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The Ames Haunted Forest will send shivers down the spines of visitors. Children will dress in costumes in towns all over Story and Boone counties and go door-to-door during each town's official trick-or-treating or Beggars' Night.

Traditional Halloween events and activities are back after many were canceled or modified last year due to the pandemic, and organizers and participants alike seem to be especially excited about the return to witchy normal.

The Ames Tribune has a list of spooky and fun events that will be happening in Story and Boone counties:

Trick-or-treating in Story County

  • Ames:  Sunday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
  • Downtown Ames: Trick-or-treat at downtown Ames businesses on Friday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Ames Public Library: Trick-or-treat at the library. Stop by Ames Public Library during Downtown Trick-or-Treat Friday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Altrusa of Ames will give out free books for young children, while supplies last. 
  • North Grand Mall: Malloween and Trunk-or-Treat, Thursday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. North Grand Mall and Story County Reads are teaming up for this event, which will offer free candy, books and fun activities. The event will be held inside the mall and outside in the north parking lot. Information about afterschool programs will also be available.
  • Cambridge: Sunday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Downtown Cambridge: Sunday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Trunk-or-treat on Third Street between Water and Main streets. Hot dogs, hot cocoa and water provided free of charge. 
  • Collins:  Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Colo: Sunday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Gilbert: Sunday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Huxley: Sunday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Kelley: Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Maxwell:  Sunday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • McCallsburg:  Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Nevada: Sunday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Downtown Nevada: Main Street Nevada is hosting trick-or-treating at local businesses on Friday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Roland:  Sunday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sheldahl: Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Slater: Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Story City:  Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Zearing: Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More: Boone student council haunted house and carnival is Oct. 29

Community Harvest Party

Heartland Baptist Church, 3333 Stange Road in Ames, is hosting a Community Harvest Party, Sunday, Oct. 31, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be Bible-themed trunk-or-treat, food, fun games and a photo booth. The public is invited.

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Ames Haunted Forest

Ames Haunted Forest started scaring visitors on Friday, Oct. 8 and will be open from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in October. Admission is $25.

The Haunted Forest is located near Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium, on South Fourth Street, east of University Boulevard, at 1400 S. Fourth St.

Tours last about 30 minutes and are "fear-packed excitement and the scariest walk you'll take all year!", according to the website.

More: With a spooky history, Ames Haunted Forest opens for 21st year

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Events in Boone County

Trick-or-treat schedule

  • Boone:  Sunday, Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Trunk or Treat on Story Street  – On Thursday, Oct. 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., get candy from Boone County businesses.
  • Madrid: Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Ogden:  Sunday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Boone student council haunted house and carnival

  • 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, for youth in grades K-8 at Boone High School, 500 7th St.

Madrid Public Library, 100 W. Third St.

  • Trick-or-treat at the Library returns Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a lighted story walk and candy.

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Ackley, Iowa, Hazel Green Cemetery

It's an old cemetery about 5 miles south of Ackley out in the country. There’s a gazebo and there is said to be an old lady sitting in a rocking chair holding a baby.

Algona, Iowa, Gypsy Graveyard

Just north of town is a small graveyard with an even smaller graveyard fenced off toward the back. It is said that when the Gypsy wagon trains would pass through town back in the 1800s, and one of their flock was sick and dying, instead of taking them further on the journey and not having Gypsy-hallowed ground to bury them in they would just bury them there, while still alive. Many ghostly figures have been seen hanging around, and if you cross the small fence and walk on the hallowed ground you will be cursed. This is a favorite haunt for the local teens.

Algona, Iowa, Plum Creek Pits

Back in the far corner, there has been a little boy said to be playing near the water’s edge legend has it that the little boy was running back to the river on the other side of the pits when he tripped on a stone and was stabbed by a stick he had fallen on. The local fishermen who used to fish there say they have seen this boy walking on the bank of the pit when they yelled to him he seemed to have looked up and run back towards the river and disappears. Nobody knows what this boy’s name is or even his age.

Alton, Iowa, Floyd River

It is said that three teenagers hung themselves in an old broken-down house just off the Floyd River. You can still see three ropes hanging from the rafters of the house. There is a path leading to the house with a No Trespassing sign on it and when you cross it the haunting starts. Legend has it, the haunting never stops.

Amana, Iowa, Ghost Corner

in a cemetery there. there is a stone that is said on the last minute of every year a light blue figure hovers over her grave.

Ames, Iowa, Iowa State University, C. Y. Stephens Auditorium

The auditorium is haunted by the benevolent ghost of C. Y. Stephens. He is especially present in the basement tunnels that run between the auditorium and the Coliseum and Fisher Building. Cold drafts and footsteps are among the ways he makes himself known. He can also be seen from the stage sitting in the back right corner of the third balcony whenever the house lights are on and the stage lights are low. His presence is thought of, at least by dancers in the annual Nutcracker production, to be a sign of good luck for the performance.

Ames, Iowa, Iowa State University, Memorial Union Hall

Pays tribute to graduates of Iowa State who died in various wars. There is a low, eerie moan that can constantly be heard in this hall. No one can figure out any logical reasons for this moan (and the college is flooded with engineering and architectural majors). Rumor has it that the moan is the voice of the only woman to graduate from ISU and die in WWI.

Anamosa, Iowa, Holy Cross Cemetery

Behind this small graveyard on a hill, there is a grouping of trees that will lead you to one big tree. where it is said that many hangings occurred. The area with the trees is said to be an old Indian burial ground as is much of Anamosa. Some have seen orbs and shadowy figures.

Appanoose, Iowa, Centerville, railroad tracks

If you park your car on these tracks, turn it off, and put it in Neutral, little kids will push you off the tracks. You will hear footsteps in the rocks while they are pushing you.

Avon, Iowa, the track

The apparition of a man holding an old lantern walking the tracks then disappears.

Bertram, Iowa, Campbell Cemetery, trunkless tree

If you go there at night and shut off your headlights there is a tree that looks like it is floating and has no base to it.? There used to be two trees right next to each other that looked that way, but one was cut down.

Bloomfield, Iowa, Davis County Middle School and Elementary

If you are in the building at night, you can see weird shadows and sometimes hear voices and moaning. Up by the fifth grade there is a corner and if you are up there sometimes you can see a shadow around the corner and hear a moan but if you look around the corner nothing is there. Also, in the big storage room aka bowling alley, you can hear moans and see shadows when nothing is there.

Boone, Iowa, The Boone News Republican

Working at night in the old newspaper office you can hear footsteps running up or down six or so steps to and from the production area. No one is there. Also, once in a while, you might hear your name called and people walking upstairs. Again, the place is empty.

Boone, Iowa, Kate Shelly High Bridge

Kate Shelly was famous for saving a train from going off the tracks on the bridge that is now known as the Kate Shelly high bridge. It is said that if you look up at the tracks (bridge) at night you can see a mysterious outline of a person and a dim light like a lantern running on the tracks. People around here say that it's Kate forever reliving the incident that saved a train and lots of people.

September 2004 CORRECTION: located west of the city of Boone, is not the bridge where Kate Shelley saved the passenger train. It was actually first structured in the early 1900s and was named The Boone Viaduct. It was renamed for Kate Shelley in the 1960s. The bridge has wonderful tales of Specter Steam Engines and ghostly watchmen that walk it. The original bridge that Kate Shelley crossed was demolished in the 1930s. Kate Shelley's ghost, accordingly, haunts the hamlet of Moingona, Iowa, southwest of the city of Boone, where the story took place.

Boone, Iowa, State Nursing Home & Hospital

Yelling and screaming have been heard & seeing apparitions of different people walking around.

September 2004 Update: The old structure is falling in on itself and will be slated for demolition soon. The county has involved a no-trespassing rule since some people from Des Moines and the surrounding area decided to use it as a paintball battlefield two years ago. The home has several structural issues to it, including a collapsing floor. In regards to haunting and things, yes, there's something to it. A lot of people suffered there, and the sadness of that place can be felt today.

Buckeye, Iowa, House

There is a house and this only happens at night. This house is really old almost 100 years. At night, upstairs the floorboards creek as if someone was walking up them one after another. The door in one of the rooms opens on its own, but it jams shut.

Burlington, Iowa, National Guard Armory

Reportedly there are doors that won't stay shut and that slam shut by themselves. People working there late at night have heard the sounds of horses and footsteps when there is no one there. A witness saw a reflection of the face of a man with a handlebar mustache in a computer screen and turned around to find no one there.

Burlington, Iowa, Stony Hollow

It is said that if you go to that bluff and say the ghost's name 3 times she will appear and if she drops a rose, you will die the next day. It is said that a boy did it and died the next day.

Cedar Falls, Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Lawther Hall

Was believed to be haunted by the spirit of a soldier named Augie, who died there when the building was being used as an infirmary. Students in this residential hall have reported strange noises, cold spots, and the movement of objects. Lawther Hall has always been a women's dorm, and at no time was it ever used as an infirmary. During the war, it was used partially as a dormitory for WAVES definitely not men. In fact, the stories told of Augie center largely around the fifth (or perhaps fourth) floor attic areas. These were never used as rooms but were originally recreational areas for the women in the dorm. In the early '70s, these rooms were closed (1972, I believe) because they were deemed in disrepair and quite unsafe. For a few years, a hall Halloween Haunted House called Augie's Attic was held there until a fire started accidentally one year ago, and the activity was banned. In fact, to say that Lawther is the dorm that is primarily haunted could be entirely incorrect. Next door to Lawther, in fact, attached to, is Bartlett Hall. Bartlett has an identical layout, and though is now coed, was once all female as well. To suggest that the two have been confused is not unlikely.

Cedar Falls, Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Bartlett Hall

Bartlett shows all signs of being haunted. This past Halloween, a not exactly prohibited but very extremely hush-hush haunted house was held in the attics of Bartlett. Whilst setting up, students underwent lights flickering, doors shutting, and vast temperature changes. It got to the point that they were ready to stop bothering with their setup; simply take the money and usher people through the rooms. However, to their great disappointment, subsequent trips have yielded nothing in comparison to October 30th.

Cedar Falls, Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, The Strayer

The wood theater is haunted by a ghost known affectionately by the theatre students as Zelda, who apparently haunted the old theatre building before moving with the department into the new structure. Many theatre students have reported strange noises, including mysterious piano music (when no one else was in the building), and equipment has mysteriously worked by itself.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Brucemore

A glowing entity has been seen in the library of this building.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Coe College

There have been reports that a ghost named Helen haunts the place. She died of influenza in the epidemic of 1918 and her parents donated a grandfather clock, which used to be in her dorm. Students say sometimes at night her spirit leaves the clock, plays the piano in the parlor and stands by kids' beds and pulls covers off of them.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Domino's Pizza

Workers report cold spots, hearing footsteps walking around the store when you are the only person in there, pans started flying at us like someone was throwing them, but there was no one there. We ran out of the store and when we got brave enough to go back in we found all the pans had been put back on the shelf.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Linn County, Mckinley Middle School

At night when the janitors are working, they hear things and footsteps and they feel things touching them and cold spots when no one is around.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mount Mercy (Stello Performance Hall)

A nun hung herself from the balcony of the choir loft. She is said to haunt the whole building of Warde Hall. Supposedly she wanders the halls, people have been said to feel the presence of another entity behind them. Also, she has been reported to be seen in the halls.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Oak Hill Cemetery

It is said that Tillie, a small Czech girl, can be seen at night carrying a flickering candle, and is said to have tried to pull people into a nearby Mausoleum.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Parkers Grove

There is a gravestone with a carving of a face here and when you go there at night, you can see the face cry and his eyes are wet!!

