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Illinois's Confirmed Haunted Cemeteries - Ghost Sightings, Apparitions & Paranormal Phenomena Confirmed

What's scarier at night than a graveyard? One that's haunted. Across Illinois, there are numerous cemeteries that are believed to be haunted, where spirits reportedly lurk at night, and refuse to accept their grave as a final resting place. If you're feeling brave, you might want to go on a ghost tour of a local cemetery, where an expert can tell you all about the spirits that have been known to haunt your local graveyards, as well as the haunted history of the location.
 
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    It is said that a pretty girl who was killed in a hit-and-run accident while walking on Archer Avenue was left to die on the streets. Her parents ended burying her at this cemetery. Her ghost is said to remain there and people have reported seeing her spirit since the 1930s. Some say she appears like a hitchhiker asking to be driven and would disappear. She's also been sighted standing... Read More

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    Local stories say that Harriet Anne Marshall (Annie) was an accomplished violinist, and the daughter of a wealthy doctor. She became ill and died of diptheria, and her parents placed a statue of her playing the violin at her grave. Cemetery visitors have reported hearing the violin at night, although many say that vandals have broken the bow off the statue. Read More

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  •   Alton Cemetery Alton, IL
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    This cemetery is believed to be haunted by a number of ghosts. One is Lucy Haskell, a 9 year old girl who can be seen in the vicinity of the Hayner/Haskell monument. Another is a spectral woman dressed in black that appears near the Grandview mausoleum. Third is a publisher and minister, Elijah P. Lovejoy. Lovejoy was an abolitionist who was shot at a pro-slavery riot in 1837. His ghost... Read More

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  •   Ridge Cemetery Tower Hill, IL
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    This cemetery is located at Williamsburg Hill and is believed to have apparitions, eerie lights and a disappearing old man. Horse and phantom crowds have also been seed and heard around the area. The cemetery may also have been the site of sinister cult activity, one report tells the story of a three year old girl who went missing and was found walking halfway to the cemetery. She... Read More

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  • Krome Family Cemetery Collinsville, IL
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    Just off of Old Keebler Road, this small family cemetery is now hidden by trees and it is all that remains of the Krome family mansion, which burned down long ago. Locals considered it to be quite haunted. Reports say that some enterprising explorers stumbled upon leg shackles in the concrete walls of the ruined basement, which lead to speculation that the house was used as a holding... Read More

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  •   Bachelor's Grove Cemetery Midlothian, IL
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    Located on the outskirts of Chicago, this cemetery is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the region. Over the years, many have reported accounts of paranormal phenomena occurring - some go back to the 1800s. At one time the area was much like a park where you could fish and swim in an adjacent pond. Picnics would also be held under the trees. Things started to change... Read More

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  •   White Cemetery Barrington, IL
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    This cemetery is said to have glowing orbs and mist, a disappearing house and black car, and the sounds of someone walking through leaves. It has been said that photos taken of this cemetery always fail, the camera will be lost or the photos do not develop. Read More

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  •   Mount Olivet Cemetery Aurora, IL
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    This cemetery was established in the 1850's and has a very specific type of haunting. It has been reported that spectral ghosts have been seen wearing 1950's clothing and appear throughout the cemetery, only to vanish before getting a second look. Read More

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  •   Aux Sable Cemetery Minooka, IL
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    This cemetery is rumored to be haunted by a young girl's ghost who is quite mischievous. She has been known to play pranks, such as lowering electrical car windows when the key is not in the ignition. The site is also believed to be a portal from a ghostly dimension. Read More

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  •   Massock Mausoleum Spring Valley, IL
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    This mausoleum sits inside a small graveyard called the Lithuanian Liberty Cemetery. Locals tell the story of Hatchet Man, a frightening ghost who likes to guard the cemetery. The door to the mausoleum is said to stay warm, even though it has been sealed closed since the 1960's when vandals stole a skull from it. In Rosemary Ellen Guiley’s The Complete Vampire Companion, she tells about... Read More

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  •   Mount Carmel Cemetery Hillside, IL
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    Julia Buccola Petta is the ghost that is said to haunt this cemetery. One family claimed that they lost sign of their young boy so they retraced their steps to find him hand in hand with a lady wearing a white gown. When they got closer, she vanished. Al Capone is also buried at this cemetery. Read More

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  •   Graceland Cemetery Chicago, IL
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    This old cemetery is said to be haunted by the spirit of Inez Clark, a young girl who was fatally struck by lightning at a picnic when she was almost 7 years old. On her gravesite, there is a life-size statue of her enclosed in glass. It is rumored that on rainy nights the statue vanishes, and the little girl's apparition can be seen wandering around the cemetery. Read More

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    This cemetery was named after the area's first white settle, Arthur Blood, and it is known to be a hot spot for paranormal activity. Occurrences reported here are orbs, a vanishing barn, phantom vehicles and a ghost dog with glowing red eyes. A school bus accident took place at the nearby railroad bridge, which was also the location of several hangings. Ghostly children's laughter can... Read More

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    The ghosts that are said to linger this cemetery include several robed monks who wander the grounds, chanting in Latin, and a phantom horse and carriage that is presumed to date back to 1897. A dancing woman wearing white has also been spotted here. Read More

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  • Robinson Woods Chicago, IL
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    A visit to the Robinson Family Monument, particularly toward the left side of it can have you experiencing haunts. Many reportedly have seen, heard, and smelled what would indicate hauntings. Some have seen ghostly shadows, red or white orbs, ectoplasm mist, heard strange sounds, and the scent of violet and lavendar when it was the dead of winter. While it is now a forest preserve,... Read More

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  •   King Cemetery Dieterich, IL
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    This cemetery has had some vague reports of orbs and shadowy people that have been seen on the grounds. Please note: The cemetery is on private property and trespassing is not allowed without permission. Read More

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  •   Showmen's Rest Forest Park, IL
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    Showmen's Rest is a section of Woodlawn Cemetery that contains the remains from a 1918 circus-train wreck in a mass grave. Between 60 and 110 employees were killed when another train conductor fell asleep, causing the train to hit the circus-train. Since many of the victims' names were not known, a lot of the markers say things like "unidentified male," or "Baldy," or "4 Horse Driver."... Read More

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    This cemetery is older than the Civil War and is also known as Moon Creek Cemetery. It was believed to begin as a family cemetery for the early settlers Jacob Moon and his family. A well known ghost at the cemetery is that of the Hatchet Lady, a female ghost who, legend has it, often visited the cemetery to watch over her son's grave after he died during the Civil War. When she passed... Read More

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  •   Anderson Cemetery - Cemetery X Taylorville, IL
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    Stories of this cemetery say that there is a secret passage that opens up at night, when trees part and a path appears to an ancient graveyard. A phantom wolf is rumored to protect it and chade away trespassers. Please note: This cemetery is not to be confused with another Anderson Cemetery near Palmer, IL. Read More

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    A female ghost is said to reside at this cemetery. She's been seen since the 1930s by people who claim she appears as a brunette with 1920s clothes on. In many instances it would occur in the evening. She would appear at dance halls and ask for a ride home, directing drivers to Waldheim Cemetery. She would tell them she lived in the caretaker's cottage or an apartment nearby. When... Read More

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  •   Greenwood Cemetery Decature, IL
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    This cemetery was established in 1857. It is the final resting place for many Ilinois' pioneers and early leaders, but it is popularly known as haunted. Many know of the weeping Greenwood Bride and the spirits of Confederate soldiers who reside here. In addition to ghost lights being seen from the cemetery's southern border, many also say they've been confronted by the spirits of... Read More

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