With social distancing the norm this year (2020) it’s unfortunate avid paranormal tour participants cannot tour haunted houses this halloween. What you can do, is visit homes with a dark history and known dead spiritual guests from your own home! Visitors have the chance to explore these places, free of charge, without even leaving their own homes. So turn down the lights, play some eerie, spooky music, and prepare to tour one of these famously haunted destinations.
Enter (virtually) if you dare…
The home of the fictional Dracula himself, Bran Castle is now available to be toured online. Deep in the mountains of Romania, Bran Castle was said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and while tours are ongoing in-person, those of us who can’t hop a plane to Europe are happy to tour this eerie castle via our computers. The virtual tour is thanks to Google maps, which allows users to get up close and personal with every historical stone and archway. For those feeling uber inspired by the sight, feel free to add Dracula to the ‘must-list’ books to reach during the fall season.
The Lizzie Borden House
Lizzie Borden’s home is said to be haunted by not only her but her entire immediate family – whom she murdered in a gruesome way (we’ve all heard the rhyme). In the same place where she laid an axe to her parents, visitors are drawn from all over to observe and even spend the night at what was once a crime scene. The house itself is located in Fall River, Massachusetts, and is open for in-person tours, on their website.
It’s also a museum now and ‘visitors’ will have the chance to learn about the history of both Lizzie Borden and the heinous crime that occurred, for no known reason, which gave the house such an infamous and dark history. Also available on the website is a tour of the cemetery where Borden’s parents are buried, as well as floor plans of each part of the actual house.
The Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House is just so eccentric and creepy. The story goes that after losing both her husband, and baby daughter, Sarah Winchester reportedly contacted a psychic who told her that she would be haunted by the spirits of those who fell under the success of the Winchester rifles, and that she had to move west and continue building her house as a way of appeasing these entities.
Many tourists have reported paranormal activity and have speculated over the odd structure of the house — as the mansion is coated with staircases leading to dead ends, doorways to nowhere and hidden rooms (that are yet to be found).
But the best part is that you don’t even have to visit this house, you can have full virtual access to it and scroll through the hallways of the famed mansion and its equally daunting backstory from your couch.
Virtual tour of the The Winchester Mystery House
The Stanley Hotel
Made most famous thanks to Stephen King and his novel The Shining (as well as the movie), the Stanley Hotel has long-since been rumored to be incredibly haunted. Located in Estes Park, the hotel was already conducting its own haunted tours prior to social-distancing laws but this year, they’ve done things a bit differently. The most notorious room, room 217, is said to be the most haunted of the entire hotel. This room, as well as the surrounding hotel and its hotspot areas, area available for virtual tours via YouTube. Click play on the video below and start your tour.