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The Ultimate Guide to Metro ATL's Most Haunted Locations

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When it comes to Southern spooks, Savannah has Atlanta beat with its spectral arms tied behind its back, but that doesn't mean our city lacks ghosts and ghouls. With Civil War battlefields, historic cemeteries and good old Southern lore, metro Atlanta has terrifying stories aplenty. We talked to several locals who have had personal paranormal experiences as well as two professional ghost hunters, Clint Brownlee of Paranormal Georgia Investigations and Jennifer Spear of TheHauntedFeminist.com, to find out where Atlanta's own version of Spook Central really is. Some haunts are expected — Oakland Cemetery, the Fox Theatre, The Masquerade. Others, less so — Hot Dog Heaven, Six Flags, East Atlanta. And several residences on our list could not be identified by specific address for privacy reasons. Spear explains, "When people are legitimately haunted, I mean terrifyingly cornered by a spirit in their home, they normally don't want a lot of people to know. They're not going to tell their neighbors. They're not going to run screaming to the media. They want their lives back. They want things back to normal. They want to act like it never happened." After reading these terrifying local stories, you might understand that feeling. Prepare to get seriously creeped out.


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Hot Dog Heaven

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We begin our terrifying journey at an unlikely business: Hot Dog Heaven in downtown Woodstock. Clint Brownlee of Paranormal Georgia Investigations (PGI) witnessed a spirit that manifested as a shadow figure or black mass moving amidst the buns and dogs. Beth Dolger, author of "Georgia Spirits and Specters," describes unexplainable noises and doors that open on their own. On her website, she reports that Historic Ghost Watch picked up an electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) during an investigation — the voice of a Southern male loudly and clearly saying, "Yes, ma'am!"

Kennesaw Mtn. Battlefield Park

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Both Jennifer Spear of TheHauntedFeminist.com and Brownee of PGI noted that the area surrounding Kennesaw Mountain is among the most paranormally active in the metro region. "Most residential calls are over by Kennesaw Mountain," says Spear. "I’ve been called out to three or four houses in one neighborhood. It’s almost like an away station of sorts where they just come and go through different neighbors' houses, like, 'It’s your turn to have the soldier this week.' The Civil War activity over there is pretty high."

St. James Episcopal Cemetery

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When Marietta High School was next door, students used to approach the statue of Marion Meinart and taunt: "Mary, Mary, where's your babies?" (A weird question given that she's obviously holding two infants.) Legends say the statue will either cry blood or real tears. Poor statue. The book "Haunted Marietta" by paranormal investigator Rhetta Akamatsu says that circling the statue three times at midnight on Halloween will summon a heartbroken spirit, which seems kinda rude to be honest. According to the book, the cemetery is also home to a barefoot young girl, often seen crying at her parents grave. Investigators recorded EVPs saying, "Mommy," heard the sound of footsteps, experienced drained batteries in equipment near the statue and saw other crying Virgin Mary statues.

Marietta Museum of History

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This former cotton mill, hotel, Civil War hospital and morgue is nicknamed "house of 1,000 ghosts," so if you were wondering whether it is haunted, there's your answer. According to a report by Kyle T. Cobb Jr. of The Great American Southern Paranormal Society, cameras have captured multiple apparitions, including "clear images of the figure of a young boy standing in front of the elevator." A woman believed to be Mrs. Fletcher, the wife of the second original owner, has been spotted wearing a dress with pink trim. All up, most investigators agree that there are a minimum of 700 ghosts roaming around the circa 1845 Kennesaw House, which makes your odds of finding one there seem downright stellar. The building now houses the Marietta Museum of History.

