The Urban Legend of Alabama’s ‘Dead Children’s Playground’

Andrea L Robinson

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The ‘Dead Children’s Playground’ is located in Huntsville’s Maple Hill Cemetery, Alabama. This urban legend is about how many children lost their lives in Huntsville, during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918. Most of them were buried in Maple Hill, alongside a playground.

As the legend states, the spirits of those children come out to play at night. The children are most active from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The playground is surrounded by a group of trees, which can give off a shadowed/spooky appearance. There is a swing set and a regular looking playground.

Paranormal investigators have visited the “Dead Children’s Playground’ and have reported strange events that have taken place in their time there and have heard the laughter of children. Passersbys or people who have visited, often report the same incidents. Along with hearing children call out to them, hearing them play, swings moving on their own, orbs around the playground, or even spectral figures.

Despite the fact that there is no official count of how many children died or were buried in Huntsville during the pandemic, the number could be into the hundreds. People are skeptical about whether or not the playground is haunted. No matter if you believe it or not, ‘Dead Children’s Playground’ is one of Alabama’s creepiest urban legends.