Haunted Places in the US – A Halloween Treat

Happy Halloween!

You want to know what I love most about Halloween? The fact that starting tomorrow, I can officially start listening to Christmas music! It’s a rule I’ve set for myself otherwise I’ll start in early October.

Since we live about ten miles out of town down a long dirt road flanked by vineyards and farms, we don’t get any trick or treater’s so we’ll probably be nestled all cozy on the couch this evening with some spooky movies and yummy treats.

Growing up I loved Halloween, mainly for all the candy I knew was to come on All Hallows Eve but I also loved the spookiness of it and the month of scary movies on TV. Now, as an adult I can barely get through one without covering my eyes and plugging my ears but when I was younger I loved watching them. The scarier the better.

I thought in the spirit of ghost and goblins I’d share with you what I’ve found in my search for the top haunted cities in the US. Have you ever been in a building and shuttered from the overwhelming eeriness of it?  Do you have a ghost story of your own?

Currently I’m sitting here in our tasting room which happens to be an old theatre. Originally it was two stories and you’d walk in, pay for your ticket in the space that now occupies our tasting room  and then proceed upstairs to watch the movie. In the back alley of the building there is a staircase going down into a basement of sorts which we came to discover was actually an old speakeasy. This is exactly the kind of space I question. Although, I’ve spend several days here all alone and haven’t noticed anything yet.

Anyway, I compiled my list from various sources when I was researching the top haunted places in the US. I picked the places I thought were the most interesting and that I’d love to go on a ghost tour in if I could ever work up the courage.

Hope you have a fun night and be safe and stay warm!

Amanda’s TOP Haunted Cities

1. Alcatraz

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 I have been dying (no pun intended) to go to Alcatraz. I almost had the opportunity back in September but ended up staying home while D went to San Francisco on business. Home to some of the most incorrigible criminals and mobsters, Alcatraz is rich in ghostly history. Being on a island, inmates on Alcatraz were rumored to being tortured, stripped of their clothing and left in pitch black cells with nothing more then a mattress to sleep on. It’s no wonder the bone-chilling stories that go with this prison are dark and creepy.

2. Portland, Oregon

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I suppose it’s not too reassuring that the most haunted cities is in my own backyard; Portland. A mere 45 minutes north of where I live, Portland is considered to be the most haunted city in the Pacific Northwest. Yikes! There is the famous Shanghai tunnels where it’s believe men and women of Portland were kidnapped and transported through the tunnels to be sold into slavery in Asia. And of course there is the hotel those of us who read Fifty Shades of Grey have come to know very well, the Heathman, with specific rooms, 703, 803, 303, 1003…see any theme? It’s speculated that someone jumped to his or her death and now haunts the rooms they passed on the fall, those ending in 03′s. Yikes! Remind me to ask for a room change if I ever stay there and get one of those rooms!

3. Waverly Hills Sanatorium

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Everything about this place freaks me out. Originally a sanatorium for patients with Tuberculosis, so many deaths occurred regularly that they devised a ‘body chute‘, an enclosed tunnel for the dead that led from the hospital to the railroad tracks at the bottom of the hill. Using a motorized rail and cable system, the bodies were lowered in secret to the waiting trains. Closed in 1961, Waverly Hills was reopened a year later as Woodhaven Geriatrics Sanitarium and over the years many stories have circulated regarding the mistreatment and unusual experiments done on patients. In 1982 the facility closed for good but it makes you realize, after all the pain, ‘torture’ and death, it’s no wonder this place is one of the top haunted sites in the states. I think I’ll stay as far away from this place as possible!

4. Gettysburg

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I mean, how can I NOT put down Gettysburg? I’ve wanted to go to Gettysburg for as long as I can remember because of the rich history that lies there but I’m not sure I could muster up the nerve to actually stay at hotel there. From the sounds of it, most have tales of ghost and apparitions that I’m okay not seeing in this lifetime. There is actually an annual Gettysburg Ghost Conference held there!  Yikes!

5. Salem, MA

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I think one of my favorite things to learn about in grade school was anything historical about how humans treated other humans. I suppose that is why I inevitably majored in Psychology. I remember being fully engrossed when we learned all about the Salem Witch Trials. Can you imagine who would be considered a ‘witch’ today if they still prosecuted women {and men} for this?

6. Hotel del Coronado

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This one I have actually been to! Once with my mom and once with my dad and it is by far one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve seen. There are stories of  the ghost of Kate Morgan, a young woman who checked into the hotel over Thanksgiving weekend under an alias, stayed a few nights, and killed herself on the steps of the hotel leading to the ocean, still haunting the halls. I didn’t see her when I was there but I could definitely feel the history of the hotel that was built in 1888! Can you believe that? I can’t even imagine being part of the crew who built this by hand.

I know there are SO many more and I didn’t even touch on the south! This list could be a lot longer but this is just a taste of some of the spooky, ghostly stories  of our country’s rich history.

What would you add to the list? I’d love to hear your ghost stories and spooky places!

Comments

  1. kate@stillroomtogrow says:

    I am a new follower! We stayed at Hotel Del Conrado a few years ago and it was a bit spooky. At the 3 in the morning the fire alarms went off and we all had to evacuate the building, but a fire was never found….creepy!

  2. Teri Capalby says:

    Great post hon, Happy Halloween honey…many great memories of you and your brothers in your costumes and all the fun we had trick or treating through the years….

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