If you’re looking for something a little more daring this Halloween than just a haunted corn maze filled with local teens in cheap makeup, here are some of the most haunted places in the country. You should be able to find at least one of them within driving distance of you. These ten places are guaranteed to scare the living crap out of you. Make your plans now, if you’re brave enough.
Lizzie Borden’s House – Springfield, Mass.
One of the most infamous murders in U.S. history took place within these walls. Borden took an axe and chopped her parents into pieces, thus creating one of the most iconic murder houses of all time. Visitors claimed to have spotted a headless ghost, as well as freaky things with the bed such as indentations of bodies while no one is lying on it.
The Mortuary House – New Orleans, L.A.
This is a good one. Before you can even enter the house, you have to walk through a graveyard and that’s just the beginning. The house is said to be one of the most active locations in the U.S., as far as ghost activity is concerned.
What makes it even more creepy is that the house was owned by a mortician who wanted to unlock the secret to immortality so he experimented with bodies, both living and dead — including draining all of their blood.
The Chandler Estate – Suffolk County, N.Y.
This abandoned waterfront resort was once the home of Marilyn Monroe, but after a fire the estate turned into a boarding house and eventually bulldozed it to the ground.
The remnants are rumored to be the location of satanic rituals where devil worshippers gather, thus the nickname of “Satan’s Trail” was born. Visitors have reported feelings of nausea and dizziness, so if you plan a visit, be prepared.
Waverly Hills Sanitarium – Louisville, Ky.
Waverly Hills is full of terrifying stories. Originally a tuberculosis hospital in the early part of the 20th century, the facilities attempted new treatments of the disease that clearly did not work out.
There were patients dying at such an extreme rate, approximately totaling 63,000, that the hospital built a chute to transport the bodies down the hill without being seen by the other patients. If you visit the building now, you can walk the tunnel as well as visit Room 502, where a nurse was said to have hanged herself.
The Lemp Mansion – St. Louis, Mo.
Not only can you visit the Lemp Mansion, they also allow ghost-hunting tours so you can try to contact the spirit of William Lemp yourself! Lemp committed suicide in 1904 and has been spotted along with a female spirit referred to as the Lavendar Lady and the illegitimate song of Lemp who can be seen peering through the attic window.
If that’s not enough, there are caves under the house known as “The Gates of Hell.” Is this why Nelly wouldn’t shut up about how great St. Louis is in all of his songs?
Belcourt Castle – Newport, R.I.
This place has been an activity hub for paranormal activity, some of which has been documented during the multiple visits from ghost hunters. There have been reports of furniture and objects moving on their own and mirrors where you can’t see your own reflection. If you’re near Rhode Island, it’s definitely worth a visit.
The Amityville Horror House – Amityville, NY
There’s a reason that so many movies have been made about the infamous New York house - it’s extremely creepy. After a family was murdered there in November, 1974 it’s said that swarms of flies and green slime have been spotted inside and pouring out of the house. As of March 2013, the house was back up for sale, but before you consider purchasing it, you may want to read the full story.
Villa Paula Mansion – Miami, FL
Miami is terrifying enough without having a haunted house in the middle of it. The iron gates that stand in front of the mansion have apparently slammed shut on numerous cats, resulting in groundskeepers finding dead kitties in front of the house on numerous occasions.
Ghosts have been spotted throughout the building as well as visitors smelling the scent of roses despite the fact that there hasn’t been a garden there in decades.
The Witch’s Castle – Portland, OR
How could you not be creeped out by a place called The Witch’s Castle? There have been rumors of ghosts battling one another on this Indian burial ground, as well as unexplained flashes of light. On top of that, it looks like something straight out of "The Blair Witch Project."
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The Little Bighorn House – Crow Agency, MT
Built in 1894 out of rocks gathered from the battlefield, this was the site of Custer’s last stand. Many visitors have spotted the ghosts of soldiers and heard horses in the middle of the night as well as lights being turned on and off which is terrible for your electric bill.