20 Haunted Airbnbs You Can Stay in—If You Dare!
Whether you are seeking a spiritual connection for All Hallow's Eve or just love a good spook, your getaway will be a thriller if you stay in a haunted abode.
Airbnb hosts provide unique accommodations, including those that come complete with things that may go bump in the night. If you are brave enough, give the following Airbnbs a try. You may want to sleep with one eye open. (Or pull the blankets over your head.)
Parks-Bowman Mansion, New Orleans
New Orleans is renowned for its spirits, and you may experience a sighting of your own staying in the Parks-Bowman Mansion's haunted bedroom.
Located on the third floor of a Garden District Mansion, this eerie room features a private balcony with views of New Orleans — if the spirits don't keep your attention.
Said one guest, Kindall, of their stay at the property: "We did experience some early morning footsteps and jingling noises on our floor. It was confirmed that the [host] was not up there and there were no other guests at that time. Spooky cool!"
Farnam Manor, Richfield, Ohio
Although you can't actually stay in the 180-year-old Farnam Manor, you can camp on the grounds. And it's here where the supernatural awaits.
As the story goes, the original owner of the home lost his daughter to a drowning in the well and she has haunted the grounds ever since. Think you can make it through the night?
According to one guest, Lawrence, you can at least rest assured that what lurks here is not out to harm you. "The Manor is absolutely gorgeous and the spirits there are very friendly. The whole atmosphere created a wonderful experience."
The Haunted Bedroom at Talliston, Great Dunmow, England
Touted as "Britain's Most Extraordinary Home," Talliston offers a master bedroom decked out to look like the room of an Edwardian child.
The toys and books may have been in style in that day and age, but in this day and age, they're extremely creepy. Add in what the host calls "unexplained smells and sounds," and you have the makings for a thrillingly restless night of sleep.
The Stroud House, Wake Forest, North Carolina
It may look charming, but looks can be deceiving. This home has been in the same family since the 1940s, when Preacher Stroud built it... and possibly never left.
Guests, as well as family members and friends of the hosts, have experienced spine-chilling scares: lights randomly turning on, shadowy figures and a music box that decides to play on its own.
The host cautions the faint-hearted, but says: "None of the incidents has ever been malevolent in nature."
Laura's Cottage, Savannah, Georgia
One of the most haunted cities in America features numerous ghost tours. You, however, can get the experience without the tour by staying in Laura's Cottage, built in 1799.
Laura haunts this cottage, flipping the lights and opening windows. But she's a sweet spirit; she even loves flowers. (Don't pick any on the grounds, just in case it doesn't sit well with Laura!)
Guest Cheryl gave her approval after a recent stay: "We did a haunted pub crawl our first night and when we told him where we were staying he said 'I'm so jealous that's a great historic house.'"
Craigston Castle, Scotland
Built in 1604 in Aberdeenshire on Scotland's coast, this castle's rumored past includes an exorcism in the Red Room. (Covered in, what else? Red wallpaper.)
The home belonged to the Urquhart family and sits on 250 acres. Open for seasonal tours, a stay in the castle is available year-round — visit when it's closed to the public to have it more to yourself. And try not to think of Linda Blair's head spinning around, as in "The Exorcist." (Shiver.)
Haunted Suite, St. Louis
Within the Historic Benton Park neighborhood awaits an 1890 brick house that may make you scream.
An apartment once used as the maids' quarters, on the second floor, was accessed through a private staircase and is available for rental. Past guests have claimed they've heard a woman's voice in the middle of the night and witnessed belongings moving to other areas of the room.
Guest Kelly said she didn't see any paranormal activity, but "I did get an eerie feeling a few times while in the apartment."
Manor Attic, England
Bram Stoker was inspired to write the haunting tale of the blood-sucking vampire "Dracula" in this attic space. Wonder what it was about this room that caused him to think up such a scary story? Well, there are bats in the rafters, for one thing.
Plus, aren't attics always a little creepy?
David Stewart Farm, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
The Civil War battle at Gettysburg was the deadliest for American soldiers, and the entire area is considered one of the most haunted in the country. This farmhouse was used as a field hospital, taking in scores of patients, some of whom still lurk in the home.
