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Ignite some fright into your vacation, and book a stay at one of these haunted bed-and-breakfasts, where ghostly spirits and apparitions roam the halls. Visitors and innkeepers have become accustomed to spirited pranks and unusual sounds. The ghosts many believe are responsible for them — some angry spirits and some playful — promise to make a night at the inn more interesting.
Lizzie Borden Bread and Breakfast (Fall River, Massachusetts)
Lizzie Borden may have been found not guilty of the violent murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, but in the public's eye she was always the prime suspect of the bloody hatchet murders. This long unsolved mystery still attracts attention, especially because the ghost of all 3 of the main characters in this horror story are said to lurk around the house today. Guests can spend the night in the rooms where the bodies of Abby and John Borden were found or just take a tour of the house between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily. The innkeepers embrace their otherworldly residents: They offer ghost hunter university classes and crime re-enactments and have a museum gift shop on-site that sells coffee mugs, T-shirts, books and even a Lizzie Borden bobblehead wielding a bloody ax.
Magnolia Mansion (New Orleans)
In a town filled with ghost stories, the Magnolia Mansion capitalizes on the New Orleans frequented by vampires, ghosts and the people who love them. The ghosts at this B&B are fun-loving pranksters who move personal belongings, especially shoes, and make their presence known in filmy orbs in photographs. The ghostly shenanigans are centered on the Vampire Lover's Lair, a luxurious room draped with rich gold and red fabrics on a carved wooden canopy bed that is modeled after the king-size beauty in the movie Interview With a Vampire. Continue your spirited getaway to New Orleans with a vampire tour and moonlight stroll through the city's famously haunted cemeteries.
The Red Garter Inn (Williams, Arizona)
Celebrate the Old West with a stay at the Red Garter, an old-time bordello on Saloon Row restored to its former glory of the 1890s. The bed-and-breakfast has 4 rooms, each with its own bathroom. In keeping with the old-time spirit, the ghost of Eve, a long-haired beauty, makes occasional appearances. This gentle spirit is known to be shy, only appearing to some guests and making her presence known in subtle gestures like a late-night trip up and down the stairs or a slight brush of the arm. After you've explored this unique ghost town, check out the area's historic and natural wonders at the Grand Canyon, Sedona and along Route 66, all just a short drive away.
General Station Inn (Charlestown, Rhode Island)
The Stanton Inn is a historic spot in Rhode Island dating back to the days of the early settlers in the New World. When it was built in 1667, the house was a single room used as a school for the children of owner Thomas Stanton as well as local Native American children. Over time, more rooms were added to the home, and the mansion first became an inn after the Revolutionary War. It was a hotbed of activity for gamblers and travelers passing through during Prohibition, but the ghosts who roam this haunted bed-and-breakfast today are said to be generally mild-mannered: Some visitors to the Washington Room claim to have been touched by unseen forces while others have witnessed ghostly apparitions.
The Myrtles Plantation (St. Francisville, Louisiana)
This antebellum mansion, the Myrtles Plantation, was a glorious plantation when it was built in 1796 and the Southern charm remains with cozy rockers on the wide verandah, 10 acres of towering oaks and 11 guest rooms with stained glass, crystal chandeliers and antique furnishings. Guests say they've experienced paranormal encounters with the plantation's ghosts, a motley crew of spirits including Chloe, a former plantation slave who allegedly poisoned the family of the house and was hanged for punishment. The most haunted spot in the house is thought to be the grand piano on the first floor that plays itself and the hallway mirror, where apparitions of the souls who were killed in the house over the centuries are said to manifest themselves to guests.
Farnsworth House (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
Gettysburg was the site of the bloodiest battle during the Civil War, so it's no surprise to ghost hunters that many sad and damaged spirits still lurk around the town. The Farnsworth House celebrates the memory of the war's deceased soldiers. Its rooms are filled with antiques and old-time decor, and it offers generous hospitality. A full breakfast is served in the dining room under historic Civil War photos, while dinner is a throwback to the Civil War era with homey soups, hearty sides and the signature dish of game pie. Head to the attic where guides dressed in period garb introduce you to the ghosts of Farnsworth House, including soldiers, a weeping nurse, a playful young boy and a curious cat. Afterward, continue your tour with a visit to nearby Confederate hospitals.
