You don't have to wait until Halloween to give yourself a good fright. You can visit the most haunted places in America at any time of year.
From coast to coast, there are terrors to be found in every state from ghost tours to haunted houses, spooky cemeteries and ghostly taverns.
But where can you see such scary sights and give yourself more than just a ghost story from a boring tour guide?
Take the family on a road trip to see the most haunted places in America like these five devilish destinations.
For a haunt of the truly creepy sort, step inside the East Martello Museum in Key West, FL, where you'll bear witness to Robert the Doll. Robert is a 115-year-old German doll that once belonged to a local artist named Robert Gene Otto. The doll, which wears a toddler's sailor suit Otto wore as a child, is believed to be possessed and presents a number of frightening traits.
The doll, locals and visitors to the museum claim, moves on its own, changes facial expressions and giggles. It's also said the doll curses any visitor who takes his photo without asking permission.
Where better to catch some frights than in witch trial locale Salem, MA, one of the most haunted places in America? Built in 1784, a century after the witch troubles, is a home in downtown Salem known as the Joshua Ward House. So well regarded was the home that George Washington specifically asked to lodge there when visiting.
The building itself was constructed on the same spot as a former residence of 17th century Salem Sheriff George Corwin, an infamous leader of the witch trial tribunals. Corwin, given the horrific nickname “The Strangler," would lock townsfolk accused of witchcraft in the basement of the house and violently torture them under the guise of interrogation until they falsely confessed under duress.
Today, visitors to the home, now a hotel, say they see ghostly images of the tortured roaming the halls, including victims of Corwin himself. Additionally, others have claimed to have felt unseen hands tightening around their necks and melted wax from candles in rooms where no candle was burning.
Bachelor's Grove is a cemetery near the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve in Midlothian, IL, in Chicago's southwest suburbs. The burial site dates back to the early 17th century and contains 200 graves in more than 80 lots. It also was a purported dumping ground for the Chicago mob in the 1920s, as well as a site for supposed satanic rituals.
Today, the cemetery is a hotspot for ghost hunters and paranormal enthusiasts. It's said photographs taken here are ripe with ghostly orbs and red streaks. The cemetery is home to a phantom farmhouse that's claimed to disappear when approached.
Psychics working here have been said to experience time loss and report contact with spirits who speak to them, including a young boy who cries out for a lost coin and “The Madonna of the Bachelor's Grove," a transparent spirit in a white dress believers claim haunts the cemetery.
With more than 7,000 Union and Confederate soldiers having met their end in 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg at a location spread out over 18 square miles, it's only logical that the site would become a hotbed of paranormal activity and ghost sightings. There are a number of different locations across the battlegrounds that have unique ghost stories to tell.
Ghosts are said to still roam the main battlefield, souls of restless soldiers unable to accept their fates of death by an enemy musket. Visitors claim to hear echoes of drums and gunshots emanating from inside the rock formation known as Devil's Den, as well as sightings of a spirit of a barefoot man desperately trying to give directions.
Down the way is Sach's Bridge, where witnesses have reported moving shadows and ghostly outlines of three Confederate soldiers killed by Union troops arising from the water's eerie mist. And in town, the spirit of a battlefield nurse is said to wander the halls of the two-century-old Gettysburg Hotel, and fallen soldiers tread the floors of Tillie Pierce House Inn, which served as a field hospital during the conflict.
In the oft-haunted city of New Orleans, one of the most legendary stories belongs to that of Marie Catherine Laveau. Over her lifetime spanning the 19th century, Laveau was a well-known Creole voodoo priestess, healer and herbalist. Upon her death in 1881, she was reportedly buried at the Crescent City's famous Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1.
It's said that if one wants the spirit of Laveau to grant them a wish, draw an X on the tomb, turn around three times, knock on the tomb and call out the wish. When granted, one must come back, circle their X and leave an offering or the wish will be rescinded.
Each All Saints' Eve, it's claimed, Laveau's ghost leaves the cemetery and marches down Rampart Street to the cottage on St. Ann Street where she once presided over her voodoo ceremonies and created potions.
Sure, we all have a neighborhood haunted house we can visit every Halloween. But for real scares and frights, America has a slew of terrifying real-life locales with the spookiest haunted legends and ghost sightings to see any day of the year.
Next road trip, forget about amusement parks and the beach and check out some of the most haunted places in America.