Stay with the ghosts in these haunted hotels
By Aimee Heckel
Hey, we’re not the Ghostbusters. We aren’t saying that paranormal activity is proven here, or even that it is a thing that can be proven.
But if you’re looking for an extra spooky last-minute vacation destination, consider staying in these hotels, which are rumored to be haunted.
1. The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. The Stanley, which opened in 1909, is famous for its inspiration in Stephen King’s “The Shining,” and it’s considered one of America’s most haunted hotels.
The Stanley offers a special Ghost Adventure Package that guarantees a fourth-floor room and other goodies, such as a REDRUM mug and squishy ghost. Oh, and make sure you request a haunted room if you want one. “Upgrades to a haunted room may be available at check-in,” the website says.
2. Prospect Place in Dresden, Ohio, built in the 1800s, has been featured on Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures.” On Halloween night, volunteers will bring you on a ghost hunt; or sign up for regular two-hour paranormal tours.
You can also sign up for private ghost hunts, in case you are “tired of being packed into haunted locations with dozens or even hundreds of other hunters” and you “cannot obtain evidence because of noise and people coming and going,” as the website puts it.
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3. The Crescent Hotel, in Eureka Springs, Ark., claims to be “America’s most haunted hotel” where some guest checked out “but never left.” The website introduces you to many of the ghosts you can meet there during the nightly tours. Through the month of October, this famous hotel is reopening its morgue, not to mention plenty of ghost stories.
Spook up your own home: If you can’t make it to one of the haunted hotels, get your own home in the spirit with these seriously legit Halloween decorations from Sears. From a ghoulishly animated antique clock ($89.99) to a talking haunted ash urn ($26.24), you can make your home almost as creepy as the real deal.
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