Haunted Places

Haunted Places
You've heard of haunted houses, haunted cemeteries, haunted islands, but do you know how a normal place can become a paranormal minefield? Every haunted place on earth has a frightening, real backstory. Every Thursday, Greg Polcyn takes you on an audio tour of a new haunted place, and its haunted history.


  • Old City Jail

    January 21, 2021

    Built in 1802 and operational for nearly 140 years, the Old City Jail in Charleston, South Carolina saw the deaths of over fourteen thousand people — and some of them, like ten-year-old Alonzo are...

  • Donner Memorial State Park

    January 14, 2021

    In the winter of 1846, a group of pioneers became trapped in a prison of ice, forced to perform unspeakable acts to survive. Now, the Donner Party is memorialized in Truckee, California. But the...

  • The Smithsonian Institution Building

    January 7, 2021

    Since its establishment in 1855, the Smithsonian Institution Building in Washington, D. C. has been a place of science and wonder. Its hallowed halls have seen generations of brilliant minds to work...

  • Superstitions Special: New Year’s Eve Festivities

    December 31, 2020

    The clock’s winding down on the final moments of the year and people around the world are putting their charms and traditions to work, shoring up good fortune for the future. But it’s not always...

  • The Iditarod Trail

    December 17, 2020

    Deep in the Alaskan wilderness is a harrowing dog-sled course. But it's not just the snow or terrain that makes this race dangerous — it’s the ghosts.

  • Hotel Monteleone

    December 10, 2020

    Nicknamed the Grande Dame of New Orleans, this opulent hotel is known for its Carousel Bar and its location one block away from Bourbon Street. But it's also known for its spirits, and this doesn't...

  • The Hell-Fire Caves

    December 3, 2020

    This cave system in England was once the site of a secret club for London's elite. But if you visit today, you'll find more than just stories of old rituals and debaucherous evenings. You might a of...

  • Mythology Crossover: La Llorona

    November 26, 2020

    Today we’re bringing you a special episode from another Spotify Original from Parcast. If you enjoy it, check out Mythology on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!  She’s the spirit of...

  • The Joshua Ward House

    November 19, 2020

    A historic residence in Salem, Massachusetts has a particularly witchy history: it sits atop the foundation of the home of George Corwin — the sheriff responsible for arrests and executions during...

  • Riverdale Road

    November 12, 2020

    An 11-mile stretch of highway between two suburbs in Denver, Colorado is desolate and lonely during the day. But at night, it comes alive with ghosts and demons.  

  • Mikhailovsky Castle

    November 5, 2020

    Afraid his mother, Catherine the Great, would have him assassinated, Russian Emperor Paul I built a fortress to protect himself. But after a shocking betrayal, death entered the castle… and with a...

  • Hex Hollow Murder House

    October 29, 2020

    The 1928 murder of a Dutch faith healer led to not only one of Pennsylvania’s last witch trials, but one of the state’s most haunted homes.  

  • Urban Legends: College Halloween Scare

    October 27, 2020

    A psychic appears on a local talk show and predicts a serial killer's Halloween massacre on a college campus. That campus is your campus — and as the Halloween “fun” begins, you can only hope...

  • Okiku’s Well, Himeji Castle

    October 22, 2020

    The place that inspired Japanese horror film, The Ring, and its American remake, the Himeji Castle is Japan's largest surviving castle. It's home to not just six hundred years of history, but the of...

  • Urban Legends: White Hair Overnight

    October 20, 2020

    Trauma takes many forms, like tears, nightmares, and PTSD. But sometimes, you encounter something so terrible that the trauma manifests physically. You may develop a case of white hair overnight…...

  • El Campo Santo Cemetery

    October 15, 2020

    Established in 1849, San Diego’s El Campo Santo Cemetery is home to city notables, devious criminals, and unjustly killed Native freedom fighters alike. The spiritual unrest only increased when a...

  • Urban Legends: Cropsey

    October 13, 2020

    In the 1970s and ‘80s, teens in Staten Island were terrified by the legend of Cropsey: an escaped mental patient who roamed the woods and had a penchant for kidnapping and murdering innocent Some...

  • St. Mary’s Church

    October 8, 2020

    High on a hill in Clophill, England lies Old St. Mary’s, a 14th century church now in ruins. Though it was once the center of Clophill’s religious activity, it’s now a place of ghostly and it...

  • Urban Legends: Sesame Seed Beauty Regimen

    October 6, 2020

    You pour the vial of sesame seeds into the running water, ready to relax as you try a new skincare remedy. But as you soak in the hot bath, is it possible that the combination of open pores and tiny...

  • Maple Hill Park

    October 1, 2020

    Alabama’s Maple Hill Cemetery was established in the 1800s and is the burial ground for many controversial figures in the state’s history. But right next door is a small playground, said to be...

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