Ghost City Inn (Jerome, Arizona)
The Ghost City Inn originally served as a boarding house for managers overseeing the gold mines in 1890, but it was also an ashram and a restaurant before opening its doors to overnight guests as a B&B in 1994. The inn was restored with cozy rooms and cheerful decor with great views of Verde Valley and Sedona's red rocks in the distance. Guests have described ghostly experiences including slamming doors and unidentified voices as well as apparitions of a female spirit in the Cleopatra Hill room. For more ghost adventures, take a short stroll through town to the Crib District where residents believe the sad spirits of the town's former prostitutes, including that of ghost story legend Sammie Dean, still walk the streets.
The National Hotel (Jamestown, California)
In the heart of California's Gold Country, Jamestown is just one of the towns where purported spirits still roam the streets, some looking for lost fortune and others pining for lost loves. The inn's ghost Flo is one of the many spirits that have lingered since she followed her love to the National Hotel in 1859. Henry was tragically murdered in the hotel's lobby before they could marry, and she died of a broken heart shortly thereafter. Locals say Flo is a gentle soul who plays pranks like switching off lights and dumping out suitcases, though occasionally guests hear an unseen women sobbing in the hotel. There are 9 rooms in the bed-and-breakfast, filled with period antiques and frilly curtains reminiscent of the olden days, and Flo is said to spend most of her time in the second floor rooms.
Eliza Thompson House (Savannah, Georgia)
Savannah is believed to be one of the most haunted towns in the South, and the Eliza Thompson boasts a number of resident spirits that guests swear roam the halls. The stately house was the first built on Jones Street in 1847 and the elegant space served as a private home, a doctor's office and a dentist's office before becoming an inn in 1977. Despite updates over the years and the modernizing of the rooms, some things stay the same. Confederate soldiers are said to lurk by the windows on the upper levels and a young girl in a white dress has reportedly caught visitors by surprise passing through the hall.
13th Gate (Baton Rouge, LA)Located in downtown Baton Rouge, 13th Gate has been used as a film location for photo shoots and movies, such as The Reaping, because of its realistic and detailed rooms. This creepy attraction keeps haunted revelers frightened by revamping its 13 different themes each year. New haunts this year include Possession, an old cabin infested with demonic entities; and Scary Tales, a new feature that pays homage to the famous Grimm Fairy Tales, but it has a 13th Gate twist. “This haunted house is so realistic that you will scream for mercy. It will give you one of the best Halloween experiences in the industry,” says Larry Kirchner, owner and publisher of Hauntworld.com and HauntWorld Magazine. 960 1280
The Corn Maze at Oakes Farm (Knoxville, TN)The Corn Maze at Oakes Farm is a less scary, kid-friendly attraction for families who live near Knoxville, TN. Children will enjoy the new Fairy Tale Trail, where kids follow 12 storybook pages as their guide through the kid’s corn maze. This year, the owners have also doubled the size of the corn pit, a huge box packed corn kernels for kids and adults to play. And after 15 years, this Halloween may mark the last time locals and tourists will be able to take the creepy journey along the Trail of Doom. “After several hours in the corn maze, if you happen to find yourself lost -- you may find the sound corn beneath your feet creepy rather than comforting,” says Daniel Schwartz, executive producer of Travel Channel’s TV show Ghost Adventures. 960 1280
The Darkness (St. Louis)The Darkness is one of the oldest running haunted houses in St. Louis. This haunted attraction has been updated with new features, including a haunted library filled with evil spirits. The owners have also created the new Scream Zone -- equipped with a mega-scream movie wall and roaming zombies, monsters and demons -- to keep the crowd waiting outside preoccupied. And inside, it’s 2 floors of special effects and more! “The Darkness is considered America’s most detailed and technologically-advanced haunted house in America with over 200 animations, 75 CGI effects, hundreds of zombies, monsters, man-eating puppets and animated effects that grab and bite customers,” says Larry Kirchner. 960 1280
Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind The Walls (Philadelphia)It made our list, Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions 2013, and we decided to add it again this year. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind The Walls was once home to imprisoned bank robber Willie Sutton and mob boss Al Capone. Today, this penitentiary utilizes its spooky surroundings to create 6 different scare zones, including Quarantine 4D and Breakout, 2 groundbreaking attractions this year. “I’m excited about Breakout, which is a prison break area where inmates – and visitors – attempt to gain their freedom, using barrels, ropes, tunnels and ladders,” says Aaron Sagers, geek culture and paranormal culture expert. 960 1280
