Long Island, New York, has its fair share of haunted places, from centuries-old houses to abandoned buildings. According to the Long Island Paranormal Investigators (LIPI), the scariest ones include an old fort and a psychiatric center.
Whether you believe ghost stories or think they're just urban legends, visit any of these spooky spots on Long Island and you're sure to get chills down your spine.
Fire Island Lighthouse
The stately Fire Island Lighthouse dates back to the 1800s and is a familiar landmark on the barrier island where it stands 167 feet above sea level and can be seen more than 20 miles away. On the National Register of Historic Places since 1974, the decommissioned lighthouse is open to visitors, and those in good physical shape can walk the 157 steep steps and two small ladders for a view from the top of New York's tallest lighthouse. But beware: Tales of shadowy figures, ghostly laughs, otherworldly banging noises, and legends of hefty doors opening and closing by themselves surround the Fire Island Lighthouse.
One of the most famous former residents of West Hills was Walt Whitman, who lived in the area as a young boy with his family. Mt. Misery starts at the intersection of Broad Hollow Road/Route 110 and Sweet Hollow Road and ends near Jericho Turnpike. There have been reports of screams in the night from that location, and there's a story from 1967 about an elderly woman who lived nearby that says she received visits from strange people that resembled Native Americans. They supposedly told the woman that the land her house rested on belonged to them.
Dating back to the 1700s, this historic house in Oyster Bay was originally built by a well-to-do merchant and is now a museum open to the public. Many years ago, a man was hired to take care of the grounds and sleep in the house. After his first night there, he was asked how he slept. He answered that it was quiet, but that the "people upstairs" made quite a racket. Note to fans of ghost stories: no one lived upstairs. Others talk about visitations by a young bride—supposedly the ghost of a former resident who was abandoned by her lover while waiting for him at the altar.
Reid's Ice Cream Factory
Reid's Ice Cream Factory in Blue Point was abandoned in the 1920s and then demolished in 2003. From reports of the ghostly screams of a murdered woman to the otherworldly giggles of a departed boy, legends swirled around the long-abandoned Reid's Ice Cream Factory in Suffolk County. Houses were later built on the former factory property, but are the ghosts still there?
Kings Park Psychiatric Center
According to LIPI, the Kings Park Psychiatric Center is one of the 10 most haunted places on Long Island. Passersby have heard screams and other ghostly noises from the long-abandoned building in Suffolk County. LIPI points out that it is illegal to enter the buildings and access to the grounds is limited.