Though most haunted houses are staged, it’s still fun to walk through cobwebs and have witches and goblins jump out at you. If you love a good scare, then it might be time to kick it up a notch and try renting the real thing — a house that’s spooky, has supernatural roots or is haunted by actual ghosts. Just in time for Halloween, here are five creepy homes and B&Bs listed on HomeAway and BedandBreakfast that you can rent for a ghostly good time.
- Rents for $349 per night and sleeps seven
Few places top New Orleans for getting in a spooky house kind of mood, as the city encompasses the supernatural at every twist and turn. Staying in this “elegantly decayed” 1855 Creole home in Treme near the French Quarter, which was once featured in "American Horror Story," will complete your otherworldly experience. For approximately $50 a night per person, you and six of your friends will be taken back to the turn of the 20th century (with modern comforts) in this three-bedroom, three-bath mansion, which was built during New Orleans’ golden age. Amenities include 14-foot ceilings, original plaster moldings, cast-iron balconies and a solid mahogany staircase. If you return to New Orleans for Mardi Gras in the spring, stay in the same house. It's spooky all year long and will be a great way to save money in New Orleans.
- Rents for $380 per night and sleeps 21
Built in 1925, this three-house compound (the main Shamrock House, Bunk House and Trout House), located in the mountains of Sunset, S.C., was first used by passing travelers. Lyndon B. Johnson is said to have stayed here. Another frequent guest is Nancy the ghost. Some say that her weeping sounds and phantom footsteps can be heard in the main cabin on occasion, but there’s no need to fear; Nancy is believed to be a friendly ghost. The rustic property features a log cabin and trout stream. Together, the three houses contain eight bedrooms and four baths.
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- Rents for $3,627 per night and sleeps 48
This one is a little on the pricey side, but then what chateau in France comes cheap? The possibility of seeing a ghost is included, as reported by celebrity judge Simon Cowell, who stayed here while filming "The X Factor." Cowell’s paranormal experience made the national news, but your stay will likely be a bit more private. In addition to everything you would expect from a fancy home in France’s Loire Valley, this chateau offers 10 bedrooms, seven and a half baths, a chef and an indoor pool.
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- Room prices start at $99 per night; each of the six rooms sleeps two
Located on the Connecticut shoreline in Poquetanuck Cove, Captain Grant’s bed and breakfast and its six bedrooms take you back to Colonial America with its warm and homey décor, which includes hardwood floors, braided rugs and wooden sleigh or cast-iron beds. That’s not the only thing that guests will experience from days past — the house is reportedly haunted. Phantom footsteps have been heard in the hall and attic, and it’s believed that the spirits are those of children buried in the two cemeteries that flank the property. For extra-spooky fun, book the Adelaide Room, which has been reported to be “ghost-friendly” by former guests. This quaint bed and breakfast has been featured on HGTV and the Travel Channel.
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Fort Worth, Texas
- Room prices start at $140 per night; each of the six rooms/suites sleeps two
The Texas White House, located in Fort Worth, is a historic home with a wrap-around veranda that will take you back to the days when people spent their leisure time relaxing on the porch, sipping lemonade. The six rooms and suites are all individually decorated with a mix of modern and antique artifacts, and each contains its own distinct personality. If you’re looking to visit the paranormal side of the world while there, be sure to check into the Lone Star Room, which is the favorite room of the White House’s resident ghost. Some see him and others just feel his presence. Either way, you'll make a new friend for sure.