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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.

RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

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From crew members roaming the engine room to the sound of children crying, the ship’s list of supernatural occurrences from 100 resident ghosts is as long as it is creepy. Originally an ocean liner, the Queen Mary made its maiden voyage in 1936 before being used in World War II, and then briefly returned to passenger service until it was decommissioned in 1967. Along the way, it was the site of at least one murder and several accidental deaths, including a sailor killed in the engine room, crushed by “Door #13” as it was closing for a drill. Some guests have been victim to the supernatural tantrums of the specter of the staff member murdered in cabin B340. The ship, now a hotel, offers ghost tours and a Dark Harbor Haunted Halloween party.

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America's Most Haunted Places

RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

From crew members roaming the engine room to the sound of children crying, the ship’s list of supernatural occurrences from 100 resident ghosts is as long as it is creepy. Originally an ocean liner, the Queen Mary made its maiden voyage in 1936 before being used in World War II, and then briefly returned to passenger service until it was decommissioned in 1967. Along the way, it was the site of at least one murder and several accidental deaths, including a sailor killed in the engine room, crushed by “Door #13” as it was closing for a drill. Some guests have been victim to the supernatural tantrums of the specter of the staff member murdered in cabin B340. The ship, now a hotel, offers ghost tours and a Dark Harbor Haunted Halloween party.

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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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