As we enter October, Halloween is slowly but surely drawing nearer. If you’re looking for a spooky trip to help you get in the Halloween spirit – no pun intended – we have you covered! Here are 10 notable haunted locations you can visit in the United States.
1. Salem, Massachusetts
Salem, Massachusetts is the home of one of the most infamous tragedies and witch hunts in American history: the Salem witch trials. Today, the town hosts several Halloween-centric events. You can check out a psychic fair, find your way through a labyrinth, and so much more!
2. Jerome Ghost Town
Head down to Arizona to see this eerie, real-life ghost town! Jerome was once a popular mining town that slowly died as the mines near it dried out. In addition to historic buildings, the town is also rumored to be haunted. Jerome Grand Hotel – once a hospital – is said to be a particularly active hot spot for spirits.
3. The LaLaurie Mansion
Considered one of the most haunted houses in Louisiana, the LaLaurie Mansion is a beautiful property with a sinister and gruesome history. The historical owner of the house, Delphine LaLaurie kept many people enslaved there. Those restless spirits are rumored to still haunt the grounds to this day. You can see the house for yourself on a variety of ghost tours in the area.
4. The Stanley Hotel
Here’s one for the fans of Stephen King. The Stanley Hotel was the inspiration for the hotel from The Shining. The hotel is rumored to be home to several ghosts, including those of previous owners. You can find out for yourself if these rumors hold any water with a tour of the hotel, or by staying there overnight!
5. Eastern State Penitentiary
This prison was historically one of the largest in the country. Today, it is well known as a haunted location and has been featured on numerous ghost hunting shows. You can explore the penitentiary via a walking tour. It also hosts several Halloween events.
6. Yuma Territorial Prison
Another haunted prison, Yuma Territorial Prison is located in the Arizona desert. It is said that the ghosts of prisoners who passed away now haunt their former residence. While this is up for debate, the prison is certainly notable historically – it was Arizona’s first prison. Today you can see the abandoned cells for yourself with a visit to Yuma Territorial Prison State Park.
7. The Clown Motel
This one isn’t for those with a fear of clowns – the Clown Motel is an eerie attraction located in Nevada. Called “America’s Scariest Motel”, the motel features several horror-themed rooms in addition to the overall clown theme. Just in the case, the clowns alone weren’t creepy enough, the owner has also stated several spirits haunt the motel.
8. The Whaley House
The Whaley House is supposedly one of the most haunted houses in Southern California. It is supposedly home to several spirits, including that of an infamous thief who was hung on the property. The house is open to the public via a self-guided tour and is also a stop on several ghost tours in the area.
9. The Queen Mary
If you’re looking to mix things up a bit from the traditional haunted house, why not check out a haunted boat? The Queen Mary is located in Long Island, California. It is a fully operating hotel on the water, making this a great option for those looking for a spooky and unique overnight stay.
10. The Amityville Horror House
The infamous Amityville horror house is located in Long Island. While some believe the events were nothing more than a hoax, it is still a notable part of American history. Tours are not currently available, but you can swing by to see the outside of the house or take a picture.
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