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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.