People often report hearing windows and doors being opened and shut when no one else is in the house, as well as doors that close behind people and lock on their own. The apparitions of two little girls are also frequently seen, though their identities remain unknown. Once a private residence, this mid th century house is now a museum dedicated to its former owners and the history they created here. Part of the house was once rented out to the County of San Diego for use as a courtroom…which may explain the appearance of several unidentified ghosts within the house.
Apart from these unnamed apparitions, the original owner, Thomas Whaley, his wife, one of their children, a little girl, and a convict are repeatedly seen within the house. The house was apparently haunted as soon as it was built, as the spirit of a man who had been convicted and hanged on the site took up residence in the house upon its completion.
The Whaley apparitions are often seen engaged in the normal activities of their former day to day lives. Doors have been known to close and lock on their own, and footsteps are often heard throughout the house, along with music and the crying of a baby. Completed in , this haunted mansions is one of the most historic in the nation.
Today, the building is used by the American Institute of Architects as a museum, but it has also made quite a name for itself as a center for paranormal activity, as far back as the mid th century. The central staircase is a major hotspot for the supernatural, as footsteps are often heard, along with the saddened voice of a woman. Doors have been locked only to suddenly be found standing wide open. Lights turn on and off on their own, and footsteps — and even faint footprints!
When it comes to happenings such as murders or being home to outrageous personalities, haunted house stories may be a bit on the outrageous side. That being said, there is something innately attractive about houses that are unique, and whether it is a house that has outrageous architecture or is haunted, no one can dismiss the intrigue that comes when you set foot in spooky houses.
No residence in the country has had a history quite like that of the White House. Completed in , burned by the British in and summarily reconstructed, the building has witnessed numerous physical changes over the past two centuries. For generations, reports of apparitions have come from those living and working in the building, including from sources such as presidents, their family members, and visiting rulers and dignitaries.
The most frequently seen and felt presence is that of President Abraham Lincoln. He has been seen sitting on his bed and tying up his shoes, lying in bed with a contemplative expression, as well as walking the halls. Abigail Adams has also been seen periodically. Reconstructed in the late 20 th century according to the specifications of the original mid th century structure, this building seems to have brought back some spirits along with it. Built by Judge James W.
Robinson, this house was also used for private and community business purposes, making it a very active locale in its day. Today, this activity has continued in the form of various paranormal occurrences. Various apparitions in period attire have been seen, as well as strange human shaped mists. Footsteps are often heard and women often feel their hair tugged or toyed with. The ghosts seem fascinated by anything electrical, as lights often go on and off on their own and the elevator has a tendency to move from one floor to the other unmanned.
On the night of June 9, , eight people, including six children, were murdered in this house by an unknown assailant wielding an ax in one of the most gruesome — and true — haunted house stories. The murders, not surprisingly, caused a national sensation, and while many suspects were questioned and even tried — later acquitted — this mass murder remains unsolved to this day. Either from the violence of their deaths, or their unresolved nature maybe a little of both , this house has subsequently become a very active sight for the supernatural.
Apparitions have often been seen, and disembodied footsteps and voices are common occurrences. The sight and sounds of the children are the most widely reported, with EVPs and personal accounts indicating laughing and then crying, as well as some children telling others to hide which is why this house is on many top ten haunted houses lists.
Formerly the home of William Kehoe and his family, this house later became a school, a funeral home, and today is operated as a historic inn. The Kehoe family, however, seems to have remained in residence long after their deaths, going about their usual routines while also interacting with guests and staff. Kehoe has often been seen sitting at a desk, writing, or sitting on the beds of sleeping guests.
Kehoe has been seen throughout the house as well, and on one occasion opened all of the exterior locked doors on the first floor…simultaneously. Sometime later in the century it became a tavern and inn, which it remained for many decades.
Today, the building is used as a restaurant, with the former inn space on the second floor used for storage. During its time as a tavern and inn, it was mostly frequented by mariners and others of a rough sort. It was apparently the site of many shanghaiing episodes where privateers would get men drunk or drug them so that they could secret them away through a tunnel and to their ships, pressing their victims into service.
Today, many spirits from this time period still frequent the establishment. Apparitions are often seen on the second floor and laughter is heard there as well. The first floor and basement are also very active, with chairs and place settings being rearranged in the dining rooms and people reporting being suddenly overcome by cold and nausea. Built in , the house evolved over the years, featuring additions and later renovations that altered or removed additions, until finally being restored to its original grandeur.
The house is now a museum, and staff and visitors often report supernatural occurrences. The electrical and plumbing systems seem to have minds of their own, as lights and faucets turn on and off unaided.
Shadows and full apparitions have also been encountered, including a woman believed to be a former owner, and a little boy who plays in the attic. There are many different creepy houses that can have an argument for this title, however, for many people there must exist a compelling story along with modern inexplicable happenings. There was so much evidence against her that she was quickly charged with the crime and sent to court, only to be acquitted.
