October is here again and so are Halloween activities. For the Halloween enthusiast or wannabe paranormal investigator, nothing is quite as exciting as the chance to travel and stay at a haunted hotel to see what transpires through the night. Here are three options for hotels that are purportedly some of the most haunted in the United States – and perfect for a ghostly trip!
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
Steven King fans should be well acquainted with the story behind the Stanley Hotel coming to fame for its ghostly activity. Supposedly King stayed in room 217 during the 1970s and this is what inspired his book, The Shining. Although the major motion picture based on the book was not filmed at the Stanley, the made-for-television movie was and apparently some strange things happened during the filming.
The hotel dates back to 1909. It was built by F.O. Stanley, inventor of the steam engine, for his wife, Flora. Some people say that Flora has never left the building and enjoys playing the piano in the wee hours of the morning. F.O. has been attributed to the sounds of balls being struck in the billiards room.
The most haunted room is 418, although there has been paranormal type activity reported throughout the fourth floor. Just as in the book and the movie, many guests claim to hear children playing in the hall. Room 408 is another active room where some guests have reported finding the room in disarray and seeing small handprints smeared across the mirrors. Faucets turning on by themselves, toilets flushing at random, and objects moving are also common occurrences at the Stanley Hotel.
The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
The Queen Mary, a retired ocean liner commissioned in 1936, now houses guests at her permanent location docked at the “Haunted Port” in Long Beach. It’s an elegant floating hotel that has earned its place on the National Register of Historic Places.
What might you expect when spending the night on the Queen Mary? Guests have reported rapping noises, disembodied voices, objects moving on their own, and glimpses of ghosts walking up and down the stairs and hallways.
If you don’t wish to spend the night, you can opt for a dinner and Ghost Tour of the Queen Mary to explore the theatre, engine room, boiler room, pool and other areas where paranormal activity has been reported.
Crescent Hotel and Spa, Eureka Springs, AR
The self-proclaimed “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” is a beautiful, sprawling building sitting atop a hill in the resort town of Eureka Springs. The site has been investigated by the TAPS investigators of TV’s Ghost Hunters show.
You might see one of several ghosts that are purported to haunt the Crescent. One of them is Michael, an Irish stonemason who died during the hotel’s construction in 1885. Michael is joined by Theodora, a former cancer patient who lived in the building when it functioned as a hospital and a cat named Morris. The newest ghostly resident at the Crescent is Irene Castle, a very famous dancer from the Flapper era who died in the hospital. A ghost tour of the property takes you through the morgue, where you can view an original autopsy table.
There’s still time to book your paranormal Halloween trip and stay at one of these haunted hotels. Don’t forget to book your airport parking, too, when you purchase your flight so you don’t have to worry about anything – other than a ghostly visitor joining you in your room!
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Source: S. Hurley Hall