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At these haunted hotels, bars, and asylums, the locals have been around for centuries and things go bump in the night.

Masonic Temple, Detroit

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With more than 1,000 rooms, Detroit’s Masonic Temple—now a concert venue—contains more than meets the eye. It’s rumored to be riddled with hidden passageways, concealed staircases, and secret compartments beneath the floors. George D. Mason, who went bankrupt funding the construction, leapt to his death from the roof after his wife left him. A century later, he haunts the building, spooking security guards, who say they’ve seen his ghost climbing the steps to the top of the building.

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America's Most Haunted Places

Masonic Temple, Detroit

With more than 1,000 rooms, Detroit’s Masonic Temple—now a concert venue—contains more than meets the eye. It’s rumored to be riddled with hidden passageways, concealed staircases, and secret compartments beneath the floors. George D. Mason, who went bankrupt funding the construction, leapt to his death from the roof after his wife left him. A century later, he haunts the building, spooking security guards, who say they’ve seen his ghost climbing the steps to the top of the building.

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America's Most Haunted Places

Some guests of Savannah’s Kehoe House have dismissed the sound of giggling and running up and down the hallway as typical kid antics—until they learn there’s an adults-only policy.

Young twins who died while playing in a chimney are rumored to haunt the 19th-century Kehoe House, one of many hotels and other sites across America where tales of the supernatural persist. In a New Orleans bar, a long-dead pirate guards the riches of his plundering; a screeching monster in the New Jersey woods has spooked locals for generations; and a one-armed stagehand roams the catwalks above an Illinois theater.

Ghost hunting has become big business, with paranormal experts offering as evidence dark shadows and orbs of light caught on film, recordings of strange noises, and unexplained temperature drops. Most haunted places capitalize on the attention by offering ghost tours. Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, KY, even lets you spend the night. Request room 502 only if you want company: the spirit of a nurse who hanged herself from a lightbulb wire.

But not all ghosts are scary; some just want to have fun. One specter spends her days stealing earrings from female patrons at a historic New York restaurant, while the apparition of a little girl faithfully turns up to watch rehearsals from her favorite seat at a Memphis theater.

Even for skeptics, playing along can be irresistible. So turn out the lights, and get ready to conjure some spirits at these haunted places.

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