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Tired of passing out candy year after year at Halloween? Why not do something unique that allows you to get more out of the holiday like you did when you were a kid, only taking it up a notch by taking advantage of the potential to greet some actual ghosts, not just those wearing sheets with the eyes cut out. Many of these vacation rentals are known for their numerous reports of hauntings or are at least located in towns that are well known for things that go bump in the night.
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For a relatively affordable and unforgettable stay in San Francisco, the Queen Anne Hotel is housed within a former girls’ finishing school that opened just after the gold rush of 1849. One of the world’s most haunted hotels, the rooms are lavishly elegant but be aware that you might have an unexpected guest staying with you. The headmistress of the school apparently doesn’t want to give up her job as there have been dozens of reports of a Miss Mary Lake who occasionally appears in a mirror and she’s even tucked some guests into bed. According to the many paranormal experts who’ve checked out the place, she’s a friendly ghost and she’s not the only one here.
Victor has such a small population it’s almost a ghost town with around 430 residents at last count. But it has a very rich mining history that attracted many well-known characters over the years from the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” to then Vice President Theodore Roosevelt who visited in the summer of 1901. The Black Monarch was rebuilt following a devastating fire in 1899, serving as a brothel, casino and saloon. It was launched as a “horror” hotel in May of 2019 – local legend says that the building was not only wired by Nikola Tesla himself, it’s haunted by the ghost of a miner who died in a gunfight.
The hotel has been kept very well-preserved with original tin ceilings, doors, windows, and stairs. Every room is uniquely themed, with decor that includes real oddities, creepy art, authentic taxidermy, and luxurious furnishings. Unlike back in the day, it does have Wi-Fi and TV along with a kitchen, accommodating as many as 16 adventurous guests in seven bedrooms.
A three-bedroom home that can sleep up to 10, Hobo Hill House is an American Foursquare residence built in 1910. It doesn’t look much different than the other houses on the block, but its basement definitely is. In 2017 after a family of four purchased and renovated it, their dream home turned into a nightmare, albeit a profitable one. They decided to turn it into a rental for those interested in the paranormal. Everything from floating apparitions to the TV and lights turning off and on by themselves has occurred.
In a town with a history that involves witches being burned at the stake, you know there’s going to be some hauntings and that includes this buttery yellow Victorian. Picture perfect on the outside, inside, guests often report unusual sightings – in fact, it’s a popular stop on local ghost tours. The owner grew up in the home and has said he’d always sleep with a fan to drown out the footsteps frequently heard during the night when the occupants were all in bed. The ghost has only been seen by a few but has been described as a girl in her mid to late teens. You can rent the entire home which includes five bedrooms, accommodating up to 10 guests.
There are many reasons to stay in Laura’s Cottage. Located in Savannah’s renowned historic district, you’ll be immersed in the city’s history, a place where you can kick back in the rocking chairs on the front porch and watch the horse-drawn carriages clip-clop by. This was also a setting for Robert Redford’s film “The Conspirator,” and a favorite with local ghost tours. Not much is known about “Laura,” the apparition who haunts the place, other than that she enjoyed tending the garden. Today she likes to play with the lights and open the windows.
The historic Laurium Manor Inn is a stunner. The 45 room mansion was built in 1906 for Thomas H. & Cornelia Hoatson, owner of Calumet & Arizona Mining Company, and has been welcoming guests since 1989. There are also a number of characters that are said to linger from its past, so much so it tends to attract many ghost hunters. It’s the perfect opportunity to truly experience how late Victorian-era copper barons once lived, with 11 rooms available for guests, like No. 7 which sits on the 3rd floor. Don’t worry, the ghosts here are unlikely to disturb your peaceful rest. You can also look forward to relaxing on the gorgeous wrap-around front porch and enjoying a fantastic breakfast, included in your stay.
This historic house has been in the same family for five generations and the current owners can tell you all about its hauntings. It’s just a block from downtown Wake Forest and the seminary, providing an ideal location and an opportunity to experience a supernatural event like footsteps upstairs when no one else is there, a shadowy figure who appears in the dining room and kitchen, orbs, and a music box that plays by itself. The guest room has its own entrance, and to date, nothing unusual has occurred there. For those who are interested, the owner will provide a haunted tour.
You’d be hard-pressed to find better than the Governor Meagher cabin for exploring the lively ghost town of Virginia City with hundreds of buildings that date back more than 150 years; in fact, little has changed since they were constructed. And, just a block from the historic district, the log cabin itself is on the Historic Register. With this area built on the hopes of treasure seekers, it’s really no surprise that some of them never left, like the apparition of an older cowboy that likes to saddle up at a Virginia City bar. You’ll enjoy a clean and comfortable stay complete with a full kitchen for everything you need to make your own meals, a grill for cookouts, and free Wi-Fi too.
There are many reasons to visit New Orleans, including its spooky cemeteries, and you’ll find plenty of haunting appeal and elegance in this guest bedroom. A carved cypress staircase leads to the three-story room which includes glittering chandeliers, and the ghost of a girl who resided here for many years, from 1887 through 1915. She’s said to have been injured in an accident that led to her frail health and early death at a young age, possibly while giving birth. This is the room where most of her appearances have occurred which is why it’s known as the Haunted Bedroom. Guests have heard the sounds of lullabies and footsteps when no one is there, the lights seem to turn on and off on their own, objects go missing and reappear in unlikely places, and orbs are commonly seen. Actual figures are sometimes glimpsed too, often described as a young woman in a long dress with dark hair.
Gettysburg is often said to be one of the most haunted places in the entire country. By staying in this Historic Civil War farmhouse, you’ll have only one “living” host (and her multiple pets) who has been residing here for nearly four decades, along with many others who keep her company although they’re only an entirely different plane of reality. She’ll tell you plenty of ghost stories if you’d like to hear them. The farmhouse and barn were used as a Civil War field hospital right after the Battle of Gettysburg, but you’ll enjoy a more pleasant experience accommodated in a spacious, sunny room with a private bathroom. Access to the shared kitchen and family room is included too.
Enjoy a lavish two-room suite at the historic Delaware Hotel which sits in the highest incorporated city in the U.S. at 10,152 feet above sea level. Leadville is surrounded by the Colorado Rockies and not only boasts a breathtaking setting but an interesting history. The hotel itself is considered one of the state’s most haunted. Built in 1886, a woman named Mary Coffey is believed to roam the halls. When she and her husband stayed in 1899, he shot her in a jealous rage and her vision has repeatedly been reported ever since. Look forward to plenty of period details along with modern amenities like Wi-Fi and cable TV too.