As someone who lives a bit of a "Halloween is a lifestyle" kind of life, I'm always looking for creepy ways to celebrate my favorite holiday every day. Right now, I'm in the process of planning a creepy cross-country roadtrip to hit some of America's creepiest locations. The 8 featured below are ALL on my list, and I can't wait to see them.
8. The Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts - We should all know the rhyme by now... In 1892, Lizzie Borden took an ax and gave her mother forty whacks, and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one... Though acquitted of the murders, Lizzie is widely considered to be responsible, and the case technically remains unsolved and no one else was ever charged with the murders. Lizzie moved to another house after the trial, but remained in town for the rest of her life despite being ostracized by the Fall River community. These days, you can get the full effect of the Borden House, as it now operates as a bed-and-breakfast and mini-museum.
7. Clinton Road, West Milford, New Jersey - Clinton Road has been said to be the “most haunted road in America.” This 10-mile stretch of road has had reports of everything from strangely dressed wanderers, to ghosts, to evidence of satanic rituals, to phantom trucks that chase them to its end. There's also a cautionary tale about Ghost Boy Bridge — it’s said that the spirit of a little boy who lives underneath it will do his best to draw you into the water and never let you out. - This spot in particular might be a good place for a picnic, don't you think?
6. The Saint Louis Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana - The Saint Louis Cemetery is the name given to a group of three cemeteries in New Orleans. The cemeteries are unique for their beautiful above-ground vaults, most of which were constructed and laid there in the 18th and 19th centuries. Saint Louis Cemetery is the resting place of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans - you'll recognize her from [American Horror Story](series:206668): Coven. It’s said if you knock three times upon the tomb (to wake her from her slumber), mark the tomb with XXX in chalk or brick, and knock three times again, she’ll grant your wish — but do't forget to leave an offering. Laveau's grave is covered in markings and trinkets from the faithful.
5. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado - Made famous by The Stanley Kubrick film The Shining, the Stanley Hotel was built in 1909. It has 140 rooms. Many believe the hotel to be haunted for real - especially the ballroom. While everyone knows that the actual Stanley Hotel isn't exactly how it looks in The Shining, the cred from the film alone is enough to keep people coming back to ghost tours and photo ops. FYI - there is NO Room 237.
4. The Museum of Death, Los Angeles, California - Founded in 1995, this unique museum is not for the faint of heart. The museum features “the world’s largest collection of serial murderer artwork, photos of the Charles Manson crime scenes, the guillotined severed head of the Blue Beard of Paris (Henri Landru), original crime scene and morgue photos from the grisly Black Dahlia murder, a body bag and coffin collection, replicas of full size execution devices, mortician and autopsy instruments, pet death taxidermy, and so much more!” - SIGN ME UP
3. The Villisca Ax Murder House, Villisca, Iowa - I'm a big fan of true crime stories, especially ones like this one. On June 10, 1912, the Moore family — two parents and their four children — as well as two houseguests, were found bludgeoned to death. Investigators determined that the murders had taken place in the small hours of the night, with all the victims but one asleep at the time: Lena Stillinger, one of the guests (and friend to the Moore children), was found lying crosswise on the bed and had a defensive wound on her arm. Though several suspects were named and tried for the crimes, the case remains unsolved. You can stop in for a ghost tour, or stay overnight in the historical home, I think I might pass on the overnight stay though.
2. The Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California - Now THIS location has been one of my favorite spooky stories for a VERY long time and I can't wait to visit it. This haunted attraction was also the inspiration for Stephen King's novel, "Rose Red," which was also turned into a not entirely awful miniseries. The Winchester Mystery House began as a project for the grieving widow Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune. After the tragic deaths of her young daughter and husband, Sarah visited a medium, who told her that her family had been cursed by the restless spirits of people who had been killed by Winchester rifles (designed by Sarah’s late husband). Sarah was instructed by the psychic to move west and build a great house to keep the spirits appeased, and that her own life would be safe so long as work on the house never stopped. Sarah purchased the then-unfinished farm house in 1884 and started renovating. By 1900, the house was seven stories high, and featured a number of odd additions: extremely long hallways, staircases leading into solid ceiling, and doors that open right into walls. Strange sights and sounds, the sound of hammering and construction, the smell of fresh sawdust, were reported in the house during Sarah’s lifetime, and have only continued since her death in 1922.
1. The Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - As someone with a healthy (maybe not) obsession with forensic science, The Mütter Museum has been on my list of "must see before you die" things for a VERY long time. Home to two floors full of preserved human specimens (on racks, in glass cabinets, in jars) and a number of antique medical tools. Included among the museum’s vast array of fascinating, disturbing, and sometimes scary items are 3,000 osteological specimens representing illness, trauma, and normal anatomy; 1,300 wet specimens (preserved in liquid) from every part of the human body as well as parts that aren’t supposed to be there, such as cysts and tumors. Lithics - stones created by the human body, including kidney, bladder, and gallstones, and a collection of 1,200 medical photographs primarily showcasing a variety of patients with diseases, injuries, and malformations, such as Civil War amputations, conjoined twins, and birth defects. I might be a creep, but I find this FASCINATING. If this is up your alley, The Mutter Museum's Website has videos and more photos to pique your interest.
Have you been to any of these creepy places? Tell me in the comments!
Which of these creepy places would YOU visit?