Fear Factory (Salt Lake City, UT)Located on 2.5 acres or a full-city block in Salt Lake City, UT, the Fear Factory features a post-apocalyptic setting with underground tunnels, towers, mazes and “2 of the largest indoor slides in North America,” according to the owners. For extreme thrills, we suggest the controlled free fall from the factory’s tower or ride the Last Ride zip line to witness the terror from above. Fear Factory, formerly a cement factory built in the late 1800s, is rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of former workers who died here. “People should check out the Fear Factory because this site is one of the rare locations in the US where the history is even more terrifying than that depicted in the haunted house,” says Daniel Schwartz. 960 1280
The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park (San Diego)Set in the middle of San Diego is Balboa Park, an idyllic escape from life in the city, but when the sun goes down the monsters emerge on the mile-long Haunted Trail. Beware of creepy characters and horror movie legends such as Freddy Kruger, Michael Meyers and Jason Voorhees. “But, there’s more than just monsters that will spook you, the psychological terrors to make you want to flee the darkness,” says Arthur Hsu, producer of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions. Visitors can also experience the Experiment, a horrifying maze with more than 3,500 square feet of freak-infested terror. We recommend wearing good running shoes. 960 1280
Hundred Acres Manor (Pittsburgh, PA)Hundred Acres Manor offers 6 haunted houses in one location and has been terrifying the victims for over a decade. “With nearly 200 actors you never know when the next scare is going to jump out at you,” says Arthur Hsu. The Vodou Bayou is the new attraction this year. Visitors can take a tour through the Deep South, where the spirits of the bayou beckon, the stitchers want your body, the priestess wants your soul. Dead Lift, Damnation, Torture Bank, The Maze and the Brine Slaughterhouse are the other scary highlights of this bone-chilling haunt. But, there’s a glimmer of light in the darkness, this is a charity scary attraction that donates to Homeless Children’s Education Fund and Animal Friends. 960 1280
Lord Chaz Ghost & Vampire Tours (New Orleans, LA)“I like my Halloween scares dished out with a serving of history and a helping of theater,” says Aaron Sagers. “Add in a dash of jazz spirit, and you have the spooky gumbo of Lord Chaz’ Ghost & Vampire Tour in New Orleans.” Lord Chaz – actor, author, musician and street performer – provides guided tours of the French Quarter year round, but his tours are best experienced in October. His Ghost & Vampire Tour starts at Johnny White’s Hole in the Wall on Bourbon Street. On this walking tour, Lord Chaz guides haunted history aficionados through the streets and talks about the infamous murders, suicides and tragedies that have inspired well-renowned authors such as Anne Rice. 960 1280
Netherworld (Atlanta)Netherworld received our stamp of approval and made our Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions last year, and again this year. It has 2 new features, including the Toxic Foam Room, where patrons step into this one-of-a-kind decontamination chamber after exiting Vault 13. Try the new Elevator of Death, where up to 20 people can ride the elevator down to Vault 13, but be prepared for the flickering lights and bumpy descent. “Netherworld is one of Hauntworld’s scariest haunted houses because they spend a long time developing one-of-a-kind costumes, masks, animation and set design that can only be experienced in Atlanta,” Larry Kirchner. 960 1280
Robert Kurtzman’s Mad FX Lab (Crestline, OH)You may know makeup-effects master Robert Kurtzman’s work – co founder of KNB and owner of Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps. Kurtzman is known for his work in blockbuster movies such as From Dusk Till Dawn, Army of Darkness, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare and John Carpenter's Vampires. Every year, fans converge on the Mad FX Lab in Crestline, OH, to walk through the alien lab, Freddy’s Tunnel, the home of Leatherface and the Butcher’s Room. “Robert Kurtzman and his associates apply their creative skills and imagination to this unique haunt, bringing Hollywood-caliber frights to the locals of this small town,” says Aaron Sager. 960 1280
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Erebus Haunted AttractionOne of the largest Halloween attractions in the world, Erebus is a 4-story haunted house in Pontiac, MI, that promises underworld giant monsters, bottomless pits and crushing walls.
