The Trans-Allegheny Asylum is a Civil War military post turned asylum turned tourist attraction in West Virginia. Present day visitors and staff of this asylum report ghostly children, slamming doors, and disembodied screams. In 1864 the state of West Virginia opened the facility with 250 beds, promising world-class care for its patients. Unfortunately, as is too often the case, it quickly became overcrowded, at one point recording nearly 2,400 in-house patients.
In 1863, tragedy struck. Due to an increase in mental health diagnoses, the hospital was overrun by more than 500 patients. The facility was unable to keep up and conditions deteriorated rapidly. According to reports, staff crammed four to five patients in one room that was only fit for one to two patients. According to the asylum, by 1950, food shortages were common, patients were housed in freezing rooms, and the facilities were covered in grime and mold. (Charleston Gazette-Mail)
In Alabama, Huntingdon College is one of the most haunted schools in the world. There are quite a few spooky hauntings and ghost stories around campus. The two tales of the “Ladies in Red” are the most well-known ghosts on the campus. In the 1800s, the original Lady in Red tale began. This was “when the college was located in Tuskegee, where students fearfully told of an apparition that appeared as a young woman wearing a scarlet dress, usually also reported as carrying around a red parasol, and who would wander about the residence hall emanating an eerie red glow.”
The Lady in Red kept quiet and would allegedly never speak. Luckily, she was oblivious to onlookers. But her ghastly appearance was lifelike. People sometimes mistook her for a real person. But once they did, she’d vanish into thin air. Imagine seeing this woman wandering around the halls, especially in the middle of the night. No thank you! She’s known for randomly appearing and disappearing. At least she doesn’t like interacting with humans, because that could create more problems than not. We’ll deal with a ghost who keeps to herself (Journal).
One of the most haunted universities in the world dates back to 1386. Even though it dates back centuries, the hauntings mainly began immediately after Hitler’s regime. “At the university clinic, several women were made to go through forced sterilization as a part of the Nazi eugenic movement. After nightfall, those women are said to haunt the clinic where loud weeping is heard. In the year 1933 at University square, innumerable books were burned under Hitler’s order. During the anniversary of the book burning ceremony pedestrians walking along the square can smell smoke and burning leather.” This is heartbreaking to read.
There’s a lot of history buried beneath this university’s campus walls, and it comes as no surprise that there are sightings of ghosts. There’s a lot of sad history related to the campus. “Often the blackboards in the lecture halls where the two Jewish professors taught gets self-erased or have words appearing on them mysteriously.” This is creepy and is enough to make us stay far away from this campus. Let’s hope the ghosts have a sense of humor and wrote jokes on the board or the answers to the tests. That’s a ghost we’d like to keep around (Top Five Buzz).
Surrounded by hundreds of unmarked graves, Rolling Hills Asylum was originally known as the Genesee County Poor House. Established in 1827 as a working farm, it provided a place where societies’ most disadvantaged residents were called inmates. While as many as 17,000 deaths were recorded on the property, hundreds of unmarked graves suggest a higher toll. Nowadays the notorious structure stands open to the public, and visitors report seeing hulking shadows, moving objects and disembodied voices.
Located in Asia, Peking University is one of the most haunted places on the entire continent. They have a tragic history. In 1989, the university witnessed the mass slaughter of students. The students were protesting against the mistreatment of the late Communist Party General Secretary, Hu Yaobang. Previously, the students looked up to them to voice their grievances against subjects like corruption, limited career choices, and inflation.
The army gunned down thousands of students demonstrating peacefully at Tiananmen Square. They wounded and killed some of the soldiers and a few civilians.” It’s obvious this university is haunted. It’s also said that “ghosts of these enraged souls are said to haunt the square on the campus ground. Some nights, the streets and walkways come alive with mysterious human figures, angry shouts, and eerie smells.” Hopefully, the university students are used to the sightings by now, because seeing mysterious human figures in the streets after a long night of studying is not something we’d want to encounter (Top Five Buzz).
There are two ghosts at Webster University, which is why it’s one of the most haunted places in the world. “The first, who is said to have died in an industrial accident during construction, wander the lower levels at night.” That’s enough to make anyone stay far away from the lower levels in the evening time. We wouldn’t want to accidentally run into a ghost, ever. “The second, David Hitzer, was a dedicated member of the theater staff.
He worked there until his death in the mid-1970s when he fell asleep during a rehearsal and never woke up. Some who have been there late in the evening believe they have encountered him walking the catwalk, making noises, and playing with the lights.” Since many people have reported the same thing, it’s no surprise that it’s considered haunted. If we accidentally ran into this ghost, we don’t think we’d stay very long (True Title)
What makes this place one of the most haunted places in the world is the chapel with a beautiful pipe organ. The University’s founder ghost, Mary Sibley, is said to wander the halls. “Campus lore says Mary sometimes rises from her grave and walks to Sibley Hall to play her favorite hymn, “Nearer My God to Thee.”
