While there are more than enough things to do in Springfield, MO., there are also some haunted places to visit if you want to be scared out of your skin…this begs a question..
If you don’t pay your exorcist, will you get repossessed?
I kid, Springfield, MO.! While we do have some awesome haunted houses during Halloween, such as Dungeons of Doom and Hotel of Terror, there are some other haunted hotels, theaters and even a University known for their apparitions.
For a fun drinking game, watch our video and take a sip every time you hear the word, “apparently.” Only if you are 21 and up though – and drink responsibly!
Haunted Places in Springfield, MO.
1. Drury University
Drury was founded in 1873, but was built on an Indian burial ground as well as being the center stage for some Civil war battles. It also stands where there used to be Victorian Homes.. one little girl was reported killed in a fire – she went back into her house to grab her teddy bear and never made it out. Some students have seen her in a little pink dress around the campus.
2. The Gilloiz Theater
It opened in 1926, and in the 1960’s rumors came out about an apparition of a little boy who hangs out by the restrooms.
There was also a projectionist named Martin who died in the projection room one fateful New Year’s Eve. People have seen shadows move through the balcony, the main floor and sometimes at the rail of the stage system.
3. Pythian Castle
The cool thing about Pythian Castle is they have ghost tours you can sign up for.
It was built back in 1913 and was many things including a senior citizen’s home and also an orphanage for a while. It was recently shown on Ghost Adventures.
I did have a friend Michelle go on a ghost tour and reveal pictures of unexplained things which were erring on the side of scary. She caught pictures of orbs and other things when she went on the ghost tour with her daughter. *shudders*
4. University Plaza Hotel
Haunted by a dude called “The Colonel” who is most often spotted between midnight and 4am. He is thought to be from the Civil War era. Another place to add to your list of haunted places in Springfield, MO.!
5. Campus Inn
Located on N. Glenstone, there are supposedly two apparitions here. One is Carl, who was a busboy and appears to be harmless. The other is a female apparition who has been known to hit and push guests. Looks like we have a poltergeist in our midst!
6. Springfield Little Theater
Rumored to have been haunted since the 1920s, a stagehand hung himself above the stage. There have been sightings of an extra cast member on stage (who isn’t supposed to be there), and shadows moving along the catwalks.
7. Walnut Street Inn
A three-story bed and breakfast, the Walnut Street Inn was built in the 1880’s and people have reportedly felt they were being “watched.” When they renovated in 1998, some things were stirred up and the activity in the home increased. Some people have claimed seeing a woman sitting at a table near the wall who disappears when you try to talk to her.
8. Phelp’s Grove Park
Apparently, a female apparition has been sighted standing underneath the bridge holding up her wedding dress. A newly-wed couple lost control of their vehicle and died in the park. She is seen standing underneath the third bridge in the park. This is a more recent finding but interesting nonetheless.
There you have it Springfield! Eight haunted places in our queen city. If you know of any other haunted places we missed, be sure to shoot me an email. Halloween is another great time to write about topics of this nature!!