Every October, it seems like every city has a house, hotel, or lodge that lays claim to the most “haunted.” Most of these can be explained by old wood, rusty hinges, poorly sealed windows, or a gassy innkeeper, but others have impressive arrays of stories, history, and occurrences to build up substantial legacies. If you’re looking for a creepy-ass weekend getaway, here are your best bets for some solid frights:
- Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colorado) – It first opened in 1909, but gained fame in ’74 when Stephen King stayed in room 217 the night prior to Halloween. Hence, “The Shining” was born.
- LaLaurie Mansion (New Orleans, Louisiana) – Rumor has it that Madame Delphine LaLaurie built a “torture chamber for slaves” in the basement…and the moans and screams can still be heard today.
- Hawthorne Hotel (Salem, Massachusetts) – Bridget Bishop was the first woman in Salem executed for being a “witch” – she also owned the grounds of this hotel. Flickering lights, strange noises, and “ghostly” appearances have all be reported.
- Brookdale Lodge (Santa Cruz, California) – The original lodge owner’s niece drowned in the creek that now runs through the dining room, and people still think they see her walking around. Watch out for rooms 5, 2209, and 1209.
- House of Death (New York, New York) – This brownstone at the corner of 10th Street and 5th Avenue’s said to be home to 22 different spirits – one of whom is alleged to be Mark Twain.
- Congress Plaza Hotel (Chicago, Illinois) – Each October, they host a Halloween ball to embrace their reputation of having ghosts – including Al Capone and a homeless man they call Peg-Leg Johnny.
- Myrtles Plantation (St. Francisville, Louisiana) – As the story goes, a slave named Chloe poisoned the wife and daughters of the plantation owner. Now, she’s been seen popping up in various pictures, and there’s eight other spirits said to be roaming around.
Source: Men’s Journal