With Halloween soon approaching, many Central Florida residents will head to theme parks or haunted houses to get a good scare. Little do they know that just outside of the Orlando area, there are many real haunted structures and areas that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. Visit some of these real haunted areas to see just how scary Central Florida’s ghosts can be
The Bank, Daytona Beach
With a long history that includes buildings placed on top of Indian burial grounds and rumors of Al Capone frequenting the area, there are multiple places in Daytona Beach that are said to be haunted. One of the most consistently sighted ghosts is the woman who haunts the Halifax Historical Museum, which was once the Merchant’s Bank building. She is said to appear in the old vault area at night time, bringing a cold air current with her.
Al Capone’s Former Home, Port Orange
Although official records don’t show it, local legend insists that Al Capone spent his winters in
Daytona Beach and had a house in nearby Port Orange. The house provided him with easy access to the Halifax River in case he needed to run, and a place to stash his mistress, whose spirit is now said to haunt the house, looking for her lost love.
The I-4 Dead Zone, Sanford
Every part of I-4 can be dangerous for motorists, but the section of road that passes over Lake Monroe near Sanford is said to be more hazardous than the rest. This part of the road is rumored to have paved over the graves of multiple people in order to be built, and now their ghosts are said to hitchhike the road at night time, appearing to motorists and causing more accidents than normal in this precise spot. People who believe this zone is haunted, point to the fact that cell phones rarely work in the area as another sign of a supernatural presence. Some even claim that mysterious voices can be heard through cell phones when you try to make a call.
Cassadaga began as a spiritualist camp led by John Colby, a medium from New York who was known to hold seances and speak to spirits. In 1894, following the instructions of an Indian spirit guide he called Seneca, Colby founded the Cassadaga camp and began expanding. Slowly, Cassadaga grew to be known as the psychic capital of the world. With so much communication between the human and spirit worlds, it’s no small wonder people began to report that Cassadaga was haunted. Many of the legends revolved around the so-called Devil’s Chair, a bench that sits in the Cassadaga cemetery. Some visitors reported that unopened beers were consumed overnight though the can remained unopened, while others claimed that evil spirits would visit those who were bold enough to sit on the bench at midnight. This is, after all, the cemetery that John Colby was buried in so many years ago.