Undisclosed Haunted Residence

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Atlanta actor Cat Roche and her husband live in a haunted 1959 ranch-style home in Chamblee near Plaza Fiesta. Problems started just two weeks after the couple bought the property. Cat heard what she thought was her husband calling her name from the other room, but when she went to find him, she discovered he was still at work. Friends of the couple have heard voices calling, "Hello? Hello?" The spirit stepped it up a notch when it found a crab pot their roommate was storing downstairs. "We were sitting with friends in the living room," says Cat, "when we all heard this loud crash downstairs. My husband went to check. The cats were down there and were really freaked out, but he just assumed it was from the noise. As he headed toward the utility room, I heard him scream. I ran down and he said the crab pot had flown at eye level, right at his head. He had to duck and it hit the wall behind him. And my husband is a total skeptic."

Former Blood Oaks Haunted House

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An employee of the old Jaycee's Blood Oaks haunted house in Gwinnett says the building (which no longer exists) was home to real ghosts as well as fake ones. She recounts mysterious noises including a "body-sized thud" that sounded like "somebody pushing a body up against the wall and sliding it all the way down to the floor." The spirit of the owner's great grandfather, who died in the house, was regularly spotted by patrons in the maze area. "People would come out and say, 'Oh my gosh, who was that guy you had standing in the maze with the overalls and red beard? He was so creepy. He just stared at us.' We all knew we didn't have an actor in the house who looked like that."

Pope-Walton House

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The antebellum mansion that used to house Anthony's Fine Dining is on nearly every list of Atlanta's most haunted spots. Staff and visitors have reported a full-body apparition of a woman near the stairs, the sound of kids singing and playing, lights that turn themselves on and off, flying kitchenware, cold sensations and mysterious voices and sounds. Clint Brownlee of PGI investigated the location and says he saw a set of double-doors open on its own, heard unexplained noises and footsteps and was grabbed on the arm by an unseen force. The house was originally built in Wilkes County and moved to Atlanta in 1967.

Beverly Hills Inn

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Guests of Buckhead's 18-room Beverly Hills Inn report orbs, fog and blurry apparitions that have been known to enter rooms and provide friendly but unwanted tuck-in services, particularly on the third floor. The entities have been known to throw drinking glasses at rude guests, so mind your manners. Haunt Analyst Georgia captured voices whispering "Get out!" during an investigation, and hosts from "The Bert Show" captured mysterious fog in photos (see "website" link). The ghosts are believed to be the spirits of three older women who lived in the 1929 building, which was once a home for elderly widows.

Former Village Inn Bed & Breakfast

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In 2013, Curbed Atlanta spotlighted the listing asking why the house was selling for so little (see link). You're about to find out... Built in 1820, the former Village Inn at 992 Ridge Avenue is the oldest building in Stone Mountain. It became a Confederate Hospital during the Civil War before becoming an inn again in 1995. According to the book "Dinner and Spirits" by Robert James Wlodarski and Anne Powell Wlodarski, there are three spirits in residence: former owner Rev. Jacob Stillwell, a Civil War soldier, and an African-American man who sings hymns. During the Georgia Haunt Hunt Team's investigation, the odor of cigar smoke appeared out of nowhere and a face showed up in photographs. Others have reported slamming doors, lights and fans that turn on and off on their own, pictures falling off walls and the sense of a presence near one stairway.

Rhodes Hall

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Built in 1904 for Amos Giles Rhodes, whose spectral energy allegedly still resides there today, Rhodes Hall looks about as haunted as a castle can look without being draped in cobwebs and ectoplasm. Numerous paranormal investigators, including the team from TV's "Ghost Hunters" (and, strangely, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta") have explored the building and found it to be as close to Spook Central as you'll find in the city. The investigators experienced a "dark, evil" shadow man in the basement, the ghost of the couple who originally owned it, noisy children and EVPs galore. Other phenomena reported include lights that turn on and off, disembodied voices, footsteps, apparitions and an attic door that locks and unlocks itself.

The Fox Theatre

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There is no shortage of myths and legends about the Fox Theatre. Jennifer Spear of The Haunted Feminist says, "I'm friends with the family who used to run it. They had a million stories, but none so outrageous that it seemed like they were crazy or hungry for fame. They were very matter of fact about the whole thing: 'I saw a man walking down the aisle when I was the only one there.' 'Lights turn on and off.' That kind of thing." During the Halloween season, the 86-year-old building plays host to ghost tours that outline the ghosts in residence and introduce visitors to rarely seen spooky areas such as the boiler room and stage freight elevator. Visitors have also reported seeing a shadowy male figure.