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Rawsons Flatland

This is supposed to be haunted by a 2- to 3-year-old girl, named Josephine, wearing a white T-shirt and has short hair about to her cheeks. If you see her you will remember quite a bit about her, then by the time you turn to take a second look, she will be gone.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Westdale Mall

A young girl was working a late-night shift, when she was about to close and turn all the lights off. The freezer door, which was shut & locked, Flung open for no apartment reason. The young girl ran and has never been alone again. It is said it is the ghost of a man who died while building the mall.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wildwood apartments

It is said that about 20 years ago, a convicted child molester was living in one of the buildings. Years later one of the victim's parents confronted the man and beat him to death. His body was found 3 days later. It is rumored that you can still hear the innocent cries of his victims echoing in the halls late at night in Wildwood apartments.

Charles City, Iowa, Iron Hill

In these woods behind the old white farm, there have been sightings of a little girl dressed in white, also various girls have been heard. Around Halloween, you can hear faintly a chanting that is something like this, ring around the rosy … and wanna come burn with me. Around 1920 there was a train car full of orphans burned down on the railroad tracks that run through there. a burned rag doll has been found. They say it is their graveyard yet no family ties have been found.

Charles City, Iowa, Riverside Cemetery

This cemetery next to the river is a very strange and eerie place, sensing the darkness and windy roads. Dark figures have been seen walking around and standing over graves and a few people have been attacked or approached by figures that refused to step into the light. An Indian has also been seen out there, it is a place where you feel someone is watching you at all times. Being by the mausoleum is probably the best place to see or hear things or along the river bank.

Charlotte, Iowa, Hickory Hill Cemetery

the cemetery is located down a dirt road that is between two cornfields.? the road comes to an end at the top of a hill of trees.? The cemetery is located to the left in the trees. it is said that if you walk into the cemetery you will hear babies crying and will see a little girl pointing at the gates indicating you to LEAVE!

Cherokee, Iowa, American Theatre, East Main St.

It has been said by the employees who work in this old movie theatre that the former owner, Mr. Goldie, haunts it. A previous theatre manager related a story about an incident that occurred to him when he was all alone in the theatre. One day as he was walking across the stage he looked out at the seats where the customers would sit. And he saw one seat about 3-4 rows from the front and 2 seats rocking slowly all by themselves. There are other stories to be told of the hauntings there, but all you need to do … is come, and visit with the staff at the American Theatre.

Clarion, Iowa, George

It all started when these two friends loved to prove people wrong. The story goes that if you go in this house and go upstairs there will be pictures on the floor you are supposed to pick it up and take it home and put it on your chest and go to sleep. When you wake up it will be gone. you go back to the house and go upstairs and you will see it right where you got it. In the pic is a black figure. He is called George and you shouldn't let him touch you because it is said that after he does he takes part of you with him. How we know is about this one of the boys got touched and went crazy and is gone for the rest of his life in an asylum and the other still sees George even though the house is gone!

Clarinda, Iowa, Clarinda Academy

There are a lot of tunnels under the town and the Academy. They used these tunnels a long time ago for the mentally ill. They starved them down there for years. It is said that five boys disappeared when walking through the tunnels. Many people have seen and heard footsteps and screams.

Conover, Iowa

Four shadowy figures are said to have been seen along Conover Road, against a stand of evergreen trees. Supposedly a family died there years ago.

Conroy, Iowa, Mechanists Hall

Mechanists Hall used to be a school, but now is sometimes used for meetings and such. Sometimes at night lights inside the building flicker, but if you drive a car up it usually doesn't happen. If you go behind the building you can sometimes hear voices, but you can't make out what they are saying.

Coon Rapids, Iowa, Elk Grove Cemetery

There is a little headstone. If you get in the right angle and just wait a couple of minutes it will start to glow.

Council Bluffs, Iowa, Fairview Cemetery

This cemetery is home to the Black Angel. Dodge's wife died and in her remembrance, they made a statue of the angel that she dreamt of before she died and put it in the front of the cemetery. The statue is known as The Black Angel. Her eyes follow you no matter what direction you go. Whoever is blessed by her is on the sickly side from then on. Small lights have been seen in the trees behind the older grave sites. Feelings of someone walking on the heels of visitors.

Council Bluffs, Iowa, General Dodge's House

The Dodge House was owned by General Dodge and his family. The community has tours go through it, to make some money off of its beauty and age. ...The real story is that General Dodge is still there wandering around or sitting in his rocking chair. Around dusk every day, you can hear 2 men arguing if you stand in the middle of the street. Late at night you can see small flashes of light around the Dodge house lawn, and get a very faint smell of fire. Dodge's wife died and in her remembrance, they made a statue of her and put it in the front of the cemetery. The statue is known as The Dark Angel. Her eyes follow you no matter what direction you go. Whoever is blessed by here is on the sickly side from then on.

Council Bluffs, Iowa, Lewis and Clark monument

Feelings of getting sick, major emotions and disorientation are felt.

Council Bluffs, Iowa, old library, now Union Pacific museum

This is the old Council Bluffs library, which has now been restored to a wonderful-looking and brand-new Union Pacific railroad museum. Before the renovation occurred, many people were hesitant to venture into the basement of this Carnegie structure due to books literally flying off the shelves. Many experienced items mysteriously disappeared, only to have them return later. Also, some have reported dark, shadowy figures being seen in the basement. Not too many folks want to go into this basement alone.

Dakota City, Iowa, Historical Museum

It is said to be that the Dakota City Historical Museum is to be haunted at night. Some nights you can drive by it and see shadows, and lights going on and off in the windows. An old lady gives tours there in the summer and says that it could be haunted by the founders of Humboldt County or by the famous wrestler Gotch.

December 2003 update/addition: The submitter to the addition has heard of a fisherman walking around there, possibly he is there because the Des Moines River is right next to the museum and there is a story of a fisherman drowning to death there many years ago. Another true story is that if you walk up to the front sign of the museum and ask it any question it will move to the right

Please note it is a hanging sign on hinges. Some people might think it is the wind doing this but it only happens on calm nights when there is no wind or gusts at all. There is a lot of history at the museum.

Davenport, Iowa, Blackhawk Hotel

There have been many circumstances of seeing a lady roaming the halls wearing a red or blue evening gown. There have also been instances of pianos playing in the main ballroom misc. disturbances with employees. Actor Cary Grant also died on the 8th floor and has been seen walking the halls.

Davenport, Iowa, Masonic Temple, Brady St.

Currently owned by Palmer College. Security reports many types of haunted phenomena at all hours of the day.

Davenport, Iowa, Palmer College of Chiropractic

One of the lecture halls which was built in the middle of the 1800s is residence to several ghosts which have been known to fly around the ceiling, causing the hanging lamps to swing back and forth. There are no air vents or fans even near the ceiling. The occurrence happens regularly and has been witnessed by many classes of soon-to-be chiropractors.

Davenport, Iowa, police station Bell Tower

When the station was first built the guards used to hang prisoners in the bell tower so no one could hear or see what they were doing. If you go east behind the police station at night and look up to the bell tower you can see a man still hanging in the first window.

Davenport, Iowa, Scott City Hall

A heavyset man reportedly sits in the city council chamber. They call him Hal. The legend of Hal goes like this. Hal was a citizen who was extremely upset with the city government. He ran for alderman of his ward. He lost by a landslide to the incumbent, but Hal wasn't going to let that stop him. He attended every city meeting that was held in the chamber until he died of a heart attack at 63. Hal has been seen at least 100 times. He also has been said to walk around city hall, and former mayors have said they have seen them in their office on more than one occasion. Often Hal is smoking a cigar.

Davenport, Iowa, St. Ambrose University Ambrose Hall

When there are only a few professors left in the building late at night, they hear strange noises. They have heard footsteps and seen lights flickering on and off. It's said that it is an old priest that died many, many years ago.

Davis City, Iowa, Cemetery

can be seen shooting across the cemetery very late at night. Animal sacrifices have also been known to be practiced in the early nineties. As you enter the cemetery a sudden feeling of pressure is often felt.

Davis County, Iowa, Mars Hill

It's the only extant log church in Iowa now. There is a graveyard to the right of the church. Rumors are that is a hot spot for seeing UFOs, but other things have gone on there too

Black Mass has been held in the abandoned church; evidence has been left behind, like inverted pentagrams in red paint or blood on the floor. I've been there and there is a positively suffocating force there

it's like you can't breathe and you get the impression there are tons of eyes watching you. Very creepy! And, just down the hill from the church is Crybaby Bridge, where at midnight if you turn off your car on the bridge, you can hear the sounds of babies and small children crying.

Decorah, Iowa, Luther College Larsen Hall

The ghost's name is Gertrude. She has been known to open and close doors in rapid succession and move pencils and other small objects when students aren't looking.

Decorah, Iowa, Luther College Regents Center

Regents Center is an athletic facility. In the '90s, a janitor killed himself and other staff members reported seeing his ghost.

Decorah, Iowa, Porter House Museum

Supposedly you can see people in the upstairs part of the house, standing in the windows.

Des Moines, Iowa, Air Lanes

Behind the bowling alley lanes, there is an upstairs that is rumored to have been used to be used for illegal gambling in the 1920s. Well if you go upstairs, down the hallway, and into this room up there and wait a few minutes you can hear noises. Some of them are a lot of people talking, or you can hear dice rolling. you could hear your name being called.

Des Moines, Iowa, Des Moines International Airport The Cloud Room

In offices that were originally a restaurant named the Cloud Room during the '60s and '70s. Supposedly haunted by a deceased young flight attendant who materializes usually in the Autumn walking empty halls with a bag as if confused looking for her flight. The occasional noise of laughing and glasses clinking at the bar early and late when the offices are quiet. Many cold spots and unexplained noises in and outside the Cloud Room.

Des Moines, Iowa, Des Moines International Airport The Farmer

Construction began in 1932 over family farmland on the south side of the city that was owned by a family (buried in a small, private cemetery on SW 31st St) who lost their land against their will. Since the basement was constructed, shadows and the image of a malicious-looking middle-aged man in farm attire. have been witnessed by various individuals. Moans, footsteps and stomping, shadows, images and cold spots are his style.

Des Moines, Iowa, Dowling High School

Reports of a purple orb were seen.

Des Moines, Iowa, Drake University Observatory

The Drake University Observatory is said to be haunted by Dr. Robert Morehouse. He was the first Chairman of the Astronomy and Physics Department and his claim to fame was discovering a comet in the 1920s. His remains, along with those of his wife, are interred in the wall of the entryway. Students have reported many strange things happening in the basement, such as a feeling of being watched and an unknown force correcting the calculations in their observation logs.

