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The 10 most haunted places on Earth, from Lizzie Borden’s house to a plague zone

Just in time for tricks and treats, Travel + Leisure has come up with a list of the 30 most haunted places on Earth, from England’s 400-year-old Raynham Hall in Norfolk — where the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole is said to roam the manor house — and Venice’s Poveglia Island, a plague quarantine zone, to the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts.

California’s has several spooky spots on the list, including San Jose’s Winchester Mystery House (No. 19) and the Queen Mary in Long Beach (No. 6), where more than 50 people died during the liner’s 30 years at sea.

Other famous — or infamous — sites include Colorado’s Stanley Hotel (No. 11) in Estes Park, one of the inspirations for Stephen King’s book, “The Shining,” and New York City’s One If By Land, Two If By Sea restaurant (No. 14), which is haunted, some say, by the ghost of Aaron Burr.

Check out the full list and all 30 ghostly tales at www.travelandleisure.com.

  1. Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England
  2. Poveglia Island, Venice, Italy
  3. Bhangarh Fort, India
  4. Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton-Under-Edge, England
  5. Port Arthur, Australia
  6. Queen Mary, Long Beach
  7. Burg Wolfsegg, Germany
  8. Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts
  9. Casa Loma, Toronto
  10. Château de Brissac, France

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Haunted house attractions in the pandemic: What you’ll see in 2020

(CNN) — It feels like 2020 has provided more than enough scares. But for people still seeking an extra jolt of fear and adrenalin, it’s the time of year for those shocking haunted house attractions.

While the Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed a lot of long-distance travel, especially by plane, these Halloween-themed attractions around the world usually draw a more local crowd. So they shouldn’t be hurt by people making more short-haul trips this year.

They do face other hurdles, though.

In the carefree nights of 2019, the big questions on these attractions were: Which ones are the best? How scary are they?

In the cautious nights of 2020, we have different questions: Are haunted house attractions even opening this year? And if they are, is it safe to go?

With cases of Covid-19 again on the rise, medical experts advise a careful approach.

A mix of openings and closings

The results: Seven are open this year. Three have decided to shutter for 2020. The seven that are open are:

The Bates Motel is taking reservations in 2020.

The Bates Motel is taking reservations in 2020.

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— Bates Motel, 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania 19342; +1 610 459 0647
— The Dent Schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45248; +1 513 445 9767
— Erebus, 18 S Perry St.., Pontiac, Michigan 48342; +1 248 332 7884
— Haunted Overload, 20 Orchard Way, Lee, New Hampshire 03861; +1 855 504 2868
— Netherworld Haunted House, 1313 Netherworld Way, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30087; +1-404-608-2484
— Scream Town, 7410 US-212, Chaska, Minnesota 55318; +1 888 317 7308
— The 13th Gate: 832 St Philip St, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802; +1 225 389 1313

Citing safety concerns because of Covid-19, three of 2019’s top 10 decided not to reopen. They are Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror

Strawberry fest’s haunted house to be scary but safe, official says

Like most things in 2020, the Pasadena Strawberry Festival’s haunted house this year will feature some changes.

“It’s going to be a little different from last year because of COVID,” Murline Staley, the Strawberry Festival’s executive director, said of the fest’s third annual spookfest, A Berry Haunted House, which will be at the festival’s central building, 7902 W. Fairmont Parkway.

“We’re definitely taking a COVID action plan and being safe,” she said. “We’re guaranteed to scare the bejeevers out of you, but we’re also going to have fun. We’re going to have the same square footage, but instead of 13 rooms, this year, we’re going to open it up to seven rooms.”


That’s not counting the entrance area where creatures with eight legs could be greeting you. The spooks at A Berry Haunted House haven’t paid their insect extermination bill in recent months; so be forewarned — arachnids will likely be bountiful.

The event will change in one other way. Last year, the event ran Oct. 25-31. This year, the event will be only on Fridays and Saturdays starting Oct. 16 and ending Halloween.

“Tickets for the haunted house, which will be from 7-11 p.m each night it is scheduled, will be offered for sale by calling the festival at 281-991-9500 or by dropping by the festival offices on Fairmont Parkway once the event opens.

Admission is $5.

“We encourage people to call ahead, therefore the tickets will be ready for them and there won’t be long lines,” Staley said.

One thing visitors won’t have to be scared about is the amount of COVID-related safety measures, she said.

The haunted house will be sanitized each night before opening, hand-sanitizing stations will be located throughout the building and all the curtains that usually separate the scenes will be peeled back to

Is the White House haunted? Jenna Bush Hager shares creepy story

The White House has certainly seen its share of residents, but have any of them seen ghosts?

TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager paid a virtual visit to “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Monday and said there are ghosts in the historic residence.

“True or false: There are ghosts in the White House,” the talk show host asked.

“True!” Jenna replied. “And listen, Kelly, you would’ve liked these ghosts because they were very musical.”

Jenna added that the spirits were “friendly” and “compassionate” to her and twin sister Barbara Bush.

She also shared the creepy story during a conversation on TODAY in 2018 with Hoda Kotb.

Jenna recalled the time she and Barbara may have encountered the undead while living in the White House during their dad’s, former President George W. Bush’s, time in office.

The sisters were in their shared bedroom when Jenna’s phone rang. “It woke us up in the middle of the night,” she explained. “We had a fireplace in our room, and all a sudden we started hearing, like, 1920s piano music as clear as day coming out of the fireplace.”

It was so spooky that Jenna said she jumped in her sister’s bed. “We were both awake!”

Jenna and Barbara Bush (Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images)
Jenna and Barbara Bush (Paul Hawthorne / Getty Images)

To make things even more suspect, it wasn’t a one-time thing. “The next week, we heard the same thing but opera,” she said.

They ended up talking themselves out of the possibility the place was haunted, but a White House staffer made her question it again.

“I said, ‘Buddy, you wouldn’t believe what we heard last night,’ and he goes, ‘Oh, Jenna, you wouldn’t believe what I’ve heard.’”

Ghost stories from the White House are nothing new. Many former presidents and people who have lived there have reported seeing or feeling

Stream These Spooky Haunted House Movies

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The B-movie maestro William Castle lards “House on Haunted Hill” with one high-concept hook after another: A millionaire (Vincent Price) offers a $10,000 prize for anyone who can survive his “haunted house” party, complete with loaded pistols issued to guests in miniature coffins, and a burbling vat of acid on site. Part chiller, part whodunit, the film is like witnessing a deliciously macabre parlor game.

Four people are summoned to a creepy mansion for a paranormal investigation, but the house itself is the star — all creaky floorboards, pulsating walls and a doorknob turning back and forth. The awful 1999 remake turned Hill House into a C.G.I. light show, but Robert Wise’s original, shot in luxuriant black-and-white, burns on a slow wick of shadows and suggestion. There are haunted house movies of greater psychological complexity and invention, but “The Haunting” remains the gold standard.

Fresh from a stay in a mental institution, Jessica (Zohra Lampert) seeks refuge at an old Connecticut farmhouse, which happens to be the site where a woman drowned on her wedding day in 1880. As she, her husband, their friend, and a mysterious drifter settle into the place, the bizarre events that follow — and the sinister whispers and tension between the conspiratorial townspeople (all wearing bandages) and these hippie interlocutors — loosen Jessica’s tenuous grip on her sanity.

“The Belasco House” was named after an unspeakably perverse, six-foot-five millionaire who indulged in every vice imaginable, running the gamut from alcoholism and heroin addiction to incest, necrophilia, bestiality and cannibalism. “Bad vibes”