7 Terrifying Tales From the World’s Most Haunted Museums, From the Red Man of the Louvre to Monet’s Restless Ghost in Cleveland by Katie White

Happy Halloween!

Who stalks the halls of the palaces of the Louvre? (Photo by Francois LE DIASCORN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Who stalks the halls of the palaces of the Louvre? (Photo by Francois LE DIASCORN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Filled with prized paintings, storied treasures, and, yes, sometimes even mummies, museums are a natural haunt for otherworldly spirits.

Legends abound in the museum world of artistic spirits like Frida Kahlo roaming Casa Azul and a spectral lady in white spooking MoMA employees. Many museums have even publicly acknowledged the visitations. 

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo played into ghostly rumors when it opened a “Haunted House” gallery for kids filled with eerie paintings. (The eyes move in one picture; in another, a pair of hands emerge from the face of Mona Lisa). 

But we’re not talking about kids’ stuff. This Halloween, we’ve compiled seven of the most notorious museum hauntings, ranked from those that give slight goosebumps to ones that are totally hair-raising. 

Read on—if you dare…

 The Met’s Creepy Crypt

Does the ghost of a girl haunt the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Image by Mark B. Schlemmer.

Does the ghost of a girl haunt the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Image by Mark B. Schlemmer.

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the Boos: The Upper East Side of Manhattan has every kind of doctor imaginable, including (and why not?) a duo of self-proclaimed ghost doctors. Over the years, the paranormal experts Dr. Pete and Dr. Stew have made numerous visits to the Met equipped with essential ghost-hunting gear, including EVP monitors and dowsing rods (never mind how those got through security). Over the years, the doctors have captured some spine-tingling sounds emanating from the galleries, and, on a 2013 ghost-hunting expedition with the Observer, the doctors seemed to have channeled a spirit in the European sculpture and decorative arts wing.

A Ghostly Girl: Elsewhere in the museum, at the Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, the phantom of a young girl has been seen running down the halls, her giggling and chatter giving unexpected frights to studious art historians and curators. According to museum lore, she’s believed to be the daughter of a long-ago employee.

Monet Manifests in the Midwest 

This honest-to-god photo of Monet was snapped by museum staff at the Cleveland Art Museum. Courtesy of the Cleveland Art Museum.

This honest-to-god photo of Monet was snapped by museum staff at the Cleveland Art Museum. Courtesy of the Cleveland Art Museum.

Guest Appearance: While curators were busy finalizing the installation of the Cleveland Art Museum’s 2015 exhibition “Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse,” the famed Impressionist painter of waterlilies himself appears to have paid an unexpected visit.

On the balcony overlooking the galleries stood a man with Monet’s characteristic salt-and-pepper beard and bowler hat. A photo of the figure was snapped by the museum’s director of design and architecture, Jeffrey Strean, showing the illusory artist just above a strikingly similar vintage photo of Monet. 

Staff Support: The Cleveland Museum claims the sighting is the real deal. Soon after the story emerged, Caroline Guscott, communications director for the museum, asked the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “What are the chances someone looks like that and happens to be at the museum the day we are finishing installation?” 

Not Their First Seance: Besides Monet, museum visitors from the afterlife have included the former museum director, William Mathewson Milliken, spotted sporting a tweed jacket and wandering the oldest sections of the museum. A likeness of the subject of Jacques André Joseph’s Portrait of Jean-Gabriel du Theil at the Signing of the Treaty of Vienna has supposedly been seen gazing at his portrait (we hope he likes it?). In 2010, the museum published a blog post recounting a few of the most frequent fantastical tales.

Restless Relics at the British Museum

A statue of the goddess Sekhmet is one of many objects in the collection of the British Museum believed to have other-worldly powers. Courtesy of the British Museum.

A statue of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet is one of many objects in the collection of the British Museum believed to have other-worldly powers. Courtesy of the British Museum.

Ghost Gossip?: With millions of artworks and artifacts spanning millennia, it seems like merely a game of odds that there would be at least one spook wafting around the British Museum—at least that’s what Noah Angell, an American-born artist, supposed when he started researching hauntings at the museum back in 2016.

Years later, his list of stories, told to him mostly by museum guards, keeps growing.

“Most of the people that I’ve gathered these stories from… don’t self-identify as believing in ghosts,” he told the Economist. “For the most part, these visitor-services and security people are working-class blokes and they don’t make a fuss unless something really serious is going on… But what they all seem to agree on, as the sort of folk belief of the museum worker, is that objects hold energy.”

A Ghoulish Guard Dog: In one story, a security guard found himself inexplicably captivated by a 19th-century wooden Congolese sculpture of a dog. Sensing that the sculpture had inanimate powers, he pointed his finger towards it—and fire alarms in the gallery allegedly went off on cue. Other tales include ones of haunted stairwells, a crying caryatid from the Elgin Marbles, and secret powers from statues of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet.

Unhappy Objects: Angell offered an alternative perspective on the repatriation of objects from Western museums, alluding to the possibility that the objects themselves may be uneasy in their current settings, particularly when ritual and ceremonial purposes are neglected.

“In the conventional discourse around repatriation… contested objects are like pawns. They may be fantastic and big and old, but essentially they are being employed as a symbolic wedge, which two countries with grievances against each other can use to get what they want,” Angell said. “These stories seem to suggest that the objects themselves are restless.”

Aaron Burr’s Widow Wanders a Manhattan Mansion

Yinka Shonibare, The Ghost of Eliza Jumel (2015) at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, New York. Photo: Trish Mayo, courtesy Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Yinka Shonibare, The Ghost of Eliza Jumel (2015) at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, New York. Photo: Trish Mayo, courtesy Morris-Jumel Mansion.

The Mysterious Mansion: In the northern stretches of Manhattan lies the Morris Jumel Mansion, a mid-18th-century Federal-style home that sometimes hosts art exhibitions. Along with the home’s era-specific furnishings comes one apparent epoch-appropriate apparition: Eliza Jumel, Aaron Burr’s widow, who lived in the home when she died in 1865, then one of the richest women in New York City. 

A Wretched Wraith: In her day, Jumel was known as a preternaturally shrewd businessperson. Born in a brothel as the daughter of a prostitute, she ascended to the height of American society. Gossip was always at her heels as she garnered power and wealth, through marriages, lies, and her own acumen. She was also a keen collector of art.

Jumel was rumored to have murdered Burr (no lamb himself) for his money—their divorce was meant to be finalized the day of his death. Her first husband, too, died under suspicious circumstances, falling on a pitchfork in their basement. Following her own passing, Jumel’s ghost stubbornly wouldn’t leave the house. 

Artist’s Conjuring: Several years ago, the museum hosted a Yinka Shonibare exhibition that included a headless figure meant to evoke Eliza Jumel’s ghost. The museum seems to agree something uncanny is afoot, and often hosts paranormal investigations that are open to the public.  

Lore at the Louvre 

Girolamo della Robbia, Catherine de Medici funerary statue (1567). Collection of the Louvre.

Girolamo della Robbia, Catherine de Medici funerary statue (1567). Collection of the Louvre.

Bloody Beginnings: Long before the Louvre was a museum, it was a fortress with beginnings dating back to the 12th century. With such august origins, no doubt the building itself has been home to more than a few unfortunate endings—and a running list of its own startling tales. 

The Queen’s Butcher: The Louvre’s most infamous apparition is that of Jean l’Ecorcheur— Jack the Skinner.

A butcher by trade, he became a favorite henchman of Queen Catherine de Medici in the 16th century. Suspecting he knew just one too many secrets about the royal family, the cunning queen had him murdered.

It is said that, from beyond the grave, Jean l’Ecorcheur returned to haunt the royal family, living in the palaces of Louvre. Nicknamed the Red Man of the Tuileries, he can still be spotted dressed in red, moving about the museum and the nearby gardens. Napoleon claimed to have seen his likeness in 1815. 

A Bogeyman Bell Tower at the San Francisco Art Institute

The San Francisco Art Institute. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The San Francisco Art Institute. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Tower of Terror: Even Quasimodo would be hightailing out of this bell tower. The San Francisco Art Institute’s bell tower is a hotbed of paranormal comings and goings—so much so that they’ve cordoned the tower off from the public. 

Decades of Disturbance: The first significant occurrence came in the 1940s. A student needing to pay for this schooling took a job as a night watchman, and, pinching pennies, worked out an arrangement to live in the tower as well. One night, the student reported hearing what he believed was an intruder running up the stairs. Alarmed, he prepared to bludgeon the invader, but when the door swung open, no one was there (!). Nevertheless, the footsteps continued out to the observation deck. Following this incident, the institute received intermittent reports of unusual activity, but the ghost settled down… at least for a while. 

Damning Decision: Don’t disturb the dead is horror-movie 101. Nevertheless, in the 1960s, the school went ahead and began renovations on the bell tower. Supernatural reprisal is said to have commenced in the form of disembodied screams, destroyed equipment, and falling objects. Construction workers complained of many unsettling events, with the company ultimately quitting the job. 

