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Why Do Ghosts Like Spaghetti So Much?

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The title sounds like the start of a joke, doesn’t it? “Why do ghosts like spaghetti so much?”

Trouble is, I don’t have a killer punchline. Heck, forget it being killer. I simply have no punchline period!

I just have the question, sparked in part by one of Julie’s posts at Above the Norm about the haunted Old Spaghetti Factory in Phoenix.

This is not the first spaghetti joint I’ve heard of with ghosts in the sauce. Examples:

  1. When I was publishing articles on the site (for the brief month I did so), Norma Jean Lippert wrote an article called “Dining with Ghosts in Houston.” It was about the ghosts that haunt the Spaghetti Warehouse in downtown Houston. I was reminded of that piece when I was doing some research for the Haunted Places issue of Destinations Travel Magazine and I came across the Spaghetti Warehouse Ghost Hunt Lock-In offered by Discover Houston Tours.
  2. There was another restaurant that served spaghetti I came across a while back. I thought I had noted it or bookmarked it, but I didn’t. It had information about it’s ghost on it’s site. Fat lot of good me telling you this does without a name or a link, though!
  3. Then there was Julie’s post.


Why do ghosts seem to favor spaghetti restaurants? Is it the bread? The pasta? The ambiance? The fact so many are located in old buildings in historic districts?

I don’t know, but it’s kind of fun. I left a comment on Julie’s post about the fond memories I have of eating at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Denver. And the first short story I ever won was called “Grandma Jo’s Alligator Honeymoon,” which was inspired by a dinner my husband and I took my Gram to at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Phoenix.

There’s an Old Spaghetti Factory here in Nashville too we like to go to when we can. It’s smaller than either Phoenix’s or Denver’s, but it’s got the old-timey charm and (my personal fave) the trolley in the middle!  But does it have ghosts? Hmmm…I’ll be sure to ask next time we go.

What about you? Do you have any spaghetti restaurants where you live? Are they haunted?


Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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8 thoughts on “Why Do Ghosts Like Spaghetti So Much?

  1. This is so funny! I never even thought of that before but I have heard of a lot of spaghetti places that are haunted to, including the Spaghetti Factory in Denver.

    Great Post!

    Mommy D

  2. The one in Phoenix does have a tragic history of murder, so that could be one reason the ghost are hanging around. The other is they just like the spaghetti. Thanks for the mention and link.

  3. Ghosts like pasta because it’s a ‘boo-tiful thing”

    I have heard the one in Houston is haunted; but didn’t know they had a Lock-In. I will be sure to tell the kids I want to go there for dinner while in TX!

  4. Oh no! That’s too bad it closed, Janessa.

    And hey…I could’ve sworn I left responses to everyone else’s comment. Where the heck did it go?? Darn ghosts in the machine again. Guess they get tired of pasta and come play in my blog!

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