Halloween season is upon us! October is about pumpkins, apples, and all things spooky. It’s about dressing up in a scary costume and exploring the local haunted houses.

If you’re looking for something a little more fear-filled this year, consider a spooky Halloween day trip.

Here are some of the scariest and most haunted destinations around the U.S. to explore this All Hallows’ Eve. 

The Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore, MD

Exterior of the Admiral Fell Inn in Baltimore, Maryland on a brisk Fall day.

This historic Inn was once a popular destination in the 1770s for crime-ridden saloons and shipyards, which attracted many seamen and sailors to the area. Now transformed into a hotel, numerous guests have reported sights of floating men in dirty white clothing roaming the halls.

Room 413 is considered to be the most haunted room in the inn, with frequent mysterious occurrences. There have also been reports of unexplained music and parties. Some believe the noises are the ghostly seamen still celebrating today.

Today, the Admiral Fell Inn features elegant designs and classic 18th-century furnishings. You can actually spend the day in one of the inn’s haunted rooms! Booking a day room is the perfect way to immerse yourself entirely into the history and mystery of the hotel. And you can’t go wrong with an on-site pub and a prime location in the Fells’ Point Historic District. Just make sure you don’t request Room 413. 

Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans, LA

Metaire Cemetery Nov 10

New Orleans is a must-visit Halloween destination for spooky enthusiasts considering it’s known to be among the most haunted in America. Specifically, check out the Metairie Cemetery. One of the oldest cemeteries in all of New Orleans, you are sure to find fear here. In fact, locals have been reporting ghost sightings here for over 100 years!

Also a historical national landmark, the grounds were built over a former horse track. The Civil War eventually led to the elite horse racing tracks demise. Today, reports mention specific ghost sightings of famous people of the time. You can schedule a ghost tour through the cemetery, as well as other proposed haunted cemeteries in the area. If you’re feeling brave, you can also head out and explore it for yourself.

The Blake Hotel is a sophisticated modern daytime hotel option as you prepare for your ghost tour through New Orleans’ most historic cemeteries. 

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO

Stanley Hotel

Famous for its old charm and spirited history, this 100-plus-year-old hotel is thought to be home to paranormal activity and spirit folklore. The hotel actually served as inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s 1977 bestseller “The Shining.”

Take a frightening tour of the lower level of the Stanley Hotel at night! The 75-minute walking tour provides a diverse background of the hotel’s history, architecture, famous past visitors, and, of course, plenty of that juicy folklore.

The Cambria Suites Fort Collins is the perfect place to begin your haunted Colorado experience. Just a short drive from Estes Park, you can spend the afternoon at the indoor pool or work off some adrenaline before heading over to the Stanley Hotel for your haunted night tour.

The Winchester House in San Jose, CA

The Winchester Mystery House is a historic mansion rich in haunted folklore. The mansion holds unsolved mysteries in each room and an exploration of the whole house is a truly unique scary day trip experience.

Some of the most intriguing rooms include the $25,000 room, the Séance room, and the third-floor observation tower. Just some of the mysteries lurking in this mansion are the doorway to nowhere; a bedroom door that drops down to nothing and the constant paranormal activity throughout the house. Visitors can schedule a tour of the house or explore each room on their own, if they dare.

If you need a place to relax and recollect your thoughts after this mysterious mansion experience, the nearby Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown is perfect for just that. 

Shanghai Tunnels in Portland, OR

Stairway to the Shanghai Tunnels

Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels were historically a part of underground business practices, both figuratively and literally. They ran below many of the cities most popular hotels, restaurants, and speakeasy spots during the Prohibition.

While many of the Shanghai Tunnels were eventually closed, what is left of them can still be explored. It’s believed that spirits of the underground still use these tunnels today. The Shanghai Tunnels Ghost Tour will give you all the historical background on the city, while also getting you up close and personal to the remaining ghost spirits.

If you are looking for somewhere to spend the day while you wait for your historical underground experience, the Jupiter Hotel gives you convenient access to the Tunnels. 

Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, SC

Dock Street Theater Charleston, SC

South Carolina is home to a couple of scary day ventures. The first is the Dock Street Theatre. Constructed in 1809 as a hotel before transforming into a theater in 1935, it’s considered to be one of America’s oldest theaters and one of the most haunted buildings in all of Charleston.

Many locals and guests of the theater claim to see ghosts nightly. Although the Dock Street Theatre is over 200 years old, two spirits in particular are known to frequent it. With the theater still hosting local plays, you can see a show and hopefully spot one of the two resident spirits.

Poinsett Bridge in Greenville, SC

Poinsett Bridge

Poinsett Bridge is another unexplained eerie day trip option in South Carolina.

The bridge, built-in 1820, is the oldest in South Carolina. Visiting during the day will give you a relaxing visit that is full of historical information, however, if you dare to visit at night, you just might get to experience some paranormal activity.

There have been reports of visitors unable to start their cars, random screams heard and lights seen throughout the night, as well as high electromagnetic field activities. With many proposed folklore tales attempting to explain the unusual mysteries of the Poinsett Bridge, explore and make your own conclusion.

Because the Poinsett Bridge is best explored at night, it might be easier to book a day room at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites. This hotel, just a short hour drive to the Poinsett bridge will allow you to spend the day swimming at the indoor pool or relaxing in your comfortable room as you plan the night’s mission. 

Masonic Temple in Detroit, MI

Holga: Masonic Temple, Detroit

Towering over Cass Park in downtown Detroit is the Masonic Temple. The temple was used primarily for secretive events during a time when Freemasons were a significant part of Detroit.

Initially a sign of fame and money, the temple took a huge hit during the Great Depression. Today, it’s open to the public for large events and parties, but the original design exists with over 100 rooms still exists. Many of the hidden rooms and winding staircases lead to dark and dreary places with hidden floor compartments.  Guests report sounds of slamming doors and random shadows making their way around the temple. Some even swear there are cold spots, depending on where in the mansion you stand. Check it out and see if you get goosebumps in any particular places.

Make a day of it with an afternoon room at Trumbull & Porter, mere minutes from the Masonic Temple.

Clinton Road, West Milford, New Jersey

Fen off Terrace Pond South Trail 3

Clinton Road in West Milford, New Jersey can be summed up in a few words: dark, twisted, and hair-raising. It’s often referred to as the creepiest roadway in America. Clinton Road stretches for over 10 miles throughout the state of New Jersey, winding through pretty much…nothing.

With very few houses and miles of woods, this drive can start feeling pretty secluded, especially at night. There have been reports of haunted spirits, cryptic messages, and several interesting apparitions. Why not take a drive on this spooky road and check it out for yourself?

The Ramsey Inn & Suites makes for a perfect day stay accommodation. Located just a couple of miles from Clinton road, you can mentally prepare for your nighttime drive as you relax in comfortable digs.

Make Your Spooky Day Trip Easier with a Day Room

October, and Fall, is a great time to learn some history and scare yourself at the same time. These historic, haunted places around the U.S. will help you do just that.

If you need a place to relax, store your bags, or use amentiies during your travels, save money on the cost of an overnight stay when you book a room during the day

Image Credits: 

“Metairie Cemetery” by Infrogmation of New Orleans via (CC BY 2.0)

“The Stanley Hotel” by William Andrus via (CC BY 2.0)

“The Winchester House” by Julie Markee via (CC BY 2.0)

“Shanghai Tunnels” by Bex Walton via (CC BY 2.0)

“Dock Street Theatre” by chucka_nc via (CC BY-SA 2.0)

“Pointsett Bridge” by jwhit612 via (CC BY-ND 2.0)

“Masonic Temple” by Matt Callow via (CC BY-SA 2.0)

“Clinton Road” by Steven Reynolds via (CC BY 2.0)

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Heather Hardy

Heather Hardy

Heather is an avid writer and reader. When she is not reading all the latest novels on the best sellers lists, she is writing her own content and creative forms. She is also a yoga enthusiast and loves to learn about anything and everything. She looks forward to new writing projects and a good cup of coffee in the morning.