Lost Ghost Stories of Cleveland – Bill Krejci

Rediscover Cleveland’s Forgotten Hauntings!

Hiding in obscure corners and in plain sight, chilling tales from Cleveland’s paranormal past await reawakening. A tale from 1840 places the city’s first haunted house on the windswept commons south of town. Hanged murderers were said to roam the corridors of the Old County Jail, and the 1885 disinterment of the old Cleveland Medical College graveyard led to reports of nocturnal phantoms throughout the excavation. With the construction of Bulkley Boulevard in 1912, many West Side homes were demolished. Also destroyed was the entrance to what neighbors menacingly called The Cave of Apparitions.

Take a step back in time with author and investigative historian William G. Krejci on this journey through Cleveland’s long lost ghostly past.

*Part of the 2023-2024 By the Book series.

Pricing Details:


Purchase the book from us and get half price of 1 admission to this event and access to the virtual book presentation via code provided at checkout.


Purchase the book at 10% off from our gift shop, and get free admission to this event and virtual access to the book presentation free.

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9.28.23 William Krejci Lost Ghost Stories of Cleveland

10.5.23 Carlo Wolff Invisible Soul: Uncovering Cleveland’s Underground Soul Scene

1.18.24 Laura Meckler DREAM TOWN: Shaker Heights and the Quest for Racial Equity

2.22.24 Stay tuned for details!

3.23.24 Family Friendly Finale – Stay tuned for details!

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History on Tap | Haunted History

History on Tap | Haunted History

Join the Cleveland History Center for a Halloween happy hour at History on Tap | Haunted History! Delve into the dark side of Cleveland’s history as you make your way through our historic Hay-McKinney Mansion, where you’ll meet some of the most notorious figures from our city’s past. Then, explore a selection of the strangest and spookiest items from the WRHS collection in a special pop-up exhibit, Oddities from the Archives. Be sure to come in costume and enjoy our Halloween-themed photo ops! A cash bar will be available with light snacks for purchase.

In addition to these offerings, we are proud to partner with The New Moon – a witch store and more located in Lakewood, Ohio – to bring tarot card readings to our guests. Readings will be provided by:

  • Dawn Bartos, owner of The New Moon, a solitary, eclectic, energy working witch that reads tarot cards, receives and gives spirit message readings for emotional healing, is a psychic medium, and candle soot reader.
  • Melissa Dean-Pardo, 1st degree initiate of the Cabot Tradition of Witchcraft based in Salem, MA, and practicing tarot card reader for 25 years.
  • Madison O’Reilly, an experienced tarot card reader who is able to detect attachments on people and zone in on energy disruptions to guide others on their path in their daily life and connect intuitively with their needs.
  • Marleigh McVeigh, a clairvoyant medium that reads tarot and runes and enjoys focusing on clarification so that clients can move forward within their lives.

Please Note: Tarot card readings are offered at a rate of $25 per reading (cash only). Signups are required, and readings will be administered on a first come, first served basis.


WRHS Members | $15

General Admission | $20

Combo Tickets: History on Tap & All Hale’s Eve

Purchase a combo ticket and receive admission to History on Tap | Haunted History at the Cleveland History Center AND All Hale’s Eve at Hale Farm & Village!

WRHS Members: $40

General: $50

About All Hale’s Eve 

Sat., Oct. 23 | 7:00-11:00pm

Join us for an all-out Halloween bash on the farm! Explore the eerie beauty of the farm in candlelight while enjoying music, spooky Victorian traditions, and delicious beverage and treat pairings. Costumes are encouraged! (21+ only.)

Special thanks to our partner:

History on Tap: Cleveland’s Haunted History

This event will explore Cleveland’s haunted history and highlight our Spiritualist past as well as tales from the Cleveland’s Other Side! Guests will enjoy local treats, craft beverages and themed activities like candlelit storytelling within the historic Hay-McKinney Mansion. The Cleveland History Center is partnering with area group Illumin8 to provide Tarot readings ($) and pop-up talks (free) by local experts.  Open bar wristbands are available online only, but drink tickets will be available to guests all night long.  Costumes not required, but strongly encouraged!

General Admission Prices

Adults | $12

Seniors | $10

WRHS Members | FREE

Open Bar Wristbands (Advance Purchase Only!)

General Admission | $25

WRHS Members | $15

Please Note: Advance online sales will close at 12:00pm on the day of the event. You are welcome to purchase admission at the door if you have not preregistered by that time.

Click here for a full list of upcoming History on Tap dates

A History Spooktacular

A History Spooktacular

October 23rd – October 31st

Beginning on Tuesday,October 23rd, the Cleveland History Center invites you to join us for daily Halloween fun including:

**Haunted History | Hay-McKinney Mansion Tours
**Trick or Treat Treasure Hunt
**Unlimited rides on our bootifully decorated carousel for anyone dressed in costume