We write about plenty of creepy destinations at The Lineup, but the chilling tales behind these old homes take the cake. Here are 20 real-life haunted houses and the ghost stories they contain. From unexplained knocking, howling and screaming, to ghost-sightings, murders and more, these eerie spots will make your residence look like a paradise. Unless, of course, it belongs on this list…
1. The Whaley House: The Most Haunted Home in America
2. The Blood-Soaked Legend of the Gardette-LePrete Mansion
3. Borley Rectory: The Most Haunted House in England
4. The Eerie Mystery of the Phelps Mansion Knockings
5. The Mudhouse Mansion Murder Mystery
In the farm fields of Ohio stood a stately brick mansion with a sinister reputation. Discover the enduring mystery of the Mudhouse Mansion, an abandoned estate in the American heartland that inspired numerous ghastly tales. .
6. Ghost Light in the Window: The Drish House Haunting
7. Franklin Castle: The Most Haunted House in Ohio
8. Baleroy Mansion: The Most Haunted House in Philadelphia
Pennsylvania’s Baleroy Mansion is known as “The Most Haunted Home in Philadelphia.” The reason? In addition to multiple reports of paranormal activity, this stately abode is home to a cursed chair rumored to bring death upon anyone who sits in it. .
9. The Haunted Grounds of New Orleans’ Beauregard-Keyes House
The beautiful Beauregard-Keyes House, in New Orleans, boasts cheerful rooms and a lush garden. Just don’t be disturbed if the ghost of a Confederate soldier glides by while you admire the home’s creepy collection of Dixie dolls. .
10. Blood in Brazil’s Little Castle of Apa Street
11. Monte Christo Homestead: Australia’s Most Haunted House
Australia’s Monte Cristo Homestead, located in Junee, New South Wales, has been called “Australia’s Most Haunted House.” Visitors today report glowing lights, strange animal mutilations, and the disembodied cries of a weeping woman. .
12. Manhattan’s Morris-Jumel Mansion and the Angry Ghost of Eliza Jumel
Though she died in 1865, many say that Eliza Jumel still haunts the halls of her stately Manhattan home, the Morris-Jumel Mansion. And according to those who crossed her path, Eliza’s ghost is far from friendly. .
13. House of Darkness: The Bloody History of Staten Island’s Kreischer Mansion
In 1885, construction was completed on Staten Island’s Kreischer Mansion. In 1894, its owner committed suicide. A series of bloody deaths followed, including a gruesome mob hit in 2005. Today, the home is said to be filled with the ghosts of those who died throughout the decades. .
14. A Ghost in the Room: The Haunted History of Rocky Hill Castle
15. The House That Never Dies: Inside Beijing’s Creepy Chaonei No. 81
Today, Chanoei No. 81 in Beijing lies in ruin. Locals, however, can attest to terrifying noises emanating from within. The activity is so extreme, in fact, that many know of the creepy structure as “Beijing’s Most Haunted House.” .
16. Freaky Florida: The Riddle House Hauntings
17. The Winchester Mystery House
Nearly 100 years after the séances ceased and the hammers fell silent in Sarah Winchester’s sprawling Winchester Mystery House, the question remains: Was it a labor of love or madness? Step inside the haunted halls of the Winchester Mystery House, where stairs lead to nowhere and doors open onto dangerous three-story drops. .
18. The Myrtles Plantation: Who’s That Girl in the Window?
It all started with a picture. A little girl dressed in her Antebellum best lurked in the background of a tourist’s snapshot. The photo took place on the Myrtles Plantation, an 18th century estate in rural Louisiana haunted by the ghosts of the past. .
19. The Ghosts of The Grove
20. The Sinister Spirits of Manhattan’s House of Death