Halloween is the time when everyone talks about ghosts and goblins. Did you know that many people are curious about ghosts and haunted destinations at other times of the year though? If your family loves spooky things, including ghost tours and ghost stories, you will love the haunted towns I have discovered. Today, I am going to share the most haunted towns in America. You will want to visit one during your next family vacation.
Okay, so you knew I had to begin with Salem, Massachusetts. This is probably the most haunted town in America. Witches have been in Salem for centuries. And it was the scene of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.
You will find spooky events and ghost tours in Salem all year round. However, they really take things up a few notches around Halloween. One of my favorite things to do in Salem is to go to the Witch House. This was the home of the judge of the trials. Today, you can listen to ghost stories there that are guaranteed to keep you up at night.
There aren’t as many ghosts in Kennecott, Alaska. You will discover quite a few ghost stories you can listen to while touring the abandoned copper mines though.
You see, this town was known for its mines filled with copper. The mines were out of copper in twenty years. That meant all the wealthy people living in this area were left destitute. The town is now run by the National Park Service. I recommend visiting and seeing what a ghost town looks like firsthand.
The small town of Alton has long been on the list of most haunted towns in America. Death, war, and murder have all happened in this town since the Civil War. The best ghostly experiences can be had over at the First Unitarian Church, McPike Mansion, and the Milton School.
During your visit, you may run into professional ghost hunters. Ask if they will let you join in on the fun!
Calico is a town that was started back in 1881. It used to be a mining town like Kennecott. But this town mined silver instead of copper. There used to be five hundred open mines that all closed in the 1890s when the value of silver tanked.
This haunted town in America is now a theme park complete with mining tours and gold panning. You will even find yourself in the middle of a fake shootout. Definitely the wild, wild west, just with a few ghosts scattered around.
The legend of the headless horseman seems to be etched in many people’s minds when ghosts are mentioned in Sleepy Hollow. This was one of the main characters in Washington Irving’s book, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Wander the streets searching for the headless horseman during your visit to this haunted town. Although, if it’s late, you may not want to turn around if you hear a horse approaching!
Massachusetts seems to have a lot of ghosts. Over in Fall River, you can visit the house of Andrew and Abby Borden. Their youngest daughter, Lizzie, is thought to be the one who killed them in August of 1892. Their house is now a museum, as well as a bed and breakfast. Stay in one of the rooms for a frightening experience.
These are the most haunted towns in America. Some of them have more ghosts than others, but they all have history. Choose the haunted destination that will give your family the most chills and really get a fright during your next family vacation.
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