You've heard tales of haunted houses and amusement parks - but haunted playgrounds provide plenty of creepy stories as well. Playground ghost stories are made even eerier by the presence of ghostly children, who are rumored to drift through yards located at former insane asylums, abandoned schools, and even the middle of cemeteries.
Swings that move on their own. Children's laughter echoing when there are no kids present. Ghostly apparitions. All are rumored to plague these creepy playgrounds. These sites are still standing, but remember that trespassing in closed areas is not a wise decision. Besides the criminal charges you may face, these scary playground stories warn of the chilling fate that could await you at the bottom of that slide.
The Spirits Of 1920s Students Haunt Desoto Grade School
In 1925, a major tornado ripped through the town of Desoto, IL. Over 300 teachers and students hiding in the basement of Desoto Grade School were killed when the building collapsed on top of them. Since then, children's voices have been heard laughing and playing, and apparitions of children wearing out-of-date, torn clothes have been seen on the playground.
A Ghostly Child Continues To Swing In Argentina
Locals in Firmat, Argentina claim a certain playground swing is haunted. Apparently, it has been swinging by itself for five years - even when people try to stop it from moving. The swing is believed to be used by the ghost of a small child, who died nearby before the playground was built.
Phantom Bodies Hang From The Trees In Hummel Park
Hummel Park's playground in Omaha, NE, might be one of the most haunted places in the state. Many people were rumored to have been lynched there in the past, and the park served as a dumping ground for several murder victims.
Visitors have been frightened by phantom figures, floating lights, screams, and ghostly bodies hanging from trees. Several animals have reportedly been found sacrificed as well.
Swings Move By Themselves In Dead Children's Playground
Dead Children's Playground, located in the middle of Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, AL, is believed to be the most haunted place in the entire state. Some say the paranormal activity comes from restless spirits; the bodies of several abducted children were found there in the 1960s. Others claim the ghosts are those of the people buried in the graveyard.
Visitors to the playground at night have reported seeing swings move by themselves, noting dust rising as if from footsteps, and hearing children's voices. Guests also report spotting orbs of floating light, many just about the height of a child.