A staff member saw an “illuminated figure” walking the length of the locked attic; a professor and organist witnessed organ pedals playing themselves; and a student caught sight of the translucent figure of a woman dressed in white standing in a dorm-room hallway.” It seems that Mary doesn’t want to leave her beloved home. At least she’s only making music and nothing else. It’s like a free, creepy concert every night (True Title).
Ghosts haunt every single building at Ohio University. This is why it’s one of the most haunted places in the world. Not only that, but the ghosts that lurk in the halls are creepy. There’s even an entire ghost basketball team. “Wilson Hall stands out among the lot and was even featured in the television series called âScariest Places on Earth. A female student who used to practice satanic rituals died horribly in one of the hostel rooms. Following her death, not a single student was able to live in that room.
This was due to unrecognizable strange voices, windows opening and shutting on their account, and ghostly figures are seen hovering here and there.” Our hearts are beating way faster after reading this. Somehow, this girl attracted evil spirits that now roam the university. Furthermore, “this forced the authorities to seal up the room. Wilson Hall is located right in the middle of five ancient cemeteries.” Stop right there. With this knowledge, why would anyone choose to study here? We don’t want a ghost to hover over us while we’re studying for exams (Top Five Buzz).
Moravian College is full of ghosts and hauntings and creepy stories that’ll make your spine tingle with fear. One of the students from Moravian College said, “last year I was at a coffee house on a Wednesday night. As most people know, there was a vending machine that gave free soda in a hallway on the second floor of the music building. I wanted to go get a drink. There is a stairwell leading down to an exit door to leave the building to the right of the vending machine. I looked down the stairwell and there was a human figure looking back up at me. It looked like a shadow and I couldn’t see any details. It was probably about my size, maybe a bit bigger.
Probably 6’2″ or somewhere around there and appeared to weigh maybe 200-some pounds. It then turned around and walked through the door to leave the building.” Imagine seeing this figure right in front of you? That’s a big ghost, bigger than we could imagine. It’s enough to make us turn around in 180-degrees and run the other way.
They said, “I was definitely freaked out and I just turned around and ran back to the coffee house. I was in a night class in room 105 in the basement of Comenius. It was probably around 8:30 p.m. and it’s a pretty small class, maybe 7-8 people. We were all just sitting there and it was really quiet and no one else was on the floor; it was just our class. In the room, there is a projector screen, the kind that you pull down, and it was already down with a PowerPoint on the screen.
Then suddenly it just flew up, like it snapped up so quickly like someone was super angry and yanked on it to make it fly up that fast. It scared us so much! The rumors are that a nurse haunts the basement of Comenius and she hates people being on her territory. Apparently, technology also goes haywire in that classroom. Screens go fuzzy, things stop working. It’s all just creepy stuff that happens to the electrical things in there.” How is anyone supposed to learn with all of this creepy stuff going on? The ghosts are smart enough to know that messing with the electrical stuff will throw the students through a loop since it’s difficult to learn without computers (Inside).
Centenary College of Louisiana is a private liberal arts college in Shreveport, Louisiana. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River. But this isn’t the only thing Centenary College is known for. It was also the scene of a grisly crime. In 1886, when the school was still known as Centenary Collegiate Institute, an 18-year-old kitchen maid named Tillie Smith was found murdered in a field behind the school. She, tragically, entrusted her safe entrance into a building after hours to the school’s janitor. But, he betrayed her trust and brutally attacked her.
Now, poor Tillie still haunts the school. Her murder was cruel and brutal; enough to anger her spirit and make her linger on campus for centuries to follow. Her purpose on earth seems as though it isn’t finished, since there are frequent sightings of her ghost wandering the school’s halls and fields, especially past dusk. The school even named a cafe after her in her honor. At the very least, her name lives on in the cafe (Weirdnj).
Two ghosts haunt this college in Australia. The Sisters of Notre Dame founded the college in the late 19th century. “Legend has it that one of the sisters was in love with a priest, but she was so overcome with guilt over the affair that she jumped from a balcony to her death. Some even say that the priest went on to kill himself as well, due to the overwhelming guilt and grief he felt in both his lover’s and unborn child’s death.” People see an apparition of a priest lurking around the school’s spiral stairway. They call these ghosts the Blue Nun and the Red Priest.
People hear the sounds of footsteps and see ghostly figures in the halls at night. Students also hear disembodied voices in the halls and stifled giggles. Lights and appliances turn on and off throughout the night. Objects move around on their own. Ghosts also throw textbooks across the floors of dorms. “A recent resident of St. Bernard’s had a particularly haunting experience. In her room, in the wee hours of the morning, about to fall asleep, she heard a crash. Turning her head, she saw that a cup had fallen to the ground, its plastic lid and straw separated on the floor. Too afraid to pick it up, she left the distinct pieces there. A seemingly mundane, yet inexplicable event that can only be attributed to paranormal happenings.” (NS Ghost Stories).
Bennington College in Vermont is full of ghosts. There have been reports of smoke-filled hallways. Doors lock and unlock spontaneously, and people report spooky images of strange figures in black hoods and robes. One of the most haunted locations on campus, however, is reported to be Jennings Music Building.
