1. The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, Colorado
Not only did this super spooky hotel serve as inspiration for scary Stephen King novel The Shining, it also purports to have several haunted rooms and resident ghosts. Flora Stanley, the original hotel owner’s long deceased wife, is allegedly sighted regularly wandering through the lobby or playing the piano in the lounge. The entire fourth floor, which used to be the servants’ quarters, gets paranormally-active after dark. The hotel runs daytime historic ghost tours of the property and has an expert paranormal investigator (with all the necessary equipment) on staff who takes guests on nighttime ghost hunts.
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2. Glamis Castle – Angus, Scotland
Built in the 14th century, Glamis Castle has a plethora of ghoulish legends attached to it. There’s allegedly a secret room where a horrifically disfigured child was hidden from sight after being born to the 11th Earl of Glamis, and in other stories, the secret room was used to hide the bodies of enemies of the Glamis clan. Another tale says the secret room served as a location for a card game with the devil himself. The spirit of Lady Janet Douglas, who was burned as a witch in 1537, is said to haunt the castle’s chapel, and there are various other tales of ghosts that haunt the castle.
3. Château de Brissac – Loire Valley, France
This stunning eight centuries-old castle is immense and very ornate—it has seven stories and 204 opulent rooms. It’s also said to be home to several specters. Allegedly, at night you can hear the moaning of a pair of ghostly lovers that were assassinated in the castle once the woman’s husband found out about the affair. The castle is currently inhabited by the 13th Duke of Brissac, but is open for tours.
4. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – Vancouver, BC
This elegant old hotel is said to be haunted by a glamorous lady in red. When the hotel was being constructed, there were eight elevator shafts constructed, however when the Great Depression hit, only six elevators actually ended up being installed. Consequently there are two empty shafts, without doors leading to them. Allegedly, numerous hotel staff and guests have glimpsed this woman in red as she emerges from a door where the hidden shaft is located (and where there simply should not be a door).
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5. Rolling Hills Asylum – East Bethany, NY
Built in 1827, this huge brick poor house was built to house the needy and the troubled (including murderers and the criminally insane), and is apparently home to much paranormal activity. Now open for tours, the very brave are invited to walk through the rooms in the daylight, or at night, and even carry out their own paranormal investigations with the help of representatives of the asylum. Investigations at the property have revealed chilling screams in the night, doors being held shut, shadowy figures walking down corridors and disembodied voices.
6. McNabs Island – Halifax, NS
This large island in Halifax Harbour is a beautiful nature reserve today, but had a number of atrocities in its history that have lead to rumours of ghosts haunting its sandy beaches and lush parklands. McNabs was used to hold a shipload of British cholera sufferers in 1866, many of whom died and ended up being buried in mass graves on the island. From the 1780s through the early 19th century, the military would use Maugher Beach (on the Island) to display the bodies of executed military criminals. The headless ghost of Peter McNab, who owned a fishing business there in the 1700s, is said to roam the island as well as various other ghouls.