2023 (Oct 1) 34 Most HAUNTED Places In Michigan (+Map!) | Haunted Houses, Cemeteries, Apparitions, Lighthouses, Paranormal Tours, Abandoned Places, Asylum
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34 Terrifyingly Haunted Places Michigan | By: Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Updated: October 1, 2023
Are you ready to feel the cold hand of an invisible ghost run down your back while exploring abandoned and the most haunted places in Michigan? Do you love all things paranormal? You will love these haunted abandoned places in Michigan!
Ever wonder if that flickering light in your house was the evil work of a horrific demon or ghost? For whatever reason, we thrive on the unknown and hope to experience the terrifying.
- From haunted theaters to abandoned state hospitals (asylums), Michigan is teaming with haunted locales just waiting to scare the willing.
To be true ghost hunter, you need the tools of the trade! I mean how fun is this!?
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Top 34 Haunted Places in Michigan
Keep reading as we will delve into chilling tales and spine-tingling encounters with the beyond. Heck, why not embark on a Michigan Haunted Road Trip?
Are you ready? Let's GO!
1. Haunted Theater on Mackinac Island
Are you ready to be scared? This creepy haunted theater on Main Street on Mackinac Island, Michigan is just waiting to make you scream! Dark hallways, things that go bump in the dark and scary displays are just a part of the creep factor...
Did you know evil Manitou (evil spirit) has now risen and haunts the corridors of this theater...night and day. Visit if you dare....
This haunted attraction on Mackinac Island definitely makes our haunted places in Michigan list!
"During the day I don't believe in ghosts. At night I'm a little more open-minded " Unknown
2. Calumet Theater-One of the Truly Most Haunted Places in Michigan
Calumet Theater- 340 Sixth Street, Calumet, Michigan
Stories that the Calumet Theater is haunted go back more the 50 years so it definitely makes our "Haunted Places In Michigan" list.
WOW! Per the Keewanaw Report, the executive director said, “We always hear different things from our technical directors. Myself, I’ve experienced a few things. Janitorial people, that have been in and out, you have a lot of unexplained music that comes from different locations that’s unexplainable, you’ve got a lot of cold breezes that just hover around you from time to time, a lot of door handles that are locked and people are trying to get in and nobody on the other side.”
The most famous of the reported haunts is actress Madame Helena Modjeska, who died in April 1909. The famous Shakespearean actress performed at the theater three times in the first 10 years the theater was open.
Larry, a local 2nd grade teacher friend of ours, took his 2nd grade class to the theater in an effort to show them some haunted places in Michigan.
Larry stated he spotted Ms. Modjeska's spirit while touring the theater. He was shocked and at a loss for words. A curator backed up his story.
So if you are brave enough, guided tours are offered at select times during box office hours. Just check their website for more information on days, times and prices prior to planning your trip!
3. U.S.S. Edson - Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum
1680 Martin Street, Bay City Michigan
Did you know the Edson Incident is the only Haunted Ship (Halloween season) in the Midwest held on a Destroyer. Are you brave enough to make your way though five levels of ghosts and whispers?
Each level is scarier than the last (or so I have heard). We have toured this fabulous ship during the day only!
- Read about our adventures touring the USS Edson during the day!
4. Doherty Hotel | Clare
Isn't that chandelier incredible? It's located inside the Doherty Hotel lobby and the dining room is to the right.
The Doherty family has owned and operated this lovely hotel located in downtown Clare Michigan since the early 1920s. During the years of prohibition, the hotel was a speakeasy, was a hotspot for backroom gambling, and offered adult entertainment. The Mafia and Purple Gang hung out here. Things turned south when in 1938 Isaiah Leebove, a former Purple Gang attorney was murdered in the bar. He was shot by his cousin and business partner, Jack Livingston.
Some people think the ghost of Isaiah Leebove stayed in the hotel. Others believe the family matriarch, Helen “grandma” Doherty continues to road the halls. Supposedly the soft feeble voice of a woman was recorded in the hotel.
