The Most Haunted Places In Peoria


Halloween is coming and people across the country are looking for all kinds of spooky things to do. Of course, there are tons of put on haunted houses, but what about the actual haunted places. Here are some of the spookiest places to visit in the Peoria area.

Springdale Cemetery
Springdale Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in the state. It was founded in 1855 and is a sprawling 225 acre cemetery featuring over 6 miles of roadways and over 70,000 people buried inside. It is such a large cemetery that it has over two dozen different burial areas with terrain that ranges from open prairie to wooded hills and valleys. It also has a pet cemetery. Springdale was seized by the state in 1999 due to extreme neglect. It has recovered since then but strange tales still remain. One such story is the 'With's Circle' which is a family burial plot surrounded by a nest of stones circling around it in a field. A resident has claimed that as a young man, he and his friends were chased to the circle by glowing eyes and once there, encountered some robed figures. One murder has occurred in the cemetery. In 1935, the nude body of a 19 year old was found in a ditch along Valley Road, the victim of a serial rapist. It is said that she haunts the cemetery and appears as a "lady in white'. Ghost eyes have also appeared near the crime scene.

Peoria Public Library
Local stories say that the library was built on top of cursed ground. A family by the name of Gray lived in a house around 1830 before financial hardships befell on the family, which led to a foreclosure. Mrs. Gray cursed the property and all of its future owners. The library was built in 1894, close to where Mrs. Gray's house had been. The first three directors of the library died under mysterious circumstances. In 1966 the library was demolished and a new one built in its place. Many of the ghosts are believed to still reside as a result of the curse. Staff have reported hearing their names being called when they are alone in the stacks, feeling cold drafts and the apparition of a former library director has been seen in the basement doorway.

Peoria Players Theater
You could possibly take in more than a show at Peoria Players. The theater has been in continuous operation since October 6, 1919. This makes it the longest running community theater in Illinois and the fourth largest in the United States. After having several locations, the theater made its home at its current location in 1955. The new theater's grand opening was on November 30, 1957. Norman Endean became the theater manager and died from cancer shortly after. Ever since, employees have encountered what they believe to be his ghost. Lights flicker and props move on their own, and a man in a gray suit has been seen sitting in the auditorium. Also, a large picture of Norm once sat in the costume room but has mysteriously disappeared.

Bradley University
Spirits are found in the dorms and the administrative buildings. Visitors complain of water running in the women's bathroom on the third floor of Sisson Hall, a former dean haunts Constance Hall and the footsteps of a student that died from a drunken fall ring out on the seventh floor of Harper Hall. Often, the elevator will take people to the seventh floor regardless of the button pressed.

There are plenty of places to visit and get your thrills and chills this Halloween in the Midwest.

Carrie Lowrance is a freelance writer and author and has lived in Illinois for twenty years. She has been published on Huffington Post, She Is Fierce, and The Frugal Farmer. She has also published two books of poetry and one children's book and she writes her own personal finance blog.