With the air getting chillier and the days shorter, we know we’re heading straight into fall. Of course, it means football and eventually turkey with all the fixins, but for us, it also means something special: It’s almost time for Halloween. Sort of. Let us just say it real quick: We. Fucking. Love. Halloween. Not in the holiday spirit as early as we are? Well, maybe this’ll get your pistons firing, and it's certainly not too early to book your Halloween stay. Here are some of the most haunted Airbnb homes that'll spook the shit out of you.
1. The Haunted Bedroom at Talliston (Great Dunmow, United Kingdom): Deemed Britain’s Most Extraordinary Home by The Sunday Times, this haunted Airbnb is perfect for everyone from history nerds to bona fide ghost hunters. Each room in the house has its own history (and special décor), but it’s the haunted bedroom that really captures guests’ attentions. Aside from the room’s very creepy décor—meant to mimic in excruciating detail the bedroom of the seven-year-old boy thought to inhabit it—the house’s owner talks about unexplained smells and noises that make a stay in the room “not for the faint hearted.” The hosts even up the ante by giving guests guaranteed access to the entire house by booking the Haunted Bedroom.
2. Historic Civil War Farmhouse (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania): If it’s an encounter of the spiritual kind you seek, we’d be willing to bet that there’s no better place to experience it than in a former Civil War battlefield hospital where a bunch of soldiers perished—and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. The accommodations themselves are pretty nice and can sleep up to four people, and the farmhouse, which has a huge deck to relax on, sits on 100 acres of gorgeous land within a couple miles of the historic battlefield. The owner of the home claims that there are “many others” who “reside” in the house with her, but she insists that they’re all friendly and that she has plenty of stories to tell about her 36 years in the house. At the very least, the house has a five-star rating based on over 240 reviews.
3. Laura’s Cottage (Savannah, Georgia): Being one of the most historic cities in the country, Savannah is home to a bunch of spooky history. As local legend tells it, Laura’s Cottage belonged belonged to a woman who lived in the house for over 50 years. When she passed away, her spirit stayed, and she has been known to visit guests by flicking lights on and off and opening windows. Laura is such a popular spirit in local lore that ghost tours have been known to frequent the house. It’s about as real-deal as it gets.
4. The Haunted Chamber Apartment (York, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom): Also known as “The Madness Chamber” apparently, this house is over 600 years old and, according to the host, is verifiably haunted. The décor is pleasantly rustic and gothic (save for the brightly colored kitchen), and there are a lot of fun, quirky things throughout (like a ghost-o-meter). It’s also centrally located to the rest of York’s historic beauty, and right next door to an excellent pub. Reviewers don’t seem to have too many paranormal sightings while staying at the property, but it’s definitely worth the trip.
5. The Manor-Master Chamber (Saint Paul, Minnesota): Sean Doyle had just bought The Manor when he found an old barrette on the floor one day. He picked it up, and for whatever reason, he saw the vivid image of a girl in a white dress. Doyle, not being the “spiritual type,” completely disregarded it. That is, until descendants of the people who first built the home contacted him a few years later. Doyle randomly asked if a little girl had died in the house at one point, and lo and behold, a young girl named Rosalia Fihn died in 1908 if typhoid fever. When he was shown a picture of the little girl, he recognized her immediately. Since then, guests and friends of Doyle have noted a very eerie presence coming from the closet inside one room in particular, which is believed to be where Rosalia died. Far as confirmed experiences go, The Manor’s Master Chamber might be the surest bet on this list.
6. Parks-Bowman Mansion (New Orleans, Louisiana): New Orleans is another famous American haunted city, chockfull of interesting spirits and spooky local lore. Numerous guests of the Parks-Bowman Mansion have reported seeing a young girl in a yellow dress in one of the bedrooms. What’s stranger is everyone agrees that she looks like she’d lived in the late 19th century. While no one can confirm whether or not a young girl from that time period actually died in the house, everyone’s reports are oddly similar.