5 Haunted Places In America You Need to Visit This Halloween

Are you looking for a creepy, spooky, jump-worthy destination to visit this Halloween? We’ve put together a list of some of America’s most haunted locations that are bound to give you the chills this October (and not just because of the changing weather!) Grab a friend or two and get ready to explore these haunted hotels, asylums, houses, and more!

1. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum: Weston, West Virginia

A popular site for well-known ghost hunting shows, this facility was once home to thousands of patients, many of whom never left. The asylum was opened to patients in the mid-1800’s, and while it was designed to only house 250 people, it housed more than 2,000 at its peak.

Due to overcrowding, the living conditions were terrible and patients did not receive the care they deserved. These inhumane conditions led to an increase in violence, such as riots, fires, and of course, murders. The asylum finally closed its doors for good in 1994, but thrill seekers return here year after year to visit the unhappy spirits that still walk the halls. Want to experience these disembodied voices, creepy sounds, and apparitions for yourself? (If you’re really brave you can stay the night.) Check out the Ghost Tours.

Camp nearby at Woodys Tree House

2. Eastern State Penitentiary: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

This once famous stone prison, opened in 1829, was the first in America to implement solitary confinement. A much debated practice, prisoners would spend their days alone in gloomy cells with very little human contact. Even when being moved from one part of the prison to another, the prisoners were forced to wear hoods over their heads so they couldn’t see the other inmates or guards. Some people claim that solitary confinement has the same effects of physical torture, and many say these lonely souls still haunt the cell blocks today.

The penitentiary closed in 1971, but the jail is far from empty. Visitors can tour the prison and experience footsteps, disembodied laughter, and apparitions for themselves. Fall is the perfect time to visit for the facilities “Terror Behind the Walls” event. Rated one of the best haunted houses in the U.S., guests generally leave terrified and dying for more. Check out the haunted house event here.

Take a road trip from Mount Pocono Campground

3. The Myrtles Plantation: St. Francisville, Louisiana

One of America’s most haunted homes, this beautiful sprawling mansion can be dated back to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1796. The house is ornate, charming, lavish…and haunted. The most popular “guest” here is Chloe, a girl who made her first appearance in a photograph in 1992. Since then, many visitors have claimed to see her as well as numerous other spirits (12 to be exact) both inside and outside of the house.

Visitors to the plantation can experience the Evening Mystery Tour on Friday and Saturday nights. You can learn more about the tours and what to expect here.

Plan a haunted road trip from Jude Travel Park in New Orleans

4. St. Augustine Lighthouse: St. Augustine, Florida

Thousands of people visit this historic site every year, and there are a few guests that refuse to leave. Multiple tragedies took place here including the death of the lighthouse keeper (who fell while painting the lighthouse) and three young girls who drowned in the ocean.

You can climb 219 stairs to take in the spectacular view from the top, and if you’re lucky (or unlucky), you might hear the sound of children playing or spot the old lighthouse keeper patrolling the grounds. Guests can participate in the Dark of the Moon paranormal tour and explore the lighthouse, the Keeper’s House, and the surrounding nature trails. Check out the Ghost Tour.

Camp within 5 miles of this haunted location at Compass RV Park

5. Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast: Fall River, Massachusetts

One of America’s first murder cases sensationalized by the media, Lizzie Borden’s name will forever be associated with an axe. In 1892 Lizzie was accused of brutally murdering both her father and stepmother in their home. She was acquitted of the murders in 1893 and continued to live in the town of Fall River until her death in 1927.

Visitors can take daytime tours and special ghost tours of the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum. Guests and paranormal investigators claim to hear whispers, girls giggling, and unseen entities physically touching them or tugging on their clothing. Take a look at the current ghost tours here.

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Jessica Goehring title: Administrator
Jessica is a freelance writer. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, dog, and 6 cats. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and being President of the Introvert Club.