Halloween is just around the corner and during this time of the year people simply get addicted to horror movies and spooky stories, and boy, do we have a scary story for you guys. Well, seven scary stories, to be exact.
To celebrate this year’s Halloween, we decided to share with you a list of 7 locations in the USA that people believe are haunted as hell.
Enjoy this spooky ride.
1. The Alcatraz Prison, San Francisco, California
Probably the most famous prison in the world is reportedly haunted by the restless spirits of the inmates who died on this infamous Island. This former military prison served as a federal prison from 1933 until 1963.
During that time inmates were reportedly tortured, violated and kept in horrible isolation. Tourist and people who work on the maintenance of this landmark have allegedly seen some scary things inside the walls.
Tourists saw apparitions wandering the cellblocks, and even heard dreadful voices from what was once the cafeteria.
2. Athens Lunatic Asylum, Ohio
What can be scarier than an old insane asylum, right? Well, Athens Lunatic Asylum in Ohio is one of the spookiest places you’ll ever see.
This mental hospital operated from 1874 until 1993 and it treated some extremely violent patients.
Hundreds of lobotomies took place here.
Many ghost stories are related to this dreadful place, but the most famous one is about Margaret, a deaf-mute patient who supposedly escaped from her room, got trapped in an abandoned ward and died. It is said that traces of her decomposing body can still be seen today.
3. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This spooky place was once a horrible prison. It operated from 1829 to 1971 and people say it was literally “hell on Earth”. The prison staff tortured prisoners and locked them into solitary confinements for 23 hours per day.
The inmates were strapped in “mad chairs” for days without food. Nowadays people say they hear whispers, moaning, and mad laughter at night.
4. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston, West Virginia
This scary place was once a mental hospital and it was active from 1864 until 1994. It was a home to thousands of patients with all sorts of mental illnesses.
Many of them died there and it’s said that some of those people still wander the abandoned halls of this insane asylum. People believe that Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is haunted by the ghosts from the Civil War era.
5. Gettysburg National Park, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Since we mentioned the Civil War era, we simply have to mention the site of the most important battle that took place during the Civil War – Gettysburg. This place was actually named the most haunted location in America.
According to the famous story that took place in an old building, a group of students got stuck in an elevator that took them all the way to the basement all by itself.
When the door opened students saw a fully functional operating room, packed with bloody surgeons in old uniforms, who looked up and saw them. Scared for their lives, kids quickly got the elevator moving up and managed to escape.
6. Joshua Ward House, Salem, Massachusetts
This spooky place is known as one of the most haunted houses in the United States. Joshua Ward House was built on the foundation of the home of George Corwin who was a Sheriff during the famous Salem witch trials.
Corwin was a cruel man who tortured and killed Giles Corey, a local man who was charged with witchcraft. Corwin placed Corey under the board piled with rocks until he was crushed to death.
People say that ghosts of both Corwin and Corey haunt the Joshua Ward House today.
7. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
This famous hotel inspired Stephen King to write one of the most iconic horrors of all time – The Shinning.
It was open back in 1909, but just two years later a housekeeper, Ms. Elizabeth Wilson, suffered a terrible electrical accident. The legend says that Ms. Wilson still takes a very special care of people who dare to stay in the infamous room 217.