Never Too Early to Plan for Halloween: Haunted Places

Feeling sudden changes in temperatures, seeing things falling off shelves with no explanation, or feeling like extra spirits are following you around…are you intrigued? If you want to learn more about these odd occurrences, visiting a haunted destination might be just the thing to get you into the spooky season spirit. AurTravel has some top haunted places to consider:

Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca, Iowa

In quiet Villisca, a small town in Iowa, six family members and two overnight guests were brutally murdered back in 1912. The case remains unsolved. The home is a favorite in the Midwest for those brave enough wishing to spend the night. There have been reports of guests hearing children’s voices, items moving or falling, and an over-all eerie presence. Less than two hours outside of both Omaha, Nebraska and Des Moines, Iowa, this haunting house is sure to be thrilling.

Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England

Raynham Hall is known for its spooky residents including Lady Dorothy’s ghost who has been haunting the house for many years. The ghost appears in one of the most famous ghost photos, with her descending on the stairs. The ghost sighting goes all the way back to 1835, where visitors to the home saw “the brown lady.” Several accounts of this sighting have been made throughout the years. However, many are skeptical that the famous photo could easily be remade by various methods.

RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, California

The Queen Mary has been voted one of the 10 most haunted places in America. Visitors have reported sights of several ghosts including a lady in white, an engineer, and children. Among those reports, changes in temperature, slamming doors, and hearing screaming as well as crying are popular. The ship is offering many tours of the paranormal vessel; you can even dine with the spirits. Currently residing in Long Beach, California, the ship has a recorded 49 deaths. If you are brave enough, visiting room B340 might be a great haunting time. In other words…it is said to be one of the most haunted locations on the vessel.

The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

This hotel in Colorado is one of the most famous hotels, where old world charm meets modern day. The hotel is most well-known for being author Stephen King’s inspiration for The Shining; he was staying at the hotel for one night. Room 217 is said to be haunted by Mrs. Wilson, a former hotel housekeeper. Room 401 is another spooky sight. It used to be where female employees, nannies, and children stayed. Another spooky sight to see is room 428, where hearing footsteps and moving furniture is nothing out of the ordinary. This is one of the most haunted places in the United States!

Whether you believe in spooky stories or just want to visit a piece of history, visiting a haunted place is sure to leave you questioning and wondering. What better way than celebrating Halloween with some of the spookiest sights? Our agents at AurTravel can assist you with booking your haunted getaway. Call them at 402.891.6909!

Jessie Curry

Jessie is a recent 2018 graduate of University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Theatre department and regularly stage manages and acts in theatre productions in Omaha. She grew up as a Navy kid, living in Sicily and Japan, and traveling everywhere in between. Her favorite part of going to a new destination was the new food she could try. Some of her favorite memories include traveling and making flight attendants and pilots laugh.  Jessie serves as AurTravel’s administrative assistant and runs their social media accounts.

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