Des Moines, Iowa, Lincoln High School

Mainly occurs in the balcony of the auditorium. Unexplained lights flash on and off in the light booth when it has been locked and nobody is in there. Seats of wooden folding chairs swing up and down when nobody is around. Cold spots in certain areas. The curtains on the stage will rustle in a seemingly nonexistent breeze when there is nothing that could cause it. There is no air conditioning in the school. There have also been unexplained noises such as tapping on the wooden floor of the stage, and banging on the seats in the balcony. If you go into the Paint Room, which is located in one of the wings of the stage, you get the feeling of someone watching you, and running their fingers up and down your back.

Des Moines, Iowa, East High School

There has been a glowing blue light in a restroom there. The light flashed right behind two students who witnessed it in the mirror and disappeared before they could turn around. Before the flash, there was a spark of electricity on the faucet when one of the students reached for it. This school is over 150 years old and there are at least 4 deaths.

Des Moines, Iowa, Old Red Horse Armory

Was an old Cavalry armory. It is now the city school bus barn. When the National Guard was in the building soldiers who worked full time and were in there after hours reported hearing the clip-clop of horses' hooves and the jingle of harnesses off the small drill floor where the stables were. They also would catch glimpses of an older man dressed in an old cavalry uniform in the long back hall that only had a small light bulb at each end of it. They were not fanciful people who saw and heard these things. They were hardworking soldiers with their heads on straight who would never in a million years make up things like that.

Des Moines, Iowa, Merle Hay Mall Tower

Merle Hay Mall, and a building in the mall known as the Merle Hay Tower, is built over the site of a Monastery that was closed in the 1950s. Rumor has it that on occasion a nun would become pregnant, with the pregnancy resulting in miscarriage. These babies were buried in unmarked graves on the Monastery grounds, where the mall stands today. My grandfather used to drive an ice cream truck, and would deliver to the Monastery, and witnessed one of the nuns nursing (feeding) an infant in the kitchen of the Monastery. In the present day, the Merle Hay Tower is said to be haunted by a figure wearing a very old-style habit, who cries as she carries a dead child. People who have offices in the Tower report an elevator that moves between floors with no one aboard late at night. When the elevator stops, footsteps can be heard, but when the sounds are investigated, no one is around. Cold spots are frequent and a feeling of being watched when alone is also reported. Others report hearing someone walk into an office and when they turn around, no one is there.

Des Moines, Iowa, Saydel High School

There is a little girl that sings around the hallways at night.

Des Moines, Iowa, Terrace Hill

Witnesses have seen a transparent little girl, eyes in pictures following them and many other things. In the middle of the elevator (which is code-activated) goes up and down and opens.

Des Moines, Iowa, Weaver House

This house has a table that seems to be haunted.

Dubuque, Iowa, Clarke College Mary Frances Hall

Mary Frances Hall on the Clarke Campus was built in 1924. The top floor of the dormitory and the chapel is said to be haunted by the ghost of the school's founder Mary Frances Clarke. Students have accounted for unexplained footsteps in the hallway, the feeling of being watched and a shrouded figure near the chapel. Mary Benedict Hall, built in 1965, is also haunted by spirits of past students and the founding sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Students have reported seeing books and tickets being tossed from the shelving units, a shrouded figure in the hallway on the 3rd floor (west wing), water running in the bath on 3rd floor west wing restroom in the middle ofthe night, and unexplained footsteps in the tunnel connecting Mary Benedict and Mary Josita halls.

Dubuque, Iowa, Fischer Building

The Fischer Building was originally 8 stories tall, built in downtown Dubuque in the mid-19th century, about 50 years before the first skyscraper was built in Chicago. With a steel addition to the top of the building, it is now 9 stories tall with another smaller building on top. There are two reported hauntings in the Fischer Building. In the basement, in the offices of the maintenance staff, there is a tall man that walks from one room, a short distance through a larger room to the next room.? Many people have reported him walking in the same direction, and he has been seen only from the back. On the fourth floor, in the northwest hallway, there is a well-dressed woman, wearing a dress, fur and high heels, who appears near the center of the building and walks north, turns to the right and goes in the last doorway. Her style of dress suggests she is from the 1920s or 1930s. Some people report that she opens the door and enters the last office, even though the door is locked.

Dubuque, Iowa, Grand Opera House

Voices, footsteps and apparitions are present here.

Dubuque, Iowa, The Ham House

This building is said to be one of the most haunted places in Dubuque. It was once a large private residence but is now a museum. People have experienced classic encounters such as cold breezes, strange voices and chills running down people's spines. Several of the caretakers have reported objects mysteriously out of place and lights flickering. There have even been reports of eerie cries coming from the servant's house, the master bedroom, and the nursery.

Dubuque, Iowa, The Saul House

In 1992 a 14-year-old boy killed himself with a knife in his home. And the people that have moved in have said that knives have been lying in an x on the exact spot where he killed himself.

Estherville, Iowa, Forest Ridge Cedar Hall

South of Estherville on Highway 4. Things randomly fall off the walls, a little girl in a blue dress has been seen, also an old man. There is a reflection of a person standing over the desk when nobody is standing there. One of the bedrooms (209) is haunted; girls have reported having their hair pulled by something under the bed. Closet door handles rattle, locked closets have opened on their own.

Eldora/Ackley, Iowa, the Felland old property

A stone garden is found there (one rock is found from the old Roman aqueducts) a spirit found from the norms house is alive there (under large center rock, never point him/her in the direction of the norms house. The second floor east room is a crossroads. The straight point in the front lawn (most east north) has been used for magic rituals.

Emmetsburg, Iowa, vacant lot behind Nauss Oil on Highway 18

There once was a motel on this sight. The people who ran the motel lived in a house across the road for a while, then the motel was demolished but the driveway is still there. Sometimes an old man in a plaid shirt and chino slacks walks along the old driveway and stops 5 or 6 times like he is checking doors. The house across the street where the people lived was still standing in 2002 and they were renovating it.

Estherville, Iowa, Oak Hill

It's a cemetery and there is this hill that is haunted. The story is that a car full of football players were going to their game and their car stalled on this very hill. So they all got out and started to push the car up this hill then a car came around this bend and didn't see the football players and hit them. All of the players died. People say that if you put your car in neutral between these 2 markers you will go uphill because the football players push you up the hill because they don't want you to get hit by another car. Another story is that two children who lived in the nearby mansion were playing in the road when they were run over and killed. When your car moves, it is the children pushing it off of them. Anyway, the going uphill sensation is caused by an optical illusion. For this to work, you must be headed downhill. In the place where you stop, the road levels off and appears to go up in comparison to the rest of the road. If you go down the hill and around the curve and look back, you will realize that the entire road does indeed go downhill.

Floyd, Iowa, Charles City Iron Hill

Back on the new walking trail is the site where a train wreck happened. Reports of apparitions & people calling out your name.

Fort Dodge, Iowa, Bannwell Bridge

There is a bridge a few miles southwest of Clare. There are three bridges total and if you look on a map it shows up like a triangle and a woman and her kids are supposed to haunt it. if you go there around midnight and stop on the bridge and get out of the car and wait. A woman's face is supposed to come down the railroad tracks and follow you down the road till you go under a bridge about a quarter mile down the road. Further on down the tracks where a road goes across the tracks, you can stop your car and some kids will push you across. the story is that she hung her three children over the bridge and a train came along and hit the kids.

May 2004 update: they tore it down and are building a new bridge in its place.

Fort Dodge, Iowa, Phillips Middle School

The school is supposedly haunted by a young boy who drowned in the pool. The boy has been sited peeking around corners and playing jokes on people. Also at night, you can see a red glow and the smell of fire because of the alleged grease fire that happened in the home ec room several years ago.

Fort Dodge, Iowa, Hawkeye Theater

You always feel like someone is watching you. Whenever you are in a room by yourself, you are physically abused by an 'invisible hand'. Reports of a transparent little girl. IL

Fort Dodge, Iowa, terror bridge

It has been said that a woman threw 3 of her 4 children off the bridge while a train was coming one of the 4 got away when you drive over the bridge at midnight your car will shut off till you're over the bridge and by her house where she hung herself and burnt down. if you go under the bridge her truck is still where she parked it. It is truly terrifying. it has also been said that you should lock your doors and roll up your windows or she will throw you over too.

Fort Madison, Iowa, Iowa State Penitentiary

Built in the 1800s. Solitary confinement area: Guards refuse to go to the end of the corridor at night. Inmates have experienced cold spots, heard unexplainable moaning and chains clanking, seen apparitions and have been choked or physically attacked while alone in their 8x5 (or smaller) locked cell.

Glenwood, Iowa, Nuckolls Street

Located a block down the hill from the former Iowa Institution for Feeble Minded Children along the original banks of Keg Creek (where I've dug up several Indian artifacts while gardening). Mostly it's been the typical kitchen cabinets opening and shutting for no reason along with cold spots and the feeling of an unseen presence. It's an old small house I bought a few years ago that was built before 1880. If I tell whatever it is to knock it off and go away things seem to calm down for a while.

Grinnell, Iowa, Grinnell College

According to an article in the Des Moines Register, there is an old wheelchair on the stage of the performing arts bldg. it belonged to the director of the theater dept, who retired by dying. It's said to roll out on stage during rehearsals or performances for no reason. The students think it's the friendly spirit of the theater director.

Guthrie Center, Iowa, Cemetery

When going east out of Guthrie Center there is a cemetery to the left of you. In this cemetery is a gravestone shaped like a chair. This chair has been named The Devil's Chair it is said if you sit in it something bad will happen to you. My neighbor sat in it one night and two days later discovered he needed to have open heart surgery. Don't sit in this chair or you'll be sorry but if you do sit in it you're very brave, good for you!!!

Hamburg, Iowa, Catholic Cemetery

Occasional sightings of a woman figure have been seen kneeling at the feet of the three Virgin Mary statues. Some have reported hearing wailing from the statues themselves.

Hardin, Iowa, Eagle City Park

There are people that go to the park and worship the devil and chase you away if you try to watch them. There are ropes that are in a barn at the park that are used to hang people at least it looks like that is what they are for. Also, there is blood all over the ground in the barn.

Independence, Iowa, Buchanan County Court House

A man was hung sometime in the late 1800s to the early 1900s there, but when they did his neck didn't snap, so he died slowly. Now he is supposed to haunt the building at night, walking around the building. a man who spent the night in one of the cells, said he saw it, but that it was a man hanging from a rope that went up into the ceiling. He isn't a very credible person though.

Indianola, Iowa, Simpson College

In the late 1800s, a woman fell down the staircase of College Hall. She was apparently walking from the third floor when she tripped, broke her neck during the fall, and died instantly. On every Friday the 13th, it is said you can see her reflection or shadow in the third-floor window while stepping on the college seal exactly at midnight.