5-7. Mackinac Island: Grand Hotel, Mission Point Resort, Old Post Cemetary
Mackinac island is home to several battles during the War of 1812 and over the centuries it has seen many tragic deaths. As such, many urban legends tend to build on the island’s hot paranormal activity. Here are the spots where visitors have encountered ghost or other worldly activity:
- Grand Hotel
- Mission Point Resort
- Old Post Cemetery
8. Arch Rock on Mackinac Island Has a Secret Story...
According to legend, Arch Rock on Mackinac Island is the gateway to the spirit world. Souls that pass over the rock will live forever and be strikingly beautiful. I like this legend!
More awesome than scary but still makes our haunted places in Michigan list!
9. The Old Jackson State Prison | Jackson's Haunted History | Embark on Ghost Hunts!
Established in 1838, Michigan’s First State Prison operated until 1934. It was a brutal place that housed violent criminals...where lots of violent and bad things happened to inmates and guards alike.
The old prison is now the Armory Arts Village, a residence, and studio for artisans. Despite renovations, rumors continue of paranormal presence making it one of the most haunted locations in Michigan...for good reason.
Several artists in residence have sketched or painted the apparitions they’ve witness in the hallways or grounds. Judy Krasnow is the current owner of Jackson Journeys, LLC.
- She offers daytime historic tours of the prison so maybe you will have the chance to catch sight of an apparition or haunting yourself!
10. Whitefish Point Light Station | Michigan's Upper Peninsula: Unspeakable Tragedy
Chris and I love visiting Whitefish Point located along the shores of Lake Superior. However, we just learned Whitefish Point Lighthouse is possibly haunted due to spirits lingering there due to numerous tragic shipwrecks. One of the most well known Michigan shipwrecks is the Edmund Fitzgerald which occured right along "shipwreck coast. The Edmund Fitzgerald's anniversity is November 10th.
Visitors to Whitefish Point Lighthouse report paranormal encounters with spirits including a little girl whose grandparents were former lightkeepers on the property. One of the most haunted lighthouses in Michigan!
11. The Birmingham 8 Theater - Haunted Places in Detroit
Location: 211 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
The Birmingham 8, already reportedly haunted is now a haunted attraction leading up to Halloween. Come on out for “Ghosts on the Balcony” haunted attraction. This 100-year old movie theater is your chance to see ghostly apparitions, hear strange noises or jump at footsteps behind you. Tickets can be purchased here.
12. Fort Gratiot Lighthouse | Port Huron, MI | Haunted Lighthouses in Michigan!
Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, located at 2802 Omar St, Port Huron, MI 48060 was constructed in the 1820′s. This Port Huron light is Michigan’s oldest lighthouse and you can tour it, I did!
The Lighthouse has undergoing paranormal investigations which documented spooky activity including sudden decreases in temperature and flashlights turning off and on.
Did you know?
You can tour the lighthouse with a local guide and see for yourself!
13. Haunted Road in Michigan | Freeland Michigan Located in Mid Michigan
'Michigan’s most cursed road' in Saginaw is thought to be Dice Road. It's actually located in Freeland with some notable ghostly apparitions see at the Dice Road Cemetery. The Midland Daily News article is a fascinating read about multiple encounters residents have reported to the police.
Some people reported loud pounding noises inside and outside a home on Dice Road and bobbing orbs in the Dice Road Cemetery. So if you visit, be sure to guard your soul as it's ripe for the plucking!
If you want to see more, watch, “A Haunting on Dice Road: The Hell House”, on Amazon Prime.
14. Anchor Inn: Float in For Haunted Ghost Tours | See Paranormal Activity for Yourself!
1781 Heightsview Drive, Houghton Lake Heights, MI
Check out their historical haunted tours and ghost investigations offered in the summer and fall months!
You may see full body apparitions, shadow figures, poltergeist activity, odd noises, voices, laughter, mists, orbs and objects moving while dining at the Anchor Inn. Of course, ghost stories will be shared with guests as you search for paranormal activity.
That's enough evidence to place this Inn on our most haunted places in Michigan list!
15. The Devils Elbow
Located along the famous Tunnel of Trees along M-119 west of Harbor Springs is the famous Devil's Elbow. A spring in a nearby ravine is believed by the area Odawa Indian bands to be the home of spirits that enjoy making their presence known as darkness descends upon the area.
16. River Basin National Battlefield Park
- Location: 333 N Dixie Hwy, Monroe, MI 48162
We've heard that River Raisin National Battlefield Park is possibly one of the most haunted places in Michigan.
And for good reason...
