The Spook Light
The Spook Light has been a paranormal enigma for more than a century. Legends say it was first seen by Native Americans during their perilous journey on the Trail of Tears in 1836. According to the descriptions given over the years, the Spook Light appears as a ball of fire that dances and flies down the center of the road. According to locals, the best time to see the light is between the hours of 10 p.m. and midnight. Some believe it’s headlights in the distance, but others swear there is no explanation. Take a trip to Oklahoma to decide for yourself.
Only locals and certain corners of the internet know about the old stories of Windyville, a Missouri ghost town near Bennett Spring State Park. This tiny town has been called abandoned; however, it is still home to a population of 165. People claim to hear screaming from the old tomato cannery, laughter in Lone Rock cemetery and footsteps in the many abandoned buildings. Take a short road trip here to see if you can get in touch with the supernatural.
Missouri State Penitentiary
Want an extra dose of spine-tingling mystery this Halloween? Known as the bloodiest 47 acres in America, The Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City offers both public and private ghost tours. It housed prisoners from 1836 to 2004, and 39 people were killed in the gas chamber when it was in use. The prison has a ton of interesting history, and there was even a prison riot in 1954 that caused an estimated $5 million in damage. Prisoners no longer live there, but you can go inside during one of many tours. Disclaimer: these tours are not for the weak-at-heart.
Branson Haunted Hills
This haunted house has been open to the public and creeping people out since 2016. It is open every Friday and Saturday in October so you can explore the place and get spooked. This year there will also be a pet costume contest on October 28 and a Lite Fright Night for the kids on October 30.