A creepy look at some of the frightfully haunted places & buildings in Atlanta
If you’re looking for all tricks and no treats this spooky season, then this list of creepy places is for you! Atlanta has such a rich and influential history, that many of its residents decided to stick around once they passed on. From our oldest cemetery to dining with ghosts, get in the mood for Halloween at one of these haunted places in the ATL.
1. Fox Theatre
Some may say that it’s too predictable to label a building haunted based on its age. Producing stellar shows since 1929, millions of people have passed through the doors of Atlanta’s iconic Fox Theatre. Needless to say, there’s been many sightings and intriguing stories that’ve come to the surface, all conspiring that the Fox Theatre isn’t all what it seems to be. The theatre provides creepy tours of the building this time of year, focusing on the all of the spooky happenings that’ve happened. For more information, click here.
2. Bulloch Hall
Bulloch Hall is a Greek Revival mansion in Roswell, Georgia, built in 1839. It was created by the enslaved men of Maj. James Stephens Bulloch. However, many people are convinced that the house is haunted by a teenaged enslaved girl whose body was found in the property’s well. Those who’ve felt her presence claimed that the light switches itself off and on. And that’s just the start of the many ooky-spooky things that’ve happened at Bulloch Hall.
3. Oakland Cemetery
From urban legends to unbeatable history, Oakland Cemetery is the perfect place to visit this Halloween. Especially because their providing tours of the ground! Spirit of Oakland Halloween tour is a fall tradition for many Atlantans, as the stories of the cemetery’s notable and notorious residents are brought to life. It’s good to know that this specific tour is designed to enlighten and not frighten. There’s even musical performances, as the costumed guide walks you through the cemetery’s beautifully lit Victorian Gardens.
4. The Ellis Hotel
Every ghost-hunter needs to stay the night at a haunted hotel. Although you wouldn’t think it while exploring this gorgeous boutique hotel in the heart of Downtown Atlanta. The hotel is formerly known as The Winecoff, the site had one of the deadliest hotel fires in U.S. history. Tragically, 119 people lost their lives at the “fireproof” hotel back in 1946. Many guests and members of staff have claimed that they’ve witnessed sightings of unusual silhouettes, and have smelt a mysterious smoke without a physical fire. There’s even been instances when the fire alarm goes off at around 2:45, the exact same time of the fire.
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5. The Historic Green Manor Restaurant
This 19th century farm and the grand home nestled on the grounds is now a sophisticated dining room with traditional Southern dishes and a beloved Sunday brunch. However, throughout the years, staff have reported sightings of ghosts and ghouls within its walls, including a woman who haunts the porch. Saying that, you should definitely forget about all this to check out their buffet-style brunch!
6. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
It’s probably not a shock to you that a battleground where several Civil War battles happened from June 19, 1864, until July 2, 1864. Many locals and ghost hunters have reported paranormal activity at the gorgeous yet sinister park. Sightings include a troop of soldiers, who’ve also caused creepy havoc at some of the nearby houses, including moving objects and weird shadows.
7. Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse
Of course, theatres are known for being haunted places. However, this is Atlanta’s second theatre that’s home to a ghost (or five). Visitors and staff have reported hearing unusual voices, seeing shadowy figures and light, and even witnessing actual ghosts! A former actress is said to haunt the women’s dressing room, and there’s a little boy who’s spotted playing around the building.