Iowa City, Iowa, Black Angel & Little Girl Statues

Reports of a glowing shape walking through the cemetery believed to be the spirit of the Black Angel. She is also said to watch people and strange lights in connection with this statue. In there with the Black Angel is a small statue of a girl that is set up on a column. If you walk under her and around her she will pick out someone in your group and stare at them until they leave. Also the closer you get to the little girl statue the warmer it gets. The farther you get the colder it gets.

Iowa City, Iowa, University of Iowa Currier Hall

According to rumor, a triple suicide occurred on the fourth floor when three dorm mates found themselves to be in love with the same man. They reappear to bickering roommates in order to promote friendship and harmony. There has also been a sighting of an older man on the E300's section of the building. This stern-faced man is the father of a former tenant of Currier Hall.

Iowa City, Iowa, Slater Hall Floor 9

Legend has it that a young student jumped to his death from the ninth floor. Ever since, footsteps can be heard, screams, and many residents have seen the young man's ghost walking late at night carrying an ax.

Iowa City, Iowa, Slater Hall Floor One

Legend has it that in the 1800s, a man they called Penguin man roamed the vicinity looking for young babies whose brains he liked to feast on. Legend has it that the Penguin man has been reincarnated into a fat, black, first-floor RA. She roams the halls of Slater looking for innocent young students to eat. SLATER HALL IS VERY DANGEROUS. BEWARE THE WADDLER.

Iowa Falls, Iowa, Eagle City

An outside church in lower Eagle city too many voices to recognize.

Iowa Falls, Iowa, Thompson Hall Dormitory

This dorm and Union Cemetery across the road are both haunted. One resident advisor was spending the Christmas holiday in the dorm alone, and reported hearing footsteps and voices from the unoccupied basement floor, which was locked up, and no one could get into. There have also been sightings of Mr. Ellsworth (a town benefactor) and other ghosts in the cemetery, and strange noises can be heard in both places.

Johnson County, Iowa, North Liberty Greencastle Cemetery

This is a very old cemetery, No one has been buried there in years. When you go there at night the dirt is freshly dug by many of the stones, as if someone was buried there that day. Tombstones move all by there self. Many people have seen a witch in black with long dark hair, she talks to young children. She looks like she is between 16 and 18 yrs. old.

Kossuth, Iowa, Algona Little Africa

Rumor is that there are several places here that have been the scene of murders. The old bridge you cross has been the place of 2 hangings. 2 of the roads have had accidents on them because people claim things have been standing the middle of the road and won't move. The old farmhouse is said to have the spirit of the old maid who worked for the family had an affair and the husband killed her ... the family left right after and everything in the house is still there. Out past the hospital cemetery. Worth going there.

Lake City, Iowa, Rainbow Bridge

A few miles south of Lake City, there is an old bowstring bridge, which is blocked off from traffic and cannot be driven on. If you walk out on the bridge at midnight, lay an unopened candy bar on the middle of the bridge and go back off the bridge and wait for 5 minutes in the dark, when you go back for it, the wrapper will be unopened and intact, but the chocolate is gone.

October 2003 Update: visitors to our website tried this and report it does not work.

Lamoni, Iowa, Terre Haute Cemetery

It is said that the cabin beside Terre Haute Cemetery, there is a little boy who plays on a swing set beside the cabin. He then motions for you to follow him and he guides you to the cemetery to where he is buried. When you reach the grave the boy disappears.

Laurens, Iowa, infant cemetery

Out in the middle of the country, you will go up a hill on a gravel road. On top of that hill, you will see an old run-down white abandoned house. To your left pushed back in the corner of A lot of trees you will see a small cemetery. No one has been buried here in years, and as you walk into the graveyard you will see to your left 3 small graves with the same last name. Legend has it that the three graves are 3 little girls that lived in the house a long time ago until their father killed them. Some people went into the house and found a bunch of old toys and stuffed animals. Gusts of cold wind will blow as soon as you step out of your car, and many voices have been heard inside the small round cemetery.

Madrid, Iowa, Mount Hope Cemetery

Toward the back of the cemetery, there are five graves of children from the same family. One of them is Sara. She likes to follow visitors around and several have said they hear a child's voice asking for Ree. If she is not answered she will tug at clothes and touch people.

Manchester, Iowa, Stage Coach House

The old stagecoach house and stables near Coffins Grove Park are said to be haunted by members of the Baker family who ran the stagecoach house and are buried in the family cemetery nearby.

Marion, Iowa, Carlos O'Kellys

Many odd things occur including unplugged blenders going off, flickering lights, and plates falling off of racks for no apparent reason.

Marion, Iowa, Granger House

It has been said that the white figure of a young woman can be seen sitting in front of a window at midnight.

Marion, Iowa, group home for disabled adults

Many unexplainable things have happened here. Doors opening and slamming shut by themselves, cooking utensils flying out of their holder for no reason, knobs turned on the oven and coffee maker while no one in the room, fluorescent light bulb bursting even though it wasn't turned on.

Marshalltown, Iowa

The ghost of the Quarry, a 5th grader who was killed 30 years ago haunts the Quarry forest. He calls to you from every corner of the forest and follows you around until you leave the forest. Also, there are symbols carved into a wooden bridge in the forest.

Marshalltown, Iowa, Riverside Cemetery

There is a chair made from concrete that looks like it is made of wood, that supposedly if you sit in it you will die within one year. There are rumors that some people, who died very normal deaths (like car accidents), sat in the chair a month or two before their deaths.

April 2004 Update: A visitor to our site reported the chair is not there anymore, but in fact, it is there as of November 28th of 2004. It is in the older part of the cemetery. If you look for it you can find it.

Mason City, Iowa, Ghosts of the rock stars

Some people occasionally spot a plane crashing, and some say it was from the 1959 tragedy, when The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and Buddy Holly died in the plane crash. Their spirits are rarely spotted, but 3 orbs were caught on tape once, and it was in the same spot where the 3 rock stars died.

Metz, Iowa, Sugar Grove Cemetery and Metz Bridge

Within the Cemetery there is a Glowing Tombstone ... on the Metz Bridge there is a story of the Metz Mud Monster where I guy wrecked his car into the mud, now river below and was never yet found ... while on the bridge with my fellow friends we taped it and when viewing the tape later that night we saw a black being run across the screen.

Milton, Iowa, old house

this house used to be on the SE side of town and was then back in the late 1850s or so was a mortuary; it was later moved to a central part of the town and occupied by residents these residents claim that the upstairs of this house is haunted by an old man and a little girl you can hear people talking and sobbing.

Missouri Valley, Iowa, Roberts House

In the Winter months, (at night) you can hear, vividly, footfalls on the basement steps then a very loud crash, as if someone on the steps fell and hit the walls very hard. On the top floor sounds of doors closing, and water turning on and off. Outside (usually near 11:00 pm) a Very loud boom sound, as if an entire wall was knocked in, is CLEARLY, heard. Smells of flowers and items being misplaced are reported.

Mitchellville, Iowa, Iowa Correctional Institute For Women

Two little girls are repeatedly spotted wandering around these grounds, and another can be heard singing in the basement of one of the oldest buildings there.

Mount Ayr, Iowa, Tedrow

Tedrow is a small cemetery in the country. In the daytime, there is a tree that contains an evil face. But at night, the spirits frequently make themselves known. It is not the cemetery but it is the woods that surround the cemetery that is haunted. Apparently, about fifty to a hundred years ago, a small cult came the cemetery and did ceremonies. Now whenever you drive at night into the cemetery, you may enter but you may not be able to get out. The reason for this is because there is a glowing object in the woods and if this glowing object gets too close to you, you will not be able to start your car. But in order to witness the strange happenings you need to have your car turned off and lights turned off. You can have a flashlight with you but that is it. While you are in complete silence and complete darkness, something might run passed you several times and when you look nothing will be there. Sometimes you might hear moaning in the woods, sometimes you will hear what sounds like somebody pounding a metal sheet against a tree. Sometimes you will see a dark figure staring at you from a tree. And if you are really lucky, you will witness the strangest and scariest experience that you ever had. At times you might wait for a good five or ten minutes and nothing will seem to happen, but when you have given up all hope and decide to leave, all at once there will sound like a herd of elephants are all around you and make the loudest racket. You are guaranteed to jump in your car and take off, but that is just the beginning. If you leave your window open, while you're driving, you will hear the object following you until you have reached the end of the pathway leading to the cemetery. Also the weather is completely different there, it could be a hot day and when you reach the cemetery, it will be cold. And it could be the clearest day and when you reach the cemetery it will begin to rain. And there could be no wind at all and when you reach the cemetery there will be ten to 20mile-an-hour winds.

Fair WARNING ― As with all other haunted places, you need to get permission before going into a cemetery late at night. There may be NO TRESPASSING and you could be fined. Be smart and be safe, do it the legal way.

Mount Pleasant, Iowa, Hwy 218 on Kentucky Rd. Birthday Bridge

Supposedly years ago a girl hung herself from the bridge on her birthday if you go out there at night you can see her and on her birthday see her hanging.

Mount Pleasant, Iowa, The Medium security Prison

This building used to be a Mental hospital and was built in the middle 1800s. It consists of an old stone center building with newer brick wings extending off the center to the east and west. Before it was converted to a prison in the 1980s a former worker on the 11 pm to 7 am shift on the top floor in the middle ward on the east wing. There were Offices and group rooms in the ward to the west of ours and the ward to the east was empty. When they first started working that unit quite a few of the coworkers asked them things like, ?aren't you afraid to work on that unit its so creepy up there and have you ever seen anything up there. Not understanding their questions until one night when a terrible racket began on the empty unit. The only way it can be described is the sound of heavy metal furniture being dragged across the floor and slammed into the connecting door and wall. It shook the walls and actually woke up the patients on a few occasions. When it was searched the empty unit was always empty and looked like nobody had been in there for years. Apparitions have been seen in the halls.

Muscatine, Iowa, Greenwood Cemetery

If you walk down the center of the cemetery you will hear the sound of footsteps running at you but when you turn to look at the direction the noise is coming from you will see nothing. A strong feeling of being watched and followed is felt. Even reports of a strange scream that seems to come from the other side of the cemetery but can hurt your ears at the same time.

The Blue Angel is a statue in the Greenwood Cemetery that used to hold a rose and if the person looking at the angel, if she dropped the rose, you were doomed to death. Eventually, some people cut off her hand so that she wouldn't be able to hurt anyone anymore, but at night time her hand was still there, glowing in the night holding the rose that she might drop on you. When approaching the angel you will see the sky turn blood red and when you look at the trees cause the angel is set back all by itself in a cove, the short side of the trees will be swaying and the tall side will not.

March 2007 Background Information: The Blue Angel is made of an ebony white gypsum. In the sides of the mausoleum in which she is housed are two cobalt blue stained glass windows. One to the east and one to the west. Each morning as the new dawn emerges and each night as the day ends the sun shines thru the windows bathing her in a luminescent glow turning her white figure blue. During the '50s stories of the blue angel were all of a benevolent nature. She was the protector, the guardian angel of the cemetery, protecting all within from any vandals or wrongdoers. It is very sad the current stories of any evil associated with her.