The Masquerade

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If you've lived in Atlanta long enough, you've heard that The Masquerade overfloweth with vampires. Every ghost hunter we spoke to scoffed at that claim, but that doesn't mean there's nothing going on there. Brownlee pointed us to his friend Kyle Cobb Jr.'s investigation of the space. Cobb investigated the former mill for two days in 2010 and in his detailed report, says that staff members reported a shadow figure running up the stairs, sounds of a screaming girl, numerous male apparitions, uneasy feelings, moving equipment and mysterious sounds and footsteps. Cobb and his team were able to find logical explanations for most phenomena but still ended up with several unexplainable EVPs, multiple personal encounters with dark, human-shaped masses as well human-shaped mists/fogs and a thick mist that filled an entire room.

Shakespeare Tavern

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Theaters are notorious for their spirit activity and despite its young age, the Shakespeare Tavern is no exception. Visitors and staff report hearing voices, seeing shadowy figures and strange lights and witnessing full-on ghosts. The apparitions include a young boy, a female who moves things in the women's dressing room and an old man. Many staffers refuse to enter one consistently cold and strangely disturbing room on the top level.

Six Flags Over Georgia

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Six Flags hosts FrightFest every Halloween but if you know where to look, you'll find this amusement park to be pretty freaky during the other 11 months of the year too. Legend says the park is haunted by a little girl who was killed by a car in the 1970s. She lures guests outside, asking for help, then disappears. The Crystal Pistol Music Hall is allegedly haunted by an actor, who was killed on his way to work there in 1967 and is now cursed to watch a never-ending stream of Six Flags performances from the balcony for all eternity. The horror! Apparitions in 19th century clothing have been seen wandering the railroad area. Clint Brownlee of PGI says, "A friend who is a historian has done a lot of work along the Chattahoochee River, looking for Indian mounds and ruins. He's found evidence that before they built Six Flags, there were Native American mounds in that area." Anybody seen "Poltergeist"?

Georgia Aquarium

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The Georgia Aquarium is probably not haunted at the moment, but it was for a while. During the time that the attraction was hosting artifacts from the Titanic, something was definitely fishy (ugh, sorry). Clint Brownlee and his team at PGI investigated the exhibit. "It was pretty active all around the artifacts," he says. "Several people were touched or tapped. We caught a lot of EVPs — noises, footsteps, and voices. The creepiest one said, 'I'm cold.'" Other investigators sensed a female entity in the first-class area, and when recording near the personal items and clothing of Titanic passengers, a disembodied voice was heard calling for help.

Ellis Hotel

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If there is one place in all of Atlanta that has good reason to be haunted, it's the Ellis Hotel — the most tragic entry on our list. Formerly known as The Winecoff, the Ellis is on the site of the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history. In 1946, 119 people lost their lives after the "fireproof hotel" (a bold claim that meant there were no fire escapes, fire doors, sprinklers or alarms) caught on fire. Firefighters' ladders only reached to eight of the 15 stories. The resulting tragedy became known as "The Titanic of Peachtree." Ever since, guests and staff have reported seeing apparitions, smelling mysterious smoke and hearing screaming in the hallways. The fire alarm sometimes goes off at 2:48 a.m., the exact time of the suspected arson. The only silver lining to the horrible tragedy is that it caused a national fire safety codes to be rewritten, likely saving many lives over the years.

