You are bored of taking the conventional vacations. Camping, water-rafting or even dog-sledding in Alaska leave you cold. It is the right time to take the off beat vacation. Join the many adventurous people who are taking those literally breath-taking vacations – haunted house tours. You have most definitely been exposed to some of the haunted houses, thanks to television, especially around Halloween. But why not try these tours yourself?
Imagine living in a haunted house – eating, sleeping and all the other activities – amidst a spooky environment. But where do you find haunted houses? here are the top four places recommended for all those who is itching for a chill down their spines:
Perhaps the spookiest of them all is the Burford House B & B in tombstone, AZ. This house, built in 1880 and owned by Ruth and Richard Allen have hosted many celebrities, including John Wayne. Interestingly, many of the guests have never really left the house, which includes one George who shot his fiancé for reasons of infidelity and then committed suicide. Many modern-day visitors have taken pictures of a man donning a cowboy hat who looks out of the window. The orbs and reflections are a boon for the ghost hunters. There are several other ghost inhabitants in this house, but not yet identified with any particular person.
Located a few minutes away from the French Quarter and Magazine Street is another famous haunted house – the Castle Inn in New Orleans. Built in 1891, this haunted house is famous for a horse carriage driver who frequents it. He got killed during a fire and keeps on playing some ghostly tricks on residents and guests. He appears translucent, staring at the guests or at times he is heard coughing or whistling. The other ghost is that of a little girl, who met with a tragic end in a pool close by. She still haunts the house as well as the neighborhood. She declares her presence with little noises of trotting about in the hallways or bouncing on the bed. The bed and breakfast arrangement has a large variety of luxurious rooms suitable for extended stay.
Then there is this double-storied Romanesque building built in 1897 called the Red Garter Bed and Bakery, situated in Williams, AZ. Here the friendly ghosts enjoy being photographed. It is believed that some of the residents of this erstwhile bordello and saloon, never really left the place. Apparently there is this woman with long dark hair who shows up in photos. You can hear footsteps in the hallways and noisy doors which slam in the middle of the night. The rooms of this house are large and comfortable and the location, very memorable.
Built in 1716, the Colonial Inn of Concord, Massachusetts also offers a spooky vacation. It has housed many celebrities, one of whom, in room 24, has not yet left. This room was used as an operation theater during the civil war and it could well be that some of those operated upon did not survive ! and hence their spirit lives on.
Not only is a haunted vacation memorable on its own merits, but also great fun to do research on and find out more about the past historic facts. You can actually relive history in these houses, which has its own charm. In case you would much rather stay away from spooky adventures, there are other haunted house tours available which provide murder mystery nights and other dramatic outings for the guests.
If you don’t really care much about reliving history, a house riddled with an unsolved murder mystery could be your place. Such a house is the Lizzie Borden B & B. along with the ghosts, these houses are wonderful buildings to be admired, with or without your surreal friends.
About the Author - Beverly Kane is a staff writer at Halloween Times and is an occasional contributor to several other websites, including The Shopping Gazette.