Oddly enough, Borden remained in Fall River for the rest of her life, residing in a neighborhood not far from where the murders took place. It is believed that her desire to remain here has held true even in death. Her ghost has often been seen throughout the house and has been heard laughing on the second floor near the stairs. Her father and step-mother have also been seen and heard, along with their former maid who has been heard calling for help. This beautiful plantation house and its surrounding buildings were built in by Fielding Lewis for his wife Betty, who was also the sister of George Washington.
Lewis sank a lot of money into the war effort against Britain during the American fight for independence, and apparently his ghost is still concerned over the state of his finances. He has often been seen sitting and going over his papers with a sour look on his face, and he has also been heard pacing the first floor hall very heavily. Staff have also reported seeing doorknobs turn on their own. Dating to about , although previously thought to be much older, this quaint brick cottage was once the home of Adam Thoroughgood, a successful tobacco farmer and businessman.
Two apparitions are commonly sighted here, one being a man and the other a woman, both in 18 th century attire. The woman has been known to carry candles through the house while the man is simply observed passing from room to room, perhaps looking for something. A large group of visitors even witnessed the sudden movement of inanimate objects. People are always a bit more interested in haunted mansions because in many cases, these represent the achievement of dreams only to be compromised in the most tragic of ways.
There are several examples of these types of houses within this article. The reason why mansions tend to be more enduring, besides the stories of course, is that the mansions are better constructed than most houses in a contemporary period. Inspired by chateaux in the French Renaissance style, this beautiful former mansion — now a hotel — was completed in at the behest of Prussian born Charles Eisenbeis.
It remained empty for a couple of decades after his death and eventually became a Jesuit school, before finally achieving its original purpose as a hotel. Footsteps and voices are often heard on this floor, but room is the most active. A female apparition has been seen and felt quite often here. An enduring monument to love, this beautiful Queen Anne Victorian mansion was built in by George Starrett for his new wife Ann.
They lived happily together in the mansion for the rest of their lives, and the house stayed in the family for some time before finally becoming the bed and breakfast it is today. The house exhibits a great deal of paranormal activity, some of which has been attributed to George and Ann, but the majority of activity is continuously linked to the nanny they hired to look after their only child, Edward.
Both George and Ann have been seen throughout the house, but it is the nanny who has been seen and felt. One of the most striking antebellum mansions in Mississippi, Cedar Grove has, for all of its beauty, seen its fair share of tragedy. Tate told several friends of creepy occurrences in the home and even mentioned it in interviews.
For example, once, when she was sleeping in the master bedroom alone, she saw a "creepy little man. She was so freaked out when she saw the alleged ghost that she ran out of the room and then saw a hanging shadowy corpse with its throat slit in the hallway. There are also stories about two other people dying in the swimming pool over the years.
The hotel, which opened as the Community Hotel in —named after the townspeople who helped raised the funds for its construction—has a history of underground opium dens, speakeasies, and gambling. Today, the hotel is known for the paranormal activity that haunts some of the rooms and halls. One of the more popular—and possibly most disturbing encounters—is the sound of an infant crying in the basement.
Though the sounds are very real to those who hear them, there has been no information that has explained the phenomenon. Rumored to be on top of a burial ground is the Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana, which is the home to at least 12 different ghosts. Built in , ghost stories center around the tale of an enslaved woman named Chloe, who had her ear chopped off after she was reportedly caught eavesdropping.
She was then hanged by her fellow enslaved people, and today is reportedly seen wandering the plantation with a turban on to conceal her ear. More cursed than haunted, downtown L. If you're a true crime and paranormal super fan, you've likely already heard of it. Where to begin? So many bad things have happened here—there's literally an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to its violent history. The first recorded death by suicide is in , followed by a long string of similar deaths in , , , , , and At some point in the '30s, one man was pinned to the exterior wall by a truck.
A woman murdered her newborn in the building in , and the pattern of suicides continued into the '60s. In , a woman jumped from the ninth floor window and landed on a pedestrian, killing them both. It's worth noting that two of the women who died by suicide apparently jumped while their husbands were asleep in the room. In , tenant Goldie Osgood was brutally murdered, a crime which has remained unsolved.
Next, in the '80s, the infamous serial kill Richard Ramirez the "Night Stalker" stayed at the hotel and in the s, Austrian serial killer Jack Unterwege lived there. Other weird things kept happening but the weirdest is definitely the disappearance and death of year-old traveler Elisa Lam.
A few weeks after Lam went missing, her body was discovered in the rooftop water tank after visitors and tenants complained about a funky taste. They later found odd footage of her in the elevator from the night of her disappearance. It's difficult to make out what she's doing; it looks like she's either playing hide-and-seek with someone outside the elevator, or she's frightened and attempting to hide from someone but the doors won't seem to shut.
Authorities ruled the death accidental drowning—but because you need a key to access the roof, many suspect foul play. Built in in Baroque style, the Minxiong Ghost House aka the Lui family mansion is a place with a heartbreaking history. Located in the Taiwanese countryside, it's been abandoned since the s when the family fled abruptly.
