Halloween lovers will want to read below for ideas on destinations perfect for the haunted holiday. Discover history, architecture, local culture, and maybe even spot a ghost or two on your travels.
Ellicott City, Maryland
Ellicott City, one of the oldest towns in America, is often referred to as the most haunted city in Maryland. Steeped in history, the region has some hair-raising tales to offer, and you can hear them on a tour with Ellicott City History Tours, a company that offers a variety of experiences and destinations, including haunted pub crawls. Ellicott City is almost 250 years old and is beloved by its residents, including, according to local stories, those who decided to stay even after they passed on.
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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley is a beautiful destination in the fall, and when Halloween rolls around, it’s the perfect time to explore the region’s haunted history. Rumored haunted hot spots in the area include the Easton Library, built on top of an old cemetery, where there have been strange occurrences such as cabinets opening and closing. Moravian Bookshop, America’s oldest bookstore, home to its own ghost sightings, will resume Historic Haunts Bethlehem Ghost Tours in October 2021.
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Known as one of the most haunted cities in America, Salem, Massachusetts is famous for its witch trials, which took place from 1692 – 1693. This was a tumultuous and tragic time in history, and many think that the result is ongoing hauntings at a variety of spots in Salem that were key to the time period of the witch trials. Visitors interested in Salem’s haunted history will want to visit the Old Burying Point Cemetery, where it is rumored that the lost souls of those accused of witchcraft still wander. Visitors to another haunted Salem spot, Proctor’s Ledge, the confirmed sight of the hangings of “witches” have reported apparitions, including a figure known as “The Lady in White”, along with sounds of wailing, orbs, and other experiences not of this world.
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San Jose, California
The Winchester Mystery House is a world-famous destination for its curious history, architecture, and rumored hauntings. To make things extra spooky, All Hallows Eve tours are held on select nights throughout the fall, leading up to Halloween.
From the Winchester Mystery House – This historic, beautiful but bizarre, 160-room Victorian mansion was once the home of Sarah L. Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune. Under construction 24-hours a day for 38 years, the mansion has many mysteries inside. There are doors and windows that open onto walls; doors that open to a 10 foot drop into the gardens; stairs which go nowhere; and employees and guests have reported sightings. It is believed that after the death of her husband and daughter, Mrs. Winchester was convinced by a medium that continuous building would appease the evil spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle, and help her attain eternal life.
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