Which Michigan Cities Report Most Ghost Sightings?

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Michigan will fully embrace the spooky season, perhaps hoping the supernatural will help lead to wins at Michigan online casinos. This October is extra scary for the true believers, with both Halloween and Friday the 13th falling this month. Thus, residents might be anticipating an extra dose of eeriness and thrills. The folklore of both Friday the 13th and Halloween will certainly fuel excitement for haunted houses, Halloween movie marathons, and, perhaps most significantly, the grand finale of October — trick-or-treating across the Wolverine State.

So BetMichigan.com, in the spirit (no pun intended) of Halloween and Friday the 13th, decided to join the fun and inject a bit of spookiness by sharing information with residents about the most frequently reported ghost sightings in the state.

Therefore, we shift our focus from trending Michigan sports betting topics, such as the Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines, to present the following results. BetMichigan.com used GhostsofAmerica.com to compile the amount of ghost sightings reported across Michigan. After determining the number of reported sightings per city, we developed the Top 10 cities list. On the website, you can find the description of each sighting for certain towns.

Michigan Cities Most Likely To Report Ghost Sightings

Rank City Sightings Reported
1 Monroe 49
2 Muskegon 44
3 Bay City 43
4 Saginaw 32
5 Paris 30
T6 Oscoda 28
T6 Jackson 28
8 Menominee 27
T9 Dearborn 26
T9 Taylor 26

Monroe Leads Most “Ghostly” Cities in Michigan

In Monroe, the energy of Friday the 13th and Halloween appears to be the norm, considering it has topped this list with 49 reported ghost sightings. The Old Telegraph "Phantom" Bridge in Monroe is frequently cited as the most haunted place in the Wolverine State, due to a significant number of fatal accidents that transpired between the 1920s and 1930s.

Trailing behind Monroe is Muskegon with 44 reported sightings with its town’s library recognized as the paranormal landmark due to the “haunting presence” of its founder, Charles Hackley. Securing the third spot on this list is Bay City (43). Notably, it has earned its place in the spectral tales with a dedicated book, "Haunted Bay City, Michigan," authored by Nicole Beauchamp.

Saginaw (32) and Paris (30) complete the top five of these rankings. Following closely are Oscoda (28) and Jackson (28). Wrapping up the top 10 are Menominee (27), Dearborn (26) and Taylor (26). Jackson's first state penitentiary holds a notorious reputation as one of Michigan's five most haunted locations, due to the severe mistreatment and torment endured by inmates during the early 1920s, resulting in the demise of numerous prisoners within its walls.

For more human interest stories like these, plus the best Michigan sportsbook promos, make sure to keep tabs with us at BetMichigan.com whatever the season.


Felix Veletanga is an experienced reporter who has covered local news, politics, and sports in Northern New Jersey, and now lends his expertise to the Michigan sports betting market. He previously covered the Saint Peter’s men’s basketball team’s 2022 NCAA Cinderella run for HudPost. Felix specializes in combat fighting and soccer betting analysis with a focus on the Premier League.

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