We’ve all heard about haunted houses, but haunted roads? Those who aren’t invested in the paranormal will be shocked to learn that roads are just as prone to hauntings as anything else. After all, people die on roads all the time, and some say their ghosts are doomed to wander there forever. Other roads are the stomping grounds of monsters and deranged lunatics, who make life a living hell for anyone unlucky enough to pull over.
Whether or not you believe in ghosts or monsters, you probably should steer clear of these roads on Halloween. You never know who, or what, is lurking in your blind spots.
10 Velvet Street, Trumbull, Connecticut
Known locally as Dracula Drive, Velvet Street is one of the many roads associated with melon heads. According to legend, melon heads are strange, humanoid creatures with large, miss-shaped heads, who hang out in the woods near deserted roads and attack drivers.
Velvet Street, which connects the towns of Trumbull and Monroe in southeast Connecticut, has been an epicenter for melon head lore for over fifty years. One popular story that is shared heavily online tells of a group of teenagers who stopped on Velvet Street, only to have their car stolen by the melon heads, leaving them stranded.
9 Nu’uanu Pail Highway, Oahu, Hawaii
The Nu’uanu Pail Highway and their associated tunnels is one of the main routes to Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Such an important and well-traveled road is bound to attract some local legends, and Nu’uanu defiantly delivers. Allegedly, there are sections of Nu’uanu Pail that are said to be haunted by an old woman and her dog. Strangely, these ghosts only haunt people who are carrying pork with them. If she senses pork in someone’s car, she’ll stop them and demand that they feed it to her dog before letting them leave.
8 Gravity hills, various
A worldwide phenomenon that continues to baffle locals on every continent, gravity hills are places where things just seem to roll uphill. Drivers who put their cars in neutral at the base of these hills will suddenly find their cars moving forward, as if they were pushed. Most gravity hills are connected by a ghost story of some sort, usually with a spirit taking the blame for all the pushing.
Science, however, has a logical explanation. Gravity hills are actually the result of an optical illusion, one that makes the hills look as though they’re going up when in reality they’re going down. Still, locals will continue to swear up and down that the hills are haunted.
7 Route 2A through Haynesville, Maine
The song A Tombstone Every Mile by legendary country singer Dick Curless was inspired by this road, due to disproportionately large amount of fatal car accidents that have occurred on this road over the years. Popular with truckers, the isolated road is treacherous during the winter, and with nothing but thick forest on either side, drivers who break down find themselves stranded.
Locals say that the deaths have caused both the road and the surrounding Haynesville Woods to be littered with ghosts. Phantom hitchhikers are common along the side of the road, often asking for a trucker’s help, only to disappear upon getting in the vehicle.
6 Cossart Road, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
Located near the boarder to Delaware, Cossart Road has be the subject of urban legends for decades. Most of it has to do with the trees on the road, which have the tendency to grow away from the surrounding woods. No one knows why this happens, however some have proposed a supernatural explanation.
Legend has it that a mansion located just off the road was used for occult worship and satanic rituals, tainting the land and leaving the woods infested with evil spirits. Some say that if you drive on the road at night, a black pickup truck will attempt to chase you away. Some say that this truck is driven by a member of a satanic cult, trying to protect whatever’s in the woods from prying eyes.
5 Holland Road, Angola, New York
Located in eastern New York state, Angola is a quaint village that hides a disturbing secret. The local Holland Road, they say, is the stomping ground for a deranged pig farmer, who enjoys decapitating motorists and placing their heads on steaks along the perimeter of his former property. The legend, which dates back almost fifty years, has led many a teenager to tempt fate by trying to provoke the farmer. Whatever the reason, people still come to the road in search of thrills, at their own risk.
4 Governor’s Bridge, Bowie, Maryland
Governor’s Bridge is a truss bridge that runs over a branch of the Patuxent River in Bowie, Maryland. While the bridge itself might be unspectacular, the legends that are attached to it give Governor’s Bridge a strange and creepy reputation. Ghosts from car accidents are said to haunt the bridge, while the crying of babies thrown into the river below echo in the night. The bridge is said to be a favorite stomping ground of the goat man, a half-human half-goat creature who enjoys attacking cars.
3 Colchester Road, Clifton, Virginia
Located in Fairfax County, near Washington DC, Colchester Road is best known for the railway tunnel under which it runs. The bridge itself has been the center of a notorious urban legend that’s given it the unofficial name of Bunny Man Bridge.
Legend has it that a hatchet-welding maniac dressed in a bunny costume will attempt to chase away anyone who parks under the bridge at night. The legend stems from an actual encounter in the early 1970s, when a couple near the bridge had a hatchet thrown through the window of their car by a man dressed in a bunny suit. Since then, every Halloween, thrill seekers attempt to provoke the Bunny Man, much to the annoyance of locals and authorities.
2 Archer Avenue, Justice, Illinois
This stretch of road near Chicago is home to one of the most popular phantom hitchhikers in the United States. The legend goes that drivers along the road are stopped by beautiful woman, dressed all in white, asking for a ride home. After leaving, the woman, who calls herself Mary, will tell them to stop at Resurrection Cemetery, after which she gets out and vanishes into thin air.
Known as Resurrection Mary, the story dates back to the 1930s, and is one of the Chicago area’s best-known urban legends. This has made Resurrection Cemetery a popular destination for ghost hunters, wishing to get a glimpse of the mysterious lady in white for themselves.
1 Clinton Road, West Milford, New Jersey
A dark, lonely stretch not far from New York City, Clinton Road has become a magnet for urban legends of all kinds. Ghosts? Check. UFO’s? Check. Satanic cults? Double check.
Rumor has it that the woods surrounding Clinton Road are used by the mafia to dump the bodies of their victims. Dead man’s turn, a particularly sharp corner, has been the sight for numerous fatal accidents over the years. An old mansion near the road was once used by a satanic cult to hold black masses. Even the Ku Klux Klan is rumored to use the place to hold secret gatherings. And no New Jersey urban legend will be complete without a visit from the Jersey Devil, who’s also said to make occasional trips to the road in search of victims. It’s certainly not a road anyone in their right mind would want to drive at night.