People who don't live in Maine probably think that the only weird and spooky things happening in this state take place in fictional towns conjured up by the master of horror, Stephen King. In reality, that's simply not the case. There's a lot of space in Maine for a lot of weird stuff to happen. If you believe people's stories, plenty of it has taken place, whether it be countless UFO sightings or, maybe even more chilling, the highest frequency of ghost sightings in the entire United States. And no town or city in Maine has had more ghost sightings over the last 17 years than Sanford.

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Just What is Going on in Sanford?

According to data from, people from Sanford have reported 23 different ghost sightings or encounters since 2005. Many of those strange encounters are filled with goosebumps-inducing detail on their website. Some of the stories feel like a rough draft from a future season of American Horror Story. Most of the 14 pages worth of ghost stories shared by people include some sort of ghastly encounter on Route 4. While that road hasn't been dubbed 'the most haunted road in Maine', it is certainly in the running.


Is Sanford the Only Haunted Place in Maine?

It isn't just Sanford that is seeing ghosts. There have been 758 ghost sightings or encounters reported in Maine over the last 15 years. Given the state's population, that is the most ghost sightings or encounters per capita than any other state in the country. Either Maine people take Halloween very seriously, or something is going on in the darkest crevices of this state.


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