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What’s better than a good ghost story as Halloween gets closer? How about visiting some of the United States’ spookiest destinations? The US may be the new kid on the block when it comes to age, but we still have many spooky destinations. If you like being scared or are interested in the darker side of US history, check out these haunted places.
We can’t think of any spooky destinations more Halloween-y than Salem, Massachusetts. In the spring of 1692, young girls in Salem claimed to be possessed by the devil and accused local women of being witches. Accusations spread and launched the now-famous Salem Witch Trials. Ultimately, the tribunal hung 18 women on Gallows Hill. The hysteria died down, but Salem still celebrates its dark history. Visit the Salem Witch Museum to see life-size stages and sets based on the trials and more. While in Salem, check out other witch and Halloween-themed events throughout the year. Of course, these peak in October along with the leaves!
Widely known as one of the most haunted homes in the US, the Winchester House definitely makes our list of spooky destinations. The 160-room house is a marvel built by Winchester Arms heiress Sarah Pardee Winchester, after the deaths of her daughter and husband. Legend says a medium told Sarah to build a home for herself and the people who had been killed by the weapons made by the Winchester company. If she ever stopped building, the medium said, she would die. So, Sarah moved from Connecticut to San Jose and began construction on this amazing home. Built between 1866 and stopped at Sarah’s death in 1922, the residence contains secret passageways, staircases to nowhere, repetitions of the number 13, and, legend has it, many ghosts. The house is open for tours—if you dare!
After you finish touring the Winchester Mystery House, head to Los Angeles. The Museum of Death in Hollywood opened its doors with a simple mission: to fill the void in death education in this country. And since 1995, the next of our spooky destinations has been doing just that. So, if you’re into exploring death this fall, stop by and check out the world’s largest collection of serial killer artwork. Or review crime scene photos, coroner and mortician tools, and even Manson Family memorabilia. But beware! The museum’s heavy emphasis on blood and gore might be a bit much for some visitors, so enter at your own risk.
Witnesses in Point Pleasant, West Virginia claimed to have seen an eerie figure in the year leading up to the disastrous collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15, 1967. Dubbed the Mothman, this human-like figure had a 7-foot wingspan and glowing red eyes. Many people reported sightings in Point Pleasant, and the local mythology claims the Mothman is a warning sign of danger. Other stories report Mothman sightings before September 11, Chernobyl and the Fukushima disasters. Do your homework before you visit and check out the books and movies on this creature. In Point Pleasant, visit the Mothman Statue, Mothman Museum, and the Silver Bridge. And keep your eyes open!
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