Kansas is full of haunts. From the Theorosa’s bridge in Valley Center, to the Field of Screams and the Forrest of Terror; not to mention the entire city of Atchison, Kansas.
Whether you enjoy a fabricated haunted house or the real deal, we have compiled a list of the best of the best haunts in the great State of Kansas. You down?
Haunted in Kansas
Gateway to Hell – The “Gateway to Hell” is located in Stull Cemetery, in Stull, Kansas. It’s about fifteen miles from Lawrence. According to legend, somewhere inside the cemetery is a hidden set of steps that descend directly to Hell. They’re covered by a hidden seal that only opens on Halloween.
Okay, so that might be a bit far-fetched, even for the biggest of believers, but Stull is known to house much evil. The church, which is no longer standing, was once used by witches, Satanists, and other occult groups for worship. There are many stories surrounding the hauntings of this area, leaving some to think there’s something the town has to hide. But what could it be?
Fort Leavenworth – The St. Ignatius Chapel in Fort Leavenworth has been rebuilt, but the original chapel burned down in a fire in 1875. The spot where the original chapel was built is home of a private residence now.
The fire claimed the life of a young priest. Father Fred is perhaps the most famous ghost from Fort Leavenworth, because of how many times he’s been spotted. After the fire, scorched bricks were found with several names etched into them, one being Father Fred’s name. The priest has been seen over the years, by residents of the home, walking up and down the stairs. His image even appeared in a photo that was taken at a party in the home, back in 1973.
Fort Riley – When I was reading about Fort Riley hauntings, I found out that it’s one of the most haunted forts (old military bases) in our nation. There are many ghost stories surrounding Fort Riley, but the one that stuck with me the most is the one dating back to the 1860s.
A woman drowned herself in a well on the grounds at the fort. Her body was buried in an open pasture, and that pasture is now someone’s back yard. For years after the woman was buried, though, the Quarters still stood. For years to come, others had reported hearing haunting noises at night. In the 1930s, an exorcism was performed but the ghost has since returned, though it isn’t as active as it once was.
Haunted Houses & Attractions
These scary attractions might all be a show, but that doesn’t make them less terrifying!
Field of Screams – If you live in Kansas, you’ve probably heard of the Field of Screams. It’s pretty popular, and they always have unique ideas so that makes it my top choice for haunted houses. This year, they have the Zombie Hunt, where you get to “fight back” and shoot the zombies with paintballs. It should be a little less scary than the Clown Town attraction they have. Am I the only one terrified of clowns?!
The Forest of Terror – There is an especially horrifying feeling when I think of haunted forests, and the Forest of Terror reinforces that. The Forest of Terror is the longest and only haunted forest in Kansas. If you’re a thrill seeker looking to get your scare on, look no further!