People who like horror movies are more likely to have a type D personality and be “distressed, negative, depressed and socially inhibited.”
So, what does that say about people who like haunted houses? Either way ghost tours are certainly fun, even if you do one and never intend on doing another!
Looking for spooky thrills? Don’t wait for Halloween. Add these bone-chilling haunted house tours to your bucket list for unique and thrilling fun.
1. Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California
This house was designed and constructed under the watchful eye of Sarah Lockwood Winchester.
Sarah was the wife of William Wirt Winchester who was the heir to the Winchester Rifle fortune. This family developed “the gun that won the west.”
Folklore goes that after William died of Tuberculosis, Sarah hired a medium in order to speak with him. William told Sarah through the medium that all of her problems came from the “blood money” which the Winchester Rifle had amassed.
To protect herself from ghosts which William said would come after her, Sarah was advised to move West and build a house for the ghosts.
The medium told her that the house needed to be under constant construction. Otherwise, she would die. As a result, construction went on for 38 years, until she died in her sleep.
This is the very house you can visit today. The Winchester Mystery House also has a badly reviewed film based on it.
Not sure you can hack this haunted house? Perhaps a wine tour in California is more to your tastes.
2. Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisianna
Plantations are creepy enough due to the taint of evil left over from the slavery era. Add in regular ghost sightings and you have yourself a terrifying house tour.
The Myrtles Plantation is supposedly one of the most haunted places in America due to the gruesome murders which took place there.
No matter whether you’re a historian or simply paranormal curious, this is the place for you to visit. Tours are offered every day or you can stay overnight. Look out for Chloe…
3. Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts
Does this ditty sound familiar?:
“Lizzie Borden took an axe,
And gave her mother forty whacks,
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.”
Although Lizzie was charged with the murders of her father and step-mother in 1893, the case was never fully resolved.
Do you want to visit the rooms where these gruesome murders occurred? You can take tours at the Lizzie Borden house between 11 AM and 3 PM.
4. House of Torment in Chicago, Illinois
If you want to keep the historical deaths OUT of your haunted house experience, then you should visit the House of Torment in Chicago.
Although there isn’t a century old murder case to spook you, there are many other horrifying haunts instead. (Perhaps these will be easier to shake when you get back home…)
Expect actors, costumes and even “special scents” which fog the attraction. You’ll be jumping out of your skin and come crawling back for more Haunted Tours.
These Haunted House Tours Will Scare You to Death
Whether you’re hoping for some history with your spooking or just a few jumps as you walk through a creepy house, this is the country that has it all.
Decided that being scared in haunted house tours isn’t for you? Check out the five best running trails in the US instead.