Top 10 Spooky Places to Visit This Halloween

October 26, 2018 | Events

Calling all thrill-seeking, fearless travel nurses! We’ve nailed down the top 10 must-see places to visit this Halloween. From old movie sets to historical landmarks — these places will give you goosebumps.

1. The Stanley Hotel: Colorado
If you’ve seen Stephen King’s, The Shining, these haunted hallways will look familiar. The historic Colorado hotel opened in 1909 and provides guided tours. You’ll hear scary stories and guests have been known to encounter paranormal activity, so beware…Angled view of Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

2. Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum: Massachusetts
Over a century ago, Andrew and Abby Borden were tragically murdered in their home in Fall River, MA. The primary suspect was their daughter, Lizzie Borden. Spend the night at this house of horrors and then enjoy the same breakfast that Lizzie’s parents ate as their last meal.Fall River, MA, USA May 18, 2009 Along with being an inn, the Lizzie Borden bed and Breakfast also offers the public tours of the notorious crime scene.

3. Alcatraz: California

This famous penitentiary, operated from 1934-1963, has housed some of the most notorious criminals in American history. Al Capone, Whitey Bulger, Mickey Cohen and George “Machine Gun” Kelly were all confined in its depths. Plan your visit to Alcatraz Island now.

Alcatraz at Dusk San Francisco, California /

4. Moon River Brewery: Georgia

Beer lovers — this one’s for you! For 10+ years, staff at this brewery have claimed to encounter supernatural activity. When the hotel closed in 1864, the building was used as a hospital during several yellow fever outbreaks. In 1832, a man by the name of James Stark was shot and killed on the second floor. You can still see the bullet holes upstairs and his ghost is said to wander through the building. Sound interesting? Check out the Grave Tales Ghost Tour.

Close up of a customers at a bar holding a beer and making a toast with people having fun at the background

5. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum: West Virginia

From 1864 – 1994 this asylum housed people suffering from mental illness. It’s known to be haunted by the hundreds of people who died while in treatment. Brace yourself for a daytime paranormal tour, ghost hunt or a nighttime flashlight tour!

Weston, WV, USA - May 3, 2015 : Sign in front of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum building and grounds.

6. Museum of Shadows: Nebraska

Inside this museum you’ll find hundreds of haunted items and artifacts from all over the world. Many visitors claim to have seen ghosts and the museum’s security camera has captured footage of paranormal activity. You can even book a ghost tour.

Monochrome backlit image of the silhouette of a woman with her hands pressed against a glass window. The silhouette is distorted, and the arms elongated, giving an alien-like quality. The image is sinister and foreboding, with an element of horror. It is as if the 'woman' is trying to escape from behind the glass. Horizontal image with copy space.

7. The Sultan’s Palace: Louisiana

This haunted house in the French Quarter was owned by Jean Baptiste Le Prete, who rented it to a Turkish Sultan. The Sultan’s entourage met a mysterious, deadly fate and the Sultan himself was found buried alive. Who committed this heinous crime? Well, that remains a mystery, but plan a visit and then perhaps the Sultan’s ghost will spill his secrets!

Pubs and bars with neon lights in the French Quarter, New Orleans USA

8. Exorcist Stairs: Washington, D.C.

Prepare yourself to be completely creeped out as you make your way up these steps from a particularly gripping scene in The Exorcist. You can find the steps at 371 36th St NW Washington, District of Columbia, tucked away between a stone wall and brick warehouse. View more images of the Exorcist Stairs

The famous "Exorcist" steps in historic Georgetown, Washington DC.

9. The Bird Cage Theater: Arizona

In the 1800s this wild west theater served as a place for miners to drink, gamble and cavort. The building is riddled with 140+ bullet holes and is said to be haunted by cowboys and saloon women. Tours are offered daily!

People outside the Bird Cage Theatre on E Allen St in historic Tombstone, Arizon /

10. Heap’s Haunted Corn Maze: Illinois

150 years ago, the Heap Family purchased farmland in rural Illinois. Rumor has it the previous owner went insane. On the night he went missing all that was left behind were his shredded belongings and tattered corn stalks. Today they say “The Shredder” ghost can be heard laughing in the cornfield and the Heap family dog refuses to go anywhere near the maze. Enter at your own risk!

Inside of a dried corn field that was carved into a maze.

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