Most Haunted Places on the Palouse


In my house, fear isn't really an emotion. It's more like the family business. That's what I get for being married to a horror author and all-around Halloween enthusiast (Halloween happens to be his birthday, too).

So if you want to talk about hauntings, Halloween, and where to go for a good fright in Moscow, Idaho, and the surrounding Palouse region, you've come to the right place.

St. Ignatius Hospital in Colfax, Washington
The hands-down most haunted place on the Palouse is St. Ignatius Hospital in Colfax, Washington. Built in the 1890s by the Sisters of Providence, the hospital was relocated in 1968, and the original building stayed open until 2003, housing developmentally disabled adults. Everything about it — from its history to its architecture to the peeling paint and broken windows — screams "horror movie." Who exactly haunts St. Ignatius? Maybe one of the pneumonia patients who died within the first year of its opening. Or one of the many other patients. Or perhaps it's a forgotten sister, still roaming the halls and tending to her duties. Find out for yourself during the St. Ignatius Haunted Hospital event in October. You can buy tickets for tours ranging from one to three hours. The truly daring can stay overnight in the hospital and spend the hours looking for evidence of paranormal activity. Feeling less daring? Then buy tickets for the scary movie night and ghost tour on Oct. 30. You can also rent the facility year-round for a private, three-hour ghost hunt.

Moscow High School
High school is scary enough as it is — but what if your high school was haunted by a real life ghost? Such is the tale at Moscow High School, where the spirit of a young woman who died of typhus in the 1940s still roams the halls. Allegedly, the young lady still roams the central staircase in the outdoor commons. If you're alone in the building, you might begin to feel a little feverish. Perhaps faint. Maybe a cough will come on. Or maybe it's just that lingering feeling that you aren't alone. Because maybe you aren't.

Brink Hall, University of Idaho
The stately architecture of the University of Idaho campus is home to a ghost or two — and not just the spirits of forgotten finals or missed classes. Brink Hall, built in the 1930s, houses the spirit of a former professor who hung himself in his office on the third floor. Spending the afterlife trapped in academia is a pretty terrible fate, and this unhappy spirit spends his time messing with the current instructors: Unlocking cabinets and opening drawers. You can always find some spooks in the Theophilus Tower residence hall, which contains an elevator possessed by male ghosts. Apparently, some former residences met their end after getting caught in an elevator shaft. Take a chance of meeting these unfortunate souls at the annual Tower Trick or Treat event on Oct. 29.

Lewiston Civic Theatre in Lewiston, Idaho
There is a long and rich tradition of ghosts haunting theaters. Something about the creative energy and passion displayed on the stage seems to stir the undead. While the phantom may have been a delusional opera fan, the ghost at the Lewiston Civic Theatre has much more otherworldly origins. Sightings at the theater include a young, red-headed man and an elderly gentleman. Plus just an overall feeling of the creeps. Other regional theaters also boast spectral actors.

• After having a run in with an angry spirit as a teenager, Moscow resident Savannah Tranchell tends to avoid active hauntings as much as possible. Parenting a 3-year-old is scary enough.