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I’m a sucker for horror movies, and grew up watching “spook shows” with my grandma. We loved shows like Matlock and Murder, She Wrote. My first horror movie was Pet Sematary, and ever since then I’ve had a penchant for suspense and thrillers. But my love for adventure didn’t stop at watching movies.
When I was a teenager, my friends and I visited the abandoned Central State Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. We toured the patients’ former living quarters and nearly had to stay the night after we accidentally got locked inside. Unfortunately, the Central State Hospital is no longer there, but I’ve compiled a list of other spooky places that you can actually visit. And here at Million Mile Secrets, we show you how to stay for FREE in (not-so-scary) hotels nearly anywhere you want to go!
7 Spooky Places To Visit for REAL Halloween Chills
1. Jonathan Corwin House in Salem, Massachusetts
The Jonathan Corwin House is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Salem witch trials of 1692. You can take a guided or self tour of the house. The city of Salem has hundreds of events to celebrate fall and Halloween including tarot readings, a Scarlet Letter walking tour, and full moon meditations.
2. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum offers many types of tours, including a Historic Tour where you can learn about the crusaders for humane treatment for the mentally ill. They also offer overnight, ~6 hour Ghost Hunts which last from 11:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. You can hunt alone or with experienced ghost hunting guides. Lastly, there are paranormal tours that last ~2 hours.
3. Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, KY
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium opened in 1910 for tuberculosis patients. The number of patients gradually increased, and construction of a building that could hold more than 400 patients began in March 1924. There are two main types of tours, Guided Tours and Public Investigations, which allow free roam for a period of time on each floor.
4. Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, Pennsylvania
Pennhurst Asylum has had many accusations of neglect, abuse and torture. It opened in 1908 as a school for the physically and mentally disabled. At its peak, it housed more than 10,000 patients. Today, you can take 4 different tours at Pennhurst Asylum, including a 13 hour, overnight, interactive “Horror Summer Camp.”
5. Bombay Beach, California
The ruins of Bombay Beach is a deserted, post-apocalyptic looking place near Joshua Tree National Park. In the 194os and 1950s, the area used to be a resort. Then, people started discovering that wildlife were dying as a result of the salty ocean. The area never fully recovered.
6. Kreischer Mansion in Staten Island, New York
This mansion has a very troubled past. Balthalzar Kreischer, a Bavarian immigrant who ran a manufacturing company, built the magnificent mansion in 1885, then died just 1 year later. His sons fought for control over their father’s company, and one son got so angry that he shot himself in the head in the mansion. Then, a second mansion was built by the surviving son, but it burned down with both the son and his wife inside. Years later, the home’s caretaker turned out to be a hitman for the mob and murdered a man in the basement.
7. Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Notorious criminals like Al Capone were held at the Eastern State Penitentiary. At one time, the building was the largest and most expensive public building ever erected in the United States. The Penitentiary now offers events like “Fright and a Bite” Dinner Packages, After Dark VIP Tours, and visits to the The Speakeasy at Al Capone’s Cell.
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