Show-Me Scary: Southeast Missouri

Southeast Missouri has a plethora of ghost tours and paranormal adventures ready for you to explore. Here is a list of spooky locations in the southeast region of Missouri where you can scare yourself silly. Tour cemeteries and old school grounds and even go on a haunted pub crawl. Feel free to visit these places… but remember, you have been warned!

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Ste. Genevieve

Imagine stepping through empty, dark streets; the only light is the moon and a lantern courtesy of your tour guide, as ghostly tales from the past fill the night air. If this sounds like an interesting night to you, visit Ste.  Genevieve for their Ste. Genevieve Ghost Tours. Walk past haunted homes and go through a cemetery teeming with spirits, all the while hearing the historical context of each ghost story. You can add a different type of spirit with these ghost tours as well with the Specters and Spirits Haunted Pub Crawl! Enjoy samplings of refreshing brews while learning the haunted history of Ste. Genevieve.

In New Madrid you can assist professional paranormal researchers in an investigation thanks to the New Madrid Ghost Tours. On this investigation you will travel to three different haunted locations. This town has seen devastating destruction due to earthquakes, floods, fire and Civil War; it’s no wonder such a small town has so many big-time haunts. These haunted tours began in 2008 and ended up being one of New Madrid’s more popular events, so they’ve continued, getting more and more popular each year. Organizers encourage you to bring your cameras, video recorders, and any ghost-hunting devices you would like in order to experience the New Madrid spirits yourself.

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Cape Girardeau

The Haunted Downtown Walking Tour gives you the low-down of all places haunted in Cape Girardeau. On this tour you get to visit buildings like Port Cape, the River Campus, The Glenn House, and several others. Each stop has its own unique and eerie tale. The Sherwood-Minton House is said to have been used as a temporary small-pox hospital during the Civil War. It is said that dead soldiers were carried from the Sherwood-Minton House to the Old Lorimier Cemetery, which is another stop on this tour. Cape Girardeau also offers a Booze on the Broadway tour which tells of Cape’s haunted past as well but at different locations around town (and of course includes a few cold ones!).

Arcadia is another town with a fascinating history intertwined with spirits and ghost lore. The Arcadia Valley Academy offers candlelight tours to reveal the ghost stories that accompany the grounds. The tour will cover the gymnasium, theater, old dormitory, classroom and Chapel. The original academy was built in 1846 as a Methodist High School but was turned into a Union Hospital during the Civil War, and was then bought from the Ursuline nuns in 1877 who converted it into an all girls school. It served as a convent until 1985 and is now a historic district open to the public. Several strange occurrences have occurred on this campus, like hearing old Catholic hymns being sung; an apparition of a young, blonde man seen in the bed-and-breakfast; and people being touched or having their hair pulled by unseen forces.

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Written by Hannah Domino, communications intern for the Missouri Division of Tourism.

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