Kansas City restaurants happy to host customers, living… and dead?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Halloween is in the air, but you don't need to go to a haunted house to get spooked.

Just head to one of Kansas City’s restaurants that are cooking up the fear factor, where it's said the spirits lurk year-round.

“I think Kansas City has a rich history with all the traders coming through on the way out west, and people settling here, and I feel that there are spirits that have stayed,” said Jane Zieha, the owner of Blue Bird Bistro on Kansas City’s West Side.

Zieha says the building is more than 120 years old.

“We have positive spirits at the Blue Bird,” Zieha added. “It's had quite a life. It was a drugstore down here, Dr. Bagbee practiced upstairs. He stayed until the 50s. They built a drugstore across the street, and then this became a speakeasy during prohibition, and in the 50s and 60s it was a spiritualistic church.”

Employees say they often hear noises upstairs, like footsteps, but there's never anyone there. And other times they say they spot ghosts.

“I’ve had two people work here that worked at totally different times, had no knowledge of each other, and have described this same exact person,” Zieha said.

Across town, a Succotash manager said employees sense a former regular from the bar that used to exist where the restaurant now sits.

“This building is about to be 100 years old, in a couple of years. It was a grocery store, a dentist, a doctor, barbershop, everything. The story really comes out of this bar, The Dutch Hill Bar and Grill, and Radar was a regular there. We found out he used to smoke cigarettes and cigarillos at that particular seat,” said David Meyer, a manager at Succotash.

Meyer said the legend doesn't really get discussed too often. People figure it out for themselves.

“We do a lot of catering, so we'll come in really late at night, and a new employee will be walking across the restaurant and say, 'what's that smell? It smells like cigarettes and cigars, then it's gone,' It's like, oh it's Radar!” Meyer added.

Despite the "spooky" thought of ghosts, both restaurants feel it just adds to the rich history of our city.

“As long as we embrace them positively, they embrace us, and they will leave at their time,” Zieha said.

The metro area is full of reported ghost sightings, and that includes Atchison, Kan.

It's earned the title of "One of the Most Haunted Places in America."