If you’re planning a vacation this Halloween and think a little amateur ghost hunting would be a great way to celebrate the season, you’re in excellent company. According to a 2013 Harris poll, roughly 42% of all Americans believe in ghosts. Many even believe they’ve seen a ghost or otherwise had a paranormal experience.
That said, it’s not hard to understand why ghost-centric road trips are such a popular way to spend some time off. If you can actually stay the night at a reportedly haunted location, so much the better! Make sure you keep the following options in mind. Each is not only known for being very haunted, but you can stay there overnight to boot.
1. The Colonial Inn (Concord, Massachusetts)
Not only is Concord’s historic Colonial Inn a fantastic haunted place to stay the night, but one of the ghosts in residence is pretty famous in his own right – Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson himself. If you want to raise your chances of a ghost sighting, you might want to request Room 24 in particular. Once upon a time it was the operating room of one Dr. James Minot, and multiple guests have said they’ve had paranormal experiences while staying there.
2. The Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, Colorado)
If you’ve ever watched Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece The Shining and wished you could stay at the Overlook yourself, then you might want to plan a trip to Colorado’s Stanley Hotel. It’s the very hotel that inspired Stephen King to write the novel the film was based on after he and his wife spent the night there. Although King himself didn’t have any paranormal experiences, many other guests have. Book a stay yourself and see if you meet the notorious “Stinky Man,” hear ghostly laughter, or pick up on the tinkling of an ethereal piano.
3. The Stay on Main (Los Angeles, California)
Once known as the Cecil Hotel, L.A.’s Stay on Main has had a rather notorious reputation for a while – close to a century, to be more specific. At one point, it was the home of notorious killer Richard Ramirez. It’s also been the site of multiple unexplained disappearances (including the disappearance of Elisa Lam), many suicides, and a variety of other unsavory occurrences. In fact, the Stay on Main was the very hotel that inspired the Hotel season of the popular FX series American Horror Story. Book a stay yourself if you dare!
4. The Bourbon Orleans Hotel (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Although the Bourbon Orleans has only actually been a hotel since the mid 1960s, it has a rich history that goes all the way back to 1817. Before it was a place for weary travelers to lay their heads, the building itself has done time as a convent, a ballroom, an orphanage, and a legislative meeting place. It is also considered to be one of the most heavily haunted hotels in all of New Orleans, a city already well known for its numerous haunted locations.
5. The Hawthorne Hotel (Salem, Massachusetts)
If you’re already planning a Halloween trip to Salem for a peek back in time at the city’s notorious witch trial history, why not up the ante by booking a stay at the Hawthorne? It’s said to be home to a number of restless spirits, as guests over the years have reported a variety of chilling encounters, from being touched by unseen hands at night to hearing the crying of phantom children. If you’re a fan of the classic TV show Bewitched, you may also be interested to know that a number of episodes were shot at the Hawthorne.
6. The Omni Grove Park Inn (Asheville, North Carolina)
Asheville is another American city that is well-known for its variety of haunted locations. They include the beautiful Omni Park Inn, which is said to be haunted by a spirit known only as the Pink Lady. Though no one can really agree on the Pink Lady’s origins, she’s almost universally known as a playful ghost. She’s been said to be especially fond of playing pranks, tickling guests feet while they’re sleeping, or deciding to hold their hands at the most random times.
Of course, this is only a handful of America’s most deliciously haunted locations. Discover even more cities, towns, and haunted sites to love with books from Arcadia Publishing’s Haunted America series. Each volume is packed with lodging suggestions, local legends, and chilling origin tales explaining the backstories of the spirits themselves.