I love and hate haunted stuff. I don't know if I could stay at any of these places...I think I could do a day tour though...how about you?
1. Whaley House
San Diego is home to the Whaley House, dubbed "America's Most Haunted House." Ghosts have been rumored to roam the halls since the estate was constructed in the mid-1800s, spooking residents and visitors alike for well over a century. Whether or not you believe the tales of Yankee Jim Robinson, a criminal who was hanged on the property and supposedly haunts it to this very day, you should make the trek to this spooky dwelling for its Ghost Presence tours and Silent Screams movie screenings.
2. Joshua Ward House
This Salem, MA, stunner was not only built in the heart of the Salem Witch Trials, but also on the same grounds as many of the witchcraft-fueled executions. Nineteen accused witches were hanged or burned on the lot of this home, leaving the property to be haunted.
3. Lalaurie House
Fans of American Horror Story: Coven might be horrified to learn that Delphine Lalaurie, a sadistic slave owner who performed cruel torture on her household staff, was a real person. Ghosts of Lalaurie's victims (rumored to number in the hundreds) still haunt her New Orleans home.
4. Queen Anne Hotel
Before it became a historic hotel, the Queen Anne in San Francisco served as a Victorian finishing school called the Mary Lake School For Girls. Its headmistress, who loved the institution and her students, was devastated at the school's closure — so devasted, in fact, that she still roams the halls to keep an eye on things.
5. Lizzie Borden House
It would be an understatement to say that this home has a troubled history. Within the house's walls, Lizzie Borden allegedly murdered her parents in the gruesome fashion that inspired a popular children's rhyme, which is widely believed despite her acquittal of the murder charges. These days, her departed mother and father haunt the site in Fall River, MA, delighting thrill-seeking patrons of the paranormal-themed bed and breakfast now occupying the house.
6. The Crescent Hotel
Dubbed "America's Most Haunted Hotel," the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, AR, has a very spooky history. Haunted by numerous former guests, this establishment offers horrors alongside hospitality. No longer offering room service, the Crescent now hosts nightly tours of the property. Make sure to read the creepy ghost stories before you dare to plan a visit!
7. Franklin Castle
Franklin Castle is the perfect picture of a haunted house. Since its construction in 1865, the spooky home played host to many supposed murders (including those of at least five children) and suspicious disasters. While you can't take a look at the home's hidden passages or the skeletons within its walls, you can visit the outside of the castle in Ohio City, OH.
8. The Sowden House
Nestled in the heart of the LA neighborhood of Los Feliz, this Hollywood estate harbors dark secrets. Former owner Dr. George Hodel supposedly committed the Black Dahlia murder on the property, with the torture and killing confirmed by his own son despite inconclusive court rulings at the time.
9. Lemp Mansion
The Lemps, the family that built the estate, experienced nothing but bad luck under its roof. From untimely deaths to other mysterious tragedies, the unfortunate events that occurred at Lemp Mansion left a paranormal mark on the property — a few of the Lemp family members can still be seen and heard on dark nights.
10. The Stanley Hotel
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, served as the horror author's inspiration for the classic horror novel, but the haunted history of the Stanley is anything but fictional. Ghosts enter and exit rooms as they please, supposedly hoping to steer guests clear of the same dangers that claimed their own lives. Want to experience the hotel for yourself? There are a selection of "haunted rooms" available for spook-seeking patrons, and every TV at the hotel has a special channel just for marathon viewings of The Shining.