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Haunted: Ghost Children Stories

Updated on August 30, 2017

Ghost Stories of all Ages

A ghost is defined as "the soul of a dead person, a disembodied spirit imagined, usually as a vague, shadowy or evanescent form, as wandering among or haunting living persons." Since ancient times, man has told stories of the undead - ghosts and spirits who return to the places of their mortal coil to complete unfinished business or to frighten those who remain.

Although many ghost stories are told about sailors lost at sea, jilted lovers or lonely widows, they are also told about children who perished before their time but have never left their Earthly homes. Come now and read about The Ghost Children.

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Courtesy of the Library of Congress LC-USF34-021210-E

San Antonio Ghost Children

One of the most famous ghost stories in Texas takes place at an intersection just south of San Antonio. In the 1930s or 40s, the story goes, a train collided with a school bus that was stalled on the tracks. The train tried to stop but 10 children on the bus were killed. These lost souls reportedly still haunt the place where they died, staying around to help others who might get stranded in the same way. Legend has it if you stop on the tracks and put your car in neutral, the San Antonio ghost children will push it out of harm's way. Some motorists wanting to test this legend have put baby powder on their bumpers. Afterwards, they say you can see tiny hand-prints on the vehicles.

Whisper Estates

Built in 1894, Whisper Estates in Mitchell, IN has been voted one of the most terrifying places in America by the Travel Channel. Among the many phenomena which keep ghost hunters returning are doors opening and closing by themselves, reports of women being grabbed (some have the marks to prove it), toys being thrown down stairs as well as many sightings and strange smells. At least two ghost children have been seen in the house, presumably the adopted children of the second owners, Dr. John and Jessie Gibbons. One is a 10 month old infant named Elizabeth. Visitors have reported hearing her cries and smelling baby powder in the master bedroom where she died. Guests have also reported seeing and hearing Rachael, a 10 year old girl who died from her burns after starting a fire in the parlor.

Whisper Estates Video

See Haunted Indiana editor Brett Pitman talk about his experiences at famous Whisper Estates. Stay tuned to hear what he says is the voice of one of the ghost children. Creepy!

Dead Children's Playground

I don't know about you, but the name alone gives me the creeps. A small playground located in the middle of Huntsville's historic Maple Hill Cemetery, the Dead Children's Playground is so named for the many reports of child specters seen and heard there. Built in 1882 and covering over 100 acres, the cemetery is the oldest and largest in Alabama. Through the years, people claimed to have heard children giggling, seen moving orbs of light and, most frequently, swings moving on their own from a complete standstill. Some believe it is the spirits of children buried in the cemetery coming out to play. Others believe it is the victims of a string of child abductions in the 1960s and 70s. Local legend has it that some of the bodies were discovered near the playground.\

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Courtesy of the Library of Congress LC-USZ62-104120

The Octagon House

The Octagon House in Washington D.C. was the first residence to be built near the White House. In fact, it served as a temporary "Executive Mansion" for President James Madison and his wife Dolley when the presidential home was damaged during the War of 1812. Octagon House was built by Colonel John Tayloe, reportedly the wealthiest Virginia land-owner of his time.

In addition to Colonel Tayloe's two daughters (who fell or were pushed down the stairs during separate arguments - depending on which version of events you believe), a young slave girl was killed in the house by a British soldier. Visitors have reported hearing her scream as well as thumping noises coming from a wall. The house was sold in 1902 to American Institute of Architects and, during renovations, workers reportedly found the skeleton of a young girl. Once the girl was buried, the thumping noises stopped altogether.

Photo by greggoconnell on Flickr
Photo by greggoconnell on Flickr

The Whaley House

The hauntings at the historic Whaley House in San Diego have been widely documented in newspapers and on television. In fact, Travel Channel's "America's Most Haunted" has rated it the most haunted house in the United States. Many ghost stories have begun here, largely owing to the home being built on the former site of a courthouse where several hangings took place. One of the spirits contributing to the Whaley House reputation is a little girl with long hair who is usually found in the dining room. She is believed to be either Annabel or Carrie Washburn, a friend of the Whaley children who died after being caught on a clothesline in the backyard. Although there are no records to support the story, English psychic Sybil Leek reportedly saw her in the 1960s. Eighteen month old Tom Whaley, a mischievous toddler, has also been seen.

Photo by puuikibeach on Flickr
Photo by puuikibeach on Flickr

The Queen Mary

The historic HMS Queen Mary is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in the world, with nearly 150 spirits roaming the decks. The luxury liner made its maiden voyage in 1936 and ferried the notables of the day, including Fred Astaire, the Duke & Duchess of Windsor, Sir Winston Churchill and Clark Gable, among others. At the beginning of WWII, she was painted grey and went into service as a troopship. She returned to use as a passenger ship in 1947 and remained so until 1967 when she was sold to the city of Long Beach, CA as a maritime museum and hotel.