Undisclosed Theater

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Sara Lynn Herman worked at an unnamed (for this article) "local theater in Atlanta" that she says "really is haunted." She explains: "There are three main ghosts that people experience. There's a little girl, an old man in a top hat and another that I have personally never encountered." Costumes for every production the theater has ever done are stored in a huge upstairs area. Sara says staff members have uncovered a shortcut to finding what they need. "You basically stand at the doorway of the dark storage area and you announce what you want. Then you walk all the way down the sketchy rows and when you turn around, something will pop out for you. It's happened to me twice. The second time, I swear to God, I heard a little girl laugh and when I turned around, there was the perfect dress. Any time you hear a little kid's laughter when you're by yourself, it's scary, but it wasn't a mean ghost. She was actually pretty helpful."

Undisclosed residence

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Jennifer Spear of The Haunted Feminist cannot disclose the location of many of the residences she investigates but when asked about frightening scenarios she has experienced during investigations, one specific home came to mind. "There was a residential client who collected Ouija boards. She had acquired some from a woman who practiced black magic. I was in the bedroom with the Ouija boards and her dog. I went over to them and heard a loud hissing sound. I don’t know if it was the dog or Satan or cockroaches she had back there but I was done. I was like, 'Nope, not gonna do it.' There was not an answer that was acceptable for me to stay."

Oakland Cemetery

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When you have this many dead bodies (RIP) in one spot, you're bound to have some roaming phantoms. The circa-1850 resting place has so many spirits attached to it, you'd need a tour guide and about 3,000 words to describe them all. From a soldier doing roll call (and getting answers) in the Confederate area to a mournful young woman searching for her beloved, some of the deceased are really still quite busy. The historic cemetery offers guided tours focused on the restless spirits during the haunting season every year.

Wren's Nest House Museum

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Several years ago, Curbed Atlanta writer Kimberly Turner conducted a paranormal investigation at the Wren's Nest with television ghost hunter Patrick Burns, and although they came away with nothing but a few uneasy feelings and a blurry photo that was probably dust, staff members and other investigators have documented some fairly eerie stuff at the Joel Chandler Harris House. The Georgia Ghost Society heard a loud ringing noise and saw a tall figure of a woman walking toward a closet as well as a man's face in a mirror. In 2008, the Wren's Nest staff shared some hair-raising audio of ghostly voices caught on tape (see "website" link).

East Atlanta Neighborhood

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Paranormal Georgia Investigations keeps what it calls a Paranormal Data Collective to look for trends, and although the new database has not yet determined which neighborhoods are most prone to phantoms, Clint Brownlee says, "I do feel there are some hotspots. East Atlanta comes to mind. I've been to several homes that have had activity. It's an old Civil War battlefield. The Battle of Atlanta was fought there." At one popular bar, staff members tell tales of a shadow man regularly spotted after hours. A Patch article recounts stories from two home owners on Flat Shoals who were convinced that spiritual entities haunted their residences.

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Hot Dog Heaven

We begin our terrifying journey at an unlikely business: Hot Dog Heaven in downtown Woodstock. Clint Brownlee of Paranormal Georgia Investigations (PGI) witnessed a spirit that manifested as a shadow figure or black mass moving amidst the buns and dogs. Beth Dolger, author of "Georgia Spirits and Specters," describes unexplainable noises and doors that open on their own. On her website, she reports that Historic Ghost Watch picked up an electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) during an investigation — the voice of a Southern male loudly and clearly saying, "Yes, ma'am!"

Kennesaw Mtn. Battlefield Park

Both Jennifer Spear of TheHauntedFeminist.com and Brownee of PGI noted that the area surrounding Kennesaw Mountain is among the most paranormally active in the metro region. "Most residential calls are over by Kennesaw Mountain," says Spear. "I’ve been called out to three or four houses in one neighborhood. It’s almost like an away station of sorts where they just come and go through different neighbors' houses, like, 'It’s your turn to have the soldier this week.' The Civil War activity over there is pretty high."

