Scary movies and costumes make for a pretty standard Halloween, but this year, take things a step further and plot your own spooky situation. Whether you’re hunting for chills or ghouls, you’re sure to find something scary at these creepy-chic hotels and Airbnbs with a history of hauntings. Book now, and you’ll have a delightfully creepy October 31.
1. Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas: This historic hotel in downtown Austin was opened in 1886 by Civil War Colonel Jesse Driskill. He died in 1890 after losing the hotel in a high-stakes poker game and is said to still haunt his old dwelling. Guests say he makes his presence known by the scent of his favorite cigars. (via Driskill Hotel)
2. Battery Carriage House Inn, Charleston, South Carolina: Known as Charleston’s most haunted inn, this building is said to house numerous ghosts. Eerie encounters have been reported from staff and even the most skeptical of guests. (via Battery Carriage House Inn)
3. Hotel Chelsea, New York, New York: While many may associate this legendary Manhattan hotel with Warhol and Chelsea Girls, the hotel is also believed to house several famous ghosts, including Nancy Spungen, Dylan Thomas and Charles R. Jackson. (via Mel Foody)
4. Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas: The Crescent Hotel has been called “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” and is believed to be haunted by eight spirits, including Norman G. Baker himself. (via Crescent Hotel)
5. Historic Civil War Farm House: The farm house and barn were used as a Civil War field hospital immediately after the Battle of Gettysburg. This place definitely has a lot of history, but the host maintains that all of her “roommates” are friendly! (via Airbnb)
9. Le Pavillon, New Orleans, Louisiana: New Orleans is the most haunted city in the United States, so it’s not too tough to find a supernatural hot spot to rest. Le Pavillon is said to be home to a ghost couple that roams the halls. (via Le Pavillon)
10. Logan Inn, New Hope, Pennsylvania: Discover a history that dates back to before the Revolutionary War. The space is said to be inhabited by no fewer than eight ghosts, and they’ve even got a picture of a couple located in the lobby that gives off the scent of lavender. (via Logan Inn)
13. Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, Louisiana: This famous NOLA hotel is also known for its earthbound entities, along with a restaurant door that opens and closes on its own and an elevator that takes confused guests to a cold, empty floor of the building. (via Hotel Monteleone)
14. Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown, New York: This beautiful resort hotel is one of the best places to stay in upstate New York, but is also known for strange occurrences, like the sound of furniture moving late at night, along with figures moving down hallways. (via Otesaga Hotel)
16. Queen Mary, Long Beach, California: Some say that the Queen Mary is one of the most haunted places in the world, believed to be inhabited by over 150 spirits. The hotbed of said paranormal activity is the engine room, located 50 feet underground. (via Queen Mary)
17. Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, California: The Hollywood Roosevelt’s legendary star clientele is often associated with the current ghostly guests. Marilyn Monroe, Carol Lombard and Clift Montgomery are a few of the celebrities rumored to still visit. (via Hollywood Roosevelt)
18. Russell Hotel, Sydney, Australia: The Russell is one of the oldest buildings in “The Rocks” district of Sydney. There have been multiple guest reports of hauntings. The most famous is the spirit of an old seaman in room eight. (via The Russell)
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