Like all mysterious places, there's plenty of lore around the family and why they left the once-beautiful place. Local legend says the maid was having an affair with her employer, Liu Rong-yu, and when the secret came out, she jumped down the well to her death but since she did not live to tell the tale, who's to say another family member didn't push her? Then she came back to haunt the family until they finally left. A few years later, it was occupied by members of the Kuomintang of China KMT , many of whom were also thought to have died of suicide, which exacerbated its reputation as haunted.
People who visit report plenty of ghostly sightings. During the mid 20th century, this large Los Feliz home was the seemingly happy home of Dr. Harold Perelson and his family, until the horrific night of December, 6, when he murdered his wife in her sleep with a ball-peen hammer and attempted to murder his three children before drinking acid to kill himself.
Fortunately, his eldest daughter let out a scream when he struck her in the head, waking up the younger children who then walked into the hallway to find out what was going on. During the commotion, they were all able to flee. Before the murder-suicide, he was a successful doctor who invented a new type of syringe after investing most of money into its research and production, but he got screwed out of the rights, leading investigators to blame financial problems.
Other creepy details include a passage of Dante's Divine Comedy left open on his bedside table. Two years later, it was sold to the Enriquez family, who used it as "storage unit," and their son continued to to do so until he sold it to a couple in who had plans to fix it up.
But it seems to have scared them off because within a few years it's on the market again. Try the mirror trick. Have your guests open a room where there is nothing but a full length mirror covered in cobwebs. Give them a few seconds to stare at the mirror. Then, have a goblin or ghost jump out at them from behind them or the mirror.
Play up the jump scares. Jump scares are very effective when it comes to getting people to scream during a haunted house visit. Have a room with a closed coffin in the center. Have a few activities or surprises to keep the guests busy in the room.
Then, right before they leave the room, have a "skeleton" jump out of the casket. Set up a few fake dummies throughout the haunted house. Your guests will get used to them as they walk through. Have your friends blend in with the dummies and then jump out at your guests when they least expect it. This will work especially well at the entrance or exit of the house.
Example: they walk in a room and in front of them is a person they are expecting to scare them that person is the draw. Then you come up behind or from the side and scare them while their focus is elsewhere you are the hit. Not Helpful 5 Helpful Michael Hathman. For best effect, you could decorate it all in black and hang big spiders in cobwebs if you can get them to move battery-operated, all the better. Seems to really add to the "scare factor" because so many people are terrified of spiders.
Not Helpful 3 Helpful This should depend on how much effort was put in and how big or it is. Ask some friends or neighbors to check the haunted house out, and afterward ask them what they think would be a good admission price. Not Helpful 8 Helpful Buy a lot of Halloween animatronics and decor, which you can easily remove at the end of the season.
Not Helpful 9 Helpful Pin long sheets of black fabric between the walls to create smaller rooms and paths. Use mirrors to make the room appear than it actually is. Not Helpful 11 Helpful Where can I find information on makeup techniques for the associated monsters?
Not Helpful 4 Helpful Look around your house for as many things you can use to your advantage as possible. You may already have mirrors, sheets you can tear up, ketchup to use for "blood," etc.
Not Helpful 7 Helpful Just do it in a room. It is a lot less work, and just because you don't make any money off admission, doesn't mean that it won't be fun. Use chicken wire for ghosts and put ketchup on a lot of mirrors. Dim the lights or put a flame retardant shirt on the lamp's light bulb.
Pin up long posters of Halloween photos on the walls. Play some spooky music -- or Michael Jackson's "Thriller". I would recommend decorating the house make it look condemned with "condemned" tape going either around the entire house or just the front and back. Hang skeletons on the walls for a fun effect, and feature scary monsters in the windows. Use decorations throughout and friends or actors who are dressed up in Halloween costumes.
Not Helpful 6 Helpful You could ask some friends to come over, or family. You can also advertise it online or on social media Facebook,Twitter,Instagram etc if you want a big load of people. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. By using this service, some information may be shared with YouTube.
Create a bloody effect by putting some fake blood over mirrors, or dripping red candle wax over mirrors or white candles. Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0. If you're going for the "abandoned" haunted house look, drape your furniture in white and tape fake "boards" to your windows to make it look like it's boarded up. Before buying props or decorations from major Halloween stores, check out your local grocery store to get some affordable and high-quality props and decorations.
Submit a Tip All tip submissions are carefully reviewed before being published. Avoid having real candles in your haunted home. Remember that part of a haunted house is the element of surprise, and if your guests are truly surprised, they can run into or bump into a candle and set your haunted house on fire. Helpful Not Helpful Avoid having pregnant women, elderly people, very young children, people with heart conditions, or people who are claustrophobic or easily scared in your haunted house.
Your haunted house should ultimately be fun and shouldn't make anyone panic or feel truly ill. Be sure that your neighborhood or apartment complex is okay with you having a haunted house if it will be noisy. Helpful 16 Not Helpful 2. Related wikiHows How to. How to. More References 8. About This Article. Co-authored by:. Co-authors: Updated: December 31, Categories: Halloween Haunted Houses.
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