The farmhouse's host claims she is the only "living" host, "but there are many others who reside with me." She adds, "Yes, the house is haunted, but they are all friendly!"
Captain Grant's, Preston, Connecticut
Added to the U.S.' National Historic Register, this home dates back to 1754. The host hasn't noted any ghosts, but the Revolutionary War-era abode housed soldiers and escaped slaves, and by some accounts remains haunted by its horrifying past.
Guests have said they've felt touched by invisible hands, seen a TV turning on and off on its own, and heard strange knocking.
Haunted Bungalow, Bisbee, Arizona
What's better than an eco-friendly, organic, pet-friendly getaway? How about one that makes the fur on your dog's back stand up as he growls at a wall?
This unique two-bedroom bungalow is utterly charming, and the hosts have obviously put a lot of love into it. But they also, oh-so-casually, report "unexplained mischief."
But nothing truly frightful. (Whew!)
The Wizarding World, Salem, Massachusetts
Salem's history is steeped in witchcraft, and so is this crazy room decked out in full Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts weirdness.
There aren't ghosts here, it seems, but you'll almost certainly have a hard time falling asleep in these surroundings.
Guest Chelsea noted that this is "the perfect place to stay if you are visiting Salem and love the quirky magical vibes."
Hobo Hill House, Jefferson, Missouri
Featured on the television show, "The Dead Files," the Hobo Hill House has experienced tons of paranormal activity. Take the guests who've heard the whisper of a "hi" and seen a tall man in a suit and top hat — even though no one is actually there. Doo-doo, doo-doo!
One look at the house and you'd think it was perfectly fine — it's been beautifully redone and lacks the ramshackle vibe of most haunted places. But make no mistake: This is an Airbnb where you, too, can feel a spiritual touch.
Creole Mansion, New Orleans
Originally the 1855 home of a freed slave woman, her children and her French consort, this house didn't actually have any bad mojo until FX decided to film a season of "American Horror Story" in it. Thankfully, it no longer has the TV show's blood stains and other murderous remains inside, although it remains "elegantly decayed."
Said guest Maria: "You can definitely feel the heartbeat of New Orleans through out. From the historic photos and period furniture, salvaged Katrina momentos, decorative Mardi Gras float displays, to the exotic lush garden in the back, you will never get bored looking around."
Vintage Estate, Pasadena, California
This "vintage" French chateau is actually located in California. It also hasn't been the site of any ghost sighting — but it does have a mysterious story to tell.
It is rumored that, when the home was built in 1929, different builders were used so no one would know all of its secrets. The homeowner, Robert T. Moore, died in his bedroom...and no one knows where he is buried.
Sure, the owner of this Irish castle doesn't note ghosts, but considering it dates back to the 1400s, it certainly has seen its share of intrigue. It's an official castle, and guests are warned of lots of dust and cobwebs — eerie in and of itself!
Prior guests rave about the place, including Molly, who claimed: "This is not only a place to stay, it is an entire experience!"
Medieval Tower, Italy
This tower in Tuscany was built during the Crusades, a time of serious strife across Europe. There may not be evidence of bloodshed in this tower, but after so many generations there must have been a tragic death at some point.
Maybe this is why guests of the tower have reported seeing a ghost or two.
The Haunted Chamber, England
Stay in a chamber that is more than 600 years old near a medieval-style pub dubbed the Trembling Madness. Themed apartments are available, and guests receive ghost-hunting equipment to seek out the property's spiritual residents.
Said guest Tyra: "No ghostly presence but it feels like it could be haunted just from the atmosphere. You will not be disappointed."
Bookeen Hall, Ireland
What could be creepier then spending the night in a church? How about spending the night in a church beside a cemetery? Cue the theme from "Friday the 13th."
Bookeen Hall, near Galway, is over 200 years old and a national monument in Ireland. Guests note the church is "quirkily decorated," and the whole thing definitely gives off a chilling vibe.
Manor Master Chamber, Saint Paul
This Airbnb host upped the game of rental options by offering a home slightly resembling a haunted house. Built in 1883, the house has been voted "most mysterious" and the host has opened it up to paranormal investigations, "ceremonies" and "rituals."
If you are interested in breaking out the Ouija Board, guest Shannon noted that the house is "perfect for a Halloween stay."