September 30, 2016

The 23 most haunted places in all of Central Florida

As Halloween gets closer and closer, things around us start turning orange and the smell of pumpkins and spices permeate the air. That's explainable. For everything that isn't, check out these 23 places that could inspire your next creepy costume.

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Ma Barker’s House
Ocklawaha, FL
Ma Barker was called “Public Enemy No. 1” at the time of her shootout with the FBI, when 1,500 rounds were shot into the house. Even though they’ve been plastered over, they’re still visible. She and her son Fred died in the house, and some say their ghosts still haunt the place.
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Ma Barker’s House
Ocklawaha, FL

Ma Barker was called “Public Enemy No. 1” at the time of her shootout with the FBI, when 1,500 rounds were shot into the house. Even though they’ve been plastered over, they’re still visible. She and her son Fred died in the house, and some say their ghosts still haunt the place.

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 Elijah Hand Building
West Pine Street, Orlando 
Ever felt like someone is watching you as you past this building on Pine Street?  Has a small object hit you in the head as you walked by? If so, then you may have felt the presence of the 19th-century undertaker Elijah Hand who kept bodies from his booming business in his upstairs furniture store. (And, bonus: It's next door to the Orlando Weekly office.)
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Elijah Hand Building
West Pine Street, Orlando

Ever felt like someone is watching you as you past this building on Pine Street? Has a small object hit you in the head as you walked by? If so, then you may have felt the presence of the 19th-century undertaker Elijah Hand who kept bodies from his booming business in his upstairs furniture store. (And, bonus: It's next door to the Orlando Weekly office.)

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The I-4 "Dead Zone"
Interstate-4, at the south end of the interstate bridge across the St. Johns River, Seminole County
According to legend, this part of I-4 was built on a Swedish settlement plagued by yellow fever. The graves, the story goes, were plowed over to build the highway. People have reported seeing pioneer ghosts standing on the road and hearing voices ask “Who’s there?” and “Why?” on truck radios. There have also been a huge number of accidents here, anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 since it opened, depending on the source.  
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The I-4 "Dead Zone"
Interstate-4, at the south end of the interstate bridge across the St. Johns River, Seminole County

According to legend, this part of I-4 was built on a Swedish settlement plagued by yellow fever. The graves, the story goes, were plowed over to build the highway. People have reported seeing pioneer ghosts standing on the road and hearing voices ask “Who’s there?” and “Why?” on truck radios. There have also been a huge number of accidents here, anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 since it opened, depending on the source.

Photo via Doug Kerr/Flickr
Cassadaga
Volusia County
Once called the “psychic center of the world”, this town is home to tons of mediums, as well as the Cassadaga Hotel. The hotel is supposedly haunted by a man named Arthur, an Irishman who stayed in Room 22. Guests have reported smelling the cigars and alcohol that he was fond of, and feeling someone tapping them on the shoulder near the room that was his.  
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Cassadaga
Volusia County

Once called the “psychic center of the world”, this town is home to tons of mediums, as well as the Cassadaga Hotel. The hotel is supposedly haunted by a man named Arthur, an Irishman who stayed in Room 22. Guests have reported smelling the cigars and alcohol that he was fond of, and feeling someone tapping them on the shoulder near the room that was his.

Photo via floridayalta/Instagram
Castillo de San Marcos
1 Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine
This Spanish was fort built in the 1600s and was never taken in battle. However, many did lose their lives here. Visitors have reported hearing the noise of boots walking in the soldiers' quarters, and a staff member once reported seeing the full indentation of a soldier's body lying on a bed.
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Castillo de San Marcos
1 Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine

This Spanish was fort built in the 1600s and was never taken in battle. However, many did lose their lives here. Visitors have reported hearing the noise of boots walking in the soldiers' quarters, and a staff member once reported seeing the full indentation of a soldier's body lying on a bed.

Photo via seanbeleele/Instagram
Apollo 1 Launch Complex 34
Cape Canaveral
In 1967 the Apollo 1 craft caught fire, killing all three men aboard. Since then, the three astronauts have been rumored to haunt the launch site. Visitors to the site have reported hearing loud screams from the launch pad, and feeling an overwhelming sense of fear and sadness. 
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Apollo 1 Launch Complex 34
Cape Canaveral

In 1967 the Apollo 1 craft caught fire, killing all three men aboard. Since then, the three astronauts have been rumored to haunt the launch site. Visitors to the site have reported hearing loud screams from the launch pad, and feeling an overwhelming sense of fear and sadness.

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New Smyrna Beach Sugar Mill Ruins
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
According to the Volusia County website, this sugar mill was once part of the Cruger-dePeyster Plantation. Built in the early 19th century, the 17-acre historic site contains the ruins of the coquina sugar factory that was raided during a war between the Seminole Indians and the United States. Seminoles are said to haunt the grounds.
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New Smyrna Beach Sugar Mill Ruins
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

According to the Volusia County website, this sugar mill was once part of the Cruger-dePeyster Plantation. Built in the early 19th century, the 17-acre historic site contains the ruins of the coquina sugar factory that was raided during a war between the Seminole Indians and the United States. Seminoles are said to haunt the grounds.

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Brewster
Southwest Polk County, FL
Originally founded in 1920 as a phosphate mining town, Brewster's mine was shut down over environmental damages and awarded to the state. Ruins of the old town can still be seen and include a smokestack.
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Brewster
Southwest Polk County, FL

Originally founded in 1920 as a phosphate mining town, Brewster's mine was shut down over environmental damages and awarded to the state. Ruins of the old town can still be seen and include a smokestack.

Photo via farrell4c/Instagram
Orange County Regional History Center
Downtown Orlando
Weird things happen here. Things move, and some blame it on the ghost of serial killer Ted Bundy, who was famously tried here for the murder of Kimberly Leach in 1980. His name is carved at the table he was sitting in. Other inmates are also reported to be roaming the buildings.
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Orange County Regional History Center
Downtown Orlando

Weird things happen here. Things move, and some blame it on the ghost of serial killer Ted Bundy, who was famously tried here for the murder of Kimberly Leach in 1980. His name is carved at the table he was sitting in. Other inmates are also reported to be roaming the buildings.

Photo via jsamps79/Instagram
Sunland Mental Hospital
Phillips Road, Tallahassee 
This children’s hospital for the mentally ill is one of the scariest local spots we've come across. Police reported that a man who was curiously seeking ghosts in this abandoned building fell three stories down an elevator shaft. It's said his ghost, and those of screaming children and lost boys, still haunt the playground where the hospital once stood. 
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Sunland Mental Hospital
Phillips Road, Tallahassee

This children’s hospital for the mentally ill is one of the scariest local spots we've come across. Police reported that a man who was curiously seeking ghosts in this abandoned building fell three stories down an elevator shaft. It's said his ghost, and those of screaming children and lost boys, still haunt the playground where the hospital once stood.

Photo via girlswithabandonmentissues/Instagram