A pagan ritual Originating from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, Halloween or All Hallows’ eve has become a nation-wide celebration of trick-or-treating and costume parties. Traditionally created to ward off the ghosts of the dead that had returned to earth, by wearing costumes and lighting bonfires, this annual holiday has evolved into an acceptable reason to eat treats until you have a stomach ache. Although we’ve glorified this holiday into one in which we drink and overdose on candy, the tradition of Halloween still resonates with us and elicits spooky tails and stories. We’ve created a list of the most haunted lakes and rivers in North America for the spookiest day of the year!
White Rock Lake, Texas
Legend has it that Dallas’s White Rock Lake is haunted by a young woman who died in a tragic boating accident. She is said to be wearing a soaking-wet evening dress and approaches people to ask for a ride to a nearby address on Gaston Avenue. As soon as she gets into the backseat of the car, she disappears. No one knows who the woman is or if a woman in an evening dress ever actually drowned there, but these encounters have been reported since 1964!
Blackwater River, Florida
This popular tubing, swimming and boating spot draws in many tourists but make sure you’re not caught there after dark. As the story goes, there’s a woman who resembles that of the woman who crawls out of the well from the Ring; deathly pale with jet-black hair who will drag you to the bottom of the river with her. There have been reports from a few people who broke free of her clutches having felt her cold hands wrapped around their ankle as they frantically swam to the surface and escaped with their lives.
Lift Locks, Peterborough
The Lift Lock in Peterborough uses a staircase design to raise and lower ships traveling through the canal. It’s located on Armour Hill, the largest peak in Peterborough. The local legend says that in the 1840’s a woman was accused of being a witch and was tied to a post on Armour Hill and burned at the stake for these accusations. Rumour has it that her ghost roams the woods behind the Lift Locks, placing a curse upon those who disturb her.
Lake Superior, Wisconsin
In 1975 the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank 500 feet to the bottom of Lake Superior during a storm, taking all 29 crew with it. Ten years later there was a sighting of this freight ship, sailing on the surface of the lake by a commercial crew. Many believe that the Edmund Fitzgerald will continue to sail the icy waters of the lake that claimed the lives of the entire crew on board.
Even if you don’t believe in ghost, we suggest being cautious next time you visit these spooky haunted lakes and rivers in North America. Halloween may only come once a year, but these bodies of water remain haunted all year round. Visit them if you dare!