More Spooky Haunts for Halloween

Haunted Haight Walking Tour
Personable guide Tommy Netzband leads 2 hour evening walking tours through the world famous Haight Asbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Founder of the San Francisco Ghost Society, Netzband gives a mesmerizing dialogue about the macabre history of his longtime neighborhood. There is also a chance to see outstanding Victorian architecture. Tour participants report that the time passes too quickly.

Estes Park, Colo.
The Stanley Hotel

In 1903, F. O. Stanley, inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile, followed his doctor’s advice and came to Estes Park. When his tuberculosis greatly improved, he decided to move here and open a summer resort. The Stanley Hotel, which opened in 1909, now has 138 luxurious rooms that welcome guests year round. It also offers breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountain National Park. One of its many notable guests, author Stephen King, was inspired to write The Shining while a guest here. In fact, half the book was written in room 217. Many guests and staff members report having paranormal experiences, and management encourages the hotel’s haunted reputation

Bannack, Mont.
Bannack Ghost Walks

Bannack was Montana’s first territorial capital and also the site of the territory’s first major gold strike in 1862. Bannack Ghost Walks, which are held the last weekend in October at Bannack State Park, present live reenactments from Bannack’s rowdy and colorful past.

Cimarron, N.M.
Hacienda de los Martinez, Taos

Built in 1804, the Hacienda de los Martinez is one of the few late Spanish Colonial period “Great Houses” still standing in the American Southwest. Tours of the 21 rooms surrounded by two courtyards give a rare glimpse of rugged 19th century frontier life in northern New Mexico. On October 26 and 27 guests will be greeted by ghosts and goblins. Following tours, ghost stories will be told around bonfires by persons who believe they have actually seen ghosts here.

Carson City, Nev.
Kit Carson Trail Ghost Walk

The legacy of western explorer Kit Carson is remembered on the Kit Carson Trail, a 2? mile walking route through Carson City’s residential homes district. A painted blue line and bronze medallions along the sidewalk mark the route for self-guided walking tours. More than 60 Victorian houses, churches and museums are included. A podcast edition can be copied from the website and pasted into a podcast program such as iTunes. This program gives 90 second anecdotes from each attraction. Of special interest is John Wayne’s voice at the Krebs-Petersen house where he filmed his last movie, The Shootist, in 1976. On Saturday, October 20, spooks of the past will appear during special daylong guided tours.

Las Vegas, Nev.
Haunted Vegas Tours

The award winning and highly entertaining Haunted Vegas Tours takes visitors on a 2 ? hour bus tour of 16 of the most haunted sites in Las Vegas. Find out about the “Motel of Death,” the site of several celebrity deaths. See the homes where Liberace and Sanford and Son star Redd Foxx once lived – or, some say, still live. Tour prices include admission to the show Haunted Vegas at the Greek Isles Hotel and Casino.

Austin, Texas
Austin Ghost Tours

Austin Ghost Tours are a spirited way to learn the sinister side of the capital of Texas. Ninety minute walking tours include Ghosts of the Capital District, which wanders past the capital and Governor’s Mansion, and Ghosts of the Warehouse District, which focuses on some of the oldest buildings in Austin. A special Halloween tour includes the best parts of both tours.

Lakewood, Wash.
Thornwood Castle

A century ago, Chester Thorne purchase a 400 year old Elizabethan manor in England. Named Thornewood Castle, this extraordinary 27,000 square foot home was meticulously taken apart and reassembled in Lakewood, Washington by skilled craftsmen. Of special interest is the priceless collection of rare artwork, hand painted onto glass surrounded by panes of crystal, that is mounted in windows throughout the estate. Today, nine bed and breakfast suites furnished with magnificent antiques are open to the public. Many guests, and even workmen, have reported encounters with spirits or ghosts. In keeping with the castle’s reputation for being haunted, a Candle Light Castle Mystery Tour takes place on Halloween night.

For more information
Bannack Ghost Walks
bannack.org/ghost_walk
406-834-3413

Hacienda de los Martinez
taoshistoricmuseums.com
505-758-0505

Haunted Haight Walking Tours
hauntedhaight.com
415-863-1416

Haunted Vegas Tours
hauntedvegastours.com
702-737-5540

Kit Carson Trail Ghost Walk
carson-city.org
800-NEVADA 1

Austin Ghost Tours
austinghosttours.com
512-853-9826

Stanley Hotel
stanleyhotel.com
512-853-9826

Thornewood Castle
thornewoodcastle.com
253-584-4393

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