BUFFALO, NY (CW23) - While there are haunted houses popping up all over western new york this time of year, there are actually plenty of real haunted places in the area.
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, there are certain locations that seem to have a significant amount of ghostly folklore surrounding them.
In the Richardson Psych Center just outside the Buffalo State College campus, people claim to see figures of patients once held in the center, roaming the halls. Various ghost hunting groups have come to this building and claimed to have found paranormal activity. This site is a national historic landmark, so could it be the history of the place overwhelms its visitors, or are there truly tormented spirits inside?
College campuses seem to be a source for ghost stories around town. Daemen College's Curtis Hall is allegedly haunted by two brothers who once lived in the building. Christ the King Chapel on the Canisius College campus is said to be the home to a spirit of an old man. Are these the musings of particularly creative students, or is something otherworldly at large?
North of the City on Grand Island there is an interesting story of a haunted hotel room. The Holiday Inn off of Whitehaven road has a room that is longer rented, supposedly due to the mysterious hauntings that took place there. Each person to rent the room would be awoken in the middle of the night with a phone call, on the other end of the line...the sound of a little girl laughing. Elaborate prank, or supernatural activity? The haunted cemetery next door suggests something spooky may be to blame.
Both Shea's and the Lancaster Opera house are said to be ridden with the ghosts of people from centuries passed. Patrons of the theaters and actors have claimed to see people dressed in old fashioned clothing milling about the corridors. Could they be the imaginings of the theatrical mind, or perhaps deceased supporters of a gilded age of performance?
One of the most legendary haunted sites, and most notorious, is Goodleburg Cemetery in South Wales. This well hidden graveyard has sadly fallen victim to vandalism, but it continues to attract people in search of a frightening experience. Legend has it that a local doctor in the early 1900's would dispose the bodies of surgeries gone awry in the pond on this cemetery ground. There are stories of body parts being dug up by nearby animals, and a low hanging fog that takes on lifelike motions. Some say black ghost dogs roam the grounds and a woman in white floats above the pond. Goodleburg has been listed as one of the 13 most haunted places in America, but some would argue legend outweighs truth, and violence and vandalism makes it a very real place of danger.
If you are up for a truly chilling experience this Halloween, research more of our locally haunted locations, and remember to ghost hunt responsibly.
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