Some of the Queen Mary's most famous ghost stories take place in the engine room, the first class hallway and near the front desk. However, of the 49 confirmed deaths on the ship in the last 60 years, several of them have been children whose spirits still haunt the places where they died. One little girl named Jackie can be seen and heard in the second-class pool room where she drowned. Another little girl is also seen near the pool, asking for her mother. She is thought to have died while sliding down a banister.

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      5 years ago

      Yes, real. I saw one dance & whistle at a friends house in France. The whole time I was watching & laughing because I thought it was my friends husband messing around. It was that solid, real. NO ONE else saw or heard him, as I discovered turning to them and asking what in the heck he was doing. When I turned back, he was gone. It made me choke up & cry. Then we all heard a ball bouncing upstairs, the old kind with a bell inside. Everyone wanted to investigate that but I was stuck in the chair, not believing I was the only witness to this amazing visual. More happened later in that house, it was over 100 yrs. old. I've had small things happen, but nothing ever like this. It only takes once to know that yes, they do exist, because you never ever forget it.

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      6 years ago

      I never heard of the story about the children who gotten killed in San Antonio back in the 30s, Great read

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      Nathan M 

      6 years ago from Tucson

      Interesting lens. Ghost stories involving children are rather sad, but if dead adults can haunt I suppose passed on children can stay in a place they are comfortable as well.

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      6 years ago

      This was a great read!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens. Such tragic stories. I hope they find peace.

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      7 years ago

      I'm also fond of ghost stories. Thank you for this lens.

    • SoniaCarew profile image


      7 years ago

      This is a great lens! I love the stories.

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      7 years ago

      Very interesting lens, great work. Thanks for the cool read.

    • KPI profile image


      7 years ago

      What an awesome lens! Very well done! You might like our lens too, haunted toys and dolls :) Gonna add you to our favs!!

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      7 years ago

      Creeped me out, a couple of these we're new to me, great lens!

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      Fcuk Hub 

      7 years ago

      Interesting lens, but I don't have Sixth Sens to encounter one :)

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      7 years ago

      These stories are really scary! The videos are amazing, they gave me the shivers

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      7 years ago

      Whew, creepy stuff. Whispers estate is very scary.

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      7 years ago

      the video of whispers .... that was good. Got my blood going, thank you indeed! If you also like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

    • ThatsYourPeople profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @DuaneJ: Thanks. That's an interesting perspective, Duane. I hadn't considered that.

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      7 years ago

      I have not encountered one, but I believe that ghost children are actually spirits pretending to be children because my belief is that children will never be left wandering the earth restlessly. I guess that's a personal spiritual belief of mine. This was a great lens though!

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      7 years ago

      This is a GREAT page, well done! Leaving you with a ~Blessing~ from a SquidBOO Angel and also featuring on my Scariest Places on Earth lens.

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      Jules Corriere 

      7 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Yes, I believe in ghosts! that's why I'm reading your lens! It's really terrific! Very spooky stories! I found this on the Halloween magazine page- we're both featured on it right now. Thanks for sharing, it's realllly scarrrry!

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      7 years ago

      They are very scary stories indeed!

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      7 years ago

      Great scary stories.

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      7 years ago from Maryland

      Spooky lens... :)

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      7 years ago

      I think the ghosts of children are the saddest. The Dead Children's Playground sounds saddest of all.

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      LissaKlar LM 

      7 years ago

      These are really scary stories. When they involve children I don't like to read, but I like the first one about the school bus and how they will push your car to safety. Hmmm. Linked this lens to my squidhaunting lens about doppelgangers.

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      7 years ago

      @yayas: Thanks for the kind words, Yaya.

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      7 years ago

      These are some remarkable stories an' I truly appreciate the videos. I think that there must be nothing more haunting than the haunted Ghost Children Stories.

      This is a remarkably well-written page an' I have sincerely enjoyed my visit. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      I was born in New Orleans an' the ghost children stories in that area are many an' varied. It is impossible to live there without being affected by the stories. One begins to feel a 'One-ship' with those who have gone before. An' my curiosity is never filled, as I follow each an' every hint that might bring answers to the never-satisfied question of how an' why the spirits remain an' make themselves known. I'm so glad you chose the topic of children to discuss. It is very difficult to learn stories 'bout the children. But it is always interesting. Thank you.

      I have been in the Whaley House many times an' experienced summa' the unusual things that happen there.


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