River Raisin, a historic landmark, was one of the biggest battles of 1812. The American troops who were settled there were attacked by around 1000 British soldiers and Native Americans. Then disaster struck. About 300 American soldiers were killed and several hundreds of other soldiers were gravely wounded.
- Accordingly, there as been numerous reported sightings of ghostly soldiers wandering the grounds.
- Visitors to the battlefield have seen ghosts in doorways of their photos and ghost hunters have recorded EVPs of moaning, crying and battlefield sounds!
17. Michigan State Capitol is Spooky: Do You Feel a Chill Down Your Spine?
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I am still obsessed with the beauty of the dome at our Michigan State Capitol! . the rotunda rises 160 feet to an opening at the top of the inner dome. Called the oculus, or “eye” of the dome, it provides a glimpse into the vastness of the universe, represented by a starry sky. Just below the oculus are eight monumental paintings of female figures. Painted on canvas and glued directly to the inner dome, they are muses—guides and sources of inspiration—drawn from Greek and Roman mythology. Find the muse representing “art” (she is the one holding a paint palette in one hand). Starting with art and proceeding to your right, the muses are agriculture, law, science, justice, industry, commerce and education. Each muse offers the people of Michigan the means to achieve progress and future prosperity. They are the work of an Italian artist, Tommaso Juglaris, who painted them in 1886 while painting and teaching in Boston. . . . #michiganstatecapitol #greatlakesloving #greatlakesstate #exploremichigan #statecapitol #michiganart #michiganarchitecture #puremi #puremitten #puremichiganders #michigan #michiganders #stunning_shots #ipulledoverforthis #photooftheday
If you haven't toured our gorgeous Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, you need to get to it!
But only if you dare. Strange sightings, cold spots and things moving mysteriously on their own have been reported. Could it be due to the vast amount of Civil War artifacts or ...
1) In the 1880's, a teenager was working as a pageboy. He though it would be a good idea to show off by attempting to jump between the railings of the Grand Staircase...well, let's just say he missed and fell two stories to his death.
2) An elevator maintenance man was electrocuted to death.
3) In the early 1990's, a man who was working in the rotunda fell over the railing to his death when his boom lift broke. Sightings of his ghost has been reported walking near the rotunda area, wearing his painting overalls.
4) A roofer wasn't paying attention and fell to his death.
Talk about eerie! Keep reading for more haunted places in Michigan!
Read More: Secrets of the Michigan State Capitol
18. Michigan's G.A.R. Museum | Are There Civil War Spirits Roaming the Halls?
If you like to go ghost hunting for century-old spirits of Civil War Union soldiers, check out the G.A.R. museum in Eaton Rapids.
For over three decades, the building was a gathering place for more than 450 Civil War veterans. These Civil War soldiers enjoyed socializing, telling stories and listening to music. Over the years, the building was a dance studio, hardware store, bowling alley and a few other uses. It's now a museum for Civil War history.
Per the Lansing Journal, the G.A.R. museum is a ghostly hotspot for unexplained voices that at times will answer spoken questions from the beyond the grave. Also, a second-floor piano once seemed to play three notes by itself.
19. See the Paulding Light
The light appears in a valley outside of Paulding, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula, near Watersmeet off US 45 on Robbins Pond Road/Old US 45.
Chris' personal haunted places in Michigan experience: "You will drive down an abandoned railroad line. It's a long scary dirt road. You will come to a dead end, with no place to go. If you look off into the distance at night you will see spooky undulating red and green lights."
Definitely a ghost train! At least that is what we choose to believe! What do you think?
20. State Hospital in Traverse City-My favorite Haunted Places in Michigan!
Traverse City State Hospital (Asylum) has been renamed The Village at Grand Traverse Commons.
Address: 830 Cottageview Drive, Suite 101 Traverse City, Michigan
- My friends, if you want awesome haunted places in Michigan, this is the place... I went into the basement alone during a recent tour and let's just say, I didn't feel alone.
The Northern Michigan Asylum was first built in 1885. It operated for 104 years, but closed it's doors in 1989. After years of solitude and disrepair, the old mental hospital gained a reputation for being haunted. I mean how can it not!?
During my visit, I found old beds, graffiti on the walls from past patients, paint chipping off walls, dark hallways, lonely kitchens and of course the steam tunnels-all a perfect mix for harboring ghosts-friendly or not.
