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Haunted Skating Rink

St. Cloud, Minnesota

Before this skating rink was built in the 1970’s in a swamp, locals begged for it not to be built, as the area had sentimental value. The builder dismissed their claims and built anyway. Later, it was learned that in the early 1900’s, a young boy, Gilbert, lived in the area. Despite his mother’s warnings not to venture too close to the swamp, Gilbert was found by his father one day lying face down in the water. It is supposed that Gilbert’s ghost is responsible for many hauntings which include tampering with DJ equipment and turning on and off water faucets and lights.

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SCSU Student says:

October 30, 2008, 8:09 pm

I’m new to the town, but i do hear things about how there’s an old kitchen in the basement of Shoemaker Hall that’s haunted.

cam says:

November 1, 2008, 1:48 pm

holy ****! omg! 1 time i was at that skating rink and i saw that little boy! i was skating and i noticed a weird looking inhuman looking little boy staring at me. when i blinked, he was gone! that was by far the scariest thing that ever happened 2 me.

Amber Luvs Angie says:

November 6, 2008, 6:16 pm

I go 2 da sk8 place all da time. I have NEVER thought it waz haunted!!!! The sk8 place iz ah-mazing. I totally luv it. U never know wats outt there though. PS: Heyy Amber!!! Don’t u luv ma name???

Russ says:

December 24, 2008, 12:09 pm

Add me to the list of former St. Cloud residents who used to frequent the Skatin’ Place, who’ve never heard this story until finding it here. I’m old enough that I remember the opening of the Skatin’ Place. I went there the first time within the first week. The only thing scary about that place was the a**hole who sold tickets at the door. I was not a great skater, but loved the cool, state-of-the-art games they had, like airhockey and Asteroids.

Erik D. Schmid says:

December 27, 2008, 12:33 am

I used to frequent the Skatin’ Place for many years and yes, this story has been around for quite a long time. The owners of the rink prior to John and Sue owning it apparently had two pictures of the boy. One with him standing on the roof of the building and one of him skating. If you are from the area and have spent a good deal of time there you would have heard this story.

heather smith says:

December 31, 2008, 10:40 am

Erin what area in clearwater mn email me i grew up in rual clearwater also

Marisa says:

January 1, 2009, 12:58 pm

This story is ture I have checked tons of other websites including same stories but with little difffrences. I know what and where the Skatin Place is I lived in Sartell which is near St.Cloud. So this story is true.

Kendra says:

January 21, 2009, 5:01 am

The place definitely has a strange feel to it, but this place is real run down and the sound equipment sucks and is out dated.

If this ghost is Gilbert, next time I go there I’ll tell him he’s stupid and should have listened. Kids can be so stupid.

C.F says:

October 27, 2009, 12:41 am

This website speaks of leaving correct grammar,capitalization,and punctuation, and yet no one knows how to even put a sentence together.It
stumps me how, united States has higher education, but yet people don’t even know our English language.And by the way, “ghosts do inhabit our planet”. Seeing,feeling,hearing is believing. So get your skeptic heads out of your !#*!#**!

Cheri says:

October 31, 2009, 11:22 am

I worked at the Skatin’ Place during the 1980’s while in high school and college. I have first hand experience with the Skatin’ Place Ghost. One day arriving to do some after-hours cleaning, I discovered the water running in the women’s restroom. Having been the MOD on duty the previous evening who closed and in particular, the individual who cleaned the restrooms, I know the water was turned off. No one had been in the building since I left. I shut the water off feeling a bit uneasy but determined to do what I was there to do. To try and soothe my nerves, I stuck an album on one of the turntables in the DJ booth and then began vacuuming. Ten or so minutes later, something with the music seemed odd so I turned the vacuum off and discovered the album skipping. Granted, this was probably unrelated to the ghost, but already on edge from the water incident, I was greatly spooked. I left a note for my boss in the office telling her to call me when she got in and stated that I would return when she arrived but that I would never again work in the building alone.

rachel rose says:

January 31, 2010, 9:16 pm

I went to the Skating Place for the first time a year ago, and I went into the bathroom and Gilbert turned on the water and off again. I quickly opened up my stall to see if anyone was in there. I ran on over to my husband to ask him what kinds of things this ghost of the skating place does, and he told me about how he plays with the water. I also lived in Shoemaker hall, one semester, my friend said that the lights would go on and off sometimes (only on her side of the dorm room) and as the story goes there once was a girl who committed suicide because she was impregnated (by a housekeeper i think?) Also, my professor and one of my friends would tell stories of how you could footsteps of a woman in heels in Riverview and she would go around and slam the doors.

