With Halloween right around the corner, it’s only right to celebrate all things creepy in America. Some of America’s creepiest streets could be in your city, right under your nose, and you may not even know it. But what makes these haunted roads so spooky? Read on to find out.
Bloods Point Road, Cherry Valley, Illinois
Residents of Cherry Valley, Illinois have long considered Bloods Point road to be one of the most frightening places for supernatural activity in the area. According to Ghostresearch.org, locals have reported witnessing ghosts of disembodied figures and phantom vehicles driving down the road all hours of the night. If you dare to take a step further and venture into Bloods Point Cemetery, Ghostresearch.org says visitors have encountered “Hell Hounds” that tirelessly guard the cemetery and are not afraid to attack. Once biting their victims, it is said that the “Hell Hounds” vanish, leaving them stunned. If you visit, be sure to be respectful of the undead, as there could be lingering consequences.
Shades of Death Road, Great Meadows, New Jersey
This eerie two-way road in New Jersey has an equally uncomfortable past. By the looks of it, it seems to be a simple, old travel route. However, in the 1900s, a string of terribly brutal murders took place that put this road on the supernatural radar. It is said that a man was pursued, then beaten to death with a tire iron for only a handful of gold coins. This was followed by an incident in which a local man was gunned down in cold blood–his killer never brought to justice. More directly related to the name, the area used to be referred to as “The Shades,” due to the low-hanging trees that canopy over the length of the road. According to App.com, local legends say that many murders have occurred there over time, prompting residents to add the menacing “Death” to the road’s name. It’s storied history has attracted many thrill-seekers to the area, but we recommend staying away… far, far away.
Archer Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
In a city near Chicago, Illinois, a street named Archer Avenue has a truly eye-widening story to tell. On this street is Resurrection Cemetery, home to a ghost often referred to as “Resurrection Mary.” She is said to roam Archer Avenue and visit a local bar called Chet’s, directly across the street from the cemetery. Legend has it that a man enjoying a night at Chet’s bumped into a lovely girl named Mary. They danced the night away together before he offered her a ride home. She accepted and gave him an address, but insisted he pull over on the side of the road before they reached the destination. The man noticed it was the cemetery on Archer Avenue. The woman got out of the car, walked into the distance, and disappeared into thin air. Worried, the man spent the rest of the night driving up and down Archer Avenue looking for her. The next day, he drove to the address Mary had given him and finds out Mary actually passed away a few years prior in a car accident. Legend or not, Chet’s still leaves a Bloody Mary at the end of the bar for “Resurrection Mary.”
Bucket of Blood Street, Holbrook, Arizona
Imagine an old, Wild West town where gambling, drinking, crime, and gun fights were a daily occurrence. This was Holbrook, Arizona in the 1880s. According to Atlasobscura.com, the street is said to have gained its name from an incident in a neighborhood saloon called Terrill’s Cottage. It’s said that this local waterhole had a gunfight so intense that the floors were completely saturated with blood. While the street name still stands, the original saloon has since been torn down.
Mona Lisa Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana
This street is home to a Louisiana love story that ended horribly wrong. A wealthy family lived in a home in City Park, where the father greatly disapproved of a relationship his daughter Mona was pursuing. There are different variations of the story, but rumor has it that Mona’s suitor was a sailor. They would spend their nights strolling around the lagoons surrounding the park, but the sailor had no actual interest in Mona. One night they were standing by a lagoon when he told her he would be leaving for another port. Mona did not handle the news well, and the ensuing argument got so heated that she was pushed into the body of water and drowned. In the aftermath of his daughter’s tragic passing, her father had a statue commissioned to honor her. The memorial statue was destroyed, but Mona is said to still haunt young lovers who pass Mona Lisa Drive. Those who have done so have heard scratching at their windows and the sound of a woman moaning from heartache.