When you are born and raised in Florida like I am, you hear all kinds of stories. Some seem so absurd and far-fetched that there is NO WAY in hell you are believing it. Sometimes it is just so out there. It turns into one of those things where you just HAVE TO SAY “you can’t make this shit up”. I have racked my brain and scoured the internet for the most OUT THERE Florida Folklore. Let’s see if I can freak you out this Halloween.
We will start out with some light-hearted “oooh, that’s weird” to “uhhhhh, I am NEVER visiting certain parts of Florida. As always let me know what your favorite Florida Folklore is in the comments below!
Walt Disney Florida Folklore
Walt Disney’s Body was cryogenically frozen after his death. I have heard this since I was in Elementary school. The story going around was that after Walt Disney died in 1966 his head was cryogenically frozen. At the right moment in time, his body would be defrosted. Then he would do whatever it was he wanted to do… Because the story kind of fades off from there.
Since I have grown up the story has changed to his body. But what made me stop in my tracks this year. As I was scrolling on TikTok. I saw a video of a News article saying “Disney’s body to defrosted in December of 2021”. I have never run so fast to a News article. Something I thought was a myth my WHOLE FREAKIN LIFE was about to come true!
No, it wasn’t. This “story” was posted by Daily News Reported which is a satirical website. And Mind you I also know Disney was cremated 2 days after his death. But you know… things could always be a conspiracy. The cake is a lie.
Gainsville, Fl. Largest sinkhole in Florida. 120 ft deep. It looks like a rainforest with a 232 step staircase… Mike, Mikayla, and I went there in 2015. Mike liked it because of the name. I thought it was cool because it was the largest sinkhole in Florida… OR SO THEY WANT YOU TO BELIEVE!
Florida Folklore says it’s a portal to Hell. DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK OF SUPERNATURAL? Because that is all I can think now. There have been stories of people falling in and disappearing at the bottom. My favorite story or old legend as some may call it. The Devil wanted to marry a princess so he swallowed her into the Devil’s Millhopper.
And we all know from Supernatural is that if there is one. There can be more… And you know there is…Hell’s gate in Calvary Cemetery, southern Wyoming, in the form of a mausoleum entrance. Just saying.
I first heard of Spook Hill on a family trip to Orlando. From what the sign says if you put your car in neutral it will roll your car uphill. We did it in my sister’s car as well as our car. When we asked locals at the Dennys they told us that the legend says there is a giant magnet underneath the surface of the earth.
I am telling you right now there were mixed reviews in my family. Me, Mike, and Mikayla did not think it looked like our car went uphill on its own. It didn’t even look like we were going up in reverse. A family friend definitely thought the car was going uphill.
Mary Hardy Reeser
In 1951, 67-year-old Mary Hardy Reeser settled in for the night after taking 2 sleeping pills and saying goodnight to her son. Before she went to sleep she decided to smoke a cigarette. The next morning her landlord went to deliver a letter to Reeser, but her doorknob was too hot to touch.
The landlord called the police and when they got the door open all they found were her remains, which were mostly ashes. Everything in her apartment was unharmed except for where she was sitting in her recliner chair. One theory is that Reeser’s body spontaneously combusted. Literally, her body caught fire from the inside. But no one knows for sure how that could be possible. For more theories check out the Tampa Bay Times Article.
The Devil’s Chair in Cassadaga
Mike and I just learned about this one and he is determined to go there. Located just off I-4, the small town of Cassadaga. The Devil’s Chair is located in the local cemetery. Legend says to sit in the brick chair at midnight, and the Devil just might talk to you. The Weird US says that if you leave a beer for the devil when you come back in the morning the beer will be gone… all that is left is an empty unopen can.
Mike is down and wants to go sit on his thrown as he likes to call it. I would like to go see it, but I don’t want to mess with anything and bring home some unwanted spirit friends.
Fort Dade Ave Florida Folklore
I had to add this one because Mike, Mikayla, and I have been there before. Mike heard about one of the most haunted roads in Hernando county and decided we must go to explore. Fort Dade Ave From Cortez Blvd to Cobbs Road is probably one of the creepiest things to ever happen to us.
We came to a side street where we saw an officer’s car parked on our left. The officer was waiting for a couple of cars to pass. Mike being nice slowed down to let the officer go, but the officer walked straight across the street to a car that didn’t stop like where the officer’s car had been. The car ended up running right into a tree. That should have been our first clue not to go down this road.
We drove from Cortez to Cobbs and I was looking on google maps for side streets because there are barely any streetlights on the road. Making a pit stop at a Citgo gas station on Cobbs road and Fort Dade. We grab some drinks and decided to drive the same way home.
This truck came up behind us riding our ass for what seemed like forever. He was shining his high beams at us. If just spend up a little bit he could have easily have passed us. He didn’t though. Mikayla and I were watching the truck. I looked out the windows and noticed just woods upon woods upon woods. Mikayla and Mike didn’t see anything on their side either.
The lighting changed in our car and I looked in my side mirror to find that the truck was gone. But where did the truck go?? There were no side streets. Not one of us had seen side streets because we are driving in front of them. It was freakin creepy.
The next thing that happened was an old car drove past us like a Crown Vic or something like that on our left. I turned around to say something to Mikayla and the car was nowhere to be found. It literally disappeared within seconds. We knew if we told anyone this story no one would believe us.
We still think about our little trip down Fort Dade Ave. I am not a religious person but I said a little prayer for us as we entered our house. I am into all the creepy spooky stuff but it doesn’t mean I wish to bring things home. Let me know what your favorite Florida Folklore was out of these 6.
Until tomorrow, have a great day! Remember you are a badass.