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->''"Mist... cemetery... Halloween. Should end well."''
-->-- '''Giles''', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

Cemeteries have long held an air of creepiness about them. They are the places where we bury our loved ones. Places that make us think of unpleasant things. Places that can sometimes manage to creep us out simply because of the way they look. Little wonder that {{Fantasy}} and {{Horror}} works like this setting.

In one of these graveyards, it is ''always'' nighttime, or occasionally twilight. Most often the moon is full, for extra supernatural points. [[SnowMeansDeath Snow]] may also be present, or [[GraveClouds clouds]], or [[OminousFog fog]]. And more importantly... the dead people there ''[[NightOfTheLivingMooks aren't really dead]]''.

It's the birth place of TheUndead and in a ZombieApocalypse, expect every grave to be a ClownCarGrave. If you're lucky, then the local vampire coven didn't get the memo about this not being the best place to sleep, so you'll just need to find their AncientTomb and hope there isn't a night guard ([[OurVampiresAreDifferent and that they're heavy sleepers]]).

BigBoosHaunt overlaps when it takes place in a cemetery. See also IndianBurialGround and ElephantGraveyard.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In episode 79 of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' Bakura and Bonz duel in a graveyard and bring the creepy crawlies to match.
* An episode of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' takes place in a local cementery handled by the family of a boy in Doremi and Co's class, where the kids perform their {{Kimodameshi}}. It's not ''that'' creepy at first sight, but Hazuki (who really ''hates'' the supernatural) begs to disagree and [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes her terror]] is PlayedForLaughs. [[spoiler: It turns out to have a ghost... who happens to be that of the late local Buddhisst priest and the grandfather of the girls' classmate; his grandson [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye wasn't there when he passed away]] and he wants to see the kid one last time...]]

* The opening scene (and first zombie attack) in ''[[Film/NightOfTheLivingDead1968 Night of the Living Dead]]'' takes place in one of these. Subverted somewhat in that a.) it all happens in [[DaylightHorror broad daylight]] and b.) we never actually see said zombie emerge from a grave.[[note]]Or ''any'' zombie, for that matter, since it's eventually established that only the recently dead are re-animating.[[/note]]
* The punks in ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'' use a cemetery as their stomping ground. This is a bad idea.
* The rabbits in ''WesternAnimation/WatershipDown'' cross through one, mostly for the sake of atmosphere.
* ''Film/HocusPocus'' has a graveyard, but relies on elements from the rest of the movie to add the creepiness factor.
* ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'' starts with Tommy Jarvis (with a friend) going to one to symbolically kill Jason Voorhees. The [[LightningCanDoAnything opposite]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero happens]].
* In ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', this is where Lori ends up in her first nightmare and finds the spectres of Freddy's child victims playing and singing his warning rhyme.
* Attempted in ''Film/PlanNineFromOuterSpace'', although it's actually a [[SoBadItsGood laughably bad]] set.
* Dr. Tesla's initial hiding place in ''Film/ReturnOfTheVampire'' is a decrepit, fog-covered graveyard outside of London. When he is revived, he moves to an abandoned church.
* The cast of ''Film/DeathScreams'' decide to head for a cemetery for the best atmosphere to tell [[GhostStory scary stories]] to each other.
* Nothing frightening happens in the pet cemetery that is the focus of documentary ''Film/GatesOfHeaven''. But it's still vaguely unsettling to see shot after shot of pet headstones, as well as statuary of fake deer and swans and the like, as well as an abandoned outdoor chapel.

* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', Voldemort did his little forbidden ritual in a graveyard. You know, the usual "bone of father, blood of enemy, flesh of servant" rebirth routine.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/PetSematary'' and its film adaptations have these.
* At least one in every ''Literature/AnitaBlakeVampireHunter'' novel. Justified as Anita's occupation is to raise zombies from graves.
* Averted in ''Literature/TheZombieSurvivalGuide'', which points out that zombies (by that book's rules) ''can't'' rise from the grave, and they won't go into cemeteries because that's not where the food is. Therefore, cemeteries are usually a good place to rest.
* Necropolis, in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead''. Zak makes friends with some local boys who [[ScareDare dare him to go into the deepest part of the local cemetery]]. He's used to cultures where the dead are incinerated, and the idea that he's surrounded by rotting people freaks him out. ''Then'' the zombies show up...
* ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' Johannes Cabal may or may not have accidentally locked his brother in a particularly disturbed crypt in a possibly haunted cemetary.
* ''The Walker in the Cemetery'' is a Franchise/CthulhuMythos story by Ian Watson set in the Staglieno necropolis in Genoa. Despite the lifelike statues the cemetery isn't very creepy until it's [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere cut off from the outside world]] and an EldritchAbomination starts hunting the tour group for its own amusement.
* In ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', cemetaries are usually an inversion, as oft rituals spoken on them make them anathema to most ghosts. However, Katia and Witkacy do visit one that neatly fits the bill, complete with being a source of weird magic energy and having power-mad ghosts invading it slowly.
* ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' has Van Helsing and Dr. Seward keeping vigil at the cemetery where Lucy was entombed (and from which her body has disappeared), discovering she had become a vampire, and ultimately dispatching her with a stake through the heart after she had returned to her coffin.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The third season of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has a few cemetery scenes and it's mentioned a few times that Cole can't be tracked in a cemetery.
* When Series/{{Buffy|The Vampire Slayer}} has no other demands on her time, she stakes out the cemetery (no pun intended) because new vamps emerge from there.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' [=TOS=] has this in two episodes.
** "The Grave".:The scary part of the episode took place in a cemetery.
** "Mr. Garrity and the Graves": The end has resurrected townsfolk rising from their graves on Boot Hill.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E22AllHellBreaksLoosePartTwo "All Hells Breaks Loose, Part Two" (S02, E22)]], a HellGate is inside a crypt in a cowboy cemetery surrounded by a 100 mile Devil's Trap.
** In [[Recap/SupernaturalS05E22SwanSong "Swan Song" (S05, E22)]] The battle for Armageddon will take place in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stull,_Kansas#Stull_Cemetery Stull Cemetery]], an old boneyard just outside of Lawrence, Kansas.
* Many of ''Series/NightAndDay'''s pivotal scenes take place in the graveyard at St Vincentís church. For extra shivers, there are underground catacombs too - usually reserved for violent scuffles, sexual encounters, demonic episodes and monster sightings.

* Music/MichaelJackson's "Thriller".
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dfZ9BXaNyE Moon Trance]]", by Music/LindseyStirling, features a misty and dark cemetery, and she's creeped out even before the zombies come.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj41xZHA5Eg Victor and his Demons]], by Music/FiddlersGreen, also features a creepy cemetery.

* The "Nightmare"/"Graveyard" table from ''VideoGame/PinballDreams'' takes place in one of these.
* ''Pinball/TheAddamsFamily'' has one behind the mansion. Wednesday can be seen hanging out here.

* ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'': Several: the narrator of "Alone" finds herself in one after getting lost and the narrator of "Growing Dark" passes through one to reach a chapel he believes he needs to investigate. It looks as if we're going to see another one in "A Distortion" when someone asks Sasha to meet them there, but the trope is subverted when it turns out they just chose the cemetery as a convenient landmark close to the actual destination.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' adventures, anytime you find a cemetery, you can (and should) assume that there are ghouls nearby.
* The same is true of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', which has an even greater variety of undead.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
** ''Ride/TheFuntasticWorldOfHannaBarbera'' had this as the setting of the first part of the ''Scooby-Doo'' scene.
** Shrek and Donkey end up stumbling into one in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekFourD'', where they discover Lord Farquaad's ghost and his grand evil scheme.

* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'', at the end of the third level on the "Death Toll" campaign, the path leads through a cemetery into a busted up church, where an insane and paranoid man in the safe room rings the church's bell to attract zombies, supposedly to make sure that you and the other survivors in your group are not infected. [[spoiler: It turns out that he was infected himself, and he makes his transformation into a (random) Special Infected by the time that the Horde wave is over and you enter the safe room.]]
* Several examples in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' had a graveyard on the western side of the map. Touching most of the gravestones made an invincible Ghini spawn, which could quickly become a hassle. But if you can handle them, it becomes one of the best places to farm rupees. The first quest hides the magic sword there, and the second quest has the entrance to the 6th dungeon hidden there.
** ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' had several graveyards on the world map, including a massive one that hides the entrance to the third palace. Since RandomEncounters are almost always ThatOneLevel in graveyards, you'll generally want to avoid them.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Link can drop down into some of the graves to do things like race the ghost of an {{Undertaker}} in a creepy maze and fight [[OurZombiesAreDifferent ReDeads]]. Also, it houses the entrance to the spooky shadow temple, and the well isn't too far away from the cemetery.
** Ikana Canyon in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has its own cemetery, but the entire area feels like this to some extent. Inside the cemetery, Link can race against [[DemBones the remains]] of an army officer who died centuries ago, trick his men who dance around graves at night into thinking he [Link] is the officer, and have his men open up the graves to go on adventures underground.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' has the Yoll Graveyard, which had ghosts in it as well as the first dungeon in the game. In addition, the final dungeon in the game is located in the same location in the past, and is an ancient tomb blocked by whirlpools. The Yoll Graveyard is also one of the only two places in the entire game that prevents you from time traveling, and distorts the screen if you try.
* The cemetery in Halloween Town of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2''.
** Before that, ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' featured the Proof of Existence, which is basically a graveyard for Nobodies.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' had Jill going to the cemetery when she goes through the Raccoon Park. There has been one in almost every ''Resident Evil'' game since then, and a DummiedOut graveyard even got added back into the remake of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1''.
* First levels of ''VideoGame/MediEvil'' are in one huge graveyard.
** A smaller graveyard appears in Whitechapel in ''VideoGame/MediEvil2''.
* The graveyard in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion''. It gets even creepier when lightning strikes the glowing blue tombstone near the end of it and Bogmire attacks Luigi in the area 2 boss battle.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' game had one just after the swamp containing the [[BigBoosHaunt Cackle Mound]], in the area right before Shantae reaches the Zombie Caravan for the first time. The place is filled with a lot of floating ghosts and BigCreepyCrawlies climbing up and down the surrounding trees.
* ''VideoGame/TorchlightII'''s Act I is sprinkled with graves, but the one cemetery, Skull Hollow, covers a small plot over a much larger underground tomb. In Act [=III=] is Rivenskull Gorge, a vast gothic graveyard complete with HauntedCastle.
* The Gamindustri Graveyard from ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2''. Doesn't help that it has its own [[Literature/LordOfTheRings creepy, all-seeing eye on top of a tower.]]
* ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions:'' One level has the player characters chase a Cyber-King through one. Though the cemetery itself isn't that creepy, save for all the Cybermen bursting out of the ground, or those angelic statues that seem to move when the player isn't looking at them. [[spoiler:Ultimately, it turns out the area isn't even a cemetery at all, just a hologramatic disguise. But the statues are very real.]]
* In the second ''VideoGame&PrincessMaker'' game, Baran the Gravekeeper handles one of these, and he can hire the Daughter to help him working there. He'll often tease the girl by telling her about a Skeleton Knight who supposedly haunts it. [[spoiler: If she has good enough Fighting/Magic skills, the Skeleton Knight will challenge her and she'll have to defeat him to send him to Heaven, which will net her at least 2.000 gold.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has the town's cemetery moved next door to their house, and it ends up scaring Lisa out of her mind.
* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack once had to battle an army of skeletal warriors in a cemetery.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Mr. Krabs had to go into a cemetery to find a valuable hat and had to fight an army of undead fish.
** [=SpongeBob=] and Mr. Krabs went back to the same cemetery when they thought they killed the Health Inspector.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'' where the titular captain first meets [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda Link and Princess Zelda]], they venture into Hyrule's cemetery during their adventure. The Captain notes that the cemetery is ''much'' creepier in person than in the game.
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' had a pretty creepy cemetary (but with cool LED-screen tombstones).

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A group of British ravers invoked this when they tried to organise a rave at a cemetery for Halloween 2011. The local council was not amused.
* Actually, most of our ideas about creepy cemeteries originate in Victorian London. The city had serious problems with overcrowding, both for living people and as a consequence for the dead as well. This resulted in dead bodies being buried in graves that were already occupied, half-buried body parts sticking out of the ground and the like. Add constant smog for special spookiness. Matters were much improved in 1839 by the founding of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highgate_Cemetery Highgate Cemetery]] and six other rural or garden cemeteries in London. Based partly on the iconic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Auburn_Cemetery Mount Auburn]] which was itself inspired by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A8re_Lachaise_Cemetery Père Lachaise]], these garden cemeteries -- and even the ''word'' "cemetery" -- were part of a movement in society to change the mindset around death. Instead of grim graveyards with constant reminders of the physical reality of death, the cemetery was a hopeful place to think about the next life.[[note]]That's why so many of the early ones are filled with EgyptianMythology art.[[/note]] People were actually encouraged to go there to relax and have fun. They were the first city parks.