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Calling All Grim, Grinning Ghosts — We've Got 18 Haunted Mansion Costume Ideas

Updated on 10/23/2017 at 6:30 AM

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I don't like to play favorites . . . but when it comes to Disney attractions, I'd gladly challenge anybody who claims that the Haunted Mansion is less than the absolute greatest . With such strong feelings about Disney's spookiest ride, it's only natural that I stumbled into the world of Haunted Mansion Halloween costumes created by passionate Disney fanatics.

Inspired by the attractions of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, these fun costumes are perfect for somebody who wants to embrace the scary side of the holiday while also repping their favorite place on earth. So grab your best friends grim, grinning ghosts and get ready to socialize on Oct. 31, because you'll walk away from this post with tons of inspiration for your own costume!

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Haunted Mansion: The Hitchhiking Ghosts Group Costumes

The Hitchhiking Ghosts Group Costumes

This group costume of Disney’s Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts — Phineas, Ezra, and Gus — is extra special because we were able to make it happen in the middle of a pandemic in two different states. That’s the magic of Adobe Photoshop! Even with Kristyne and Chelsea states away, I was able to shoot mine from the comfort of my home and make a composite. I’ll show you the basic process:

The Hitchhiking Ghosts Group Costumes

The Hitchhiking Ghosts Group Costumes

It started with this photo of Kristyne and Chelsea , taken in a studio in Orlando by @mackeemousemedia . One thing I loved about our “costumes” is that they are normal clothes we will wear again — I’m a sucker for a matching set ! — vs. something we will only wear once a year (or once, period). The accessories (and ghoulish makeup) transformed them into recognizable costumes. They sent me the raw file and I took a similar portrait in my home studio and added myself in, like so:

The Hitchhiking Ghosts Group Costumes

I determined my lighting (key light front left, fill on the right) by the shadows cast in their portrait, and some input from Chelsea about their photographer’s set up. Close enough, because I still had some ghostly editing to do!

The Hitchhiking Ghosts Group Costumes

I started with a black and grey stock photo of the Haunted Mansion from Adobe Stock. I converted it to CMYK and tweaked the color balance to make it a cyan hue, then added a gaussian blur to give it some depth of field. Here, I have fog layers already inserted…but that actually came later.

Watch my screen recording to see the process:

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Once I dropped our photos in, I tweaked the color balance, added an inner and outer glow, reduced the opacity to make us look see through — we’re ghosts, after all! — and added some fog layers. Here are all the layers:

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I also made this full body version, but I wasn’t as pleased with it. We’re too small in comparison to the bricks, and it was kind of a rushed job…the shadows are wrong and it looks like we are floating. Although, I guess that’s not too bad since we are ghosts! But oh well, it’s all about trial and error for me.

Kristyne and Chelsea got their outfits on ASOS. I already had my outfit in my closet (including the bag, which I borrowed from Bobby), but my coat is currently available. I think you could make any green pants and coordinating coat or jacket work for my look, to be honest! Our exact pieces are below:

Last but not least, I made a video of us appearing and disappearing in front of the Haunted Mansion, trying to hitch a ride. Would you let us follow you home? We’re friendly ghosts!

I hope you enjoyed seeing behind the scenes of this process. Make sure to check #keikoshauntedmansion on my instagram for more photos from this series !

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Hitchhiking Ghosts From Disney's Haunted Mansion


Introduction: Hitchhiking Ghosts From Disney's Haunted Mansion

Hitchhiking Ghosts From Disney's Haunted Mansion

Every year my buddy Andy and I like to do an elaborate costume that includes some sort of vehicle or structure. This year, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Haunted Mansion, we decided to do the hitchhiking ghosts at the end of the ride. Many people have done the ghosts before but no one has done the ghosts in the "Doom Buggy". At the end of the ride you are warned about hitchhiking ghosts and you come across a bunch of mirror and when you look in the mirror it looks like a ghost is there with you in the middle of your buggy. The idea was to make it so people can get into the buggy with us on either side to take pictures.

Step 1: Making the Back of the Buggy and Getting It to Attach to Us

Making the Back of the Buggy and Getting It to Attach to Us

The buggies were basically made with cardboard and duct tape. We bought 3 king/queen mattress boxes and cut out one side leaving a flap at the top. We then curved the box a little and taped the flap over the top to hold the curvature and create the rounded top. We then added a long 3 inch wide strip of card board to each side. They duct taped the whole box. Using the other side of each mattress box we did a similar this, though half the size to created the front of the buggy. We used pvc pipe to create the safety bars and duct taped the whole front. We used a mesh material to make the three speakers that sit inside at the top of the buggy.

Now the structural engineering of how we wore them was a little tricky. Using dollar store backpacks we cut slits in the back of each buggy based on our individual height (we are all different heights and we wanted the buggies to look the same height) and we ran the top and bottom parts of the backpack straps through the back of the buggy and the refastened them on the inside of the buggy. This way we are basically wearing the buggy as a backpack. Then taped dollar store shelving brackets to the inside of the buggy near our waist and taped pvc pipe to that so the pipe was perpendicular to the buggy. This is what we would connect to the front panel of the buggy.

Step 2: Making the Door and Connecting to the Back

Making the Door and Connecting to the Back

On the inside of the front panel we also taped 2 shelving brackets. Initially the plan was to tape pvc connectors to the front panel and just pop them on to the pipes that were sticking out from the back of the buggy and thus complete the buggy but this proved to be difficult to take on and off if we wanted to "open the door" of the buggy to let people in. So instead we put a bar across the two brackets on the inside of the door and then rested that bar across the two pipes that were sticking out from the back. To make sure it didn't slide off we added elbow shaped connectors to the two pipes from the back facing upwards. This all worked well however the weight of the door resting on those pipes started to tile the whole buggy forward. We then had to run a thin rope through the back of the buggy and tie it around our waste to keep the back of the buggy upright. This all worked perfectly and the buggy hung from us hands free and if we wanted to take the door off to let people pose inside and hold the door it was easy.

Step 3: The Costumes

The Costumes

The costumes themselves we bought at thrift stores and Goodwill. We bought white jackets, pants, shirts, hats, a bag, and a ball and chain. Then using fabric paint sprayed them mint colored to give that ghost look. We ordered the beard and wigs online as well. Finally for the makeup we just used two different colored blues and a white to give us the ghost look and used blue dish gloves for our hands. We didn't want it to be obvious how we had the buggies attached to us so we cut slits in the back of the costumes to run the backpack straps through them and the rope so nobody could see them.

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Easy Haunted Mansion Costume DIY for the Whole Family

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Each Halloween, we try to do at least one fun, family themed costume. This year, my girls really wanted to dress as Haunted Mansion for Halloween, so we worked together to make costumes for the whole family. These are inspired by the ride at Walt Disney World, but we also watched The Haunted Mansion and Muppets Haunted Mansion to really get into the spirit.

DIY Constance Hatchaway Costume

My oldest daughter wanted to be Constance Hatchaway, who is also known as The Black Widow Bride, is one of the 999 Happy Haunts within the Haunted Mansion attraction at Walt Disney World. Supposedly, Constance married at least 5 wealthy suitors and then claimed their wealth as a widow after beheading them.

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To make this costume a reality, I ordered this lace white dress on Amazon and luckily found a wedding veil on clearance at Hobby Lobby. I completed the look with spooky make-up and an ax from the Dollar Tree.

DIY Haunted Mansion Costume Idea: Tightrope Walker

My middle daughter wanted to be the Tightrope Walker from Haunted Mansion. This dress was AMAZINGLY soft and comfortable. She’s worn it dozens of times since! I found this cute pink umbrella on Amazon and added satin ribbon to a pair of pink shoes she already owned.

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Then, I sewed a super quick caplet with scrap clearance fabric from a local craft store. Adding a little ballerina bun on top of her head completed this look for our Haunted Mansion family halloween costumes.

The Hatbox Ghost & A Happy Haunt

My husband was the hatbox ghost (one of the hitchhiking trio). He didn’t carry around an actual hat box (since he carried the toddler a lot). Instead, I just made him a white top hat using craft foam and hot glue. I even added extra fur trim (leftover from the tightrope walker caplet) as sideburns.

My youngest was a happy haunt who simply dressed in all white to keep her comfortable for all the festivities.

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Madame Leota Tombstone DIY

Finally, my costume as the Madame Leota tombstone is made from cardboard and puffy paint. First, I traced the overall shape I wanted. Next, I cut out an oval for my face and added some crafting foam for some dimension. Finally, I used puffy paint for the words and then added grey, black and silver paint to finish it.

I also added some sturdy handles on the back to make it easier to hold.

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Spook Your Friends with Haunted Mansion Hatbox Ghost Costume!

by Kristin Sabol · October 13, 2022

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Attention Grim Grinning Ghosts and foolish mortals! Do you have a furry friend ready for this ghoulish season? Looking for an awesome dress-up option for your coolest pet? Then check this out.

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Halloween costumes do not get any better than this! And what a great way to celebrate the season with one of the greatest Disney attractions ever.

Get ready for spooky fun with this new Haunted Mansion Hatbox Ghost Costume!

Happy Halloween!

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This is no trick, but definitely a fun treat! Dress your pet in the Hatbox Ghost costume this Halloween!

