It’s October, which means it’s time to plan something spooky—like the ghost adventures in your city or state. Yes, there are pumpkin patch festivals, haunted hayrides, and ghost walks in all corners of the country. And those are often worth attending. But to really get your heart pumping, plan a visit to a documented haunted destination. The America’s Haunted Road Trip series by Clerisy Press is your guide to the best nearby locales.
The haunted house in your neighborhood, the one that’s privately owned, is off limits. The number one rule of ghosthunting (aside from staying safe) is to never trespass. That’s why the books by Clerisy Press are perfect references. The ghost adventures presented in these books are open to the public.
Each state-specific book presents around 30 notoriously haunted places, from churches and libraries to restaurants and hotels. For example, Ghosthunting Colorado includes the Stanley Hotel, a site that isn’t only known for its ghosts but also as the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. With Ghosthunting Maryland, you’ll find a small municipal park where a haunted house—the one that provided the basis for The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty—used to be.
Of course, not every site or story is internationally famous. So the authors spend several pages on each destination, describing the haunted histories and their own ghost adventures. At the Regent Theatre from Ghosthunting Michigan, the author tells us that the cinema is reportedly haunted by a former projectionist. From Ghosthunting Southern California, we learn that the Mission Park Jail is believed to be haunted by several of the countless people who died there throughout the 1800s.
Armed with this knowledge, you can choose the haunted house or cemetery or lighthouse of your choice, based on location or based on which account creeps you out the most—or the least! Go alone, if you dare, or bring a friend, or make it party.
Ghosthunting books are available for the states of Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia; as well as San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country; Southern California; and Southern New England. You’ll also find the city-specific books Chicago Haunted Handbook, Cincinnati Haunted Handbook, Ghosthunting New York City, Haunted Hoosier Trails, Nashville Haunted Handbook, Spirits of New Orleans, Spooked in Seattle, and Twin Cities Haunted Handbook from Clerisy Press.