Ohio’s Ghostly Side

Ghost Tours, Paranormal Investigations, Bigfoot Events, and Haunted Places.

Looking for things that go “bump” in the night? Love to the explore the paranormal? Just not sure who to call when you see ghost? Feel like touring a haunted house? Want to go on a Big Foot hunt expedition or just learn more? Then you have come to the right place. We have listed below upcoming ghostly events, haunted houses, paranormal sites and a listing of a few places we have been told just may be haunted.

 

Anchorage Mansion - Marietta Ohio
Anchorage Mansion – Marietta OH | Photo: D. Rock
GHOST AND WALKING TOURS

COLUMBUS GHOST TOURS 
Tele: 888-876-5155
columbusghosttours.com

Erie Harbor Ghost Walk
Erie Harbor Ghost Walk – Ashtabula (Photo credit Ashtabula County VCB)

ERIE HARBOR GHOST TOUR WALK
On this walking tour you will visit the historic streets of Ashtabula Harbor and hear tales of brothels, mysterious residents, departed sailors and more.
For more information visit eerieharbor.com
440.228.8458
Starting point is at the Habor Perk on Bridge Street.


HAUNTED CINCINNATTI TOURS 
Tele: 844-757-5657
cincinnatighosts.com


HIDDEN MARIETTA
Address: Inside the Anchorage at 424 George St., Marietta, OH 45750
Tele: 740-538-8996 | hiddenmarietta.com

Hidden Marietta Tour brings you the hidden, the shocking and the spooky side of Marietta’s history! Join us for walking tours, ghost hunts and many other exciting events throughout the year. Visit our Curiosity Shop in the historic Anchorage Mansion and learn about our programs and shop for creepy and cryptid-themed gifts!

(Page Banner photo: Hidden Marietta Harmar Walking Tour.)

I had the pleasure of taking one of their tours.  Our guide shared various haunting tales as we walked along the streets of Marietta.  An area history lesson combined with haunting tales makes for a fun ghostly night.


Ghost events in Ohio.


GHOST TOURS, BIG FOOT EVENTS AND MORE.

As fall starts to take it’s grip on Ohio, so do the ghosts. At least it seems that way. Every October Ohio’s ghost haunting season begins. Haunted ghost walks and hunts, tales of tragic events, “real” haunted houses are searched for paranormal activity, ghost busting tours of some of Ohio’s most haunted places and more. Are you ready to explore Ohio’s spookier side?

Bring your flashlight and camera for these ghost and tale walks!


2023 

THE OHIO BIGFOOT CONFERENCE
Date: May 6, 2023
Location: Salt Fork Lodge
Cambridge, Ohio

Additional details can be found on their Facebook page.

PARANORMAL EXPO 
Date: May 6, 2023
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Washinbgton County Fairgrounds
Marietta, Ohio
hiddenmarietta.com

From hands-on activities such as psychic readings and reiki sessions to speakers teaching you the secrets of investigations – hear stories of haunted locations and magickal workings! Shop a unique assortment of creepy, creative merchandise: at the Hidden Marietta Paranormal Exposition there will be an array of things to experience and learn!

Entry fee $15 per person. Includes access to all vendors and speakers

 

BIG FOOT DAY at Mill Creek Metroparks
Date: September 9, 2023
4-6 pm Kid-friendly activities;
7-10 pm Adult investigation
Location: Youngstown, Ohio
website

Did you know that Ohio ranks in the top five states for the most reported Bigfoot sightings? Join the education department on Saturday, September 9th for a fun evening filled with all things centered around this ever-elusive creature. Registration opens in July!

 





 


Franklin Castle - Cleveland

 


OHIO’S HAUNTED LOCATIONS

So we have been told?

Bellaire House

THE BELLAIRE HOUSE 
1699 Belmont Street, Bellaire, OH 43906
740-579-1841 | bellairehousetours.com

According to their website, this houses hauntings are up there with the Amityville and Rampart Street Murder Houses.  Some consider it the most haunted house in America.

If you are brave enough and want to spend time in this home, you may want to do so with a few of your closer friends. Information can be found here.


