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Deeply Unsettling Haunted Playgrounds You Can Visit Right Now

Updated September 30, 2021 12k votes 2.6k voters 132.3k views14 items

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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.

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    Laughter Turns To Screams In Shelton Road Park

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    Locals say the small park on Shelton Road in Madison, AL, is home to several ghost children. At night, happy kids can be heard playing and laughing - but eventually the sounds turn to screams of terror.

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    The Spirits Of 1920s Students Haunt Desoto Grade School

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    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 Since then, children's voices have been heard laughing and playing, and apparitions of children wearing out-of-date, torn clothes have been seen on the playground.

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    Screams Sound On A Playground Built On Top Of An Insane Asylum

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    In the 1950s, Sunland Hospital was built in Orlando, FL, to treat tuberculosis patients. After a vaccine was discovered, the building became a mental hospital. It was eventually shut down for abuse of patients, neglect, a rodent infestation, and unsafe surgical conditions.

    The abandoned building was believed to be haunted, and ghost hunters broke in to experience the odd sounds and lights people claimed to see. But after a curious trespasser fell down an elevator shaft, the building was completely torn down. A playground was built on the site, and it may have inherited the ghostly activity: visitors say they've witnessed swings moving on their own and heard the sounds of children crying and screaming.

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    Swings Move By Themselves In Dead Children's Playground

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    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.

     
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