Athens is notorious for being disturbingly haunted and spooky. What better time to explore this terrifying town than HallOUween week? Here’s a list of five spine-chilling places to visit in Athens, in no particular order.
1. The Ridges
The Athens Lunatic Asylum, renamed The Ridges in 1991, is rumored to be haunted with the spirits of deceased patients from its operating years as an insane asylum. Now owned by Ohio University, the buildings house a museum and several faculty offices, but the rest of the buildings remains unoccupied. Visit The Ridges at night and explore the grounds to get a real fright this HallOUween. (Note: The Ridges is heavily patrolled by APD and OUPD at HallOUween time, so be safe and careful. Don’t trespass into the buildings.)
Level of spookiness: Mildly terrifying if you let your imagination run a little wild
2. Fraternity house bathrooms
What do you get when you put a bunch of drunken 20-year-old party boys in a house together, left to monitor their own level of bathroom cleanliness, hygiene and the general upkeep of a house? The results may terrify you.
Level of spookiness: Intense fear of falling in/becoming infected with cooties
3. Any of the five eerie cemeteries in town
The five cemeteries in Athens (Simms, Hanning, Cuckler, Higgins and Zion) come together to form a menacing pentagram. All of the cemeteries have their own unique ghost stories and groundskeepers. They’re all worth a looksee, especially at night. Be careful, however, because the cemetery owners often do not tolerate trespassers late at night; be stealthy or go during the day.
Level of spookiness: You may or may not wet your pants if you encounter a ghost, but that’s perfectly acceptable
4. The pregnancy test aisle at CVS
All the scary sticks with their fortune telling about the babies and the diapers and…Well, you get the picture. Avoid at all costs.
Level of spookiness: You have approximately a 10% chance of watching the rest of your life crumble before your very eyes; don’t go here on HallOUween unless you’re really in for a scare
5. Wilson Hall
The residence hall, located on West Green, is situated directly in the middle of the pentagram formed by the five cemeteries in Athens. The university has deemed room 428 “uninhabitable” after residents reported doors opening and closing, objects flying off of shelves and into walls, and sightings of the student who passed away in the dorm room years before. Legend has it that a former resident died violently after using the energy of her room to attempt astral projection, an out-of-body experience in which the body and the human spirit separate and the spirit travels on its own.
Level of Spookiness: You couldn’t pay me to go inside of Wilson Hall HallOUween weekend.