No one likes to be scared. Yet, when the Halloween season is upon us, we go out of our way to be scared. A lot of “haunted houses” are created at theme parks and by organizations looking to fundraise. That means folks pay to get scared but it’s all in good fun because at the end of the day everyone knows it is all “fake.” Then there are those places that have a reputation for genuine scares. These would be the spots around the country that have been classified as “haunted.” There might not be actual scientific evidence of these hauntings but there are plenty of stories. Would you spend the night in any one of these haunted spots?
St. Augustine Lighthouse, St. Augustine Florida
A lighthouse is already spooky. The fact that its purpose is to shine a light in a dense fog to prevent shipwrecks portends a lot of eerie connections and the St. Augustine Lighthouse is no exception. Apparently, past lighthouse keepers and two sisters who have actually died at the lighthouse still call it home. Imagine being there on a foggy night with all those ghosts.
Kehoe House, Savannah, Georgia
There are certain cities in the country that are proud to achieve the status of “most haunted.” Savannah would definitely make the top ten on that list. Here is where you’ll find the very gothic Kehoe House. It was once home to the 12-person Kehoe family. Legend has it that two of the Kehoe children died in the mansion. As if that didn’t spook you enough, the house was also the site of the Goette Funeral Home. That is just asking for trouble.
Queen Mary, Long Beach California
The Queen Mary was once a popular cruise ship, albeit a small one compared to today’s floating cities. The Queen Mary said her last voyage on Halloween, 1967. Since then, it has been permanently docked in Long Beach, California. It serves as a party and wedding venue. You can also spend the night there… if you dare. Over its 31-year tenure, there were countless passengers who went to the great beyond while on board. The most prominent of these specters is the “lady in white” who has been witness roaming the ship.
Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
You would expect any old hospital to have its fair share of ghostly sightings. Now imagine a hospital run by a fake doctor. That is what you’ll find at the Crescent Hotel. It was once set up as a hospital by Norman Baker who wasn’t a doctor at all. Today, the “hospital” is now a hotel with the dubious distinction of being named “America’s Most Haunted Hotel.” Apparently, a lot of visitor feels faint when they go on a tour and stand over the spot of what used to be the morgue.
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast, Fall River Massachusetts
In 1892, Lizzie Borden was arrested for the brutal murder of her father and stepmother. The murder was committed with an ax. She was put on trial but was later acquitted. The lore holds that the house itself made Lizzie do it. You can stay overnight at the home where the murders took place. Would you get any sleep?