Muscatine, Iowa, Lutheran Holmes/ Lutheran Drive

Lutheran Holmes now a nursing home used to be an orphanage. There is said to be old tunnels underneath the building but have never been seen. Workers say that on the seven hundred in one of the room every time a new patient comes to that room they soon die. Also the six hundred hall call lights will come on and nobody is in that room. Residents say they see children running at night and asked the staff to ask them to be quiet. Behind is an old cemetery, which is closed and has a no-trespassing sign. It is small and consists of mostly orphan graves. You get an uneasy feeling and want to leave.

Muscatine, Iowa, Old Hershey Street Hospital

Sometimes you will be walking past the old hospital and the curtains will flutter or you might catch a glimpse of movement through the balcony. It was present during the civil war times and the owner says that sometimes he hears a stumble or a person limping at night.

Nevada, Iowa, old Story County home

The old Story County home is said to be haunted it closed down 15 yrs ago. They say if you drive by it at night you can see glows like a light was on. It is condemned now with no trespassing signs in front. It was an asylum where people with mental illness lived. They say you can hear moans and cries. So many people died there. It has been said some teenagers went to it one night at midnight and one of them got struck on the head by a piece of falling debris, like someone was jumping on the floor above them to make it fall.

February 2007 Update: the county home was torn down a couple of years ago. The area is still used as the gun range for the local Sheriff's Office. Warning!! ? No Tresspassing

New Providence, Iowa, Reece park

A young women will appear in the corn field and you will hear her screaming. The young women killed herself out there, and it is her ghost that is known to haunt that very place.

New Virginia, Iowa, cemetery

the grave of the first settler in New Virginia is said to be haunted. At midnight every night you can see a glowing light coming from this stone. They say the ghost if mad because they changed his gravestone.

Newton, Iowa, Children's Forest

It is known that a neighboring resident found an antique glass jar in the woods of Children's Forest. A week later, when the jar was kept inside the resident's garage, a group of teenagers saw a depressed Indian walking through a table. The next day they busted the jar against a tree inside the forest, and now they say you can hear Indian calls from within the woods.

North Liberty, Iowa, Green Pond

By the trailer park, across the railroad tracks is a narrow path leading to an unexpected pond called Green Pond in a small area of trees. The area was previously used for witchcraft and worship and the legend now says that if you go before the pong a woman will rise from it. Years ago 2 children went missing and their bikes were found in the bottom of the pond.

Ottumwa, Iowa, Good Sam Nursing Home

a lady was screaming one night that she would not go to sleep until the lady left the room, the people on duty that night tried to explain that there was nobody in the room. The lady replied that yes there is, she's sitting at the end of my bed. Sure enough there was an area on the bed that was pushed down that looked like there was somebody there, but there was nobody. The people noticed this and talked to the invisible ghost saying that you're scaring this poor lady and she can't go to sleep, could you please leave the room for tonight so she can get to sleep. Sure enough right after they said that the spot on the bed when back to its normal stage where it didn't look like anybody was sitting there, the lady calmed down and went to sleep, but there have been more reports of the same thing at Good Sam's since then.

Pacific Junction, Iowa, Ghost Town

It is said that on the other side of the train tracks, on some private property, there are some haunted houses. There have been sightings of orbs and also at least 3 entities. It is located just outside of town in between it and Glenwood.

Palo, Iowa, Pleasant Ridge Cemetery

Pleasant Ridge is more commonly known as 13 stairs, because of the 13 stairs leading up a hill into the cemetery. Voices have been recorded on tape (EVP) that were not heard while there. Also, people have been touched by unseen things. Visitors have seen things human-like shapes appear and disappear.

Pella, Iowa, Central College Graham Hall

A room that is locked up, believed to be haunted by the Penguin Lady. Residents have held sheets of paper under her door to watch her grab them with a sucking action, and later when the room is unlocked by staff, the residents find the paper placed neatly atop an extra desk or dresser.

Polk, Iowa, Pleasant Hill El Azteca Restaurant

When this restaurant was called Clay's, one evening while dining a butter knife forged its way up between two tables that were pushed together (teeth side up) and fell suddenly on the floor. Witnessed by two people there was no possible reasoning behind this action

Very bizarre!

Polk, Iowa, West Des Moines Barnes and Noble

Employees and patrons have seen books pulled off of shelves and dropped. They don't fall off it looks like an invisible hand has pulled it off and then it drops straight down.

Protivin, Iowa, the creamery

Witnesses have seen a face in the window. There have been other reporting of strange noises and movements. A long time ago part of it burned down killing 2 people inside.

Oakdale, Iowa, Iowa Medical and Classification Center

At night on certain units, especially segregation, you can sometimes see the shadowy figure of a man walking along the cells. You can only see the head and shoulders. Eerie feelings and cold sensations are also very common. More than a few guards and inmates have reported experiencing this.

Oskaloosa, Iowa, Youngberg house

Faint, deep moans can be heard on the second story. Feet have appeared to be dangling down from the attic door. Right when you get up on the second story, an overwhelming feeling of fear and pain is reported by the owners. The house has had many owners and has been around for nearly 100 years.

Ottumwa, Iowa, house of ghosts

In 1856 there was a man who had to go to war. His wife had died when his daughter was two. He had died the third week of the war. His daughter and their servants were very sad. Three years after he had died she was 13 and she got sick. She died in 1870. In 1996 Brad Leedom was taking a shower in the house. Then he heard something upstairs. He walked up the stairs and saw writing on the window it said Are You My Father. It is said on calm nights you can hear her singing and playing.

Ottumwa, Iowa, Mars Hill

There are many legends about Mars Hill, a church and cemetery outside of Ottawa. there is said to be a suffocating force upon the place. Thumping against the side of your car along with dirty little hand prints.

Ottumwa, Iowa, North Court Cemetery

When you walk through it at night you'll see on some tombstones dark figures sitting on them. And you will see some dark figures run behind trees but if u go check it out there is nothing there. and sometimes if you walk on the grass and look down you might see a white cat run in circles around your feet and disappear. you might hear whispering in your ears as well and footsteps in the grass.

Ridge Hauntings, Iowa

Marquette is surrounded by bluffs on three sides, and the river on one side. It is rumored that the Indian mounds atop these hills are haunted. No one thought much of it until the hauntings started to happen closer and closer to people's homes. At night, you can hear the ghastly moan of the lost souls of the Indians. There is much speculation of these happenings because there was a U.S. military trail about two miles north of Marquette used to transport Indians from fort Atkinson in Wisconsin to Fort Atkinson in Iowa.

Riverside, Iowa, Riverside Cemetery

Apparently, when driving by the Riverside cemetery it's been said on certain nights and will start seeing eyes vaguely glowing, this turns into a crowd of eyes, most likely the residents of the cemetery. Seeing the number of sets of eyes staring shows the significance of how many apparitions are there.

Rockwell City, Iowa, North Central Correctional Facility

In the education building which is one of the oldest buildings on the grounds and is said to have previously been the hospital, there have been sightings of a female walking on the lower level, screams, and doors opening and closing. The prison itself was a female prison prior to 1982, and has its own graveyard for several female inmates that passed away while in custody.

October 2007 Update/ Additional Information: It was previously used for different things; an infirmary, and solitary confinement. Many people have claimed to have had experiences there. Nothing too concrete. The prison itself was a female reformatory opening in the early 1900s. Many of the old buildings are extremely creepy, and many odd sounds are heard. Most can be attributed to old pipes, but once in a while, the hair does go up on the back of one's neck. The cemetery contains graves of women and babies, presumably who died during childbirth. What really adds to the haunted feeling is the giant old twisted oak trees that surround the older buildings.

Shelby, Iowa, Old Hwy 83

A few people have seen two young girls in flowing white dresses playing in the middle of the road very late at night. They have a light glowing around them and disappear almost into thin air.

Sheldon, Iowa, 9th Street Graveyard

It is said that if you walk into the graveyard at 12:00 midnight you can see a white shadowy ghost floating in the air.

Shell Rock, Iowa, Satan's Hollow Bridge

Under the bridge there are experiences of being watched unexplained sounds and tall white figures also you hear all around you moving and following as you go further down. There is a feeling of not wanting to be there.

Shellsburg, Iowa, Shellsburg Cemetery

Just outside of Shellsburg, there is a statue of an angel marking the grave of 2 young children that died in the late 1940s. It is said that if you walk up to her at night, she will softly start crying and tears will run down her face and fall to the ground.

Sioux City, Iowa, Airport

Reports of orbs, moans and screams on the runway. United Flight 232 crashed there on July 19, 1989, and 112 of the 376 on board died.

Sioux City, Iowa, Cavalry Cemetery

Many visitors report two things after walking through the grounds: Their ears ring persistently, and they feel the sensation of fingertips or cobwebs drifting over their face. Some report that both sensations get stronger as they approach a gravestone with a tree growing out of it half of the tree is dead, half of it still produces green leaves every year.

June 2008 Correction: The Headstone with the tree is wrong. It is an actual tree made into a headstone. It is cut off of an old hanging tree. It is cut from the part down from where they used to hang people from it. The rope is still attached to the tree and the headstone is actually carved into the tree. It is in the older top part of the cemetery, along the dirt cut through.

Sioux City, Iowa, Graceland Park Cemetery

People taking pictures, hunting for orbs, experience slight disorientation, and cameras stop functioning until you leave the premises.

Sioux City, Iowa, Joy Hollow

Mary the virgin has been seen with blood running down her face in one of the older cabins girl scouts who died in that cabin haunted it reports of floating objects girls coming out of the shower with hand prints on them

Sioux City, Iowa, KD Station

The building was originally built around 1915 as a state-of-the-art meat packing plant. However, shortly after it was built the company went bankrupt. It was later purchased by Swift and Co. who operated a packing operation in it for many years. In 1949, however, a gas leak caused an explosion that killed a number of people. Later after Swift moved out it was purchased and made into a shopping center that included store shops, a bowling alley and a miniature golf course. A friend that worked as security and also operated a martial arts studio in the building reported a number of strange happenings. There at one time was a terrace that had lights that required them to be unscrewed to turn off. One night he turned them off and proceeded to close the two doors that were required to be entered to get back into the building. He reported that something made him get the urge to turn around and he saw that all the lights were back on. In the time it took him to go back inside there was no way someone would have time to screw back in all the lights and there was no on/off switch for these lights. He also reported times when it seemed the elevators were moving when they really were not. This happened to other patrons also. For many years, the owners of the building used to print on their brochure Paul Pulaski, our in-house ghost welcomes you for more information go to: Disasters | Sioux City History

March 2007 Update: The KD Station suffered a fire in the middle of the night on December 26-27, 2006, and should not be entered as it is unsafe. The fire was caused by arson and the city has kept a watchful eye on the building since the fire and stories being published in the local paper about people exploring the building prior to the fire. The city has plans to demolish the building in the near future.

