Children won’t be the only goblins and ghouls that make an appearance on Halloween. There are many locations in the area that are presumed to be haunted. In honor of Halloween, three of my friends and I decided to check out some haunted locations that were close to home.
The first haunted location that we decided to investigate was Holcomb Woods, located on Holcomb Road between SR 199 and Wayne Road in Bowling Green, just outside of Pemberville. As the tale goes, a school bus carrying a group of rambunctious children lost control and crashed into the woods, killing everyone on board. Legend has it that if you visit the woods late at night you will see a pair of glowing red eyes peering out of the forest as well as a single headlight that appears to float down the road in your direction.
My friends and I arrived at the woods around 9 p.m. This stretch of road carries an eerie ambiance. With no street lights, the road is desolate and dark. When we arrived, we pulled off to the side of the road and exited the car. As we approached the woods, we couldn’t shake the feeling of being watched.
We walked along the road, flashlights in hand and searched for any signs of a haunting. We could hear the rustling of leaves in the distance but credited it to wildlife activity. My friends and I walked for about five minutes before one of the flashlights turned off unexpectedly. My friend turned to me and asked, “Didn’t you remember to change the batteries?” By the look of horror on my face she knew the answer.
We were only in the woods for about 10 minutes before the flashlight died and we turned around and quickly ran to the car. Even now. each of us has different beliefs of what we experienced in Holcomb Woods that night.
After leaving Holcomb Woods and making sure we changed batteries in the flashlight, we decided to explore another haunted road, this one in Elmore. The original bridge in the myth has been lost to time, and the house and barn are long gone. The bridge we visited is on Fought Road between I-90 and CR 109.
As the story goes, a soldier returns from World War I, his heart heavy with anticipation to see his beloved. As he approaches her house, just over the bridge, he turns off his headlight and stalls the engine so that he may surprise her when he enters the house. He can clearly see the woman he loves in the kitchen window. He enters the house and grabs her from behind. She turns around startled and gasps, placing her left hand in front of her mouth to stifle her scream.
That’s when he sees it – her wedding ring. The soldier, crushed that his love has taken another, leaves the house in a hurry, mounts his motorcycle and drives off much too fast for the misty rain that has begun to fall. The soldier loses control and drives off the bridge; his head was found feet from the crumpled mess of body and bike.
It is said that if you park the car, honk three times and flash your headlights three times you will see a single headlight make one last trip down the bridge before disappearing. Be warned, rumor has it that if you stand on the side of the road, he will pass you by, but stand in the middle and you’ll be injured by this ghostly rider.
It is said that in order to see the ethereal headlight. you must do this on March 21, the anniversary of his death, but my friends and I decided to try it anyway. Needless to say this is an experience you should have for yourself, visit the bridge and see if you can summon a visit from the Elmore Rider.
Interested in more ghost hunting? Here are a couple other local haunts for you to check out.
Located in Secor Metropark, the cemetery is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little girl between the ages of 8 and 12. As legend has it the entire family died within weeks of each other, presumably from a disease epidemic. Along the right side of the cemetery by the fence are the graves of three children and their two parents. People say the little girl can be seen playing among the grave stones.
The Wolcott House
This house, located in Maumee, has since been turned into a museum and is open to the public. It is said that mysterious figures can be seen out of the corner of one’s eye only to disappear. Visitors have reported being touched by ghostly hands as well hearing footsteps.
The Wolcott House will be giving four candlelight tours on Halloween; admission is $5 per person. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Call 419-893-9602 or visit www.wolcotthouse.com for more information.
For more information on local haunted locations, visit www.forgottenoh.com