If you are one of those people who like their treats with a fair share of scary ‘tricks’, then you should up your Halloween game a notch and leave the standard fancy dress behind and book yourself a Halloween staycation at one of the many haunted hotels in the world.
To make it easy for you to decide where to book that Halloween staycation, I, with the help of the knowledgeable accommodation folks at Hotels.com have put together a round-up of the most haunted hotels around the world. All you have to do is cross your fingers and hope one of these haunted hotels falls within your geographical location. If not, well, you can still go trick or treat in your fancy dress.
Haunted Hotels for Halloween Staycation
Ballygally Castle, Northern Ireland
If staying in a castle isn’t magical enough, book into the ghost room at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland to experience something a little more sinister. The castle is rumored to have as many as three friendly ghosts that roam around the turrets, however, one particular room is said to still be home to the original owner of the castle’s wife, Lady Isabella Shaw. Guests who have stayed in this haunted room, at the top of the spiral staircase in the oldest part of the castle, have reported hearing her ominously knocking on the door. The castle also offers a ghost tour where you can encounter the other two apparitions as well as learn about the history of the building.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel, New Orleans
A Halloween staycation is never spooky enough until you involve New Orleans. And the iconic Bourbon Orleans Hotel, located in the beautiful French Quarter, has a rich and vibrant history. The hotel used to be the elegant and historic Orleans Ballroom and Theatre and then in the late 1800s was converted into a convent, meaning stories of the haunted hotel rooms are as old as the hotel itself. The hotel ranks as one of New Orleans’ top haunted hotels and is so spooky that it is a key part of New Orleans Ghost & Spirits walking tour.
Hotel Burchianti, Florence
Whilst beautiful, this boutique hotel isn’t for the faint-hearted, as it is rumored to be brimming with ghosts and trapped spirits. Guests have not only claimed to have seen children skipping down the halls, but also the ghost of a woman sitting in a chair. Alongside the haunted atmosphere, guests can enjoy the 16th-century historical original murals displayed around the hotel. Only last year, a ghost was actually captured on camera at this hotel, so why not chance your luck this October 31st?
Toftaholm Herrgård, Sweden
Are you brave enough to have a Halloween staycation at the idyllic Toftaholm Herrgård set on the shores of Lake Vidostern in Southern Sweden? Guests at the hotel, a 14th-century former country manor, have experienced unexplained incidents from strange noises to doors and windows being shut in the morning. The hotel is thought to be haunted by a young peasant boy who fell in love with the daughter of the baron, who hung himself when she was forced to marry someone else.
The Russell Hotel, Sydney
The Russell Hotel offers ghost tours for guests wanting to learn more about its haunted past. Situated in the now trendy area known as The Rocks, this part of town used to attract some shady characters as well as mischievous sailors. One such sailor is said to have never left, and still haunts the halls in room eight, with some guests even reporting that they have seen him staring at them from the foot of the bed.
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The Mermaid Inn, Rye
The quaint and historic Mermaid Inn in Rye, East Sussex is plagued by numerous spirits and has its own designated ‘Ghost Room’. Even celebrities have said to have been awoken by the mysterious noises in this bedroom. (Trick or) treat yourself with a Halloween staycation and book a stay to scare yourself senseless.
Well, if these are not seriously some of the most haunted hotels in the world, I don’t know what is. Do you have haunted hotels in your neck of the woods or are you planning a Halloween staycation? Feel free to share in the comments section below and see if it rivals the above.