It’s 3am. You find yourself waking to the voice of your daughter saying “Mommy, I’m scared” as she crawls into bed with you. Her tiny little hands hug your back as she nuzzles closer to you. It’s 3:01 am when you realize that your daughter is at summer camp and won’t be back til next week. You quickly turn to see who’s behind you and…nothing, there’s no one there. But as you turn your gaze towards the door, you see her…standing there, watching. Your body freezes as she grins and disappears before your eyes. It’s 3:05 am and you know you won’t be going to sleep again. You should have listened when they said you were residing in a haunted house…one of many haunted houses.
Now, this little story might be fictional, but many people claim to have had similar experiences in the houses featured on this list. From the Mexican House of Laments that witnessed brutal serial murders to the infamous DeFoe House in New York that inspired the iconic horror movie The Amityville Horror, we bet you would do anything to avoid spending a night at any of the houses featured in this list (And you’d be wise to do so). These are 25 terrifying haunted houses few are brave enough to live in.
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Winchester Mystery House
Located at 525 South Winchester Blvd. in San Jose, California, the Winchester Mystery House is a huge mansion which was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. Renowned for its size and many architectural curiosities, the house has always been claimed by many, including Winchester herself, to be haunted by the ghosts of those killed with Winchester rifles.
Monte Cristo Homestead
Constructed in 1885, the Monte Christo Homestead is a historic property in the town of Junee, New South Wales, Australia. The late Victorian manor was the site of seven deaths in the 1800s and is reported to be the most haunted house in Australia. Various ghost groups have reported sightings there. The house now also serves as a museum and an antique store.
Situated in the town of Inver, Donegal County, Ireland, the Drumbeg Manor is considered to be one of the most haunted houses in all Europe. Apparitions and strange events are reported to have taken place within the manor and on its grounds. Stories say that a screaming woman can be heard, as well as the appearance of a man in a white suit walking the halls.
Built in 1869 by Henry Guest McPike, the McPike Mansion is a mansion in Alton, Greater St. Louis metropolitan area in Illinois. One of the most haunted houses in the US, the mansion appeared in the series Scariest Places on Earth. According to the current owners Sharyn and George Luedke who bought the house in an auction in 1994, it is haunted by the ghost of a former owner and a former domestic servant.
The Whaley House is a Greek Revival villa in San Diego, California. The house has been cited as haunted and in 2005, LIFE magazine even called it “the most haunted house in America.” Heavy footsteps are heard in the house which are thought to belong to the ghost of James “Yankee Jim” Robinson, who had earlier been hanged on the property. Some visitors have also reported seeing apparitions of Thomas and Anna Whaley, the original owners of the house.