Trick or Treat!  It’s Halloween.  And what could be a better way of celebrating this scary holiday than a night in a haunted hotel?  Whether you are looking for a spooky Bed and Breakfast, a haunted hotel or want to take a tour through a ghost filled castle, there are plenty of places out there for you to choose from.

The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, LA is considered one of America’s most haunted homes.  Built in 1776, this bed and breakfast has a history that includes murder and has several hauntings associated with it including some that date back to prior to the original construction of the house.  The original owner, General Bradford claimed that he encountered the spirit of a young Indian girl.  The plantation offers a variety of tours and the opportunity to spend the night.

One of the best known haunted hotels is the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico.  Built in 1872 by Henri Lambert, this hotel was witness to over 26 murders during its wilder days.  Some of the bullet holes in the walls have been accredited to Clay Allison and Buffalo Bill Cody.   Jessie James stayed there a number of times, always requesting room 14.   The second floor of this hotel is considered the most haunted of the building and room 18 is kept locked at all times.  It is said to be inhabited by the angry ghost of Thomas James Wright who was killed at his doorstep after a poker game.

The Winchester House in San Jose, California is considered a must do for any die hard haunted house fan.  Built by Sarah Winchester, this amazing house with over 160 rooms covering over 6 acres, was under construction for 38 years based on Sarah’s conviction that as long as construction continued, she was safe from evil spirits that followed her.  It was her conviction that she was haunted by the spirits of people killed by the famous Winchester rifle created by her husband’s family.   This quirky house is full of stairs going nowhere, doors opening to walls, windows looking inward and a host of other interesting architectural details that were all conceived by Sarah Winchester.  Winchester House hosts a Fright Night during September and October on specific dates and the house is transformed into one of San Jose’s most terrifying Halloween experiences.  Included are walk through attractions, intense scares, roaming scare actors and terrifying tales.  Truly a one of a kind experience!

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