Rent the ‘Scream House; stay in Salem
From spooky vacation rentals to Halloween-themed hotels, Broadry has rounded up a few places to keep on your radar this holiday season.
The ‘Scream’ house
Answer the phone in this seemingly charming Northern California suburban home if you dare, but remember: Things didn’t work out very well for Drew Barrymore’s character Casey in this’ 90s pop culture phenomenon.
âYou should never say, ‘Who is there?’ Don’t you watch horror movies? Ghostface quipped in this tongue-in-cheek franchise with four blockbuster movies and a the fifth should fall early next year.
To pay homage to the film’s 25th anniversary in December, you can channel your innermost fears and stay in the house where the terror began, thanks to Airbnb.
With its spooky history and haunting witch trials, Salem, Massachusetts is a mecca for the macabre all year round, but no more than this month, when visitors descend from afar to potentially be in the presence of unstable souls. . .
A few blocks from the site where 19 innocent people were hanged during the infamous Salem Witch Trial from 1692 stands the Saltonstall-Tuckerman House, rich in original architectural details, including a spiral staircase suspended from three floors. Guests can stay in this 6,000 square foot, six bedroom, three and a half bath home with high ceilings and oversized windows.
Built in 1810 for Captain Thomas Saunders as a gift for his daughters, its best known occupant was Leverett Saltonstall, the first mayor of Salem. Perched in the heart of the McIntyre Historic District on often photographed Chestnut Street, it’s within easy walking distance to some of Salem’s weirdest attractions, including the Salem Witch Museum, the Halloween museum and Witch’s Mansion, a haunted house that promises to find you “face to face with witches, ghosts, vampires and other creatures of the night”.
Hotel Pierre and Paul
What could be scary about staying in a school, a rectory, a church (which has hosted countless funerals …) and a 19th century convent? The Hotel Pierre and Paul in New Orleans, listed on Booking.com, is a unique plot with four properties in one, each having been carefully restored and refurbished without two identical rooms.
Nestled in the heart of Marigny, a historic neighborhood just steps from the Mississippi River known for its colorful and unspoiled Creole cottages, vibrant arts scene, and eclectic restaurants, the property’s former rectory, built in 1875, has been reinvented as the Bar ÃlysÃ©e with specialty cocktails, including the Joyful spirit, made from whiskey and Suze, a bitter aperitif of French gentian dating from the 1880s, and a wine menu.
While there is nothing really spooky about the property (it’s quite extraordinary actually), the neighborhood and the neighboring French Quarter are teeming with ghostly lore, all of which are revealed on the Visit of the French Quarter and Marigny in a horse-drawn carriage, a fascinating ride riddled with true stories about the spirits lurking in Crescent City.
With three centuries of history and tragedy, there are many unstable souls to be discovered. For a day option, the Historic New Orleans Cemetery Tour, which takes you along bustling Canal Street, is packed with visits to a handful of definitive resting places between learning about period architecture and local legends.
Couch9 by Barsal
While the Pacific Northwest is known for its unparalleled natural beauty, you’ll also find a place here with a sordid past and haunted stories. Rest your head a few steps from The tunnels from Shanghai to Portland, a labyrinth of intricate interconnected passages that lie beneath Chinatown in the old town; remnants of when the city flourished as a thriving international seaport.
From the mid-1800s to the early 1940s, “The City of Roses” gained an unenviable reputation for “Shanghaiing” or “serissage”, terms used to refer to men found wandering the waterfront who were allegedly drugged, kidnapped. and sold to captains for crewing aboard merchant ships, usually en route to China. Legend has it that the tunnels, although used for legitimate business purposes, also housed opium dens, brothels, betting houses, The underground bars of the prohibition era and other shady activities.
You can learn about these infamous Portland Belly Catacombs when you stay at a Barsala Property, a consortium of handpicked upscale condos with all the amenities of a home but with hotel-style amenities. Sofa9 is a luxurious three-bedroom condo that sleeps six centrally located in the Pearl Quarter and can be booked directly or through VRBO. If the Shanghai tunnels are a bit too spooky for your liking, or you need a palate cleanser, go nearby and utterly iconic Voodoo donut for the Dashing Pumpkin Donut: a delicious pumpkin cake sprinkled with spices and iced with buttercream.