Sioux City, Iowa, Leflur house

It's located in Morningside near the college, and it has been in a magazine. It has been investigated before. There have been sightings of a Red glow in the upstairs. The workmen who did some remodeling there would always find their tools in the basement in the mornings. The birds they tried to keep would always die on them and the dog would never go into the house. In the middle of July, the attic would be so cold that you could see your breath. The house has been surrounded by death. There have been many murders there. There has been a count of seven entities there.

Sioux City, Iowa, Morningside College Dimmit Hall

There is said to have been a girl that committed suicide on her hall on the girls’ side of the building. Her hall is called the hidden hall because the is no entrance to the outside, so you have to go up a level or down a level to get out, therefore, leaving her trapped on her hall. It is said she committed suicide by hanging herself on old heating pipes in the rooms. Residents of her room have reported recently of hearing a girl’s voice and gagging choking sounds at night while they're studying. They've opened up their doors and yelled down the halls at their hallmates thinking it was a joke and no one was out there, and the sounds continued. Other girls of the hall reported seeing a moderately dressed young woman walking slowly down the hall sniffling and crying and walking through the door into the haunted room.

Sioux City, Iowa, preschool

Orbs seen on the first floor where children sleep. It also seems that there has been a sighting of a young male there as well. All the activities seem to only be done there in the lower level. The ghost may be that of a young man who was gunned down on the Morningside loop during the mid-1990s. It use to be Lutheran Social Services at one time.

Sioux City, Iowa, Sioux City Auditorium/Long Lines Family Center

A former worker for 10 years reports: The building was constructed in a period of 10 years during the 1940s the date of completion was possibly 1950. Upon starting the older employees would always talk of Rodriguez. He was one of 2 resident ghosts in the building. There was actually a building electrician that died in the late '50s by the name of Rodriguez. In those days they had to manually lubricate high-powered electrical connections before they would have a show. Rodriguez as the building electrician was responsible for this. One day before a show he turned off the power to the electrical junction so he could perform his duty. He told another employee that he would be done in 10 minutes and that the other employee could then turn the power back on. Well, the other employee waited the 10 minutes and turned on the power. 2 hours later Rodriguez's wife showed up with a new suit for him because it was his birthday. They searched the building and found him dead by the electrical box electrocuted. He haunts the building to this day with flickering lights and lights turning on when they're not supposed to as well as just a general coldness in the area of his death. The other ghost is that of a 12-year-old boy. He and his friend in the early '60s climbed up on the roof of the building to hunt pigeons. He became separated from his friend and his friend left thinking he was gone already. The missing child was not found for 2 weeks until a foul smell was detected at the bottom a roof exhaust that was meant for a boiler that was never installed. The total fall was over 150 feet, And the shaft was hastily completed with many sharp edges and exposed rebar jutting into it. It was not a pretty sight. He frequents the roof doors and the bottom of the shaft. When you enter the roof you can hear screams, as you get closer to the area of the fall. The bottom of the shaft is gone now but still it is very cold in the general area and even through the banter of the HVAC system you can hear faint crying.

Spencer, Iowa, Moose Pond

A long long time ago there was a boy ice fishing on the pond, It was getting late so the boy was starting to pack up when the ice broke he fell in the water which is 40-foot deep and drowned. Now if you go down there at 8:47 pm on the 23rd of December you can hear thumping on the ice and the screams of a young dying child.

Springville, Iowa, Springville Cemetery

There is a grave where in the way back that is not in the cemetery and in the trees and it was said to be moved back there from a ghost, because everything was moved even the body and there were no marks of someone who dug in the ground, or grass took off ground. If you go there in the night you can see the guy digging a hole with a glowing green shovel. He was said to work as a gravedigger in 1902 but then fell in the grave and broke his neck and died instantly.

St. Ansgar, Iowa, NE part of town

Noises running up the walls of the steps, lady calling out a name, dog would be alert during the spirit calling out the name. Bowls would be placed out on the floor in neat order, according to sizes, if certain doors were closes, running water could be heard. A lady figure was seen dressed in black with a white bonnet on her head. The spirits were not aggressive.

Stockport, Iowa, Silos

Stockport is an old run downtown and on the outskirts of it there are two silos where a little boy once jumped across and fell to his death, you can still see him jumping back and forth.

Storm Lake, Iowa, Buena Vista University McAllister Cottage

This location on College Avenue has been the home of six Buena Vista University Students who repeatedly saw, from their back porch, the spirit of a woman. Strange occurrences of lights turning on and off, as well as strange smells and hot musty drafts have also been encountered. The second McAllister cottage has since been demolished and made a parking lot.

Storm Lake, Iowa, Swope Hall 305

The ghost's name is Mary. Died of lead poisoning causing her to go crazy and jump out of the third-floor window of her house that used to be located in the same location as Swope Hall Room 305. Likes to open and close doors, even when locked, and will open and close the closet doors of that room. Also, will venture into other rooms and play pranks, especially with electrical equipment.

*Note: There is a false rumor around the college that she was a student and jumped out the window of 305, or that she lived in 305 and jumped off Smith Hall, but this has no historical backing and all of the people who have talked to her have nothing from the conversations to support this.

Story City, Iowa, apartment building

The apartment building use to be an old funeral home. There are only 3 apartments. In the 3rd apartment, there are 18 steps and when you go down the steps someone always follows you. You can also hear some weird noises, usually when you're alone.

Stratford, Iowa, Vegors Cemetery

In the middle of three miles of woods, is a cemetery that is over 150 years old. It was once the ancient burial ground of the local Indian tribe. When the settlers came, they dug the Indians' graves and placed them in five mounds throughout the hilltop. In retaliation, the Indians killed a white woman named Mrs. Henry Lott. She was the first white woman killed in Webster County. She was buried there. Over fifty small children are buried there along with many soldiers. If you go there at night, you can hear children laughing and the sound of Indians. If you roll down the hill three times, you will see the stairway to heaven. Also, legend has it if you desecrate an Indian mound, you will be cursed. I have known two men to have done so, and they were involved in serious car accidents within a week of visiting the cemetery. An interesting link is Spirit Lake Massacre of 1857, not sure of the validity of the story in the link, though. There is a large monument to her there, presumably above her grave.

Strawberry Point, Iowa, Mossy Glen

There are caves at Mossy Glen, it is rumored that 3 ghosts haunt that area. One of the ghosts is a woman said to have been seen, but if she drops a rose by your feet you are doomed to die the next day.

Urbandale, Iowa, Springbrook

There is a legend told about this scary dead guy called Uncle Charlie. You can see him running through the woods late at night. An elementary school student saw a flesh-eaten face at her window staring. If you have a camera I tell you right now don't turn the flash on. But if you have the flash on you will see a guy standing behind the thing you took a picture of. Late at night, you are the only one up you can hear people running and screaming high-pitched. Sometimes you can feel cold trembling fingers on you when no one is behind you. You have your covers torn off by nothing.

Urbandale, Iowa, Urbandale High School

Bulit over an old coal mine, footsteps and talking voices can be heard late at night when nobody is around.

Van Meter, Iowa, Brick factory

This Factory was burned down twice in the early 1900s and never rebuilt. If you get there at certain times of the year you can hear bricks being thrown around.

Villisca, Iowa, Villisca Axe Murder House

Believed to be haunted by the family that was murdered there. Doors slam, and ghost talk and lots of other things.

More: What to know on the anniversary of the 1912 Villisca ax murders

Vinton, Iowa, Evergreen Cemetery

There is an apparition of a woman wearing a white dress that rides a horse up and down the railroad tracks.

There is also a statue in the unknown soldier section of the graveyard and the right eye of the statue is missing at night. Rumor is that the statue has both eyes and they follow you also that the unknown soldiers wonder that part of the cemetery. Also reports of a woman's voice being heard.

Viola, Iowa, Matt's Bridge

When you go out to the bridge and you park your car near the middle of the bridge and shut it off you will get pushed across the bridge. You will see and hear things outside your car. After you leave get to a road with light to see the handprints on your car. Be careful though, if you go there too many times and they recognize you they'll get mad and try to push you off the bridge or break your windows. Even if you catch them on a bad night they might try. If you have your windows down you can hear a lot of noises and voices in the woods.

Wapello, Iowa, South End Park

Certain nights (none in particular) you can hear people chanting and fire crackling and sometimes you see this certain owl (the same one every time) and if you spot it, it will stare right back at you and cry its horrible cry. At this moment if you look at the moon it has two circles around it, and that is the haunting of south end park.

Waterloo, Iowa, Wal-Mart Store on Flammang Dr

Crossroads shopping center. Haunted by the ghost of a small boy of about 12 years of age named Jeremiah. He loves to play small pranks on people such as moving merchandise from one spot in the store to another, tugging on employees' smocks, tapping on your shoulder, and causing mischief. He was seen one time by an employee who described him as small, very pale and thin, wearing black trousers with suspenders, white shirt, and an Amish-looking straw hat.

Waverly, Iowa, Camp Ingawanas

A rumor around here says that the spirit of a 12-year-old boy haunts this Boy Scout camp. Apparently while playing one day, he was swinging when he jumped and hit his head on a 5-inch rock. Some say he was killed instantly, some slow and painfully. This happened 3 years ago. Anyway, a swing moving at the same height is never higher never lower. Even creepier, there is never a breeze when this happens some say. I've only been going for a year, but it's been the same condition as they say. Some have even heard a giggle.

Webster City, Iowa, Hamilton County Hospital

Years ago a med student killed himself in the old surgery room. It was on the 3rd floor along with obstetrics. The large heavy doors have been heard opening and slamming, but no one was there. On 3rd shift and evenings is when this always happens. Also, many pts and nurses have reported seeing a nurse in a white uniform in the dark halls and in rooms. Call lights going off in empty rooms. When OB is closed not uncommon to hear babies crying.

West Union, Iowa, Hardee's

The old cemetery used to be located there, and when the highways came through, it was built over. Employees have had things misplaced, heard their names being called when no one is there, and have very cold spots in the building year-round. There was one incident with an Ouija board, where a ghost claimed to be embodied in a moth flying around. When one of the players taunted it to fly at her, it flew over several persons to land on her face.

Williamsburg, Iowa, Leisure Bench

Leisure Bench, a private memorial built by the Leisure family whose cemetery plots are together in front of this cement bench which is constantly warm year round, a figure has been seen sitting on this bench then suddenly disappears.

Williamson, Iowa, Stoneking Cemetery

Trees in the back of this cemetery are dangerous. The story was that anyone that walked behind these trees and see Stone King sitting on his grave then they would die. Rumor is a man did see him and died a week later in a motorcycle accident.

December 2003 update/addition: Stoneking Cemetery was a family plot for members of the Stoneking family. The submitter of the correction believes that the headstone of Joseph Stoneking was featured in the original Children of the Corn movie, but would need to verify that. Words on the headstone seem to indicate that the reader of the stone will be joining Joseph down below in hell. The ending of the epitaph is: As you are now, I once was. As I am now, you soon will be. So, come face death and follow me. It is said that nobody can climb the stairs of the abandoned family home located on the property … something ALWAYS stops you from succeeding Sightings of people with horrible burns and missing hands are rumored to have occurred repeatedly in the area.