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Part of the DisneyTails collection, this costume features one of the most iconic characters from the Haunted Mansion attraction!

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Check out these details! We love the Haunted Mansion logo on the green cape. Velcro makes it easy to get on and off.

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This  deep forest green costume features a shiny cape! 

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And the bottom layer shows “Haunted Mansion” in eery script!

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The costume also comes with the iconic dark green hat!

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The costume easily slips over your cat or dog.

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The new Hatbox Ghost Costume retails for $39.99. Do you have a pet that would love this costume? Get ready for trick-or-treat season with this fun new look!

The new costume was spotted today by our MickeyBlog team! Head over to Discover Trading for this fun seasonal find!

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Be sure to check out the new Hatbox Ghost costume! And be sure to check out all of the great new finds at this fun location. 


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Make a DIY Haunted House That Both Kids and Adults Will Love

The ideal formula for a Halloween haven? Not too much gore, a little bit of spookiness, and all of the fun.

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Skip the lines and bring the haunted house into your home this year. Don't worry—it doesn't have to be too frightening! Whether you're hosting a Halloween party or setting up a spooky front=yard maze for trick-or-treaters , a haunted house is a festive way to get into the Halloween spirit for all ages.

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Start Planning

While it doesn't need to be complex, planning the overall concept of your DIY haunted house will make construction easier later on. Jenny Lex Huizar, owner of Lex and Relle Wreaths and a Halloween fanatic, made her first DIY haunted house for her kids last fall since they couldn't make it to one in person. Huizar advises first planning where your haunted house will be and how scary you want to make it. "Pick an area of the house that you can avoid using for a few weeks, like the dining room, playroom, guest room, entryway, or covered patio if you have decent weather," Huizar says.

Choose a Theme

Before buying any supplies, decide the theme and scare level of your haunted house. For themes, get specific: a paranormal haunted mansion, Frankenstein's scientific lab , a zombie-filled doctor's office, a witch's lair , or a spooky clown circus.

Use the following questions to help guide your theme further. What will be the average age group walking through it? Will there be live actors or just props? Is it all for fun or supposed to get a few screams out of people? If your kids will be taking part in the scaring fun, Huizar suggests taking them to a department store and letting them check out the Halloween props to be sure you don't purchase anything too frightening for them.

Suggested Supplies

Huizar suggests the following supplies to customize your DIY haunted house. Most of the items are optional; add anything that will best fit your theme and scream-factor goals.

  • Large cardboard boxes (she used 20 boxes to make a crawlable path through her dining area and entryway)
  • Heavy-duty scissors or X-Acto knife
  • Heavy-duty duct tape
  • Black trash bags or black gauze fabric to cover walls or cardboard boxes
  • Halloween props (the more the merrier!)
  • Fake cobwebs
  • Flashlights
  • Strobe lights
  • Fog machine
  • Halloween playlist and speaker
  • Halloween candy

Most of all, bring your imagination and creativity!

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Assemble Your Haunted House

Any haunted house or maze should consist of at least one component: pathways. Guided pathways ensure thrill-seekers can easily and safely find their way through the attraction. The rest is up to you and all of the scary details that you want to add based on your theme.

The Pathways

If your haunted house will be built using cardboard boxes, break down and bend the boxes to form walkways. If it will be constructed as a traditional walkthrough experience, use black drop cloths or trash bags to cover walls and doorways. If it will be an outdoor walk, small poles and ropes can easily form paths; consider using glow-in-the-dark versions.

No matter how you create your walkways, make sure to include a few dead ends along the way. These forced stops will make guests think about their next turn rather than mindlessly wandering. You can also move the paths back and forth multiple times (in a snaking pattern) throughout the space to make your haunted house last longer for guests. Huizar also places bowls of candy at the dead ends to keep guests motivated.

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Add Variety

Fill one passageway with something guests will physically touch. Use standard balloons taped to the sides of the walls or tall, twisting balloons taped to the ground and pointing upwards to create more textural variety for guests to walk through. Drape things like faux spiderwebs or spooky signage along the walls and ceiling for visual variety. If you don't want to DIY your Halloween decorations , head to a department or Halloween store to explore all of the options—they're countless!

Make It Spooky (and Fun!)

Ensure there are a few spine-chilling characters throughout your haunted house; it's even better if they are motion-activated to make sound and movement when there's a passerby. To get the best scares, recruit some actors and dress them in festive costumes to jump out at guests, having them hide behind cardboard walls or drop cloths.

Most important are the details—eerie shrieks and thunder echoing through a speaker, fog machines, and strobe lights make all the difference. Happy haunting!

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Things to do | your guide to all the halloween attractions in and around the lehigh valley.

Halloween Haunt and the Great Pumpkin Fest will make sure everyone can have fun in Dorney Park this fall. (Photo courtesy of Dorney Park)

Scare up some Halloween fun with these Lehigh Valley haunted houses, attractions and other events


Not recommended for children 11 and younger

Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride: Check into the motel, slip past scarecrows, zombies and other evils in and take a ride on the Haunted Hayride and walk through the Revenge of the Scarecrows Haunted Trail, and Double Edge Axe Throwing. Advanced timed tickets. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Oct. 28; 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 22, 29; 6:30-9:30 p.m. Oct.16-19, 23-26, 30-31. Bates Motel, 1835 Middletown Road (Route 352), Glen Mills. $40-$125. 610-459-0647. thebatesmotel.com.

Dorney’s Halloween Haunt: Haunted mazes, scare zones, live entertainment, zombies and vampires, thrill rides, more. 6-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Oct. 28, Oct. 22. Dorney Park, 3830 Dorney Park Road, S. Whitehall Township. $39.99. 610-395-2000. Dorneypark.com.

Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary: Festival staged in the site’s cellblocks and courtyards with five haunted houses plus historic tours, themed bars and lounges, live performances, more. 7-11 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. through Nov. 11. Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia. $39-$59. 215-236-3300. easternstate.org/halloween.

Haunted Red Mill: The Dead Don’t Die. Beyond the Fear-backstage Tour (5-8 p.m. Oct. 19, 26; $10). 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 27-28. Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main St., Clinton, New Jersey. $30-$45, 908-735-4101. redmillhauntedvillage.org.

Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares: The 250-year-old “Abandoned” Pocono Mountain Resort houses both Hotel of Horror Haunted House and Altered Nightmares. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 3-4; 7-11 p.m. Oct. 20, 27; 6-11 p.m. Oct. 21, 28. Lakehouse Hotel, Route 115 & Cherry Valley Road, Saylorsburg, $40; $45. hotelofhorror.com

Jason’s Woods: New this year, Wrecking Machine and Grinder, also Lost in Jason’s Woods, Chamber of Horrors, Carnival of Fear, Zombie Apocalypse, Horrifying Hayride, live music, midway, theatrical shows, Psycho Circus 3-D attraction. 7-10 p.m. Fri. and Sat.; 7-9 p.m. Sun., through Nov. 4. Jason’s Woods, 90 Stehman Road, Lancaster. $25-$45, 717-875-5110. jasonswoods.com.

Kim’s Krypt Haunted Mill: House of Eyes, Terror Trail, Horror of Menges Mill, Dark Despair. 6-10 p.m. Sun., through Oct. 29 and Oct. 30-31; 6-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., through Oct. 28. Colonial Valley Scream Park, 5932 Colonial Valley Road, Spring Grove. kimskrypt.com.

Lancaster Field of Screams: Frightmare Asylum, Den of Darkness, Haunted Hayride and Nocturnal Wasteland, live bands and other special events. Advanced timed ticket purchase. Fri.-Sun. through Nov. 11 and Oct. 19, 26, 31. Field of Screams, 191 College Ave., Mountville. $16-$35, 717-285-7748. fieldofscreams.com.

Lehigh Valley Screampark: Psycho Path, Hollow of Horror, Condemned Haunted House, Operation Bio Purge. Fri.-Sun. Through Oct. 29. Lehigh Valley Screampark, 2951 Betz Court, Orefield. $50. lehighvalleyscreampark.com.

Palmerton Halls of Horror: Gross and gory hardcore haunted house. Optional Blood Experience ($47). 7-11 p.m. Oct. 20, 27; 6-11 p.m. Oct. 21-22, 28-29. Halls of Horror, 320 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. $25. hallsofhorror.net.

Philly Fright Factory: 25,000-square-foot haunted house in a 120-year-old building in South Philadelphia. Oct. 19-22, 26-31. Fright Factory, 2200 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia. $30; $35. frightfactorypa.com.

Reaper’s Revenge: A haunted hayride, Lost Carnival, Pitch Black, Sector 13. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sun. through Oct. 29. Reaper’s Revenge, 460 Green Grove Road, Scranton. $49-$69. 570-254-8038. reapersrevenge.net.

Scream Mountain: Haunted hayride, starter haunted hayride (6 p.m.; $10, reservations required), haunted lift and walk. 6:30-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Oct. 28. Spring Mountain, 757 Spring Mount Road, Schwenksville. $22; $30. 610-287-7900. springmountainadventures.com.

Six Flags FrightFest: Seasonal rides, scare zones, terror trails and haunted mazes plus zombies and Halloween-themed shows and attractions. Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 31. Six Flags Great Adventure, Route 537, Jackson, New Jersey. sixflags.com/greatadventure.

