Dare to experience something different this Halloween with some creepy folklore, haunted spirits and spooky vacation rentals. Experience a fright and enjoy a fantastic vacation rental while you're at it.

We've gathered the top 7 haunted cities to visit this holiday season for your paranormal enjoyment. Ditch the trick-or-treats and dive into a historical adventure this Halloween.

Portland, Oregon

Haunted Portland Oregon Halloween

Portland is spook-filled with myths and tales that are sure to send chills up your spine. Escape on a hike to Witch's Castle at Forest Park and learn about the bizarre history behind the murder of Mortimer Stump. Discover the legend of the underground Shanghai Tunnels, featured on the popular television series, Ghost Hunters and Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures. These rundown passageways are located beneath the streets of Portland's Old Town. Looking to journey into a frightful adventure yourself? Go behind the scenes with a “Beyond Bizarre" ghost tour, where you can use real ghost hunting equipment to locate the tunnel spirit of Nina, a former “working girl" who haunts the 1885 Merchant Hotel.


Where to stay

Appreciate a cozy farmhouse cottage in the countryside, only 12 minutes away from Downtown Portland. Get a thrill with your family and friends by participating in a nearby ghost tour, and refresh back at home by the lake or in the gardens facing a warm fire pit.


New Orleans, Louisiana

Haunted cemetery in New Orleans Louisiana

New Orleans' 42 cemeteries are known as the “cities of the dead", with tombs sitting above-ground. The town is situated below sea-level, overshadowed by these towering graveyards. Visit the grave of Marie Laveau, the infamous Voodoo Queen of New Orleans in the 1800s. Some say that individuals still leave offerings and practice rituals at her grave. Be sure to also visit the graves of other voodoo queens and even pirates.

Where to stay

Relax in this roomy 2 bd/2 ba cottage, only 8 blocks from the French Quarter where Ghosts from the War of 1812 still frequent. Go on a haunted mansion tour at night with family, or dare your friends to join you at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, where the ghost of pirate Jean Lafitte is said to visit.


Fort Davis, Texas

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Fort Davis played a huge role in the Southwest's history. Serving as a military post in the mid to late 1800s, it is now a national historic site. Legend has it that Fort Davis continues to be haunted by the ghost of Alice Walpole, who was abducted by Native Americans while looking for roses. Take a visit to the area and notice the faint smell of roses when Alice appears, or catch a glimpse of her ghost if you're lucky.

Where to stay

Check out the Terlingua Guest House, a short walking distance from the Ghost Town. Enjoy the small private guest home with a scenic view of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park.


Savannah, Georgia

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Considered to be one of the top haunted destinations to visit, Savannah offers several historical sites to visit. Get a spook out of the Colonial Park Cemetery or the Hamilton Turner Inn, where the distant voices of children laughing can be heard. Experience a fright in the Hampton Lillibridge House built in 1796, the only house in Savannah to ever receive an exorcism. And if that's not enough, venture into the Moon River Brewing Company, believed to be the most haunted spot in Savannah.

Where to stay

Delight in this exquisite “Pulaski's Parlor" home rental, in Savannah's Landmark Historic District. Centrally located, guests will appreciate the short walk to Orleans Square, museums, boutiques and of course, entertaining ghost tours.


Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

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Located in Jefferson County, Harpers Ferry has a rich history of Civil War disaster and tales of mysterious characters haunting old homes and prowling the streets at night. Harpers Ferry provides hour-long tours across a number of buildings that report sightings of ghosts.

Where to stay

Rent out this 1890s home conveniently located in Harpers Ferry to experience the supernatural phenomenon. Taking a break from all the scares, explore the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park or relax at some of Virginia's top wineries.


Annapolis, Maryland

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Annapolis carries with it a lot of history, previously being the temporary capital of the United States in 1783. It also played a significant role during the Civil War in the 1800s. The town was home to a major hospital where wounded Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners were brought by sea. Popular haunted sites include Maryland State House and Reynold's Tavern, inherited by Mary Reynolds after her husband William died in 1777. Witnesses have even reported hearing a woman's voice singing Christmas carols along with other paranormal activity.

Where to stay

Enjoy a more secluded getaway in this spacious Bay Cottage, steps away from Chesapeake Bay. Go on a quiet kayak ride on the water or visit historic Annapolis only 6 miles away.


Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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Gettysburg is a hugely popular historical site that continues to preserve a community of restless spirits, mainly in downtown's Baltimore street. Renowned for its tragic past during the Civil War, more than 50,000 soldiers were killed or injured in and around Gettysburg. Take a stroll with a candlelight ghost tour at night, or embark on a ghost hunt with a paranormal investigator if you dare.

Where to stay

This charming 1900s farmhouse sits on 40 private acres on the Gettysburg battlefield. The 3 bd/2 ba home accommodates up to 10 guests and is an ideal location for skiing, fishing and nature walks.

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