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Dead Children’s Playground

Huntsville, Alabama
By Robin Wright

Founded in 1822 and reaching over one hundred acres of land, Maple Hill Cemetery is the oldest and largest cemetery in Alabama. Within the cemetery limits, tucked away in a peaceful cove surrounded by a rock cliff on three sides and picturesque paths leading through the woods, is the Dead Children’s Playground. Admittedly beautiful during the day, when dusk falls, the atmosphere changes into something quite sinister.

Some say that the spirits of the dead children come to the playground to play. Another legend has it that Huntsville suffered a rash of child abductions in the 1960’s, and sadly, the bodies of the children were found in the area of the playground. Since that time, there have been reports of swings moving on their own, children calling out, giggling, and when photos are taken, orbs of light believed to be the spirits of the children are captured. Much of this phenomenon occurs between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., far too late for any live child to be out playing.

The most eerie of reports is the common occurrence of swings moving rhythmically and in sync by themselves, even when the swings have just been brought to a complete stop. Some have seen dust from the sand that covers the area rise as if someone had jumped off a swing. Others who have taken photographs see circles of light show up on their photos, some of which are the same height as a child.

In fall of 2007, the City of Huntsville tried to take the playground over in order to further increase the area of the cemetery for graves and tombs. This was done literally overnight, one morning the playground was there and the next day all of the equipment was torn away and the area destroyed. The public outcry that resulted caused the City to pull the work order for the cemetery and new playground equipment was installed. This disturbance has not stopped the mysterious occurrences at the playground, however.

In January of 2008, The Alabama Paranormal Society investigated the area known locally as DCP. One of the investigators heard a voice of either a woman or female child. She quickly snapped a photo of the area and when it was developed, a misty figure of a woman can be made out. Many of the photos taken that night are littered with orbs.

Thanks to the citizens of Huntsville Alabama, children, dead and alive, will still have a place to play in Maple Hill Cemetery.

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karen says:

October 15, 2008, 1:18 pm

first comment!!!!
i think dat itz cool to experience dat i want 2 go there some time

paige says:

October 16, 2008, 10:24 am

I think that it is kool how ppl see and here that and maybe one day i willl go there to seee that

Rachel says:

October 17, 2008, 11:25 pm

Ok I have friends who have went to the playground and were gonna take pictures but there camera didnt work right i mean it would turn on and show a black screen but it wouldnt take pictures. I also have friends who left the playground and the next day had mysterios bruises on them

Kayla says:

October 18, 2008, 3:01 pm

I went last night w/ my husband, sister & brother-in-law. Was definately creepy (especially walking up the road to it!) We got creeped out at first b/c there was 2 other groups already there. We talked to them for a few minutes and parted ways. We was the only group left and as soon as my flash light hit the swing set, both my husband and I saw a small figure walk from one side to the other (was about the height of a child and had light/white hair.) Then out of no where there was 2 men dressed in solid black and they were not moving at all. Every angle we shined the flash light on them…we could not see their face!! We took pictures and everything…and they were not in any of the pictures! And when we turned around to leave something was being thrown at us and was hitting this metal roof that covered some benchs we were at. But unfortunately as we were leaving we were confronted by the cops…and asked us to leave and that it was against the law to be up there at night and that a barracade was put up at night for a certain reason. But overall..pretty spooky and very fun!

Theresa says:

October 21, 2008, 8:17 pm

I would love to go there, I have read about this place for years… I wonder if there is a way to get special permission to go there at night? If anyone knows please let me know…

monica says:

October 22, 2008, 9:51 pm

I went there during the daytime. Im chicken at night i will admit that. My boyfriend got out of the car and i seen one of the swings moving back and forth but the other two were not moving at all. and this was during the day time.

caitlyn reed and rikki baker says:

October 23, 2008, 5:08 pm

i think it is sad the way they found the kids.(caitlyn) i wish to go and see it for myself it wound be so cool so ya(rikki)

Maria Vidal says:

October 24, 2008, 2:24 pm

I hope that one day i go ot this place!

Maria Vidal says:

October 24, 2008, 2:25 pm

i hope that one day i go see it for my seft!@!

teresa cantrell says:

October 24, 2008, 2:27 pm

For the past several years we have investigated several haunted places,with this “Dead Childrens Playground” being the best! I have many pics with orbs and when you zoom the pics in,you can see they are actual children.there was one photo I took as the swings started to move to and fro by theirselves.My brother sat in one of the swings and I took a photo of him and there were 3 orbs around him, one which looked like a child kneeling to pray and the other was in somewhat the “casper”.On the next photo,there was a face of a little girl her hair laying over her shoulder looking as if she appeared just for the photo. The 1st time I went to DCP… I was recovering from back surgery and wasnt able to run with the rest of our group,so I stayed behind and tried to hide in the darkness to wait on them and I heard what sounded like giggling.and kinda spooked me in a way that made me want to go back. so now we have made it a pact to go every year and it just gets better. anyone who has never been…I encourage you deeply to go. we have developed a paranormal group that we now call S.K.I.D.M.A.R.K.S. comical yes…but there is meaning behind it.Thanks for taking time to read this and Happy Haunting ;-)

MAri@ says:

October 24, 2008, 2:28 pm

anybody that get her most have a real tale not just make it up! I hope that everybody has a great hollween!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

La fresita says:

October 24, 2008, 2:32 pm

TEresa you sould not be in here b/c you are going to diead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

la chat says:

October 24, 2008, 2:35 pm

what ever i dont belive a thing you people say hey

la chat says:

October 24, 2008, 2:36 pm

hey bi mr carden should marry

lisa says:

October 25, 2008, 9:52 am

leave teresa alone beleave what u want u will end up dead go to any place thats not scary you will be spooked

teresa says:

October 25, 2008, 11:58 am

first off…thank you Lisa…and for the ones who dont believe….dont comment until you go for urself…also..something about paranormal…if ur not interested in it or somewhat believe….why do u search for it and read all the way through it??? u have to …to find and leave comments.. ;-) Happy Day!!!

frod says:

October 25, 2008, 4:46 pm

where is this place at? would be a great place to visit. BUT SINCE IT IS A CEMETARY dont they have set hours that u can visit?

chris says:

October 26, 2008, 2:23 am

were is the dead childrens cemetary in huntsville muskoka? directions would be helpfull and are there set hours to visit. thankyou

Starr says:

November 1, 2008, 12:29 am

if you people do not believe that this place is haunted i have pictures to prove that it well as maple hill.. very spooky… there is one picture of an orb with an old mans face in it.. i wouldn’t make this stuff up.. i do believe in spirits.. i love spooky tho so we played with the “kids”.. i’ve never been hurt there but the cops will come up there and it is not legal after dark so be quite..

casey says:

November 13, 2008, 6:33 pm

i was there. i witnessed something. it was scary……..

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