Shocktoberfest: Zombie Safari Hayride Tour, Midway Massacre, Prison of the Dead, Ground Assault, Unknown 3.0., Zombie Experience, midway attractions, more. 5-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat, 5-9 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 4. Shocktoberfest, 94 Park Ave., Sinking Spring. $30-$80. 610-375-7273. shocktoberfest.com.

Valley of Fear and the Original Haunted Hayride: Haunted hayride, Willie’s Shipwreck Cove, Miles Manor Haunted House. 7 p.m. Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 29, also Oct. 19, 22, 26, 30. Phoenix Sport Club, 301 W. Bristol Road, Feasterville. $25-$74. 215-942-9787. valleyoffear.com.

Waldorf Estate of Fear: Waldorf Hotel, Terror in the Corn, Infection, Zombie Escape Room. Fri.-Sat. through Oct. 28. Waldorf Estate of Fear, 6325 Interchange Road, Lehighton. $20-$70, 610-824-6835. waldorfestateoffear.com.

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Cemetery Tour: Death and Dying : Walk through the 1741 Gemeinhaus, the oldest standing building in the city; stroll through God’s Acre, Bethlehem’s oldest cemetery, and hear stories. 3 p.m., 5 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 27-28. Moravian Museum, 66 W. Church St., Bethlehem, $8-$17; $9, 610-882-0450, historicbethlehem.org.

Crystal Cave Halloween Ghost Lantern Tours: Ghost stories, folklore and history of haunted Crystal Cave by lantern light. Not recommended for ages 7 and under. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 28; 6 p.m. Oct. 13, 20, 27. Crystal Cave, 963 Crystal Cave Road, Kutztown. $30; $23, ages 8-11, 610-683-6765. crystalcavepa.com.

Elysburg Haunted House: Benefits Elysburg and Ralpho Fire Departments. 7 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 27-28. Elysburg Valley Gun and Country Club, 106 Gun Club Road, Elysburg, $20, 570-672-2920, facebook.com/ElysburgHauntedHouse.

Fright Time Zip & Climb: Climbing, zipping and swinging through the trees with laser lights, glow sticks, fog machines, Halloween decorations and the fall nighttime sky of the Poconos. The five high ropes courses and Adventure Tour with zip lining, rock wall and free fall activity will be open. Advance tickets recommended. 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 28. Blue Mountain Resort, 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, Palmerton. $55. https://www.shopskibluemt.com/halloween-fright-time-zip-climb

Ghost Tour of New Hope: Lantern-led walk. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Oct. 28 and Oct. 31. New Hope, Bridge and Main streets, $12, 215-354-1693, ghosttoursofnewhope.com.

Haunted Hayride in the Parkway : Thrills, chills and frights will put a scare into your night. Benefits the Whitehall Fire Department. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 27-28. $15; $7, ages 6-12; free. ages 5 and under. 610-437-5524 ext. 1165.

Old Jail Ghost Tour: Tour the jail and hear tales of ghostly encounters. Noon-4:15 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through Oct. 29. Old Jail Museum, 128 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, $12. 570-325-5259, theoldjailmuseum.com.

Rotary Historic Ghost Walks in Old Mauch Chunk: Accompany your Ghost Guide on a one-mile outdoor walk on Broadway, with tales of ghoulish encounters. Varying times Fri.-Sun. through Nov. 18. The Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway, $15; $5, ages 12 and younger, 570-325-2599, jimthorperotary.org

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Fun for all ages and family-friendly activities

Bear Rock Corn Maze: 2-acre corn maze, test your scavenger hunts skills and trivia knowledge with hidden clues to complete the game card, pumpkin patch, hayrides ($3.50), glow golf (Fri.-Sun.). Bear Rock Junction, 8181 Route 309, New Tripoli. $6.75. 610-298-8888. bearrockjunction.com.

Crayola Screamin’ Green Hauntoween: Crafts, themed scavenger hunt, character photo ops, trick-or-treat (Sat.-Sun.), pumpkin decorating, more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through Oct. 31. Crayola Experience, 30 Centre Square, Easton. $86.99; $25.99 advance tickets. 952-851-5800, crayolaexperience.com

Corn Cob Acres: 50 activities including train ride, Farm Animal Barrel, Cow Belly Bounces, Bat Cave and Spider Web Weave, pedal karts, giant sling shots, Jack-O-Lantern bean bag toss, more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. through Oct. 29. 191 College Ave., Mountville. $17.99; $13.99 seniors.  717-285-7748, corncobacres.com.

Count’s Halloween Spooktacular: Kids can come in costume and enjoy Halloween-themed shows, trick-or-treating, characters, more. Through Nov. 5, Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne. $41.99 and over, 215-752-7070. sesameplace.com.

Da Vinci Center Jack-O-Lantern Lane: Hand-carved jack-o-lanterns, not-so-spooky houses, hands-on activities, more. Through Nov. 5. Da Vinci Science Center, 3145 Hamilton Boulevard Bypass, Allentown.  484-664-1002, davincisciencecenter.org/jack-o-lantern-lane

Dorney’s The Great Pumpkin Fest: Join Peanuts characters for petting zoo, decorating activities, entertainment, Planet Snoopy theme park, Franklin’s Monster Mania. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30. Dorney Park, 3830 Dorney Park Road, South Whitehall Township. 610-395-2000. dorneypark.com.

Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings: Themed rides, special entertainment, Trick-or-Treat Trail, more. Noon-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through Oct. 29. Dutch Wonderland, 2249 Route 30 East, Lancaster. 717-291-1888. dutchwonderland.com.

Electrifying Jack O Lantern: Family-friendly walk-through experience featuring thousands of hand-carved pumpkins displayed in a creative and artistic exhibit. 7-9 p.m. daily, through Oct. 29. Advanced tickets only. West End Fairgrounds, 570 Fairground Road, Gilbert. electrifyingjackolanterns.com.

Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival: Pick pumpkins, games, food, hayrides, carnival rides, more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 29. Country Junction, 6565 Interchange Road, Lehighton. 610-377-8400. countryjunction.com.

Grim’s Fall Festival and Corn Maze: Find your way through the field of corn, pick your own pumpkin,  hayrides, more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 29. Grim’s Greenhouse and Farm Market, 9941 Schantz Road, Breinigsville. 610-395-5655.

Happy Haunts at Red Mill: Haunted tour, hay ride, cider and donuts and one pumpkin per family. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 21, 28. Red Mill Museum Village, 56 Main St., Clinton. $10. 908-735-4101, redmillhauntedvillage.org

Hausman’s Fall Farm Festival: Corn maze, pumpkin patch, more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through Oct. 29. Hausman’s Fruit Farm, 2824 Limeport Pike, Coopersburg. 267-980-3409. hausmanfruitfarm.com.

Knoebels Hallo-Fun: Rides and games, fall food treats and spook-tacular live entertainment and decorations. 6-10 p.m. Fri., 2-10 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. through Oct. 29. Knoebels Amusement Park, 391 Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg. $22-$50, ride passes. 800-487-4386. knoebels.com.

Linvilla Pumpkinland: Hayrides, train rides, straw bale and cornfield mazes, Hayrides to the Witch’s House (Oct. 6-30). Daily through Nov. 5. Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media. 610-867-7116, linvilla.com

Maize Quest: Maze, hayrides, rides and games, more. Flashlight nights (Saturdays in Oct.). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Nov. 5. Stony Hill Farms, 15 North Road, Chester, New Jersey. $7.99 and over. 908-879-2696. stonyhillfarms.com.

Old Homestead Pumpkin Patch: Hay rides, boat rides, corn maze, pumpkin launcher, farm animals, paddle boat rides, more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through Oct. 29. 1165 Strohl’s Valley Road, Lehighton. 610-681-3276, oldhomestead.com.

Olde Stone Farm Harvest Days : Corn maze, hayride, food trucks, games, farm animals, face painting, more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. through Oct. 28. 1350 Raubsville Road, Easton. $10. oldestonefarmpa.com

Pumpkinland: Halloween display of cartoon characters, scarecrows, hay hutch and pumpkins, hayrides and funhouse. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Oct. 31. Colonial Gardens, 745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville. 610-948-9755, colonialgardenspa.com.

Saylorsburg Mazezilla “Music to Oour Ears”: 11-acre corn maze, wagon rides, pumpkin patch, produce stand, barnyard animals, more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4-5; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 15, 22, 29; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 13, 20-21, 27-28; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 14. Klingel’s Farm, 415 State Route 115, Saylorsburg. $14, 570-402-7378. mazezilla.com.

Seiple Farms Corn Maze: Journey through the corn maze ($7; free, ages 2 and under), flashlight corn maze, hayrides, pick-your-own pumpkins, amusements, farm animals, more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; noon-6 p.m. Oct. 20. Seiple Farms, Route 329, Bath. 610-837-6282, seiplefarms.com.

Six Flags Kids Boo Fest : Trick-or-treating, Hunt for Boo, Witch’s Brew live show, wagon rides, more. Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 29. Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson, NJ. sixflags.com

Unangst Tree Farm Fall Fun: Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, farm markets, more. noon-5 p.m. Mon-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Unangst Tree Farm, 7317 Bethlehem-Bath Pike, Bath. 610-837-7531. unangst-treefarm.com.

