Alaska: The Kushtaka
Shape-shifting otter men lure victims into the wilderness to turn them into Kusthtaka, preventing their souls from reincarnating. Kushtaka are especially dangerous in groups.
Arizona: The Skinwalkers
Beings capable of transforming into animals, especially wolves, who can travel between worlds.
California: The Billiwhack Monster
In Santa Paula, legends speak of a half-man, half-beast creature that resulted from secret government experiments. It's said to roam the area near the Billiwhack Dairy and scream or throw rocks at those who venture too close.
Colorado: The Ghosts of the Stanley Hotel
With a long history of paranormal sightings, Stanley Hotel inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining” after King and his wife stayed just one night.
Hawaii: The Legend of the Green Lady
This lady is a grieving ghost mother who roams Wahiawa Gulch and Botanical Garden in search of her missing children.
Idaho: The Payette Lake Monster
Sharlie, also known as the Payette Lake Monster, is a legendary creature said to inhabit Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho. Sharlie is often described as a large, serpentine creature resembling a prehistoric plesiosaur. Witnesses claim it has a long neck, a humped back, and flippers or fins. The creature is said to be quite large, with some reports suggesting lengths of up to 30 feet or more.
Montana: The Haunting of the Moss Mansion
The Moss Mansion is said to be haunted by the spirits of the Moss family. Visitors have reported seeing ghostly figures and hearing footsteps when no one else is around.
New Mexico: The Chupacabra
The Chupacabra is a legendary creature from Latin American folklore, often described as a blood-sucking beast that preys on livestock, particularly goats. Its name, derived from the Spanish words "chupar" (to suck) and "cabra" (goat), literally translates to "goat-sucker."
Nevada: Area 51
This infamous top-secret U.S. military installation is at the center of many UFO and extraterrestrial conspiracy theories.
Oregon: The Bandage Man
The victim of a logging saw accident, wrapped in mummy-like bandages, who haunts Highway 101 near Cannon Beach.
Utah: The Bear Lake Monster
A serpentine creature that swims incredibly fast and carries away unsuspecting swimmers.
Washington: The Legend of the Thunderbird
A colossal bird from indigenous legends that creates thunder with its wings and shoots lightning from its claws.
Wyoming: The Platte River Ship of Death
This phantom ship, complete with a ghostly crew, emerges from the Platte River fog to foreshadow the death of an onlooker’s loved one.
With intriguing creatures, terrifying monsters, and vengeful ghosts, the urban legends of the Midwest inspire fear and fantasy alike. Try not to cover your eyes as we imagine the details of these tales.