The World’s Most Haunted Places

I think we’ve all grown up hearing scary stories about ghosts and spirits haunting the places where they died, or told each other creepy stories at night to scare each other senseless. A lot of places are claimed to be haunted, so I’ve collected a few of the most notable ones!

List based on “Top 10 Haunted Places”

The Winchester House – San Jose, USA

The Winchester House is a large Queen Anne style mansion in San Jose, California. It used to be the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, widow of firearm magnate William Wirt Winchester. Multiple people owned the house over the decades, and many claimed that the place was haunted by the ghosts of those that were shot with Winchester rifles. Another creepy fact about this house is that Mrs. Winchester had spider web designs and the number 13 all over the house, because those symbols were of spiritual significance to her.

After Sarah Winchester’s death, the house was finally sold and opened to the public.

The White House – Washington DC, USA

Surprisingly (at least to me), the White House also makes this list. At least eight different presidents claimed that the place is haunted by multiple ghosts and spirits. Some of the sightings include a former president that only appears when the country needs him most (reverse Avatar, The Last Airbender??), a daughter who in vain tries to save her doomed mother, and a former first lady who is unlucky enough to be perpetually stuck doing laundry. Abraham Lincoln is the most sighted former president in the White House. Ronald Reagan’s dog would reportedly refuse to enter Lincoln’s old room.

The Whaley House – San Diego, USA

The Whaley House is a classic example of Greek revival architecture and was built by Thomas Whaley when he and his family moved to San Diego. Construction started as a granary, and later became a courtroom. This house is also the most haunted house in the United States. Before the house was built, hangings took place on the grounds, which are believed to contribute to the hauntedness of the place. In addition to that, the place is reportedly full of ghosts, including the ghost of Mr. Whaley himself. Even spectral pets have been seen roaming the hallways.

The Tower of London – London, UK

This famous landmark is not only the most visited location by people, it’s also the most visited by ghosts. The castle and its grounds served as the execution ground, and it has also seen its fair share of murders and tortures. One of the most famous ghosts said to haunt the place is Anne Boleyn, who died after Henry VIII sentenced her to death by beheading. She is often seen carrying her own severed head…

RMS Queen Mary – California, USA

After the Queen Mary permanently docked, multiple people claimed that the ship was haunted. One of the staterooms is allegedly haunted by someone who was murdered there, and one particular room is apparently chock full of ghosts.

The Myrtle’s Plantation – St. Francisville, USA

This former plantation has two very notable ghost sightings. The first is that of what appears to be a slave girl seen standing between two buildings. The picture was taken in 1992 and experts found no reason why the apparition should be anything but human. This particular ghost has been dubbed “Chloe.”

The other notable sighting is that of an unknown woman that appears to look straight into the camera. Again, experts found no reasons to suspect the picture had been tempered with, and it looks like we have a real ghost situation here.

The Gettysburg Battlefield – Gettysburg, USA

The most famous battle from the civil war, where 50.000 men died, is obviously going to be haunted. Some people claim that they have seen the ghost of confederate general Robert E. Lee.

One of the most haunted places is the Daniel Lady farm, which was used as a confederate field hospital. It is said that the ghosts of general Isaac Ewell and his corps of 10.000 still haunt the fields.

Just eight miles away, the owners of the Cashtown Inn claim that they still occasionally see that ghosts of soldiers roaming their halls. This particular inn is where the first soldier died as a result of the Gettysburg campaign.

Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland

It would be a surprise if the place wasn’t haunted, as it is over 900 years old. The castle has witnessed a couple of surprise attacks, executions, and even a brief capture by the English. The castle is reportedly haunted by the likes of Janet Douglas of Gloms, who was accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake, and an unnamed piper, who wandered into the halls and never returned.

Close by, you can find Mary Kings Close, which is an underground area where victims of the black plague were locked away and left to die. Yeah, this place is definitely haunted.

Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, USA

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most expensive and largest prison in the world, and now many claim that the place is haunted by those that died on the grounds. Prisoners and officers alike have seen ghosty apparitions wander the halls. Today, not much is left of the prison’s original glory, but it is the perfect place for ghost hunting!

The Amityville House – Amityville, USA

The Amityville House is probably one of the most famous haunted locations in the USA. Whereas all other places on this list are really historical, this house did not become haunted until Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot six of his family members in 1974. In 1975, the property was bought by the Lutz family, that practically fled the house only 28 days later as a result of terrorizing paranormal phenomena.

Have you ever had a ghostly experience? I’m glad to say I haven’t! *Knock on wood* But it would definitely be an experience to visit these places.

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  1. October 12, 2019 / 4:03 pm

    This is such a unique and cool blog post! I definitely love finding places that are considered ‘haunted’. Thank you for bringing more haunted places from around the world to light. Definitely marking some of these down!

    • simonevanheijst
      October 12, 2019 / 6:45 pm

      Thank you for the kind words! I’m glad you enjoyed reading. I love the idea of haunted places, but in reality I’m a chicken so I’d probably never go find them alone😂

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