Top 10 Most Haunted Cities to Spend a Weekend

Take your love of Halloween up a notch by visiting some of the most haunted cities in North America. Luckily, these cities also offer a wealth of other activities just in case you need a break from being scared 24/7. 

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Boothill Cemetery
Boothill Cemetery

Boothill Cemetery

Boothill Cemetery, and the entire town of Tombstone, AZ, is considered to be one of the most haunted places in the US. Tombstone is the town where the infamous O.K. Corral gunfight happened, between the Clantons, the Earps and Doc Holliday. Three members of the Clanton gang were killed, but apparently their spirits, along with a few outlaws buried in the cemetery, are still seen roaming the around the graveyard, hoping to avenge their death. 960 1280

Ken Lund, Flickr  

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Locals, visitors and paranormal investigators believe St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the most haunted cemetery in the world. Many ghosts haunt this famous graveyard in New Orleans, including Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Because most of the city is submerged in water, the dead are buried on top of the ground. Some visitors have heard eerie screams from inside the tombs and have been eyewitnesses to the ghosts of animals, including cats and dogs. Take a picture here and a strange orb or ghost may make an appearance in your photo. 960 1280

Cliff, Flickr  

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery in London is perhaps one of the most actively haunted cemeteries in the UK. With 50,000 graves on site, it’s not a surprise why ghosts still roam this spooky spot and its underground catacombs. Ghost stories about the cemetery include tales of vampires who some claim drain the blood from dead animals found in the graveyard. And rumors continue to spread about seeing an imp-like creature, a ghostly bicycle rider and a mysterious man in a top hat. 960 1280

Loretahur, Flickr  

Salem Cemetery

Salem Cemetery

Locals, who visit Salem Cemetery in Hendrysberg, OH, have seen the ghost of Louiza Fox, the first murdered citizen of Kirkwood Township. She has been seen crying at her grave and at the site of her murder. Hounds from hell are believed to roam and growl their way through this cemetery. Some people believe the ghost dogs exist to keep ghosts from escaping. 960 1280

Leslie Johnson, Flickr  

Bachelors Grove Cemetery

Bachelors Grove Cemetery

Located in Midlothian, IL, Bachelors Grove Cemetery is rumored to be the scariest haunted cemetery in the Chicago area. This area was once a dumping ground for Chicago gangsters during the 1920s. For a number of years, witnesses have claimed to see ghosts and a phantom car that disappears along the turnpike near the graveyard. Not even daylight is safe. Violent cries of a small child are often heard in the evening. 960 1280

Christine Zenino, Flickr  

Gettysburg Cemetery

Gettysburg Cemetery

Phantom figures in both Union and Confederate uniforms still pace Gettysburg’s battlefield and cemetery -- the site of one of the deadliest battles in American history. A man, seen wearing a black hat with a star, often tries to converse with tourists and pose with families for photos. For the ultimate haunted experience, stay at the Farnsworth House Inn, where Confederate snipers hid during the battle and their ghosts still roam today. 960 1280

Britt Reints, Flickr  

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Most people know LA’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery as the burial place for Hollywood legends, including Rudoph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Nelson Eddy, Norma Talmadge, Victor Fleming, Darla Hood and James Garner. Previously known as Hollywood Memorial Park, the ghosts of Virginia Rappe, Clifton Webb and a lady in black is usually scene lurking around Valentino’s crypt. 960 1280

Alan Light, Flickr  

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery has 300,000 graves, making it the largest cemetery in Paris. Opened in 1804, it’s a beautiful place for visitors to take a stroll along the cobblestone paths to see the gravesites of Napoleonic-era generals, famous composers and other luminaries, including author Oscar Wilde and Doors lead singer, Jim Morrison. Visitors to the cemetery have even claimed to see Morrison’s ghost loitering around his grave. 960 1280

Oh Paris, Flickr  

Westminster Burial Ground

Westminster Burial Ground

In Baltimore, MD, Western Burial Ground is where the remains of famous people reside, including Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key, US President James Buchanan and soldiers from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The catacombs under Westminster Hall have been the source of many ghostly tales. One old ghost story refers to a skull of a murdered minister that screams all day and night. Rumors are that the skull was bound and gagged in a block of cement, but apparently that hasn’t stopped the blood-curdling screams. 960 1280

Natalie Maynor, Wikimedia Commons  

Chase Vault

Chase Vault

If you’re near Christ Church, Barbados, we suggest you check out the Chase Vault, best known for a widespread legend of mysterious moving coffins. According to the creepy tale, each time the heavily-sealed vault was opened in the early 19th century for the burial of a family member -- all of the lead coffins had changed position. Visit the infamous gravesite and determine if the tale is fact or fiction. 960 1280

CaptSpaulding, Flickr  

Resurrection Cemetery

Resurrection Cemetery

On the way to the Chicago’s Resurrection Cemetery, don’t be surprised to see a phantom hitchhiker named Bloody Mary, who asks for a ride to the graveyard, but mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Travelers may spot Thomas Milners and his sister Marlene on the side of the road covered in blood. The two were struck and killed by a car in 1959 while going home from a family burial. And if that’s not bizarre enough, locals and visitors have claimed that they saw a vampire bride searching for her head in the cemetery. So be prepared for a few extraordinary paranormal experiences here. 960 1280

