Hysterical, historical or haunted? With so many beautiful historic homes, many with a haunted history, it’s no wonder that ghostly spirits enjoy America’s B&Bs, just like living guests they don’t want to leave these beautiful places. bnbfinder, the world’s most comprehensive independently owned international bed and breakfast directory, has selected nine haunted bed and breakfasts for your Halloween getaways. Here are bnbfinder’s top picks for Boo-tiful and Spirited B&Bs along with ideas for the best halloween destinations for 2019.
Grand Victorian Inn, New Orleans, LA
Always known for its spirts in more ways than one, Halloween comes early to New Orleans with the Krewe of Boo! celebration. If Halloween and Mardi Gras got married, Krewe of Boo! would be their child. Celebrated on Oct 19th, the day starts with the Zombie Run, where runners and spectators alike show up in full costume. The main event is the parade that begins at dusk with lavish floats and freaky costumes with that infamous Mardi Gras New Orleans flair. Stay at the Grand Victorian B&B, a restored mansion just 15 minutes from the world-famous French Quarter and take part in all the fun.
Stonecroft Inn, Ledyard, CT
Stay in the Stonecroft room here in the 1807 House with its beautiful hand painted mural and you are guaranteed to sleep with a ghost. The wrap-around mural in this room will transport you back to the nineteenth century where artistic liberty allows the Beatles to entertain you from the sunning circle. James Dean and a ghost-like figure are also featured in the mural. See if you can find them. Some believe with the age of this building that the spirit in the mural could still be hanging around.
Bewitched & Bedazzled B&B, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Two B&Bs adjoined via a 4000 square foot deck have been host to up close and personal encounters with pint-sized apparitions as reported on Delmarva Historic Haunts. In addition, guests can sleep in chambers playing homage to the 1960s sitcom, “Bewitched”, like the Samantha & Darrin room, named after TV’s most famous playful witch and her mortal husband. For the younger set, a stay in the Tabitha room would honor the daughter of TV’s Bewitched Samantha. The spirits that employees encountered here are pint-sized and playful, just like Tabitha in the TV series.
Gabriel’s, a Provincetown Hotel, Provincetown, MA
Provincetown, MA is where the Pilgrims first landed and the Mayflower Compact was signed and makes for a great spooky vacation because of all the history. This haunted hotel is located at the base of the Pilgrim Monument on what was the Wampanoag settlement. Stay here and you may just encounter one of the original inhabitants of the house – Mary Cook, the daughter of a sea captain lost at sea. She’s often seen by guests looking through the window, probably out to sea for her missing father and brothers lost there. Innkeepers tell bnbfinder editors, “she does not like construction and if they try and change out the pictures in the room…well, we do not try anymore.” They know it’s Mary Cook from the countless guests who’ve encountered her then pointed to her in the family painting hanging at the inn.
Salem Inn, Salem, MA
Located in the heart of “Halloween Central”, the Salem Inn’s 40 rooms and suites are located within three historic homes offering accommodations rich in history and within walking distance of all of Salem’s Halloween events and haunted homes. Easily travel by broom, by trolley or by foot from the inn to the Grand Parade and all the family-friendly Halloween Happenings hosted in Salem, home to the famous witch trials. Stay in room 17 and you just may meet a female apparition that appears to many while sleeping.
Captain Nickels Inn, Searsport, ME
For those who’d rather enjoy murders than ghosts, the Captain Nickels Inn will put you right in the middle of solving the perfect crime. Skip Halloween and head to this haunted mansion on the Maine coast to solve a murder mystery on Nov 1-2, 2019. The day-after-Halloween Murder Mystery weekend includes participation in an exciting, interactive 2-day WHODUNIT, presented by RLawtonSquared, a welcome reception with cocktails and tour of the historic Captain Nickels Inn, Chef’s Tasting 7-Course Tapas Friday Night and Chef’s 4-Course Dinner Saturday Night presented by Chef Tim Lewis, two gourmet breakfasts and accommodations for both nights.
Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast, Chester Heights, PA
Considered by many as the community that goes “all out” for Halloween, Hamanassett B&B is in the heart of Halloween Central. Innkeeper, Ashley Mon, says community decorations rival those at Christmas. In addition, guests are treated to nearby Halloween attractions galore, including The Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride, selected as the #1 haunted house in America by CNN, and Colonial Plantation Lantern Ghost Tours. You may not hear things go bump in the night here, but step outside and you’re treated to a frightfully filled community for Halloween.
Pinecrest B&B, Asheville, NC
There are enough spirits, spies, ghosts, and goblins hanging around Asheville for four different haunted tours in the area. Travel on foot or by trolley and enjoy everything from a haunted comedy tour to a Murder Mystery Tour. You’ll learn about the spirits still hanging around some of the inns and B&Bs in Asheville too. Stay at the historic Pinecrest B&B, and you’re just one mile from downtown Asheville and all the haunted happenings.
Moore Ventura B&B, Ennis, TX
Located just twenty minutes from Screams Halloween Theme Park, those who love to be scared out of their pants will find a comforting bed here. Screams is the world’s largest Halloween theme park with seriously haunted attractions. It’s not for the faint of heart—but if you like a good scare, there are options for everyone. Horror movies, the Scary-oke stage, five haunted houses, roaming characters around every corner plus face painting, rides and games galore will make this the perfect Halloween B&B on weekends leading up to Halloween.
When it comes to the perfect gift card for travel, bnbfinder is all treats and no tricks this Halloween season. Purchase a bnbfinder gift card – honored at historic and Halloween B&Bs throughout the country – and you’ll be treated to the perfect phantom-filled getaway to pass along to your “ghoulfriend” or other deserving traveler.