07+ Creepiest Haunted houses in the US: People have said they have seen strange and unexplainable things in old homes over the years, like lights flickering, stairs creaking, doors slamming shut, and dark figures walking by. People think that ghosts, spirits, and other mysterious things still live in these places.
The idea of a haunted house comes from many different places and times. In the patchwork of American legends, there are some homes that are known for the stories about the ghosts that live there. Each of these homes has a scary story to tell.
From the LaLaurie House in New Orleans, where a real-life socialite and serial killer kept people as slaves, to the Joshua Ward House in Salem, MA, where a key figure in the Salem Witch Trials lived, and many other scary homes in between, America’s most famous haunted houses continue to intrigue and attract visitors. If you want to stay somewhere even scarier, try a ghost Airbnb or a haunted hotel.
07+ Creepiest Haunted houses in the US
1. LaLaurie House | New Orleans, LA
American Horror Story: Coven brought attention back to this well-known place in the French Quarter. In the series, Kathy Bates plays Madame Delphine LaLaurie, who was a real-life socialite and serial killer. In the early 1830s, she set up a torture room for slaves at the Royal Street house, but her dark secret was discovered when firefighters put out a fire.
People say that LaLaurie’s victims still visit the property. From the street, people have heard screams, moans, and crying, and some say they have seen ghostly faces in the windows of the upstairs rooms. Even though the house has a horrible past, rich people are still buying it.
Before Nicolas Cage lost the house to sale in 2009, he owned it. Now, the deed is said to be in the name of a rich oil tycoon.
2. The Castle | Beaufort, SC
The most famous antebellum house in Beaufort is also one of the most spooky places in all of South Carolina. Even though building started in the 1850s, the house was only half done when it was taken over by the government in 1861 to be used as a military hospital during the Civil War.
The hospital’s morgue was in a building behind the house, and there are rumors that bodies are buried on the home’s large grounds. After the war ended and the house was finished, strange things started happening there.
One of the ghosts is Gauche, a French dwarf clown who moved to the area in the 16th century. He is said to have gone to tea parties with a young girl who lived in the house and walked around the grounds while workers and guests were there. The castle is privately owned, but trips and events are sometimes held there so that people can see it for themselves.
3. Lizzie Borden House | Fall River, MA
Some people say that a ghostly face shows up over the sink in the kitchen, where bloody clothes may have been washed right after Andrew and Abby Borden were killed with a hatchet in 1892. Who might have done it? Lizzie, Andrew’s daughter, was found not guilty at the trial of the century, perhaps because the judges made a mistake.
People say that she, Andrew, and her stepmother Abby still live in the house, along with children who play with marbles on the top floor and whose mother drowned them in the well in the basement next door. If you really want to see the Lizzie Borden House, try to go in August when the anniversary events are held.
4. House of Death | New York, NY
The city that never sleeps is probably just too scared to close its eyes, since 22 ghosts are said to haunt the House of Death, a famous house on Fifth Avenue. Who is paying the rent? Not likely. In any case, the most famous ghost is Mark Twain, who stayed here from 1900 to 1901.
The most heartbreaking ghost is that of a six-year-old girl whose father, criminal lawyer Joel Steinberg, beat her to death in 1987. Residents say they have also seen a lady in white and a gray cat, as well as Mark Twain and the young girl.
5. Molly Brown House | Denver, CO
Margaret Brown worked for workers’ rights and the right to vote. For her work in France during World War I, she was given the Legion of Honor award. But she is best known for escaping the sinking of the Titanic.
After she died, people called her “Unsinkable Molly Brown.” People say that she, her husband, and her mother still live in her Victorian home, which is now a museum. Visitors say they’ve seen ghosts in the dining room, smelled something strange coming from Margaret’s husband’s pipe, and seen the furniture moved and light bulbs unscrewed.
6. The Sallie House | Atchison, KS
At one of the most haunted places in America, the bad energy is said to come from a failed appendectomy. At the turn of the century, a six-year-old girl died during an emergency appendectomy without anesthesia. She is said to haunt the house.
In the 1990s, a family who lived in the Sallie House told their story on the TV show Sightings. They talked about flying objects, frequent apparitions, and scratching, tearing, and pushing, most of which was done to the male owner. The house is now empty, but ghost experts like to stay there, and regular people can also stay there for about $100 per person.
7. Bell Witch Farm | Adams, TN
It’s an old story about friends going to war: Kate Batts thought that her friend, John Bell, stole some land from her. In the early 1800s, when she was dying, she swore she would always haunt him. The result was chaos for the Bell family, who said they were attacked physically, heard chains being dragged across the floors, and heard noises coming from the walls.
On their farm, they even saw strange animals, like a dog with a rabbit’s head. From May to October, you can now take a walk of the Bell Witch Cave and a copy of John Bell’s wood cabin.