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I admit I went there and had no sense of anything spooky, just the overwhelming smell of the candy. I therefore amused myself by seeing some local tales about it and other reports of supposedly paranormal activity.

In April 1907 the park was officially opened and was a place for picnics and boating. Milton S Hershey created it for his employees at the candy factory and has been there since, it has grown and is now a modern day attraction for the public.

Some say that Hershey himself haunts the park, often rather than being reported as seen he is caught in the smell of cigar smoke when no-one else has one lit.

The #47 Carousel of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company found its place at the park and was moved from near Spring Creek to Founders Circle in 1972. Park Personnel have apparently reported lights that turn on themselves and the ride to have started up itself. The music of the Wurlitzer has been faintly heard when the ride is off.

An anecdote says a security officer who saw the lights on, went and turned them off and left, as he walked off the lights came back on and he turned around. The officer saw a shadowy figure and the officer went back to intercept an intruder, he could not find anyone.

There was once a swimming pool at the park, it was filled in during 1971 but the lighthouse there was kept. Several children had drowned in the pools and the children have been seen near the lighthouse oblivious of the modern changes.

William Harter’s death is the one that was documented and therefore merited a little more of my time. He was at the park in August 1977 as part of a summer vocational training programme. The ride struck and killed Harter after it moved, another maintenance worker was also injured. The Hershey Company was fined for two safety violations. There are some claims of his ghost there too, but I cannot really find anything more about it than that. It was a sad tragedy that a young apprentice died there but I don’t know if that really means the area is haunted by him.

The scariest part for me there was the flipping ride with the cow butts swishing!

Hersheypark view from Ferris Wheel, 2013-08-10

The Amusement Park is located at Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. In 1983 the park suffered a fire that damaged the place financially leaving them without some of their main attractions, but it has a 125 year old history and remains going.

In 1860 The Fairground began and one of he rides now shut-down was said to be haunted by Solomon Dorney. Solomon opened his place to the public and it’s been visited regularly since then. The ride went under the mansion, since demolished, and this appears to have upset Solomon greatly.

Thrill ride ‘The Dominator’ is said to have a ghost around it there are some small shops and eateries. Connecting two eateries is a corridor that leads into an old mining shaft. Reports say that a man appears and disappears at the door, along with that are strange noises and odd occurrences in the area.

The antique carousel there, also reported as haunted. A woman named Mrs Muller had a husband who carved the carousel horses. In 1917 he created one that she fell in love with and the horse spent 50 years on the road before being given a permanent place at Cedar Point’s Fronter Town in 1971. Legend says that she followed the carousel after her death, and at night when the park closed she would be there. It’s said that the lights would come on, presumably thanks to Mrs Mullar, and a ghost in white could be seen riding around on the carousel.

The ride then headed over to Dorney Park, and the stories carried on about this matter too. Reports keep coming in about lights being seen and it coming to life at night, the only other mystery? Her favourite horse never left Cedar Point and remains in a museum so it’s not clear as to why she might have followed.

Dorney-park-night-1950

 

This is also know as the Crescent Park Carousel, and now I have to make a confession that I am always fascinated by these fantastical mechanical rides! So what could be more enticing than a haunted one? The hand-carved carousel was built in 1895 by Charles I D Looff at the amusement park, Riverside in Rhode Island. It has a fifty foot platform with sixty one horses, one camel and two single coaches, along with two double coaches. Fifty six of the sixty one horses are jumpers.

 Looff was originally from Denmark but his career was based in the USA, of nearly 50 of the magnificent rides the Crescent Park one is one of the few still in operation. In 1977 the park closed but was spared the auction block thanks to local protest, it is restored and operates each summer, it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

 The ride starts when a brass fog bell is rung, the ride is measured by the help of a small hourglass affixed to a snare drum cabinet for the band organ. The riders can play the ring game by grabbing a brass ring as they pass in order to win a free ride. After catching the brass ring they must throw it through the cut-out mouth of a clown painted on canvas. It was originally operated by steam but has been modernised with an electric motor.

In the 1960’s a ballroom adjacent to this magnificent piece burned down resulting in several deaths. It’s said that those people who died still haunt the carousel and turn on the lights and music, along with other strange happenings such as a female apparition and the sounds of a phantom train.

 The carousel is over 100 years old and was once part of a larger amusement park and ballroom, now the only part left after the fire is the carousel itself. The stories of the woman report that she is seen in bell-hooped skirts walking around and that where there used to be train tracks on the bike path there have been reports of train noises and flashing lights.

 As if that wasn’t enough to entice you into Rhode Island (let alone the fantastic scenery) you can also head towards Crescent Park beach, a man murdered his wife in 1989 and buried her in the sand, now if you should sit near that area you will get a feeling of anger and feel you are freezing up because of the cold spot there.

I apologise the video organ’s bang out of tune but that’s how sad it is to think of it being left to rot. I think it would have sounded beautiful in it’s day.