Happy Halloween! Currently scrolling through social media and feeling super envious of everyone’s costumes. It’s a little ironic we never dress up for Halloween considering how much we love the holiday. Maybe because we’re not super crafty? We’d prefer to curl up on the couch with a bowl of chili, bottle of wine, candy and scary movies.
We’re also laying low this Halloween because we’re still recovering from an adventurous weekend in Oklahoma City celebrating Halloweekend in a haunted hotel. YES. It was haunted, and we can vouch for that first-hand.
Before our stay at The Skirvin in OKC, we’d never had an encounter with ~paranormal activity~, but I always sort of wished something spooky would happen to us. Nothing crazy – just maybe some light flickers, inexplicable noises, a chill down your spine. Let’s just say we got what we wished for this weekend (stay tuned for an upcoming blog post + ghost story.) It was creepy, and while we instinctively considered changing rooms, a little piece of us wanted more.
Watching scary movies and sharing ghost stories this time of year is a given, but why not collect some stories of your own and check into a haunted hotel? Whether you’re an avid ghost hunter or looking to convince a skeptic, Hotels.com has a wide range of eerie locations that could leave you sleeping with the lights on…
Open since 1911, The Skirvin is one of OKC’s most historic destinations. Employees remain tight-lipped on the story, but the legend lies on the 10th floor, where a housekeeper named Effie was locked away after an affair with the hotel’s original owner. As the story goes, Effie became depressed after the birth of their child, and leapt to her death from a 10th floor window. The haunting is well-known throughout the NBA, as some visiting teams have blamed their loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on sleepless nights in The Skirvin and unwelcome visits from the maid.
The Stanley Hotel was once host to horror story novelist, Stephen King. He stayed in Suite 217 and the hotel is said to have been his inspiration for the movie The Shining. The Stanley Hotel offers tours to experience moments from the film and even offers “Spirited” rooms with high paranormal activity, including Suite 217.
The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is a staple in the New Orleans area. Before becoming a hotel, the site was a ballroom and theater, and later converted into a convent in the 1800s. The hotel offers haunted tours to get to know all of the eerie ghosts roaming the halls.
This haunted castle in Northern Ireland is no stranger to paranormal activity. Many guests have reported experiences including hearing noises and feeling chills in the night! The hotel owners have a theory that the ghost of Lady Isabella Shaw, wife of the castle’s architect, Lord James Shaw, continues to live in the castle for over 400 years. The hotel even has a private “Ghost Room” which is Lady Isabella Shaw’s bedroom.
This boutique hotel located in the heart of Florence, Italy is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in Europe. Guests have heard voices and giggles of spirits in the halls. The hotel’s Fresco Room, where Benito Mussolini once stayed, is known to have a peculiar vibe with guests claiming to feel an icy breath on their face while in the room.
This manor-turned-hotel dates back to the 14th century and has a number of tragedies that happened within their halls. The hotel was once a manor that was owned by a wealthy land Baron. Legend has it that the Baron’s daughter fell in love with a peasant boy and was later forbidden to see him by her father. The Baron proceeded to arrange to have her marry another suiter leading to an unforeseen death. On the daughter’s wedding day, the peasant boy went to a room on the top floor and hung himself. Guests still feel the presence of the boy in the afternoon around the time of his death.
The Russell Hotel has a rich history and was built on land that was once a “Moveable Hospital for His Majesty’s Distant Possessions” in 1790. The hotel is located in The Rocks, Sydney and offers a Ghost Host Tour of the area to learn about the seedy town’s spine-chilling history. Visitors have witnessed spirits of sailors who never made it back to sea.
The Mermaid Inn in Rye, East Sussex is a longstanding hotel which was rebuilt in 1420 and has maintained the charming and historic feel of the inn. Due to its age, the hotel has creaking floorboards and is home to many haunting ghosts. Numerous guests have reported seeing a lady dressed in white sitting in their room with an empty expression on her face. The hotel even has a bar with a secret passageway entrance for tenants to discover.
The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem throws a huge Halloween costume party every year and claims that it is the “place to be” in Salem on All Hallow’s Eve. The spooky hotel was home to television show “Bewitched”s cast and crew while filming episodes.
The Crescent Hotel and Spa calls itself America’s Most Haunted Hotel. They have Ghost Tours and special Halloween Séances to spook their guests. They have many “resident” ghosts and offer tales of eye witness accounts from previous guests.
The Queen Mary is a 1930s cruise liner that’s docked in Long Beach, California. It is known as “the haunted ship” because of the many disasters it has been through including a split hull that left few survivors. It was voted one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in America by Time Magazine. This haunted ship offers guests ghost-hunting tours and paranormal investigations. The Queen Mary has hosted many celebrities and dignitaries over the years including Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Winston Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower.
Would you be up for spending the night in one of these historic, haunted hotels?
This post was in collaboration with Hotels.com, but as always, opinions are our own.