Happy Halloween! One of people’s favorite pastimes this time of year is finding a little fright. We have put together a list of places where you may find just that.
Here are 9 places in and near Boise that just may be haunted:
- Egyptian Theater– Boise
The Egyptian Theatre opened for business with “Don Juan” on April 19, 1927. The ghost said to reside here is believed to be Joe, a projectionist who worked here from the 1930s until his death by heart attack while climbing the stairs to the projection booth in the 1950s. He has been known to open and close doors, turn on and off lights, and make noises. The theater has been featured on ghost-hunting TV programs.
- Pete’s Tavern– Nampa
According to the Idaho Paranormal Society (TIPS), in the far back of Pete’s is a room called the “Cave”. It’s an old section of the building used as a speak-easy during the Prohibition days. The thick wooden door still has the metal sliding peep-hole used to see who was at the door before opening. It’s called the Cave now due to the remodeling that was done many years ago to make it look like an actual cave. TIPS has done several investigations in the Cave and have always gone home with MANY EVPs. They claim to have recorded four distinguishable and separate voices from the Cave. They state that the room will get very cold and you’ll feel the presence of things move near you and around you.
- Fort Boise Military Cemetery/Cottonwood Cemetery– Boise
Many believe the Fort Boise Cemetery, also known as the Cottonwood Cemetery, is haunted. The unmarked grave stones and the history of the cemetery moving graves, are what fuels the reports of the site being haunted. Haunted Places in Idaho reports that the spirits most often seen are the spirits of children and a woman, who has also been seen at a nearby school.
- Old Idaho State Penitentiary– Boise
The Old Idaho State Penitentiary is considered by many to be the most haunted building in the state. It has even been featured on Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures. The penitentiary opened in 1872, and during the 101 years in service it saw well over 13,000 inmates, 215 of which were women. Roadtrippers.com states that many who have had strange encounters with the jail report the feeling of unexplainable sadness. Often, people experience high-levels of anxiety and dread, and quite a few visitors have left the building in tears. Some say they’ve been touched by invisible hands, or hear whispers when there is no one around to make a sound. Visitors and staff hear the haunting sounds of inmates from the past screaming a whaling deep in the prison, and when they go to investigate there is no one there.
- Idanha Hotel– Boise
The Idanha Hotel is said to be haunted by several ghosts. An article in BoiseWeekly says that during remodeling to convert the rooms into apartments, many construction workers and employees in the building reported strange occurrences. The ghost of a bellman shot by a guest in the 1970s, is said to move the elevator up and down. In the early 1920s a man allegedly killed his wife with a pair of scissors and buried her body beneath the building where Basement Gallery is now. The second and fourth floors are said to be the most haunted. Word has it that ghost activity has quieted down post-renovation.
- Gots Point, Lake Lowell– Nampa
Urban legend has it that in the 1970s a girl drowned here while waterskiing. Folks have seen her ghost sitting on the shore rocks, looking out upon the water. Those who have tried to approach her say she disappears.
- River Road Bridge– Caldwell
Locals tell of a woman who hanged herself here long ago. Per urban legend, if you park your car on the bridge at night and turn off the lights, you will see her shadow on the side of the bridge.
- Owyhee Plaza Hotel– Boise
Since its construction more than 100 years ago in 1910, the historic Owyhee has played an important role in the Boise community, hosting famous politicians, musicians, and other prominent visitors at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel. The hotel has undergone numerous renovations throughout the years. The original gold stained-glass dome was removed from the lobby in 1977 and is now installed at the Idaho State Historical Museum, a rooftop garden reminiscent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon was closed in 1940, and a rather incongruous motel addition was built on in 1960. Staff and guests have reported apparitions being seen both in the guest rooms and in meeting rooms or basement areas.
- Dry Creek Cemetery– Boise
Dry Creek Cemetery was established in 1865 and became a taxing district in 1936. The oldest and most historical section of the cemetery (Pioneer) contains many distinctive monuments dating back to the turn of the century. Hauntedplaces.org claims that if you go to the cemetery’s edge near the canal at night any time past 2:15 a.m., you can hear a ghost horse running along the canal bank.