October means Halloween, which means scary time! What would be more appropriate than kicking off Halloween month with some of the most haunted places in the United States! We’ve got some perfect places for you to plan your next vacation… BOO!
The Stanley Hotel
Estes Park, Colorado
This hotel is located near the Rocky Mountains and was opened in 1909. It was reported to be host to the rich and famous. It was also the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel The Shining, after he stayed in the hotel and experienced some paranormal activity and was even the destination for many ghost hunters and TV shows. Most commonly guests claim to hear children running through the halls on the 4th floor, luggage’s commonly being unpacked and neatly stored away in closets and drawers in room 217, and mysterious sounds of a playing piano in the hotel lobby.
The Queen Mary
Long Beach, CA
This ship was used as a North Atlantic super luxury liner from 1936 to 1967 as well as war ship. In 2008 Time magazine classified it as being one of the top 10 most haunted places in America. Among the ghosts reportedly still hanging around are a sailor who died in the ship’s engine room, a “lady in white,” and children who drowned in the ship’s pool.
The Whaley House
San Diego, CA
This house has been governmentally sanctioned as haunted and the Travel Channel has called it the most supernatural home in the U.S. Some of the ghostly occurrences include The red-haired daughter of the Whaley’s sometimes appears in such a realistic form; she is sometimes mistaken for a live child, the ghost of Yankee Jim Robinson, a thief who was clubbed to death and who can be heard on the house’s stairway where he died, and has sometimes been seen during tours of the old house, and the spirit of a young girl who was accidentally hanged on the property.
The Winchester House
San Jose, CA
This is the most bizarrely constructed house in the United States. It is a 160-room estate built without the use of blueprints and was labored on everyday for 38 years. The U.S. Department of Commerce has even certified that it is haunted. After the death of her husband and child, Sarah Winchester (the wife of the rifle-maker’s son) consulted a seer who proclaimed her family had been killed by the ghosts of those who died of bullets from her family’s guns. She had it constructed to trick ghosts and it includes staircases to nowhere, doors that open onto brick walls or ten-foot drops, and a window with an etched-glass spider-web motif.
Eastern State Penitentiary
This jail was the first place to implement solitary confinement. Inmates here were completely alone 24/7 and even wore hoods over their heads while being transported through the jail. The famed Al Capone even spent time here. It is no longer in operation and is now claimed to be haunted. Sightings include A shadow-like figure that scoots quickly away when approached, a figure that stands in the guard tower. an evil cackling reportedly comes from cellblock 12, in cellblock 6, another shadowy figure has been seen sliding down the wall, and mysterious, ghostly faces are said to appear in cellblock 4.