Do you love a good ghost story? With Halloween coming up, we wanted to share our list of the most haunted funeral homes and the history behind them. From a majestic manor in New Orleans to an old Victorian home in Ohio, these spine-chilling stories are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.
1. The Haunted Mortuary — New Orleans, Louisiana
The Grand Victorian Mansion was built back in 1872 and became a funeral home in 1928 when it was purchased by PJ McMahon. PJ McMahon and Sons Funeral Home operated until 2004, and during that time there were stories of many strange occurrences. Some stories tell of a phantom woman in white who remains on the top floor, still mourning her long-lost husband. Another tale tells of two young children that play pranks on unsuspecting visitors in the former funeral home. But perhaps most terrifying is the sighting of a former mortician, who, as the legend goes, can still be seen practicing his work in the basement of the old funeral home.
2. Jewett House — Mason, Michigan
The Jewett House was built in the 1800s by a lumber baron and became a funeral home in the 1920s. It remained in business right up until the 1990s. After the funeral home closed, the new owners turned the building into a private residence and rented it out. But renters never stayed at the home too long. Apparently, some unexplained activity had scared them out. According to the legends, footsteps, unexplained whistling, and whispering are often heard late at night.
3. Lentz Funeral Home — Raeford, North Carolina
Like many older funeral homes, this former funeral home doubled as a family home. It even inspired its own book, titled If These Walls Could Speak: The Undertaker’s Daughter. Written by Ina Lentz Griesbeck, the book documents her experience growing up in the rural North Carolina mortuary. Stories tell of lights in the basement mysteriously turning on. Or of random objects disappearing, only to reappear days later.
4. Coletta’s Funeral Home — Chicago, Illinois
This former funeral home operated from 1908-1955. After which, the funeral home became a bar. Many of the bar’s new patrons — including the owner — say they’ve seen some paranormal activity. Stories include mysterious thick white fog filling the basement at random and the appearance of an unknown man wearing a trench coat.
5. Kehoe House — Savannah, Georgia
The Kehoe House is now a romantic bed and breakfast in Savannah’s historic district. But prior to that, the mansion — built in 1892 — was a family-owned funeral home owned by the Kehoe family. As the legend goes, two of the Kehoe children passed away while the family lived in the building. To this day, guests report seeing two young spirits while staying overnight at the bed and breakfast.
6. Snedeker House — Southington, Connecticut
The Snedeker House is probably the most infamous on the list. It’s the real-life location that inspired the events that took place in the movie A Haunting in Connecticut. According to Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal investigators, the home was the site of powerful supernatural forces that required an exorcism.
7. Castle House — Brumley, Missouri
This old Victorian home is more than 160 years old. During its history, it’s been both a funeral home and a hospital. It’s also one of the most haunted homes in the Midwest. If you’re feeling really brave, you can spend a night in the house by renting it on Airbnb.
8. House of Wills — Cleveland, Ohio
The House of Wills was originally a German opera house built some time in the early 1900s. The beautiful building later became a funeral home in the 1940s but kept much of the opera décor. The funeral home has been abandoned since 2005, but it’s believed the ghost of Mr. Wills himself still roams the haunted halls.
Make sure to check out our list of the most haunted cemeteries and hotels!