Wilcox Farms: Corn maze, play area, tractor hay rides (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.), more. 1134 S. Reading Ave., Boyertown. 610-367-2387, wilcoxfamilyfarm.com

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Special events

Sun Inn Ghost and Spirit Tours: Video history of the Historic 1758 Sun Inn, tour of the rooms and attic with a few authentic Ghost Stories of the Inn and a personal tasting of Christmas City Spirits. Tours at 4, 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 5. Sun Inn, 564 Main St., Bethlehem. $25. suninnbethlehem.org.ghost-and-spirit-tours.

Eerie Easton Walking Tour: Tour through the streets of downtown, historic Easton and hear stories about true crimes and actual historic events that took place in the community. Tours 6 and 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 29. $15. Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton St., Easton. 610-253-1222, sigalmusuem.org.

Salvage Goods Haunted History Tours and Investigations: Participants are introduced to the world of a paranormal investigator and get an inside scoop on how they prep and conduct an investigation in a truly haunted location. 6-8 p.m. and 8:15-10:15 p.m. Oct. 20, Nov. 3. $30. 24 S. 3 rd St., Easton. salvagegoodseaston.com.

Salvage Goods Haunted History: Step inside the first official jail of Easton and explore areas of the building never open to the general public. learn first hand accoutns of some of the tragedies that took place behind the bars and meet the in-house paranormal team, Mystic Inquiries. 7-8 p.m., 8:15-9:15 p.m., 9:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Nov. 4. $7. 24 S. 3 rd St., Easton. salvagegoodseaston.com.

Old Soul Stroll of Boyertown: Learn the tales, tragedy and rejuvenation this historic quaint town has to offer. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Boyertown Area Historical Society and the stroll will start promptly at 6:45 p.m. and end at Revamped Salon. Oct. 28, Nov. 4. 43 S. Chestnut Street. $12. boyertownhistory.org/old-soul-stroll

Spooky Nazareth Walking Tour : Learn about the founding of Nazareth and hear some spooky ghost stories about the Whitefield House, Nazareth Hall and other historic places. 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Oct. 20-21, 27-28. Whitefield House, 214 E. Center St., Nazareth. $15; free, ages 5 and under, members. moravianhistory.org

Pa. Renaissance Faire: Halloween Daze and Spooky Knights: Kids costume exhibition, adult costume contest, kids Halloween treasure hunt.  Oct. 21-22, 28-29, Mount Hope Estate & Winery, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim. $32.95; $16.95, ages 5-11. 717-665-7021. parenfaire.com.

Kutztown Ghost Tour: Historical, spooky walking tour that starts and ends at the Kutztown Tavern with guides and storytellers dressed in period costume. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 20-21. Kutztown Tavern, 272 W. Main St. $22, kutztownrotary.com

Creepy-themed Book Events: Paranormal author Jeffrey A. Dengler presents his books “The Minersville Mansion” and his newest title, “The Spirits of Shoemakersville Road” joined by fellow paranormal investigator Justin Selig, 6 p.m. Oct. 16; Jennifer L. Green presents her new collection of creepy regional history, 6 p.m. Oct. 21. Firefly Bookstore, 271 W. Main, Kutztown , 484-648-2712, fireflybookstore.com

Howl O’Ween Doggie Parade: Parade begins at CMA and winds the trail to Trail’s End, back to the Mountain Coaster Lawn for awards ceremony and vendors. Registration noon-3 p.m., parade 1 p.m. Oct. 21. Camelback Mountain Adventures, 243 Resort Drive, Tannersville. camelbackresort.com

All Hallows Eve Fall Festival: Pumpkin painting, corn shucking, apple cider press, hay pile, hayrides, refreshments, more. 1-4 p.m. Oct. 21, Pennypacker Mills, Route 73 and Haldeman Road, Schwenksville, free, 610-287-9349, montcopa.org/pennypackermills.

America On Wheels Halloween Bash Model Car Show: Awards, vendors, more. Judging begins at 1 p.m. (model entry fee; $1).  9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 21. America On Wheels, 5 N. Frost St., Allentown. $11, includes show and museum entry. 610-432-4200, americaonwheels.org.

Trunk or Treat: Special guest, Mr. Lobo of Cinema Insomnia, trunk and costume contests, movies “Casper” and “Corpse Bride,” more. 4 p.m.-midnight Oct. 21. Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theatre, 4540 Shankweiler Road, Orefield. 610-481-0800, shankweilers.ticketleap.com/trunk-or-treat-at-shankweilers

America On Wheels Trunk of Treat : Travel through the museum parking lot for treats at festively decorated car trunks and truck beds; treats, activities, scavenger hunt and model car show inside museum. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 21. America On Wheels, 5 N. Frost St., Allentown. 610-432-4200, americaonwheels.org.

Cops n Kids: Halloween Surprises: Join Taylor, the friendly witch, as she reads “A Spoonful of Frogs” by Casey Lyall and teaches how to make “frog” slime. Registration required. 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 21. Cops N Kids Reading Room at the Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem. Free. 610-861-5526.

Kids on the Canal : Halloween Trick or Treat: Come dressed in costume and trick or treat around the park. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 21. National Canal Museum, 2750 Hugh Moore Park Road, Easton. $8; $7, seniors; $6, ages 3-15; free, members. 610-923-3548, canals.org.

Halloween Spooktacular: Scarecrow contest, spooky barn, train rides and pedal pulls, scavenger hunt, pumpkin and face painting, scavenger hunt, trunk or treat (registration required; 484-767-2307), more. Costumes encouraged. 12:30-5 p.m. Oct. 22. Weisenberg/Lowhill Township Historical Society, 4585 Werley’s Corner Road, New Tripoli.

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): celebrates and honors the lives and memories of loved ones who have passed away. Adriana Santos talks about the blend of indigenous and Spanish Catholic traditions of Mexico. 2 p.m. Oct. 22. Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton St., Easton. Free. 610-253-1222, sigalmusuem.org.

Boo at the Zoo: Wear costume and trick or treat at the zoo, arts and crafts tables, vendors, music and costumed characters. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21-22, 28-29. Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, $16; $15, seniors; $14, ages 2-11; free, ages 1 and under, 610-799-4171, lvzoo.org.

Ghouls Night Out: Star of the Day divas family-friendly musical review featuring the witches, villains, and vixens of stage and screen. Portion of the proceeds benefits the Parents’ Medical Rights Group. 7 p.m. Oct. 27-28. St. John’s United Church of Christ, 139 N. 4th St. Emmaus. 484-809-9228, staroftheday.org

SteelStacks Zombie Ball: Music, Tarot card reader, food and drink specials, costume contest. 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.  610-332-3378, steelstacks.org.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A live performance from the Spaced Out Sensations shadowcast. 11:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28. Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. $11; $8.50, seniors, students; $7.50, members. 610-297-7100, steelstacks.org

Ghost Stories on the Canal: Come aboard the “ghost ship”, the Josiah White Boo, for a spooky 45-minute-long cruise along the Lehigh Canal.  Along the way, storyteller Judy England-McCarthy, will regale you with tales of ghosts and supernatural happenings from canals and the industrial history in our region. 4:30 and 6 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28. Reservations required. $18; $15, ages 3-15. National Canal Museum, 2750 Hugh Moore Park, Easton. 610-923-3548, canals.org.

Halloween  Ghost Tour: Hear real-life ghostly encounters experienced in the house and on the grounds by Pearl Buck, Pearl S. Buck International staff, and others. 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and 29. Pearl S. Buck House, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie. $18; $15, seniors; $10, ages 4-18. pearlsbuck.org/ghost-tours

Spooky Days on the Farm: A guide will take you around the farm as you meet the suspects, gather clues, and more to help solve the murder mystery. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27-28. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm,1000 Turkey Hill Road, south of Stroudsburg, off Business Route 209, Stroudsburg. $18; $10, ages 3-12, 570-992-6161. quietvalley.org.

Jekyll & Hyde: The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life. 2 p.m. Oct. 27-28, 8 p.m. Oct. 28. The Shawnee Playhouse, 552 River Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 570-421-5093, shawneeplayhouse.org.

Family Fright Night: Costume contest, games, dinner, dancing, more. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28, Kalahari Resorts Convention Center, 250 Kalahari Blvd., Pocono Manor. $45; $18, ages 4-12; free, 3 and under. 570-216-5469, kalahariresorts.com

Allentown Halloween Walking Parade: Bands, dance groups, local organizations and vendors. Oct. 28. allentownpa.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Recreation-Programs/HalloWeekend

Slashers & Flashers: A Burlesque Show: Countess Queen Conch’s cable access spooktacular. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Visitors Center at SteelStacks, 711 E. First St., Bethlehem. $18-$25. steelstacks.org.

