Friday the 13th is right around the corner, and for those who are superstitious or simply have a fascination with Black Friday, there’s a lot to know that surrounds this special date. While many people who have phobias of this holiday actually change their normal routines, others choose to treat it with a carefree opportunity to divulge in the eerie.
The metro Atlanta area has several spooky places to visit if you find you are one of the latter types of people; the former, however, might want to just stay home!
Friday The 13th: History & Impact
While the origin of the superstition is unknown, scholars have argued that its likely origin comes from the crucifixion of Christ as Friday was the day of the crucifixion and there were 13 people present at the Last Supper – the 13th being Judas.
The Asheville, North Carolina-based Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute maintains that up to 21 million Americans are affected in some way by a fear of Friday the 13th, a portion of which refuse to leave their homes, travel, conduct normal business, or even get out of bed. As a result, it has been estimated that there is an USD $800-900 million loss in business on this day.
Visit The Spookiest Places In Atlanta
Are you addicted to the scary, eerie, spooky, or strange? There’s plenty to do in Atlanta for Friday the 13th if you’re a superstition aficionado. Here’s our list of some of the most haunted and spookiest places in Metro Atlanta:
- Anthony’s Fine Dining. 3109 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. Built on an old plantation home in 1797, nearby residents, patrons, and employees have recounted and reported numerous sightings of strange and eerie things in and around the premises. CBS news reported that the location was sold to a developer to open a yacht and polo club, but the plan was strangely scrapped just six months later due to the believed-to-be cursed property! The restaurant is currently closed.
- Oakland Cemetery. 248 Oakland Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. Oakland Cemetery holds 70,000 people which include some of Georgia’s most well-known governors, generals, clergy, and notable residents. According to GhostsAndGravestones.com, the most popular supernatural occurrence is the “Roll Call of the Dead” - a military roll call of the Confederate Army where even the responses to names being called can be heard!
- Briarcliff Mansion. 1260 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Currently a 42-acre historic site that sits upon the Emory University campus, those who have lived and worked around the site have pondered whether the infamous Briarcliff Mansion is haunted or simply haunting.
- The Masquerade. 695 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308. This famous night club that has brought in huge acts to metro Atlanta is rumored to be haunted by apparitions that died long ago from tuberculosis outbreaks and numerous fires. Other rumors include a vampire that lives on the premises, and sounds of unexplained footsteps have been heard by many a staff member of this staple Atlanta venue.
- New American Shakespeare Tavern. 499 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308. According to HauntedPlaces.org, The Shakespeare Tavern is said to be visited by spirits and witnesses have reported strange voices, shadow figures, and strange occurrences with the venue’s lighting system. Ghosts include a “young boy in a 1800s blue velvet suit” and “an old man in period clothing” who roam the hallways of the New American Shakespeare Tavern.