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Don’t miss these spooky spots in Missouri

Discover these haunted places around Missouri–these frightening haunts will be sure to have you checking under your bed twice.

Mark Twain Boyhood Home
Historic buildings in Hannibal (Credit: Missouri Division of Tourism)

Northwest

Belvoir Winery

Want to know what really happens when things go bump in the night?  Join Belvoir Winery in a five-hour night investigation of the Odd Fellows Home complex. Your investigation will be led by members of Paranormal Research Investigators (PRI). Use paranormal gear to help you find and detect spirit activity within the winery’s historic buildings.

1859 Jail, Marshal’s Home and Museum

In between the jail’s construction in 1859 and the final decommissioning in 1933, a lot happened in the limestone cells: guerilla raider William Quantrill met an angry mob upon his release from the facility; scores of women and children were detained behind bars during Order Number 11; the infamous Frank James roamed the halls of the jail. Explore the history with a walk-through tour—or, from late September through October, take the 45-minute ghost tour followed by a spooky covered wagon ride around Independence Square.

Northeast

St. Charles Ghost Tours

Main Street in St. Charles seems to have more than its share of mysterious manifestations. Prepare to visit some of the places reporting ghostly activity—just-glimpsed glows, unexplained noises, and flitting shadows at the edge of vision.

Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours

A spine-tingling guided driving tour around one of the most haunted towns in America. Come aboard our shuttle to learn the secrets of many of Hannibal’s most notoriously haunted sites.Hear stories of murder and mischief that took place during Mark Twain’s boyhood days in Hannibal, meet the present-day ghosts of the mansions on Millionaire’s Row, and visit other ghostly sites.

Southwest

Springfield National Cemetery

Heroes from all wars are buried in the Springfield National Cemetery, including a Revolutionary War soldier and hundreds of Civil War soldiers killed during the Battle of Pea Ridge, the Battle of Wilson’s Creek and the Battle of Springfield. It is said that floating orbs and glowing gravestones have been photographed here.

Pythian Castle

Built by the Knights of Pythias as an orphanage in 1913, the structure was later owned by the U.S. Military for more than 50 years. The nearly 40,000-square-foot building contains more than 50 rooms, including dungeons and a ballroom. The Paranormal Task Force and the Ozark Paranormal Society have certified Pythian Castle as a haunted site. One-hour tours are offered daily. Murder mystery dinners, comedy nights, ghost tours, and other special events occur regularly.

Central

Missouri State Penitentiary Tours

When this prison opened in 1836, the Battle of the Alamo was going on in Texas. Missouri’s prison was 100 years old when Alcatraz started housing federal prisoners. In 1967, the Missouri State Penitentiary was named the “bloodiest 47 acres in America” by Time magazine. Ghost/paranormal tours are available for all those who are brave enough to take them.