Groups looking to get their thrills this Halloween (or any time of year really), should look no further than these five haunted venues.
Savannah, Ga.’s oldest hotel is also said to be one of the city’s most haunted. And with a history as the Union hospital during the Civil War, that’s not surprising. Hotel guests have reported seeing and hearing ghosts of children running up and down the halls of the property, while objects seem to move on their own in the hotel lounge. It’s also ideal for meetings, with three event spaces for up to 200 attendees.
This attraction in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., is open May 2 to Nov. 11, and takes attendees back to the year 1750 to understand the lives of 23 enslaved African individuals. And because of its location in what’s dubbed to be one of the most haunted towns in the world (where the tale of the Headless Horseman was originated), it very much plays off that history with the Horseman’s Hollow experience. The 16-night special event during October transforms the manor into a haunted house, where attendees will walk a haunted maze of terrifying obstacles.
Of course, Stephen King’s “The Shining” made this property one of the most famous haunted hotels in the country, located in Estes Park, Colo. That means it’s especially popular during Halloween, with a Masquerade Ball “Thriller Night” being hosted on Oct. 27. It also gives history tours year-round, including its “Night Spirit Tour” that gives attendees a glimpse into its haunted history after meeting in the 14,000 sf of meeting space.
Yet another luxury haunted hotel, the Hotel del Coronado invites groups in with its red roof and idyllic location along the San Diego Bay. But at night, this place can feel quite creepy due to the resident ghost, Kate Morgan. The guest took her own life when visiting the hotel in 1892 and apparently never checked out because reports of flickering lights, unexpected sounds, TVs turning on and off, and even doors opening and closing continue to this day. Of course, the property’s 65,000 sf of meeting space also make it incredible for groups looking to add a little mystery to an event.
Another famous haunted attraction that doubles as a meeting venue, the Winchester Mystery House, located in San Jose, Calif., was the home of Sarah Winchester, the heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Sarah claimed that her family’s fortune was haunted by ghosts of those killed by the Winchester rifles. She believed it so much that she continually built the house for them, with oddities such as doors and stairways that lead to nowhere. The property has several event spaces for groups up to 500.