In honor of this Halloween, skip the lines at haunted houses and treat yourself to an overnight fright. Snuggle up at a Montauk mansion built atop ancient Indian burial grounds or bunk on an ocean liner in Southern California with passengers who never went ashore. Save up to 40% at hotels across the country rumored to be haunted.
The Queen Mary, Long Beach, Calif. … $96 midweek through January (save up to $60)
Forty-nine lives were lost onboard the historic ocean liner but their souls never disembarked. Hear the screams of a chef cooked in his own oven by a hungry crew or head to the pool deck where several women drown and still hang around. Not spooked enough? Ask to visit Cabin B340, no longer rented out due to extreme paranormal activity.
Stay above sea level in a Stateroom featuring original artwork and wood paneling from around the world. Land lovers can come aboard for an after-hours tour of the ship's paranormal hot spots, $39 for two (reg. $78).
Loews Don CeSar Beach Hotel, St. Pete Beach, Fla. ... $139 per night w/three-night stay through Dec. 20 (40% off)
The iconic Pink Lady on Florida's Gulf Coast has been a playground for the rich and famous since it was built in 1928. Designed by a wealthy businessman in honor of his lost love, guests report seeing the couple, reunited in paradise afterlife, walking hand-in-hand on the beach and through the hotel's lobby.
The 4-star Mediterranean-style hotel features two pools, including one with an underwater sound system, a full service spa and rooftop garden looking out at the ocean. Not available on: Nov. 6, 9-11, 16-20.
Montauk Manor, Montauk, N.Y. …. $127 midweek, $167 weekends through March 21 (save $50)
Overlooking Gardiner’s Bay & Block Island Sound, this luxurious twelve-acre resort hosts New York City’s party crowd summering in the Hamptons. The historic hotel was built in 1926 on the site of a violent Native American conflict -- and mass unmarked graves -- during the early days of British settlement on Long Island. Drumbeats can be heard on the property and guests report a chief in full headdress wandering the top floor.
Looking for a last-minute spook over Halloween weekend? The hotel’s Murder Mystery Weekend (Nov. 1-3) including two nights’ accommodations, nightly receptions, all meals on Saturday, Sunday brunch and an interactive ‘Who Done It’ adventure starts at $841 for two people.
The Adolphus Hotel, Dallas, Texas … $159 midweek in December; $97 Dec. 24-28; $187 Dec. 31 (40% off)
Built in the splendor of the Gilded Age by brewing magnet Adolphus Busch, the 4-Diamond Adolphus Hotel has played host to glamorous guests and A-List parties for over a century, some that seem to never end. The front desk reports regular complaints of footsteps, boisterous conversations and Big Band music in deserted hallways. Head to the 19th floor, the hotel's original ballroom, haunted by a bride who hung herself after being left at the altar.
Explore downtown Dallas' nightlife and shopping from the landmark hotel's central location or take a complimentary shuttle to the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Zoo and sports arenas. Visit over Christmas week for $103 per night.
Gettysburg Hotel, Gettysburg, Pa. … $119 midweek December & January; +$5 weekends; $139 Nov. 4-5, 10-14, 20-21, 24-28; $149 Nov. 8-9, 29-30 (20% off)
The Gettysburg Hotel bore witness to the three-day Civil War battle, one of our nation's bloodiest, and many of the injured and dying were brought to the hotel. A nurse named Rachel still visits rooms looking for wounded soldiers. She is friendly to guests, but opens drawers and rearranges their contents. Take a moonlit ghost tour through the city’s historic streets for the chance to see other lost souls in one of the most haunted cities in the United States.
Located in the heart of historic downtown, the hotel is steps from Wills House, the site of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and within walking distance of Gettysburg College. Watch re-enactments at the nearby battlefields or pay respects to fallen soldiers at Gettysburg National Cemetery.
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio … $155 weekends December-February; +$14 weekends in November (25% off)
Construction of the 4-Diamond Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in downtown Cincinnati was no small feat and the work that went into the magnificent structure is not forgotten, even today. The “Lady in Green” has been spotted searching the halls for her husband, a laborer whose body was never found after a fatal accident during the opulent French Art Deco hotel’s 1930 development.
The luxurious hotel is part of the Carew Tower, a "city within a city," offering shopping, entertainment and dining on the Ohio River waterfront.