Caught up in the Halloween spirit? Visit these haunted places.

By on October 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

Halloween is quickly approaching, and along with costumes, tricks and treats, come haunted houses, spooky stories and ghost hunters. Below are just a few notable haunted places in the U.S. If you are daring, pay a visit to one of these scary sights.

The Whaley House (San Diego, Calif.) Built in 1857 and said to be the most haunted house in America, the house was built on grounds where a gallows and a cemetery used to be. Sightings of the ghosts of “Yankee” Jim Robinson, Thomas Whaley and his wife Anna have been reported numerous times.

The Myrtles Plantation (St. Francisville, La.) Allegedly haunted by several troubled ghosts, the Myrtles’ sightings have included the ghosts of former slaves, small children and an attorney who resided there in the 19th century—all of whom were said to have been murdered on the grounds of the property. At times, the grand piano has been heard playing a single haunting chord.

The Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colo.) The hotel that was the inspiration for Stephen King’s “The Shining” is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the original owners, Freelan Stanley and his wife Flora, phantom housekeepers and children, and even the Earl of Dunraven. People can take ghost tours of the hotel, if they dare.

Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, Pa.) Now open for tours, this is a favorite destination for ghost hunters. Built in 1829, the prison was meant to house 250 inmates, but at one time crammed 1,700 inmates into its structure. People have recounted seeing ghosts in the guard tower and in cellblocks 4 and 6. Additionally, the echoes of screeching laughter are said to be heard from cellblock 12.

The White House (Washington, D.C.) Even as the current President resides there, past Presidents sometimes reappear at their former home. Abraham Lincoln is said to have made many appearances throughout the years after his death. In addition to Lincoln, Harrison haunts the attic, Jackson haunts one of the bedrooms, and First Lady Abigail Adams has been seen floating the hallways.

The Queen Mary (Long Beach, California) Now a hotel, the grand old ship is said to be haunted by ghosts of children by the pool, a 17-year-old sailor in the engine room, and a phantom who can be heard screaming in the bow of the ship.

In addition to the few places listed above, ghost sightings have been reported in such places as Alcatraz, Disneyland (by Walt Disney himself), Ohio University and Manassas National Battlefield Park. Let me know if you will be visiting any haunted houses or places — I’d love to hear about it! And Happy Halloween!

7 responses to “Caught up in the Halloween spirit? Visit these haunted places.

  1. Kelly Barr says:

    I head to New Orleans tomorrow. Not only will we be doing lots of ghost tours (me and our 9 friends are ghost fanatics!) Some are staying the a haunted plantation outside the city. and then For Saturday and Sunday (HALLOWEEN) but we are staying in two rooms in the most haunted hotel in America The Provincal in the french quarter. This use to be a confederate hospital during the war.

  2. Jessica says:

    I worked in downtown Macon GA in a building that was Macon’s first livery stable. I often heard voices when the place was empty, and had some spooky encounters there. LOVE that place!!!!

  3. Erin says:

    I have weak bones, so I get scared easily!! When I attended Georgia Southern they set up the “haunted forest” every year. Of course, they are not real ghosts, but someone in a mask chasing you with a real chainsaw tends to get your blood pumping!! Just be sure you don’t panic so much that you try to fight back, lol. I got put out of the forest…I seriously get into defense mode when I am scared. I learned that ghosts don’t like to be put in headlocks.

  4. Ron says:

    I think the beltway is as scary as it gets.

  5. Becky says:

    I just moved to Iowa from Fort Collins, CO and we stayed at the Stanley Hotel and we didn’t experience anything paranormal but we had friends who stayed down the hall that said they did.

  6. Sarah says:

    I’ve had my fair share of experiences, I used to travel for work, non stop 3 years.  The ramada inn in CLT (Charlotte, NC) has got something going on.  Never seen anything but was up all night because I felt a very strong presence in the room.  Another hotel is The Drawbridge Inn in CVG (Cincinnatti, OH). Woke up to my bed shaking side to side. No earthquakes or any other weather phenomena (I checked the next day)
    A friend of mine lives in Grand Island and says the Holiday Inn is haunted by a little girl, she will show up in a specific room. not sure which one.

  7. Nash says:

    Great.. I have just tried Energy Ghost today and clicked on 15 gshots during my 60 mins.. Isn’t it amazing I enjoyed it and I think everyone should try it as well