I grew up on scary. I think my favorite books from 2nd through 5th grade were the 13 ghosts in Alabama, 8 ghosts in Tennessee, etc. kind of books. I loved scary tales and I especially loved when my Nanny used to take us on late night car rides to haunted places in Alabama. She loved to tell us about Hank Williams Sr getting in the car with people if they drove down 65S at night. I actually drive that road often and everytime I look in my backseat as I am driving. Just to make sure. She knew where all the scary stuff was, all the real haunted places in Alabama and now that she is gone I want to pass that down to my kids.
Haunted in Alabama
Alabama is known as the “Rocket Capital of the World” because Alabama workers built the first rocket to put humans on the moon. It is also home to the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. Whether you want to visit the famous Gulf Coast beaches or sing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long, you are going to want to check out these haunted places while you’re here.
The Real Deal
From 1882 until 1971, Sloss Furnace transformed coal and ore into hard steel. Steel formed here was used for things such as skyscrapers in New York and cars built in Detroit. A particularly horrible Foreman named James “Slag” Wormwood forced his workers to work in a hellish environment and many lives were lost. One day, he fell into a pool of melted iron ore, melting his body on contact. Many people believed that the crew had had enough of his slave driver mentality and fed him to the furnace. Official reports were that the foreman must have become dizzy from the methane gas and lost his balance. However, in all his years of employment, he had never once been on top of the furnace.
Over the next few years strange things started happening at the furnace. A night watchman was pushed from behind and told to “Get back to work!” by an angry voice. The night before the plant closed in 1971, a Sloss Night Watchman found what he described a monster that looked half man/half demon and tried to push him up the stairs. The watchman refused and the demonic creature beat on him with fists. When he was examined by Dr. Jack Barlo, he was found covered with burns. Reports of creepy steam whistles blowing by themselves have been heard, too.
Sloss is currently the only twentieth-century blast furnace in the U.S. being preserved and interpreted as an historic industrial site. It has been investigated many times by paranormal investigators, psychics, and has even been seen on several tv shows about the paranormal. It also is the host to Sloss Fright Furnace every Halloween which is one of Alabama’s most awesome haunted attractions.
Maple Hill Cemetery is known as the “Dead Children’s Playground”. If you visit, you might see swings moving and the sound of children playing.. with no living children in sight!
If you’re near the playground between 10pm and 3am you might hear the sound of parents calling the names of their children, and the sound of children’s feet hitting around. Supposedly a child murderer who abused local children buried the bodies on the land where the playground was eventually built. It is believed the noises are the victims of that murderer, children whose souls are forever playing on that playground.
Fort Morgan was created in a distinctive star shape, to make the fort easier to defend. The fort saw heavy fire during the Civil War and many men died during battle. The sands of Fort Morgan were blood soaked as a result.. It is said that the old barracks are the most haunted. Screams and cries can be heard at night because so many soldiers did not reach the end of their lives peacefully.
Bass Cemetery is a neglected cemetery in Irondale, Alabama. It’s located out in the middle of the woods, and Civil War soldiers and slaves are buried there. People have reported strange sounds and ghost sightings. I have personally witnessed weird things there. We parked and got out and a strong mist came up over the treeline to where we couldn’t see anything past the first ten or so rows of graves. I was on my phone and suddenly it said it was 8 pm and it was only like 5 pm. Like a dead zone. Then I dropped my call and could not get signal again. We left and there was no mist anywhere else.
Haunted Attractions in Alabama
Locked In is an escape game in Birmingham for groups of 2-8 people. A secret government warehouse is the place you and your friends will have to find the the hidden item. Can you find it in one hour? You must find the cure for a virus and the only scientist that can help has disappeared from The Laboratory! A cryptic riddle is on the blackboard in The Classroom. Can you solve it in an hour? These rooms are great team building events or birthday parties.
Breakout Birmingham is where you and your group of friends will wake up blindfolded in a room. If that’s not terrifying enough, you are on a timer! In one hour, you have to free yourselves before the kidnapper returns. Will you find the stolen rare artwork by following the clues? Become a secret agent in this real life spy game and escape this room in an hour or less.
Would you rather be left on a deserted island and have to find safety before the volcano erupts? You could be held hostage, handcuffed to your friends. Breakout is full of adventure. That sounds fun, no?
Arx Mortis means “The Castle of Death” in Latin, and Doctor Graystone has been resurrected! This is way more than just your average haunted house; it is a haunted experience. Terrifying oddities and freaks will scare you in every way they can. Do you think you can handle it?
The Insanitarium will be celebrating their 6th season this year (which is awesome because most haunted attractions only last one or two seasons), and is promising to be scarier than ever! Dr. Ausnemen’s twisted mind is a creepy place to be this Halloween. Do you have someone to hold your hand when you get scared?