bobo says:

February 2, 2010, 10:49 am

i have heard the story but i grew up in saitn augusta, 10 min away i spent 99% of my time there and nothing ever happened when i was there any of the billions of times

rachel says:

February 6, 2010, 12:59 pm

so last night me and 7 other friends were hangin out there me and my best friend went to the bathroom to check our hair after lazer tag when i was joking around with her about gilbert because i had heard this story before and the toilet randomly flushed then we checked if anyone was in the stall but it was just me and her in the bathroom then the faucet turned on and believe we got out of there as fast as we could I’ve had other things weird happen to

Jayden says:

March 21, 2010, 9:48 am

Soooo not real I mean “haunted skating rink.”

Darlene says:

April 30, 2010, 10:56 am

Yes there is a place in St. Cloud called the Skatin’ Place. I have been going there since the 70’s when I was a little girl (yes, I am old) but I have never heard anything about it being haunted our experienced it. I was there constantly (2-3 days per week) for about 3 years as a teen, you think I would have heard or experienced something, but then again, if your not paying attention or looking for it, you would never think a faucet not turning off would be weird, just broken.

SartellGuy says:

June 27, 2010, 10:20 am

I used to go there on field trips in my elementary years. The water fountains always ran, which I thought was odd, and I could just feel this odd presence in there. I think ghosts may exist, but I just can’t say for sure. But I do know something, maybe Gilbert, maybe not, is doing something in there.

Elijah says:

July 14, 2010, 12:21 pm

i heard from my freind that when the dj equipment goes off sometimes it plays ghostbusters it happened to me to.

Elijah says:

July 14, 2010, 12:23 pm

i heard from my freind that when the dj equipment goes off sometimes it plays ghostbusters it happened to me to….

hetty says:

August 22, 2010, 8:43 pm

i’m very confused the majority of comments are left by teenagers or people that are very immature and just strike up convos or act retarted ummm did ya ever hear of FACEBOOK or myspace ect…????? this site is for people that are INTERESDTED IN THE PARANORMAL obviously some of you have ABSOLUTELY NO LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOSERS

Alyza says:

September 1, 2010, 11:36 am

Hi, i was wondering WHAT skating rink this is, Thank you!

Luke says:

September 1, 2010, 5:19 pm

Alyza, we’re talking about the Skatin’ Place.

samantha says:

October 21, 2010, 10:17 am

UM,maybe I’m rethinking gooing there this weekend…

Erik says:

October 26, 2010, 10:13 am

Samantha, the only time things seem to happen is when someone, generally an employee, is there alone late at night.

Colleen says:

November 27, 2010, 9:14 pm

I used to go there all the time in the 80’s.I never heard this before and I dont remember anything happening there that was weird.

Eva says:

April 19, 2011, 6:48 pm

Iv been there and if u try to look for a ghost u won’t find one!

Laura says:

July 1, 2011, 11:22 am

I worked at the Stakin Place about 2 years ago, and one night I was working and it, was a slow night. It was only me, 2 co-workers and a evening birthday party with 8 boys. And I was working DJ and all of a sudden the light flickered on and off and on and off and on. And we heard a noise from the girls bathroom and I was the only girl working so I went in and all the faucets were running. And written on the walls was GILBERT, I’ve heard the story so I was soooooo scared.

Logan says:

November 1, 2011, 6:24 pm

just ask the owner of the skatin place he probably knows if this is true i believe it cuz there is alot of proof all this **** has happened wen i was there.

Faith says:

October 9, 2012, 7:17 pm

I have lived here all my life and my friend’s ant owe’s the place and i have gone there so many times it is huanted i have heared so many storys and most of it is true. And im only 13 and i have seen some weird things there

lennox anderson says:

May 13, 2013, 8:42 pm

Ya okay, I’m sure this is true 😉

Brennen Grinnell says:

October 25, 2015, 8:35 pm

Please remove my comment from 2008. I made the story up when I was bored and naive.

Doobie says:

October 30, 2015, 5:22 pm

St. Cloud is a gay town and everyone from there is a gay ***. The only haunted **** round there are vaginas cuz they’re all butt buddies.

Logan says:

September 24, 2016, 5:57 pm

I was there for a birthday party for my friends kid and my girlfriend said she’d seen a scary face in one of the vents and when she got me to go see it, it was gone and another kid at that party also said they’d seen the face in the vent

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