February 2004 addition. There aren't any remains of the old family house. There also aren't any graves behind the trees. There are a lot of strange happenings though. There is a bright light that comes at you.

Haunted Places in Ames, Iowa

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Fisher Theatre - Iowa State University

Named for contributor J.W. Fisher, the 1974 theater is rumored to be haunted by Frederica Shattuck, another university theater department contributor. So the story goes, the ghost took up residence in the Fisher Theatre after her Shattuck Theater was demolished.

Farm House Museum

The spirits of two sisters are believed to reside at the museum; details of the hauntings are unknown.

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Iowa State University - C.Y. Stephens Auditorium

A friendly ghost, C.Y. Stephens himself, in fact, is known to haunt this auditorium. He has been seen in the basement tunnels or sitting in the back right corner of the 3rd balcony. He also makes himself known by cold spots and the sound of footsteps. When performers see him, ...

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Iowa State University - Memorial Union

The hall is a tribute to graduate soldiers who died at war. According to reports, a strange low moan can be heard constantly here. Some say is it the voice of the only woman who ever graduated from the school who died in World War I.

Friley Hall - Iowa State University

One dormitory room is nicknamed Satan’s Legion. Rumor has it that a student killed himself there, and everyone who is assigned to that room either dies or disappears. Reports say many students are afraid to go into the room, and some maintain that because of this, the university stopped assigning ...

The Boone News-Republican

Boone, iowa.

Employees who work late have heard unexplained footsteps and, at times, have heard their names called. The phenomena seem to occur only when the place is nearly empty of people.

Boone County Historical Society - Masonic Temple

Dating back to 1907, the historic former masonic temple and museum may have a resident ghost. Known as 'Frank', the poltergeist frequently slams doors and turns on lights after the place has been closed up for the night. Disembodied footsteps have also been heard on the second floor, and ...

Mt Hope Cemetery

Madrid, iowa.

The ghost of a child named Sara resides at this cemetery. She and four other children from her family are buried near the back. Sara is said to follow around visitors and ask for someone named Ree. She is also known to touch people and tug at clothing if her ...

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Kate Shelly High Bridge

Local legend tells the tale of 15-year-old Kate Shelley, who in 1881 crawled across a badly damaged bridge during a terrible storm to warn an oncoming train that the bridge was out. This bridge, built in 1901, is said to be her ghost's home. Phantom trains also have been seen ...

Farrar Schoolhouse

Maxwell, iowa.

This building, formerly a middle school, has been a private residence since 2008. Please respect the owners' privacy. Witnesses have seen the ghost of a small boy in the stairwell; one has also appeared in a photo sitting on the edge of the auditorium stage. Voices of children talking and ...

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Vegors Cemetery

Lehigh, iowa.

The cemetery is said to be haunted by the spirits of restless Native Americans and Mrs. Henry Lott, the wife of a man who was known to cheat the Native Americans and steal their horses. She was killed while trying to escape from angry Native Americans seeking revenge, although her ...

J L Reece Memorial Park

New providence, iowa.

According to reports, a young woman committed suicide in the cornfield at this site. Witnesses have seen her appear in the field and have heard her screaming.

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Merle Hay Mall

Des moines, iowa.

The mall and its tower are rumored to be built over a monastery that was closed in the 1950s. According to the stories, some nuns became pregnant and had miscarriages, and the babies were buried in unmarked graves at this site. Reports say ghosts of both nuns and infants have ...

Old Red Horse Armory

This old cavalry armory is now the housing for city school buses. There have been reports that members of the National Guard, when they occupied the building, heard ghostly sounds from long ago: clopping of horses' hooves and jingling of harnesses. An apparition of an older man in cavalry garb ...

Spooky Table at the Weaver House

Local legend has it that when the Weavers purchased a table in 1937, they bought a ghost along with it. The table is said to have made rapping noises and caused other disturbances until a minister's wife quieted it by reading from the Bible. A spiritualist consulted by the Weavers ...

Smelly Ghost of University Avenue

Locals say a cloudlike presence occurs here, and it smells of kerosene. Sometimes within the cloud is the form of a man or several tiny flickering lights. Reports tell of a man who died nearby in 1881 as a result of his kerosene-soaked clothes catching fire.

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Drake Municipal Observatory

Dr. Robert Morehouse was the first chairman of the Astronomy and Physics department, and he discovered a comet in the 1920s. He also haunts the observatory, according to local legend, perhaps because the remains of Dr. Morehouse and his wife are buried in the entryway wall. Students working in the ...

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Terrace Hill

At this 1860s historic building, home of the governor of Iowa, the ghost of a little girl has been seen. She is transparent, and some say she likes to work the elevator, even though it is only supposed to operate by the use of codes.

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Jordan House

West des moines, iowa.

This museum is allegedly haunted by the ghost of the young daughter of the original owner. She died when she was three years old after falling from the stair railing she was sliding down and breaking her neck. People claim they still see and hear her playing throughout the ...

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Air Lanes Bowling Center

According to local legend, behind the bowling alley is an upstairs area that was used for illegal gambling in the 1920s. Reports say if you gain access to a room down the hallway, you may hear people talking, dice rolling, and you may even hear a ghostly disembodied voice calling ...

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Des Moines International Airport

There are two ghost stories around this airport. Some offices are haunted by a flight attendant, usually in the fall season. The offices used to be the site of a restaurant called the Cloud Room, and the flight attendant wanders there as if looking for her flight. Also, laughing and ...

Sugar Grove Cemetery - Metz Cemetery

Newton, iowa.

This old cemetery is known for a glowing tombstone, purportedly owned by Charles M. Baker, who died April 17, 1881. According to urban legend, when vehicle headlights shine into the cemetery from a nearby interstate bridge, the tombstone emits an eerie glow. No one knows the reason behind this phenomenon.

Avon Railroad Tracks

Carlisle, iowa.

Reports say an apparition appears of an old man holding a lantern and walking along the tracks. Before too long, the man simply vanishes.

The Mud Man of Metz Bridge

As urban legend has it, a mud monster, or Mud Man, lives under the bridge. Some say the Mud Man is a spirit lingering from a fatal car accident that once occurred in the mud near the river; the body was never found. Others assert the tale was created by ...

Riverside Cemetery

Marshalltown, iowa.

It is said that in the older part of the cemetery there was a chair that looked as if it had been made of wood, although it was concrete. Urban legend said that those who sat in the chair would die within a year. There are contradicting reports as to ...

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Van Fossen Cemetery

Since the 1850's, the Van Fossen cemetery has had many names, from Rodenbaugh Cemetery, the Old Adel Cemetery, to the "official" name recorded by the state, the Gibson Cemetery. Along old highway 6, the cemetery is sometimes just called the Bilderback Cemetery, after the massive headstones that mark the ...

Capitol II Theatre

The theater, which first opened in 1927, is said to be haunted by an eerie presence. One employee was forcefully pulled backward by his hair. Paranormal researchers investigated in 2012, and the results turned up unexplained photos, strange sounds, and physical contact from the presence.

Newton Daily News

The Daily News building was built in 1921 specifically for the town newspaper. Over the years, rumors and jokes have been heard from the newsroom to the press room about ghosts haunting the old building. Since inviting members of the Jasper County Paranormal Idealist to investigate the building on Oct. ...

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David Ryan House

Actual details of this alleged haunting seem to spring from a single source, a local paranormal group who claims the house is haunted. Alleged haunting is basically hearing footsteps and voices. Some EVPs are claimed by the paranormal group that offers occasional tours of the house for interested ...

Children's Forest

Locals will tell you that an antique glass jar was found in these woods and taken to a nearby resident's garage, and shortly thereafter, the spirit of a very sad-looking Native American appeared and walked right through a table. The next day, the jar was taken back to the forest ...

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Newton Community Theatre

T.G., or Theater Ghost, is said to haunt this building. One board member reported seeing an apparition of a man on the stage, and it is said that actors often have difficulty finding their props. Any such difficulty, of course, is attributed to T.G.

Thompson Hall Dormitory

Iowa falls, iowa.

The dorm at Ellsworth Community College and Union Cemetery across the street are both said to be haunted. The spirit of town benefactor Mr. Ellsworth himself has been seen, and footsteps and voices have been heard in the dorm's basement.

The Van Meter Creature

Van meter, iowa.

First seen in 1903, the Van Meter Creature is a monster with batlike wings and a horn on its head that glows with blinding light. It may also manifest as a hovering spot of light. Shortly after it began to terrorize the townsfolk, strange sounds started coming from a coal ...

Hazel Green Cemetery

Ackley, iowa.

The gazebo in this old cemetery seems to be the central spot for the spiritual activity. In it, visitors have reported seeing an elderly woman's ghost sitting in a rocking chair, holding a baby. It is said that those who see her feel sadness, rather than fear. Reports say that ...

Maple Hill Mansion

Monroe, iowa.

This home was picked up and moved in early 2013, to a spot some six miles away from its original location. The man who had purchased the land and house wanted to tear it down and build a new home on the spot, so a preservationist purchased the house ...

Hawkeye Community Theatre

Fort dodge, iowa.

This historic theatre is believed to be haunted by the apparition of a young girl who was murdered nearby. Witnesses claim to have seen her sitting in the hall after hours, and have felt her brush past them in the corridors. The chandelier at the entrance also moves of ...

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Hawkeye Theatre

Reports say visitors to the theater get the feeling of being watched, and have seen a ghostly little girl. Also, some say if you are alone here you will feel the not-so-gentle touch of an invisible hand.

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Old Chapel - College Hall

Indianola, iowa.

Legend has it that around the turn of the 20th century, a young man, distraught over a love affair, killed himself here. Then in the 1920s, a young woman did the same. Several more people are rumored to have met their ends in this hall, and folks say their spirits ...

Meskwaki Bingo Casino and Hotel

Screams and arguing voices have been heard when no one is around. (Submitted by Callum Swift)

Bannwell Bridge - Terror Bridge

Barnum, iowa.

Local legend maintains that a woman once killed her 3 kids here. Some reports say she hung them from the bridge and they were hit by a train coming through. Her ghostly head is said to follow you down the road, and if you don't have your doors and windows ...

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Bucksbaum Center - Grinnell College

Grinnell, iowa.

A haunted wheelchair is said to reside on the stage in the performing arts building. Sometimes it has been known to roll out onto the stage during rehearsals or performances. Legend has it that it is the spirit of a former theater director paying a friendly visit.

Union Cemetery - The Devil's Chair

Guthrie center, iowa.

It is said that those who sit in the cement chair will receive a spell of bad luck. The Devil's Chair has no markings, and sits between the Peterson and Miller graves. According to reports, the chair has been believed to be cursed for at least 35 years.

Humboldt County Historical Museum

Humboldt, iowa.

Lights are seen in the building at night and some people claim the ghost of a man who drowned in the nearby river has also been spotted roaming the grounds.

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Penguin Lady of Graham Hall

Pella, iowa.

