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5 Popular Real Haunted Places That Also Have Top Halloween Haunted Houses

Okay, before I begin let me offer this disclaimer: A “real” haunted place is a tricky beast to define. As I’ve written about before, there really is no such thing as an “officially” haunted place.

However, for the purpose of this post, the places mentioned herein are ones highly regarded for reports of their paranormal activity. Therefore, they’re as close to a “real” haunted place as can be and that’s what I’m counting them as.

They also happen to have a little fun with their paranormal reputations on Halloween. If you’re an adrenaline junkie who’s looking for thrills in a real haunted place, these haunted attractions also have the reputation for being among the scary best Halloween haunts.

1. Dungeon of Horrors at West Virginia Penitentiary (a.k.a. Moundsville)

This place is so freaky and sought after by ghost hunters and paranormal enthusiasts, it’s ghost tours are already sold out for 2010! They didn’t have any pics of their haunted house that I could snag from their site, but if you want to read a fantastic post about the type of activity common to this creepy prison, check out “Hauntings at Moundsville State Penitentiary” published by one of my favorite blogs, Ghost Eyes.

2. Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

When Halloween rolls around Eastern State rolls out it’s nighttime tours in the form of it’s haunted house. You’ll have to judge whether the guards or the inmates are scariest –if they let you out alive that is…

Terror Behind the Walls - Garn Guard. Photo by Andrew Garn
Terror Behind the Walls - Tunnel Escape! Photo by Andrew Garn

3. Fear Within at Waverly Hills

Waverly Hills is a mere three hours from where I live. It tops my list of Haunted Places I Must See Before I Die, but…it scares the hell out of me. I haven’t mustered the courage to go there yet in the light of day. Given my history (a.k.a. problems) with haunted houses, taking in Fear Within at Waverly Hills by night would surely do me in.

4. The Lemp Brewery Haunted House

The Lemp Mansion, which is known for it’s spirits, isn’t the site of this Halloween attraction. However, the Lemp legend and the brewery do take center stage. Descend via an elevator beneath the Lemp and step into its haunted caverns…

Caverns under the Lemp Brewery. Photo from Scarefest.com
One of the ghouls that calls the Lemp Brewery Haunted House home. Photo from Scarefest.com

5. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor

The Queen Mary offers ghost tours to paranormal enthusiasts year-round, but for 18 nights in October things get a little more intense. The she-demons that haunt where the Queen Mary is docked turn Long Beach’s waters into a harbor of the damned. Once you embark, you may never disembark…

Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her on a tennis court somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
http://www.courtneymroch.com

6 thoughts on “5 Popular Real Haunted Places That Also Have Top Halloween Haunted Houses

  1. THE LEMP BREWERYHAUNTED HOUSE IS REALY GOOD.THE PROPS AND SETS. ARE REALY ALSOME.NO ELEVATOR. YOU TAKE THE STEPS DOWN TO THE CAVERNS.THE ACTORS ARE REALY GOOD.IWENT LAST SATURDAY. THE LEMP BREWERY HAUNTED HOUSE IS #1HAUNTED HOUSE IN MY BOOK!!!!!!!!

  2. CREEPYWORLD IS GETING A NEW HAUNTED HOUSE. CALLED SAW 3D HAUNTED HOUSE. THISYEAR.WILL BE 7 HAUNTED HOUSES AGAN THIS YEAR. HOPE YOU CAN COME. COURTNEY MROCH. TO SEE THE NEW CREEPYWORLD. THIS FALL.

  3. THEY SAY THE LEMP HOUSE IS HAUNTED.? ALL OF YOU SHUOLD COME .AND SEE IF ITS HAUNTED. ARE NOT HAUNTED.

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