Looking for more haunted places to visit? See which creepy locations made our list of Travel's Best Halloween Attractions 2013. Plan ahead and prepare to be spooked! 960 1280
Witches of New Salem“Enter the corn at your own risk,” warns Witches of New Salem. This nighttime tour in Dorr, MI, will take you on a wild ride of dead ends, twist and turns, and the entire time you’ll be haunted by creepy corn stalkers. And if your heart can take it, take a tour of the Witches Woods’ for even more frightening fun. 960 1280
Hangman's House of HorrorsHangman's House of Horrors in Fort Worth, TX, features the Cirque de Fantomes, Hillbillies Revenge and a wild 3-D Funhouse. Inspired by the legend of Hezekiah Jones, a murderer known as "Hangman,” this house of horrors also includes less scary entertainment like live music, rides and karaoke.
Terror Behind the WallsOnce one of the most notorious prisons in the country, Pennsylvania’s Eastern State Penitentiary is now one of the country’s top-ranked haunted attractions, with its empty cell blocks and over 11-acres of frightening fun. New this year, Detritus takes brave souls past the historic prison greenhouse and into an outdoor labyrinth of overgrown twisting vines. 960 1280
ESP's Night WatchWe can’t think of anything scarier than a night at Eastern State Penitentiary, a 180-year-old facility that dozens of paranormal investigation teams have declared haunted. Visitors explore ESP's Night Watch on their own, using only a flashlight to guide the way. 960 1280
Bates MotelWhen you check in to the Bates Motel, be prepared for the creepiest trip you'll ever take. Whether exploring the hotel's gruesome interior of computerized lighting and high-tech special effects, hopping aboard the 20-minute haunted hay ride through a forest of nightmarish ghouls, or getting lost in the spine-tingling aisles of the corn maze, visitors are sure to be spooked. 960 1280
Netherworld Haunted HouseThe Collector awaits your visit to the self-guided Netherworld Haunted House in Norcross, GA. Known for its unique themes and chilling close attention to detail, Netherworld is owned by TV and film professionals, so the makeup, costumes and acting are top notch. 960 1280
UNDEAD Haunted HouseThe UNDEAD Haunted House, located on the premises of the 13th Floor Haunted House in Denver, CO, is an interactive and immersive zombie experience. The zombies of the UNDEAD Haunted House have taken over a built-to-scale farmhouse, and it's up to you to seek refuge. 960 1280
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Charlotte, N.C.Charlotte is the most underrated haunted destination on our list. Charlotte has serious Southern charm, but its dark history is waiting to be discovered by travelers like you. Charlotte has ghosts that haunt restaurants all over the city. One restaurant, the Cajun Queen, was converted from a house in 1985. Supposedly, the bar is built over the lady of the house’s bedroom, and she haunts the customers that dare to drink there. Check it out on your trip. 960 1280
Boston, MassachusettsBoston is a paranormal hot spot. Ghosts still linger from the bloody days of the Revolutionary War. Also, the first person persecuted as a witch was actually from Boston, not Salem. In 1648, Margaret Jones was publically hanged in Boston on the charge of witchcraft. All of Boston’s bloodshed gives it a somewhat sinister feeling after dark. Don’t be scared, though. The city of Boston is a delightful destination for any enthusiastic traveler. 960 1280
Charleston, S.C.Charleston is a staple city for supernatural thrill-seekers. Haunted sights in Charleston date back to 300 years ago and are guaranteed to give you goosebumps. White Point Garden, on the coast of the Ashley River, is a notoriously scary place. In the 1700s, the gardens hosted the hanging of 50 pirates and have been haunted ever since. Check out more wartime monuments from the Civil War while you’re in Charleston to get a dose of American history. 960 1280
Chicago, IllinoisAl Capone and other gangsters left a bloody mark on the city of Chicago. But even before the 1920s, Chicago faced many tragedies, like the Chicago fire in 1871 and the Eastland disaster of 1915. One must-see haunted destination is the Excalibur Nightclub (once a hospital), where victims of the Eastland disaster were taken for treatment. You’ll feel the tortured souls in this nightclub, so take a drink to soothe the nerves. 960 1280
