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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