Halloween is all about the spooky, the scary, the creepy and the haunted. Throughout the United States, there are some hotels, mansions, penitentiaries and other places that are considered to be the most haunted in the country.
Eastern State Penitentiary– The Eastern State Penitentiary is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was in operation from 1829 to 1971 and was home to famed criminals, like Al Capone. The penitentiary is now a public museum and since June 23, 1965, it was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Eastern State Penitentiary has been featured on MTV’s Fear, SYFY’s Ghost Hunters and Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures and Most Haunted Live. During its operation, the penitentiary saw disease, madness, murder, suicide and torture, making it the perfect spot for the spirits of troubled souls. Some of the eerie sights and sounds include ghostly faces in Cellblock 4 and eerie voices in Cellblock 12.
Hotel Monte Vista– The Hotel Monte Vista is in Flagstaff, Arizona. The hotel was built in 1927 and features 3 floors with 73 rooms and suites. The hotel was the filming site for the 1942 romantic drama movie- Casablanca. There have been some famous people who have spent a night or two at the Hotel Monte Vista, including Anthony Hopkins, Clark Cable and John Wayne. Famous hotel ghost sightings have included a bell boy who talks to guests in the middle of the night.
Lizzie Borden B&B– The Lizzie Borden B&B is in Fall River, Massachusetts. The B&B is the former home of Lizzie Borden; her father, Andrew; her stepmother, Abby and her older sister, Emma. Lizzie Borden was accused of killing her father and stepmother, in the home, on August 4, 1892, but was later acquitted by a jury. In 1996, the house was transformed into the B&B it is today. The B&B’s most requested room is the one where Abby Borden was murdered. Many guests have reported that the spirits of Lizzie, Andrew and Abby still lurk in the home today. Lizzie Borden died from pneumonia on June 1, 1927 at the age of 66.
Moon River Brewing Company- The Moon River Brewing Company is in Savannah, Georgia. It is a bar, brewery, pub and restaurant, established on April 10, 1999. It is the former home of the City Hotel, from 1821 to 1864. It also served as a makeshift hospital during Savannah’s outbreaks of yellow fever in 1820, 1854 and 1876, where hundreds of people died in the building. The Moon River Brewing Company has been featured on SYFY’s Ghost Hunters and Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures. Patrons and staff have reported seeing ghosts and experiencing paranormal activities, including ghosts in the basement and paranormal events on the 2nd floor.
Pittock Mansion- The Pittock Mansion is in Portland, Oregon. The French Renaissance-style mansion was built in 1909 as the private residence of Henry and Georgiana Pittock. Today, the 46-room mansion is a tourist attraction museum and is owned by the Portland Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. Henry Pittock died at the age of 84 in 1919 and Georgiana Pittock died at the age of 72 in 1918. The jubilant spirits of Henry and Georgiana have been reported at the mansion by staff members and museum visitors.
Have you visited any scary, spooky haunted places?