If you are intrigued, you can sign up for their tours! Be active in finding the most haunted places in Michigan yourself! ;)
21. Detroit Fisher Body Plant 21 - Haunted Places in Detroit
The Detroit Fisher Body Plant 21 is definitely a spooky place to visit. You can definitely feel the energy that used to hum in these walls when the factory was in full production.
If you go, exercise caution and don't venture in very far. You never know who (or what) may be inside these buildings so it's not really safe.
Read More: Detroit Things to Do and See
22. Detroit's Packard Automotive Plant | Haunted Places in Detroit
Detroit Packard Automotive Plant: 6199 Concord Ave, Detroit, MI 48211
Detroit Packard Automotive Plant History: During World War 1, the plant was integral to the war effort as they assembled airplane engines.
After the war, the plant wished to be cutting edge so in the 1920s the Packard Plant began the transition from hand assembly to an assembly line.
Due to this ingenuity, the company became known for their outstanding engineering and for creating one of the highest quality luxury vehicles produced in the United States.
- But things then went downhill...
By 1954, the multistory building plan fell out of favor so Packard's vehicles was transferred to a new plant on Conner Avenue.
But then in 1956 the Packard Car Company went out of business and shut their doors for good.
The plant is now completely abandoned. Time and vandals have slowly destroyed the once bustling factory.
NOTE: In the past, we have explored this abandoned factory a few times but now security constantly circles this area and there are no trespassing signs everywhere.
23. Ghosts of Lighthouse Point | Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
The Marquette Maritime Museum offers Ghosts of Lighthouse Point tours, usually around Halloween. Chris and I toured this museums last year and loved it.
The Marquette Maritime Museum, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, has sobering exhibits on shipwrecks in Marquette and Lake Superior. Learn more about the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and see a 3-D Breeches Buoy Exhibition.
24. Hell's Bridge | Algoma Michigan
So...according to roadtrippers.com, in the mid-1800's, an older man named Elias Friske (of which the road was named after) murdered local children at the location. YIKES!
Babysitting Nightmare from Hell:
As the legend goes, several children were missing so the townspeople organized a search party but needed someone to look after their children (of course! Why not the creepy old guy down by the river?!)
They thought Mr. Friske looked trustworthy (um, ok) so they left the kids in his care.
- (First horror movie scene, TAKE 1)
Mr. Friske wasn't exactly the nurturing type, so he tied the children together and marched them into the woods. As the children got closer to the bridge, they noticed a horrible smell.
Mr. Friske, then kicked aside some leaves (ta da!) revealing the bodies of the other missing children.
- (Second horror movie scene, TAKE 2)
Their screams were unheard as they were swallowed by the night. Mr. Friske began to kill the kids and tossed their bodies into the Rogue River.
- (Third horror movie scene, TAKE 3)
Upon returning to pick up their children, the parents discovered everyone was missing.
They searched the river and discovered the dead bodies of their children in the water. Mr. Friske was then found close by, covered in blood, shouting that the devil made him do it.
(Final horror movie scene-are your eyes still covered?)
Furious, the townspeople used the rope Friske had used to tie up the children and hung him from the nearby stone footbridge.
Rumor Has It: You can see the faces of the murdered kids in the river and hear screams of the terrified kids. So be careful if you are tubing down the river as the ghost of Mr. Friske may bind your hands and drag you into the river...
In the past years, the stone bridge crumbled but was replaced by a metal one. It was named "Hell's Bridge" by locals.
I don't know about you, but this has a serious creep factor written all over it. Definitely deserves the top of our haunted places in Michigan list.
25. Spooky Dredge #2 | Keewanaw Peninsula, Michigan's Upper Peninsula
This creepy Dredge is located in Hubbell, which is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We love visiting the Dredge as it's close to where Chris grew up.
*See the map above for the specific location.
If you are brave enough and have sticky soled shoes, you can walk along the beam to the main part of the dredge.
Read more about the history of Dredge #2.
26. Belle Isle Abandoned Zoo | Haunted Places in Detroit
Belle Isle Zoo, Detroit. One of the most haunted abandoned places in Michigan.
This outdoor Belle Isle Zoo (later named the Children’s Zoo) was open for 107 years before being closed for good in 2002. Mysteries and echoes of its troubled past definitely resonates across the grounds.
