Halloween is just around the corner, but maybe your Halloween mood isn’t just yet, so these real-life historical haunts may help you get in the spirit of this holiday. Tales of haunted places have been circulating since the dawn of time. People have always had a strange belief in haunts, be they haunted objects, haunted places or even haunted people. Stories of houses that have invisible inhabitants have sent shivers down our spines many times and the gruesome tales of those living in them were more than enough to make us lose a night’s sleep. We thought we might share some of the historical haunts that could spook you and make you get in that Halloween mood:
1. Stanley Hotel
The now infamous hotel who gained its recognition due to the fact that it was Stephen King’s inspirational setting for The Shining. The Stanley Hotel is named after its first owner, F.O Stanley, and its doors were first open for guests in 1909. It’s said that the ghosts of Stanley and his wife Flora haunt the hotel, as well as the ghost of one of the maids. Over the years, there have been reports of lights turning on and off, of sounds of children in the halls or objects moving.
2. Island of Dolls
Or Isla de las Muñecas ( the original name in Spanish) is located in Mexico, in the Xochimilco district. This small island features dolls flung in trees, many limbless or headless. Legend has it that decades ago, a man found a little girl’s body near the island- she had drowned. Soon after found a doll floating in the river and decided to fling it in a tree, in an effort to bring peace to the girl’s spirit. Each doll he’d find he’d fling in a tree and eventually grew to believe that the dolls were possessed. He continued to do so until 2001 when he found his death the same way the girl did. Isn’t this one of the creepiest historical haunts?
3. Fort Mifflin
This site served as an American military post for nearly two centuries, being active during the Revolutionary War as well as the First and Second World Wars. Today, the fort is allegedly haunted by a myriad of specters, including the Faceless Man or the Screaming Woman.
What other historical haunts do you know?
all photos are from history.com