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Spooky Airbnbs around the country you can rent for Halloween

Scare the pants off your friends by spending the night in one of these spooky Airbnbs you can rent for Halloween

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If you love black cats, horror films and all things scary, there’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than by renting one of these spooky Airbnbs for the night. While you unfortunately can’t spend the night in any of scariest haunted houses in the US, these homes with ghost sightings, dark histories and secret passageways are the next best thing. A few of these Airbnbs are in major cities, but most of them lie far off the beaten path—away from anyone who might hear your screams. No matter: You can turn the journey into a Halloween-themed road trip. So book your stay, cue up one of the best Halloween movies and get ready for the scariest night of your life.

Spooky Airbnbs you can rent for Halloween

The Lumber Baron Inn and Gardens in Denver, CO

The Lumber Baron Inn and Gardens in Denver, CO

Architecture buffs will love the stately appearance of this historic Victorian in Denver’s Potter-Highlands neighborhood. John Mouat, a wealthy lumber baron, built this gorgeous mansion in the 1890s to show off the wood his company sold; each room featured a different type. As the decades passed, the once-affluent neighborhood became a little seedier, the Moaut family moved away and the house was converted into apartments. One tenant, Kara Kanoch, and a friend Marianne Weaver were killed in the building: Police suspected the murders were the result of a burglary gone wrong, though they never caught the killer. To this day, visitors still report sightings of two female spirits in the Valentine Suite—the exact spot where both women died. From $159 per night

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Old Cuchillo Hotel in Cuchillo, NM

Old Cuchillo Hotel in Cuchillo, NM

Rumors of spirits and apparitions swirl around the abandoned Old Cuchillo Hotel in the ghost town of the same name. The current owner claims to have heard a voice whisper in his ear and previous residents said they sometimes heard crackling from the wood stove when they were all alone. Brave travelers can still spend the night in the historic adobe hotel at the former stagecoach shop. Check out the abandoned saloon, general store, stables and post office during your stay—if you dare. From $63 per night

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The Manor in St. Paul, MN

The Manor in St. Paul, MN

Though this Gothic manor in St. Paul hasn’t had any reported paranormal activity, it definitely has the creepy vibes we’re looking for on a dark Halloween night. It almost looks like a castle, thanks to the second-story turret, spiral staircase and antique furniture. Rent out the guest room in this funky house for a night of watching horror movies, telling ghost stories and playing the ouija board. The owner’s Doberman Scotch will be on hand to scare away any malevolent spirits. From $49 per night

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Captain Grant’s in Preston, CT

Captain Grant’s in Preston, CT

Captain William Grant built this historic home for his family in 1754, though it would also house soldiers during the Revolutionary War and runaway slaves during the Civil War. These days, it operates as a bed and breakfast, but guests aren’t the only residents. The owners claim as many as 12 spirits call the inn home. Visitors have reported everything from floating orbs to mysterious knocking sounds to the apparition of a woman and two children wearing colonial garb. Ghost hunters might also want to visit two ancient cemeteries on either side of the property. From $179 per night

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Five Finger Lighthouse in Petersburg, AK

Five Finger Lighthouse in Petersburg, AK

Talk about remote: You’ll have to figure out how to get to a small island between Stephens Passage and Frederick Sound in southern Alaska if you want to stay in the Five Finger Lighthouse. The trek might be worth it for the a once-in-a-lifetime experience, though: You’ll get to roam freely around a working lighthouse, meet its keepers, spot humpback whales and take in jaw-dropping views of the Alexander Archipelago. Doesn’t sound so scary, right? Just wait until night falls. The sheer silence, tampered only by the waves crashing upon the rocks, is enough to give any city dweller the heebie-jeebies. A word of warning: You’ll also have to haul your luggage over rocks covered in kelp and barnacles by yourself, so pack light. From $300 per night

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Historic Civil War Farmhouse in Gettysburg, PA

Historic Civil War Farmhouse in Gettysburg, PA

The barn and farmhouse on this historic property were used as Confederate hospitals after the Battle of Gettysburg, so you can only imagine how many ghosts have been spotted here. Prepare yourself for the possibility of seeing multiple ghosts: The host says she has seen many over the years, but promises they’re all friendly. The bedroom you’ll be staying in is also decked out in period decor to really put you in the 19th century frame of mind. From $105 per night

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Haunted House With Secret Passage in Chattanooga, TN

Haunted House With Secret Passage in Chattanooga, TN

Once home to a psychiatric facility, this Victorian home looks like a haunted house on the exterior but boasts newly renovated digs on the interior. Look past the restored hardwood floors, gorgeous crown molding and modern appliances for hints of the past, like the surprisingly lopsided doorways and secret passageway. Halloween lovers will also want to check out the vast national cemetery just a few hundred yards away. From $55 per night

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Trebor Mansion in Guilford, ME

Trebor Mansion in Guilford, ME

Here’s the funny thing about the Trebor Mansion: It shouldn’t exist. When experts from the National Register of Historic Places certified the building, they realized the dates didn’t match up. Architect John Monroe designed the home in the 1830s, but the three styles apparent in the construction—Queen Anne, Stick and Jacobean—didn’t come into fashion until the 1850s or later. Some say Monroe had a vision of the future; others dismiss it as a coincidence. And that’s not the only thing that’s a bit off about this historic home. A 2004 fire gutted the building, but the fire marshall was never able to conclusively state what started the blaze. The owners, however, blame it on a poltergeist that haunts the front parlor. See the evidence for yourself when you stay there. From $40 per night

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Harlot House in Tonopah, NV

Harlot House in Tonopah, NV

Travelers searching for the campy Wild West of a million movies need look no further than this former brothel turned theme hotel. Stay in rooms decorated with nude art, have a drink in the old-fashioned saloon downstairs and keep your eye out for any ghostly ladies of the night. Big groups can rent the entire house, but smaller parties might want to opt for just one of the rooms named after famous prostitutes. From $400 per night

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Firetower Camping in Crofton, KY

Firetower Camping in Crofton, KY

If heights freak you out, this Kentucky Airbnb might be a bit of a challenge. Spend the night 100 feet up in a rickety firetower in the small town of Crofton. The view from the top is dizzying, to say the least. Scaredy cats can retreat to the RV at the base or hang a hammock from the tower at a more manageable height. Just be sure to bring a flashlight: It gets real dark out there in the backwoods. From $125 per night

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