At Central College in Graham Hall, there is a locked room rumored to be inhabited by someone they've nicknamed the Penguin Lady. Residents there say if you place a sheet of paper under the door, it will be quickly sucked into the locked room. When the staff unlock the door, ...

Elk Grove Cemetery - Union Township Cemetery

Coon rapids, iowa.

According to local legend there is a small headstone with an eerie ability: If you position yourself the right way in front of it, after a few minutes it will begin to glow.

New Virginia Cemetery - Beymer Cemetery

New virginia, iowa.

This is the gravesite of New Virginia's first settler. As legend has it, the gravestone has been replaced at some time over the years. Locals say an eerie glow will come from the stone at midnight, a protestation from the ghost, angry about the change.

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Rainbow Bridge

Lake city, iowa.

A chocolate-loving spirit resides at this old bowstring bridge. Stories say that if you bring an unopened chocolate bar to the bridge at midnight, lay it in the center of the bridge, and exit the bridge, after 5 minutes you will find an unopened and intact wrapper, but the chocolate ...

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Strayer-Wood Theatre

Cedar falls, iowa.

Zelda is the nickname students have for a ghost who plays the piano, makes strange noises, or causes some of the equipment to work by itself.

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Lawther Hall - University of Northern Iowa

According to some reports, a soldier named Augie is said to haunt the building. It is said that he passed away there when the hall was used as the infirmary. Students have reported cold spots, strange sounds, and moving objects. Other reports say that the place was never an infirmary ...

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Iowa is located in the Midwestern United States. Iowa is a state that is very important to the U.S. because of its agricultural output. Most importantly it is a state well known for its corn production.

Iowa is also known for its rolling hills, lakes, savannas, and tallgrass prairies. Iowa is also home to a number of historical locations known to be haunted.

Let’s take a closer look at 8 of the most haunted places in Iowa:

8 - Stony Hollow Road, Burlington

Stony Hollow Road in Burlington, Iowa

When in Burlington, Iowa, if you venture about eight miles north near the Mississippi River you may find yourself on Stony Hollow Road.

Stony Hollow Road is not a happy place if you know of the legend of Lucinda. According to stories, Lucinda had gone to meet the man she was secretly engaged to unfortunately he never showed.

So distraught over him not showing, some say because he ran off with another woman while others say his horse buggy got stuck in the mud, Lucinda killed herself.

Instead of moving forward, she jumped off the edge of a cliff only to meet her end on Stony Hollow Road. People driving on the road claim to see Lucinda’s ghost walking around.

Legend claims that if you go to where Lucinda jumped to her death at the bluffs at night and utter her name three times, she may appear.

If and when she appears she drops a rose at your feet, there is a belief you will perish the very next day.

7 - Cresco Theatre & Opera House, Cresco

The Cresco Theatre & Opera House in Cresco, Iowa

In 1915 the Cresco Theatre and Opera House opened in Cresco, Iowa. The theatre’s original name was the Cresco Opera House.

In its 100 year history, the theatre has been home to an unknown number of actors and performers. The building has served as a location for live performances as well as modern motion pictures.

The Cresco Theatre and Opera House has also become home to numerous ghosts and assorted paranormal activity.

People have witnessed what appeared to be the ghosts of vaudeville performers on the stage. Another lone ghost sits in the theatre when it is dark only to vanish when anyone tries to approach it.

The basement is home to additional unknown entities. People have also stated issues with electrical disturbances, odd sounds and voices when the theatre is empty.

6 - Tara Bridge, Fort Dodge

Tara Bridge in Fort Dodge, Iowa

Tara, or Terror, Bridge has a history that dates back to the 1800s. At one time the bridge was not far from the town of Tara.

The bridge was built to allow traffic of all varieties to cross over railroad tracks.   There are multiple stories associated with the bridge.

Some say a frustrated farmer’s ghost haunts the area. It is believed he died after cursing the winds.

Other stories claim someone, or something lives beneath the bridge. The scariest and most heartbreaking of the stories associated with the bridge involves a woman and her three children.

According to legend, the woman took her kids to the bridge to see the train.

Sadly, she threw the kids onto the tracks one at a time and they were killed by the train. The mother then committed suicide by jumping off the bridge.

Claims have been made that if you drive on the bridge do not stop and make sure all of your doors and windows are closed and locked.

If you do not abide by this warning the ghost of the mother will throw you to your death.

5 - Rainbow Bridge, Lake City

Rainbow Bridge in Lake City, Iowa

Most places that are haunted tend to fall into the creepy category. If you want to visit someplace that is haunted that offers you more of a chuckle and a smile than fear, the Rainbow Bridge in Lake City, Iowa is the spot for you.

People claim this bridge is haunted by a ghost. This particular ghost apparently has a tremendous appreciation for chocolate.

According to stories if you leave an unopened chocolate bar, or a candy bar, in the center of the bridge and leave something unusual will happen.

The contents of the candy bar will be gone, but the wrapper will still be completely intact and unopened.

4 - Iowa State University, Ames

Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa

Iowa State University was first founded back in 1858 under the name Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.  

It later became Iowa State University or ISU. ISU is well known for being a great school for science, engineering, and agriculture. ISU also has a history of hauntings.

One ghost that people have encountered is believed to be Frederica Shattuck.

Shattuck was a major contributor to the University’s theater department when she was alive. Her spirit has haunted both the Shattuck Theater and then the newly built Fisher Theater.  

Students at the University claim to have seen Shattuck’s wheelchair move on its own as well as hearing disembodied voices.

Another ghost at ISU is Hortense Elizabeth Wind. She was a former Red Cross nurse during World War I who haunts Gold Star Hall.

Two sisters are believed to haunt the Farm House Museum.

3 - Oakland Cemetery, Iowa City

Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City, Iowa

In Iowa City, Iowa the Oakland Cemetery was established back in 1843. Within the cemetery stands a bronze statue of an angel.

The angel is often called the Black Angel because it has turned black over the years. Many legends are associated with the Black Angel.

Some believe the statue, which commemorates Eddie and Nicholas Feldervert, has changed colors because the artist who created it, Teresa Feldervert enjoyed the dark arts.

Other legends state that anyone who kisses or touches the angel will die immediately. Others claim any contact with the statue, even walking beneath it, will result in a horrible fate or loss.

One popular story states a young man went insane and was eventually found dead after trying to remove one of the angel’s hands.

2 - Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca

Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca

Up until June 9, 1912, Villisca, Iowa was an ordinary town. On that night a horrible crime was committed at what is now infamously known as the Villisca Ax Murder House.

While sleeping in their beds the Moore family, Josiah and Sarah Moore, their children Herman, Katherine, Boyd, and Paul, as well as Lena and Ina Stillinger, friends of the children, were murdered.

Someone came in and killed them with an ax. The bodies were discovered the following morning when a concerned neighbor contacted Ross Moore, Josiah’s brother.

Along with all of the bodies, the murder weapon, an ax, was found in the same room as the two Stillinger girls.

There was a trial for George Kelly, a traveling preacher, but he was found innocent of committing the crime. To this day no one knows who committed the horrific crime.

After being empty for quite some time the house was purchased and the doors were opened to people interested in seeing the famous home where the murders took place.

Over the years hundreds of people who have gone to the house have experienced an assortment of paranormal activity.   There are some people who say while in the house there is an overall feeling of an evil presence.

Others have seen unusual green lights as well as bloodstains vanishing from the walls. Some people have claimed to have been pulled or pushed by hands that are not there.

People have also heard voices which many believe belong to the children killed in the home.

There have even been recordings of these voices on multiple occasions.

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1 - Independence State Mental Hospital, Independence

Independence State Hospital in Independence, Iowa

Back in the late 1800s, Iowa had one asylum, Mount Pleasant State Hospital. Due to overcrowding, Stephen Vaughn Shipman designed a new facility built in 1873.

That facility was meant to house drug addicts, alcoholics, the mentally ill, the elderly, and the criminally insane.   The facility took 10 years to build.

Today the hospital is Independence State Mental Hospital.   It serves as not only a place for drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, but it is also a psychiatric hospital and a training school for those wanting to become nurses.

Early on in the mental hospital’s history patients were subjected to some rather unpleasant treatments. In certain areas patients underwent electric shock therapy while others underwent lobotomies.

It is unclear what other inhumane practices the doctors and other members of the staff used to treat and control the patients.

People who have worked at Independence State Mental Hospital have claimed there are certain parts of the institution that they simply will not enter due to reports of paranormal activity.

Some of the paranormal reports at this mental hospital include the feeling of being watched by someone or something. Other people have reported hearing screaming voices and whispering.  

There are also cold drafts and shadows appearing in empty hallways. People have also claimed to see the ghosts of former staff members and patients. Paranormal investigators flock to the mental hospital in hopes of experiencing and recording paranormal activity.

Although Independence State Mental Hospital remains a fully operational institution it is quite apparent some of the former patients have never left.

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Hands-down, Villisca is the creepiest town in Iowa. Home to one of the most notorious cold cases in the world, the Villisca Axe Murders, this tiny town of just under 1,200 is one place you don't want to visit at night or alone. Those who are brave enough, however, can actually spend the night in the house where an entire family, as well as two family friends who were staying over, were mercilessly killed in their sleep. A word of caution, though: the former crime scene is allegedly riddled with paranormal activity. Guest after guest has reported experiencing unexplained phenomena during their stay, from hearing disembodied voices to seeing full-blown apparitions. Some have even witnessed blood stains on the walls disappear right before their very eyes! Villisca definitely isn't for the faint of heart, but if you're looking to see a ghost, we can't imagine a better place.

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Most people don't know there is a haunted bar in Iowa — and it happens to be located in one of our state's oldest and most historic hotels! Hotel Blackhawk is a Davenport icon, built in 1915 and boasting over 400 guest rooms. Plenty of notable figures have stayed in the hotel, including legendary actor, Cary Grant, who tragically died in his room after becoming ill at a nearby theater. Today, hotel guests often recount experiencing things that simply cannot be explained by science, such as feeling cold spots and hearing noises that appear to have no origin. A few (un)lucky folks have even spotted the ghost of Grant wandering the halls! The hotel's on-site bar, Bix Bistro, is the perfect place to unwind with a nice glass of wine or a cocktail in between your ghost-hunting shenanigans. Just don't be surprised if the person you start chatting with mysteriously disappears a second later. Drinks aren't the only spirits you'll find here!

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Cemeteries are quite peaceful — some would even go as far as to say they're beautiful — but there's no denying their eeriness. One of the creepiest cemeteries in Iowa is, without a doubt, Oakland Cemetery. This Iowa City graveyard dates to 1843, making it one of the oldest cemeteries in the state. It's full of fascinating history — and a ghost story — because what good is a cemetery without one? There is a statue within the cemetery, known as the Black Angel, that has become the object of an urban legend over the years. Despite its beauty, the coal-colored statue is said to strike anyone who touches it dead. While this notion has been tested (and proven false), there is an undeniably spooky energy surrounding it. If you happen to visit during winter and see the statue covered in snow, it's even more hauntingly breathtaking.

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