BUXTON INN
Licking County – SEOH
Location: 313 East Broadway Street, Granville, Ohio 43023
740.587.001 | buxtoninn.com


CANTON PALACE THEATRE 
605 Market Ave., N. Canton, OH 44702
330.454.8172 | cantonpalacetheatre.org

They say ghosts can be seen on the balcony and roaming other areas of the theatre. Throughout the year ghost hunts are held at the theatre.  Check their website for any upcoming events.


CHESTNUT GROVE
Ashtabula County – NEOH
Location: Chestnut Grove Cemetery
79 Grove Dr., Ashtabula, OH 44004

Cemetery where the victims of the Great Bridge Disaster are buried.


Gray's Armory, Cleveland | Photo credit: Diane Rock, MyOhioFun.com
Gray’s Armory, Cleveland | Photo credit: Diane Rock,

CLEVELAND GRAYS ARMORY  MUSEUM
Cuyahoga County  – NEOH
Location: 1234 Bolivar Rd, Cleveland, OH 44115
216 621-5938 | Facebook page

“Per visitors and staff at the Armory have claimed to hear footsteps when no one was present as well as seeing Civil War era apparitions.”


FRANKLIN CASTLE 
Cuyahoga County – NEOH
Location: 4308 Franklin Blvd.,, Cleveland, OH
This property is currently a private residence.

Considered by some to be the most haunted house in Cleveland, this privately owned property is not open to the public. Whether haunted or note, the home from the outside will make you believe.


The Lafayette
The Lafayette Marietta | Photo credit: Diane Rock | MyOhioFun.com

THE LAFAYETTE HOTEL 
101 Front Street, Marietta, OH 45750
800.331.9336 | lafayettehotel.com

Stories include: A Mr. Hoag is said to frequent the 3rd floor.  Spirits are said to roam the halls.

I stayed on the 5th floor and the light bulb in my room was acting really suspicious. Like still on when the switch was off?  Just saying.


 

LAKE COUNTY HISTORY CENTER 
Location: 415 Riverside Dr., Painesville, OH 44077
440.639.2945 | lakehistorycenter.org


Landoll's Mohican Castle

LANDOLL’S MOHICAN CASTLE
Ashland County – NEOH
Location: 561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville, Ohio 44842
Tele: 419.994.3427 | website


THE LICKING COUNTY HISTORIC JAIL
Licking County – SEOH
46 S. Third St., Newark, Ohio 43058
(740) 345-Jail (5245)
lcjail.org

Malabar Farm State Park

MALABAR FARM STATE PARK
Richland County – NEOH
Location: 4050 Bromfield Rd, Lucas, Ohio 44843
419.892.2784 |malabarfarm.org

Ghostly sightings have been reported by workers and visitors of the historic farm. Tales of flickering lights and appearances by Mr. Bromfield in the big house intrigue paranormal investigators.
(photo courtesy of Mansfield & Richland County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau)


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Ohio State Reformatory Night | Photo credit Scott Sukel

THE OHIO STATE REFORMATORY
Richland County – NEOH
Location: 100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield, OH 44905
419.522.2644 | mrps.org

What can we say. Haunted! Public & private ghost tours are available. And for those really into tracking the paranormal the Reformatory also hosts overnight events. Please visit their website for event information.

I would also like to let you know that Mansfield Ohio is considered to be the Haunted Capital of Ohio. To learn more click here.


PERKINS STONE MANSION
Summit County – NEOH
The Summit County Historical Society
Location: 550 Copley Road, Akron, Ohio 44320
Tele: 330.535.1120 | summithistory.org


Punderson Manor

PUNDERSON MANOR LODGE
Location: 11755 Kinsman Road, Newbury, Ohio 44065-9684
440-564-9144| 800-282-7275
pundersonmaro.com

Stories include: coldness in hallways, fires going out, children laughing, tugs on bedding, and for those who really want exposure, supposedly the Windsor Suite has active paranormal.


Sandusky County Historical Jail

SANDUSKY COUNTY HISTORIC JAIL & DUNGEONS, HISTORICAL TOURS
Sandusky County -NWOH
Location: 622 Croghan Street, Fremont, Ohio 43420
sanduskycounty.org.

