These are the most haunted places in the Orlando area to celebrate Halloween
This former gentlemen's club is named after one Gordon Rogers. He and his wife seem to have a soft spot for this building as their spirits have been haunting the second floor window and first floor art gallery.
Orlando has plenty of high-production, incredible haunts to celebrate the spooky season. But three decades of a demented clown in a theme park can leave people looking for something stronger.
You know, the real thing. Actual haunted places.
Lucky for these thrill seekers that the new construction sheen on nearly every corner of Central Florida doesn't keep the area from being very, very old. In ruins, historical buildings and former sites of cursed places, actual haunts are on offer for the brave and overly curious.
Take a look at some of our favorites below.
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This building is now the UCF Ying Academic Center, but was once the Carey Hand Funeral Home. The souls of the funeral home residents dont seem to be gone. Footsteps and whispers can be heard when all is quiet.
The Hamburger Mary's staff reports sightings of a little girl dressed in Victorian clothing. She has a tendency to tap on the window and wave to guests, as well as skip down the street late at night.
Before closing in 2013, the staff at this dance club refused to go into one of the refrigerators after dark claiming that they felt like they were being watched. As if the evil presence wasn't enough, furniture had a way of moving all on its own... or was it a ghost?Image via hauntedplaces.org
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Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture GardensThis museum in Winter Park features more than 200 Polasek scultures, and some of the staff believe that his spirit looms over the art. One guest took a picture of Polasek's "Stations of the Cross" and in the photo was a tear suspended on the sculpture's cheek. To this day, the staff has no idea how that got there.
Boot Hill Saloon Bikers just can't get enough of the Boot Hill Saloon in Daytona Beach. Even in death, some bikers make a pit stop at their favorite watering hole and have a riotous time. The spirits here make the jukebox play even when unplugged, hurl items across the bar and turn on the faucets in the bathroom when no one is around.
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel in Lakeland, and it's believed that his ghost still haunts the building. Apparently, the choir screen was improperly placed and an apparition of Wright can be seen in the screen. Lesson learned: don't mess with his buildings, or he definitely will come back to haunt you.
Some say that one of the former owners, Lola Pauline Smith Pritchard, still walks the halls of her 1891 home in Titusville. You don't want to go trespassing in Miss Lovie's house, but if you do find yourself inside, prepare yourself for some spooky voices, flickering lights and a grandfather clock that pings even though it's broken.
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As one of the oldest places in Orlando, this spooky cemetery houses some of Floridas most prominent residents, including Mayor Bob Carr and Joseph Bumby. Tales of children playing with flashlights and Confederate soldiers roaming the fields have been reported by those who dare to go there after dark.
Hyatt Regency Orlando
This hotel, formerly known as the Peabody, once claimed the title as the “Second Tallest Building” in Orlando. Apparently, it claimed several lives, too. After reports of suicides, the ghosts of these lost souls can are seen roaming around the hallways.
Disney's Haunted Mansion
Employees of this spooky attraction have experienced encounters with several ghosts that have found a way into this place. Between little kids running around the ballroom, a child's laughter in the stretch room and disappearing Disney workers, it's hard to tell which ghosts are projections and which are real.