Upon the arrival of October we begin to feel that familiar chill in the air that sends a shiver down our spine and propels us into seeking the thrill of haunted houses, and all things creepy. Whether it be our favorite scary movies, carving weird faces into pumpkins, or scary stories around a campfire, we love embracing the spookiness that inevitably falls during October. With Halloween a few days away, we have put together a list of 5 of the spookiest places you can visit for an extra thrilling Halloween.
Maybe this year, skip the Halloween bar crawl and dare to road trip to one of these creepy locations.
1. Clinton Road, Milford, New Jersey
You may have visited a haunted house and the occasional haunted cemetery, but have you heard of the road deemed as one of the most haunted highways in America? If you’re looking for a road trip that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, grab a couple of your thrill seeking friends and head to Clinton Road in Milford, New Jersey.
Weird New Jersey reported that “there is a dead young boy who hangs out under the bridge and returns coins to you after you throw them in the water.” People have reported creepy happenings while they were under the bridge such as coins being thrown back at them, hearing a child’s laughter, seeing strange lights, seeing floating animals, and feeling sick to their stomach while driving along the road.
2. Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
If you are a history buff and don’t mind a bit of a spooky history experience then you should add Fort Mifflin, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania to your Halloween plans. Fort Mifflin is not only a historic landmark, but is also one of the most haunted places in the United States.
This fort was used during the Revolutionary and Civil wars and the evidence of paranormal activity has people thinking the dead decided to hang around. “Visitors have stated seeing various spirits, specifically a faceless man who lights a lamp each night, and hearing a screaming lady known as Elizabeth,” reported Weird US.
According to Weird US, Elizabeth is supposedly the spirit of Elizabeth Pratt, an 18th century neighbor of the fort whose daughter took up with an officer. The story goes on to say that disowned and kicked her daughter out of the house. Shortly after, her daughter died from dysentery. Elizabeth became so laden with guilt that she took her own life.
If you want to experience these historic hauntings for yourself you can take a haunted tour of Fort Mifflin, and if you’re feeling extra brave you can even spend the night.
3. Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO
Ever read “The Shining” by author Stephen King? The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is where King got his inspiration for his infamous horror novel. In 1974 King and his wife Tabitha spent the night at the Stanley. The King’s stay felt especially eerie, as the hotel was close to shutting their doors for the winter, making the Kings the only two staying at the giant hotel.
The night of their stay Stephen King awoke in a cold sweat from a nightmare where his son was being chased throughout the hotel. The nightmare led to King’s inspiration for “The Shining.”
Before the King’s stay, the hotel had a reputation for being haunted. According to the Stanley’s website, hotel founder Freelan Oscar Stanley and his wife Flora are two of the main spirits residing at the hotel. The website claims that, “Flora’s antique Steinway can be heard playing in the dead of night, and Mr. Stanley has been captured in photos surveying the happenings in the Billiards Room, which was once his favorite place.”
Paranormal enthusiasts and Stephen King fans alike can visit the hotel today for a haunted tour.
4. Myrtles Plantation, St. Francisville, LA
Built in 1796, the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana has a long and gruesome history. The most told story of the plantation pertains to the ghost of Chloe.
In 1817, Clark Woodruff and his family moved into the mansion on the plantation. According to the story, the Woodruffs owned several slaves, one of them being a young woman named Chloe. Although the details of the story vary, the premise is that one night Chloe was caught eavesdropping on the family through the keyholses. As punishment, Mr. Woodruff cut off one of her ears.
In an effort to get her revenge, Chloe baked a poisonous cake that killed two of the Woodruff children. The other slaves hung Chloe in a tree in the front yard out of fear that they would be blamed for the murders. Over the years there have been multiple reports of sightings of Chloe. You can stay at the mansion today, as it is currently being run as a bed-and- breakfast.
5. Salem, Massachusetts
You more than likely learned about the witch hunts in Salem, Massachusetts in school. To refresh your memory, it was in Salem where twenty-six people were once tried and put to death for being witches. If you are in search of a Halloween experience centered on witches and ghouls then Salem won’t disappoint.
When visiting Salem during the month of October, expect guided tours of haunted and infamous spots, trial and hanging re-enactments, fireworks, parades and a witch’s circle. You can also visit the Witch House Museum, which was once home to Judge Jonathan Corwin, one of the judges in the trials and one of the remaining buildings left in Salem that has direct links back to the trials.
Now #getoutthere and get your pants scared off.