St. James Episcopal Cemetery

When Marietta High School was next door, students used to approach the statue of Marion Meinart and taunt: "Mary, Mary, where's your babies?" (A weird question given that she's obviously holding two infants.) Legends say the statue will either cry blood or real tears. Poor statue. The book "Haunted Marietta" by paranormal investigator Rhetta Akamatsu says that circling the statue three times at midnight on Halloween will summon a heartbroken spirit, which seems kinda rude to be honest. According to the book, the cemetery is also home to a barefoot young girl, often seen crying at her parents grave. Investigators recorded EVPs saying, "Mommy," heard the sound of footsteps, experienced drained batteries in equipment near the statue and saw other crying Virgin Mary statues.

Marietta Museum of History

This former cotton mill, hotel, Civil War hospital and morgue is nicknamed "house of 1,000 ghosts," so if you were wondering whether it is haunted, there's your answer. According to a report by Kyle T. Cobb Jr. of The Great American Southern Paranormal Society, cameras have captured multiple apparitions, including "clear images of the figure of a young boy standing in front of the elevator." A woman believed to be Mrs. Fletcher, the wife of the second original owner, has been spotted wearing a dress with pink trim. All up, most investigators agree that there are a minimum of 700 ghosts roaming around the circa 1845 Kennesaw House, which makes your odds of finding one there seem downright stellar. The building now houses the Marietta Museum of History.

Undisclosed Haunted Residence

Atlanta actor Cat Roche and her husband live in a haunted 1959 ranch-style home in Chamblee near Plaza Fiesta. Problems started just two weeks after the couple bought the property. Cat heard what she thought was her husband calling her name from the other room, but when she went to find him, she discovered he was still at work. Friends of the couple have heard voices calling, "Hello? Hello?" The spirit stepped it up a notch when it found a crab pot their roommate was storing downstairs. "We were sitting with friends in the living room," says Cat, "when we all heard this loud crash downstairs. My husband went to check. The cats were down there and were really freaked out, but he just assumed it was from the noise. As he headed toward the utility room, I heard him scream. I ran down and he said the crab pot had flown at eye level, right at his head. He had to duck and it hit the wall behind him. And my husband is a total skeptic."

Former Blood Oaks Haunted House

An employee of the old Jaycee's Blood Oaks haunted house in Gwinnett says the building (which no longer exists) was home to real ghosts as well as fake ones. She recounts mysterious noises including a "body-sized thud" that sounded like "somebody pushing a body up against the wall and sliding it all the way down to the floor." The spirit of the owner's great grandfather, who died in the house, was regularly spotted by patrons in the maze area. "People would come out and say, 'Oh my gosh, who was that guy you had standing in the maze with the overalls and red beard? He was so creepy. He just stared at us.' We all knew we didn't have an actor in the house who looked like that."

Pope-Walton House

The antebellum mansion that used to house Anthony's Fine Dining is on nearly every list of Atlanta's most haunted spots. Staff and visitors have reported a full-body apparition of a woman near the stairs, the sound of kids singing and playing, lights that turn themselves on and off, flying kitchenware, cold sensations and mysterious voices and sounds. Clint Brownlee of PGI investigated the location and says he saw a set of double-doors open on its own, heard unexplained noises and footsteps and was grabbed on the arm by an unseen force. The house was originally built in Wilkes County and moved to Atlanta in 1967.

Beverly Hills Inn

Guests of Buckhead's 18-room Beverly Hills Inn report orbs, fog and blurry apparitions that have been known to enter rooms and provide friendly but unwanted tuck-in services, particularly on the third floor. The entities have been known to throw drinking glasses at rude guests, so mind your manners. Haunt Analyst Georgia captured voices whispering "Get out!" during an investigation, and hosts from "The Bert Show" captured mysterious fog in photos (see "website" link). The ghosts are believed to be the spirits of three older women who lived in the 1929 building, which was once a home for elderly widows.

