Ah, the classic insane asylum, a place that is frightening regardless of age or structure. This infamous mental hospital was home to a number of mental patients who passed away during the Civil War, which adds to imagination of horrifying screams of soldiers who were crying in pain from losing their minds due to the highly torturous methods of curing the mentally disturbed.
Ghosts haunt houses that they cannot leave due to some unresolved or unsolved part of their death. In this instance it’s the murders of an entire family in Iowa. No one knows what happened or why they were murdered, but just the thought of some fiend chopping up a man, his wife, and children with an axe is enough to strike fear into visitor’s hearts.
The name “reformatory” already sounds highly suspect. This is where little boys were sent to be “reformed” or rather punished heavily until they were scared straight, essentially. This creepy castle of horrors feels as though it is covered in a layer of grime that will never be removed and the tales of little ghosts adds to that cold shiver of dread.
Prisons are made to scare you, that’s the entire purpose of the Criminal Punishment system. The thought of going to jail is supposed to be the deterrent of crime, but we know most crimes are undeserved of the type of inhumane conditions found in prisons like Eastern State in Philadelphia. This is one haunted prison that will give you nightmares for weeks.
A luxury hotel, now that sounds like a pleasant place, right? Well, this one was home to Stephen King’s masterfully creepy movie The Shining. Even for those who haven’t seen the movie, its interior and creaky sounds play on the mind enough to prevent you from ever falling asleep. Red rum, anyone?