(photo courtesy of Sandusky County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau)



PAST EVENTS

WALK INTO HISTORY 
Dates: September 8-10, 2022
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Medina’s Historic Square, Medina OH
website

Tours begin at the Medina County Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway St., Medina, OH from the parking lot at the rear of the building. Tours will leave from the starting point every 10 minutes.

Walk into history for a fun evening of stories about early pioneers and events from Medina’s past with a guided tour around Medina’s Historic Square.

A special DINE WITH SPIRITS takes place, Sunday, September 11th at 4pm.
Location: Miss Molly’s Tea Room, Medina, OH
Cost: 29.95 per person. Call 330-725-6830 for reservations.


WALKING TOURS OF THE HISTORIC ATHENS ASYLUM
Dates/times: September 10, October 8th – 2pm | October 29th – 2pm | October 30th – 1pm and 5pm
Location: Meet in front of the Kennedy Museum of Art
100 Ridges Cir, Athens, OH 45701
athenshistory.org/asylum-tours

Two hour outdoor walking tours.

Call SOHC at 740-592-2280 ext.100 to reserve your spot. Space will be limited.

Sandusky County Historical Jail

SANDUSKY COUNTY HISTORIC JAIL & DUNGEONS, HISTORICAL TOURS
Sandusky County -NWOH
Date: September 14, 2022
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
6:30pm-7:30pm Flashlight Tour
Location: 622 Croghan Street, Fremont, Ohio 43420

The 1-hour guided tour includes the historic 1892 Sandusky County jail that has ties to President Rutherford B. Hayes, the 1840’s Dungeon located underneath the Sandusky County Courthouse and the Gallows Exhibition Hall featuring the gallows used for the last hanging in Sandusky County. Hear exciting stories of some of the colorful criminals that resided in the jail while learning the significance of this rare and historic structure. Cost: $5.00. Tickets available at the door or online at: www.sanduskycounty.org.

BIGFOOT NIGHT INVESTIGATIONS
Mahoning County – NEOH
Dates: Saturday, September 17, 6-8:30 pm
Mill Creek Park: Slippery Rock Pavilion
website

Ages 13+. Local Bigfoot investigator and educator Amy Bue, founder of Project Zoobook will share her knowledge in what a Bigfoot investigation entails. Find out what to look and listen for and practice techniques such as tree knocks and howling. There will be a night investigation and a bonfire with s’mores. Bring your own flashlight. Meet at Slippery Rock Pavilion. Registration required. Register by 9/10, online or call 330.740.7116 $10R; $12NR No walk-ins. No Pets.

BIGFOOT TOWN HALL MEETING
Mahoning County – NEOH
Sunday, September 18, 2-4 pm
Fellows Riverside Gardens: Rossi Auditorium
website

Join local investigator and educator Amy Bue for a Bigfoot Town Hall Meeting as Amy and other local investigators share their own sighting stories. The public is invited to share their experiences as well. Registration requested, not required. Register by 9/18, online or call 330.740.7116. Free

LANTERN TOURS 
Lake History Center
Date: October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 10, 2022
Time: 8pm
Location: 415 Riverside Dr., Painesville, OH 44077
440.639.2945 | lakehistorycenter.org

Is the Lake County History Center really haunted? Find out as you take an after hours tour.

Do ghosts and spirits really haunt the former Lake County Poorhouse? Enjoy an evening full of spooky tensions and eerie tales. Explore the rooms and passages of the old building after DARK. During our haunted evening tour you’ll hear stories of unbelievable historically documented events that have taken place here.

The exclusive lantern-lit tour is only open to 20 participants each evening. This event is not suitable for children.

WALKING TOURS OF THE HISTORIC ATHENS ASYLUM
Dates/times: October 8th – 2pm | October 29th – 2pm | October 30th – 1pm and 5pm
Location: Meet in front of the Kennedy Museum of Art
100 Ridges Cir, Athens, OH 45701
athenshistory.org/asylum-tours

Two hour outdoor walking tours.

Call SOHC at 740-592-2280 ext.100 to reserve your spot. Space will be limited.

