Happy Halloween: 3 "True" St. Louis Ghost Stories

Happy Halloween, Daily RFT readers!

Don't waste your time with phony ghost stories. St. Louis has plenty of "real" tales of hauntings, possessions and more.

Here are three of our favorite St. Louis ghost stories. Click the title to read the full story.

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Carrico Road in North St. Louis County
1. The Bubblehead Family
Maybe they were the result of experimental drug testing gone wrong. Maybe years of inbreeding caused them to look like that. Either way, a family of swollen-headed spirits haunt Carrico Road just south of the Missouri River in unincorporated Florissant -- or so says the urban legend.

Around Halloween, teenagers and ghost hunters travel what's now known as Bubblehead Road looking for the ghosts that attack visitors in a flurry of rage or allow themselves to be picked up as hitchhikers, depending on the story.

Before you decide to hunt the ghosts of Bubblehead Road, know this: Neighbors who've dealt with loud ghost hunters for 40 years will happily report your trespassing to St. Louis County Police.

"We've issued so many tickets and violations out of there over the years," says Officer Randy Vaughn, who patrolled the area in the 1990s. "Kids won't leave it alone, especially in summertime and around Halloween."

2. The Devil's Wine Box
After losing her entire family in Nazi concentration camps, Havela, a Jewish immigrant from Poland, fled to America with little to call her own but a small wine box.

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The "real" dybbuk box -- shown here inside its protective ark -- is kept in a secret location somewhere in northeast Missouri.
Far from a treasured keepsake, Havela warned her family never to open the box and spit through her fingers when she spoke of it. Everyone who's owned it since -- including it's current keeper, a museum director in Kirksville -- says inexplicable and awful things happen to anyone near it, including apparitions, terrifying visions, failing health and strange smells.

Now known as the Dybbuk Box for the Yiddish word for a malevolent, dislocated spirit, the box is shielded from the world in a gold-leaf and acacia ark, surrounded by Torah scrolls and other religious artifacts and protected by a family in northeast Missouri.

To see a fictional account of the box's powers, watch the movie it inspired: The Possession, starring rapper Matisyahu.

One last story, after the jump!

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Sigrid Graham
Sigrid Graham

don't believe in that stuff, but it is interesting to listen to

Daniel Bramley
Daniel Bramley

How do you come to the conclusion that I don't like to have fun because I don't believe in something that has failed to be demonstrated? I have a sense of humor because your comment is making me laugh at you Ronda hahahaha. I think these stories are cool, but "real" yeah right come one. I like fantasy and science fiction and science fact and all sorts of stuff and I have a great imagination and sense of humor, but I still don't believe in things that can't be demonstrated or that aren't real sorry.

Ronda Evansco-Brooks
Ronda Evansco-Brooks

Thanks for bursting our bubbles. You seem to be the kind who doesn't like to have "fun" or even know what that word means. You need a sense of humor. That's easy to catch!

Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano
Andee Rose Shymama Gagliano

the bubbleheads were ppl who had water on the brain, from different places. i been there. the ppl who live there now (or 15yrs ago, anyway) would mes with the ppl who came out there. it was fun but scary, lol

Daniel Bramley
Daniel Bramley

All ghost stories are phony. Only people who believe in ghosts see them.

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