The most notorious legends of the South’s spookiest specters – believe them, or not.
There’s something about the chilly October air that makes the Halloween season a perfect time to share scary ghost stories. The South’s bizarre history, obscure happenings, and inexplicable circumstances provide the perfect setting for these scary stories. We’ve compiled some of the scariest Southern ghost stories that we could find in folklore and research. These may be real ghost stories, and they might just be scary legends of the South. While the legend of Huggin’ Molly in Abbeville, Alabama, is a kid-friendly ghost story, the Ghosts of the LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana, are some of the scariest souls in the South. There are plenty of famous Southern ghosts – the Bell Witch, whose legend in part inspired the Blair Witch Project, still haunts Northwestern Tennessee; Florida’s Ghost of Bellamy Bridge still roams the swamps, searching for unrequited love. Read about the ghosts that linger in famous Southern haunts, Southern folklore, scary folktales, and ghost stories. Just be warned: these ghosts may haunt near you.