Halloween Tips and Tricks

North Carolina is full of history, and with history comes hauntings. With Halloween right around the corner, what a better way to scare yourself silly than to visit some of the most haunted places in NC? According to onlyinyourstate.com, if you’re in for a thrill then this is the trip for you. Here is what they said about each spot:

1. Great Dismal Swamp

“The Great Dismal Swamp is beautiful during the day, but becomes extremely haunting and spooky come nightfall. Spanning 112,000 acres along the state’s northern border, The Great Dismal Swamp inspired novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe. Stowe’s novel revolves around runaway slaves, known as ‘maroons,’ who lived in complete isolation in various parts of the swamp.

A place of sadness, hostility, and also beauty, the energy here is palpable. It’s best to go around sunset, but I wouldn’t recommend staying too late after dark. Visitors have reported hearing strange sounds, seeing lights, and encountering ghosts.

Address: 2294 US-17, South Mills, NC, 27976”

2. Cry Baby Lane

“After a fire destroyed an orphanage outside of Raleigh, and sadly, killed several children who called this place home, locals began to notice something strange. Weeks after, in the field where the fire took place, the smell of smoke was so strong it would fill up their lungs and they would violently cough. After the coughing subsided, a quiet cry floated through the air. The cries began to multiply and all at once there were deafening screams and cries throughout the field. Crybaby Lane is home to one of the truly tragic real North Carolina ghost stories, and not many people are able to stay in the field for long.”

3. Devil’s Tramping Ground

“The Devil’s Tramping Ground is a 40-foot diameter circle completely devoid of life. Nothing will grow here. Leave something in the circle, and legend says it will be thrown out the next day. If the legends behind this place are true, then it’s definitely at the top of our list of scary places in North Carolina! Read our whole article on the Devil’s Tramping Ground here.”

4.  Gravity Hill

“Optical illusion, or a ghost pushing your car up a hill? Many are left undecided on what exactly is occurring at Gravity Hill in Richfield. Legend says a young mother and her child were left stranded on the road, when a transfer truck plowed into their car, instantly killing both. Today, if you park at the bottom of Richfield Road your car will be pushed up the hill. Put baby powder on the hood and you’ll be able to see handprints. Read all about it here.”

6. Brown Mountain

“As night falls over Brown Mountain, different color orbs of shapes and sizes rise through the trees and bob through the mountain terrain. Is it marsh gas, aliens, energy, spirits? Many legends circulate around this strange phenomenon that has been captured on video, photographs, and you can see with your own two eyes. Read all about Brown Mountain, and watch a video of it, here.”

7. Grove Park Inn

“Perhaps a debutante, perhaps a scorned secret lover, the Pink Lady fell to her death from a 5th floor overlook. Seen in a pink ball gown, or just with a pink ‘aura’ around her figure, she is said to be good-natured and takes kindly to children. One guest even left a note at the front desk, thanking the ‘lady in pink’ for playing with his children during his stay. Employees treat the pink lady like she is one of them. Her ‘laid back’ fun spirit is known to play pranks and take a particular fascination with room 545. Even if you don’t stay in the room, you might witness something extra spooky, and if not, at least you’ll have a great weekend away in one of North Carolina’s best hotels.”

5. Payne Road

“Payne Road (now Edward’s Road) is rooted in urban legend and folklore. The long country road located in Rural Hall is a prime spot for paranormal sightings and really a general uneasiness. The stories revolve around a murder-suicide, the murder of multiple slaves and then a family, and even a young man burning alive while other people watched. Read all about Payne Road, and the North Carolina ghost stories of the three legends surrounding it, here.”