Harvest & Haunts Fall Festival: Vendors, crafters, food trucks, wine sampling, kid’s zone with crafts and games, historical reenactors and demonstrations, face painting, tours of the 1768 Mansion ($10; free, ages 12 and under), more. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28. George Taylor House, 35 S. Front St., Catasauqua. georgetaylorhouse.org

Roxey Ballet’s Not Too Scary Spooktacular Dance Party: Halloween-themed dance, mask decorating, and ghoulish games, more. 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 28. Mill Ballet Event Center, 46 N. Sugar Road, New Hope. $25, kids; $10, adults. roxeyballet.org

Boos & Brews: Crawl-O-ween Bar Crawl: Costume contest, drink and food specials, more. 2-7 p.m. Oct. 28. $30. Downtown Allentown. web.lehighvalleychamber.org

Grand Slambovian Halloween Ball: 8 p.m. Oct. 28. Mauch Chunk Opera House, 13 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. $29. 570-325-0249, mcohjt.com.

Allentown Band: Golden Silents: Safety Last: Classic silent film tradition with the dizzying, high-story thrill comedy “Safety Last,” featuring “The Man on the Clock” Harold Lloyd. A new score specially composed for the film’s centennial by band and ASO clarinetist Stephen Reisteter. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. $15; $10, students. Millersymphonyhall.org.

Quakertown Farmers Market Trick or Treat and Costume Contest: Children ages 1-10 years are invited to Trick or Treat through the market collecting candy and treats. Parade through the market to the stage for the costume contest. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 28. Rain date Oct. 29. Quakertown Farmers Market, 201 Station Road, Quakertown. 215-536-4115, quakertownfarmersmkt.com.

George Taylor House Harvest & Haunts: Kids activities, costume contest, craft vendors, more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 28. George Taylor House, 36 S. Front St., Catasauqua. Free. 610-264-0541, https://www.facebook.com/events/1030875491381010?ref=newsfeed

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): Music, dance and cultural celebration, Oct. 29, Allentown Arts Park. allentownpa.gov/Parks-and-Recreation/Recreation-Programs/HalloWeekend

Owloween: Travel through walk-through stations and learn all about owls and meet one up close, costume contest, take-home creepy crafts, more. Registration required. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 29. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton. $7; $5 members. 610-756-6961, hawkmountain.org.

Macungie Memorial Park Halloween Festival: Family friendly games and activities, food and beverage vendors, Macungie Halloween Parade travels through the festival (7:15 p.m.). 4-8 p.m. Oct. 29. 50 Poplar St. $5, family.

Community Music School Monster Concert: Student concert and costume contest. 4 p.m. Oct. 29, Dorothy H. Baker Recital Hall, Community Music School, 1544 W. Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-435-7725, cmslv.org.

Mystery & History Tour: Explore the the spooky side of the early Bethlehem Moravians on a tour through the Colonial Industrial Quarter’s 1750/61 Smithy, the 1762 Waterworks and 1761 Tannery. 5-6:30 p.m. Fri.-Sun. through Oct. 29. Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center, 505 Main St., Bethlehem. $12-$17. Historicbethlehem.org.

Wildlife of the Watershed: Spooky Animals: Meet some of Wildlands Conservancy’s spookiest animals and learn how these critters may not be so spooky after all. 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 29. Trexler Environmental Center, 4935 Orchard Road, Schnecksville. Free. wildlandspa.org

William Friedkin Tribute Series “The Exorcist”: Tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity. 7:15 p.m. Oct. 31. Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. $10; $8, seniors, ages 25 and under; $7.50, members. 610-297-7100, steelstacks.org

Spooky Animals & Halloween Hike: Meet Wildlands Conservancy’s creepiest critters (and learn that they’re not very scary at all) and hit the trails looking for things that go bump in the night. Wear a costume and get a treat. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Dorothy Rider Pool Wildlife Sanctuary 3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus. $12. wildlandspa.org

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10 best fall ghost tours for spine-tingling fun in America

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When traveling to a new town or city, enrolling in a ghost tour can be a great way to delve into the area’s history and local lore. 

From sleepovers at haunted locales to captivating tours of city streets, keep reading for the top ghost tours in the U.S. 

Here are 10 to know about and investigate.


Haunted Saratoga Ghost Tour Company on the Haunted History Trail of New York in Saratoga Springs, New York

Haunted Saratoga Ghost Tour Company

If you are interested in a ghoulish adventure, you will not want to miss out on the Haunted Saratoga Ghost Tour in New York. (©AmityPhotos)

The Haunted History of Trail of New York State, which features more than 80 locations on a 400-mile trail (the ghost hunts listed below are among those locations), gives Empire State visitors a peek into the supernatural world.

Whether you catch epic thrills (and goosebumps) from Park After Dark Ghost Tours in Sylvan Beach or New York State Capitol Hauntings Tour in Albany, you’re in for a memorable experience on the ghost-scouting front. 

One option is the Haunted Saratoga Ghost Tour Company ($22 per person) in ever-enchanting Saratoga Springs.


Here, you can wander about town looking for local ghosts.

This can happen Friday and Saturday, May through mid-November. 

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While on your tour, you will have the opportunity to hear about the various folklore on the premises. (©AmityPhotos)

During the tour, you will hear about — and perhaps even cross paths with — Old Smoke who, it is said, lingers around the old Canfield Casino, Angeline, known as the Witch of Saratoga, and Hattie, who has been known to make appearances in her restaurant since her passing and more. 


Private tours are also available by appointment.

Learn more at HauntedHistoryTrail.com.

New England Curiosities Historic Portsmouth Legends and Ghost Walk in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Portsmouth Halloween Parade

Consider taking part in the Portsmouth Halloween Parade — but be sure to dress in your favorite costume. (Sydney Bilodeau)

Offered in October and November, this tour allows you to join Roxie J. Zwicker, author of the bestselling book, "Haunted Portsmouth: Spirits and Shadows of the Past," for a 90-minute evening amble around downtown Portsmouth ($21 per adult; $16 per child). 

You’ll spend time at 13 hot spots for spirits to learn the strange truth behind the worst fire in the state’s history.

You can also find out where the daring can post up with local spirits at hotels like Hotel Portsmouth and visit Point of Graves — a forgotten 18th century cemetery where remains were discovered at a secret room beneath the grounds.


Another fun thing in town: The Portsmouth Halloween Parade, an annual march with lots of captivated costumes.

Learn more at NewEnglandCuriosities.com.

The Stanley Hotel Spirited Night Tour in Estes Park, Colorado

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This night tour could bring a shiver down your spine as you walk the grounds of this 100+-year-old hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. (Visit Estes Park)

A price of $30 per person gets you access to roam the halls of one of the most haunted hotels in the nation. 

The 60-minute walking tour introduces visitors to spirit folklore surrounding the 100-year-old hotel.

When you step outside into the star-lit skies of the Rocky Mountains at the tour’s end, good luck not checking over both your shoulders to make sure no one is behind you. 


Tours are offered year-round and are wheelchair accessible. 

Learn more at StanleyHotel.com.

AlbuquerqueTourism and Sightseeing Factory’s Albucreepy Ghost Walk in Albuquerque, New Mexico   

 Visit Albuquerque ghost tour gazebo

Look out for any El Chupacabra and other creatures from the Land of Enchantment on this ghost tale tour in Albuquerque.  (Visit Albuquerque)

Keep your eyes peeled for shadows in the night like La Llorona, El Chupacabra, El Cucuy, all creatures and spectors hailing from the Land of Enchantment. 

Here, TourABQ ($30 per adult) takes you on a mysterious midnight (well, evening) trek of ghost tales paired with local spirits (the ones you can drink). 

Guests will say bottoms up at Sawmill and Old Town area watering holes to get into the spirited adventures with a buzz.

Learn more at TourABQ.com.


Fort Worth Stockyards Ghost Tour in Fort Worth, Texas  

Fort Worth stockyards

Get in the spooky season spirit with a little bit of country flare by learning all about the paranormal activity in Fort Worth, Texas. (Fort Worth Stockyards)

Love Western culture? 

The Fort Worth Stockyards is a National Historic District that should be on your list this fall. 

The paranormal activity found in the Stockyards is said to be one of the most active in the country — and this 90-minute walking tour ($13 per child; $25 per adult; $20 per senior or student) delivers. 


You’ll get acquainted with tales from the Bordello Brothel, the legendary shootouts, the hangings and much more. 

Fort Worth Stockyards train

Check out all the historic sites, including the very hotel where the infamous criminals Bonnie and Clyde would stay. (Fort Worth Stockyards)

The tour begins at the haunted Cowtown Winery and stops include The Cadillac Hotel, Miss Molly's B&B, and The Stockyards Hotel, where the infamous American criminals Bonnie and Clyde would stay, and more spots that attract otherworldly apparitions.  

Learn more at FortWorthStockyards.org.


St. Mary’s Art Center Ghost Investigation and Sleepover in Virginia City, Nevada  

St. Mary’s Art Center

This Halloween season, immerse yourself in some spirited adventures by staying at the abandoned St. Mary's Art Center in Virginia City, Nevada. (Virginia City Tourism Commission)

During the period Oct. 27 through Oct. 30, 2023, consider making a trip to St. Mary's Art Center.

It was originally built as a hospital for the booming Comstock Lode (where the discovery of silver ore was made public in 1859) and its miners in 1875 before slipping into a state of abandonment for many years.

This Halloween season, St. Mary's is offering spooky seekers a chance to spend the night in the building with a ghost investigative team and event host, W.I.G.S. (Women Investigating Ghost Sightings), and maybe engage in some eerie encounters. 

