Friday, October 10, 2014


Looking for a real paranormal experience?  Visit these real haunted houses.

What's my favorite Halloween memory?  Pretty much all of them.  I mean come on, it is my favorite holiday.  But I guess if I had to choose which memory is my least favorite, I'd have to say whichever ones my mom wouldn't let me go to haunted houses.  What's Halloween without scaring the living shit out of yourself?

There are so many places to go to celebrate: haunted houses, orchards, pumpkin patches, even the local church for the kids.  But lately I've been thinking of kicking it up a notch.  There are real ghost infested places you can visit, and even spend the night (if you dare).

For you Halloween fanatics out there, here's a list of some of the most haunted places to spend your Night of the Dead...

But first, THE MOST insane "pretend" haunted house I have ever heard of.

Blackout House

In only two locations in the US, LA and New York, this haunted house is $135 per person.  Only those above the age of 18 are permitted inside, after they sign a waiver.  This allows them to do pretty much whatever the hell they want to you.  In reviews, people have said to have been waterboarded, tied down, forced underwater, beaten, hung, thrown into vans, stripped down naked, and forced to walk barefoot on some pretty sketchy things...

This sounds like waaay too much for me to handle.

For the scariest haunted houses of 2014, go here.

Now, on to the real spooks.

St. Augustine, FL

St. Augustine boasts one of the highest rates of paranormal activity, and I mean I'd believe it since it is the U.S.'s oldest city.  Anywhere you go you can find ghost tours of any kind.  I have stayed there before, went on a ghost tour, and had a total blast.  There is so much history, and I recall other people on the tour getting some creepy things show up in their pictures...

Winchester Mystery House

If you're in California, this is a definite must-see.  The widow of a gun manufacturer, Sarah Winchester was attempting to channel her husband by talking to a medium.  The psychic told her she needed to continuously build a structure to house the spirits who had fallen victim to Winchester rifles.  Believing her family and money were cursed, she moved out to California where she built this enormous mansion.  What's so weird about it?  Well, it is said to be one of the most active places for paranormal encounters.  Oh, and it also has stairs that lead to nowhere, windows in the floor, and doors that would lead you to a fatal fall.  To give you an idea of how big this place is, it has 40 bedrooms, 2 ballrooms, 47 fireplaces, and three elevators.  It was originally 7 stories tall, but was reduced to four after the 1906 earthquake.

Villisca Ax Murder House

Home of the infamous 1912 murders, six members of the Moore family and their two guests were found hacked to death.  This house still boasts tons of ghost activity, from slamming doors, to screaming children.  Open for tours, and for overnight stays...if you're brave enough.

Lizzie Bordon Bed and Breakfast

There's even a creepy rhyme to go alone with this one. 

*Insert creepy children chanting here*
Lizzie Borden had an axe.
She gave her mother 40 whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
she gave her father 41.

Today, the house is a museum, but you can still spend the night in the very same room Lizzie's parents were slaughtered in.

Lemp Mansion

Home to the family of the Lemp Brewing Company during the late 1800s early 1900s, many of the Lamps died soon after Prohibition.  Some under mysterious circumstances, some took their own lives, but all died within these walls.

Pennhurst Asylum

Shut down by the government in 1985 for the abuse of the mentally and physically handicapped, this abandoned institution is a solid ten on the creep factor.  Countless troupes of ghost hunters have investigated here, with some extremely scary results.  Still filled with old gurneys and wheelchairs, the asylum has reopened its doors to entertain the public.  And, they didn't even have to pay for the decor.

To find real haunted places in your state, go here.

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