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The 24 Most Haunted Hotels in America

Planning a Halloween getaway? These hotels are possibly haunted, maybe have a dark and mystery history, and are absolutely more than a little SPOOKY. Proceed if you dare.

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Dauphine Orleans Hotel, New Orleans

In the late 1890s and early 1900s, May Baily's was one of the better-known bordellos in the wildly infamous red-light district known as Storyville. Today, May Baily's Place serves as the hotel bar at the Dauphine Orleans Hotel, where guests and employees have reported hauntings and sightings. One spirit is believed to be that of a Creole soldier, perhaps a patron of the former bordello, who wanders through the courtyard wearing a military uniform. Larry Montz, PhD, parapsychologist and founder of the International Society For Paranormal Research, conducted an investigation at the hotel and reported several spirits, among them a soldier, general, or another high-ranking officer, wearing a dark uniform that could have been from the Civil War or War of 1812. Another entity is a female, who seems very whimsical and a bit disturbed; guests have reported catching a lightning-fast glimpse of her dancing across the courtyard. These are 15 of the best haunted houses in America.

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The Omni Park Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Omni Grove Park Inn seems to have a guest who doesn't want to leave. There have been reported sightings of a young woman in Victorian dress surrounded by a pink mist—she has lovingly been named "The Pink Lady." Believed to be the ghost of a young woman that stayed at the Inn in the 1920s, rumor has it that The Pink Lady still haunts the Palm Court where she fell to her death. For modern-day guests who can't spot the famous pink mist, the Inn serves up a delicious Pink Lady cocktail at the Great Hall Bar. Here are 10 true ghost stories from around the world.

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Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore

The stately Lord Baltimore Hotel consistently makes national listings for haunted hotels and, more importantly, it consistently has reports from staff and guests alike of ghosts wandering the floors. The recurring report is a little girl in a white dress with a red ball who is believed to be the ghost child of a couple that committed suicide amid the Great Depression by leaping off the hotel's 19th floor roof. These 16 cheap and easy Halloween costumes for adults.

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HotelDel Coronado, San Diego

Built more than 125 years ago, the Hotel del Coronado has been a beacon of grandeur and refinement among vacation destinations in Southern California and the world. It's also a haunted resort as the story goes. Kate Morgan, a young woman who checked into Hotel del Coronado in 1892, never checked out. Instead, it's thought her lovely likeness and gentle spirit remain as the resort's resident ghost. These 5 famous ghost stories have perfectly logical explanations, too.

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Miss Molly's Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Miss Molly's Hotel is filled with history and haunts as it started as a brothel circa 1910. During this time, Fort Worth was a favorite stop during the cattle drives, and so many cowboys took solace knowing Miss Molly's Hotel would be waiting for them with a hot bath and ladies of the evening for entertainment. Later converted to a boarding house, and then Fort Worth's first bed and breakfast in 1989, Miss Molly's Hotel offers eight themed guest rooms—each named appropriately to reflect the history of that particular room. The premier room, "Miss Josie" was the madam's quarters during the bordello days and still serves as the most requested room. Sightings of the last madam, Ms. Josie King, have been reported; it is said she stands at the foot of the bed, watching over whoever is sleeping. Reports of hearing footsteps in the room and in the private bath area in addition to hearing a woman's voice during the night, only validate previous and similar claims.

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Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, Pennsylvania

Legend has it that there are several ghostly spirits lurking in the historic Omni Bedford Springs. Many travelers to the resort claim ghostly encounters with spirits of past soldiers and small children who often creep into pictures. Some of the resort's staff assert that there is also a ghost who sits in one of the cubicles in the reservations office that types heavily on one of the computer's keyboards. Much of the paranormal activity may be attributed to the resort's rich history. Built in 1796, the resort has played host to several U.S. Presidents and dignitaries and the resort's former grounds were sacred healing grounds of Iroquois and Shawnee tribes. Here are 10 real-life haunted houses you need to see.

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The Kennebunk Inn, Kennebunkport, Maine

Known to many for its incredible food (their owners also happen to be celebrity chefs), there's also a serious haunting story behind the homey Kennebunk Inn. Built in 1799 as a private residence, it went on to become a tavern and then a hotel. Rumor has it that Silas Perkins, a clerk at the inn who passed away in the mid-twentieth century, continues to inhabit his former place of employment, his presence visible occasionally by flying or falling wine glasses and other objects. These are 8 of the haunted places you can rent on Airbnb.

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Omni Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Known affectionately by staff members as "The Princess," Caroline Foster is a long-time inhabitant of the Omni Mount Washington Resort, despite having passed away in 1939. Princess Caroline Foster's ties to the resort go back to its inception, when her husband, railroad tycoon Joseph Stickney, built the grand resort in 1902. Incorporating special accommodations for his wife, construction of the resort included an indoor swimming pool and a private dining room for Caroline, known today as the "Princess Room." A prominent figure at the resort since its opening, many guests who have visited continue to report sightings of the regal Caroline. Visions of an elegant woman in Victorian dress are often spotted in the hallways of the hotel, there are light taps on doors when no one is outside, and items that suddenly disappear and then reappear in the exact place they were lost. But perhaps the most common sighting of the beloved Caroline is in room 314, where guests report seeing the vision of the woman sitting at the edge of their guest bed—the same custom-made four-post bed Caroline shared with her husband.

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Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Generations of hotel guests and staff have regularly experienced haunted events that would cause even the staunchest skeptic to take pause. The haunted Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans has a restaurant door that opens almost every evening and then closes again—even though it's locked and an elevator that stops on the wrong floor, leading to a hallway that grows chilly and reveals the ghostly images of children playing. Hotel Monteleone is known for being one of the premier haunted hotels in New Orleans. In March 2003, the International Society of Paranormal Research spent several days at Hotel Monteleone. While at the hotel, the team made contact with more than a dozen earthbound entities. Among them were several former employees; a man named William "Red" Wildemere, who died inside the hotel of natural causes. Another spirit is that of a friendly toddler named Maurice Begere. The boy died in the hotel, and his distraught parents returned frequently in hopes he might visit them. Maurice eventually appeared to his mother and comforted her, and to this day, guests report seeing him near the room where he died.

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The Bullock Hotel, Deadwood, South Dakota

Built by and named for Seth Bullock, the famed Deadwood lawman (portrayed by Timothy Olyphant in the HBO Deadwood series), The Bullock Hotel is said to be haunted by its namesake. He died in 1919, and he's buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery. But the hotel's workers and guests still report seeing the lanky lawman's ghostly figure in various parts of the hotel late at night. There are also unexplained cases of items moving of their own accord, appliances turning on and off by themselves and voices coming from dark hallways. Here are the 22 most haunted places in America.

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest Canada