Ghosts and Hauntings

Michigan’s Most Haunted Cities 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich. — To help citizens enjoy their Halloween season, Paranormal researcher, John E.L. Tenney of has once again identified Michigan’s Top 10 most haunted cities.

Citizens who are easily scared or who are fascinated by the paranormal may be wondering where they can find — or hide from — the cities in Michigan where they’re most likely to encounter ghosts and paranormal phenomena.

This year’s list is no surprise to those obsessed with the supernatural that Detroit is back at number one.

“The top ten cities include places for believers and skeptics, living or otherwise,” says John E.L. Tenney, Tenney is a well-known veteran paranormal researcher, the founder of, national lecturer and author. Tenney’s organization collects and compiles e-mails, news stories, letters, and historical documents to create the list. “People are not only interested in paranormal phenomena allegedly occurring in their community,” he says, “but they use those experiences to connect with neighbors and other residents and share in a new kind of oral history”. The real excitement in these haunted cities, Tenney says, comes from exploring them in person and absorbing their essence.

All the cities on Tenney’s list have incredible histories to share. Self-guided walking tours are a fun, relaxing, and healthy way to see these communities. Every year, some citizens worry needlessly about the list, which has become a “rite” of the Halloween season. But not to fear, Tenney says. “The only thing some residents are really afraid of is if this list will have an effect on the marketability and value of the homes in their community. The reality of the situation is that researchers and scientists would pay anything to get their hands on a truly haunted house.”

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The 2019 Top 10 Haunted Michigan Cities
(2018 rankings in parentheses)

  1. Detroit (2)
  2. Traverse City (3)
  3. Grayling (-)
  4. Kalamazoo (4)
  5. Ann Arbor (5)
  6. Troy (6)
  7. Hamtramck (1)
  8. Flint (7)
  9. Novi (10)
  10. Mount Clemens (8)
  • The five most commonly reported locations within Detroit:
  1. The Whitney
  2. Detroit Public Library
  3. Corktown – Various Businesses
  4. Cass Corridor
  5. Masonic temple