It’s that time of year again! Halloween used to be one of my favourite times of year when I was younger…..and as I grew up too. I’ve always loved dressing up. Whether it was going trick-or-treating as a kid or to a Halloween party when I was older.
Unfortunately, it’s not likely that there will be many Halloween parties or trick-or-treating this year. But I’ve put together a list of some spooktakular haunted house virtual tours to get you in the mood for Halloween without having to leave your house.
If you’re usually one to travel at this time of year, these haunted house virtual tours from all over the world are the perfect way to combat your itchy travelling feet.
1. RMS Queen Mary
Sitting at Long Beach, California, the RMS Queen Mary has been named one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in America by Time Magazine.
Among some of the ghosts who roam the ship are various children, an engineer who died in the engine room and a lady in white. There have also been multiple reports of hearing knocking on bedroom doors in the middle of the night, only to find nobody at the door.
Visit RMS Queen Mary’s YouTube channel where you can take virtual tours and find out more about the hauntings.
2. Salem Witch Tours
History (and the present for that matter) is fully of beliefs which today seem absurd – that the world is flat, that left handed people are the devil, that masks don’t…… well let’s not get distracted here.
Back in the late 1600s a series of trials took place in Salem Massachusetts – the ‘Salem Witch Trials’. Those who were accused of being a witch were imprisoned and had to stand trial. Those who were found to be guilty were burnt at the stake.
There are various virtual tours you can take, such as one at the Salem Witch Museum, but one of the more interesting picks is a tour of the house belonging to Judge Jonathan Corwin. This eerily quiet video (filmed with permission for educational purposes) takes you through the Judge’s house, which is the only structure linked with the Salem Witch Trials still standing to this day.
In April 1986, what is known as the worst nuclear disaster in history hit Chernobyl in the Ukraine, leaving behind deteriorated, abandoned ghost towns.
Today, while they do offer walking tours through Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, it is not wildly recommended due to there still being radiation. Certain areas are off limit to the public for this very reason.
While it’s not exactly a haunted house, you can take a virtual tour around the almost post-apocalyptic Chernobyl here. Just click on an area on the map and you will have a 360 panoramic view.
4. The Crescent Hotel
Given the title of ‘America’s Most Haunted Hotel’, the Crescent Hotel sits high above the village of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It has been featured on TV shows, such as Ghost Hunters, and you can even stay at the hotel today and partake in nightly ghost tours!
But since we’re not travelling and visiting hotels right now, why not spend your Halloween night hiding behind a pillow while peeking out to take this virtual tour of The Crescent Hotel.
Or if scary stories is more your scene, check out these eye-witness accounts of ghost sightings at the notoriously haunted hotel where there are many “guests who check out but never leave”!
5. The Paris Catacombs
During the 17th century, Paris found that it’s cemeteries were getting too full, so much so that corpses ended up not being buried and were left uncovered. The locals complained and it was decided that the bones of over 6 million Parisians would be moved and laid to rest in a series of tunnels underneath the city.
Today, a portion of the Paris Catacombs is open to the public to tour. While there are miles and miles of underground tunnels, it is illegal to visit them. To get you in the spirit of Halloween (see what I did there??), take a virtual tour of the Paris Catacombs.
6. The Stanley Hotel
Here’s Johnny! We’ve all seen the movie. Where Jack Nicholson goes a little crazy at the hotel he’s looking after for the winter. If you’re a Stephen King fan, you’ll want to take a tour of The Stanley Hotel, the hotel which inspired The Overlook Hotel in The Shining. In particular, the spirits haunting Room 217.
Stephen King spent one night at The Stanley back in the 1970s, was inspired to write his novel, and as a result saved the hotel from going under.
What are you waiting for? Take your virtual tour of The Stanley Hotel now!
7. Winchester Mystery House
What is the mystery? You’ll have to take The Winchester Mystery House Virtual Tour to find out!
It’s said that Mrs. Winchester was haunted by the ghosts of those killed by the Winchester rifle, which was created by her late husband’s company.
The house is today a historical landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in California.
8. Bran Castle (a.k.a. Dracula's Castle)
Last, but not least, we have ‘Dracula’s Castle’, where you can watch a series of video tours of the Transylvanian castle which inspired Bram Stoker’s novel, Dracula.
Bram Castle is today a museum, a national monument and landmark in Romania which you can visit and tour.
What are your plans this Halloween? Would you take any of these spooktakular haunted house virtual tours? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget, wherever in the world you plan to be – stay spooky and safe!