Trailer-Park Ghosts, Tollbooth Spooks

ByABC News
November 5, 2002, 7:23 PM

Oct. 29, 2002 -- -- It's bad enough to be undead. But what if you're damned for all eternity to a dump?

You can only hope that when you shuffle off this mortal coil, you'll have a decent place to haunt a Gothic mansion, with cobwebs, creaky steps, and tastefully placed trap doors straight out of Martha Stewart Living Dead magazine.

Can't you see the Versace leather-upholstered coffin? In the kitchen, a stainless-steel cauldron bubbles up a traditional blood daiquiri for the sobbing hag who materializes on the staircase at midnight, pining for man who stole her heart two centuries ago.

You'll have a squalling black cloud of bats over the roof and, for hours of family fun, a torture chamber in the dungeon. Is that too much to ask?

Sadly, for many ghosts, it seems that the modest dream of having a house to haunt will never be anything more than a Stephen King novel.

Today, ghosts are being reported in trailer parks, toll booths, fast-food restaurants and laundry rooms.

Couch Potatoes of the Damned

"You'll be surprised all the places you'll find a ghost," says Leslie Rule, author of Coast to Coast Ghosts (Andrews McMeel) who documents haunted toy chests, TV studios and brew pubs.

Perhaps it's just a sign of the times. Now, even ghosts have housing issues.

But let's not be bleeding hearts. Perhaps these ghosts are just underachievers couch potatoes justifiably damned for all eternity to a McDonald's. Maybe if they had done more with their lives, they'd be doing more with their afterlives.

This Halloween, The Wolf Files looks at some nontraditional hauntings.

1. Unhappy Campers: Is there an unnatural feeling of unrest in your doublewide? Does the simulated-wood paneling sometimes sweat blood even when you're not drinking malt liquor?

When a real tear streams down the face of your velvet portrait of Elvis and his eyes start to move, your trailer might be haunted and not by regular ghosts.

Redneck apparitions are giving a whole new meaning to "white trash," according to Larry Weaver of Durham, N.C., who lived in a trailer for seven years and founded

"We know ghosts haunt locations not just houses, so why not?" says Weaver. He says he started the Web site as a joke, only to find that many trailer-park residents really believe they own a rolling haunted house that's propped up on cement blocks.