October 28, 2012
Halloween Haunts That Are Sure To Spook You
When you ask people what they have planned for Halloween, typical responses would be taking the kiddos trick-or-treating, going to costume parties, and going on haunted hay rides. Some people also enjoy being scared out of their gourd by visiting makeshift haunted houses that always seem to crop up in good fashion this time of year.
But for others, nothing compares to visiting places that offer more than just a man jumping out from behind a wall, covered in blood and wielding a fake machete; or a zombified woman ready to eat your brains out when you turn that next corner. For these people, only a truly haunted house will suffice.
So for those of you who are ready to have a real spook-tacular time, here is a list of 10 of the most hauntingly spooky places around the country that are sure to give you thrills and chills, and may have you leaving more satisfied than visiting Franken-mummy at the local haunt.
1. The Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colorado): Known as one of the most spirit-ridden hotels in America, the Stanley Hotel has been featured in popular media, most famously for inspiring Stephen King’s “The Shining,” after he spent a night in haunted Room 217. The hotel was also visited by the Syfy network’s Ghost Hunters team. Reports of children laughing and playing in the halls, a woman playing a piano, and apparitions in the ballroom are some of the notable reports that have come from the hotel.
2. Alcatraz (San Francisco, CA): For a small fee of $35 you can visit one of the creepiest prisons in America. According to experts, however, Alcatraz really isn’t haunted. But what makes it so spooky is the dungeonesque feel of being inside the depths of the prison. People say when one is all alone in any of the cells, the air is so silent that one cannot help being scared; and there is no shortage of people who leave this place feeling exactly that.
3. Gettysburg Museum (Gettysburg, Penn.): More than 50,000 people were killed at the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War, and a museum erected to commemorate the bloodiest war on US soil, is said to be one of the most haunted places in all of the US. For under $20, visitors can spend the night at the museum investigating the various rooms, where many have been witness to spiritual goings-on. One of the most haunted areas of the museum is said to be the bathroom, where no less than 54 reports of physical interactions have occurred. People who visit this area have said they have had their hair pulled, or they have been poked and tugged.
4. Salem, Massachusetts: Home of the famous Salem Witch Trials in 1692, residents of this famous town still insist the dead walk the streets. Tours are giving nightly for $14 per person. Some of the most reported haunts from this witchingly wicked town are of orbs, and on one such occasion, a tour guide reported seeing a snowstorm of orbs while reviewing video footage taken from a previous night’s tour.
5. Savannah, Georgia: The city of Savannah boasts itself as the most haunted city in America. This southern city has no shortage of haunted houses and spooky cemeteries. The city became even more popular as a haunted destination after the city was popularized by John Berendt’s 1994 bestseller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” which told the more-or-less true tale of a mysterious murder that took place in the city. But there is plenty more that makes Savannah such a spooky destination, including Calhoun Square, Old Chandler Hospital, and Hag House.
6. Lizzie Borden House (Fall River, Mass.): The home where Lizzie Borden was said to have taken an axe and slaughtered both her parents is a popular destination for spook-fans. While arrested and charged for the murders of her parents, Lizzie was acquitted in 1927. Still, the story alone is creepy enough to make this a devilishly haunting place to visit. The house was turned into a bed and breakfast and many reports of paranormal activity have come from overnighters over the years.
7. Waverly Hills Sanatorium (Louisville, KY): This creepy attraction that once held hundreds of tuberculosis patients was closed in 1961. It was renovated and reopened in 1962 as a geriatrics center until finally closing its doors for good in 1980. Reports of numerous accounts of paranormal activity have come from this location. While there are no records, some legends say as many as 63,000 deaths occurred at Waverly. However, an assistant medical director said that the number was closer to 150 per year, or some 8,000 in its 50 year history. Still, that is enough to give this creepy hotspot high marks as a paranormal hotbed of activity. TLC’s Ghost Adventures spent the night here in lock down in 2010
8. Bobby Mackey’s Music World (Wilder, KY): Another destination for TLC’s Ghost Adventures is this reportedly highly-haunted night club. The building and surrounding area has been highly associated with organized crime, multiple murders, and satanic occult activity. The building has also been reported, by at least one author, and a number of other investigators, including the Ghost Adventures team, as the Gateway to Hell. Numerous accounts of paranormal activity, by both employees and visitors, have been reported here.
9. LaLaurie House (New Orleans, Louisiana): This mansion has a gruesome and disturbing history that dates back to the 1800s. A number of slaves who were owned by the Creole family here would routinely disappear through the years by the hands of Madame LaLaurie, who was known to have a seemingly sadistic personality. Of course their plight had not been come to be known until a fire broke out, leading investigators to uncover the ghastly truth. In the rubble they found slaves, many tortured, maimed and disembodied. Some strapped to operating tables, others chained to walls and stuffed in cages, many of whom were dead. This story alone makes this one of the creepiest destinations in America.
10. Shanghai Tunnels (Portland, Oregon): These tunnels, which were originally built to move cargo from downtown Portland’s hotels and bars to the waterfront, earned their nickname because of the unfortunate practice of men being kidnapped, smuggled and forced through these tunnels, to the harbor, where they were forced to become sailors. Many of the “shanghaied” men are reported to still roam the tunnels here, offering visitors a spooky experience in the dark depths. Reports of apparitions, disembodied voices, and physical encounters have come from many visitors.
While these are just a few of the many paranormal hotspots around the country, they provide a snippet of some of the most notable haunts that exist in the US. And while they provide countless accounts of paranormal activity throughout the year, perhaps the best time to catch a glimpse of something spooky is now, with Halloween on the rise.
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