A dark old basement is dark and old every night of the year. But during the month of October, the hidden crooks and forgotten relics in that dusty cellar seem far more sinister. The spooky season just has a way of making everything more terrifying. And that’s exactly why this is when people love visiting the most horrifying and infamous spots around. It’s just more fun to explore an abandoned house or forgotten cemetery when you’re already thinking about ghosts and goblins. If you don’t know where to find them though, a new guide will point you to the most haunted locale in every state. But in 2020 you might want to only visit the scary outdoor spots.
Thrillist put together a list of the scariest, creepiest, most notorious places for all 50 states. Some are famous to many Americans everywhere. That includes Lizzie Borden’s house in Fall River, Massachusetts. It’s a bed and breakfast now, but some believe the specters of it’s most famous residents still wander the halls there.
Many people also know about The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, even if they don’t know it by name. It was the inspiration for The Overlook in Stephen King’s The Shining. It was actually where they filmed the 1997 TV mini-series too. It’s nightmarish reputation might make it hard for some guests to get a good night’s sleep. Or take a bath.
No, the “entire state” was not listed for Maine because of its most famous writer—but it could have been.
However, many haunted places are old hotels, inns, cemeteries, and even walking trails that only locals might know about. So make sure you check out the full list if you’re looking to add some creepy destinations to your must-visit list. But you might want to keep them in mind for the future.
Normally, October would be the ideal time to visit any of these spots. In 2020, though, the scariest place to visit is anywhere you can get COVID. And that’s why this spooky season might be the only time we don’t mind being alone in our dark old basements.
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