A chill autumn wind rustles dry leaves in the dark heart of the forest. Or was that a footstep? A raspy voice whispers your name as a clammy hand closes on your shoulder. Fear seizes your heart as you repent your decision to visit the haunted forest.
Take a Halloween trip with Discovery News to some of America's most supernatural natural areas and paranormal parks. Here are the best places to tell ghost stories this weekend:
First stop is Dudleytown, Conn. Legend has it that a royal curse caused the founders of the town, the Dudley family, to go mad in the 1850s. Or maybe it was the high concentration of lead in the groundwater. One way or the other, the town was reportedly the site of numerous murders and suicides. By 1899, everyone had either died or run away.
The forest moved back in and the town disappeared, but ghost hunters say orbs of light ply the gloomy shadows of Dudleytown's ruins. Hikers report an eerie silence in the area because animals and birds avoid the town limits, according to the book Connecticut Curiosities by Susan Campbell and colleagues.
As we flee south with the ghosts of Dudleytown hot on our heels, we come to Bluff Mountain, Va., in the George Washington National Forest. In 1892, 4-year-old Ottie Cline Powell was found dead on the peak. The doomed tot had wandered off from his schoolhouse seven miles away, then died of exposure during an ice storm, reported Blue Ridge Country magazine.