Ross Griff, Flickr  

Investigator Steve Di Schiavi on The Dead Files
Investigator Steve Di Schiavi on The Dead Files

Investigator Steve Di Schiavi on The Dead Files

Investigator Steve Di Schiavi listens to his client, Sandi, tell her story that involves her visit to the New Mexico State Penitentiary. 960 1280

Photographer: Morgan D. Estill  

Picture of New Mexico State Penitentiary corridor on The Dead Files

Picture of New Mexico State Penitentiary corridor on The Dead Files

A long shot of the empty penitentiary corridor, with jail cells on both sides. 960 1280

  

Steve with the client on The Dead Files in New Mexico

Steve with the client on The Dead Files in New Mexico

A shot of Steve and Sandi at the penitentiary. 960 1280

  

Amy Allan and Steve Di Schiavi on The Dead Files in New Mexico

Amy Allan and Steve Di Schiavi on The Dead Files in New Mexico

Amy and Steve talking with the client during the reveal. 960 1280

Photographer: Morgan D. Estill  

Steve Di Schiavi on The Dead Files in New Mexico

Steve Di Schiavi on The Dead Files in New Mexico

Steve walks through the empty prison in low lighting. 960 1280

Photographer: Morgan D. Estill  

Steve and the client speaking on The Dead Files in New Mexico

Steve and the client speaking on The Dead Files in New Mexico

A wide shot of Steve and Sandi speaking at the penitentiary. 960 1280

  

Steve Di Schiavi on The Dead Files in New Mexico

Steve Di Schiavi on The Dead Files in New Mexico

Steve stands in a doorway inside of the prison. 960 1280

  

Prison guard and Steve Di Schiavi on The Dead Files in New Mexico

Prison guard and Steve Di Schiavi on The Dead Files in New Mexico

Steve speaks to a former prison guard. 960 1280

  

Client named Sandi on The Dead Files in New Mexico

Client named Sandi on The Dead Files in New Mexico

The client, Sandi, meets with Steve in the prison. 960 1280

  

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Toronto Zombie Walk

Toronto Zombie Walk

A participant in Toronto’s annual Zombie Walk enjoys a tasty hand sandwich. This year the walking dead attempted to break a world record and learn to save a life with CPR training by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. As they put it, “zombies need to plan for the future too!” 960 1280

By Josh Jensen from Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Blue Eyed Zombie) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Zombie Walk Detroit

Zombie Walk Detroit

"World Zombie Day" takes place every October in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood. The annual Walk Against Hunger returns to Grant Park in Royal Oak, thanks to the "bloody-the-lawn-all-you-want" policy. 960 1280
Chicago Zombie March

Chicago Zombie March

Zombie walkers in Chicago’s annual parade look on as "The Executioner" poses for the camera. Over the summer, the annual zombie march takes place in Millenium Park starting at The Bean. 960 1280

By Eric Ingrum [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

The West End Village is flooded with the undead on "World Zombie Day." Free to the public, zombies were asked to donate non-perishable food items for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. In 2007, Pittsburgh had a Guinness World Record-breaking attendance of 1,028 attendants. 960 1280
London Pub Crawl

London Pub Crawl

For the Brits, celebrating World Zombie Day takes place in the form of a pub crawl through central London, ending with a midnight screening of "Shaun of the Dead" at the Leicester Square Theater. 960 1280
Philly Zombie Prom

Philly Zombie Prom

This handsome couple found true zombie love at Philadelphia’s zombie walk. Looks like they should be vying for the title of Zombie King and Queen at the annual Halloween prom. 960 1280
Seattle’s Red, White & Dead

Seattle’s Red, White & Dead

Seattle’s annual zombie walk has become one of the world’s largest, with over 2,405 participating in the Fremont flash mob this past July. 960 1280
Sitges Zombie Walk

Sitges Zombie Walk

Sponsored by Jack Daniels, this event has become a highlight of the Sitges Film Festival in Spain. 960 1280

JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images  

Stockholm Zombie Walk

Stockholm Zombie Walk

Zombie walks have become a worldwide phenomenon. The Swedish capital’s streets are flooded with blood and guts during the annual zombie walk. 960 1280

Pelle Sten, flickr   

Mexico’s Zombie Walk

Mexico’s Zombie Walk

Mexico City broke the world record for the largest zombie gathering in 2011, when Guinness officially counted 9,806 participants, surpassing the previous record-holder Asbury Park, NJ. 960 1280

Munir Hamdan, flickr  

New Jersey Zombie Walk

New Jersey Zombie Walk

“Rise and walk” to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the apocalypse in Asbury Park, NJ. Since its inception in 2008, the event has nearly tripled in size. 960 1280

