If a star-studded take on the supernatural is your group’s speed, look no further (and get ready to fight over who gets Bella’s bedroom). This quirky York apartment is more than 600 years old, so there are bound to be a few spirits still lurking.
There’s only one way to find out. One paranormal group recorded their stay and heard some creepy things, like a voice calling “help” and a woman’s scream followed by a gunshot, according to the hotel. Results show growing interest in experience-based commemorations of the haunted holiday, with 81 percent of respondents considering booking events or activities to embrace all things ghostly and gruesome. Built in the 1940s by the Reverend I.T. Travelers with an interest in literary thrills can become the temporary lords and ladies of stately Tawstock Castle, an 18th-century edifice with a walled courtyard and two lookout towers. The woman asked her relatives, who revealed a family member named Rosalia Fihn died there of typhoid fever in 1908. Yes, the house is haunted, but they are all friendly!”. This design-hound destination on the Snæfellsnes peninsula (about two hours north of Reykjavík on the western coast of Iceland) is a modern nod to traditional timber houses, which owed their inky-black color to the coat of tar-based weatherproofing on their exteriors. Those ripples on the surface of the water are definitely, probably minnows. See the Airbnb.com listing here.
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Nestled among whispering white birch, this firetower-inspired hideaway is contemporary and plush on the inside — and all by itself when viewed from above.
In exchange for unplugging (since WiFi and cell reception are decidedly absent in the secluded space), visitors gain serene views of a swimmable pond and a firewood-heated Swedish hot tub. The owner even provides a ghost-o-meter to make it easy for guests to peek beyond the veil.
If your Friendsgiving guest list has at least 10 names, pitch your tents on Everett Farnam’s estate, where his little daughter Emily drowned in 1858 (and her spirit is said to remain). This rental is the perfect HQ for an AHS marathon — if your crew is steely nerved enough for it. To go full-fledged haunted, though, turn on one of these scariest songs of all time. Sean Doyle, the owner of what was once voted the "most mysterious house in Saint Paul” by readers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, traces uncanny experiences with his estate back to a barrette: When he was exploring The Manor as a prospective buyer, he retrieved the vintage accessory from the floor and had a sudden vision of a girl in a white dress. The family showed Doyle old family photos, when he noticed a familiar face—the girl he’d seen when he was buying the house. These five adorable tiny homes are all available to rent nightly on Airbnb.com. It’s also smack in the middle of one of the few parts of the country that’s still under a dark-sky ordinance, so there’s zero light pollution between dome-dwellers and the majestic Milky Way. Thankfully, you have somewhere to hide if you feel spooky vibes—the house boasts a secret passage that we can only hope an apparition won’t be able to find. Berghütte Weiss (in the south Tyrol region near Switzerland and Austria) is unquestionably charming: it’s not hard to picture pulling out candles for intimate dinners and reading by lamplight. Doyle told Reader’s Digest that he’s “a skeptic when it comes to actual ghosts, but…there was definitely some of Rosalia’s energy here.” Does your Friendsgiving table have room for a drop-in? “I’m torn with writing a review at all,” one recent visitor wrote, “as I feel like I stumbled into a delicious secret and am reluctant to share it.” As a memorable character in The Witch put it, wouldst thou like to live deliciously? You'll find a fully-equipped kitchen, main-floor bedroom with queen-sized bed, and a bathroom with shower on the main level. The organic linens, locally made soaps, and pet-friendly policy might sound innocent enough, but that doesn’t mean this secluded Arizona house is free from otherworldly encounters. If you’ve always wanted to see what it’s like to live in a tiny house, why not rent one for a night? Catherine loves local bookstores, independent films, and spending time with her family, including Gus the golden retriever, who is a very good boy.
This carved Chinese canopy bed would be the perfect place to curl up with a book of ghost stories in, room, but it happens to sit in one of four rooms in a century-old converted schoolhouse … in the middle of a cemetery. That said, those weathered Haunted signs aren’t just for show. Foreboding on the outside and exquisitely decorated on the inside — designer. Groups in search of a spooky and swanky gathering place should look to Captain Grant’s, a historic bed and breakfast built in 1754 and available room-by-room or in its entirety for $900/night. Guests have reported the occasional appearance of a dime, a nickel, and two pennies (a midwife’s fee in the 18th century) in the house, and it’s a perennial stop on Savannah ghost tours. Some friends and Airbnb guests who are “more sensitive” to energy have commented on vibes coming from one particular closet without knowing the story of Rosalia, says Doyle.
Its Haunted Bedroom also occasionally features “a young girl in a yellow dress from the 1890s,” according to the description on the Airbnb site. The Kahn Saloon was converted to a hotel in 2016, and has had more than 300 paranormal investigations in the past 10 years. Perched on a rounded hilltop, Tawstock is the ideal place to watch fog roll across the countryside.
And all guests can chat over breakfast with Carol Matsumoto, innkeeper and author of The Ghosts of Captain Grant’s Inn (in which she describes the property’s 12 resident spirits). It also has spectral guests, according to its hosts, who invite you to “come enjoy our hospitality…and maybe one of our spiritual residents will entertain you.” They’re willing to make introductions on that count: They’re ghost hunters, and will offer “paranormal investigations” of the house for an additional fee.
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Lumber baron Charles Beck built this stately brick Victorian in Penetanguishene for himself and his family of 11 back in 1885, and while the building was converted to apartments in the intervening years, it’s still a prime spot for history and haunting buffs. Murders and And Then There Were None, James Herbert’s The Secret of Crickley Hall and Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles are all set in the evocative English county. For thrill-seekers and horror story fanatics alike, Airbnb has compiled a list of its most popular haunted homes that guests can actually stay in to celebrate the holiday.
The cozy second-floor suite in this family home (in the historic village of Lansingburgh, New York) is not its locus of paranormal activity: Per the host, her bodiless guests are fondest of the basement and the attic (ghosts gonna ghost, after all). Jenna and Guillaume of HGTV’s Mighty Tiny Houses loved this quirky adobe dome in the Chihuahuan desert, and we don’t blame them: the teensy Texas Hill Country HQ was ingeniously designed and includes everything needed to live off the grid. You’ll get $40 off your first stay, and we’ll receive $20 of credit added to our account which is done after you have completed a stay. To get spooked without the overnight commitment, check out the 20 best haunted houses in America.
The "young girl" is said to hum lullabies while limping about the property and hiding eyeglasses. Pack your darkest sunglasses, and a cape or three. Collect your keys for The Haunted Chamber Apartment at Trembling Madness, a medieval ale house down the road from your digs. Writer, editor and researcher with a passion for exploring new places. You can find her on Instagram @marissasimonian.
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