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Ghost Hunting: Places Hauntings Occur

Updated on January 19, 2013
West Virginia Penitentiary Moundsville, WV.
West Virginia Penitentiary Moundsville, WV. | Source

Abandoned Prisons and Jails

These places are the type that any ghost hunter loves to investigate. They’re a paranormal hot spot. The emotions that took place in prisons and jails are extremely strong, yet very negative. With violence among prisoners and guards, anger, and pain like in many prisons, the residue of that energy lingers. Think about Eastern State Penitentiary, Ohio State Reformatory, or Moundsville Penitentiary. All those stabbings, beatings, murders, suicides, and death sentences. You should be able to gather up plenty of credible evidence.


Accidents and Crime Scenes

These places can be loaded with all kinds of emotional trauma. Energies left at these places can be draining and you may leave feeling weak. It’s almost guaranteed that negative energy would be left at these scenes because the events were so unexpected and spontaneous. That energy is more than likely to stick around until there is some kind of closure to whatever incident took place. Police departments these days are starting to open the doors to ghost hunters becoming involved in their investigations. Be prepared if the police ask for your help in a crime scene.

Gettysburg, PA
Gettysburg, PA | Source


More than enough evidence can be gathered at these sites. Just think about being in a battle. Death, pain, and fear is more than likely to occur. What’s something that pops into our heads when we hear of haunted battlefields? More than likely, you’re thinking of Gettysburg. The residual energy from all the death that occurred on that battlefield is still there close to 150 years later! Powerful, emotional events like these only need to happen once in order for the environment in which it took place to be affected by it.

Mountain Cemetery Sonoma, CA
Mountain Cemetery Sonoma, CA


The first thing that pops into our heads when it comes to ghost hunting are cemeteries. People believe that most cemeteries are haunted. Ironically, most graveyards are not because it’s supposed to be a place of closure for someone’s life on earth. Closure is always a good thing when it comes to hauntings. Of course, there are cemeteries that are haunted. They are usually active paranormal spots if it had a history before it was a graveyard. Manifestations of paranormal activity do occur when loved ones come because of the emotions that are given out. When investigating a cemetery, always have respect for the souls that are resting and get permission from a groundskeeper.

Linda Vista Community Hospital Los Angeles, CA
Linda Vista Community Hospital Los Angeles, CA | Source

Hospitals and Sanitoriums

More than likely, these will be some of the most haunted places you’ll ever investigate. Hospitals are a portal to both life and death and they happen almost everyday. You will feel an abundance of emotional energy. Unfortunately, those emotions would include pain, fear, and misery. Take Linda Vista Hospital in Los Angeles, CA for example. Surgeries were done improperly, patients were being mistreated, and many lawsuits were filed against the hospital. Sanitoriums are the same thing, except that they treated long term illness such as tuberculosis, and there is more death that occurred at these buildings. Waverly Hills Sanitorium for example, attempted all kinds of procedures to help patients with tuberculosis. Unfortunately, they would end up worse then they were. Sanitoriums are another hot place to catch evidence of the paranormal.

The Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood, CA
The Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood, CA | Source


Many hotels, mostly historic ones, are more then likely to have paranormal activity. Emotions are stored in these places. There are also many stories of murders and suicides that have taken place at hotels. Book a weekend getaway at a haunted hotel and see what you get!



You wouldn’t think that libraries are some of the most haunted places in the world, but they are. Why is that? Libraries are quiet and peaceful. Ghosts are attracted to the solitude it offers. There are all kinds of libraries with an abundance of useful information. It’s possible that ghosts would be attracted to this, but they are usually not. Ghosts are emotional and they operate through emotional intelligence. Many sensitives though say that they like to hide in libraries.

Heritage Square Museum
Heritage Square Museum | Source


Why are museums haunted? They contain very valuable items. Everybody has a strong emotional attachment to some kind of object or item, even ghosts. Museums have valuable items. Any object or item at the museum had a past owner. If that owner had strong emotional attachment with an item, it would be interested in being near it to protect it. The stronger the connection with something, the stronger the attachment.

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum | Source

Psychiatric Hospitals and Asylums

These places have to be some of the saddest places to investigate. The treatments that took place at these places are flat out dreadful. Shock therapy, hydro therapy, solitary confinement, just created very sad and angry people. What was the point of harsh therapy if it didn’t work and never did end up working? If you want the result to be a large accumulation of death, mistreat your patients brutally and it will happen.

George's Coach Tavern England
George's Coach Tavern England | Source


Ghosts seem to be really attracted to the atmosphere of a bar. It makes sense. There is a fun, energetic vibe to these places and people love to come to these places. Ghosts love coming here to. Then again, taverns have their dark sides as well. Think about it. Shootings, stabbings, fights, etc. It usually does happen with any place that was meant to serve liquor to the customer and we know our judgement sidetracks when we are under the influence of alcohol.

New Amsterdam Theater New York, NY.
New Amsterdam Theater New York, NY. | Source


Ghosts love the energy that is released on stage. They also love the emotions the audience give out in reaction to what’s going on stage. Theaters are full of emotions. Fun and exciting entertainment would call out to them.


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    • Nelda M Hoxie profile image

      Nelda M Hoxie 5 years ago from Sandwich, Massachusetts

      I sat on the observation tower overlooking the Gettysburg Battlefield at dusk with a friend. Thinking that if I were ever to see a ghost it would be here. While it is indeed a haunting landscape, I saw nothing. I'm not sure if what I felt was ghostly energy or just the sadness of the entire Civil War.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I worked in a library and volunteered in a mental health center. They can be creepy places.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for this interesting and informative hub. I quite agree with your list of places for hauntings as ghosts like to socialize too and some stay at the place where they met their death. Passing this on.