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Get Your Scare On At These 13 Very Haunted Miami Places

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Happy Halloween everyone, and boo! By the way, whether you're going as a Playboy Bunny, slutty pumpkin, slutty witch, Gladiator without enough armor, slutty alien, firefighter with a suspicious lack of protective firefighting gear covering his upper body, recent Miley Cirus, sailor, or nudest colony resident, we just want to say, "great costume!". Now let's get the shit scared out of you at one of Miami's many creepiest places, and we don't mean that coffee shop on Calle Ocho with all the horny old men. Haha. Anywho, do check Curbed Miami's Map of 13 Very Haunted Miami Places, including old classics like the Deering Estate at Cutler and the Biltmore Hotel, haunted by Tequesta Indians and mobsters, to some places you might not know about, like the Jockey Club, which could be haunted by 1960s jet-setters, or at least old electrical wiring.


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Biltmore Hotel

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The Biltmore, originally a grand hotel, then a WWII war hospital, and now a grand hotel again, is surrounded by spooky stories, and mysterious hauntings. Gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh, who was murdered there, is said to have stuck around, people hear noises from parties that never happened, an elevator often goes to the 13th floor unprovoked, and the spirits of wounded soldiers roam the halls.

Villa Paula

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Miami's first Cuban Consulate, built in 1925. Villa Paula is said to be haunted by Paula, the namesake of the magnificent house and the wife of Senior Don Domingo Milord, the first Consul. The strong smell of cuban coffee emanates from the kitchen, the bedroom door will often slam shut, and three of the last occupants cats were killed by a slamming gate.

Miami River Inn

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The Miami River Inn - one of the oldest hotels in South Florida - has its share of spooky goings on. Apparently noises are common, along with slamming doors, and fierce shaking of door knobs, according to Critical Miami.

Coral Castle

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Ed Leedskalnin, at five feet tall and 100 pounds, built the bizarre and mysterious Coral Castle for the girl he loved without the use of modern machinery or outside help. Tragically, she turned him down, and now the place is a frequent site of supposed paranormal activity. Either that or it's just so damn weird.

Miami City Cemetery

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Miami's oldest cemetery - where city founders like Julia Tuttle and the Burdine family rest in peace - might also be a hotbed of Santeria sacrifice, that Caribbean religion melding christian and pagan beliefs. It might even be a Santeria cemetery of sorts. In 1996 dead chickens, and a headless goat were found in the cemetery, along with human poop smeared on graves in the cemetery's segregated black and Jewish sections. A month before that 57 graves had been smashed, and earlier that year the dead body of a girl was found at the base of the Burdine mausoleum.

Pinewood Cemetery

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The oldest cemetery in the county (not including Native American burial grounds), Pinewood Cemetery is overgrown, almost forgotten, and due to a serious shortage in funding, not getting the restoration it needs. Neighbors have reported seeing late night burials, and paranormal investigators have heard strange things in audio recordings, detected a white mist, and found a circle in which nothing will grow.

Plymouth Congressional Church

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The story told by Miami teens and ghost aficionados according to the Miami New Times, is that Coconut Grove's Plymouth Congregational Church, is that satanic rituals are performed here, and the whole church is actually a satanic church.

Deering Estate at Cutler

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Back in 2009, NPR's 'All Things Considered' took a tour of the Deering Estate in Cutler with a modern-day ghostbuster. Apparently the place is as haunted as they come, but whether its Charles Deering himself, brother of the more famous builder of Vizcaya James Deering, or someone else (maybe the help, decapitated?), they don't say. Of course the place was allegedly built on a tribal burial ground in 1915, and four construction workers died in an explosion during construction.

Curtiss Mansion

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The Curtiss Mansion, home of aviation pioneer and important Miami developer Glenn Curtiss is said to be haunted by Glenn himself. Things are looking up for ghost Glenn however, since the house's extensive renovation and reopening as a museum. Apparently he's a happy ghost.

Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery

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Named for the childhood sweetheart of one of Miami's earliest Bahamian settlers, Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery is said to be haunted by Michael Jackson who filmed the music video for Thriller there. This is, of course, total nonsense because Thriller was filmed in L.A.

Colony Theater

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An apparition has been noticed hovering around the backstage area of Lincoln Road's Colony Theater, and apparently somebody's "puppy child" cavorts around the area. We assume it's dead.

