Dead Children’s Playground is a Haunted Park Hidden Inside Alabama’s Largest Cemetery

Dead Children’s Playground is a Haunted Park Hidden Inside Alabama’s Largest Cemetery

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Drost Park in Huntsville, Alabama might just be the world’s most unfortunately-situated park. Nicknamed Dead Children’s Playground, the eerily-isolated park is located in a secret spot smack-dab in the middle of the one-hundred-acre Maple Hill Cemetery. Yep, you guessed it, it’s haunted.

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Maple Hill Cemetery is Alabama’s largest cemetery and was founded way back in 1822, and though the graveyard has been at the center of quite a bit of paranormal activity, it’s Dead Childeren’s Playground that is the real hotspot when it comes to meeting a ghost. The small playground is tucked away inside the actual cemetery, and many paranormal investigators say it’s a regular haunt for the spirits of deceased children who still come to play when the sun goes down.

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Legend says that during the 1960s, the area around Huntsville was gripped by a terrible rash of child abductions that devastated the city. Unfortunately, many of the children didn’t survive the clutches of their captors, and their bodies were discovered around the area where the macabre playground now sits.

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Over the years, many curious adventurers have made the midnight trek down the long dark road to Dead Childeren’s Playground with the hopes of capturing paranormal activity for themselves. Investigators have reported witnessing the swing moving by itself, as well as hearing the disembodied voices of children singing, playing, and even calling out to them. The swings, which are said to sometimes swing back and forth, side by side, are usually at the center of the activity.

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The citizens of Huntsville are so fond of the little haunted playground that in 2007, when the city removed the slides and swing sets to make more room of the cemetery, the public outcry caused the city to not only put the playground back, but to replace all of the equipment with brand new installations.

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It seems that The Dead Children’s Playground isn’t going anywhere, and seeing as the paranormal activity has only increased in the past few years, it’s safe to say that the spirits haunting the park are just as glad to have the space as the living.


Would you spend the night in Dead Children’s Playground? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever seen in a cemetery? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more of the world’s weirdest news!


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I grew up in Huntsville I love this place

The small playgrounds were there to keep children busy while families buried their dead, or it was decoration day.. most old ones have had somewhat of a playground, bag swings and old intertubes or tires. Took turns, many times on a bag swing

The photo of the orb on the slide made me giggle. Child orbs who have lots of unstructured, free play are likely to grow up to become confident and competent adult orbs, I suppose. What a weird thing, to build a park where the bodies of murdered children were dumped. Are there no plaques or dedications there? It would probably be a better way to honor their memory than plastic play structures, unless actual kids play there. It doesn’t make much sense to upgrade a park for the sake of ghosts…better to use that money to perhaps install a dedication… Read more »

Those ghosts look like flatworms

Im so happy i read this cause i havent seen this place since high school.. Im from Huntsville grow up thr most of my childhood.. Dead childrens playground is exactly evrthg u r sayin.. And yes i wld & hav stayed overnite thr whn i was in highschool.. We used to do alot of investigating thr plus partyin, etc.. Plus my mom & i lived at the end of Maple road in the last house on the couner of maple road a victorian house for a short while we also had alot of mysterious thgs happen thr too.. Boy this… Read more »

I am very certain my little niece buried in Maple Hill Cemetery does NOT play at “dead children’s playground.” She plays in heaven.

i live in hunstville so i no how it is to live in this city

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