Get Spooky! The 7 Most Haunted Spots to Visit This Halloween

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Scared of things that go bump in the night? Maybe not. Between the kids writing on the wall or the pets leaving surprises around the house, nothing really scares you—or does it? Perfect for Halloween (and road trips), visit these haunted sights - we dare you!

Loretta Lynn Plantation House - 44 Hurricane Mills Rd., Hurricane Mills, Tennessee

Located west of Nashville, Loretta Lynn’s home has garnered a reputation for the paranormal. Bought around 1960, the iconic “Queen of Country” and her husband inhabited the former plantation unaware of its dark history. From Civil War soldiers walking the grounds and camping nearby, to a woman in white moaning over the loss of her child, there has been plenty of unexplained phenomena. 

 

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Waverly Hills Sanatorium - 4400 Paralee Ln, Louisville, Kentucky

This former tuberculosis hospital is one of the most haunted places, with nearly 8,000 deaths on-site, guests have claimed to experience strange lights, phantasms, and shadows moving around corridors and rooms, in addition to doors slamming and floating heads. With the “White Plague” increasing each day, doctors used the sanitarium’s chute to dispose of bodies in an effort to stabilize patient morale, where staff would then transfer them to the nearby cemetery. Today, voices are heard along the eerie passageways, as well as sightings of fast moving shadows along the chute.

 

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Myrtles Plantation - 7747 US-61, St. Francisville, Louisiana

Handprints in mirrors, footsteps, vanishing objects, phantom smells, and gunfire—there are scores of tourists and paranormal investigators that swear to the hauntings at Myrtles. Home to former slaves, owners and their children, several spirits haunt the grounds of this late-18th century planation. Purportedly built atop Indian graves (think Poltergeist), guests and staff have counted 12 restless spirits and witnessed the grand piano playing by itself, repeating one haunting chord.

West Baden Springs Hotel - 8670 IN-56, French Lick, Indiana

Regarded as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” this French Lick hotel is one of the most historical hotels in America. Built at the dawn of the 20th, the hotel is supposedly haunted by former owner, Thomas Taggert. Guests and staff report the entire sixth floor is haunted with footsteps, disembodied voices, and slamming doors. While some claim to have seen Taggert himself roaming the halls, the hotel’s most famous guest is a deceased bellhop in uniform, photobombing precious moments and selfies—totally Instagram that!

 

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Congress Plaza Hotel - 520 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois

Built in 1893, the Congress is Chicago’s most haunted. Guests and staff have seen apparitions on numerous floors and heard disembodied voices in rooms and hallways. Several tourists have mentioned a temperature drop despite efficient heating. The most haunted is Room 441, where guests have reportedly seen a woman manifesting as a shadow at the foot of the bed, kicking guests to stay awake. No room has seen more calls to security or hotel staff than this one.

Winchester Mystery House - 525 S. Winchester Blvd., San Jose, California 

Noted as one of the most famous haunted houses, the home is a mystifying labyrinth constructed from unearthly fear and paranoia by its eccentric owner, Sarah Winchester. Widow of gun magnate, William Winchester, Sarah grew depressed after the sudden death of her husband and child, and became obsessed with the idea that spirits (men who died at the hand of Winchester rifles) were haunting her. To appease them, Sarah consumed her lavish inheritance in order to confuse and discourage spirits by building a maze in the house over the course of a whopping 38 years. Guests and staff have reported moving shadows, disembodied voices, footsteps, and a lone baby crying—cue the shudders! Sarah Winchester’s bedroom is seemingly the most haunted with Sarah even communicating with guests.

 

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Stanley Hotel - 333 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park, Colorado

Red rum, anyone? Built in 1909 by Freelan Stanley, this hotel is arguably one of America’s most haunted and inspired Stephen King’s The Shining. Staff and guests recount hearing parties in the empty ballroom, children running and laughing, disembodied voices and phantom footsteps, as well as “Mrs. Stanley” playing the piano in the hotel’s music room. Here is to guessing that she does not take requests. Some have reported terrifying accounts of unseen hands yanking at clothes, along with numerous guests awakening to find their blankets taken from the bed while they slept and neatly folded. 

 

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Tania Hussain |

Tania Hussain is a native of Toronto and a Hoosier at heart, studying journalism at Ball State University in Indiana. She has a mad love for fine cheese, film, music, and meeting people upon her many travels. When Tania’s not writing at Womanista, she can be found going for long nature runs, rooting for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals, photographing sights and food, or writing for her online magazine, The Hudsucker. She is also a member of the Indy-based, Society of Professional Journalists—one of the oldest organizations in the U.S. that promotes and represents journalists.