The 6-6-6 on Haunted Lighthouses in North America

In the tradition of bringing you the 6-6-6 on the best haunted locations and ghost tours in the United States, here is the 6-6-6 on haunted lighthouses in North America. Lighthouses have long been a powerful symbol of solitude, perseverance and stoicism, and have served as homes for brave men and women who light the lanterns to guide ships from rocky shores and shallow waters. Considering the many tragic events tied to many lighthouses in the United States and Canada, The 6-6-6 on Haunted Lighthouses is sure to give you a chill.

All prices quoted are for the 2011 season and for adult entry.

Top 6 Haunted Lighthouses on the Atlantic

1. New London Ledge Light – New London, CT

Photo by L’eau Bleue, CC BY-SA 2.0

No doubt you have seen New London’s famous lighthouse on any number of ghost hunting TV shows. It is certainly one of the most haunted lighthouses in New England, home to the ghost of a former keeper or a construction worker named Ernie. Completed in 1909, New London Ledge Light was fully manned until 1987 when it was finally automated. The lighthouse is currently not open to the public due to an unsafe stairwell; however, it is visible thanks to boat tours of Long Island Sound.

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The 6-6-6 on Ghost Tours in the U.S.

The third installment of my Halloween series is devoted to ghost tours in the United States. There are plenty of great tours in many American cities, so eventseekr is bringing you the 6-6-6 on paranormal tours throughout the country.

Prices quoted are for adult tickets in 2011. Many of these tours operate year-round and have additional tours offered in the month of October, so it’s not too late to check them out! Some tours are cash only, so look at their websites for payment information.

Top 6 Ghost Tours in the Northeast & Midwest

1. Original Ghosts of Gettysburg Tours – Gettysburg, PA – $10 to $20

The Original Ghosts of Gettysburg offers five different walking/minibus tours that cover much of the city, including Steinwehr Avenue and Baltimore Street. With over 46,000 casualties on the fields of Gettysburg, every inch of this town has been touched by the tragic events of July 1-3, 1863, from the Gettysburg College’s elevator, which is a time portal to a Civil War-era operating room, to the home of civilian casualty Jennie Wade.

2. Baltimore Ghost Tours – Baltimore, MD – $13 to $20

Baltimore, the city that brought you Edgar Allan Poe, is a great place to take a ghost tour. The Original Fell’s Point GhostWalk in the historic waterfront district recounts tales of rowdy sailors, bawdy prostitutes and travel-weary immigrants who docked in Baltimore in the 18th and 19th Centuries. If you are interested in a more, well, cultural side of Baltimore, the Mount Vernon GhostWalk goes into more than the stunning architecture of the area where tours meet up at the very haunted The Owl Bar. Of course, if you want to grab a pint and hear a tale, Fell’s Point Haunted PubWalk might be more up your alley.

Photo courtesy of Baltimore Ghost Tours.

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America’s Top 13 Haunted Houses and Attractions

If the 6-6-6 on Haunted Locations has taught you anything, it’s that wherever you are in the United States, you don’t have to look far to find something that’s haunted. Since the mid-1990s, haunted houses (or haunted attractions, as they have become known) have been popping up all over the country. These places don’t go for the cheap thrills implemented in classic horror films (I’m looking at you, Ghost Face)–we’re talking serious, professional haunts designed to scare the pants off you with the latest special effects, animatronics and live animals (think giant snakes).

All prices quoted are for the 2011 season and for adults. Many haunts are cash only, so check their website for ticket information.

1. Headless Horseman Hayride & Haunted Houses – Ulster Park, NY – $37.95

One of the best Halloween attractions in the country, the Headless Horseman Hayride & Haunted Houses offers all your favorite fall activities in one: a spooky hayride in the woods as well as a traditional, creepy haunted house. About an hour’s drive from Albany, this haunted attraction is well worth the trip due to the value of your ticket and its location in the Hudson River Valley. At the end of the hayride, beware the approach of the Headless Horseman!

2. The Darkness – St. Louis, MO – $20

Missouri is home to a number of high-quality, professional haunted attractions, not to mention the annual TransWorld Halloween and Attractions Show. The Darkness is held by Soulard Market, just two miles south of the Gateway Arch, in a 20,000-square foot warehouse. Expect nothing but the best at this haunted house with creepy rooms, dragons, snakes (yes, real ones!) and CGI effects.

Photo courtesy of The Darkness.

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The 6-6-6 on Haunted Locations in the U.S.

Halloween is just a few weeks away now, not that we’re counting or anything. In the coming weeks there will be a slew of TV specials about ghosts, Halloween attractions and haunted sites. We’ve weeded through the pumpkin patch of purported haunted restaurants, hotels and attractions around the country to bring you a list of the top 6-6-6 haunted locations around the United States. Most of these venues have special events, tours or haunted houses during the months of September and October.

Top 6 Haunted Attractions & Museums

1. Winchester Mystery House (San Jose, CA)

The residence of Sarah Winchester (widow to the rifle fortune) was built with the guidance of the spirit world, with the warning that the ghosts of those who died at the hands of her family’s weapons would seek their vengeance if construction ever stopped.

2. Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia, PA)

Eastern State was in operation from 1829 to 1971, housing inmates in dark, solitary cells for 23 hours a day. Some of the ghosts at this prison include former guards and inmates, such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton.

Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary.

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