America has multiple haunted places scattered across the country that are perfect for a little Halloween traveling. Even if you’re skeptical of their existence, the ghosts and paranormal activity at these haunted places in America will make your blood boil.

Sammie Dean – Jerome, Arizona

This town is like a scene from the Wild West. Originally a bustling mining town, now it has less than 500 residents. The most famous of the ghosts is a prostitute named Sammie Dean who was strangled by a customer. If you visit this ghost town, you’ll be sure to see ghosts of the  prostitutes who suffered during Jerome’s mining days.

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Moundsville Penitentiary – West Virgina

Known as one of the most violent correctional facilities in America, the Moundsville Penitentiary in West Virginia was home to 1,000 criminals. The ones that were hung or executed on an electric chair are said to still roam the hallways of the prison today. The circular gate at the front moves on its own as if prisoners are still arriving. There are ghost tours, including a overnight tour for the brave at heart.

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Waverly Hills Sanitorium – Kentucky

In the early 1900s, at least 6000 people died of tuberculosis here. Those who died haunt the halls, one of which is a woman with bloody wrists screaming for help. This haunted place also appeared in Ghost Huntes.

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The Stanley Hotel – Colorado

This haunted hotel is famous for inspiring Stephen King’s horror novel, The Shining, after his 1974 visit. Room 217 is famous for being where Elizabeth Wilson was nearly killed in a gas-leak explosion. Since her death in the 1950s, there have been spooky, unexplained reports happening in room 217, which is also where Stephen King stayed. The hotel is still open for reservations, and hotel-guests have a discount on ghost tours.

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Alcatraz Prison – California

Prisoners who stayed in this prison were known to go insane because of the horrible treatment they received. The prison operated from 1934-1963.  The mobster Al Capone stayed here and apparently still plays his banjo in the shower room. A “thing” with glowing eyes have been seen by inmates and prison guards alike. Though there’s no official “ghost tour,” there are tours of the island which include the prison and other historical features of the island…even though you’re probably only there for the ghosts.

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Whether you’re looking for friendly ghosts or more terrifying, paranormal events, these spots are just a few of the haunted places in America. Halloween is just around the corner, so start planning your weekend trip. Just make sure you tell people where you’re going in case you encounter a not-so-friendly ghost…

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Sydney Pereira is a student at New York University trying to change the world while simultaneously making enough money to travel when she's not studying or writing. She's also an athlete, music-lover, and avid news reader. When she's not exploring NYC, fresh flowers from the farmer's market and a cup of hot tea on a lazy Saturday are equally fulfilling.


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