Halloween is a fun time of year! One of the best parts about Halloween is the air of spookiness, the ideas of ghosts, goblins, or vampires lurking. So today I thought it would be fun to share some of the most haunted venues across the country that host weddings and receptions. There are some great stories behind these beautiful buildings. Would you dare to get married at or honeymoon at one of these haunted locations?
The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
This building is known as America’s Most Haunted Hotel. This grand building has been hosting weddings for over 125 years and is one of the nation’s too wedding and honeymoon destinations. Paranormal researchers from the show Ghost Hunters actually captured a full body apparition in a hat and nodding with their thermal-imaging camera. During the late 1930s Dr. Norman Baker owned the hotel and created a bogus cancer treatment center. He claimed to have the cure so people flocked to the hotel to be a part of this medical miracle. Instead he did experiments and other horrible things to the patients, scammed their families for money, and cured no one. It is said that Dr. Baker, painfully duped cancer patients, and others haunt the rooms and halls daily.
Since 1930, this hotel has hosted presidents, world leaders, and inaugural balls. And it is haunted. One of the presidential suites is even named “The Ghost Suite” because of its unexplained occurrences. The space used to be the apartment for former owner, Henry Doherty, and his family. While the Dohertys lived there, the family experienced three unexpected deaths — Mr. Doherty’s daughter, wife, and live-in housekeeper.
The Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California
This old hotel is the epitome of Old Hollywood Glamour. It was designed and built to cater to celebrities. After renovations in 1984 weird occurrences began, as if the spirits were now angry. Cold spots, a pretty blonde apparition hanging, strange noises, phantom typewriting, shadows, and phones lifting on their own are just a few of the odd phenomena said to happen here.
The Lodge Resort in Cloudcroft, New Mexico
The ghost of Rebecca, a murdered chambermaid, floats through the halls of this hotel. She disappeared from her quarters after her lover found her in the arms of another. In her wake, fireplaces spontaneously light and lights flicker on and off, ash trays slide across tables unassisted, doors open an close, furniture moves. The hotel notes that Rebecca is a friendly ghost who never threatens the hotel’s staff or guests -they even named the restaurant in her honor.
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado (aka The Shining hotel)
Stephen King wrote The Shining after staying in room 217. The ghost of F.O. Stanley, the hotel’s original owner, is said to play piano in the music room while his wife, Flora, frequents the billiard room and lobby. Also, watch out for room 418, where guests have claimed to hear children outside their door — only to find none in sight.
There are also reports of people seeing a man standing in their rooms and then running into the room’s closet. Others have said they have seen him just hovering in the middle of their room before disappearing into thin air. Staff and visitors have reported unseen hands yanking at their clothing. The ghost of a small child who calls out to his nanny has been spotted on several occasions on the second floor; Stephen King has also claimed to have seen this.
The Earl of Dunraven, who owned the land prior to the Stanley’s, is said to haunt room 407, where the aroma of his cherry pipe tobacco still can be smelled. A ghostly face has also been reported peering out of the room’s window when it was not occupied.
Don Vicente de Ybor Inn in Tampa, Florida
The Travel Channel’s Dead Files nicknamed this former hospital, “Hotel Hell.” Research conducted by the show found the building may have been the site of mafia activity and a deranged doctor who performed experiments on bodies he tried to bring back to life. The show’s medium sensed the spirit of a nurse and dozens of other apparitions. Despite the frightening history, hundreds of couples have had dream weddings within the walls of this creepy hotel.
The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California
You can host your wedding in this permanently docked cruise ship—if you don’t mind some uninvited guests! The ghosts of three travelers and two crewmen—one of whom was crushed in an automatic door!—are said to haunt the decks of this ship. There are reports of uninvited guests who like to show up suddenly and interrupt wedding ceremonies and other events. These ghosts have been haunting the Queen Mary for many years and have been spotted by numerous people.
The Kewaunee Inn (Formerly the Historic Karsten Inn)- Kewaunee, Wisconsin
Children who visit this hotel are often seen playing with a mysterious little boy—reportedly the ghost of Billy, a 5-year-old who died there more than 100 years ago. Billy’s grandfather, William Karsten, Sr, the hotel owner who put a lot of love and work into the inn, also is said to still be staying there. Agatha, a long-dead housekeeper, is mischievous and haunts the property with cold spots, hiding things, the aroma of roses, setting alarms to go off at midnight, and turing on stove burners. Some activity that occurs is moved furniture, sour smells, cigar smoke, and apparitions appear that appear in the suite, rooms 210-215, where William lived.
The Hotel Provincial in New Orleans, Louisiana
This was once a Confederate hospital according to folklore, and numerous guests have reported seeing ghosts of soldiers, hearing moaning, whispering, footsteps,radios being turned on, and doors being slammed. Inexplicable hot and cold areas are also claimed to be signs of paranormal activity.
The Belcourt Castle in Newport, Rhode Island
Before booking your wedding here, you might want to take the Ghosts of Belcourt Castle Tour, during which spirits are often spotted, especially in the Gothic Ballroom. In addition to ghosts, the chateau is home to haunted furniture, a screaming suit of armor, a mirror that doesn’t show people’s reflections, and a statue that has been declared possessed.
The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana
Legend says this 215 year old Southern plantation is haunted by an enslaved woman named Chloe who lost an ear when she eavesdropped on her master. In revenge, Chloe poisoned the master’s two daughters with a birthday cake. They are also said to haunt the grounds.
The Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon Virginia
It was from the Civil War era that many of the ghosts came to exist at The Martha Washington Inn. Sightings of ghosts and other eery encounters have been experienced by guests and staff, including myself. Violin music can still be heard coming from room 403. The ghost, named Beth, soothed a dying confederate solider by playing the violin. Guests in room 210 have actually been touched by ghosts! If you stay in room 302, you might witness an entire silent party! Images appear on the mirrors in the salon.
Pythian Castle in Springfield, Missouri
This castle is over 100 years old and has been home to everyone from orphans to soldiers. Today you can hear male of female voices, bump into unseen masses, hear doors shutting, or see boxes moving on their own. Orbs have also been seen along with other paranormal images caught on camera.
Ohio State Reformatory Prison in Mansfield, Ohio
Every year this former penitentiary hosts a bridal show called “Glamour in the Slammer.” This unique wedding venue is beautiful with a castle facade, but is said to be haunted my several inmates who died there or killed themselves within the walls. In 1950, the warden’s wife accidentally shot herself with a hidden pistol while removing a jewelry box from a closet. A few years later, the warden died of a massive heart attack. Today, tour guides and guests swear they hear this husband and wife talking from beyond the grave.
Now that we are all thoroughly spooked…
This is just a few of the many, many haunted hotels and wedding venues across the country. So, would you choose to get married in one of these creepy, yet extremely beautiful and historically rich locations?
Check in in tomorrow to read some Ghost Bride stories!