Throughout the year, I find interesting and spooky places to visit. Now that my favorite time of the year is fast approaching, I’m making up a list of places I’d like to visit in the next seven weeks, and I thought I would share it with all of you. I’ve never been to any of these places during Halloween time or Fall. I’ve only heard about these places from word-of-mouth and the internet. So, I’m hoping to have a lot of fun checking them out.
Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, is said to be a beautiful town, if you like old places. It is especially so at this time of year. Imagine pairing all of the old world architecture with the changing leaves. Plus, Sturbridge, MA is home to one of the state’s few remaining covered bridges. Also, there is a “Sleepy Hollow Outdoor Experience” that looks interesting.
Another, supposedly, good place to visit in Massachusetts is the town of Chatham, on Cape Cod. According to Travel + Leisure, the town is quite a sight with the Pumpkin People in the Park going on for the last couple of weeks of October. With the old houses and the scenery, it sounds like it would be a memorable place.
This last place in Massachusetts, which, I’m sure, you’ve heard of, has been a Halloween gathering place for a few centuries. Yep, I’m talking about Salem. Now, having grown up in Massachusetts, I’ve been to Salem a few times, but never for the October festivities. The entire month of October is called “Haunted Happenings”, which simply means, there’s lots of stuff going on. The calendar is filled with different supernatural related events, like tarot card readings, graveyard ghosts stories and tours, and, let’s not forget, the infamous Salem Witch Museum. Be sure to go early in the month, though, I hear the city becomes a true madhouse the closer you get to Halloween. From what I hear, if you do go, go in costume. You’ll be the strange one, if you don’t.
Albany, NH is a far cry from Salem, MA with fewer than 750 living there. So, what makes this place so appealing? Well, I may have mentioned before, I like small town squares and old architecture. I’m hoping it has both. Aside from that, the town houses one of the most famous covered bridges in New England, the Albany Bridge. Plus, if you’re into hiking and photography, the town has access to the White Mountain National Forest. I know, it’s not as extravagant as Salem, but the foliage must be something up there at this time of year.
Now, here’s something for all of you ghost hunters out there. Madame Sherri’s Castle staircase in Chesterfield is a sight to see, or so it seems form the pictures. What’s the story? Well, apparently, it used to be a grand chateau that Madame Sherri hosted posh parties back in the 20s. Unfortunately, there was a fire in the 60s that destroyed everything but the stone staircase and the foundation. Like Albany, there other points of interest, such as Pisgah State Park and Chesterfield Gorge, all of which, look like great places for hiking and scenery. I’m going to start with Madame Sherri’s Forest.
Ah, now here is a place that seem like it would creep you out. There are claims that Ludlow is a ghost town, and by that, I mean, a town with a lot of hauntings, specifically, the Golden Stage Inn, where ghosts check in, but they don’t check out,(at least, not in the traditional sense). There is also the Okemo State Forest, which, I’m sure, is a nice, scenic drive, and Buttermilk Falls, (can you get your own, natural buttermilk?). Ludlow is a resort town, it seems, but who cares about that, right? We’re here for scary stuff.
Stowe has no shortage of things to see and do, inside and out, like Moss Glen Falls, Smugglers Notch State Park, and The Alchemist Brewery. Best of all, Stowe has something called the Stowe Lantern Tours every fall. That’s right, zombies and ghouls, it’s a ghost tour. Amongst all of this, there appears to be a hidden story about a real poltergeist that haunts Emily’s bridge. Rumors have it that people have actually been scratched and cars shaken as they drive across the bridge. Cameras have been known to fail, too. Apparently, none of the townsfolk will go anywhere near it after dark. Spooky.
Bar Harbor, ME
According to Travel + Leisure, Bar Harbor has quite a few haunted places within its borders. However, I’ve only been able to find mention of one place, the Coach Stop Inn. Where guests have reported hearing children’s voices and objects moved and doors locked that were left unlocked. There appears to be a couple of ghost tours for the city, the Blue Lantern and the Red Cloak Ghost Tours. However, that might mean that there is more truth than fabrication as some places are wont to do. If nothing else, Bar Harbor also has access to Acadia National Park. So, there should be some foliage to view while being out there.
That’s all for now. This is, by no means, a complete list, but going to see eight different and, potentially, far away places will be difficult enough. I’m not sure of the exact dates I’ll be going to these places, but I hope to see some of you there. I’ll also post about these places and let you know how good they are. If you’ve been to any of these places before, feel free to comment and tell us about your experience. Have a spooky time!
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