Posted By Visit Mesa Team
October 19, 2023
Spooktacular Places and Activities in Mesa
Do you believe in ghosts? If yes, you are not alone. A number of people can recall chilling moments they have experienced in a number of places in Mesa.
Mesa Historical Museum
History: Mesa Historical Museum opened its doors to the public in 1987. The Museum operates out of the Old Lehi school building and is dedicated to preserving regional heritage. The original Lehi School, built on land donated to the Lehi Settlers by the Rogers family in the 1880s, was a one-room adobe building. The photo below shows the replica school that is located in front of the museum.
Ghost Tour: Listen to the haunted history embedded in the museum walls, participate in a paranormal investigation and witness East Valley Paranormal perform a wide array of experiments in exclusive areas of the museum on Oct. 21, 7-9pm. SOLD OUT
Cemetery Tour: Tag along on Oct. 22 for the annual walking tour of the Historic Mesa Cemetery. This year the tour will focus on Mesa entertainers such as Waylon Jennings, John Thomas Vance, the Menhennet Family as well as a variety of people who have contributed to Mesa's community!
Tickets are being sold online for $20 each. Ticket sales will close on Friday October 21 at 5pm.Tickets will be available to purchase day of at the Cemetery.
Check out the Mesa Historical Museums Event Calendar for current exhibits and activities offered throughout the month!
Williams Air Force Base
Today what is known as Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport was once a WWII Base. On this land, there have been several reports of haunting encounters. Several claims have been made stating that a male ghost roams the halls, while others reported to have heard voices while standing in the old Officers Club.
Escape Rooms Mesa
It's almost Halloween! Get in the spooky spirit at Escape Rooms Mesa! Grab your friends and test your puzzle-solving skills to try to solve the mystery behind the missing children in this hauntingly fun room. Looking for something less thrilling? Check out the other themed rooms - there is plenty to choose from!
Goldfield Ghost Town
History: For more than 115 years, Goldfield Ghost Town has welcomed travelers from all over the world to discover the charm and history of this authentic gold mining town. In its heyday, Goldfield was a busy, bustling outpost perched atop a hill between the Superstition Mountains and the Goldfield Mountains.
The first gold-strike was made in 1892, taking a little under a year for the town to come to life. Today, visitors can walk down Main Street, explore the many shops and historic buildings, and tour the historic Mammoth Gold Mine and Goldfield Superstition Historical Museum. Popular attractions for kids and adults include panning for gold and hopping aboard Arizona's only narrow-gauge train.
Ghost Tours: Take a walk with host Matt Mason as he guides you through the historic town, as well as under the town, by the light of his lantern. This iconic tour is featured on Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Files, and many other famous, spooky television shows. It is now your turn to see why Goldfield Ghost Town and the Superstition Mountains are known as some of the most haunted places in Arizona. Dates/tickets available at FearFrontier.net
The Superstition Mountains at Lost Dutchman State Park
Lost Dutchman was named after a legendary gold mine that was worked on by a lone prospector (Jacob Waltz), who left no records of its location. It is believed to sit somewhere around Weaver's Needle, in the Superstition Mountains and is one of the mysterious “lost mines” of the West. Tales of this gold mine rumor that Waltz shared the exact whereabouts to a caregiver on his death bed. Regardless, no one has since been able to find any mine is 1000s of years.
Many hiking trails are offered here that range in distance and elevation. One of the most popular hikes in the Superstitions is the Peralta Trail which offers immaculate views of the infamous Weaver's Needle. The magnificent views and gorgeous aura of the Superstition Mountains is coined to be the true treasure of the Superstitions. Nonetheless, do you believe the gold is in there?