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The most haunted Airbnb properties in the USA

Book yourself a seriously spooky haunted Airbnb where ghosts go bump in the night

Written by
Shoshi Parks
Annalise Mantz
Sarah Medina

If you’re a true Halloween fanatic, a fall corn maze just isn’t going to cut it. So, for an experience you’ll really freak out about, consider spending the night in a haunted Airbnb.

Out of over 600,000 Airbnb listings in the U.S. alone, only a handful are deemed (read: doomed) properties where guests can book a night and hope for close encounters with wandering spirits. Many of these rentals are found in homes that date back to the early days of the American republic, and most are usually off the beaten path (far, far away from anyone who might hear your screams). Just don’t wait too long to book your stay, because these listings tend to sell out quickly during the spookiest season of the year.

If you have missed out on reserving one of these scary Airbnbs, there’s always the best haunted hotels in the U.S. for a spooky night’s stay. And if you draw the line at spending a long, dark night alone with only ghosts as your companions, check out the scariest haunted houses in the U.S. for homes with dark histories and a record of ghost sightings, or settle in for a marathon of the best Halloween movies. You can even visit the most haunted places in the U.S. right from your couch. Whatever you choose, enjoy this Halloween while it lasts.

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Haunted Airbnbs in the USA

The barn and farmhouse on this historic property were both used as a Confederate hospital after the Battle of Gettysburg, so you can only imagine how many spirits are milling about. Prepare yourself for the possibility of spotting multiple apparitions: the host says she’s seen plenty over the years, but promises they’re all friendly. The bedroom itself is decked out in period decor to really put you in the 19th-century frame of mind if that’s your style. From $120 per night

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New Orleans, LA: The dead girl's bedroom
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2. New Orleans, LA: The dead girl's bedroom

New Orleans has its fair share of haunted attractions, but nothing sounds scarier than the idea of sharing a bedroom with a young ghost in a yellow dress. Although the 130-year-old Parks-Bowman Mansion offers multiple rooms, there’s only one room that’s supposedly haunted by a shy female ghost thought to be the youngest daughter of the house's original owners who was buried on the grounds in the 1890s after her untimely death. Of course, you may or may not actually encounter the youngster due to her extreme shyness (apparently, even ghosts can get too spooked for their own apparitions). From $171 per night

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Savannah, GA: The 18th century cottage
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3. Savannah, GA: The 18th century cottage

Step back in time at Laura's cottage, located in Savannah's Landmark Historic District. There you'll be able to sip a cocktail in the front porch’s rocking chairs with Laura, a ghost that haunts this small refuge. Not much is known about the apparition but it’s said that she once lived in the cottage and could often be seen tending the garden (she’d have a green thumb if it weren’t so ghastly white). Reports of paranormal activity include windows opening (on their own!) and lights mysteriously turning off and on, so don’t bank on getting much rest. From $264 per night  
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Troy, NY: The Enslin Haunted Bedroom
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4. Troy, NY: The Enslin Haunted Bedroom

After six generations in the same family, this home in the historic village of Lansingburgh (just outside downtown Troy) has plenty of haunted stories to tell. The old brick home is dripping with vintage charm and has even been featured in films, though its spirits haven't yet been captured on camera. Paranormal activity is centered on the second floor’s Haunted Bedroom, which has its own private entrance to the third-floor attic (a.k.a. where all the spooky business goes down). If you're lucky enough to see a spirit, there's nothing to fear: the hosts swear their ghosts are harmless (as if that’s much comfort). From $259 per night

Oberlin, OH: Cozy haunted retreat, Inspiration House
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5. Oberlin, OH: Cozy haunted retreat, Inspiration House

Purchased by a paranormal researcher in 2018, this 150-year old Oberlin home is a hotbed of spirit activity. The property, now called Inspiration House, has even been featured on ghost-hunting shows Paranormal State and Portals to Hell. The four-bedroom, three-bath rental is designed for relaxation (believe it or not) and connecting with the living and the dead. Spiritual communication prompts and Psychic Aptitude Cards are both available to guests, as is a first-floor display room that the host describes as part museum, part paranormal research training ground. From $297 per night

St. Louis, MO: Haunted Suite in Historic Benton Park
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6. St. Louis, MO: Haunted Suite in Historic Benton Park

This spooky home shares some unfortunate history with a neighbor — it was built in 1890 by the same mason that constructed the nearby Lemp Mansion, home to a family that was doomed to die unexpectedly young, one after the other. It’s perhaps no surprise that the suite in this St. Louis, MO home has its own share of unexplained activity from beyond the grave; guests who’ve stayed in this studio-style apartment (once the maid’s quarters of the three-story brick home) have reported all kinds of paranormal activities like doors opening and lights turning on all by themselves, as well as the sound of people rattling around in the kitchen even when they believed the house was empty. From $74 per night

Ellicott City, MD: Victorian Gothic Castle Mansion
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7. Ellicott City, MD: Victorian Gothic Castle Mansion

Renting the Lilburn Mansion near Baltimore will get you two bedrooms, a ballroom, library, pool and tons of outdoor space. It will also get you a haunted roommate or two (so much for space). After a fire destroyed the original 1857 property, it went through an extensive restoration. But the manor's spectral residents didn't much appreciate the changes, and a string of bad luck followed its living ones — including the death of a child as well as the family's patriarch. Recently, guests have reported plenty of ghostly activity, like the time someone spotting a child hanging from a chandelier. From $856 per night

Terlingua, TX: Ghost Town Ruin
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8. Terlingua, TX: Ghost Town Ruin

One-up the average haunted Airbnb by staying in a Texas ghost town. Once a mining boomtown, just about everyone but the ghosts have long since moved on from Terlingua. In this 100-year-old miner's casita, you’ll find a bedroom, living room, kitchen, and outdoor bathroom (a scary situation in and of itself). Watch for paranormal activity from the porch, which luckily has lovely views of Big Bend National Park's mountains and badlands. From $187 per night


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