Iowa’s Spooky Spots Draw Together Friends for Annual Trip

It’s that time of year when the leaves change color, the air gets cooler, and scary stories come out.  As if the chill of fall wasn’t enough, many people long for a hair-raising ghost tale to welcome the Halloween season.

For the last five years, my “Spooky Tour” team and I have been visiting Iowa’s scariest places.  Alongside my two friends Kelly and Renee, and our mothers, we have selected the most memorable and spooky places from our travels.

1. Virgin Mary Cemetery, West Union, IA
This cemetery is home to a very unique statue of the Virgin Mary.  Many people go out to this site and flash their car lights at it, while others are brave enough to touch the statue and then are reported to have car trouble. Car accidents involving deer, fire, or rollovers are some accounts known to us.

Virgin Mary Cemetery, West Union, Iowa Virgin Mary Cemetery, West Union, Iowa

2.  The Mathias Ham House, Dubuque, IA
This house is very beautiful, but its walls tell another tale.  Spirits of pirates, thieves, and a rich lonely woman are said to haunt this residence.  Many of the employees have had experiences to share.

The Mathias Ham House, Dubuque, Iowa The Mathias Ham House, Dubuque, Iowa
3.  Roseman Bridge, Bridges of Madison Co., Winterset, IA
These bridges may be famous movie sets, but this bridge was also the scene of a lynching.  Neighbors and passersby are said to be able to hear screaming and whaling noises at night.

Roseman Bridge, Bridges of Madison Co., Winterset, Iowa Roseman Bridge, Bridges of Madison Co., Winterset, IA

4.  Buddy Holly Crash Site, Clear Lake, IA
After a short hike into a field, a small memorial was constructed for fans to go and remember the famous singer.  The calmness of the field, as well as the strange artifacts that people have left, is sure to leave an eerie impression.

Buddy Holly Crash Site, Clear Lake, Iowa Buddy Holly Crash Site, Clear Lake, Iowa

5.  Wexford Church, Lansing, IA
Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River, this church is a beauty to the eye.  An old legend tells of a man that would heckle people traveling by his house on the way to the Wexford church service, which was just down the road.  One day the house was struck by lightning and all that was left was the wall holding a crucifix.

Wexford Church, Lansing, Iowa

I started our annual trip to see as many scary places in Iowa as I could, after I had purchased the book “The Iowa Road Guide To Haunted Locations.”  In doing our Spooky Tour, we’ve traveled to many parts of the state. The adventures are just a car ride away, and there are many interesting things to see.  So whether you are traveling with a friend, or in my case, two friends and our mothers, hit the road and find some fun in visiting these haunted locations for Halloween.

-Sara Haught
Waucoma, IA

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