Tickets start at $175 per person (13 years and older only) — and 100% of the ticket sales will go to St. Mary's Art Center for continuing restoration and repairs.  


Learn more at StMarysArtCenter.org.

Rock Candy Tours' Macon Macabre Tour in Macon, Georgia

Macon Hay House exterior

Learn all about the spooky sites in Macon by taking part in the Rock Candy Tours.  (Visit Macon)

Intrigued by the spirits world, murder and mayhem? 

Sign up for this year-round tour (with more tours on offer during Halloween season) centered around downtown's nightlife outposts and businesses. 

With many historic buildings dating back to the early 1800s, you can see spots like the Hay House, Rose Hill Cemetery and the Big House Museum where the Allman Brothers lived and, we hope, see a ghost or two along the way.  


The tour lasts one-and-a-half hours and costs $20 per person.

Learn more at RockCandyTours.com.

Ghost & Paranormal Tours at the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Missouri

Missouri State penitentiary

What could be spookier than touring the oldest operating prison west of the Mississippi? How about taking part in an overnight paranormal experience in the penitentiary? (Visit Missouri)

For some dark tourism, venture to The Missouri State Penitentiary, once the oldest operating prison west of the Mississippi. 

It was home to inmates for 186 years until it was decommissioned in 2004. 

Come nightfall, visitors can participate in a two-hour ghost tour ($35 per person), a three-hour ghost hunt ($45 per person), or an overnight paranormal investigation (from $75 to $100 per person for five or eight hours, respectively).


Private tours are also on offer if you prefer to use your EMF meter (a tool that measures the intensity and frequency of electromagnetic radiation in its environment used by paranormal investigators and enthusiasts) in a more intimate setting.

Learn more at MissouriPenTours.com.

Burn Brae Mansion Ghost Tour in Glen Spey, New York

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Paranormal lovers will want to stay at this haunted Bed & Breakfast at the Burn Brae Mansion in New York. (Steve Shoemaker)

Escape Manhattan to the hallowed hills of the Sullivan County Catskills — and check into the Burn Brae Mansion, built in 1907 by Margaret Ross MacKenzie Elkin as part of the estate of George Ross MacKenzie, Margaret’s father. 

The current owners, Mike and Pat Fraysse, bought the mansion and the surrounding property in 1993 to run a cycling training center, only to discover the environs were haunted.

The couple currently operates the space as a bed and breakfast — and overnight guests are privy to stories of the paranormal and tours of the house and its Attic of Curiosities, including a secret room that was uncovered just a few years ago. 


Over the years, there have been footsteps, dolls and toys moving on their own, as well as slamming doors and visions of a woman in white — but even just hearing about the ground's history will be enough to raise the hair on your neck.

spooky attic dolls

You can get paired with a paranormal researcher who will show you ghoulish finds on the premises at the Burn Brae Mansion. (Steve Vaccariello)

The mansion is available for private investigations and will even pair you with a paranormal researcher , if that’s your thing. 

Overnight stays start at $120 per night and can be made over email at [email protected] or via phone at 845-856-3335; the ghost tours of the mansion are included with overnight stays. 

Dark Forest Fright Walks also run weekend tours from Oct. 13-28, Friday and Saturday from 7-10 p.m. for $20 each, or a group of 10 for $150; with a special children’s matinée on Oct. 22 from 2-4 p.m. for $10; learn more here.


Learn more at BurnBraeMansion.com.

Louisville Historic Tours’ Victorian Ghost Walk in Louisville, Kentucky

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Immerse yourself in this walking and theatrical tour all rolled up into one spooky experience in Old Louisville. (Courtesy David Dominé)

If you happen to be in Derby City on Oct. 20, 21, or 22, you’ll be able to see why it also deserves the title "Spook City" on Louisville Historic Tours’ 15th annual Victorian Ghost Walk, featuring theatrical performances presented by South Fourth Street Association that celebrate Old Louisville. 

These evening events are part-walking tours, part-play starts at 6 p.m. 


They include 12 performances per night with tours departing every 15 minutes and lasting for two hours from the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum for $35 per person. 

Expect to travel to the realm of the supernatural as tour guides and historical characters give you major goosebumps.

Daily from March through November and on select dates in the off season, you can also take Louisville Historic Tours’ ghost tours ($28 per person) at 7.30 p.m.

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No matter where you are in America, there is bound to be some startling site nearby that will get you in the Halloween spirit — it may just be one of these. (©AmityPhotos/Virginia City Tourism Commission)

Learn more at LouisvilleHistoricTours.com.

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Haunted houses on Long Island

The fall brings a slew of haunted attractions to Long...

The fall brings a slew of haunted attractions to Long Island. Credit: Howard Simmons

The haunting season has arrived. Long Island offers a trail of scary attractions throughout October in Nassau and Suffolk. Here’s a guide that will make you shudder and scream.


Intensity: Nonscary to scary

Mingle with ghosts, goblins, ghouls, skeletons, vampires and witches in a hangar that is decorated and transformed into a horror house with dry ice fog, spiderwebs and flying bats along with haunted planes and scary pilots. Hours 2-6 p.m. Oct. 28. Fee $15, $10 ages 5-12. Hangar 3, 1230 New Hwy., Farmingdale; 631-293-6398, americanairpowermuseum.org

Get spooked this Halloween season at Sands Point Preserve.

Get spooked this Halloween season at Sands Point Preserve. Credit: Jonah Markowitz


Intensity: Scary

Explore the immersive theatrical Halloween performance, “Asylum, A Love Story.” Hours 7-9 p.m. or 9:30-11:30 p.m., Oct. 13-15, 19-22, 26-27 and 31. Ages 21 and older. Fee $140. Hempstead House, Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point; 516-570-2261, sandspointpreserveconservancy.org

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Intensity: Not so scary

The bash features a hayride, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, games, a bounce house and crafts. Hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21, 22 and 28. Fee $15 ages 5-15, $8 for adults; includes hot dog and soda. Baiting Hollow Scout Camp, 1774 Sound Ave., Calverton; 631-727-1614, sccbsa.org


Intensity: Very scary

This North Shore mainstay has six haunted attractions that bring thrills and chills. New this season are three secret bars hidden inside the haunted houses. Hours Vary; through Nov. 5.  Fees $33.75-$59.75. 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville; 516-624-4678,  bayvillescreampark.com

Chambers of Hell in Hauppauge presents a brand new haunt...

Chambers of Hell in Hauppauge presents a brand new haunt every year.  Credit: Robert Frankenberg


Take on the Trilogy of Fear as this three-part haunt will leave you with permanent nightmares, compliments of the live actors from the creepy cast. Hours 8 p.m. weekdays, 7 p.m. weekends; through Oct. 31.  Fee From $80 (admits 2). 1745 Express Dr. N., Hauppauge; 631-686-4424;  chambersofhell.com


Check out the seven haunted houses plus a food court, flea market, live bands on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours 7-10 p.m. Oct. 13-15, 20-22 and 27-31.  Fee $35 general admission, $50 VIP fast pass. Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill, 1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville; 516-514-4792,  darknightli.com

Darkside Haunted House in Wading River provides old school scares...

Darkside Haunted House in Wading River provides old school scares in an immersive creepy setting.  Credit: Darkside Productions


This indoor and outdoor haunt with scary themes and characters is celebrating “25 years of fear.” Hours Weekends through Oct. 31 and select weekdays; 7-11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 7 p.m.-midnight Fri., 6 p.m.-midnight Sat., 6-10:30 p.m. Sun.; for attendees 13 and older.  Fee $35. 5184 Rte. 25A, Wading River; 631-369-7227,  darksideproductions.com


This season, discover the witches that haunt a village from the 1600s and witness Jack the Ripper on the loose in London. Hours 7 p.m.-midnight Fri. and Sat., 6-10 p.m. Sun., 7-10 p.m. weekdays; through Oct. 31. Fee $35 includes entry into two haunted houses, $50 fast pass. 800 Chettic Ave., Copiague; 516-799-4747, darknessrising.org


This historic haunt features 16 rooms of horror plus a twisted trail through the Fairytale Forest.  While you wait, check out the paranormal investigator, real spirits/ghost encounters, live actors, vendors, snacks, photo-ops, plus classic horror movies showing on an outdoor movie screen.  Hours 7-10 p.m. Oct. 13- 14, 20-21 and 27-28. Fee $20 advance, $30 at the door. Deepwells Farm County Park, corner of Moriches Road and Route 25A, St. James; 631-862-2808, deepwellshauntedmansion.com

See spooky characters at The Gateway Haunted Playhouse in Bellport.

See spooky characters at The Gateway Haunted Playhouse in Bellport. Credit: Rob Seifert


Live characters, three-dimensional environment created and built by the Gateway’s design and production team. Hours Weekends and select weekdays through Nov. 4; best for ages 13 and older (younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult). Fee $40 online, $50 at the door; $55 online or $65 at the door for a fast pass. 215 S. Country Rd., Bellport; 631-286-1133,  fearli.com


The not-so-scary adventure features walk-through, hay bale maze, pumpkin bouncer, face painting and more. Hours Noon-4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Oct. 15-29. Best for ages 3 and older. Fee $20. 215 S. Country Rd., Bellport; 631-286-1133,  thegateway.org


Experience a real ghost hunt in a historic Victorian mansion. Hours 7:30-10 p.m., Oct. 21.  Fee $40. Southampton History Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton; 631-283-2494, southamptonhistory.org/ghosts

Johnnies Car Wash celebrated their grand opening by treating their...

