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Boo! Yeah, Boo: Curbed Boston's Haunted Halloween Map

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'Tis no secret the Hub teems with spookiness. Antiquarian graveyards abound; there were public executions on the Common into the 19th century; witches tortured; Redcoats slain; grad students wandering the region for years, their spirits disquieted, their moaning heard through the drywall. With Halloween coming up, we thought we'd eschew the usual cemetery trivia and gallows sitings, and tell you some Greater Boston ghost stories you may not be as well aware of, like those of the lady who haunts a corner of Jamaica Plain and the carriage driver who never seems to get beyond the Charlestown Bridge. But beware! Some of this stuff ain't true.

UPDATED: We tweaked and added to this map for Halloween 2013.

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1. Omni Parker House

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60 School Street
Boston, MA

Harvey Parker, the hotel's developer, who died in 1884, is said to inhabit the 10th-floor annex; and was once described by a spooked guest as "a heavy set older man with a black mustache," according to the hotel's website. Elevators also arrive at the third floor (where Charles Dickens stayed for a time) without any buttons being pushed or anyone awaiting a lift.

2. 33 Beacon Street

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33 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA

This house just over the Cambridge line is haunted by Dr. George Parkman, who was murdered and dismembered in 1849 in Harvard's Holden Chapel, the university's first cadaver room.

3. Christ Church

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Zero Garden Street
Cambridge, MA

The church off Harvard Square was a redoubt of Tory sympathizers during the Revolution; and one British soldier, buried as he was under the church building, still haunts the pews, looking for his regiment.

4. Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

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159 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA

Five Hessian soldiers, still in town from the Revolution, have been playing cards since 1915, awoken by construction then that added a new wing.

5. Everett Square Theatre

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11 Fairmount Avenue
Boston, MA

The recently rehabbed Hyde Park landmark hosts a fairly pleasant ghosts who has earned the sobriquet "Smilin' Al" in honor of Al Jolson, who played the Everett a century ago.

6. Old Charlesgate Hotel

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Beacon Street and Charlesgate East
Boston, MA

The old hotel, built in 1901 and converted to a B.U. dorm in 1947, is said to be haunted by ghosts so brazen they set traps for unwitting persons.

7. Charlestown Bridge

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North Washington and Causeway Streets
Boston, MA 02109

A Bostonian named Peter Rugg is said to have disappeared on a stormy night during his return trip from Concord. The clatter of his horse and carriage can still be heard on the west side of the bridge.

8. Powder House Square Tower

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Powder House Square and Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

The ghost of an old man accidentally shredded by the windmill that used to stand where the tower is still rattles about, his anger producing shooting blue lights.

9. Johnson Park

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Lamartine and Green Streets
Boston, MA

First spotted in the late 1880s, this ladylike ghost is said to wander the intersection of Lamartine and Green streets, around Johnson Park in Jamaica Plain, late at night. She is often so tuckered out by the traipsing that she can be seen resting on area walls and fences.

10. George's Island

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Harbor Islands- Long Island
Boston, Massachusetts

The island was the site of a notorious Confederate prison, and is haunted by the angry widow of an inmate, the so-called Lady in Black. She came all the way from Georgia to rescue her man, only to die in the attempt.

11. Cutler Majestic Theatre

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219 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 824-8000
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Find a sober Emerson student (they're out there) and you may very well hear tales of moving chairs and suspicious power outages.

12. Shelton Hall

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91 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Tortured playwright Eugene O'Neill died in Suite 401 of B.U.'s Shelton Hall in 1953. Students still run into him today. (Guess curiosity may have killed the cat, but not him! Get it?)

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1. Omni Parker House

60 School Street, Boston, MA

Harvey Parker, the hotel's developer, who died in 1884, is said to inhabit the 10th-floor annex; and was once described by a spooked guest as "a heavy set older man with a black mustache," according to the hotel's website. Elevators also arrive at the third floor (where Charles Dickens stayed for a time) without any buttons being pushed or anyone awaiting a lift.

60 School Street
Boston, MA

2. 33 Beacon Street

33 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA

This house just over the Cambridge line is haunted by Dr. George Parkman, who was murdered and dismembered in 1849 in Harvard's Holden Chapel, the university's first cadaver room.

33 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA

3. Christ Church

Zero Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

The church off Harvard Square was a redoubt of Tory sympathizers during the Revolution; and one British soldier, buried as he was under the church building, still haunts the pews, looking for his regiment.

Zero Garden Street
Cambridge, MA

4. Hooper-Lee-Nichols House

159 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

Five Hessian soldiers, still in town from the Revolution, have been playing cards since 1915, awoken by construction then that added a new wing.

159 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA

5. Everett Square Theatre

11 Fairmount Avenue, Boston, MA

The recently rehabbed Hyde Park landmark hosts a fairly pleasant ghosts who has earned the sobriquet "Smilin' Al" in honor of Al Jolson, who played the Everett a century ago.

11 Fairmount Avenue
Boston, MA

6. Old Charlesgate Hotel

Beacon Street and Charlesgate East, Boston, MA

The old hotel, built in 1901 and converted to a B.U. dorm in 1947, is said to be haunted by ghosts so brazen they set traps for unwitting persons.

Beacon Street and Charlesgate East
Boston, MA

7. Charlestown Bridge

North Washington and Causeway Streets, Boston, MA 02109

A Bostonian named Peter Rugg is said to have disappeared on a stormy night during his return trip from Concord. The clatter of his horse and carriage can still be heard on the west side of the bridge.

North Washington and Causeway Streets
Boston, MA 02109

8. Powder House Square Tower

Powder House Square and Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144

The ghost of an old man accidentally shredded by the windmill that used to stand where the tower is still rattles about, his anger producing shooting blue lights.

Powder House Square and Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

9. Johnson Park

Lamartine and Green Streets, Boston, MA

First spotted in the late 1880s, this ladylike ghost is said to wander the intersection of Lamartine and Green streets, around Johnson Park in Jamaica Plain, late at night. She is often so tuckered out by the traipsing that she can be seen resting on area walls and fences.

Lamartine and Green Streets
Boston, MA

10. George's Island

Harbor Islands- Long Island, Boston, Massachusetts

The island was the site of a notorious Confederate prison, and is haunted by the angry widow of an inmate, the so-called Lady in Black. She came all the way from Georgia to rescue her man, only to die in the attempt.

Harbor Islands- Long Island
Boston, Massachusetts

11. Cutler Majestic Theatre

219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

Find a sober Emerson student (they're out there) and you may very well hear tales of moving chairs and suspicious power outages.

219 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

12. Shelton Hall

91 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

Tortured playwright Eugene O'Neill died in Suite 401 of B.U.'s Shelton Hall in 1953. Students still run into him today. (Guess curiosity may have killed the cat, but not him! Get it?)

91 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215