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October 30, 2012

VIDEOS/PHOTOS The 13 scariest local haunts

— Between Native American curses, Civil War-era wights and burned witches, there’s plenty of paranormal activity in Pennsylvania to keep ghost hunters busy. Everyone loves a good ghost story, especially the caretakers of local lore.

Below is a list of the 13 most haunted places in our area – “hot spots” where locals have reported the veil between the land of the living and the dead to be wearing thin...

Disclaimer: Almost all of these locations are not meant for tourists or amateur ghostbusters. Most are closed, condemned or the owners simply don’t want you there. Please don’t try to explore these places on your own – leave that to us.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Conemaugh Township, Cambria County)

This cemetery along Frankstown Road was established in the 1800s. Reports of an ethereal white lady who stalks the stone markers at night are prevalent.

Cambria Heights High School (Patton, Cambria County)

Years ago, when the theater department at the home of the Highlanders was putting on the beloved musical “West Side Story,” the male lead died unexpectedly from a mysterious illness

– on opening night. But it would seem “Tony” wasn’t ready for the curtain call.

People have reported objects being dropped from the spotlight room above the stage and an inexplicable force that will nudge actors if they aren’t in the right spot or catch them if they fall.

Conemaugh Township Area High School (Davidsville, Somerset County)

Legend has it that the high school was built on a Native American burial ground, which horror cinema tells us is an absolutely terrible idea. Davidsville residents supposedly have seen a figure resembling an Indian chief on opening nights in the auditorium, at graduation and football games.

If the lights go up and down and no one’s at the switch, you can bet it’s the chief, likely communicating his disapproval of the high school’s mascot.

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