Johnnies Car Wash celebrated their grand opening by treating their customers with a haunted version of a carwash in Copiague. Credit: Kendall Rodriguez


See characters in costume and scary surprises while you get your car washed. This year’s theme is “The Witch's Coven.” Hours 6-10 p.m., Oct. 27-29. Fee $35 includes car wash and $2 goes to local charities. 521 Oak St., Copiague; 631-891-6111, johnniescarwashonoak.com


This haunted house includes 10 rooms decorated for the Halloween holiday. Hours  Sept. 29-Nov. 7. Fee $29.99 adults, $19.99 ages 3-12. 2300 Marcus Ave., New Hyde Park; halloweenhouselongisland.com

Haunted House of Hamburgers in Farmingdale.

Haunted House of Hamburgers in Farmingdale. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin


Celebrate Halloween all year long at this Halloween-themed restaurant in Farmingdale. Creepy cuisine is served in a scary setting featuring classic horror icons like Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Mummy. Haunted food items include the Trick-or-Treat Triple burger, R.I. Pizzas and Crypt Keeper cocktails. Hours  11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri., 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Halloween. 330 Fulton St., Farmingdale; 516-777-1031,  hhhamburgers.com


This haunted farm house features a clown takeover night, a slasher night and a lights-out lantern night as well as a haunted corn trail and ax-throwing. Hours  Start at 7 p.m. Oct. 5-8, 13-15, 20-22, 26-31. Fee $39.99-$41.99 general admission. F&W Schmitt Farms, 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville; 631-271-3276,  schmittshaunt.com

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Ghost story: The haunting of a Staten Island catering hall by the ‘lady in the portrait’

  • Published: Oct. 16, 2023, 5:30 a.m.

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Historic Old Bermuda Inn, Rossville, is rumored to be haunted by the figure in this portrait, Martha Mersereau. (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Bubbly conversation and clinking glassware sounds generally play in the backdrop at The Historic Old Bermuda Inn. Although sometimes at the Rossville catering hall, rumors of its resident ghost slip into the lively chatter.

“It’s the spirit of Martha Mersereau, they say. She’s the lady in the portrait,” offers Cindy Brennan, the Old Bermuda’s general manager.

Mersereau once lived in the antebellum-period mansion around which the modern structure is built, Brennan explains.

According to Advance records, Mersereau died in her home in 1860. Depending on the source, her husband’s name varies: it could be Peter, John or William. But anecdotal accounts are in accord: the lady of the house suffered from a broken heart when her man never returned from the Civil War.

With that nugget of history, a haunting tale begins on Staten Island.

An archived Advance article notes, “Stories have been told of seeing the young woman walking through dining areas and appearing on the stairs. Some say that you can feel as though she is there watching over you. Cold wind and shattering lights are just some of the things that witnesses have reported.”

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The hallway in the old portion of the Old Bermuda in front of Mersereau's portrait. (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

As per CitySignal.com , some thing purloined items from the kitchen. Past guests and staff claim witness to a woman peering down from an upstairs window.

In the past few decades, Brennan says paranormal experts have camped out in the Inn overnight. She’s watched ghost busters hunt for cold spots, physical phenomena supposedly connected to the ethereal.

One account by GhostQuestUSA on YoutTube lists Old Bermuda Inn as Number 10 on its list of “Top 13 Most Haunted Places on Staten Island.”

Its narrator prattles, “Her spirit is often seen by guests throughout the Inn especially on the second floor in the bedroom where she died. Workers performing renovations on the Inn also report hearing strange sounds coming from vacant areas as well as feeling the presence of an unseen entity.”

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The catering hall gets into the Halloween spirit with a pirate's station — treasure and rum-soaked skeleton included. (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)


Constructed in 1832 with fluted columns and a sweeping view of the Arthur Kill, the Mersereau manse became a boardinghouse about a century later. Funeral director John Vincent Scalia and interior decorator George Burke purchased the property in 1984. The transaction earned them a horse corral and barn with a handsome, whitewashed building parsed into four units.

Scalia and Burke rehabilitated the house, restoring its wooden floors and plaster moldings. Eventually they expanded into a cupola-topped dining room dubbed “The Conservatory.”

With Burke’s antiques and the digs’ historic vibe, an upscale restaurant with a formal dress code was borne in 1988 — Burke’s Landing. Servers navigated tables in hoop skirts and Burke flitted through dining rooms to greet guests in a cape.

Within a few years, large parties eclipsed the a la carte dining scene.

1987 Press Photo Burke's Landing Restaurant owner George Burke & chef, Rossville

Chef Marta Viguri and Burke's Landing host and co-owner George Burke in what is called "The Conservatory." (Staten Island Advance File Photo) Staten Island Advance

While catered affairs now dominate the daily schedule at The Old Bermuda, its Sunday “Champagne Brunch” persists from the former Burke’s Landing days. These feasts take place downstairs in the historic portion of the venue. Weddings and other affairs carry on in another wing with a second floor and its outdoor veranda.

In the midst of the happy hullaballo, Martha Mersereau is remembered — memorialized, in fact. Her colorful portrait is hung in a hallway covered with floral wallpaper, just a few steps away from the busy brunch scene.

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Brunch is located in the older portion of the Inn where the Messereau home's original columns are part of the room's design. (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

As a 33-year veteran of the Inn, does Brennan believe in ghost tales...or that a feminine phantom lurks in the shadows outside her office?

She confesses to be a non-believer in the supernatural — although Martha’s painting inexplicably burst into flames one night several years ago. The episode left singe marks behind to prove it.

“People say her eyes follow them as they walk down the hallway or go upstairs...but who knows?” she says with a shrug.

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Pumpkins and candles deck the halls of the Inn which hosts an annual Freaky Friday dance and "Boo" Brunch. (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

She adds, “On a more practical note, the catering hall is a charming place and Halloween is a particularly festive occasion here.”

A Freaky Friday dance party happens on Friday, Oct. 27 from 8 p.m. until the witching hour. For $75 a guest, preferably dressed for the occasion, it includes a full bar and buffet, plus prizes for the best outfit.

Sunday’s “Boo Brunch” on Oct. 29 opens at 11 a.m. That package is $42 for adults with the buffet and a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary. Children eat and drink for $28 each and can enjoy games. Activities include a decorate-you-own white or orange pumpkin. Every child wins a prize and every person can wear a costume, Brennan says.

She encourages, “Even the adults can dress up. And it would be pretty cool to see people in hoop skirts again!”

Pamela Silvestri is Advance Food/Silive.com Editor. She can be reached at [email protected] .

Historic Old Bermuda Inn

Sandy Salerno shows off the Inn's fall-ish flare in the main lobby of the building as the catering hall prepares for its upcoming Freaky Friday dance and big "Boo Brunch" later this month. (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

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Haunted Oregon: Ghostly stories from the Beaver State

by: Andrew Foran

Posted: Oct 13, 2023 / 10:00 AM PDT

Updated: Oct 13, 2023 / 12:11 PM PDT

PORTLAND, Ore. ( KOIN ) – When it gets darker earlier and a cool crisp wind fills the air, there is nothing better than a ghost story to really set the mood in October.

Oregon is home to its fair share of hauntings, from haunted lighthouses and theaters to parks and, of course, Portland’s famous underground tunnel network.

Every nook and cranny of the Beaver State has stories to be told of haunted happenings and surprising specters.

Here are five haunted places in Oregon, and of course, take these stories with a massive serving of salt, because they very well may not be true.

McMenamins Locations

Famous for transforming old buildings, the Pacific Northwest staple McMenamins can be found in cities across the entire state and even in Washington too. But with old buildings tends to come some residual spiritual energy.

Multiple McMenamins locations have been featured on top haunted spots lists, both locally and nationally, and to say that there have been a few reported paranormal experiences would be a massive understatement.

In a 2017 McMenamins Blog post , the company’s history department (yes they actually have one) addressed the rumors of supposed hauntings across their locations and shared that while there is no proof of ghostly appearances, several of their locations do keep a “ghost log” where patrons who witness the paranormal can write down their experience for company records.

Stories from both guests and employees tell of nightly visitors, rooms being messed up after being cleaned and even a few grabby ghouls.

One housekeeper reported cleaning a room when they suddenly felt their leg being grabbed from under a bed and when they checked there was nothing there.

Another guest shared a “sweet” experience, where they smelled a strong sweet scent and proceeded to envision shadows dancing on walls and spirits flying around their room.

Maybe the ghosts are haunting their former abodes or maybe they’re just hungry for some cajun tots, but there is certainly plenty of spooky happenings at McMenamins hotels and restaurants.

Devils Lake

With a name like Devils Like, should we really be surprised about haunted happenings there? Well, this story is a little bit different because it isn’t about ghosts, but instead about an alleged octopus creature living in the lake that grabs people from their boats while on the lake.

Located in Lincoln City, Devils Lake stretches 685 acres. It’s a generally calm lake which the Lincoln CIty website says is perfect for Kayaking. But are you willing to risk possibly getting snatched and pulled beneath the waters?

