9 Scariest Places To Visit This Halloween
Halloween is right around the corner, and that means it’s time again to visit some of the scariest, most haunted places in the US. The following places have incredible histories. Whether they were the areas where gruesome murders occurred, satanic practices took place or simply places infested with ghastly spirits, you’ll certainly be creeped out when visiting any of them.
1. Lizzie Borden House
Fall River, Massachusetts
In 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in this very home, located 50 miles south of Boston. One of the main culprits in this mysterious homicide was Lizzie Borden, daughter to Andrew himself. Although she was acquitted, many people have little doubt that Lizzie was an axe-wielding maniac who had little remorse for what she did, as evidenced by this popular folk rhyme:
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When he saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
Stay at this house and you’ll be served the same breakfast that Andrew and Abby had the day they were murdered. Careful, though; some say Lizzie’s spirit still lurks around, singing a certain popular tune…
2. St. Paul’s Chapel
New York, New York
St. Paul’s chapel is NYC’s oldest public building still in use. During the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, St. Paul’s chapel miraculously came out without a scratch, despite being right across from the World Trade Center towers. Today, it stands as a refuge and memorial site for the lives lost that day.
In addition, the chapel is the final resting place for famous British Actor George Frederick Cooke. In addition to his alcoholism, Cooke was prone to extravagant spending, which led to a mountain of debt. To settle it, Cooke decided that his head would be donated to science after he died. When he did, in 1812, his corpse was decapitated and his tortured soul has reportedly been seen drifting among the cemetery headstones searching for his missing head.
3. Lalaurie House
New Orleans, Louisiana
In 1831, socialite Madame Lalaurie purchased this 3-story house in New Orleans with her husband Dr. Lous Lalaurie. She was a high-flying socialite and one of the wealthier members of society, and owned slaves like many other upper-class families. Unlike other families, however, Madame Lalaurie neglected her duties in providing adequate care for her slaves. In one incident, Lalaurie was seen chasing a child slave through a courtyard and onto a roof, where the frightened soon child fell to her death. Lalaruie was eventually fined and forced to sell them. Of course, her relatives immediately bought the slaves and sold them back to her.
Eventually, angry slaves revolted and started a fire on the Lalaurie compound. Several people had to break down the door to the slave quarters, which caught on fire, and drag the malnourished, mistreated slaves out. Two of them later died from their maltreatment and injuries, while other slaves were found buried within the premises. The citizens were disgusted with Lalaruie’s actions, and chased her out of town after looting her possessions and nearly destroying her house.
The house remains as one of the oldest, and most haunted places in New Orleans- some say that you can easily feel the anguish and suffering that transpired within the household almost 200 years ago.
4. Villisca Ax Murder House
On June 9th, 1912, a gruesome murder took place in the Villisca House that would forever alter the history of this small Iowa town. Josiah Moore and his wife Sarah, along with their four children, went to attend a local church function. Following the event, family friends Lena and Ina Stillinger were invited to stay over the Moore House. After everyone had returned home and went to sleep for the night, an unknown intruder entered the house and used Josiah Moore’s axe to crush and maim the skulls of every person that was staying in the home. No one was ever convicted of hte murders, and the event paralyzed the town with fear for years to come, as the residents suspected one another of being the monster who committed the atrocities.
Today, visitors are allowed to visit and tour the home, having been haunted for over a century by the victims of the murders. Paranormal activities such as flying objects, ghastly voices, and strange noises are said to be common- could it be the anguished spirits of the Moore and Stillinger families, restless after searching endlessly for their killer?
5. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
Weston, West Virginia
Once known as the Weston State Hospital, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was designed to house 250 souls and opened to patients in 1864. However, it became vastly overcrowded, reaching its peak in the 1950’s with 2,400 patients in miserably poor conditions. Hundreds of people died here before the facility closed in 1994. Eventually, changes in the treatment of mental illness and the physical deterioration of the facility forced its closure, inflicting a devastating effect on the local economy, from which it has yet to recover. Spirits are said to haunt the building and grounds today, dating back to the Civil War era when the asylum’s grounds served as a military post.
6. Calcasieu Courthouse
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Calcasieu Courthouse is said to be haunted by Toni Jo Henry, who was the first and only woman to die in the electric chair in Louisiana. In 1942, she was convicted of murdering a man while on her way to break her boyfriend out of a Texas prison. Toni Jo had presumably convinced a man in a pickup truck to give her a ride while she was walking down the highway, and then murdered him in cold blood. Because of her stunning good looks, it took 3 trials for a jury to convict Toni Jo, who had charmed the courtroom and jail staff, dividing the town over her presumed guilt. The murderous beauty, known as Tiger Girl, is said to linger around the courthouse today, where workers swear that they can feel her presence, hear her screams and smell her burning hair. People have also noticed office equipment being tampered with, doors locking on their own and other paranormal activities within this courthouse.
7. St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine lighthouse is a reportedly haunted lighthouse in which a great number of apparitions have been seen lurking around. The ghosts of two girls, said to be the daughters of Hezekiah Pittee, who was in charge of lighthouse construction, have reportedly been seen on the tower catwalk, walking around aimlessly, as if searching for their father. They were killed during a tragic construction accident on the site, and now haunt the tower.
Other apparitions include the ghost of Civil War hero William A. Harn, who was a lighthouse keeper, and a nameless woman, who is often seen standing on the lighthouse stairway, crying out for help. Could they have been victims of a gruesome accident on the lighthouse grounds as well? Or was there a more sinister history behind these ghosts?
Crews of paranormal investigators have found several pieces of evidence of strange activity, including recordings of footsteps, inexplicable shadows, and unknown figures stalking the lighthouse grounds. So overwhelming are the pieces of evidence, that the lighthouse earned the title ‘Mona Lisa of paranormal Sites’.
8. Stanley Hotel
Estes Park, Colorado
The Stanley Hotel, famous for its role in the cult classic movie ‘The Shining’, is one of the most famous haunted places in America. The story of The Shining was inspired by Stephen King’s stay at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado many years ago. King stayed in room 217 and heard ghost children playing in the hallway, piano keys moving and faint music coming from the ballroom. Dozens of spirits are said to haunt the grandiose hotel, as workers and guests have attested to. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to visit the Stanley Hotel and perhaps you will also experience the haunted apparitions that plagued Stephen King when he was there.
9. Whaley House
San Diego, California
In San Diego, California lies a house that has earned the reputation of being the most haunted house in the US. The Whaley House lies on land that was once a cemetary, and has been haunted ever since Thomas Whaley finished its construction in 1857. Since then, a plethora of ghost sitings have been reported. The spirit of a young girl, who was accidentally hanged on the property, is often seen wandering the house. The Whaley’s daughter is reported to have such a realistic form that she is mistaken for a real, live child. Jim Robinson, a thief who was clubbed to death in the house, has also been reported to be heard from the house’s stairway. Author DeTraci Regula shared her experience with the Whaley House:
“Over the years, while dining across the street at the Old Town Mexican Cafe, I became accustomed to noticing that the shutters of the second-story windows would sometimes open while we ate dinner, long after the house was closed for the day. On a recent visit, I could feel the energy in several spots in the house, particularly in the courtroom, where I also smelled the faint scent of a cigar, supposedly Whaley’s calling-card. In the hallway, I smelled perfume, initially attributing that to the young woman acting as docent, but some later surreptitious sniffing in her direction as I talked to her about the house revealed her to be scent-free.”