Written by BAILEY FREEMAN
While many celebrate Halloween with quirky-kitschy revelry at pumpkin festivals and costume parties, others take the season to the next level.
Ghostly encounters have been reported in many locations across the US, and we’ve come up with a list of the most haunted places, sure to yield encounters with the apparitional kind.
San Jose, CA
Winchester Mystery House
In 1881, Sarah Winchester found herself a widow of the heir to the Winchester Rifle fortune after her husband died of tuberculosis. Sarah had lost her young daughter a few years earlier.
Accounts say Sarah, grief-stricken, consulted a medium who told her to move out west and create a home for herself and the souls of those killed by Winchester rifles, or they would haunt her forever.
Construction on the now-famous mansion in San Jose began in 1884 and continued over the course of 38 years, resulting in a sprawling 24,000-sq-ft Queen Anne-style house.
The house features 160 rooms, 47 stairways and fireplaces, six kitchens, and 13 bathrooms (though only one was functional, supposedly to confuse the spirits).
The structure was not built according to a plan, and the resulting house features a number of strange features including stairs to nowhere, interior windows and more.
In today’s currency, the house is estimated to have been built for $71 million. Upon her death, the house continued to confuse outsiders – it was omitted from her will and sold for a mere $135,000.
Today, only the grounds are open for tours – join the Walk with Spirits around the estate to hear more on the supernatural connections of this vast property.
Dubbed the City of the Dead, it's the oldest active cemetery in New Orleans and built in 1789. In its history, the cemetery is supposedly home to 100,000 "residents" housed in more than 700 tombs.
Those laid to rest there include the famous voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, along with several other notable figures from the Crescent City’s history.
Wander the maze-like pathways of this above-ground cemetery, taking in the elaborate mausoleums, the worn lists of names and, of course, the site’s extensive history.
During COVID-19, all New Orleans cemeteries are closed. When they reopen, it's important to note that unaccompanied visits to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 are not permitted.
You must visit with a licensed tour guide approved by the New Orleans Archdiocese.