There is a fence surrounding the abandoned zoo but you can still see the metal entrance gate, fencing for the animals and several odd thatched roofs that previously housed the inhabitants.
Chris and I definitely had an eerie and scary feeling about this abandoned zoo in Michigan.
27. The Felt Mansion/Estate | Holland, MI | Is it Haunted?
The Felt Estate is so impressive and grand, Chris and I were impressed! It's located very close to the Saugatuck Dunes State Park in Saugatuck. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
Dorr E. Felt began building his dream home, Felt Mansion in 1925. It had 25 rooms and was a whopping 12,000 square feet! Sadly, as fate would have it, six weeks after the home was completed, his wife passed away. Just about a year and a half later he too passed away...some say from a broken heart.
Throughout the years, the Felt Mansion was a prep school for Catholic boys, a prison and then into a home for cloistered nuns. Now, the Felt Mansion is a spot for seasonal events, tours of the mansion and grounds, or dancing the night away for a romantic wedding in
- Speaking of dancing, there has been sightings of shadowy figures dancing in the ballroom, ghostly images of Dorr and Agnes Felt wandering the hallways, or doors opening and closing on their own.
28. Fayette Ghost Town (in Fayette State Park)
13700 13.25 Lane, Garden, Michigan
Fayette was once a bustling iron smelting town but now it sits abandoned and silent. As you wander among the buildings, you can't help but feel an eerie presence.
Named after Mr. Fayette Brown, the Jackson Iron Company agent who chose the site, Fayette was at one time, one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations.
Fayette operated from 1867 to l891. Its blast furnaces produced a total of 229,288 tons of iron. The operation used hardwood forests for fuel and limestone to purify the iron ore.
When you visit Fayette State Park, be sure to check out the 19 structures which tells the story of iron smelting operations and those who lived there.
But be on the lookout for ghosts of miners past. They may have stores about their own lives that they want to share with you.
29. Quincy Mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Quincy Mine, Houghton, Michigan is incredible. Photo Property of Travel-Mi.com
Quincy Mine, 49750 US-41, Hancock, MI 49930
The Quincy Mine is an extensive set of copper mines located near Houghton Michigan.
The mine was owned by the Quincy Mining Company and operated between 1846 and 1945, although some activities continued through the 1970's.
As you can imagine, there were accidents while mining, leaving confused and angry miner ghosts roaming the area.
The Quincy Mine offers tours that tells of the fascinating history.
Houghton, Michigan has tons of great historic places to see, tour and explore.
30. Grand Island East Channel Light
Grand Island, Michigan (Near Munising, Michigan's Upper Peninsula)
Snapping this photo of the Grand Island East Channel Light was definitely eerie as I felt like I was being watched from the upper window.
As we were told, one of the light house keepers had around 9 children and they all stayed in this lighthouse! Talk about close quarters!
This small wooden frame lighthouse and the North Light were built in 1867 for the purpose of guiding ships safely into Munising Bay.
By 1905, the Lighthouse Board decided the light was no longer serving it's original purpose. In 1908 range lights were constructed on the main land so it was abandoned for good in 1913.
Want to see this haunted lighthouse? Take a boat ride to see Pictured Rocks! There's tons to see in Munising too!
31-34. Michigan State University | Spartan Spirits May Be Lurking Across the Campus!
Spooky reports keep floating around that Michigan State University may have some haunted sites. Are there Spartan Spirits?
Beaumont Tower - Several spooky reports indicate ghostly couples in old-timey dress, holding hands and wandering around Beaumont Tower on foggy mornings.
MSU Museum - Over the past several years, Michigan State University students working in the basement labs late at night reported hearing spooky noises and echoes of people walking back and forth on the first and second floors above.
Mary Mayo Hall - Possibly the most infamous ghost story is of Mary Mayo who is seen walking the halls and showing off her skills on the piano in the "Red Room." The Red Room was rumored as a spot for satanic rituals and the spot where a young girl may have died. The floor where the Red Room is located is now closed to students and visitors, but lights and ghostly images are often spotted passing the 4th floor windows.
Beai Garden - Visitors or students have witnesses spooky screams in the garden late at night. Shadowy figures and a male apparition dressed in 1920s clothing has been spotted.
Tiz the season for apple picking and pumpkin patches galore!
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