Haunted Houses you can visit…if you dare!

I grew up in a haunted house.  I kid you not.  It wasn’t that bad.  Some creepy feelings of being watched.  Cold, creaky rooms.  The shadowy silhouette of a woman, seen in the downstairs window on the day we moved out.  My blinds moving up and down in my bedroom one night when I was a kid.  Yup.  Not Poltergeist level stuff, but still kinda spooky.  And yet, intriguing.  So for those of you who see the allure in haunted houses, and not being afraid of any ghosts, here are some locations that claim to be haunted, that you can go and visit.

 1. Dundurn Castle – Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Located in Hamilton, Ontario, it is rumoured Sir Allan MacNab, and his family haunt this stately mansion.  Cold drafts, strange music and voices abound.  Dundurn Castle is often open to the public, year round.  Local haunted tours and walks frequent the grounds.

2. Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, California


This place is messed up! The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in San Jose, California, which was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester.  Ever since the construction commenced in 1884, the property and mansion were claimed by many, including Winchester herself, to be haunted by the ghosts of those killed with Winchester rifles. So to confuse and trap the ghosts, the house was “finished” with doors that would not open, windows that looked into empty rooms, and stairways that lead nowhere.  This place is on my haunted house bucket list!

3. Shanley Hotel – Shawangunk Mountains of Ulster County, NY.


This place is so haunted, you need to sign a waiver before you agree to stay the night.  I guess with approximately 35 ghosts haunting this place, you are gonna need more than a waiver.  You are gonna need to call someone… PS – Bucket list! Who is with me?

Do you know any fun haunted locations that are open to tours?  Have you been to any of these places?  What are your experiences?  Let us know!  Cheers!


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