One student explains Jennings isn’t necessarily tortured “by a specific (ghost),” Bustell, who takes classes in the building almost every day, explained. “It’s really more things people can’t explain.” Things like creaking floors when nobody is there, random closing doors, and locked windows that fling open when there’s no wind. Many people believe that Jennings was actually used as inspiration as Netflix’s hit horror series, The Haunting of Hill House. (Only In Your State).
This university is one of the most haunted in the world, and for a reason different than you may think. “There was a male student who lived on the first floor of a certain dormitory building at CUHK’s New Asia College. His girlfriend lived on the floor above. To express her care for her boyfriend who was studying hard every day, the girl would hang a bowl of oxtail soup down from her window to her boyfriend. However, the two argued and since then, the boy rejected the soup. Feeling distraught, the girl eventually stopped sending soup to her lover.”
While this story may sound strange at first, it’s building up to something distressful. “Yet one evening, the boy saw the familiar bowl of oxtail soup again, dangling outside his window. Curious, the boy reached out to receive it. Alas, when he looked into the bowl, there was no soup – instead, it held the head of his now ex-lover. The heartbroken girl committed suicide in her dorm room when her boyfriend refused her.” This is heartbreaking and incredibly sad. Now, the ghost of the ex-lover roams the school, looking for her lost love (The Honey Combers).
This university has one of the most macabre stories out of all of them. In the 1800s, a horse-drawn carriage trampled a student. When crossing a specific portion of the bridge near the accident, people can hear a loud thud hit their vehicle. “When they stepped outside to check the damage, they never saw anything that would explain the sound.” That’s not the only creepy thing that happens on this campus. It’s also said that “a brother on campus often painted landscapes from the top floor. In a strange twist of fate, a gust of wind took his painting and thrust it out the window. The brother reached for it but fell out the open window to his death. Students report hearing strange noises coming from the top floor to this day.
You may even see the shutters opening and closing on their own. This happens without any wind.” If there’s no other explanation other than ghosts, then that’s the best explanation of them all. Even though it’s a treacherous fate, it’s creepy that those ghosts still haunt the school to this day. But it doesn’t stop there. “During arduous late-night rehearsals, students have reported some macabre incidents. A campus ghost story states that a suicide took place on the rafters of the building. The spirit still lingers in the building to this day. It often hangs nooses and ropes in unlikely places.” Alright, that’s enough. We’re going to avoid St. Edward’s University at all costs, because there’s no way we want to be anywhere near these types of ghosts (Only In Your State).
Ghost sightings have been reported at one of the University of Texas buildings. This happened after Littlefield built one of the campus buildings for his wife, Alice. She died in 1935 before it became a university. People hear unexplained sounds in the night. They also smell several different aromas and see strange figures wandering the buildings. Furthermore, “workers also say they heard Alice Littlefield playing the piano during late night hours. Others say items have been moved from one area to another without their knowledge.”
As we’ve seen numerous times on this list, there’s usually only one explanation when that happens. And that’s ghosts because these strange things never just happen. At least if their homework or textbooks go missing, they have an excuse for an extension on their assignments (Austin).
There’s a scary legend about this clock tower. Apparently, “students in the 1800s once led a cow into the tower in the night. Everything seemed to be going well for the late 19th-century students. They had stolen the cow and pulled off the prank without a hitch. But there was one problem, the students hadn’t planned how to get the cow down.” This is quite a sad story to read. Cows are innocent animals who don’t deserve this kind of treatment. It goes on to say, “unable to be coerced back down these stairs, it’s believed the cow was slaughtered inside the tower. Could these rickety boards have once supported the weight of a cow?
As the night wore on and the clock tower kept banging. The students made a choice. According to legend, they killed the cow. The students then carved up the slaughtered cow and took walked the pieces down the tower’s winding staircase one by one.” This is a horrific act that caused a ripple effect for years to come. The clock tower has hundreds of signatures. Ghosts from that time period haunt the tower. It’s a shame that the students put that cow in harm’s way and ended up hurting it (Insider).
Gettysburg College, founded before the Civil War in 1832, has stellar academics. It’s also one of the most haunted places in the world. Every student or faculty member has a ghost story involving something creepy. It was also named the sixth scariest place in the USA, rated by Fox News. Jon, a student at the university, said, “I took the elevator, and when it opened, there was a full working Civil War hospital in the basement, with, like, lights, people walking around working, soldiers. I swear to God I just looked at it like it was in a movie, and I just stared. The elevator door shut.”
The oldest building on campus served as a hospital for wounded soldiers. We can only assume a lot of horrible things going on in that place. Furthermore, it was quite gruesome, as a lot of soldiers were conscious of their operations. Jon’s story continues. He said, “I stood there for a minute and hit the âopen’ button, and when the doors opened, it was a regular basement. Nobody ever heard of anything like that or saw it too. I swear, though, that this happened.” There have also been reports from others of bloody patients in the basement. (Gettysburgian).