Halloween is a time for fun, scary costumes, and spooky stories. Here are the scary stories behind three of the most terrifying places in America to visit.

Haunted houses, mansions, and places that are perfect for Halloween
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Even for those who don’t believe in ghosts, Halloween is the one holiday where hauntings seem more real to everyone. At this time of the year, everyone is looking for paranormal activity. After doing some research, I found three haunted places to visit in the US that are sure to give you chills. If you already believe that there are ghosts and spirits, you may have heard of them and if not, then you may become a believer after visiting these creepy locations.

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

This asylum gives meaning to the word creepy.
This asylum gives meaning to the word creepy.
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When somebody mentions a creepy place, this asylum in Weston, West Virginia, is exactly the type of scary place that comes to mind. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is a spooky place that looks like the setting for a horror film. The grim experiences of past patients, and the fatal medical experiments performed on them, mean that the asylum is considered one of the most haunted places in America.

The Asylum was designed to house 250 patients and operated from 1864-1994. However, the asylum became overcrowded, housing 2,400 patients by the 50s. Due to this, there was not enough beds or equipment for all the patients. These issues resulted in patients sleeping on the floor and in poor health. The hospital started to go downhill and ended up in decrepit conditions. It was forced to close to the doors for good due to lack of funds.

The hospital hauntings have been investigated by curious individuals and paranormal investigation teams. Some of the spooky things that occur there have been reported to be patients, children, and even Civil War soldiers. This terrifying haunted place is sure to be a great experience for those who love a good scare on Halloween. The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum offers heritage tours and ghost tours to visitors.

The Devil’s Tree

The Devil's Tree in Basking Ridge, New jersey
The Devil’s Tree in Basking Ridge, New jersey

This not your usual haunted location such as hospitals or old war houses, but this tree in New jersey is equally as spooky. The Devil’s Tree in Basking Ridge, New Jersey is a must-add to your list this Halloween.  Besides the scary look of this half-dead oak tree with ax markings in its trunk, there are some terrifying stories to go with it.

According to Thrillist Magazine, The Devil’s Tree was a meeting place for the KKK, a notorious suicide site, and a rumored gateway to the depths of hell. The legend goes that if anyone harms this tree in any way, they will suffer violent retributions. it was also rumored that the KKK used this location to hold cross burnings and hangings from its cursed limbs.

There was so much interest in this tree that people would try to test the rumors. Some claimed that they would hear sounds. People would try to cut it down, burn it, and would even take pieces of bark to show others that they touched it. Because of all this commotion, the area is now a park and the Devil’s Tree is protected. Whether this tree is really haunted and cursed or not, It is still one of the most creepy places in America.

The William Kehoe House

The William Kehoe House; Savannah, Ga
The William Kehoe House; Savannah, Ga
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When thinking about scary places and hauntings, this beautiful house is not exactly what you picture. However, there have been some reports of some really spooky stuff taking place in parts of the William Kehoe house. This house, which was once the home of William Kehoe and his family is now a bed and breakfast in the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia.

This house was built in 1892 as a family home for the Kehoe family. William Kehoe, his wife, and their ten children lived in the home together until tragedy struck. Many of the spirits that are reported by guests are children and experts say they are most likely the dead Kehoe children. These spirits that people are seeing are thought to be eternally trapped, desperate to escape.

Some of these reports say that guests hear the sounds of children laughing and playing in the hallways but do not see anything. Most of the sightings seem to be around certain rooms in the house. Another spooky yet sad report is from guests who say they saw a child appear at the end of their bed, felt as if someone was kissing their cheek and touching their hand. Others say they see a ghost in certain rooms that appears and disappears.

Halloween is the best time of the year for people who are looking for a spooky ghost adventure or a terrifying location to visit. Even the people who do not believe in ghosts and spirits start to get curious about whether there is really paranormal beings among us. These places are sure to give you a scare and a story to tell your friends and family. If you love Halloween, then finding scary places like these are on the top of your to-do-list this year.