Artistic Inspiration: While the bell tower has been largely off-limits, the school has allowed psychics to perform occasional seances on site. One psychic claimed to have had a vision of a graveyard at the base of the bell tower—which might just be true. According to research, the graveyard was built over following the 1906 earthquake. In 2017, SFAI leaned into the creepy factor by hosting an exhibition inspired by the hauntings titled “Ghost Of The Tower.” 

Buried at the Museum, the Smithsonian’s Founder Wanders the Halls 

James Smithson was buried in Italy before his body was moved to the United States.

James Smithson was buried in Italy before his body was moved to the United States.

Ghost in Residence: James Smithson, the founding donor of the Smithsonian Institute, has been spotted wandering the organization’s “Castle,” home to its administrative and information headquarters, on numerous occasions. This starts to make a lot of sense when you learn that Smithson’s remains have been interred at the museum since 1904.

Afterlife Investigation: Smithson’s frequent appearances were supposedly causing such a ruckus that, in 1973, his remains were briefly disinterred for investigation. His skeleton was, in fact, still safely in its coffin—though that’s to say nothing of his spirit. (Other motives for the disinterment might have been to search for documents rumored to have been buried with him… but we choose to believe otherwise.)

No Rest for the Weary: The English Smithson died without ever visiting the United States, despite his eagerness to help fund the new institution. He was buried for the first time in Genoa after he passed away in 1829. But attempting to right that perceived injustice, Alexander Graham Bell arranged to have his body exhumed and brought to the US in 1903—meaning that Smithson has been exhumed not once, but twice. It’s no wonder his spirit can’t settle down.

Working the Graveyard Shift: Smithsonian enthusiasts never seem to want to leave. As early as 1900, the Washington Post mentioned sightings of Spencer Fullerton Baird, the museum’s first curator, seen wandering the museum’s hall. Another regular: the famed paleontologist Fielding B. Meek, who lived in one of the museum’s castle towers with his cat and died there in 1876. Other sightings include the explorer Emil Bessels and secretary Joseph Henry, both lifelong devotees of the institution.

Article Source – News.artnet.com

10 Most Haunted States In America (You Won’t Believe The Scariest) by Laura Begley Bloom

Do you love a haunted house or a good ghost story? Just in time for spooky season, the website SlotSource.com has issued a spine-tingling report on the most haunted states in America. Compiled using findings from Ghosts of America, the list ranks the states that are home to the scariest hauntings and most phantasmagoric happenings in the country.

Coming in at the top of the list is Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas—even the ghost sightings—which is probably why the Lone Star State was named the most haunted state in America. In fact, its residents have witnessed a whopping 6,845 paranormal activitiessince 2005. California is second on the list, with 6,444 reports since 2005. Ohio comes in third with 2,555 sightings.

So what makes a place haunted? “You’ll see unexplained shadows or movements in the side-vision of your eyes, or soft whispers of a conversation near you and no one is there,” the Psychic Medium Sisters tell SlotSource. Other telltale signs: cold spots, creepy sensations or the feeling that you’re being watched.

Ghosts don’t float your boat? Then the place for you is Delaware, which came in last on the list, thanks to the fewest apparitions in the United states.Recommended For You

Here, we take a look at the top 10 scariest states and some of the spookiest highlights. Spoiler alert: If you want to sleep easy tonight, stop reading now.

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A black and white image of The Alamo in San Antonio—the most haunted city in Texas. GETTY

1. Texas: Texas tops the list of the most haunted state in America. After all, this is the home of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and spooky spots like Marfa. Way out west in the middle of nowhere, this tumbleweed town has a reputation for its cool art scene and the mysterious Marfa Lights. People started spotting these unexplained colorful glowing orbs back in the 19th century.

Spooky Spot: Remember the Alamo? Seems that ghosts do, too. Many people say San Antonio is the most haunted city in Texas—and with good reason, since it was the setting for one of the deadliest battles in America. Explore the city on foot with Ghost City Tours or stay at the Emily Morgan Hotel, where you’ll find spirits roaming the halls. The property once housed a morgue and a psychiatric ward and is now known for its paranormal activity.

Most Haunted Hotel: The man who built Austin’s Driskill hotel loved the place so much he never wanted to leave: He still haunts the grounds, along with the ghost of a Texas senator’s 4-year-old daughter who fell to her untimely death on the hotel’s grand staircase.

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Los Angeles is one of the most haunted cities in America. GETTY

2. California: Second on the list of most haunted places, California is known for its superstars and supernatural side—especially at places like Eureka’s Fort Humboldt State Historic Park. Here, hikers report seeing the ghost of a dead commander staring at them through the hospital windows.

Spooky Spot: You could say that the city of angels is also the city of ghosts. Los Angeles is a hotbed of spookiness, the most star-studded being Hollywood’s Hotel Roosevelt, where former guests Marilyn Monroe and actor Montgomery Cliff still hang around the property.

Most Haunted Hotel: Known as the “haunted ship,” the Queen Mary is a cruise liner from the 1930’s that’s now docked in Long Beach, operating as a hotel. The property embraces its spooky side with ghost-hunting tours. One of the most haunted rooms is Stateroom B340, which has had so many scary episodes that it was closed off for many years.

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The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield—as creepy today as it was in 1911. (Photo by ullstein … [+] ULLSTEIN BILD VIA GETTY IMAGES

3. Ohio: Third on the list, Ohio is rife with paranormal stories, from the Twin City Opera House in the tiny town of McConnelsville—where something hides behind the curtains—to Mansfield’s Ohio State Reformatory, which hosts regular ghost hunts and was the setting for the Shawshank Redemption.

Spooky Spot: Flickering candles, flying objects, scary screams—Waynesville has been called the most haunted town in Ohio. Check it out via The Museum at the Friends Home, which runs Ghostly History Walking Tours.

Most Haunted Hotel: Newbury’s Punderson Manor used to be an estate in the 19th century and later became a girls camp. These days, the hotel looks welcoming enough with its Tudor mansion and hillside cabins. But it’s so haunted that psychic mediums and paranormal investigators often visit to check out the otherworldly happenings.

Haunted Presque Isle Lighthouse On The Shores Of Lake Huron In Michigan
Michigan is home to a number of spooky lighthouses, like The Presque Isle Lighthouse on the coast of … [+] GETTY

4. Michigan: From Detroit’s Michigan Central Station (a truly haunted building that hosts an annual spooktacular event) to a number of haunted lighthouses, Michigan has its share of creepy tales, earning it a high spot on the list.

Spooky Spot: Part of an island chain in Lake Michigan, South Manitou Island has beautiful dunes and legends of dead sailors who were buried alive and still haunt the place.

Most Haunted Hotel: Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel is known for its front porch—the world’s longest—and its ghostly guests. Keep an eye out for a man in a top hat who likes to play the piano in the bar or a woman in Victorian clothing who sometimes climbs into people’s beds.

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Chicago’s Congress Plaza—the most haunted hotel in the city. (Photo by: Education Images/Universal … [+] UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP VIA GETTY IMAGES

5. Illinois: There’s been plenty of strange and unexplained phenomena in the Prairie State, which is why Illinois ranked fifth on the list.

Spooky Spot: Do you love a road trip? How about a haunted road trip? This route is only for the most daring, going from Bloods Point Cemetery near Rockford to the haunted Cahokia Mounds way south of Springfield.

Most Haunted Hotel: It is said that the gangster Al Capone haunts Chicago’s Congress Plaza Hotel, but he’s not the scariest permanent resident. Staffers often report sightings of a 6-year-old boy whose mother threw him out of a 12th story window. And in Room 441, a female ghost kicks guests while they’re sleeping.

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A bird’s-eye view of Bloomington and the campus of Indiana University, which is rumored to have many … [+] GETTY

6. Indiana: The Hoosier state is known for corn, basketball—and hauntings.

Spooky Spot: Don’t like ghosts? You might want to avoid Indiana University in Bloomington. The campus is crawling with paranormal activity, from the Career Center, where babies are sometimes heard crying, to the Indiana Memorial Union, which is haunted by a ghostly dog.

Most Haunted Hotel: Spas, golf courses…and ghosts? French Lick Springs Hotel is a resort getaway that is haunted by its founder, Thomas Taggart, who still enjoys soaking in the property’s onsite mineral springs and likes to hold parties in an empty ballroom. Housekeepers also find blood in a bathtub where a jilted bride took her life.

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Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia—a landmark 19th century prison with crumbling walls and … [+] GETTY

7. Pennsylvania: You might want to call it paranormal Pennsylvania. This state has plenty of terrifying tales, from Eastern State Penitentiary, which celebrates its past with spooky tours, to the Hell’s Hollow Wildlife Adventure Trail, which is as scary as its name would suggest.

Spooky Spot: During a deadly Civil War battle, more than 50,000 men perished at Gettysburg—so it’s no wonder this is one of the most haunted spots in the state, if not America. Hear stories about the spirits who still lurk here on one of the Ghostly Images of Gettysburg Ghost Tours. Or stay at the Gettysburg Hotel, where a Confederate nurse walks the hallways.

