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Mouth Cemetery is one of the most talked about cemeteries in Muskegon County when it comes to the paranormal. But is it really haunted? This cemetery is one of those places you have to watch out for. Not because the place is filled with ghosts and lost souls waiting to take you to the grave with them, but because it’s an easy “legend maker.” It has all the spooky elements that cause wild and ghostly stories to explode out of it at an exponential rate. For example, Mouth Cemetery is:

1. Small (and creepy)
2. Remote (and creepy)
3. Well hidden (and creepy)
4. Surrounded by woods (that are creepy)
5. Really old (that automatically makes everything creepy)

All of the above equal up to an abundance of perfect ghost story ingredients. But nevertheless, people claim to have had genuine paranormal experiences at the secluded location. The cemetery is the oldest in White River township with the first burial in 1851. It is also believed burials at this location were going on well before 1851.

Over the years, this cemetery has really been neglected due to a low county spending budget for that cemetery. There has also been vandalism from idiots. If you are someone who cares about your local Michigan cemeteries, consider getting a group together and donating your time to help keep these places clean and intact.


When I last went to Mouth, it was with my boyfriend and a few friends. My boyfriend was sitting on one of the bigger grave stones and his friends and I were by the fence. While sitting there, it was getting harder for me to breathe. We then found out when we got back home that night I had hand prints around my neck. — Victoria B.


My best friend has a lake house just a few minutes away from Mouth Cemetery, so we visit there often. While I don’t find the cemetery particularly creepy — things have happened there. My two friends and I went there late one night just to see if all the stories about it being haunted were true. When we got there, some other girls were getting ready to leave and told us that they had walked down the little path to the left of the cemetery and heard a weird scream. We continued into the cemetery and within minutes, we heard a weird jingling sound so we got freaked out and left. My friend had taken a video of us walking through it and in the video; you can hear what sounds like a horse neighing loudly. Mind you, none of us heard it while we were there. — Olivia


I finally went to Mouth cemetery to see what the hype was about. I must say the creepiness of the surroundings when alone, is a bit scary. I went alone on my first visit just to see if I could find it. Once there, I was on my cell phone (just in case something did happen!) While on the phone, the phone suddenly stopped working, even though the battery was fully charged. Then the thermometer inside the car dropped 10 degrees. I hauled butt out of there at that point. Now the phone problems could be due to the fact that it is back in the woods and same for the temperature change, so I’m not claiming anything paranormal happened. I went back the next day with someone and it wasn’t nearly as creepy, just rather interesting. Although I did take a picture and there appears to be someone looking in at us from outside the gate. We were the only ones there. The other funny thing was that we purposely did not lock the car because no one was around. When we got back to the car, it was locked. Luckily we didn’t leave the keys in it. Maybe it was just their way of thanking us for picking up the pop cans. People, please show some respect. —Shelley S.


Let me just say, I do believe in ghosts, spirits, apparitions, etc. I have had plenty of personal experiences and seem to be sensitive to paranormal activity. Recently, I accompanied a group of people to Mouth Cemetery. Some of them had been there before but I and a few others had not. Those that had been to the cemetery before were insistent that they had seen orbs and shadows. They showed us a chair and “not just any chair”.

The chair was a replacement for an old chair that had been in the same location but had broken. The legend behind the chair was that you would die one year from the day, hour and minute that you sat in it. Again, it was not the original chair, but they believed the new one was cursed as well. It has not been a year since I sat in the chair, but I highly doubt my eventual death will be in any way related to that chair. The cemetery did NOT feel even the least bit “haunted,” and I did not see a thing. I believe the fear and hallucinations were created by people scaring themselves.

In short — you would need a good imagination to find this place to be haunted. — Megan

Mouth Cemetery historical marker


February 18, 2011. I believe in the supernatural to an extent. We were at the cemetery and everything was silent and calm. I was listening and paying attention to something in the woods, like the sound of leaves shuffling. Then it got silent again and I heard a little girl scream. This was no ordinary scream like a child playing, it was a real frightening scream. After the scream, I heard footsteps and branches cracking. Just thought I would share this experience with you. — Dillon

**All cemeteries should be entered with respect. Leave them like you found them. Don’t liter, don’t vandalize anything or so help me, 10,000 demons will strike you down. If the cemetery has hours posted, respect that or find out how to get permission to be in after hours. Enjoy the cemetery during open hours. I am a firm believer that spirits don’t just come out at night. I think it’s just “ghost hunters” who only come out at night. Respect nearby private property and don’t trespass where you do not belong.