HAUNTED MICHIGAN: Legend of the Melon Heads
Have ya heard THIS one? It's the Michigan legend of the Melon Head children, who live in the woods near Saugatuck and Holland.
Long ago there was a hospital that was treating children suffering from water on the brain - a condition called hydrocephalic - that causes large, swelled heads. Due to lack of funding, the hospital shut down and the children had nowhere to go but into the woods to survive.
The term 'melon head' supposedly came from students at the old seminary which is now the Felt Mansion in Holland...evidently, the name was coined to describe the 'smart kids' and somehow got all twisted and tied in with the hydrocephalic, forest-living children. Over the decades, they have also been called the "wobbleheads".
As for the backstory, it's said that the children all lived in the mansion at one time and suffered abuse at the hands of their doctor. Having tolerated enough, the children murdered the doctor and proceeded to dismember his corpse; they figured it would be easier to hide small pieces of the body rather than a whole one so they got rid of the parts by throwing, hiding and burying them throughout the mansion grounds. Afterward, they left the mansion and began dwelling in underground caves that were left over from an old abandoned zoo.
After trespassing on the grounds, a group of thrill-seeking teenagers claim they saw ghosts of some of the children and shadows that depicted the murder and dismemberment of the doctor.
The Felt Mansion is believed to be haunted to this day and others have sworn they have seen these strange children in the woods...they say if you turn your car headlights on & off a few times, you might experience a sighting...or something else...
If you're interested enough to read more about this weird Michigan legend, including eyewitness accounts, CLICK HERE.
Even though it's closer to Saugatuck, it has a Holland address:
6597 138th Avenue Holland.
Doesn't really matter if you believe these Haunted Michigan legends or not...but it sure makes living here more fun!