Bob Jagendorf, flickr  

San Francisco Zombie Walk

San Francisco Zombie Walk

A crowd of "infected" people surround the hosts of Discovery Channel's MythBusters at San Francisco’s annual zombie walk. Each year the community has one goal: "Absolute zombie domination." 960 1280
Brisbane Zombie Walk

Brisbane Zombie Walk

Trying to top past success, this year’s event will be a Zombie Festival in Victoria Park in Spring Hill, Queensland and hopes to raise more than $24,000 for Brain Foundation. 960 1280

Mark C-F, flickr  

Photo courtesy of Andrew Zimmern

Photo courtesy of Andrew Zimmern

Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern shows off his feminine side for this Halloween celebration. 960 1280

Andrew Zimmern  

Anthony Melchorri

Anthony Melchorri

It looks as though Anthony Melchiorri of Hotel Impossible has his work cut out for him with this gruesome staff. 960 1280

Anthony Melchorri  

Don Wildman

Don Wildman

"Sometimes, even a chip bowl can be used as a Halloween costume," says Mysteries at the Museum host Don Wildman. We’d love to know the mystery behind this story, Don. 960 1280

Don Wildman  

Marianela Pereyra

Marianela Pereyra

When she’s not scoping out the world’s best beaches for Travel Channel, host Marianela Pereyra prepares for the always-impending zombie apocalypse. 960 1280

Marianela Pereyra  

Shane Reynolds

Shane Reynolds

Top 10 Locals List host Shane O really got into the spirit at the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. 960 1280

Shane Reynolds  

You don't want to mess with “Shaun of the Dead,” aka Aaron Sagers, host of Paranormal Paparazzi. 960 1280

  

Halloween is a family affair for Summer Hull (Mommy Points), TravelChannel.com's family travel deals guru. 960 1280

  

Jack Maxwell

Jack Maxwell

Can you guess which one of these ghoulish figures is Booze Traveler host Jack Maxwell? 960 1280

Jack Maxwell  

Jack Maxwell

Jack Maxwell

If you guessed the middle one, you were right! You’re not so scary without the mask, Jack! 960 1280

  

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Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

Marilyn Monroe is thought to be one of many restless spirits that haunt Hollywood's glamorous Hotel Roosevelt, where she lived for two years while her modeling career was taking off. Other reports of cold spots, photographic orbs and mysterious phone calls to the hotel operator add to its mystique. 960 1280

Frazer Harrison  

Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel

Colorado's Stanley Hotel spooked horror master Stephen King and inspired the setting for "The Shining." Want to go on your own "spooky sojourn?" Brave one of the Stanley Hotel's ghost tours, including a five-hour ghost hunt and popular night tour. 960 1280

Gregory Olsen / iStock / Getty Images  

Hotel Chelsea

Hotel Chelsea

There are plenty of famous guests and ghosts at New York's Hotel Chelsea, including Dylan Thomas (who died of pneumonia while staying here in 1953) and Sid Vivious (who's girlfriend was stabbed to death here in 1978). 960 1280

Dan Herrick / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images  

La Fonda

La Fonda

The spirits of Santa Fe's Old West are said to inhabit La Fonda's lobby and bar, including the Honorable John P. Slough who was shot to death in the hotel lobby and a distraught salesman who leapt to his death outside the gambling hall. 960 1280

La Fonda / Robert Reck  

Logan Inn

Logan Inn

Built in 1722 as a tavern, the Logan Inn and its spirits are legendary in the Colonial-era town of New Hope, Pennsylvania. Aspiring ghost hunters should request Room 6, also known as Emily's room. The mother of a former owner of the building, Emily's lavender perfume and soft crying at night have been detected by guests. 960 1280

Education Images / Universal Images Group / Getty Images  

The Equinox

The Equinox

Constructed in 1769, The Equinox in Vermont was a favorite of Abe Lincoln's family and is said to be haunted by Mary Todd Lincoln, who was visiting the resort when her husband was assassinated in 1865. 960 1280

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.  

Queen Mary

Queen Mary

A 1930s cruise liner that's docked in Long Beach, California, the Queen Mary offers numerous ghost-hunting tours and paranormal investigations onboard for its guests. It became known as "the haunted ship" after numerous disasters, including a split hull that left few survivors. 960 1280

Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images  

Crescent Hotel

Crescent Hotel

Guests have reported strange occurrences and sightings while staying in the Crescent Hotel, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Its newest tour allows guests to hear Ozark Mountain ghost stories around a flickering campfire and visit the morgue at midnight. 960 1280

Eureka Springs Media Center  

The Myrtles Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation

Deep in the heart of Louisiana's Voodoo land, The Myrtles Plantation is believed to be one of America's most haunted houses. Over 12 ghosts have been rumored to haunt the plantation, the most famous being a former slave wearing a green turban named Chloe. 960 1280

Stephen Saks / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images  

Hotel Provincial

Hotel Provincial

Guests at New Orleans' Hotel Provincial, a former Confederate hospital, have reported sightings of Civil War soldiers and surgeons as well as blood stains appearing and disappearing on the bedding of some rooms. 960 1280

Hotel Provincial   

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