6 Haunted Hotels for Your Halloween Travels

1. Jekyll Island Club Hotel

2. Stanley Hotel

3. Brown Palace Hotel

4. Carolina Inn

5. Pfister Hotel

6. Hawthorne Hotel

 

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Stanley Hotel and Hawthorne Hotel each have special packages/events for Halloween. Perhaps there’s still time for you to book a stay in one and let us know of your experiences.

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More ghost towns

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Of course not every ghost town really looks like a ghost town. There are a few – like Bodie, CA – where buildings exist in a state of “arrested decay” and others, like Virginia City, NV where people still live in the towns even though they’re designated as ghost towns.

I hit another jackpot on Yahoo where they have a list of nine ghost towns in the US that typically date to the 19th century. The link at the end will be where you can see photos and read information about the history of these towns. Also, if you enjoy ghost towns as much as I do, a great resource for ghost town exploration is ghostowns.com. It is a very well organised site and will tell you how to get there – if you can drive up by car, if you have to rent a 4×4 or if you have to abandon motorized vehicles of all kinds and simply hike. The ones in Colorado and parts of Nevada and California are where you’ll typically find those.

These are the sites listed on the Yahoo article:

  • Rhyolite, NV
  • Bodie, CA
  • St Elmo and Tincup, CO
  • Calico, CA
  • Ashcroft, CO
  • Grafton, UT
  • Gleeson, AZ
  • Kennecott, AK
  • Fairbank, AZ

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The Gettysburg of the West

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Nestled in the Southern Rocky Mountains, in the north-central part of New Mexico lies a battlefield that is known as the Gettysburg of the West. While the bulk of the Civil War occurred east of the Mississippi River, there were a few skirmishes scattered throughout the rest of the country, but the largest took place at Glorieta Pass along the Santa Fe Trail, just east of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Haunted Hotels

While each of these places is probably already booked for this year, we decided to list them anyway so you can start making your spooky plans for next year. If you happen to have luck with any of these for this year, please leave a comment here and tell us of your experience. Some of these places were written about in previous months, so if you look over on the right side of the screen and click on the category called ‘haunted lodgings’ you’ll find out what’s in store for your stay.
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Maze!

For those of you who are looking for the lighter side of Halloween, I can tell you from experience that corn mazes are fun. There’s one about an hour north of where I live that a friend and I went to last year. They had a quiz that guided you through the maze. If you got the answer right, your turn was correct. If it was wrong, you got lost. 🙂 There was also a lil cown train that rode around for the kidlets as well as a play area for them. Best of all was the pumpkin guns that you could pay to shoot off. They were fun too!! 😀

I decided to dig up another list of 10 corn mazes around the country for your enjoyment:

  1. Great Vermont Corn Maze
  2. Cajun Country Corn
  3. Sever’s Corn Maze (Minnesota)
  4. Richardson Adventure Farm (Illinois)
  5. The Maize at the Pumpkin Patch (Oregon)
  6. Denver Botanic Gardens (Colorado)
  7. Tolmachoff Corn Maze (Arizona)
  8. The Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch at Oakes Farm (Tennessee)
  9. Pumpkin Patch at Lakes Park (Florida)
  10. Stocker Farms (Washington)

Mean Ghosts

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I read through the entries on (The Customer is) Not Always Right on a daily basis and while catching up with the weekend entries this morning, I found this little gem. I was going to share it with the other gals on here via email, but then I realized it was too good to keep just among us.

(The Stanley Hotel is a very nice big hotel in town. It is known to be an inspiration to the book/movie “The Shining”. It is also known to be haunted, and even gives ghost tours.)

Customer: “I demand a refund.”

Assistant Manager: “I’m sorry, was there a problem with your room?”

Customer: “Yes! The ghosts in your hotel are mean. I demand a refund.”

Assistant manager: “I’m sorry, you have already stayed here and had every service our hotel has to offer. I cannot give you a refund. The hotel is known for being haunted, and I am sure you were aware of this going into your visit.”

Customer: “But the ghosts were mean!”

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The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

One of the most chilling books I ever read when I first became interested in horror novels was “The Shining”. The premise of a large hotel, abandoned by everyone for the winter except a caretaker and his family set the stage for the insanity and murder that followed. Many years later, I discovered that the author, Stephen King, had stayed at a hotel right before they were about to close for renovations. The hotel was nearly empty, and King’s imagination was fueled to write the tale of terror.

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