Hobo Hill House
Jefferson City, Missouri
You know things are about to get real when a house is regularly visited by paranormal investigators. From the outside, the centenary Hobo Hill House does not emit particularly frightening waves. Without special feature nestled in one of the historic districts, the two floors American Foursquare style house proves that appearances can be deceptive.
Shortly after a couple bought the house in 2017 and lovingly restored it to a warm and welcoming place to raise their family, things reportedly got weird. The couple said the devices started turning off and on without an explanation. They heard noises coming from areas of the house where no one was, and they thought they could hear voices.
But the deal breaker for the couple came when one night their young daughter started acting bafflingly, so less than a year later they moved out and turned it into a rental. vacation. Since then, the Travel Channel show “The Dead Files” filmed an episode at home, and guests who love to tempt fate – if they dare – can stay in the three-bedroom house that sleeps 10 at an affordable rate.
House of inspiration
Scary dolls? To verify. Creaky floors? To verify. Paranormal expert on site? To verify. House of inspiration is located approximately 45 minutes from Cleveland in the charming town of Oberlin.
Built in the 1870s, House of inspiration now belongs to a paranormal researcher and author Michelle Belanger, which was featured on the TV shows “Paranormal State” and “Portals to Hell”. Indeed, she says she shares the house with ghostly residents (what she casually calls “a cozy haunt”), and now you can too.
With four rooms to choose from, guests consistently praise Airbnb while reporting an array of paranormal activity. The inexplicable sound of someone pacing the floor, flickering lights, and doors closing for no discernible reason are just a few common occurrences. And for those with a taste for the supernatural, there are detailed notes throughout the house marking areas of activity.
The âshowroomâ on the first floor is closed so as not to frighten guests who are not interested in the paranormal, but those with an appetite for unusual phenomena will want to visit the room as it is filled with tools of the trade. : vintage children’s toys, ouija boards, rocking chairs, a dollhouse and very, very old things. For customers who want to dive deeper into the paranormal, BÃ©langer offers courses and workshops on psychic development, energy work and spiritual communication. Good haunting!
David Stewart Farm
Bad things happened at David Stewart Farm – at least one can only assume. The farm and barn of this bucolic 100-acre property served as Immediately Civil War Field Hospital after the Battle of Gettysburg, where an estimated 50,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed in the three-day aerial combat that began on July 1, 1863. The wounded were taken to a multitude of makeshift hospitals, including David Stewart Farm, one of the largest facilities, where countless soldiers spent their last moments and, it seems, still roamed.
Your host, Stephani, calls himself “your only ‘living’ host”, adding that there are “many who reside with me”. A wealth of knowledge regarding the critical battle of the Civil War, Stephani says she has seen many appearances during her nearly four decades on the farm, including soldiers in uniform, but insists that spirits are all friendly. Period antiques punctuate the decor and enhance the 19th century atmosphere of this place steeped in American history.
Foley House Inn
Local resident Owen Foley and his wife Honoria owned the town’s first bed and breakfast, and after Owen passed away his widow built a spacious new inn out of the ashes of an old house destroyed by the Great Savannah Fire of 1889 – perhaps in a disturbing tone, notes the hostel’s website.
As the legend says, one of his guests snuck into his room in the middle of the night and tried to hurt him, but Honoria hit him on the head with a candlestick. Terrified of the consequences, she reportedly enlisted the help of another guest to hide the body and she only spoke of the occasion on her deathbed without revealing where they buried the body.
When a skeleton was found in a wall during renovations in the late 1980s, rumors abounded. Today guests and staff are reporting your ‘garden variety’ of weird noises or cold drafts, although many claim to have seen a man in a top hat walking around the garden (staff l nicknamed “Wally” … because of where the skeleton has resided for almost a century).