Most Haunted Hotel: In the charming town of New Hope, the Logan Inn has been creeping out its guests since 1722. The spookiest room is Number 6, where you can often smell the lavender perfume worn by the mother of a former owner and hear crying at night.

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Guthrie—the most haunted town in Oklahoma. GETTY

8. Oklahoma: This state’s spooky side includes haunted military forts, Big Foot sightings and a demon calledZozo.

Spooky Spot: It has been said that Guthrie—one of the oldest towns in the state—is the spookiest place in Oklahoma. There are at least eight haunted locations, from the Stone Lion Inn, inhabited by the spirit of an 8-year-old girl, to the Blue Bell, a onetime bordello where the former madame and some of her clients still make their presence known.

Most Haunted Hotel: The Skirvin Hilton Hotel is not only the oldest hotel in Oklahoma City, it’s also a place where its ghosts are said to have caused basketball teams, including the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, to lose games.

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There’s so much more to spooky New York than the Headless Horseman. (Photo by FOX Image Collection … [+] FOX IMAGE COLLECTION VIA GETTY IMAGES

9. New York: When you think “spooky,” the Headless Horseman—who roamed the Hudson Valley searching for his head—immediately springs to mind. But that was just a made-up character. The Empire State has plenty of real ghosts to discover.

Spooky Spot: You can’t get away from ghosts in New York—especially in Manhattan. Many visitors to the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights claim that they see strange things and hear voices. And then there’s the House of Death at 14 West 10th Street, where Mark Twain once lived and documented many supernatural experiences. Twain still haunts the place, along with 21 other ghosts.

Most Haunted Hotel: Lake George’s Sagamore hotel has been a favorite vacation spot since it was built in 1883; so it’s no wonder so many spirits continue to lurk here, including a silver-haired woman wearing a polka-dot dress and ghostly children who are sometimes spotted on the golf course.

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A town street in Colonial Williamsburg, which is said to be haunted. GETTY

10. Virginia: Given Virginia’s rich past, it’s no surprise that the state has such a ghostly present.

Spooky Spot: Colonial Williamsburg is a great place to soak in American history and meet some captivating ghosts. One of the most notorious is Lady Ann Skipwith, who broke a heel right before she took her own life. Now, people touring the George Wythe House sometimes hear the sound of a heel banging on a staircase.

Most Haunted Hotel: One of the most elegant hotels in Hunt Country, the Black Horse Inn used to be a Civil War hospital. Today’s guests report visions of wounded soldiers and even a laughing nurse wandering through the hotel.

Article Source – Forbes.com

Watch the Osbournes Go Ghost Hunting in ‘Night of Terror’ Trailer by Kory Grow

Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack will go in search of haunts at a Los Angeles museum in an upcoming two-hour special

Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack Osbourne navigate darkened hallways in search of haunts in the trailer for the upcoming two-hour TV special, The Osbournes: Night of Terror.

The family, of course, add their own spin on things. Channeling Poltergeist, Ozzy and Sharon exclaim, “Weee’re baaack,” at the start of the clip, and Jack, who hosts his own ghost-hunting show Portals to Hell, explains that he wanted to show the family what interests him about encountering the paranormal. In many of the scenes, Kelly runs around in terror, and when Jack asks the family if they’re ready for the experience, Ozzy says, “Fuck no.” The two-hour special will air on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m. ET on October 30th.

The family filmed the special at the supposedly haunted Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. Jack and Kelly do most of the exploration while their parents monitor their actions from a basecamp.

“Most families go pumpkin picking around Halloween; the Osbournes — we go ghost hunting,” Jack said in a statement. “My family has always been intrigued by my work in the paranormal, so I decided it was time for them to experience it themselves. Heritage Square is a very haunted location that not many people outside of Los Angeles know about — everyone is in for a real treat. Expect crazy paranormal activity, creepy encounters — especially with Kelly — classic Osbourne humor, and naturally, a few guest appearances from the dogs.”How To Host a Safe and Spooky Halloween Movie Night During the 2020 QuarantineTips to throw the ultimate themed movie night.Ad By SPY See More

Earlier this year, the family premiered a new TV series, The Osbournes Want to Believe, on which Jack shows his parents found footage of supposed ghosts, possessions, UFOs, and other unexplained phenomena. “Jack came up with the idea, and I said to him, ‘I don’t believe in this shit,’” Ozzy told Rolling Stone. “So he said, ‘Trust me. I’ll have you believing.’ And it’s true. Some of it is very compelling.”

Article Source – RollingStone.com

This centuries-old Irish ghost story will give you all the chills ahead of Halloween

An Irish ghost returning from the dead in warning makes this super creepy tale one of Ireland’s greatest ghost stories for Halloween.

The creepy Irish ghost tale of Lord Tyrone and Lady Beresford.The creepy Irish ghost tale of Lord Tyrone and Lady Beresford. ISTOCK

This is probably the most well-known ghost story in Ireland – from a childhood pact becomes a ghostly presence. This one will haunt you…

A manuscript of this story was found in Curraghmore, Co Waterford. The story was recorded by Lady Betty Cobbe, the granddaughter of Lady Beresford, sometime in the 1700s.

Lord Tyrone and Lady Beresford were born with the names John Le Poer (sometimes spelled ‘Power’) and Nichola Sophia Hamilton. As children, they were orphans and raised by an atheist guardian who was determined to convert the children to his atheist views.

The children continued to believe in heaven and a never-ending life so they made a pact with each other. They decided that the first of the siblings to die would reappear to the other, thus proving that there was life after death.

Nichola eventually married Sir Tristam Beresford, the oldest son of Richard, Earl of Tyrone, and Lady Dorothy Annesley, daughter of Arthur, Earl of Anglesey.

One night she woke up to find her foster-brother standing beside her bed. He told her that he had just died, reminding her of their childhood pact.

The spirit of her foster-brother then told her of future events. He told her that her husband would die and she would re-marry, that she would have four children, and that she would die on the day she turned 47.

Terrified and doubting that her vision was real, she asked her foster-brother if this was real. He grabbed her wrist causing it to shrink and wither. From that day forth, she wore a black silk ribbon to hide the deformity.

Everything that her foster-brother had predicted came true except for her death. She did not die on her 47th birthday.

On her 48th birthday, Lady Beresford decided to celebrate the occasion with some friends. They included a clergyman who was an old family friend.

At the party, she exclaimed, “I am 48 today.”

The clergyman replied, “No, my dear, you are 47.”

When she questioned how he knew this he said that he had looked at the registry of her birth only days before. She cried, “You have signed my death warrant!”

She went to her chamber, made out her will, and died that night.

*Originally published in 2016, updated in October 2020.

Article Source – IrishCentral.com

Who You Gonna Call? It’s Time to Go Ghost Hunting by Marcia Wendorf

If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, we’ve got you covered with everything you’ll need to go ghost hunting and some of the best places to find ghosts.

In October 2019, the website YouGov published the results of their survey which showed that 45% of Americans believe in ghosts. The survey also determined that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to believe in ghosts.

Are ghosts real?

One of the foundations of physics is the First Law of Thermodynamics, which states that, “energy can be transformed from one form to another, but can be neither created nor destroyed.” And thanks to Albert Einstein, we also know that matter and energy are related.

We know that when we die, some of our “energy” is released into the environment in the form of heat. If we are buried, some of our energy is transferred to worms and bacteria, however, is it possible that some portion of our energy continues on in some as yet unknown form?

In 2014, Christopher French, a professor of psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London described in The Atlantic how there is an “emotional motivation” for people to want to believe in ghosts. French told the publication, “The vast majority of us don’t like the idea of our own mortality. Even though we find the idea of ghosts and spirits scary, in a wider context, they provide evidence for the survival of the soul.”

Real ghost stories

Stories of ghostly encounters abound. In a story reported in The New York Times, one afternoon in 1953, on Long Island, three children were watching Ding Dong School on TV when the ghostly face of a woman appeared on the screen. The face remained even after the TV was turned off. In desperation, the children’s father turned the television to face the wall.

Spirit photography was all the rage in late 19th-century Britain, with proponents including none other than the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In fact, Doyle published a book in 1922 supporting spirit photography entitled, The Case for Spirit Photography.

In a group photograph taken in 1919 of Sir Victor Goddard’s Royal Air Force squadron, a ghostly face appears next to the airman in the top row, fourth from the left. The face is that of Freddy Jackson, a mechanic who had been killed two days prior to the photo being taken.

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WWI Royal Air Force squadron Source: Perfectfa/Wikimedia Commons

In 1936 in Norfolk, England, the photo below was taken of “The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall.” The Brown Lady is thought to be Lady Dorothy Walpole, sister of Britain’s first Prime Minister Robert Walpole. Supposedly, after she had an affair with another man, her husband Charles Townshend locked her up in Raynham Hall, where she remained until her death.