Washington, D.C.Our nation’s capital is hands down one of the most haunted places in America. The steps where "The Exorcist" was filmed are an iconic destination to visit, at 3600 Prospect St. NW. Other haunts of the city include the Octagon House and the Cutts-Mason House, where voices and apparitions habitually seem to appear. When you’re on a break from your supernatural tour, be sure to visit all of the monuments and museums that the city has to offer. 960 1280
Fort Lauderdale, FloridaFort Lauderdale is arguably the scariest city in Florida. Visitors of the Old Fort Lauderdale History Museum, formerly the New River Inn, claim to see ghosts and apparitions in the historic building. To this day, one ghost allegedly guards the museum at night. Walk past this historic site after dark to get the scoop. Grab some grub for your stakeout at one of Fort Lauderdale or Miami’s cheapest restaurants. 960 1280
Gettysburg, PennsylvaniaGettysburg is so terrifying that your palms might start to sweat. Loaded with Civil War history, this city hosts many tormented ghosts and spirits, who are trying to communicate with the living. Don’t believe it? Check out some haunted spots in Gettysburg for yourself. Even if you don’t have a supernatural experience on your trip, you’ll still absorb a ton of history and enjoy the live Civil War reenactments. 960 1280
New Orleans, LousianaNew Orleans is a famously supernatural city. There are several theories as to why New Orleans is haunted, but one prevailing belief is that the city has a history of violence. In the 1700s, New Orleans’ Jackson Square was a sight for public executions. Aside from its unsettling past and spooky sights, New Orleans is a great spot for downhome cuisine. Indulge in some soul food for an unforgettable trip. 960 1280
Portland, OregonPortland is one of the west coast’s most haunted cities. There are many scary spots from the 1920s, including the shanghai tunnels. These underground tunnels, located in Chinatown/Old Town, were used during Prohibition as a secret spot to drink booze. Now the tunnels are said to be haunted by prostitutes and drunkards of Portland’s past. On your trip to Portland, embrace the outdoors and admire the green spaces that the city has to offer. Also, check out this video on special places to visit in Portland. Want one more nugget of advice? Pack an umbrella in your bag for Portland, as the city is famous for rainy days. 960 1280
San Antonio, TexasTexas is one of the most haunted states in the nation, and San Antonio is likely its most haunted city. San Antonio is home to a few haunted hotels, which have been the site of murder and mischief throughout its history. The Black Swan Inn, now a venue for wedding receptions, is a petrifying San Antonio destination to visit on your trip. Find great places to stay and eat with this amazing San Antonio Travel Guide. 960 1280
San Francisco, CaliforniaSan Francisco is the hot travel destination these days. The San Francisco Bay has over a hundred haunted spots for you to check out during your trip. One place worth mentioning is Alcatraz, the famous maximum-security prison. Alcatraz hosted Al Capone, the famous Chicago gangster, during the final years of his life. To get to Alcatraz, you’ll need to take a ferry across San Francisco Bay. It’s definitely worth the trip to see this haunted prison. While you’re not checking out the spooky sights, discover fun things to do in San Francisco with this cool travel guide. 960 1280
Savannah, GeorgiaSavannah is the most frightening city and seaport in all of America. There’s so much haunted history from the Civil War, which the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventurers have explored in depth. Before dark, wander over to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to see innovative art exhibits, or else visit Savannah’s famous restaurants and sights. After dusk, take a ghost tour to explore the haunted streets of the city. You’ll be quaking in your boots. 960 1280
St. Paul, MinnesotaSt. Paul is a go-to city for a spook. One of the creepiest places in St. Paul is the Wabasha Street Caves, where people formerly hid out during the Prohibition to sneak some booze. These caves are now said to be haunted by three gangsters, who were murdered and buried inside the caves. After you’ve been scared out of your senses, get a bite to eat at one of these mouth-watering Minnesota restaurants. 960 1280
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