Jockey Club

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poorly built older buildings

haunted site, including creaking doors, hearing footsteps, hearing voices, lights turning on and off and doors locking by themselves. Of course, the causes are probably door hinges that need oiling, echoes and sounds from other parts of the building, old wiring, and warped door frames, but hey, maybe not.

Casa Casuarina

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Fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered in cold blood on the footsteps of Casa Casuarina, commonly known as the Versace Mansion, by a male model who was obsessed with the designer. How could he not be haunting the place?

Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore, originally a grand hotel, then a WWII war hospital, and now a grand hotel again, is surrounded by spooky stories, and mysterious hauntings. Gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh, who was murdered there, is said to have stuck around, people hear noises from parties that never happened, an elevator often goes to the 13th floor unprovoked, and the spirits of wounded soldiers roam the halls.

Villa Paula

Miami's first Cuban Consulate, built in 1925. Villa Paula is said to be haunted by Paula, the namesake of the magnificent house and the wife of Senior Don Domingo Milord, the first Consul. The strong smell of cuban coffee emanates from the kitchen, the bedroom door will often slam shut, and three of the last occupants cats were killed by a slamming gate.

Miami River Inn

The Miami River Inn - one of the oldest hotels in South Florida - has its share of spooky goings on. Apparently noises are common, along with slamming doors, and fierce shaking of door knobs, according to Critical Miami.

Coral Castle

Ed Leedskalnin, at five feet tall and 100 pounds, built the bizarre and mysterious Coral Castle for the girl he loved without the use of modern machinery or outside help. Tragically, she turned him down, and now the place is a frequent site of supposed paranormal activity. Either that or it's just so damn weird.

Miami City Cemetery

Miami's oldest cemetery - where city founders like Julia Tuttle and the Burdine family rest in peace - might also be a hotbed of Santeria sacrifice, that Caribbean religion melding christian and pagan beliefs. It might even be a Santeria cemetery of sorts. In 1996 dead chickens, and a headless goat were found in the cemetery, along with human poop smeared on graves in the cemetery's segregated black and Jewish sections. A month before that 57 graves had been smashed, and earlier that year the dead body of a girl was found at the base of the Burdine mausoleum.

Pinewood Cemetery

The oldest cemetery in the county (not including Native American burial grounds), Pinewood Cemetery is overgrown, almost forgotten, and due to a serious shortage in funding, not getting the restoration it needs. Neighbors have reported seeing late night burials, and paranormal investigators have heard strange things in audio recordings, detected a white mist, and found a circle in which nothing will grow.

Plymouth Congressional Church

The story told by Miami teens and ghost aficionados according to the Miami New Times, is that Coconut Grove's Plymouth Congregational Church, is that satanic rituals are performed here, and the whole church is actually a satanic church.

Deering Estate at Cutler

Back in 2009, NPR's 'All Things Considered' took a tour of the Deering Estate in Cutler with a modern-day ghostbuster. Apparently the place is as haunted as they come, but whether its Charles Deering himself, brother of the more famous builder of Vizcaya James Deering, or someone else (maybe the help, decapitated?), they don't say. Of course the place was allegedly built on a tribal burial ground in 1915, and four construction workers died in an explosion during construction.

Curtiss Mansion

The Curtiss Mansion, home of aviation pioneer and important Miami developer Glenn Curtiss is said to be haunted by Glenn himself. Things are looking up for ghost Glenn however, since the house's extensive renovation and reopening as a museum. Apparently he's a happy ghost.

Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery

Named for the childhood sweetheart of one of Miami's earliest Bahamian settlers, Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery is said to be haunted by Michael Jackson who filmed the music video for Thriller there. This is, of course, total nonsense because Thriller was filmed in L.A.

Colony Theater

An apparition has been noticed hovering around the backstage area of Lincoln Road's Colony Theater, and apparently somebody's "puppy child" cavorts around the area. We assume it's dead.

Jockey Club

poorly built older buildings

haunted site, including creaking doors, hearing footsteps, hearing voices, lights turning on and off and doors locking by themselves. Of course, the causes are probably door hinges that need oiling, echoes and sounds from other parts of the building, old wiring, and warped door frames, but hey, maybe not.

Casa Casuarina

Fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered in cold blood on the footsteps of Casa Casuarina, commonly known as the Versace Mansion, by a male model who was obsessed with the designer. How could he not be haunting the place?