The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall Source: Captain Hubert C. Provand/Wikimedia Commons

Ghostly voices, or electronic voice phenomenon (EVP), were first recorded in the late 1950s when the painter Friedrich Jürgenson discovered ghostly voices on tape recordings he had made of birds singing in his garden. In the late 1960s, a professor of psychology at Sweden’s Uppsala University, Konstantin Raudive, recorded over 100,000 EVPs, some in a laboratory that was impervious to radio frequency signals.

The peculiar messages Raudive captured from the hereafter included, “Here is night brothers, here the birds burn” and “Secret reports … it is bad here.” In 1971, an English translation of Raudive’s findings were published in the book, Breakthrough: An Amazing Experiment in Electronic Communication with the Dead.

Hunting for ghosts

Ghost hunting officially got its start in 1882 with the formation of Britain’s Society of Psychical Research (SPR). Early members included renowned chemist Sir William Crookes, physicist Sir Oliver Lodge, physiologist and Nobel laureate Charles Richet, and the “Father of American psychology” William James.

The stated purpose of the SPR was “to approach these varied problems without prejudice or prepossession of any kind, and in the same spirit of exact and unimpassioned inquiry which has enabled science to solve so many problems, once not less obscure nor less hotly debated.”

Today, there are ghost hunting groups located all around the world. In the U.S. they include “A Midwest Haunting,” based in Macomb, Illinois, “Ghosts of Ohio”, and “Idaho Spirit Seekers”. You can even take tours of haunted places, and we’ve included some of the most famous below.

Two guys from Roto-Rooter

Over the last 15 years, there has been a large increase in interest in ghost hunting, which can be traced to the television program Ghost Hunters. The series began airing on the Syfy Channel in October 2004, and due to its popularity, Ghost Hunters has continued to be shown in one incarnation or another to this day.

The original stars of Ghost Hunters were Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson, who plied their ghost hunting trade by night, and by day were plumbers for the Roto-Rooter company. In 1990, the two men had formed The Atlantic Paranormal Society, or TAPS, which is headquartered in ‎Warwick, Rhode Island. Besides hunting for ghosts in the U.S., TAPS members have also searched for ghosts in Canada, Ireland, and the UK.

A spin-off television series, Ghost Hunters Academy, which aired from 2009 to 2010, featured two additional TAPS members, Dave Tango and Steve Gonsalves. Both series displayed the types of equipment needed to pursue ghosts, and you might be surprised to learn that all of that equipment can be found at your local electronics store or through Amazon, we have some recommendations below you can reach through the source links.

Your ghost hunting arsenal

Before setting out to search for ghosts, you should probably pack the following:

1. A digital audio recorder – ghosts are apparently a loquacious lot, and their murmurings are known as electronic voice phenomena, or EVP. 

Who You Gonna Call? It's Time to Go Ghost Hunting
Recorder Source: Amazon

2. Headphones – to listen to EVPs, it’s best to use a pair of headphones rather than earbuds. That’s because headphones block out any extraneous sounds.

EVP headphones
EVP headphones Source: Amazon

3. Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) gauge – ghosts apparently cause fluctuations in the magnetic field, which an EMF gauge can pick up. Be aware that EMF gauges can also pick up signals from electrical outlets, wi-fi, and appliances.

EMP detector
EMP detector Source: Amazon

4. Digital infrared camera – will allow you to see in total darkness, and it just might pick up the image of a pesky ghost or two in the process.

Digital infrared camera
Digital infrared camera Source: Amazon

5. Digital thermometer – ghosts are said to be associated with sudden drops in temperature, so a digital thermometer should make sure that you don’t miss a cold spot.

Digital thermometer
Digital thermometer Source: Amazon

6. Headlamp – if you’re going to investigate things that go bump in the night, you don’t want one of those things to be you, so be sure to wear a headlamp to light your way.

Headlamp
Headlamp Source: Amazon

7. Ghost hunting kit – if money is no object, Amazon sells a complete ghost hunting kit.

Complete ghost hunting kit
Complete ghost hunting kit Source: Amazon

Regardless of what equipment you bring, be sure to always bring along extra batteries.

Ghost hunting safely

To hunt ghosts safely, it’s a good idea to follow these rules:

1. Never go ghost hunting alone, always bring along a couple of friends.

2. Avoid places that might be dangerous, such as graveyards, abandoned buildings, or crumbling structures. Besides the hazards these places pose, they might also attract those among the living with less than savory intentions.

3. Never trespass on private property. If you want to investigate a site, always get the owner’s permission before you go.

4. If possible, check out a location during the day, noting any potential hazards. Draw a map showing egress, ingress, roads, and walkways.

5. Follow your instincts, if a place doesn’t feel right, leave immediately.

6. Always ask for permission before speaking to a ghost or taking photos. Politeness goes a long way, even in the spirit world.

7. Be sure to leave whatever location you have visited exactly as you found it.

Most famous haunted tours

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to many tours of haunted locations, but you might want to put these on your list for when it’s safe.

1. The LaLaurie Mansion, New Orleans, Louisiana – during the early 19th century, Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie hosted fancy dinner parties on the lower floors of her French Quarter mansion. In 1834, when authorities responded to a kitchen fire at the house, they discovered the horribly mutilated bodies of slaves in the attic.

When the public heard what had been found, they stormed LaLaurie’s house, but she had already fled to France. Soon, people began reporting hearing the screams of those who had died in the house.

2. Shanghai Tunnels, Portland, Oregon – beneath the city of Portland lie a maze of tunnels that, legend has it, were used during the early 19th-century to shanghai unsuspecting men. If you had a little too much to drink in one of the city’s saloons, you might be dropped through a trapdoor and down into one of the tunnels.

There, you would be tied up or drugged, then taken to the waterfront where you would be sold as an unpaid laborer on one of the ships docked there. The term “shanghaied” comes from the city of Shanghai, which was one of the more popular destinations for those sold into slavery. Portland’s tunnels are supposedly filled with the ghosts of those who died there while being held captive.

3. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado – no less a personage than author Stephen King used the hotel as the inspiration for his novel The Shining. Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick then turned King’s novel into the famous 1980 horror movie of the same name.

Supposedly, the original owners of the hotel, the Stanleys, are still hanging around in spirit form. Mrs. Stanley still plays the piano, and Mr. Stanley obligingly appears in guests’ photos. It’s also said that the laughter of children can be heard in the hotel’s hallways. Redrum.

4. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia – opening in 1864, the facility was originally intended to house 250 patients but ended up housing 2,400 in what became inhumane conditions. At the asylum, patients received electroshock therapy and lobotomies, and the ghosts of people who died there are said to roam its halls.

5. The Ben Lomond Hotel, Ogden, Utah – currently called the Bigelow Hotel, the Ben Lomond was built in 1891. During prohibition, the hotel was extremely popular because it had an underground tunnel that was used to smuggle in alcohol.

Alcohol might have been the reason that one of the guests, a lady on her honeymoon staying in Room 1102, drowned in the bathtub. Since then, guests staying in that room have reported being pushed by an invisible presence, and having water suddenly start flowing in the tub.

The lady’s grown son by a previous marriage arrived at the hotel to collect her belongings and stayed in the same room in which his mother had died. He apparently became so distraught that he took his own life, and ever since then, guests have reported hearing someone talking in room 1102.

This Halloween will feature the first full moon to occur across all time zones since 1944, so this might be the ideal time to get your freak on and do some ghost hunting.

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Netflix: the 16 best horror series to stream now by Kayleigh Cray

From Netflix’s The Haunting Of Hill House to Typewriter, are you brave enough to watch these terrifying TV shows?

Halloween is fast approaching, and we’re 100% ready to binge-watch all the scary content we possibly can.

With that in mind, then, we’ve scoured Netflix to bring you a list of all the terrifying TV shows available to watch right now via the streaming platform.

From murderous nurses to haunted houses, paranormal researchers to covens of cackling witches, there’s a horror series here to suit everyone’s scare tastes.

So why not watch them all? If you dare, that is…

TYPEWRITER

Typewriter on Netflix
Typewriter on Netflix

On paper, Typewriter doesn’t sound all that scary:three kids spend their time ghost-hunting and telling scary stories in their neighborhood in Goa. However, when a new family moves into a haunted house, the kids learn the hard way that their playful antics are about to have serious real-world consequences… 

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

The Haunting of Hill House was easily one of the most talked-about TV shows of 2018… and for good reason: it was bloody terrifying. Based on the novel of the same name, it jumps between past and present as the Crain family recalls one terrible summer that they spent in (you guessed it) the virulently haunted Hill House – and it’s not the sort of show you should watch alone.

SCREAM

Fans of the original slasher movies will definitely want to check out Netflix’s Scream series. Instigated by a cyberbullying incident that goes viral, a brutal murder in Lakewood stirs memories of a crime spree from the town’s past that has haunted some, intrigued others, and maybe – just maybe – spawned a new executioner. 

