Halloween-Themed Stuff Part I – America’s Five Most Haunted Hotels

Just two weeks to go until the 2011 Halloween officially arrives on Oct 31st. Many people prefer to celebrate Halloween at home with candies and pumpkins, for those who want real Halloween experience, a most haunted hotel field trip at Halloween sounds perfect, far more than scary!

If you are into those bumping and floating things at night, there is no better time in a year than Halloween to stay in a purportedly haunted hotel. Let us hold the breath and start our Halloween five most haunted hotels trip right now!

Halloween Most Haunted Hotels 1/5: The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa – Eureka Springs, Ark.

One of the most playful ghosts to inhabit the grounds is Michael, a young Irish stonemason who came to America to help build the hotel. According to legend, when he leaned over the landing to see a pretty girl passing by, he fell to his death near room 218, one of the rooms with the most reported paranormal activity.

Another part of the hotel that is haunted involves the area on the 4th floor in which Dr. Baker, who wasn’t actually a doctor, lived when he converted the hotel to a cancer hospital.

The hotel also houses a former morgue where autopsies were performed and bodies were stored, with some reportedly taken and hidden on the grounds to conceal the actual mortality rate at the facility.

Halloween Most Haunted Hotels 2/5: Buxton Inn – Granville, Ohio

Audrey and Orville Orr, owners of the Buxton Inn since 1972, said they never advertise their inn as haunted, but the stories of the ghosts that inhabit the 199-year-old building have gotten around, resulting in recognition by TripAdvisor.com as one of The 10 Most Haunted Hotels in America.

Major Buxton was one of the owners and operators of the inn from 1865-1902 and can periodically still be spotted on the first floor of the main building. Ethel “Bonnie” Bounell was an owner from 1934-1960 and her favorite scent of gardenias can still sometimes be smelled wafting through the hallways.

The Orrs have long made peace with their permanent guests. “A psychic told us we don’t want to get rid of them, they like coming back to visit,” says Orville. The Orrs wish to respect their predecessors’ dignity by not hyping the ghosts, but they don’t mind when the curious come to see if they can experience them, too.

Halloween Most Haunted Hotels 3/5: The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa – Denver
Many believe the hotel has a connection to the “unsinkable” Molly Brown, the Denver socialite who survived the 1912 Titanic disaster, but that is just legend, says hotel management.

The front desk has reported calls coming from Room 904, the room Hill occupied during the times when ghost tour operators are telling the story of her scandalous affair. It wouldn’t be so creepy if the 9th floor hadn’t been under renovation at the time, with the wires all stripped from the entire top two floors.

Others have reported seeing a train conductor wearing clothes from the turn of the century walking through the lobby. He is believed to be a visitor who came to the hotel when a train depot operated near the hotel. Still other visitors have reported gas fireplaces turning on by themselves and music emanating from the restaurant late at night.

Halloween Most Haunted Hotels 4/5: The Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville, La.

Many of the country’s haunted places are in the historic southern states, and ghost hunters have long designated the Myrtles Plantation as one of the nation’s most haunted. The plantation, built in 1796 by General David Bradford, was reportedly built on a former Native American burial ground and when Whiskey Dave’s workers discovered them, he ordered them burned. That in itself is enough to bring on restless spirits, they say.

The most famous of ghosts who inhabit the Myrtles, however, is Chloe, a former slave who had a romance with Bradford’s son-in-law. Scared of being banished from the home to the fields, the story goes, Chloe began eavesdropping on her lover’s private conversations. Her lover and master caught her, drew a sword and cut off her ear. More desperate to show her worth to the family, she baked a poisoned birthday cake for one of the children, hoping to nurse the sick family members back to health. Instead, the wife and two of her children died.

Other ghosts, including children who died from then-incurable diseases, are also reported to roam the halls of the Myrtles. If you stay in one of the 11 guest rooms, make sure to book your spot on the ghost tour early and if you run across a woman wearing a turban or see balls rolling across the floor on their own, think nothing of it. The owners say their ghosts are harmless.

Halloween Most Haunted Hotels 5/5: Hotel del Coronado – San Diego

One of the most famous of the hotel’s ghosts is said to be Kate Morgan, a lovesick woman who checked into the hotel in 1892. She waited for five days for the love of her life to meet her; he never did and Kate was found dead at the bottom of an exterior staircase leading to the beach.

Since then, Kate’s ghost has been reported on the beach and in the hotel, and when she is feeling particularly feisty she plays harmless pranks on guests, says the hotel’s management.

Another hot spot for paranormal activity is the hotel gift shop, where crystal routinely flies off of the shelves and pictures fall off of the walls. The target seems to be souvenirs of the movie Some Like It Hot starring Marilyn Monroe, which was filmed at the hotel in 1958. Marilyn’s ghost, perhaps? Hotel management doesn’t think so. They believe whoever’s ghost it is just doesn’t like sharing the limelight with the 20th century beauty.

Some info are extracted from this article on Yahoo Travel.

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