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Who doesn't love a good scare - especially during October? Paranormal fanatics scour the country each year looking for the best spots to give them the best fright. If you're looking to join them, we've rounded up some of the most historically haunted destinations to visit across the U.S.
1. Moundsville Penitentiary
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Prisons are scary enough as it is, but abandoned prisons are somehow worse. Nowhere is that more true than inside West Virginia's Moundsville Penitentiary, where 94 men were executed between 1899 and 1959. Poor plumbing, disease, and security shortfalls all led to a 1986 riot, resulting in the deaths of three inmates and the eventual closing of the site in the 1990's.
Now a hotspot for paranormal investigators and tourists looking for a fright, Moundsville Penitentary is considered one of the most haunted locations in the country, complete with reports of disembodied voices and dead prisoners walking the cell block halls.
2. Bird Cage Theater
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A town named Tombstone wouldn't be complete without at least one frighteningly haunted location. Luckily, the Bird Cage Theater, a former saloon and entertainment destination in the early 1900's, has had its creepiness well preserved over the years.
With so many reports of ghostly activity throughout the years, the Bird Cage Theater has been featured on a number of paranormal investigation shows and features lights-out ghost tours to anyone brave enough to experience the haunting first hand.
3. Villisca Ax Murder House
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The infamous Villisca Ax Murder House was the sight of a nightmarish crime scene one Thursday in 1912. Two adults and six children were brutally murdered in the still standing farmhouse, with the murderer never caught or punished.
For those brave enough to spend a night in the crime scene, the site offers overnight tours, which former guests have called a paranormal fans dream.
4. Fort Mifflin
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This relic from the Revolutionary War, as seen on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters Academy, is home to 12 buildings, with one of them - Casemate 11 - being a major source of paranormal activity.
With candlelight ghost tours and a weekly "Paranormal Friday," thrill seeking tourists will feel as at home in Fort Mifflin as the many ghosts who walk the fort grounds.
5. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum
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We've all heard stories about abandoned mental institutions and the horrors that lie within their walls, but the Trans-Allegheny Lunati Asylum stands above the rest.
With a complete history of Civil War raids and generations of mentally ill patients, this ghostly local is a Nationally Recognized Historic landmark and one of the most haunted sites in the country.