JU-ON: ORIGINS

In this chilling prequel to The Grudge, a paranormal researcher searches obsessively for a cursed home where something terrible happened to a mother and her child long ago. Gulp.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY

This award-winning anthology of chilling stories allows viewers to dip into a classic haunted house, a demented asylum, a witch coven, a freakshow, a sinister hotel, a spooky farmhouse, a cult (who doesn’t love a cult, eh?), or an apocalypse. Your choice, horror fans!

THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR

Available to stream from 9 October, The Haunting Of Bly Manor already has a 93% ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Based on Henry James’ terrifying The Turn of the Screw, which tells the story of an American nanny hired to look after a pair of siblings. However, several ghosts around their manor house exhibit a supernatural hold over the children – and it quickly becomes apparent that there’s far more to the crumbling Bly Manor than meets the eye.

RATCHED

Inspired by the cruel and manipulative nurse at the centre of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ratched takes us back to 1947, as a young Mildred arrives in Northern California to seek employment. However, as she prepares for an interview at the local psychiatric hospital with near-meticulous precision – donning a costume, reciting lines, almost as an actor would rehearse a new role – it becomes all too apparent that this job means far more to Mildred than a simple salary. And that she would do anything, anything, to ensure she gets it, too.

ARES

Ares: the Netflix horror series so disturbing, people are too scared to finish it
Ares on Netflix.

The first season of Ares follows Rosa Steenwijk (Jade Olieberg), a mixed-race medical student in Amsterdam. When she finds out about a secretive student society, she makes it her mission to join. Ares, though, is made up of white, legacy members, and Rosa’s inclusion… well, let’s just say it doesn’t go down well with some.

As Rosa rises through the ranks of Ares, she slowly learns that there’s more to the glossy society than first meets the eye. Something deeply, deeply dark and unnatural, in fact. But will she be able to put all the pieces together before something dreadful takes place, or is it already too late?

CURON

We aren’t fans of spoilers, so we’re going to stick to Netflix’s succinct plot description for the dread-fuelled Curon.

“After 17 years, a woman returns home with her teenage twins,” it reads. “When she mysteriously vanishes, though, her children must reckon with a shadowy family legacy.”

BLACK SUMMER

In the dark, early days of a zombie apocalypse, complete strangers band together to find the strength they need to survive and get back to loved ones. Which means that, yeah, this horror series may hit a little too close to the bone for some in our pandemic-addled world.

MARIANNE

Marianne revolves around successful horror novelist Emma, who has just turned her back on the book series that made her rich. So far, so Misery. However, it quickly becomes apparent that Emma has more than a crazed fan to deal with: the characters she writes into her horror novels also exist in the real world… and they’re not that happy about being brushed to the side, as you can no doubt imagine.

It’s not long before Emma is lured home to the broken-down coastal town she grew up in. There, she and her assistantdrop by to say hi to her parents – only things don’t go according to plan. At all. 

ASH VS EVIL DEAD

This horror-comedy is just one point shy of a 100% ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and for good reason. Bringing back Evil Dead’s heroic, chainsaw-handed monster fighter Ash Williams, the series sees him accidentally release a Deadite plague that threatens to destroy mankind. As you do.

THE MIST

If you’re a fan of Stephen King’s work, then you should check out this small-screen adaptation of The Mist. Set in the small town of Bridgeville, Maine, the story centres on a family torn apart by a heinous crime. In the aftermath, they are suddenly cut off from the rest of the world when an eerie, foreboding vapor unleashes predatory creatures onto the streets. 

Perhaps even more terrifying, though, is the fact that, amid the chaos, the rules of society break down. In a very big way,

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES

When two violent bank robbers are forced to go on the run after a heist gone bad, they decided to take a family hostage and continue their journey to Mexico in their RV. It soon turns out, though, that there are worse things than being caught by the FBI. Things, say, such as accidentally stopping off at a bar filled with blood-sucking vampires.

LOCKE & KEY

Based on the best-selling comic books of the same name by Gabriel Rodriguez and Joe Hill, Locke & Key kicks off with three siblings moving back to their murdered father’s ancestral home in Massachusetts. There, they discover a series of magical, reality-bending keys hidden throughout the house, and it’s all fun and games for a bit… until they encounter an impossibly evil entity, that is.

HAUNTED

And now for something completely different! From the twisted minds of the creators of The Purge, Haunted isn’t fictional per se: rather, it’s a reality series that offers viewers a chilling glimpse into first-person accounts of supernatural events. Think a boy who is haunted by visions of a woman hanging in his closet, two sisters who grew up in a real-life house of horrors with a sadistic father who did unspeakable things, and many more chilling “true stories” too numerous to mention.

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California Is the 2nd Most Haunted State In The Nation by LATF Staff

A new report reveals the most haunted states in the US based on the number of ghostly sightings… and California is at the top!

Just one place behind Texas, California is the 2nd most haunted states with 6,444 recently reported ghost sightings. Texas is the most haunted state in the US, with 6,854 ghost sightings reported and documented. 

A new report by slotsource.com has revealed the haunted hotspots of the US along with the odds of seeing a ghost (by state).

Since 2005, 6,444 reported sightings of ghostly figures have been reported – that’s a staggering 429 per year! Texas comes in 1st place, just slightly in the lead with 456 sightings per year – a quarter of which are spotted in Austin!

Third in the rankings for the most haunted state is Ohio, with 2,555 sightings since 2005. 

The top 10 haunted states are as shown below: 

RankStateGhost Sightings
1Texas6,845
2California6,444
3Ohio2,555
4Michigan2,426
5Illinois2,151
6Indiana1,892
7Pennsylvania1,743
8Oklahoma1,715
9New York1,670
10Virginia1,655


As part of the report, slotsource.com spoke to well-known paranormal existence experts, Psychic Medium Sisters; and celebrity psychic to the stars, Chris Riley.

‘How do you know if a ghost is near, or reaching out to you?’ 

Psychic Vincent Sisters: “You’ll see unexplained shadows or movements in the side-vision of your eyes, or soft whispers of a conversation near you and no one is there. You may sense cold spots, creepy feelings or you may feel like being you’re being watched. Often people report to being touched on the shoulder, a spider-fingers feeling on the head, or you might just simply see a ghost.”

‘What tips would you give someone going on a paranormal investigation?’

Chris Riley: “I would recommend being around people who are experienced within the paranormal field. It helps to be around people who are knowledgeable in the field so that you get the best out of an investigation and to keep you safe”

Psychic Vincent Sisters: “Take a camera and voice recorder to record any voices or activity. Have fun and listen to your intuition”

Full details on the report can be seen at: https://www.slotsource.com/haunted-hotspots

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The Most Haunted Cities in America and the Ghosts That Call Them Home by Elizabeth Rhodes

New Orleans Lafayette Cemetery on a sunny day
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Editor’s Note: Travel might be complicated right now, but use our inspirational trip ideas to plan ahead for your next bucket list adventure.

From the sun-soaked shores of California to the bustling cities in the Northeast, the U.S. has countless destinations worth exploring. Some travelers look for cities with thriving food and nightlife scenes, while others seek out beautiful national parks, but the most intrepid travelers choose their next vacation destination based on the likelihood of a paranormal encounter. Ghost hunters flock to the most haunted cities in America, known for spirit sightings at eerie locations not typically found in guidebooks. Tragic past events have allegedly caused ghosts to linger in hotels, restaurants, parks, and more in these cities, but even if you don’t experience any paranormal activity, you’ll at least have a memorable time learning about the area’s dark history.

Here are 10 of the most haunted cities in America.

1. New Orleans, Louisiana 

With dozens of reportedly haunted places, New Orleans is one of the country’s most haunted cities. By paranormal standards, New Orleans really has it all: churches haunted by the spirits of former priests, former hospitals visited by soldiers who died but never truly passed on, and homes filled with ghosts of residents who died on the premises — not to mention all the vampire stories. The city also has its share of notable ghosts, including author William Faulkner, whose spirit is sometimes spotted at his former home-turned-bookstore Faulkner House BooksOld Absinthe House, open since the early 1800s, is supposedly haunted by Voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau, Andrew Jackson, and pirate Jean Lafitte, among others. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is another paranormal hot spot, said to be haunted by hundreds of ghosts. These are just a few of the many spooky spots in New Orleans.

2. Chicago, Illinois  

A disastrous fire, a notorious serial killer, and mob history all led to Chicago becoming an allegedly haunted destination. Nederlander Theatre was the site of a tragic fire killing hundreds in 1903, and some say the alley behind the theater is still haunted by those unfortunate patrons. H.H. Holmes, the country’s first serial killer, murdered dozens (if not hundreds) of women in the infamous “Murder Castle,” and while that building was replaced, some workers still report odd experiences while working in the new building’s basement. The site of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, often attributed to Al Capone, reportedly has some residual paranormal energy, too. These are just a few of the many haunted sites in the Windy City — check out a ghost tour for more.

3. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia, is often ranked among the most haunted cities in the U.S. Historic homes, inns, and restaurants are rumored to house the spirits of former residents and visitors. In fact, those looking for a thoroughly spooky weekend in Savannah can opt to stay at an allegedly haunted hotel and eat at the restaurants still frequented by spirits that never fully left the earthly realm. Moon River Brewing Company is known as the most haunted place in town, featured on both Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters. Guests have reported seeing a lady in white on the stairs and spirits have been known to mess with the staff. The Pirates’ House, now a family-friendly restaurant, was once a boarding house popular among sailors, but some were kidnapped from its basement and forced to sail aboard ships against their will, so some say their spirits still visit the restaurant today. Finally, The Marshall House is known as one of the most haunted hotels in the U.S., thanks to its history as a hospital during the Civil War and yellow fever epidemics. Guests have reported seeing apparitions in the hallways and hearing ghost children running down the halls at night, among other mysterious happenings.

4. St. Augustine, Florida

The oldest city in the U.S. is bound to have a residual spirit or two, and lucky for paranormal seekers, St. Augustine is a hotbed of ghost activity. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is one of the historic city’s hot spots, supposedly haunted by girls who drowned there in the 1870s. Visitors have also reported paranormal experiences at Castle Warden, a Moorish-style home built in the 1880s that now houses the first permanent Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum, established in 1950. The city has several other haunted locations; you can explore the darker side of St. Augustine on a ghost tour — some even bring along EMF meters to track paranormal activity.

5. Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon, might be best known for its incredible craft beer scene and artsy vibes, but the city is also one of the best destinations for ghost hunters. The Shanghai Tunnels are perhaps the most notoriously haunted site in the city — in the late 1800s, the city was a major international port, and underground tunnels were created to transport (often illegal) goods across Portland. According to local lore, residents hanging out at local bars were kidnapped and taken through the tunnels to waiting ships, never to be seen again. Some say the victims’ souls still haunt the bars above ground — you can even take a ghost tour to learn more about the city’s gritty past.

6. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 

Areas where historic tragedies took place are often considered paranormal hot spots, and the site of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle is regarded as one of the world’s most haunted places. Some report seeing the ghosts of soldiers on the battlefield, and inns and a farm in the area are haunted, too, according to the Travel Channel. Visitors can take a ghost tour to learn more about the history of Gettysburg and the tragic spirits still said to wander these grounds.

7. Washington, D.C.

Our country’s capital has seen its fair share of history, so it makes sense that Washginton, D.C. is the setting for several ghost stories. In fact, many say the White House is one of the most haunted houses in the U.S., haunted by the ghosts of former residents. President Lincoln’s ghost has been spotted in the Lincoln Bedroom; President William Henry Harrison, who died in the White House, is said to have returned in the afterlife; and first ladies Dolley Madison and Abigail Adams supposedly still linger, tending to the home. D.C. ghost tours take visitors through other allegedly haunted locations, including the National Building Museum, the Congressional Cemetery, and official government buildings.

8. San Francisco, California

A storied past and prominent landmarks with dark histories make San Francisco one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. China Camp State Park, the USS Hornet, and the Mare Island Naval Shipyard are all said to be haunted, but the number one San Francisco hot spot has to be Alcatraz. According to the Travel Channel, there are a few ghosts still lurking in the infamous prison, but the spirit of Al Capone is perhaps the most notorious — some say you can still hear him playing his favorite banjo tunes.

9. Salem, Massachusetts 

Perhaps best known for the Salem witch trials that resulted in the execution of 19 people, Salem, Massachusetts, is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. Some say the ghosts of those killed during the trials still linger in Salem to this day — Lyceum Hall (now Turner’s Seafood) is allegedly haunted by the first victim of the trials, Bridget Bishop, according to Atlas Obscura, and Howard Street Cemetery is haunted by Giles Corey, who was tortured to death after being accused of witchcraft, according to CNBC. Learn more about Salem’s spooky side on one of the many ghost tours offered.

10. San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is considered one of the most haunted places in Texas because of the city’s history. The Battle of the Alamo led to thousands of casualties, and Alamo visitors and employees have reported seeing the ghosts of soldiers and hearing mysterious rally cries. The nearby Emily Morgan Hotel is one of the country’s most haunted hotels, too. The property was once a hospital, and some guests now report seeing the apparition of a woman in white in the halls.

Elizabeth Rhodes is an associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @elizabetheverywhere.


The 10 most haunted hotels in the US by Jamie Ditaranto

  • Across the US, some of the country’s oldest hotels are more than ready to inspire their guests with a little spooky superstition.
  • From passed-along tales of ghost sightings to unexplained noises, many historic hotels take a lot of pride in their paranormal pasts.
  • With Halloween approaching, we selected the most haunted hotels in the US with incredible stories to tell, which range between $105 and $298 per night to start.
  • And while creaky floorboards and ghostly characters are spooky scary, the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic is scary scary. As such, we included each hotel’s protocol for keeping guests safe.
  • Read more: 7 of the most haunted places around the world.

Even for the least superstitious travelers among us, spending the night in a purported haunted hotel can be exhilarating.

Hotel employees are often more than eager to pass on their local legends and share personal paranormal experiences, or what they’ve been told by past guests.

While there’s hardly concrete proof, for the open-minded, these stories often spur a state of hyperawareness that greatly impact their stay, where the possibility of the unknown may lurk in any corner.

I experienced this for myself one late September at The Allegiance in Rochester, New York as part of a trip through the Finger Lakes on the Haunted History Trail of New York State.

Upon checking in, the owners welcomed me to their regal 19th century home and regaled me with stories. Their ghosts were friendly, I was told, and some not even human — the owners maintained multiple guests have woken up to the sensation of the resident ghost cat sleeping on top of their feet. Although I didn’t experience anything paranormal, the possibility of such an encounter in the middle of the night made it feel as if I had suddenly become the main character in a Tim Burton movie. 

Indeed, the US is filled with historic and iconic hotels that claim to have haunted roots. These hotels pride themselves on their more permanent guests and are quite happy to share haunted histories during your stay.

Of course, most lore is conjecture and depends on your level of openness to the idea of otherworldly activity. And since I’m not an official ghost hunter, you’ll have to call a paranormal investigator if you really want to find out which hotels are considered the most haunted.

However, we compiled hotels that are sufficiently spooky, with great stories to tell at any time of year, though, there’s nothing quite like visiting around Halloween.

And while creaky floorboards and ghostly characters are spooky scary, the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic is scary scary. As such, we included each hotel’s protocol for keeping guests safe in an era of social distancing.

Across the country, restrictions are lifting, but according to experts, traveling at this time is still somewhat risky, particularly in hotels where you are more likely to cross paths with many people. Of course, without a vaccine, there is no firm guarantee with regard to safety. It’s crucial to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing. Additionally, consider your own level of risk, and whether you’re traveling from or to a hotspot, so as not to increase the rate of infection.

The most haunted hotels in America were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Hotels must be historic, dating back to the 1920s or earlier.
  • With respect to the hotel’s age, we were more lenient in considering reviews from guests unhappy with the wear and tear that comes along with a centuries-old hotel.
  • The hotel must show that they embrace their ghost stories by:
    • Offering tours
    • Dedicating a section of their website for guests to learn more
    • Stories about the hotel are commonly known and shared in the ghost-hunting community.
  • Every hotel has a Booking.com rating of 7 or higher and is priced between $105 and $298 per night to start.
  • In regards to COVID-19, every hotel must have social distancing and enhanced sanitation protocols in place.

Here are the most haunted hotels in the US sorted by price from low to high:

1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Book 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa starting at $105 per night

In the Arkansas Ozarks, the grand 1186 Crescent Hotel and Spa has long been a symbol of hospitality with 72 rooms and four luxury cottages. But it also touts itself as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” for the sheer number of paranormal experiences guests here have claimed over the years.

According to the hotel website, mediums hired by the hotel believe there is actually a portal to another world in the hotel, which explains the high frequency of encounters. Guests on the hotel’s nightly tours have said they’ve experienced sudden lightheadedness when passing a particular spot outside the hotel’s annex and this old building has had many tragic chapters. It was once a women’s college and also used as “hospital” by a mad doctor who was later discovered to be a fraud conducting ghastly experiments. A nightly tour is available for guests who want the full story.

Whether or not you believe the lore, you’ll stay in rooms that channel southern hospitality with bold color combinations, fanciful wallpapers, and opulently-upholstered furniture in the Governor and Parlour Suites. There are also modernly-designed penthouses, which boast incredible panoramic views of the treetops below.

Try to book Room 218, the most frequently requested (and allegedly haunted) room, which is decorated in homage to the hotel’s most famous ghost, a builder who died while the building was under construction.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 12 out of 35 hotels in Eureka Springs

Booking.com Rating: 8.1 out of 10

Pros: Guests frequently praise the beautiful valley views from the balcony rooms.

Cons: It’s an old hotel, so rooms will show their age and some guests did not find the rooms as clean as expected.

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: In addition to checking the temperatures of their staff and enforcing social distancing and mask usage, the hotel is also installing hand sanitizer dispensers, disinfecting high-touch surfaces like buttons and handrails, and removing couches from the lobby.