The Explore Lincoln City website shares the Native American story of a bad spirit that takes on the appearance of an octopus-like creature that lives within Devils Lake.

The stories about the spirit tell of a Chieftan who sent warriors across Devils Lake at night to win the affection of a woman on the other side, however on their journey, the calm water turned violent as tentacles rose and pulled the warriors under.

While the creature hasn’t been sighted any time recently, people still wonder, could the Devils Lake Monster still be lurking, possibly asleep beneath the calm waters, waiting for another victim to come along?

Oregon State University in Corvallis is home to a number of ghost stories, including several related to infamous serial killer Ted Bundy, who abducted a student from the school in 1974.

But one of the school’s halls is actually a subject of spiritual sightings, the unassuming building known as Waldo Hall.

Waldo Hall was built in 1907 and was originally home to the women’s dormitories and many believe it to be haunted by the ghost of Ida Kidder, OSU’s first librarian.

According to VisitCorvallis , Kidder began working at the school in 1908, and during her time she inventoried, organized and modernized the college’s entire book collection, and was integral to the school getting a new library.

Kidder lived in Waldo Hall, which served as a widow’s hall, all the way until her death in 1920, and some say that she never actually left the building.

There have been reports of unseen presences, slamming doors and sounds of moving furniture and high heels walking across the floor.

The building is now home to some faculty offices as well as a few classrooms, but there may also be a ghost who calls the halls home.

( As a brief aside, when I was a freshman at Oregon State, I got permission to go into Waldo Hall after hours with some friends on a ghost hunt. While I didn’t see anything concrete, I did experience weird feelings and saw shifting shadows in several of the darkened classrooms, but that could easily have been my imagination. )

Pittock Mansion

There is a mansion on a hill above Portland, and unlike the Springsteen song of the same name which is lived in (and in Nebraska), this mansion doesn’t have any occupants. At least not any living ones.

Famously built in 1914 by newspaper tycoon Henry Pittock, Pittock Mansion sits on the edge of Forest Park and has a sprawling view of Portland from its hillside perch. 

While Henry and his wife Georgiana only got to live in their mansion for part of a decade, it has been said that their spirits may still be lingering in the estate.

While the ghosts are said to not be malevolent, the website Portland Ghosts shares stories from both employees and visitors about spooky smells and a moving painting.

According to the site, the smells tend to happen in the upper floors of the mansion, where people have reported to smell the strong scent of roses even though there are no flowers nearby. Historically, roses were supposed to be Georgiana’s favorite flower.

There have also been multiple reports of a painting of Henry that moves around on the wall by itself. The common theory amongst believers is that the spirits of the house are none other than Henry and Georgiana themselves who never left their home. That is why the paranormal happenings tie so closely to pieces of themselves.

Depending on what you believe there have also been stories told of a full apparition of a woman in a gown haunting the halls of the mansion.

Despite the potential for ghostly activity,  the beautiful Pittock Mansion remains a popular tourist attraction in Portland and will likely stay that way for years to come.

Sparrow Bakery

Nestled in the Central Oregon city of Bend, Sparrow Bakery is a beautiful building with a long history.

According to the Bend Bulletin , the building was once the business office for the Bend Iron Works, where payroll was once held in the 1920s.

In 2004, the owners of the building, Steve and Jennifer White who have restored several local historic buildings, leased the space to Jennifer Lonergan, owner of Blue Sparrow Baking so she could run her storefront, but the building may have already had someone occupying the space.

The building features a large vault where it is said that payroll would be kept, and it is believed that the Bend Iron Works assayer still remains in the space, protective of the vault.

According to Travel Oregon , the workers have named the ghost ‘Jackson’ and there have been stories of him opening and closing doors, particularly the large vault door if left open, which will close on its own. 

Workers have also shared stories of bread loaves disappearing while their backs are turned. Maybe the ghost is just hungry, or maybe they are a bit of a trickster.

The ghost rumors seem tied to the building, but Sparrow Bakery actually has a second location in Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood, and only time will tell if the spirits visit there for some bread too.

Oregon’s ghosts thread the line from peaceful to vengeful and humanoid to tentacled, but what they all have in common is that they call this great state home.

If you’re out for a walk on a brisk fall night and you feel the hairs on your neck stick up, think about these local legends, because maybe one of Oregon’s ghosts is paying you a visit seeking to add you to their paranormal entourage.

Or maybe it’s just the wind, but life is more fun with a sense of wonder.

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1. Kusovnikov House in Moscow

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In the 19 th   century house № 17 on Myasnitskaya street in central Moscow was inhabited by a rich, but very greedy couple – Pyotr and Sofya Kusovnikov, who scrimped on almost everything. Extremely suspicious, they used to hide money from their servants in different places. Once they hid some in the fireplace, but the janitor accidentally burned it when lighting the fire. When she found out, Sofya died instantly of a broken heart, her husband passed away a little later. Since then, the ghost of a hunched old man in a coat has routinely appeared on the street near the house – this is Pyotr Kusovnikov mourning his lost money.

2. Sokol metro station

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During WWI, not far from the modern Sokol station of the Moscow metro, a cemetery for fallen soldiers was located. In 1918, mass executions of White officers and priests by the Reds were held there. All this led to the appearance of ghosts in the dark tunnels of the station. Early in the morning diaphanous figures with festering wounds can be seen there.  

3. St. Michael’s Castle in St. Petersburg

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This castle was a royal residence built by order of Tsar  Paul I. On March 21, 1801, he was killed there by a group of conspirators. It is considered that the restless spirit of the tsar was unable to leave the castle. It appears there in the corridors with a burning candle in its hand.

4.   Znamenskaya Tower in Yaroslavl

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During the Civil War in Russia (1917-1922), a group of White troops held positions in the Volkovsky theater in Yaroslavl. The Red commissar in command of the siege promised to spare their lives. However, he lied and all the Whites were executed at the Znamenskaya Tower. Since then, the ghost of the commissar who didn’t keep his promise has been seen at the place of his crime.

5. Igumnov House in Moscow

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The house at 43 Bolshaya Yakimanka Street in Moscow, also known as “Igumnov House,” serves today as the residence of the French ambassador. It was built at the request of the industrialist Nikolay Igumnov in the late 19 th   century. He settled his young mistress here, but one day caught her with a lover. The lover was kicked out, but the girl was never seen again. It is believed that the outraged Igumnov bricked her up in a wall. During Soviet times, people often saw the ghost of a young girl walking through the walls with deep, plaintive sighs.     

6. House of Rasputin in St. Petersburg

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The flat on the second floor at 64 Gorokhovaya street in St. Petersburg is today a usual residential apartment. However, in the early 20th century it was home to one of the most mystical figures in Russian history – Grigory Rasputin. His ghost sometimes appears here, scaring inhabitants with its clunking steps and grunting in dark corners.

7. House on the Embankment

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This house at 2 Serafimovicha Street, simply known as “House on Embankment,” is among the most famous in the Russian capital, known as the place of residence for the Soviet   crème de la crème : writers, artists, actors, generals, athletes. However, it also has a dark history. During the Great Purge, a campaign of political repressions in the USSR, dozens of the house’s inhabitants were arrested and executed. Today, the house is full of the ghosts of those victims, who sometimes appear in their old dwelling place. 

8. Tower of the old hospital in Ryazan

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Among the high-rise modern buildings at 15 Gorky Street in Ryazan is an old tower – all that remains of the old hospital. At night, a lonely dark figure can be seen walking in this tower. This is the ghost of Alexander Smitten, who administered the hospital more than a century ago.

9. Griboyedov Canal in St. Petersburg

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During a misty night in March, one can see the ghost of a young girl near the Griboyedov Canal in St. Petersburg. Her face is blue because of asphyxiation, and there is a big red mark on her neck caused by a rope. This is famous revolutionary Sophia Perovskaya, who assassinated Tsar Alexander II and was hanged for her deed. To meet this ghost is a bad omen, and can cost nocturnal pedestrians their lives.

10. Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

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There is a legend that when the Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod was being built, the constructors were unable to finish one of the towers. It kept falling down. In the end, they decided to make a sacrifice and to build the tower on the blood of the first person who passed by. It happened to be a pregnant woman hurrying to the river for water. She was seized and bricked up in the tower alive. The ghost of a pale woman holding a baby has appeared near this place ever since.

11. Oldenburg Palace near Voronezh

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Built in the late 19th century, the palace belonged to Princess Eugenia of Leuchtenberg. Today her ghost rises from the deep casemates of the palace to wander through its rooms and corridors. There is also another ghost there, much older — the ghost of a young peasant girl. It is even said that Princess Eugenia saw it when she was alive.

12. Stalin’s country house near Sochi

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Stalin’s ghost can be seen at his country house, located today within the Green Groove hotel near Sochi. The “father of the nations” walks in his white jacket, smoking his trademark pipe.

13. Psychiatric hospital near Nizhny Novgorod

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Near the modern psychiatric hospital in the village of Lyakhovo near Nizhny Novgorod, one can see an abandoned old building. Several dozen years ago a young girl hanged herself there because of unrequited love. At night it is possible to see a white silhouette and hear the moaning and cries of the “love-stricken schoolgirl” as the locals call her.

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