
Just north of Phoenix, the Pioneer Living History Museum consists of 26 buildings, some restored and some relocated to the site of an old 1800’s village. The structures include a church from Globe, a farmhouse from Phoenix, an Opera House from Prescott, and many other buildings from all over the state. Several buildings on the site are rumored to be haunted.
The old schoolhouse was in use from 1880 – 1922 in Gordon Canyon. The caretaker claims he can hear children singing in the old schoolhouse has seen apparitions at the Opera House, and the attic of the Victorian House sometimes feels icy cold in the middle of the hottest summer.
Everybody loves pizza, and apparently, ghosts love pizza too. The Pizza Hut in Glendale is one of the area’s busiest, but not all of the business comes from the living. There have been reports of children talking and babies crying out of nowhere, and patrons also claimed that the faucets in the bathroom turn on and off themselves.
Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
The surrounding mountain preserve is what makes the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort so special, but according to legend, a drunk wedding guest who fell off the steep drop-off behind the ballroom now haunts the boiler room as well as the ballroom. The resort is pretty stunning, so you might find yourself distracted by the beauty of the grounds (including a gorgeous pool)… but definitely tread carefully when near the ghostly guest’s haunts.
The Rosson House was built in 1895 for Dr. Roland Lee Rosson and his family and stands on its original foundation in downtown Phoenix, now a part of Heritage Square. The Queen Anne style Victorian home changed hands many times before the city purchased it in 1974 and converted it into a museum. Visitors and employees claim to have seen ghosts lurking around the property, doors that lock by themselves and empty fireplaces that emit heat. Rumor has it the ghost is a former caretaker who was shot on the property in the 1980s.
Sahuaro Ranch Park
The Historic Sahuaro Ranch began in the 1880s, around the same time as the completion of the Arizona Canal. Rancher William Henry Bartlett controlled over 2,000 acres of farmland in Glendale, AZ and built residences for his employees, a horse barn, blacksmith shop, fruit packing shed, and many other structures amongst the fields and orchards.
Only 17 acres of the ranch remain, but the City of Glendale has preserved 13 original buildings, a rose garden, barnyard, and portions of the orchards. Lurking around the historic property are two ghosts: a woman in an old-fashioned white dress who is mostly seen disappearing around a corner, and a man dressed in black.
Whether or not you actually have any paranormal experiences while visiting Phoenix, the rich history and spooky legends found around the city are sure to terrify and delight.