Omni Parker House in Boston, Massachusetts

Book Omni Parker House starting at $111 per night

Boston’s Omni Parker House is famous for two things: Boston Cream Pie and the ghost of Harvey Parker.

According to the Omni Hotels blog, the 19th-century hotelier still haunts the 10th floor of the hotel and past guests have reported eerie whispers and elevators that are repeatedly called to the third floor, despite no button being pushed. The hotel does not offer ghost tours, but you can learn all about it on the Ghosts & Gravestones tour that will also expand on the haunted history of one of America’s oldest cities.

Rooms at the Omni Parker House are classy and contemporary and some come with great views overlooking the Park Street Church Tower and the Boston Common. Room sizes range from the 90-square foot Economy Petite rooms, which are cost-effective, to the 210-square foot Deluxe rooms, which are decorated with cherry wood furnishings and include a sitting area. 

Trip Advisor Ranking: 60 out of 96 hotels in Boston

Booking.com Rating: 8.3 out of 10

Pros: Steps away from the Boston Common, this hotel is a centrally-located and elegant choice for anyone visiting Boston.

Cons: Being in the heart of the city, rooms tend to be small and it can be noisy outside, especially on weekends.

COVID-19 cleaning protocol: Omni hotels have enhanced their cleaning routines to disinfect frequently touched items in guest rooms and public spaces. Hand sanitizer is provided at the front desk and staff is equipped with disposable wipes to clean commonly-used surfaces throughout the day.

Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina

Book Francis Marion Hotel starting at $120 per night

In the historic city of Charleston, the Francis Marion Hotel originally opened in the 1920s and is believed to be haunted by Ned Cohen, a heartbroken New Yorker who jumped to his death after getting dumped by his Southern belle.

According to the hotel’s blog, many guests have purported to feel his presence at night, reporting a bizarre rustling of the drapes, or even feeling a caress on their cheek. Some guests and hotel staff have even claimed to see a man crying in the hallway.

With 234 rooms, this historic hotel was one of the grandest in the city when it was built and today is still one of the top-rated hotels, revered for its historical significance and elegantly furnished rooms. They’re bright and modern, decorated in a calming color scheme of light blue and muted shades of gold. Traditional rooms are spacious and feature marble and granite bathrooms and the best views overlook the Charleston Harbor. If you need extra room, the Deluxe rooms have an extra seating area and more desk space.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 21 out of 68 hotels in Charleston

Booking.com Rating: 8.6 out of 10

Pros: Guests laud this hotel’s great service and how well it balances modernity with old-world charm.

Cons: Some guests find the room layouts awkward and outdated.

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The Francis Marion is frequently disinfecting high-touch areas like door handles and handrails, limiting elevator usage to one group at a time, and enforcing masks in public areas.

The Wolf Creek Inn in Wolf Creek, Oregon

Book the Wolf Creek Inn starting at $125 per night

In Southern Oregon, the Wolf Creek Inn is housed in a 135-year old building with nine rooms and a long list of strange occurrences.

According to Travel Oregon, the inn originally welcomed pioneers traveling the Applegate Trail and the parlor still has the original flooring and bricks, with real bullet holes from this era.

The owner describes the haunting sounds of doors slamming or piano playing when no one else around as acts of friendly mischief, and paranormal investigators that have visited the hotel have called out Room 8 for being particularly “heavy.” The hotel appeared on Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures,” among other television specials, and offers guided tours with a focus on the paranormal. 

Aside from such legacy, the rooms maintain old-world charm with whitewashed paneled walls and pioneer era-inspired artwork, but still feel modern and clean with plush linens and elegant bed dressings. The hotel is small, so room choices are limited to two Twins, a Full, or Queen-sized bed.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 2 hotels in Wolf Creek

Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10

Pros: The hotel is fully-renovated and feels like new without losing the historic touch.

Cons: It’s a small inn, so staff shortages will affect service and cars outside can be noisy.

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The Wolf Creek Inn is following the protocol set by the Oregon Health Authority to sanitize and promote social distancing, requiring all guests to wear masks when they are in any common area of the Inn.

La Fonda on the Plaza in Sante Fe, New Mexico

Book La Fonda on the Plaza starting at $169 per night

One of the most iconic hotels in Santa Fe, La Fonda on the Plaza is said to be haunted by a man in a long black coat believed to be the ghost of a local judge from the 19th century. Previous guests claim to have seen him roaming the halls, and according to a post by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, he is among a cast of other commonly-seen spirits. Legend says a cowboy often looms at the bar, as does a young bride who met a tragic end on her wedding night.

Sitting on the same plot of land as Santa Fe’s first-ever inn from 400 years ago, this hotel is a historic and luxurious place to stay with an on-site spa and rooms that exude Southwestern elegance with colorful and elaborately designed headboards. Deluxe rooms are worth the splurge for their adorable elevated seating area or fireplace and balcony combination.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 7 out of 64 hotels in Santa Fe

Booking.com Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Pros: Located in the middle of the Santa Fe, the location is hard to beat and exciting amenities include an outdoor pool and rooftop hot tub. 

Cons: Fees for parking can be costly and rooms are on the smaller side without bathtubs.

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This hotel has committed to New Mexico’s safety commitment in addition to closing the pool and gym in addition, thoroughly sanitizing rooms thoroughly, allowing a few days to pass between guest stays, and washing linens at high temperatures.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

Book the Stanley Hotel starting at $199 per night

The Stanley Hotel is a grand hotel that first opened in 1909 and is perhaps best known as the inspiration for Stephen King’s epic horror novel “The Shining.” However, it was Stanley Kubrick’s film interpretation that showed audiences just how unnerving a large hotel can be.

With over 400 rooms offered in this sprawling complex, claims of ghost stories run rampant and the hotel offers an hour-long night tour, which is open to non-guests as well. According to guests who have been on the tour, each section of the hotel has its own story from an alleged energy vortex underneath the main staircase, to Paul, who yells at guests to “get out” if they stay in the concert hall past 11 p.m. 

This is a huge resort, so accommodations depend on whether you stay in the historic section, or the lodge, which is a newer boutique-style hotel. The latter includes updated rooms that feature spacious, contemporary layouts, while rooms in the older hotel are similarly decorated, but lack that modern touch.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 22 out of 28 hotels in Estes Park

Booking.com Rating: 7.7 out of 10

Pros: Besides the bragging rights of staying in this historic hotel, the Stanley is also in a great location with many things to do nearby, and places to eat in Estes Park.

Cons: This older hotel shows its age through in-room features like ceiling fans and tubs, which may not be a fit for travelers who prefer modern design.

COVID-19 cleaning protocol: Face coverings are required at all times in the hotel’s public areas and the hotel has added hand sanitizing stations in key locations and introduced additional sanitation to high-touch areas to their cleaning procedures. Tours will be limited to groups of 10.

The Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, California

Book The Hollywood Roosevelt starting at $242 per night

The longest-running hotel in Los Angeles, The Hollywood Roosevelt has welcomed many stars through its doors from Shirley Temple to Brad Pitt.

However, according to rumors, the hotel’s most famous ghost haunts Room #1200, where pasts guests have claimed to glimpsed a starlet’s reflection in the mirror — and she’s not alone. Other claims include spirits that lock guests out of their rooms and mysterious noises like somebody stomping with boots.

Guests can choose to stay in the classic tower, where the supposed haunted rooms are, or in one of the modern Hollywood-style cabana suites if they’d rather keep their distance. Rooms feel fresh and young with trendy furnishings and colorful decoration, while suites and Superior rooms boast sleekly-tiled bathrooms and four-post beds.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 29 out of 390 in Los Angeles

Booking.com Rating: 8.4 out of 10

Pros: This historic building has kept up with the times, meaning the rooms are modern and fashionable.

Cons: Rooms are on the small side, and because of the hotel’s age, the layout of some may feel outdated with large closets and tiny bathrooms.

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The Hollywood Roosevelt has added to their cleaning protocol by disinfecting high-touch items in guest rooms, public spaces, and in the back of the house. All guests will be asked to use hand sanitizer and wear a mask and only one guest, or group of guests, will be allowed on the elevator at one time.

Read our full hotel review for The Hollywood Roosevelt

Belhurst Castle in Geneva, New York

Book Bellhurst Castle starting at $245 per night

Sitting on Seneca Lake in Upstate New York, Belhurst Castle is comprised of three hotels in one, however, the castle’s resident woman in white appears most often to those staying in the Chambers.

Isabella, for whom the spa is named, was an opera singer and according to legend, she was tragically killed in a collapse when trying to escape the authorities through a secret tunnel built under their home. According to the Haunted History Trail of New York State, guests have reported seeing her standing on the front lawn at night, and hotel staff have noticed unusual activities like the sound of furniture being moved about in a room that once housed illegal gambling activities during the castle’s speakeasy days. 

