This Halloween we’ve rounded up a few real-life celebrity haunted houses that can be found, and even purchased (if you dare), around the US.
You know those houses that you see in scary movies — the seriously creepy ones? The ones that are old and creaky and derelict. That smell of fear and have a pall of darkness hanging over them. The ones you look at and think, “Nope, nope, nope…definitely not going in there!” While you’re watching the movie and (secretly) freaking out, you probably shout at the main characters and tell them to steer clear! You gave them good advice but are you wise enough to follow your own?
Just read our list and see. You never know, you might pick up a bargain — and a ghoul or two.
Here are 10 celebrity haunted houses (ghosts included):
#1 Home from Silence of the Lambs
The house featured in the 1991 Oscar-winning film, The Silence of the Lambs, is on the market. This sprawling property measures up to 2,400 square feet with four bedrooms, one bath, and an in-ground pool. Originally built in 1910, the house looks almost exactly like it did in the movie. Only, it is now free of cinematic serial killers waiting to skin you and sew you into a wearable suit.
It’s a piece of movie history is currently on sale for $298,500.
#2 Lizzie Borden’s House
Not everyone is familiar with the history behind Maplecroft Mansion, but Lizzie Borden, who lived here is an alleged murderer who decapitated her father and step-mother with an axe — which we swear was no axe-ident (yah, groan). She didn’t commit the grisly killings in this house but nonetheless, the massive 3,935 sq ft estate, with seven bedrooms and four baths comes with a dark history.
It’s priced at $890,000.
#3 Black Dahlia’s Murder Mansion
It still remains one of the largest and notorious mysteries. Rumours say that Los Angeles doctor, George Hodel, was involved in the brutal killing, mutilation and dismemberment of Elizabeth Short. We’ll avoid the horrific details, but we can say for sure that he was probably a surgeon in his spare time (double groan!).
The house is going for a whopping $4.7 million.
#4 The Gardette-LePretre Haunted Mansion
After the neighbours noticed blood trickling from under the front door of a New Orleans mansion, commonly known as The Sultan’s House, police discovered that all inhabitants had been murdered with swords or axes and the Sultan was found brutalized and buried alive in the backyard.
If you’re still interested in this house after that macabre history, first of all, hats off to you, and secondly, you’ll have to cough up $2.65 million for it.
#5 Colorado Ghost Town
It was a favourite stop for miners, railroad men, and lumberjacks in the late 1800s who came there to drink prohibition liquor and play poker. After they left in the early 1900s, Uptop, Colorado was abandoned and became a ghost town. In 2017, it was for sale for $2 million.
#6 Arizona Boulder People
This is a dream home for archaeologists, historians, artists, or mystery lovers. The Boulder House is home to a mysterious pile of ancient rocks in Arizona with a six-inch-wide beam of light that starts in the glass between two boulders and slowly works its way across the floor and up the wall to a 36” spiral petroglyph. When the sun hits its mark, the stone projections light up like diamonds.
Some say its a calling to aliens. Or to spaceships in the Arizona Desert.
Whatever it is, it’s valued at $4.2 million and is currently off the market. Maybe some aliens bought it before we could find out.
#7 Magnolia Mansion
Unlike other haunted houses, these ghosts are rather friendly with a sense of humour. In Magnolia Mansion, a ghostly maid will tuck you in at night. The child who roams the corridors will tease you by moving things out of place. And a bearded man simply stays out your way minding his own business downstairs.
The 13,300 square feet mansion with 13 bedrooms was most recently on sale for $3.2 million.
#8 Thousand Islands
Originally built in 1895 for the president of Remington Arms and Typewriter Company, Carleton Manor is today is completely abandoned. Sitting on an island of 6.9 acres and surrounded by almost a 1,000 feet of waterfront, the property is on sale for a mere $495,000.
You might think that’s a bargain, but wait until the spirits come down the chimney and emerge from the ceiling. Just one look is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine.
#9 Amityville House
We all know the story. Ronald DeFeo woke up one night in 1974 and brutally murdered his parents and four siblings with a rifle while they slept. If you actually wanted to buy the house knowing its grisly history, you wouldn’t be able to as it’s currently off the market. The family that moved in a year after the events moved out shortly after with complaints of paranormal activity. The house was most recently sold for just $605,000.
#10 Largest ghost house in the world
After A.B. Widener invested with J.P. Morgan in the White Star Line, but it came as a shock to him to discover that his son and grandson died on the maiden voyage of its flagship, the Titanic. Filled with grief, Widener died in his grand mansion three years after the sinking. It is said that the three Widener ghosts still roam the halls of the 110-room Lynnewood Hall in Pennsylvania.
Worth $16.5 million and still not sold. If you’re interested in making a ghoulish investment call Ghostbusters first.
Would you consider buying and living in a haunted house? Which of these might tempt you? Let us know in the comments below.
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