Former Village Inn Bed & Breakfast

In 2013, Curbed Atlanta spotlighted the listing asking why the house was selling for so little (see link). You're about to find out... Built in 1820, the former Village Inn at 992 Ridge Avenue is the oldest building in Stone Mountain. It became a Confederate Hospital during the Civil War before becoming an inn again in 1995. According to the book "Dinner and Spirits" by Robert James Wlodarski and Anne Powell Wlodarski, there are three spirits in residence: former owner Rev. Jacob Stillwell, a Civil War soldier, and an African-American man who sings hymns. During the Georgia Haunt Hunt Team's investigation, the odor of cigar smoke appeared out of nowhere and a face showed up in photographs. Others have reported slamming doors, lights and fans that turn on and off on their own, pictures falling off walls and the sense of a presence near one stairway.

Rhodes Hall

Built in 1904 for Amos Giles Rhodes, whose spectral energy allegedly still resides there today, Rhodes Hall looks about as haunted as a castle can look without being draped in cobwebs and ectoplasm. Numerous paranormal investigators, including the team from TV's "Ghost Hunters" (and, strangely, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta") have explored the building and found it to be as close to Spook Central as you'll find in the city. The investigators experienced a "dark, evil" shadow man in the basement, the ghost of the couple who originally owned it, noisy children and EVPs galore. Other phenomena reported include lights that turn on and off, disembodied voices, footsteps, apparitions and an attic door that locks and unlocks itself.

The Fox Theatre

There is no shortage of myths and legends about the Fox Theatre. Jennifer Spear of The Haunted Feminist says, "I'm friends with the family who used to run it. They had a million stories, but none so outrageous that it seemed like they were crazy or hungry for fame. They were very matter of fact about the whole thing: 'I saw a man walking down the aisle when I was the only one there.' 'Lights turn on and off.' That kind of thing." During the Halloween season, the 86-year-old building plays host to ghost tours that outline the ghosts in residence and introduce visitors to rarely seen spooky areas such as the boiler room and stage freight elevator. Visitors have also reported seeing a shadowy male figure.

The Masquerade

If you've lived in Atlanta long enough, you've heard that The Masquerade overfloweth with vampires. Every ghost hunter we spoke to scoffed at that claim, but that doesn't mean there's nothing going on there. Brownlee pointed us to his friend Kyle Cobb Jr.'s investigation of the space. Cobb investigated the former mill for two days in 2010 and in his detailed report, says that staff members reported a shadow figure running up the stairs, sounds of a screaming girl, numerous male apparitions, uneasy feelings, moving equipment and mysterious sounds and footsteps. Cobb and his team were able to find logical explanations for most phenomena but still ended up with several unexplainable EVPs, multiple personal encounters with dark, human-shaped masses as well human-shaped mists/fogs and a thick mist that filled an entire room.

Shakespeare Tavern

Theaters are notorious for their spirit activity and despite its young age, the Shakespeare Tavern is no exception. Visitors and staff report hearing voices, seeing shadowy figures and strange lights and witnessing full-on ghosts. The apparitions include a young boy, a female who moves things in the women's dressing room and an old man. Many staffers refuse to enter one consistently cold and strangely disturbing room on the top level.

Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags hosts FrightFest every Halloween but if you know where to look, you'll find this amusement park to be pretty freaky during the other 11 months of the year too. Legend says the park is haunted by a little girl who was killed by a car in the 1970s. She lures guests outside, asking for help, then disappears. The Crystal Pistol Music Hall is allegedly haunted by an actor, who was killed on his way to work there in 1967 and is now cursed to watch a never-ending stream of Six Flags performances from the balcony for all eternity. The horror! Apparitions in 19th century clothing have been seen wandering the railroad area. Clint Brownlee of PGI says, "A friend who is a historian has done a lot of work along the Chattahoochee River, looking for Indian mounds and ruins. He's found evidence that before they built Six Flags, there were Native American mounds in that area." Anybody seen "Poltergeist"?

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is probably not haunted at the moment, but it was for a while. During the time that the attraction was hosting artifacts from the Titanic, something was definitely fishy (ugh, sorry). Clint Brownlee and his team at PGI investigated the exhibit. "It was pretty active all around the artifacts," he says. "Several people were touched or tapped. We caught a lot of EVPs — noises, footsteps, and voices. The creepiest one said, 'I'm cold.'" Other investigators sensed a female entity in the first-class area, and when recording near the personal items and clothing of Titanic passengers, a disembodied voice was heard calling for help.