From the outside, this castle hotel is so picturesque that it’s one the Finger Lakes’ most popular wedding venues. In the chambers, guest rooms include regal details such as high-end furnishings or stained glass windows. However, the prize room is the Tower Suite, which has a curved staircase and a balcony overlooking the castle’s distinguished grounds.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 7 out of 12 hotels in Geneva

Booking.com Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Pros: This castle is thoroughly unique in design and feels classic in every way. It’s a castle!

Cons: Because rooms are fitted inside an old building, each layout is one-of-a-kind and not immune to design flaws like faulty fuses and awkwardly-placed A/C units.

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: All guests will be required to wear a face-covering and room keys, which are physical, will all be sanitized and non-essential objects that are purely decorative have been removed from every room.

The Cavalier Resort in Virginia Beach

Book The Cavalier Resort starting at $279 per night

Originally opened in 1927, The Cavalier Resort has welcomed presidents and celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.

It’s still just as grand as it was in its heyday, however, this historic hotel also comes with a few ghostly tales according to Visit Virginia Beach. Over the years, guests have reported hearing strange sounds like cats scratching at doors, pianos playing on their own, and some guests even claimed to have seen a soldier roaming the halls at night.

The sixth floor is believed to be particularly haunted as that was the floor where the body of the Coors Brewing Company founder was found. Guests who have stayed in the same room have reported cold spots and waking up to open windows. 

The rooms come with gold-trimmed headboards, colorful pillows, and marble-adorned bathrooms. Heritage Suites were each designed by one of the hotel’s partners and make bold statements with color.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 out of 110 hotels in Virginia Beach

Booking.com Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Pros: This highly-rated hotel impresses guests with elegant touches, marble countertops, and clawfoot tubs, and great service.

Cons: Some recent guests report that social distancing isn’t being enforced in the restaurants as it should be.

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: Rooms will be cleaned with attention to touchpoints and the hotel has increased how often their public spaces are cleaned.

Jekyll Island Club Resort in Jekyll Island, Georgia

Book Jekyll Island Club Resort starting at $298 per night

Dating back to 1887, this hotel was once a Victorian-era club and playground for elite 19th-century figures like J.P. Morgan, whose spirit is said to visit from time to time according to HauntedHouses.com. Guests staying in the same condos he once occupied sometimes report the smell of cigar smoke early in the morning.

Other ghosts spotted at the hotel allegedly include the Union General John Lloyd Aspinwall, and a bellhop, who sometimes appears in his uniform to honeymooning couples. Historical tours are offered but focus on the prestigious founding of the island, rather than ghostly claims.

Today, Jekyll Island is a state park and the resort offers a wide variety of accommodations from cottages to a boutique hotel. Rooms in the Island Club are large and updated, while the Island Club Cottages, are charming with large porches outfitted with classic southern-style rocking chairs.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 2 out of 10 hotels in Jekyll Island

Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10

Pros: The sprawling grounds are very peaceful and the food and service are highly praised.

Cons: The buildings are old and some guests have reported leaky pipes and malfunctioning A/C units.

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: The resort is keeping the pools open, but lounge chairs will be set up for social distancing and the hotel has committed to disinfecting high-touch surfaces in the rooms and also behind the scenes. 

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Is It October Already? Travel Channel Embraces the Unknown in Its Third Annual “Ghostober” Event

Filled with a creepy mix of buzzy new specials, boldfaced names and returning favorites, “Ghostober” has all the thrills and chills on lockdown.

This might just be the year to buy lots of extra candy and settle in for “Ghostober,” Travel Channel’s third annual paranormal programming event. No need to leave the house when Halloween reigns all month long, taking viewers on spine-chilling adventures to the other side – where tales of poltergeists, ghostly creatures, demons and even a few legends will keep you company. Filled with a creepy mix of buzzy new specials, boldfaced names and returning favorites, “Ghostober” has all the thrills and chills on lockdown.

While we are all living with many unknowns, Travel Channel conjures up over-the-top specials exploring the very topic of the real unknown.

While paranormal programming is scheduled throughout October, Ghostober culminates with “7 Nights of Fright.” The top 20 of the world’s spookiest unexplained videos kickstarts the week on Sunday, October 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with the two-hour countdown “Paranormal Caught on Camera: Top 100.”

Included in this week’s lineup of supersized specials are new Shock Docs focusing on two of our nation’s most terrifying tales of horror – “Amityville Horror House,” premiering on Monday, October 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and “The Exorcism of Roland Doe,” premiering on Tuesday, October 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Then, fans will celebrate the season with many of Travel Channel’s talent featured in the new “Shock Docs” tell-all holiday special, “This is Halloween,” premiering Wednesday, October 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

As the calendar creeps closer to All Hallows’ Eve, we crank up the terror with over-the-top tricks and treats. In the two-hour special, “Ghost Adventures: Horror at Joe Exotic Zoo,” premiering Thursday, October 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Zak Bagans and the “Ghost Adventures” crew go inside the infamous Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park to investigate sinister accounts of ghostly activity.

The special is then followed by the Season Two return of “The Holzer Files,” reopening famed ghost hunter Hans Holzer’s original case files, at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

The goosebumps continue with a sneak peek of the new season of “Portals to Hell,” starring Katrina Weidman and Jack Osbourne, on Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The duo investigates what might just be the most haunted place in all of Connecticut.

And then, in a special two-hour holiday treat, the whole Osbourne family joins in on the fun. Adamant on truly living up to their position as America’s first family of darkness, Jack Osbourne takes Ozzy, Sharon and Kelly on their first-ever paranormal investigation in “The Osbournes: Night of Terror,” premiering at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Not only are they going to hunt ghosts together … but they’re going to love it.

Travel Channel wraps up “Ghostober” on Halloween night with the ultimate series crossover featuring superstar paranormal investigators from two of the network’s hit shows, “Ghost Nation” and “Kindred Spirits.” The ghost-hunting teams reunite for the first time in nearly a decade to explore frightening activity inside an illustrious Newport, Rhode Island, mansion in “Ghost Nation: Reunion in Hell,” premiering Saturday, October 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

And the programming event bows with a chilling new episode of “Destination Fear” on Saturday, October 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, where the team will spend a terrifying night inside the abandoned Old Crow Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.”

Halloween is Travel Channel’s Superbowl, and with more people at home than ever before, we plan to deliver an over-the-top slate of original programming. We are the only network super-serving this mega popular genre to its superfans, featuring the superstars of the paranormal field and beyond,” said Matthew Butler, general manager, Travel Channel.

The “Ghostober” 2020 celebration is back on TravelChannel.com and Travel Channel’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Fans can check out exclusive content from their favorite shows, a new exclusive web series, “Up Close & Paranormal,” with the cast of “Ghost Nation” and “Kindred Spirits,” behind-the-scene videos, cast interviews, photos and more. Viewers can also stream a variety of Travel Channel’s series, including past seasons of “Ghost Adventures,” on the Travel Channel Go app.

Included in this year’s Halloween lineup are some of the wildest, zaniest and scariest specials and series:

NEW SPECIALS”AMITYVILLE HORROR HOUSE” (Two-Hour Shock Docs Special) Premieres Monday, October 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PTIn 1977, the book, “The Amityville Horror,” was published and caused a sensation. The subsequent 1979 film adaptation was a surprise box office hit.

Today, it is the quintessential American horror story based on true events – family moves into their dream house in an all-American town and experiences the most terrifying demonic haunting imaginable. Demon possession, demon attacks, a portal to hell – it was a situation so dire, even the church couldn’t help them. Through archival footage and re-creations, our film presents the harrowing true story of Ronald DeFeo, who murdering his entire family in the Amityville house, and the 28 days the Lutz family lived there. A rare, archival interview with George Lutz, describing the final, terrifying night in the Amityville house, is revealed for the first time. #AmityvilleHorrorHouseTrvl

“THE EXORCISM OF ROLAND DOE” (Two-Hour Shock Docs Special) Premieres Tuesday, October 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PTIn 1973, “The Exorcist” shocked moviegoers. Overnight, the sinister presence of satanic evil seemed frighteningly real for millions of Americans. Archival footage shows audience members frightened out of their wits – and literally out of their seats. Some in the audience ran out of the theatre; others got physically ill or couldn’t sleep for weeks. Through rare archival footage, this shock doc will feature the cultural impact of the horror movie and explore the story of Roland Doe, the chilling true story behind “The Exorcist.”

And for the first time on television, an investigator will expose a shocking secret and possible cover-up in the real-life exorcist case of Roland Doe. #ExorcismofRolandDoeTrvl“THIS IS HALLOWEEN” (Two-Hour Shock Docs Special)Premieres Wednesday, October 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Halloween is a time to indulge our darkest fears and live out our wildest fantasies. For those who like the spooky side of life, it’s become a yearly event. In the two-hour Shock Docs installment, “This is Halloween,” Travel Channel’s paranormal experts share their best Halloween stories in a nostalgic look back at everyone’s favorite haunted holiday. From creepy costumes to the scariest pranks they’ve ever pulled, it’s a sweet and spooky trip down memory lane.

Travel Channel is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment spanning 220 countries and territories, whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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