Check out these 37 haunting images from inside Staten Island’s spooky Kreischer Mansion


STATEN ISLAND, NY – Kreischer Mansion in Charleston is Staten Island’s headquarters for the paranormal.

The mansion was built around 1885 by the brickmaker Baron Balthasar Kreischer for his son Charles. Another mansion, which does not survive, was built on the site for Kreischer’s son, Edward.

The family’s brick factory was nearby, as were the houses where the factory workers lived.

Edward committed suicide near the family brickyard and it is said that his spirit continues to haunt the premises.

The mansion also made headlines as the scene of a gruesome 2005 murder of a Bonanno family associate.

Let’s take a trip through the legendary and spooky corridors of the mansion.

Kreischer Mansion looms in the distance at the end of a long driveway off Arthur Kill Road in Charleston. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

One of the first things you’ll notice at the scene is this skeleton hanging from a tree. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

The mansion has been a frequent location for visitors on ghost hunting expeditions and has been featured on a number of paranormal shows. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

A scary werewolf watches from upstairs as you approach the house. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

And of course, the walkway leading to the front door is built of Kreischer family bricks. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

The mansion is very majestic when you are right above it. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

The lamp gives this fireplace a real 19th century feel. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

And this decorative animal skull also looks like home. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

Edward Kreischer committed suicide near the family brickyard on June 8, 1894. There are rumors that Edward’s ghost continues to haunt the premises. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

This historic photo from 1900 shows the mansions of Charles and Edward Kreischer, who married sisters, lived side by side and worked in the family brickyard. The house on the right burned down in the 1930s. (Staten Island Museum Collection) Stick-Shot

Something about these dolls under glass, found on the first floor of the mansion, seems odd. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

This large fireplace is on the first floor of Kreischer’s haunted mansion in Charleston. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

The original Kreischer bricks are part of the fireplace. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

This menacing clown with a mallet awaits you in an upstairs bedroom of the haunted Kreischer mansion in Charleston. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

Close your eyes at your own risk. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

This upstairs porch is a nice architectural touch to the mansion. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

Here is the view, towards Outerbridge Crossing and Arthur Kill. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

This demonic scarecrow stands guard in the basement of the mansion. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

This startling figure stands at the top of a staircase leading to the second floor of the Kreischer Mansion. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

Very scary. And a little sad. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

The owners searched in vain for a tunnel that was rumored to be behind this wall in the mansion’s basement. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

You’ll find this vibrant pop art painting on the second floor of the Kreischer Mansion in Charleston. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

Even the painting has a spectral feel. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

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Of course, there’s a hearse parked on the grounds of Kreischer’s haunted mansion in Charleston. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

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This staircase, lit in spooky red hues, looks haunted. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

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A well-dressed ghoul keeps an eye on things in Kreischer’s haunted Charleston mansion. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

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The house still has the feel of a Victorian residence thanks to the decorations and furnishings. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

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Charles Kreischer was part of the Kreischer family of brickmakers and also owned a mansion in Charleston. His house did not survive. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

Yes, clowns are definitely scary. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

Here’s another nice vintage touch. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

It’s just a broken pram, but it still gave me chills. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

Check out the amazing details, including the stained glass, on the mansion’s front door. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

And check out this unique wall covering, a combination of linoleum and leather, in the entrance hall. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

These chairs were on an upstairs landing. Made me think of those creepy twins from “The Shining”. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

There is also a bar upstairs! (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

This sign says it all. (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

Our hosts for the day: Rich Rispoli, the mansion caretaker and event coordinator, and nephew CJ Morales. Thanks a lot! (Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance)

Thanks for reading to the end! Hope you enjoyed the trip.

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