Why spend this halloween at the same old boring man made haunted house when you can go to one of these spooky destinations?
Located in St. Francisville, Louisiana, this plantation is known as one of the most haunted places in America. Rumored to have been built on top of a indian burial ground, the plantation has been featured on paranormal TV shows such as Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters. Among the famous sightings include a native american woman, civil war soldiers and a young girl wandering the premise. The most popular however includes the previous owner William Winter. William was the only murder on the property that was actually proven. He was shot to death at his front door and supposedly crawled to the 17th step on the stairs where he drew his last breath. Many claim to hear his footsteps as they climb to his final destination at the 17th stair. The plantation has now transformed into a bed and breakfast so staying overnight and discovering the rumors for yourself is just a check in away.
This hotel is the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel “The Shining”. After staying here with his family he had a revelation and began to write his novel that would eventually turn into a feature film starring Jack Nicholson. The hauntings are not just fictional however, many sightings and odd noises have been reported around the hotel. Notable mentions include the piano being played by seemingly nobody and children who play pranks to hotel guests. the Stanley hotel is featured in paranormal TV shows such as ghost adventures and ghost hunters. Additionally, Ghost hunts and overnight tours are now offered for those who want to discover the paranormal for themselves.
The Whaley house, Travel channels “#1 most haunted house in the US” and a very popular destination in southern California. Before it was what it is today it was a granary, county court, theatre, billiards hall and many other things. In fact, the most early haunting of the property is claimed to be in 1852 when a criminal convicted of larceny was hung in what would be the whaley house. Many other deaths occurred at this property including a playmate of the youngest Whaley who supposedly broke her neck tripping over a clothesline.
RMS Queen Mary
Next time you are in the Los Angeles bay area, why not spice it up a little by staying in a floating hotel? The RMS Queen Mary, located in Long Beach, California is a luxury cruise liner turned into a stunning and haunting hotel. Featured in Times magazine 2008 “most haunted places in America’ this luxury hotel is in the sights of paranormal investigators and thrill seekers alike. The most famous paranormal sightings include children playing and a sailor who was accidentally killed by an automatic door in the engine room.
Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
This establishment served as a home for the mentally ill in the 1800’s. At the time the mentally ill were treated as possessed demons and barbaric methods were used on them. The institute was created to hold 250 people and at the time it closed in 1994 it held approximately 2,400 souls. Now the institution hosts tours that let you stay overnight and hunt ghosts yourself. Many strange phenomenon have been recorded including sightings and unexplained voices. The asylum has also been featured in season 4 of Ghost Adventures and became a historic landmark in 1990.
Villsca axe murder house
A seemingly perfect day turned in something from a nightmare when two adults and six children were found murdered in their home June 10, 1912. The mystery of the killings remain unsolved, but the souls of the victims still linger on. Tours have been stopped short by falling lamps, moving objects, banging and sound of laughter. Today you can reserved the house all to yourself to stay overnight or simply take a tour during the day. Just hope you tour isn’t cut short, or maybe do.
July 1st, 1863 the Confederate and Union armies met on the battlefield at Gettysburg in one of the bloodiest and most important battles in the Civil War. At the end of the battle 22,000 were wounded and 8,900 were dead. The battle at Gettysburg was the largest number of casualties in the Civil War but also said the be the turning point that led to victory for the Union army. Thought to be one of the most haunted places in America, sightings have been seen everywhere from floating lights, fog, the sound of cannons and horses and the images of soldiers in hospitals begging for help. Nowadays you can embark on a ghostly tour ending in a haunted house. For the faint of heart regular tours are also available or you can discover history for yourself with a guide of your own
Eastern state penitentiary, Philedelphia
This infamous prison was revolutionary for its time. Instead of just throwing people away to rot, it prided itself on their desire to change the inmates through spiritual and religious ways. Notable inmates included Al Capone and Willie Sutton. From the outside they may have seemed holy but the inside was a much different story. Isolation techniques were practiced, horrible and barbaric punishments were committed and many inmates were driven mad. Many of these methods can be seen on MTV’s “Fear”. Today the prison holds a event every Halloween season called “Terror Behind the Walls”. Your group is taken inside and can pick between 6 different haunted house attractions. Each attraction has a different theme to it and this annual event has been called “one of america’s scariest Halloween attractions” by the Travel Channel and “perfect for Halloween “ by the New York Times.
The Shanghai tunnels in Portland, Oregon or sometimes called the Portland underground was a series of underground tunnels spreading beneath Portland. These tunnels were used to transport goods from the docks to the businesses and bars in order to avoid street traffic. Historians say the tunnels were also used for shanghaiing, a term used for human trafficking. The most prominent spirit on record is a girl named Naina, who was sold into prostitution. Though no evidence has been found of these said practices, rumors echo through the dark tunnels and paranormal investigators visit in hopes to learn more about the past and the afterlife.
Winchester mystery house
This bizarre house full of mazes and doors to nowhere was created by a superstitious Sarah Winchester. When her husband and child died, she believed the the spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifles were responsible. Sarah’s medium told her in order to appease the spirits she must build a house and never stop build, only with this could her life be spared. Many rumors surrounded the widow. Many claimed she never slept in the same room twice, held seances and fired any worker who saw her face. In 1922 the construction stopped with her death. What was left was a house that had doors leading to 20ft drop, seance rooms and stairs that led to nowhere. Tour guides strictly tell guests not to leave the group or the may be lost for hours.