If you’re looking to hit some haunted hot spots this fall, the odds are that graveyards and creepy houses top your list. However, these aren’t the only places that offer scares.
The banks on this list won’t steal your money, but they might take your breath away — especially if you hear a ghostly voice or feel a disembodied hand on your shoulder. Best of all, many of them are either open to the public or offer tours, so you can see the spooky sites up close and personal. The next time you’re searching for cool places to visit, why not visit one of these creepy destinations?
Old Bank Building — Old Town Spring, Texas
The Old Bank Building in Old Town Spring, Texas, was built on Gentry Street after a previous location burned down in 1917. During the 1930s, the bank suffered multiple robberies and shootouts, one of which has been attributed to the infamous duo, Bonnie and Clyde (though some think the couple’s involvement is mere embellishment).
While the bank is no longer in business, rumor has it that a ghost still haunts the building, looking for deposits. The Old Bank Building is one of the several haunted sites on an Old Town tour conducted by historian Randy Woods. Tours cost $15 per person, with a five-person minimum.
TD Bank — Morristown, N.J.
In 1833, Samuel Sayre, his wife Sara and their maid Phoebe were all brutally murdered in their home by a laborer named Antoine Le Blanc. Though Le Blanc was quickly captured, convicted and hanged, he was only charged with killing Samuel and Sara. Phoebe has continued to haunt the site ever since.
Later, the house became a restaurant named Jimmy’s Haunts, and both staff and customers reported doors opening and closing by themselves, as well as music and other noises emanating from the business.
Today, a TD Bank branch stands on the site of the murder scene. Even though the original building is no longer around, items in the bank are rumored to move on their own. However, you might get some strange looks if you wander in searching for paranormal activity — the bank branch maintains regular business hours.
Bank of Montreal — Montreal, Canada
In 1953, a 19-year-old teller named Dorothea Mae Elliott shot herself in the women’s restroom of the bank. While the cause of the suicide is up for debate — some say she was depressed over a failed love affair, while others insist she was caught stealing money or helping the Irish Republican Army — there is one thing people agree on: Her ghost still haunts the spot where she died.
Today, the building is the site of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and guests are welcome to visit during normal operating hours.
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Underground Bank — Seattle, Wash.
It’s a little-known fact that the current city of Seattle is built on top of the ruins of the original city, which burned to the ground in 1889. To avoid flooding, the city was built on existing foundations, and visitors have reported hearing voices and feeling invisible hands touching them while exploring the underground.
Though the underground was condemned in the early 1900s, you can still take a tour of this historic city. For example, Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour charges $22 per adult for a 75-minute tour. Be sure to check out the prostitute walkway and the bank vault, both famous for their ghostly inhabitants.
Coutts Bank — London
In 1572, Thomas Howard — then Duke of Norfolk — was executed by beheading at the Coutts Bank in London. Since then, countless bank employees have reported seeing a headless ghost wandering the premises.
The ghost caused so much disturbance that, in 1993, the bank hired Eddie Burks, a psychic consultant, to put an end to the haunting. Burks claimed that he spoke with the apparition and convinced him it was time to move on. He also held a service to pray for the soul of Thomas Howard. Since then, no further ghost sightings have been reported.
Bank of England — London
The Bank of England in London makes the list of most haunted places in the world because it’s rumored to have not one, but two ghosts wandering its halls.
The first is former banker William Jenkins, a clerk who died in 1798 and was buried in the garden court to avoid having his body dissected by physicians. However, in 1930, his coffin was unearthed during renovations, and visitors have seen a male ghost wandering the site ever since.
The second ghost is Sarah Whitehead, the sister of a banker who was convicted of forgery and executed in 1812. After hearing of her brother’s demise from a clerk, a dubious Sarah continued to visit the bank in mourning garb, convinced her brother still worked there. After she died, a spirit known as the Black Nun was seen wandering the facility.
The Bank of England is not open for tours, as it is still a working institution.
The Old Bank Hotel — Oxford, England
Throughout its long history, the Old Bank Hotel in Oxford, England, has served as a residence, a bank and most recently a hotel. Local legend claims that the homeowner’s daughter, Prudence Burcote, ran away with a soldier against her father’s wishes. However, she was forced to return home when her lover went off to war. Realizing he wasn’t coming back for her, Prudence ultimately took her own life.
When the building was converted to a bank, employees reported flickering lights, voices and objects disappearing. If you dare, you can stay in this uncommon hotel today.
Old Union Trust Building — New Haven, Conn.
Located in Downtown New Haven, Conn., the Old Union Trust Building is reportedly one of the most haunted skyscrapers in the world. Legend has it that Eli Wilson, a teller at the bank, had been running a scheme to skim off customers’ accounts. When he went down to the vault after the bank closed one night, the door shut behind him, sealing him in. He soon ran out of oxygen and died.
The building is now a Wells Fargo bank branch, and you can visit during normal business hours.
Bank of America Building — Tucson, Ariz.
The Bank of America building at 902 Stone Avenue in Tucson is rumored to be haunted by a bearded male ghost. While his identity is unknown, the ghost appears to be about 25 years old and has a strong, fragrant smell.
The spirit roams the lobby, and staff members have reportedly seen doors slamming and heard footsteps in the stairwells. You can investigate for yourself during the bank’s normal operating hours.
Federal Reserve Bank — Cleveland, Ohio
Rumor has it that the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland, Ohio, has been haunted since 1929 when a woman named Matilda Rose Brennan took her own life there after losing her fortune in the stock market crash. Dressed as a flapper, she reportedly wanders the building to this day.
The Federal Reserve Bank does offer tours for the public, though mentions of its haunted history probably aren’t common.