My husband and I spent our honeymoon at a real haunted mansion in 2007. The Lemp Mansion in St. Louis has some of the best haunted stories around; I even had teachers in high school tell tales about how spooked they were when they visited the old place. When we spent the night there, we didn’t really experience anything, but I still didn’t sleep much because it was so damn spooky!
Since then, I’ve found so many other ghost researchers, resources, and tours in the St. Louis area, which isn’t far from where we live. We would really love to hop on board one of these investigations or tours for Halloween sometime soon, and if you really want to experience something truly frightening this year, you might want to check and see if your own area offers such experiences.
One that I recently learned about was the St. Louis Ghost Hunters Society’s Halloween event, or events. You can join them for an evening in one of the area’s most haunted places, the Haunted Crystal Grill, and use their own equipment and everything to explore the area and see what you can see. My husband jokes that I would probably pee myself if we did such a thing, but I have an excited bubble in the pit of my stomach every time I think about it. I really hope we can join in one of these adventures sometime soon. Just keep in mind that kids under 16 are not allowed, and kids under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
I also searched for “St. Louis Ghost Tours” and found dozens of results. How exciting! Try doing a similar search in your area and see what you can find. Though it costs money, I would highly recommend going with a tour guide—not only so you’ll feel a bit safer, but so you’ll also be able to learn more about the history of the places you visit. Some may even be closed to people outside tour groups, too, so that might guarantee you access.