Ellis Hotel

If there is one place in all of Atlanta that has good reason to be haunted, it's the Ellis Hotel — the most tragic entry on our list. Formerly known as The Winecoff, the Ellis is on the site of the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history. In 1946, 119 people lost their lives after the "fireproof hotel" (a bold claim that meant there were no fire escapes, fire doors, sprinklers or alarms) caught on fire. Firefighters' ladders only reached to eight of the 15 stories. The resulting tragedy became known as "The Titanic of Peachtree." Ever since, guests and staff have reported seeing apparitions, smelling mysterious smoke and hearing screaming in the hallways. The fire alarm sometimes goes off at 2:48 a.m., the exact time of the suspected arson. The only silver lining to the horrible tragedy is that it caused a national fire safety codes to be rewritten, likely saving many lives over the years.

Undisclosed Theater

Sara Lynn Herman worked at an unnamed (for this article) "local theater in Atlanta" that she says "really is haunted." She explains: "There are three main ghosts that people experience. There's a little girl, an old man in a top hat and another that I have personally never encountered." Costumes for every production the theater has ever done are stored in a huge upstairs area. Sara says staff members have uncovered a shortcut to finding what they need. "You basically stand at the doorway of the dark storage area and you announce what you want. Then you walk all the way down the sketchy rows and when you turn around, something will pop out for you. It's happened to me twice. The second time, I swear to God, I heard a little girl laugh and when I turned around, there was the perfect dress. Any time you hear a little kid's laughter when you're by yourself, it's scary, but it wasn't a mean ghost. She was actually pretty helpful."

Undisclosed residence

Jennifer Spear of The Haunted Feminist cannot disclose the location of many of the residences she investigates but when asked about frightening scenarios she has experienced during investigations, one specific home came to mind. "There was a residential client who collected Ouija boards. She had acquired some from a woman who practiced black magic. I was in the bedroom with the Ouija boards and her dog. I went over to them and heard a loud hissing sound. I don’t know if it was the dog or Satan or cockroaches she had back there but I was done. I was like, 'Nope, not gonna do it.' There was not an answer that was acceptable for me to stay."

Oakland Cemetery

When you have this many dead bodies (RIP) in one spot, you're bound to have some roaming phantoms. The circa-1850 resting place has so many spirits attached to it, you'd need a tour guide and about 3,000 words to describe them all. From a soldier doing roll call (and getting answers) in the Confederate area to a mournful young woman searching for her beloved, some of the deceased are really still quite busy. The historic cemetery offers guided tours focused on the restless spirits during the haunting season every year.

Wren's Nest House Museum

Several years ago, Curbed Atlanta writer Kimberly Turner conducted a paranormal investigation at the Wren's Nest with television ghost hunter Patrick Burns, and although they came away with nothing but a few uneasy feelings and a blurry photo that was probably dust, staff members and other investigators have documented some fairly eerie stuff at the Joel Chandler Harris House. The Georgia Ghost Society heard a loud ringing noise and saw a tall figure of a woman walking toward a closet as well as a man's face in a mirror. In 2008, the Wren's Nest staff shared some hair-raising audio of ghostly voices caught on tape (see "website" link).

East Atlanta Neighborhood

Paranormal Georgia Investigations keeps what it calls a Paranormal Data Collective to look for trends, and although the new database has not yet determined which neighborhoods are most prone to phantoms, Clint Brownlee says, "I do feel there are some hotspots. East Atlanta comes to mind. I've been to several homes that have had activity. It's an old Civil War battlefield. The Battle of Atlanta was fought there." At one popular bar, staff members tell tales of a shadow man regularly spotted after hours. A Patch article recounts stories from two home owners on Flat Shoals who were convinced that spiritual entities haunted their residences.