Are you looking for haunted places to visit in October? Or are you planning a spooky trip? Well, Halloween comes but only once a year! I am not a fan of visiting scary places, so I will only watch horror movies.
I remember growing up, kids my age told me that our house was a haunted house. LOL! Though I never saw any ghosts there (maybe because I don’t believe in them). Plus that’s our home! They thought that way because it was abandoned for a few years, after my paternal grandparents passed away.
Anyway, there is at least one spooky or haunted place to be found in every state. But here are some of the best haunted places in the US. These places are haunted throughout the year, so you are guaranteed a scary time no matter when you visit.
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Haunted places in the US
1. Jerome, Arizona
[Ghost town] This little town used to be filled with people when it was a copper mining town. But that has changed in recent years. The people who lived there when it was considered the Wild West still wander the roads, but none as much as Sammie Dean. Sammie was a prostitute who was strangled by one of her customers and she continues to look for her killer.
2. Sallie House in Atchinson, Kansas
This house is haunted by a little girl, Sallie, who faced an untimely death. While a couple rented this home back in 1993, they didn’t stay there long due to all the paranormal activity. The random fires, rearranged stuffed animals, and being scratched while sleeping were enough to keep almost everyone away. The only people that seem to go there now are ghost hunters and those who are interested in haunted places.
Price: $18 per person
Duration: 1 hour
3. Gettysburg Battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
There is no doubt that the battle in Gettysburg during the Civil War was one of the worst in history, which is why it should also not be surprising that it is one of the most haunted places within the US. Since most of the soldiers who were killed were never buried properly, they are said to be wandering around the battlefield as they look for their fellow soldiers.
4. Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California
Famous criminals, and those who had escaped from many other prisons, were sent to Alcatraz and they stayed there until it closed. Nowadays, people can travel to this island to take a tour and learn more about those who worked and were incarcerated there. During visits, people have heard fighting and horrendous screams, while feeling that they were being pushed as they are walking along.
5. Moon River Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia
The Moon River Brewing Company is one of the most popular haunted destinations within Savannah. The building that the brewery is in used to be a hotel back in 1821 before being turned into a hospital for those suffering from yellow fever at the time of the Civil War. Not many ghosts are seen on the main floor where the beer is served, but if you truly want to see some ghosts, try the basement or venture upstairs.
6. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia
More than two thousand patients lived within this asylum back in the 1950s, although that was a lot more than the two hundred and fifty patients that were allowed in the space that was constructed and opened in 1864. This asylum closed back in 1994, but you can take a tour to see how the patients lived and eventually died.
They have several tours available for different prices: Flashlight tour, Paranormal tour, Daytime Paranormal tour, Ghost hunts, Private ghost hunts, and heritage tours.
7. The Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado
The Stanley Hotel is a one hundred and forty-two room hotel that is located in Estes Park. Lights have been flickering and empty halls filled with children running and laughing have been a mainstay there since the doors opened in 1909. This hotel was made famous by the movie, The Shining, and you can stay there to experience the hauntings yourself.
Price: $28/person ($25/person for hotel guests)
Duration: 1 hour
Age limit: 8+
**Mask required. Advanced reservation required.
8. The Villisca Axe Murder House in Villisca, Iowa
An axe was used to murder six children and their parents in this house back in 1912. The local police spent lots of time trying to find the person who committed this horrendous crime. However, this case remains unsolved. And the family is still roaming around hoping that their killer will be caught. You can take a daytime tour, but for the full effect, it is recommended that you spend the extra money to spend the night inside the home.
Price: $10/person (day tours are cash only)
Covid19 update: 6 people at a time for 15 minutes time limit
Overnight stay: $428 for groups 1 to 6 people, $75.00 each additional person $200 non-refundable deposit
On a final note…
These are some of the best haunted places in the US. And you are guaranteed a scary time when you visit any of them. Of course, there are many other destinations that you will find are haunted, so keep your eyes and ears open as you travel the world.
Do you believe in ghosts? Have you been to any haunted places?
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19 thoughts on “Best Haunted Places In The USA”
I want to visit all of these places. Sounds like an awesome Halloween adventure.
I’m so not a haunted house person but definitely think my hubby would love them! Esp the brewery!! The history you’ve shared adds so much color to the story too!
yes am believing the ghost exists in this world & timid to visit any haunted places. This sharing suits for Oct, the Halloween month 😀 cheers,siennylovesdrawing
thus texas chainsaw massacre real? i was expecting it wil be included in this article….sad to say that some of this crimes are unsolved..lets pray for those victims and i hope they will find the peace that they needed….
Wow, It took me half an hour to complete this. I love reading about haunted places. I’m bookmarking it!
I am a thriller and ghost story fan! So this post is a good read, and I would love to explore these places someday. Maybe only not exactly at night, and if there’s any “safe” way to do so. – knycx Journeying
There is a lot of travel and destination stuff out there but many don’t curate this kind of “scary” list like you have done. I hope yo visit one of these places someday.
Darcee has always wanted to explore the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado but no one ever wanted to go with her cause they were too creeped out. So I guess I will have to take her there now! But I think I want to explore the Gettysburg Battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania or the Moon River Brewery in Savannah, Georgia to possibly see the ghosts of the civil war!
I’ve just got over listening to a scary YouTube video and now I’ve come across your blog post – my nerves are being destroyed haha! Whatever you’re doing, it’s effective!
All of these places look really creepy! I love travelling but I’m not sure I would visit these spots if I knew they were haunted – I get freaked out quite easily.
Wow, I love reading about the history and haunted stories these places have. I’ve heard of the Gettysburg battlefield before, but all of the others are new to me. Thanks!
this looks like an interesting TO VISIT list for those residing in the region. I am sure there are many takers to get out there to experience the scares that you mentioned here
The historical backgrounds to the haunted places, you provided are interesting. I bet that visiting those places will make the heart beat faster.
Haha most of these places definitely look haunted, im such a scary cat, I’ll pass
Although I’ve visited two of these cities, Savannah and San Francisco, I didn’t get to see these haunted places. Alcatraz was always so terribly packed – and sadly I didn’t know about the brewery in Savannah. Next time I’ll make sure to visit 😀
Ohh Carmen, this is an awesome post, I would love to visit all these places, in fact I don’t know which one I would want to visit the most, probably The Stanley Hotel, with the words ‘here’s Johnny’ going over and over in my mind. Great post.
Ha, I hate horror movies, but LOVE places like these!
Oh this is something that i will bookmark and keep!!! Thank you so much!
These sound like wonderful spooky places to visit. My favorite is the Stanley Hotel in Estes, Colorado. It looks really cool. I wonder if all these places are open year-round. I don’t like scary movies but I would love to visit scary places! Thanks for sharing.