If visiting The Beaver State, add these places to your list of Oregon witchcraft, ghosts and spooky places:

  • Witch’s Castle (also known as the Stone House), Portland OR

Along a desolate hiking trail, nestled in the middle of the forest, there’s an old run-down stone house, covered in moss and overgrowth, that’s made it into our Oregon witchcraft and spooky places list.  The Witches’ Castle is shrouded in a Romeo and Juliet-type mystery that dates back to the 1800s.

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Back then, the land on which the house now stands was owned by Danford Balch. Mr. Balch hired Mortimer Stump, an odd-job person, to clear the land and perform other errands around the property. Being the head of a rather large family of 10, Balch didn’t mind welcoming yet one more, giving Stump room and board on the property itself.

In due course, Stump fell in love with Anna Balch, who was 15 at the time. Eventually, Stump mustered courage to ask Balch for Anna’s hand in marriage – but was firmly turned down. The star-crossed lovers were determined to always be together, and threatened elopement if they weren’t permitted to marry. Once more, Balch objected – this time going as far as warning he’d kill Stump if he carried through on his promise of elopement.

The strong-headed couple eloped, got married in Vancouver, and later returned to Portland. But Balch was an unforgiving type. Shortly thereafter, it is believed that he shot and killed Stump and brought his daughter back to her mother’s charge. 

Later, Balch would insinuate his wife’s witching nature, claiming she’d bewitched him into the murder so she could reclaim her young daughter. And that’s how the house got its name – by some accounts. Other stories attribute the name to witching rituals and unnatural sights and sounds witnessed on the property.

  • Malheur Butte (Ontario, OR)    

If it’s blood chilling, spine numbing experiences you crave, then Malheur Butt must be added to your list of Oregon witchcraft and spooky places.

Spooky places in Oregon

It’s thought the Butte, and its surrounding trails, are steeped in the blood of the innocent. Though the Butte is now extinct, the haunting peak hides some dark and mysterious legends – but some say they’re steeped in truth. Perhaps there’s reality in that, because even the name “Malheur” is a dead giveaway. In French, it means a place of tragedy, misfortune and unhappiness. 

During the days when early American settlers rushed into Oregon in search of a new life, Native American bands often took positions on the Butte to look out for covered wagons headed their way. Ands soon as they spotted a caravan, they’d prepare an elaborate ambush, brutally killing, torturing, pillaging, plundering and raping anything and anyone in the convoy. The spirits of those innocents still haunt the Butte and its trails.

As legends go, one has the Butte acting as a central meeting place for witches of the day. Several covens are said to have regularly met there to further their practice of the dark arts. Their mystic rituals and bone-chilling screams and cries pierced the dark nights on a full moon. 

In recent days, local residents have reported seeing dark spirits and menacing forms, resembling small dog-like creatures, that roam the Butte and the surrounding area. One woman claims to have been chased by some of those apparitions off the ground as she harmlessly walked about.

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