Sunday, September 10, 2017

Dead Children’s Playground

Located at 1351 McClung Avenue in Southeast Huntsville, Alabama, the Dead Children’s Playground is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Alabama. This haunted attraction is found in the middle of the Maple Hill Cemetery, which holds the distinction of being the largest and oldest cemetery in all of Alabama. This cemetery was founded in 1822 and covers more than 100 acres of land. The Dead Children’s Playground is tucked into a peaceful cove surrounded on 3 sides by a rock cliff and some beautiful paths that lead through the woods. This is said to be a lovely place in the daylight, but when nighttime falls, it becomes rather sinister.

The Paranormal Activity and Orbs

These child ghosts of Alabama are said to visit this playground so they can play just like they did when they were alive. The children may be spirits of those buried in the cemetery. Another version of this Alabama paranormal story is that, during the 1960s, there were several child abductions. The bodies of these victims were found in the location where the playground now stands. It has been since that time that people have seen swings moving without swingers.

The voices of children giggling and calling out have also been heard even though no children were around. Photos taken by visitors to the Dead Children’s Playground in haunted Alabama often show orbs of light that are felt to be these children’s spirits. A lot of these manifestations and sightings happen between the hours of 10PM and 3AM, which is, admittedly, much too late for any living children to be playing there.

The spookiest reports are those of the swings moving together in sync all by themselves. This happens even when the swings are brought to a total stop. Some witnesses have even spotted dust rising from the sand beneath the swings like someone has just jumped from a swing. Photos taken there show circles of light. Many of these are the height a child would be.

Near Demolition of the Haunted Site

The City of Huntsville attempted to take over the playground in the fall of 2007 so they could expand the cemetery to make more room for graves and tombs. They thought they could do this quickly and quietly without anyone realizing it. However, one morning everything was normal at the playground and the next day everything was destroyed. The public went ballistic and Huntsville put a stop to the demolition. Instead, they installed new playground equipment. This disturbance appeared to have had no effect on the continual hauntings there, though.

Alabama Paranormal Society Investigation

The Dead Children’s Playground caught the interest of The Alabama Paranormal Society in January 2008. One investigator heard a voice that came from either a female child or a woman. She snapped a quick photo of where she heard the voice coming from. When that photo was developed, the misty figure of a woman could be seen. Many pictures that investigators took on that same night showed lots of orbs in them once developed.

The Haunted Attraction

With so many reports by impartial witnesses we can be certain that this is really a very haunted location. Visitors to the City of Huntsville are welcome make it to the cemetery for visiting the Dead Children’s Playground as its haunted attraction. Be sure to take your camera along. You just may be one of the lucky ones to capture an image of paranormal manifestation in one of the most haunted places in Alabama.


6 Responses to “Dead Children’s Playground”
  1. Ciera says:

    My question is why are they there? and why are they still there?

  2. Tammy says:

    yes they are still there

  3. david says:

    how many of these places have actually been reported to be haunted?

  4. LORI says:


  5. Quinlann says:

    So sad why do they stay there.

  6. Levi says:

    I live within walking distance. Not really a “spooky” place to me, even at night. But who knows? I’ve yet to see anything there all these years, maybe ghosts come out for the ones who want to see them most.

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