Various places around the world are home to spooky tales and locations that are purported to be visited by spirits. Paranormal activity attracts visitors excited by the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the unknown and the unexpected. Ghosts and hauntings simultaneously frighten and excite.
While many people grow up listening to ghost stories and scary tales, few take to the road to witness potentially haunted sites. A haunted Halloween road trip can help fuel ghostly interests. Here are a few places to include on your journey.
Banff Springs Hotel: This hotel in Alberta, Canada, was built more than 125 years ago as a luxury stop for train travelers. It’s rumored to be one of the most haunted places in Canada. One of the most popular of all the haunting reports involves former bellman Sam McCauley. McCauley served at the hotel during the 1960s and 1970s, and some people insist they still see him to this day. He likes to help guests up to their rooms, dressed in his 1960s uniform, often turning on lights and opening locked doors. If you try to tip or make conversation with Sam, he vanishes.
The Crescent Hotel: Located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the Crescent Hotel is often referred to as the most haunted hotel in America. The property is said to be haunted by several spirits, including a young woman who died after falling from the roof.
Edinburgh Castle: A site of many bloody battles that overlooks what many people say is the most haunted city on Earth, Edinburgh Castle keeps tourists guessing with many paranormal activities. The most common is the feeling of being touched and pulled and visions of apparitions.
Fort Mifflin: Fort Mifflin is America’s only Revolutionary War battlefield that is still intact. Located in Philadelphia, the 14 restored buildings supposedly house plenty of spirits from the past. A screaming woman is often heard, and she is so loud that the police have been called to investigate.
Monte Cristo Homestead: Located in Junee, New South Wales, Monte Cristo Homestead is considered to be the most haunted place in Australia. Tragic events, including many deaths, have occurred on the homestead since it was first constructed.
Moundsville Penitentiary: Moundsville Penitentiary was one of America’s most violent correctional facilities and the final stop for almost 1,000 criminals. Many people died at the West Virginia facility. While the prison closed in 1995, some say that tortured spirits can be seen and heard on prison tours.
Tower of London: There have been many reports of paranormal activity at the Tower of London. Anne Boleyn, whose tragic marriage to King Henry VIII ended when she was beheaded, is said to be seen walking the tower’s corridors near the spot of her death.
UAA’s Wendy Williamson Auditorium: The Wendy Williamson Auditorium in Anchorage, Alaska, has its share of unexplained phenomena. Footsteps and voices are frequently heard. Many people insist they have witnessed poltergeist activity on the property as well.
Weston State Hospital: This West Virginia facility was renamed after first being known as the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. Opening in 1864, the hospital became home to thousands of people with mental illnesses. Hundreds of people are said to have died here, and spirits may date back to the Civil War era.
These are but a handful of the seemingly haunted locations to visit around the world.