For those who love a good scare, visiting the scariest haunted houses might not be enough of a fright. If you’ve ever wanted to stay overnight in a haunted hotel or mansion so you have the chance to experience an authentic supernatural occurrence, Airbnb might have just the listings for you this Halloween.
While we can’t guarantee that things will go bump in the night, these Airbnb options have spooky backstories and that are sure to make you believe in ghosts.
Vintage Estate Euro-Family Suite
Described as an “authentic Classic ‘Old World’ Country French Normandy Estate,” this historic home is referred to as Sunny Gables, a gated landmark estate situated on two acres in the Los Angeles area, according to the Airbnb listing. The picturesque property looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale with vaulted hallways, vintage decor that includes original fixtures, a cathedral ceiling living room with a grand piano, fireplace, an English pub and more.
However, what the listing doesn’t talk about is how it was constructed. It was built in 1929 by Robert T. Moore in just six months with the help of day laborers. Rumor has it that different workers were used every day so that nobody would know the secrets of the house or its owner. Moore passed away in his bedroom on Oct. 30, 1958, but no one knows where he’s buried.
Elegantly Decayed Creole Mansion
Maison Vitry was built in 1855 and belonged to Louise Vitry, a free African American woman, her French consort Archille Courcelle and their four children in New Orleans. According to the Airbnb listing for the 3,700-square-foot home, the historic property was the subject of an 1858 Louisiana Supreme Court ruling which allowed Louise to keep her home and seven slaves prior to the Civil War.
The Creole home is described as “a step back in time to 19th Century New Orleans with grand proportions, 14-foot ceilings, original fireplaces, mahogany staircase and ceiling medallions.” It features a large downstairs parlor, balconies and a tropical garden with Spanish trees. Location scouts have found the home’s haunted atmosphere convincing — FX’s “American Horror Story” and HBO’s “Treme” have both filmed in the home.
Captain Grant’s, 1754
Built in 1754, Captain Grant’s property is fully furnished with its original early 18th-century pieces. “We try to keep it as authentic as possible while still offering all the amenities of today,” the owner wrote on the listing. The home, which is on is National Register of Historic Places, is situated on 5 acres in the historic area of Mystic Coast and Country in Connecticut. During the Revolutionary War the soldiers of the Continental Army were garrisoned here, and during the Civil War, escaped slaves sheltered at the home. Since then, the house has been through a significant renovation and now features named rooms, six working fireplaces and a three-story porch. Poquetanuck’s first cemetery is also located behind the home.
One room in particular at Captain Grant’s, known as the Adelaide Room, is a hotspot for paranormal activity. One guest claims to have been woken up in the middle of the night only to see a woman dressed in Colonial-era clothes, holding hands with two children next to her bed. Others have said that the TV turns itself on and off and that the shower curtain gets knocked down, seemingly by itself. Guests claim to have heard knocking and seen unusual shapes in the bedrooms. One guest described the sensation of having her face caressed by invisible hands, while another visitor has claimed that the specter of a young child passed through them.
Parks-Bowman Mansion: The Haunted Bedroom
Described as a third-floor oasis in the heart of New Orleans’ Garden District, this room is known for being haunted by a young girl from the 1890s. Visitors claim to have seen her floating around in a yellow dress. The listing says she’s “very shy” and that you “probably won’t see her, although some people swear she exists!”
The mansion itself is large and features a carved cypress staircase, stained glass windows, chandeliers, a ladies’ parlor and more. It’s conveniently located near the Lafayette Cemetery for those looking to take an extra-creepy midnight stroll.
The Manor Master Chamber
This listing is for the master chamber in what was once voted the “most mysterious house in Saint Paul, Minnesota” in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. And it does have a spooky look!
Guarded by a Doberman named Scorch (who one guest said is “so sweet and affectionate”), this dark and ominous property was built in 1883 and is described as “quint and charming” and “decorated with oddities.”
This cabin in Savannah, Georgia, was built in 1799, in the heart of what is now the city’s historic area. It’s a major attraction on ghost tours in the city, as well as the Savannah Tour of Homes. The wooden interior alone makes it easy to see why it’s a popular stop.
One visitor at Laura’s Cottage claims to have seen the ghost of Laura herself on three occasions during a visit. Laura apparently opened a window and make lights flicker. The cottage has drawn additional fame because was used as a set in Robert Redford’s film “The Conspirator.”
Historic Civil War Farm House
This farmhouse is located on the David Stewart Farm in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was used as a hospital after the Battle of Gettysburg, so you know its haunted! “I will be your only ‘living’ host, but there are many others who reside with me,” states the owner of the Airbnb. “They have lived at the farm for many many years, some for hundreds of years. Yes, the house is haunted, but they are all friendly!”
The hosts have been in the farmhouse for 36 years and “have lots of interesting stories that I’d be happy to share with you if you are interested.” So if you’re looking for ghost stories, it sounds like you’re in luck.
Would you ever consider staying at one of these properties?