Top 10 Creepiest Haunted Graveyards In The World



Top 10 Creepiest Haunted Graveyards In The World

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Savannah Sher
You do NOT want to visit these spots at night. For this list, we'll be looking at the spookiest graveyards, along with other tombs and places of burial in the world. Our countdown includes Stull Cemetery, Highgate Cemetery, Westminster Burial Ground, and more!

Top 10 Most Haunted Graveyards

You do NOT want to visit these spots at night. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Haunted Graveyards.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the spookiest graveyards, along with other tombs and places of burial in the world.

#10: Stull Cemetery

Douglas County, Kansas, United States
This Kansas cemetery has garnered the name “The Gates of Hell,” which should tell you pretty much everything you need to know about it. The graveyard has a long history of associations with the occult, and many people began to believe the rumors swirling around it after a piece was published in the University of Kansas student newspaper in 1974 saying that the Devil visited Stull two times every year: on Halloween and during the Spring Equinox. Since then, many visitors have reported strange happenings at the cemetery, including lapses in memory from their visits. If that isn’t creepy, we don’t know what is.

#9: Glasnevin Cemetery

Dublin, Ireland
Some of Ireland’s most famous figures are buried at Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery. The site is aware that they have a reputation for being haunted, with the museum affiliated with it even offering a “Ghastly Glasnevin” exhibit. Some stories of hauntings are harrowing, but others are simply heartbreaking. One of the legends associated with Glasnevin is that there’s a ghost of a dog who stayed by the tomb of his master, Captain John McNeill Boyd, and died of starvation. Now he continues to haunt the area. We’re not crying, you’re crying!

#8: Rookwood Cemetery

Sydney, Australia
You don’t necessarily think of creepy things happening in the land down under, but Australia is home to more haunts than you would think. In particular, Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney is notable because more than a million people are buried there. Odds are, at least a few of them have to be ghosts with those kinds of numbers! But the reason people associate Rookwood with the ghost realm is that two spiritualists, the Davenport Brothers, are interred there and are said to act as a link between the world of the living and the world of the dead.

#7: Colonial Park Cemetery

Savannah, Georgia, United States
Savannah, Georgia is known for being one of the most haunted cities in America, and it’s a reputation that is totally justified. The city is home to many notable and historic cemeteries, all of which have their own stories of hauntings, but Colonial Park is the most renowned. In the early 1800s, many residents of the city fell victim to the yellow fever epidemic and were buried in mass graves at Colonial. Over the years, when space ran out, plots were moved around and many bodies were exhumed and transferred to other locations. The dead do NOT like to be displaced, so it’s no surprise that they stick around to haunt the place.

#6: La Recoleta

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Some graveyards are said to be generally haunted by spirits, and others have more specific stories associated with them. La Recoleta in Buenos Aires is one of the latter, with a legend telling the story of Rufina Cambacérès, a young girl who was purportedly buried alive at the turn of the 20th century. Days after her funeral, an employee allegedly noticed something amiss at her gravesite, and eventually found scratch marks inside her coffin. The intricate tomb that is now there was apparently commissioned by her parents to commemorate what happened to her.

#5: Highgate Cemetery

London, United Kingdom
Considering London’s long and storied history, it makes sense that there are so many locations in the city that are associated with the spirit world. Highgate Cemetery is the burying place of many noted figures, including Karl Marx and members of the Dickens family. But the graveyard isn’t said to be haunted by the ghost of communism, but rather by a spectral being known as the Highgate Vampire. There have been many sightings of a seven-foot-tall figure with unsettlingly hypnotizing eyes and that’s enough for us to never visit after dark.

#4: Resurrection Cemetery

Chicago, Illinois, United States
Known as Chicago’s most famous ghost, “Resurrection Mary” has a reputation that has lasted for decades. Beginning in the 1930s, reports were made of men picking up a strange female hitchhiker near the Willowbrook Ballroom and Resurrection Cemetery. The young woman reportedly wears a white dress and is strangely silent, always asking to be dropped off at the cemetery. Of course, as the story goes, this is a figure who was actually killed along that stretch of road many years ago. Ghost hunter Richard Crowe asserts that he is aware of dozens of reputable stories of sightings of Mary.

#3: Valley of the Kings

Luxor, Egypt
The world has long been fascinated with the burial practices of the ancient Egyptians, and of course, many eerie tales associated with them have followed. The Valley of the Kings in Luxor was long used as a burial site for prominent Egyptians, who were said to put curses on their tombs in order to keep potential grave robbers at bay. The tomb of Tutankhamun, better known as King Tut, is particularly associated with strange happenings, with many deaths being attributed to the area because of the “mummy’s curse,” which is said to strike down anyone who disturbs his tomb.

#2: Westminster Burial Ground

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
You probably will not be surprised to learn that the cemetery where Edgar Allan Poe is buried is totally haunted. The Westminster Burial Ground, which is sometimes referred to as the “Old Western Burial Ground,” is home to many famous Americans, though Poe is the most prominent. Though there are many tales of eerie happenings in this spot, one of the most terrifying is the story of the Skull of Cambridge, which is allegedly the skull of a long-dead minister which occasionally screams unendingly despite being surrounded with cement. We’ll pass on visiting thanks!

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 - New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Famous for the Tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau

St. Omer Cemetery Witch Grave - Ashmore, Illinois, United States
Ghost Town Cemeteries Are Scarier Than Most

Cemetery Hill - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
The Battle of Gettysburg Caused This to Be One of America's Most Haunted Places

Howard Street Cemetery - Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Haunted by Accused Warlock Giles Corey

Wildwood Cemetery and Crematorium - Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States
Known for Its Mix of Good and Evil Spirits

#1: Greyfriars Kirkyard

Edinburgh, Scotland
Some ghosts are innocuous or even friendly, but the ghost of Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, who is interred at Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, is said to be anything but. His place of burial is referred to as Bloody MacKenzie's Tomb and there have long been stories of a physically violent poltergeist residing there. It doesn’t help that the tomb has been broken into and vandalized many times over the years, with one instance of two teens actually removing the skull from a corpse and playing with it. We’d probably be violent if someone did that to us!