GRAVEYARD TOUR OF MENTOR MUNICIPAL CEMETERY
Lake County – NEOH
Lake History Center
Date: October 8, 2022
Tours start at 5PM
Location: 7881 Hopkins Road, Mentor, OH 44060
440.639.2945 | lakehistorycenter.org

This 60-acre cemetery was established in 1856. Visit the final resting places of notables buried here. Tours start at 5 PM. Tickets: $20 Members $25 non-members.

GHOSTS OF THE MERRY-GO-ROUND MUSEUM
Date: October 9, 2022
Time: Noon-3pm
Location: Merry-Go-Round Museum
301 Jackson St, Sandusky, OH
Learn more. 

Join the real ghost whisperer, Mary Ann Winkowski, for an afternoon ghost adventure! Afternoon includes informative talk on earth bound spirits, those that have crossed over, examples/real stories, as well as a ghost walk around the museum. We will have access to the ground and lower floors! 18 and over only. Must have Covid19 vaccines.

LANTERN TOURS
Lake County – NEOH
Lake History Center
Date: October 13, 20, 27, November 10, 2022
Time: 8 pm
Location: 415 Riverside Dr., Painesville, OH 44077
440.639.2945 | lakehistorycenter.org

Is the Lake County History Center really haunted? Find out as you take an after hours tour.

Do ghosts and spirits really haunt the former Lake County Poorhouse? Enjoy an evening full of spooky tensions and eerie tales. Explore the rooms and passages of the old building after DARK. During our haunted evening tour you’ll hear stories of unbelievable historically documented events that have taken place here.

The exclusive lantern-lit tour is only open to 20 participants each evening. This event is not suitable for children.


15TH ANNUAL KENT GHOST WALK
Ghosts in the Garden
Portage County – NEOH
Dates: October 14-15, 2022
Time:
Location: Wolcott Lilac Gardens
450 W. Main St., Kent, OH 44240
Facebook page |  kentstage.org
Ghost stories, folklore and a trip into the house to hear more stories in the library!!
Part of your ticket cost will be a donation to the garden.


WARREN GHOST WALK
Trumbull County – NEOH
Dates: October 14, 15, 21-22, 2022
Tours leave 6pm=10pm
Parking and Ghost Walk located at First Presbyterian Church of Warren – 256 Mahoning Ave, Warren, OH
Additional details and ticket information to be posted.

Ghost Walk is a historic walking tour which begins each night at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave., N.W. Guided tours leave every 15 minutes from the church parking lot and will include stops along Warren’s historic Millionaire’s Row, where actors will portray the restless spirits of people who once lived in Trumbull County. The last tour departs the church parking lot at 9 p.m.

Cookies and refreshments will be offered as upon your return to the church.

 


Reeves Museum Ghost Tours

GHOST TOURS OF THE REEVES MUSEUM
Tuscarawas County NEOH
Dates: October 14-15, 2022
Tours start every half hour. 7pm-10pm
Location: J.E. Reeves Victorian Home & Carriage House Museum
325 East Iron Avenue, Dover, OH 44622
330.343.7040 or 800.815.2794
doverhistory.org

Admission: $13 per person

Hear stories of the strange occurrences that have taken place in the Reeves Museum and Victorian superstitions while traveling with a guide through the dimly lit home.

Please call 330-343-7040 for reservations.


CANTON GHOST TOUR
Stark County
Dates: October 15, 21-22, 28-29, 2022
Location: Downtown Canton
605 Market Avenue N, Canton, OH 44702
Tickets

Ghost Tour of Downtown Canton- Join us for a 1.3 mile walk, where you will learn about the murder, mayhem, and macabre in Canton, Ohio.

 


Article and photos, unless noted by: D. Rock, MyOhioFun.com

Diane Rock is the owner and editor of MyOhioFun.com, NorthernOhioTourism.com and the Tea Cup Rescue Society. She is an avid baker, gardener, Little Free Library owner, who loves to read and travel.  She spends most of her days sharing her love of things to do in Ohio, as well as creating destinations and itineraries for group tours and individual travelers.

Editor’s note:  The dates and additional events have been updated for the 2022. Any use of the above article or images without prior permission, will be in violation of copyright laws.

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