What Are The Most Haunted Cities in Maine?

Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

Eight days from today, the scariest holiday of them all comes to the front doors of our nation as trick-or-treaters dress up and embark on a sugar-fix journey. However, imagine if those treats were delivered by a ghost? 

BetMaine.com, your home to finding the best, legal  Maine sportsbooks, utilized GhostsofAmerica.com to compile the amount of ghost sightings across the state of Maine. After determining the number of sightings per city, we developed the Top 10 cities for ghost sightings. 

Here are the cities that you’re most likely see a ghost during this year's spooky season.

Maine Cities That You Would Most Likely See a Ghost

Rank City No. of Sightings
1 Sanford 27
T2 Auburn 21
T2 Bangor 21
4 Rumford 20
5 Waterville16
6 Old Orchard Beach 15
7 Hudson 14
T8 Bridgton 13
T8 Caribou 13
T10 Greenbush 11
T10 Westbrook 11

Sanford Leader In The Clubhouse

Located on the Mousam River and peppered with many lakes in various wooded areas, the city of Sanford is the seventh largest city in the Pine Tree State and has the most ghost sightings with 27 to date. Auburn and Bangor (where the one and only Stephen King calls home) are tied for second with 21 sightings apiece, while Rumford (20) and Waterville (16) rounded out the top five. Bangor is the third largest city in the state, and pops up in many King novels and short stories. Check out our Best Stephen King Adaptations ranking for more Pine Tree State content as well.

Old Orchard Beach (15), Hudson (14), Bridgton (13), Caribou (13), Greenbush (11) and Westbrook (11) finish the top 10. 

The top two cities by population - Portland and Lewiston - curiously did not make the list. 

Halloween lands on Tuesday, Oct. 31 and is a celebration of the eve of All Saints’ Day, a Christian feast honoring the saints and the dead. Traced all the way back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (which marked the end of summer and the beginning of winter), the Celts believed that the spirits of the dead could cross over to the living world and cause mischief or harm. To stave off any of the ghosts, the Celts lit bonfires, wore costumes, and offered food and drinks to the spirits. 

Remember, on your quest for candy and other goodies, just look over your shoulder occasionally... Boo!


Lou Monaco is a contributing writer to BetMaine.com. Lou had been an East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years of sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.