Chandeliers swaying in empty, still rooms. The shrill shriek of a woman off in the distance. Piano's playing on the own accord. Pictures flying off the walls. The giggles of children around an empty pool. The sound of footsteps on deserted stairs. Cold spots in an otherwise warm room. These are the things of nightmares and haunted houses — or are they?
Experience the eerie phenomena for yourself when you book your wedding at one of these haunted venues. Contrary to popular belief, you won't have to compromise beauty, style, and a great party space just to add a little spook to your affair. All of these locations are spectacular for hosting the wedding of your dreams — from stately Victorian mansions to hotel ballrooms to ornate and beautiful gardens — under any circumstance. But if you and your fiancé have a thing for the supernatural, well, you're in luck. Each of these locations around the country are also home to plenty of paranormal activity. From iconic celebrities whose souls never left the building to long-dead inn keepers still keeping track of the estates, there are plenty of ghostly guests onsite to attend your nuptials (and you don't have to throw a Halloween wedding to find them!).
Every spot offers their own stories and legends, so pick your poison: Friendly ghosts like the goofy "Peg Leg Johnny" who teases guest in Chicago's Congress Plaza Hotel. Or the poltergeists at a southern plantation in Hollywood, Maryland who has been known to torment the staff. Perhaps you'd like to share your wedding with a bride who met an untimely end and didn't make it to her own wedding day. Or, like in the case of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, maybe you prefer a goddess's presence during your vows. Not spooky enough? How about getting married in one of Atlanta's graveyards, where Civil War soldiers have been heard conducting role call, or worse — seen hanging in trees.
Either way you have it, if you and your spouse-to-be simply adore scary movies, going on ghost tours, or hiding under the covers while things go bump in the night, then these beautiful spots are perfect for your happily ever after. We promise it will be a wedding that leaves your guests with goose bumps!
Gainswood Plantation, Demopolis, Alabama
This Greek revival mansion is the perfect setting for your dream wedding with its 480 acres of pristine grounds and exquisite rooms. But this former plantation house, built in 1842, also comes with a bonus feature: mysterious and melodic piano playing. You can thank the ghost of Eliza Robertson for the extra tunes at your nuptials. The young woman moved into the mansion in 1856 to serve as governess but succumbed to an illness shortly after she arrived. Her body was kept briefly in the family's mausoleum until she could be moved to New York — but her spirit stayed behind. If you're looking for evil spirits, go elsewhere — Eliza is well-known as a friendly ghost.
Historic Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska
The Historic Anchorage Hotel doesn't hide its haunted history: Its website boasts that it's a place "where ghosts are more than just stories." Here pictures flying off the walls, shower curtains swaying without a breeze, and specters moving through the halls are just a few of the mysterious occurrences that have been reported inside this hotel. So who will be haunting your wedded bliss? Many think it's Anchorage's first chief of police, John J. "Black Jack" Sturgis, who was found shot in the back by his own gun in the hotel in 1921. But don't let his spirit drive you away. The history and stunning details of this hotel will make a beautiful setting for your happily ever after — even if it wasn't one for Chief Sturgis.
Big Nose Kate's Saloon, Tombstone, Arizona
Oh how the west was fun. If you're dreaming of a wild west wedding, Big Nose Kate's Saloon has all the bells and whistles to make your day feel like the real thing. Built in the 1800s, the saloon sits in the present-day ghost town of Tombstone, Arizona. Once a popular hotel visited by the likes of Doc Holliday and Ike Clanton, it is now the infamous haunt of miners and cowboys. One such spirit — known as the "Swamper" — is an old miner who hid his silver in the saloon and lurks the hallways and basements to protect it. Cowboy apparitions have also been spotted standing in doorways, knocking over cases of beer, or grabbing a drink at the bar. Many visitors have reported seeing the ghosts in the pictures taken on their visit — so look closely at those wedding photos!
1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
You can't find a spot more ghostly than the 1888 Crescent Hotel and Spa, also known as "America's Most Haunted Hotel." A night at this Victorian-style retreat includes the company of famous ghosts like Michael, an Irish stonemason who fell to his death while building the hotel in 1865; Theodora, who died during her stay and may ask you to help her find her room key; and Morris the cat, who may appear at the foot of your bed while you sleep. If mysterious appearances throughout your wedding night aren't enough, schedule one of the hotel's popular — and spooky — ghost tours for your guests.
The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
There's nothing like romance at sea, and The Queen Mary — with its stately ballroom, stern-side ceremonies, and onboard hotel rooms — is the ultimate example. Built in the 1930s, this ocean liner spent 30 years at sea with at least 49 reported deaths on board. And plenty of those spirits still lurk the ship, including two crewmen who were crushed to death by Door 13 in the engine room, located 50 feet below sea level and the boat's most haunted room. You might also see women in 1930's-style bathing suits around the first class swimming pool, or hear the giggling of a little girl named Jackie around the second-class pool where she drowned. Other appearances, like that of a tall dark haired man in a suit or a lady in white, along with odd occurrences like doors slamming, high-pitched squeals, and drastic temperature changes will leave no doubt in your mind as to why this vessel was named one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places by Time magazine.
The Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles, California
Old Hollywood glamour is a theme brides and grooms lust after. At The Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles — home to the very first Academy Awards ceremony in its Blossom Room ballroom — the stars are in its very DNA, literally. The hotel underwent renovations in 1984, which seems to have angered the spirits who live there. Since then, guests in the ballroom have felt random cold spots. Even chillier, many have reported seeing the figure of Marilyn Monroe in a full-length mirror that once was in her poolside suite and is now in the elevator bank. Stay in one of the hotel's 20 rooms for your wedding night, and you might encounter strange noises and shadows or the sound of typewriting (without a typewriter in sight!). Or ask for room 928, where the ghost of Montgomery Clift (star of From Here to Eternity) may be found playing a trumpet or pacing the hallways reciting his lines.
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
It should come as no surprise that The Stanley Hotel made our list. As one of the most iconic haunted hotels, made famous for inspiring Stephen King's The Shining, its real-life paranormal activity will meet every expectation you have for your haunted wedding day. Skip the honeymoon suite and ask for room 217, where King stayed, to witness infamous visions like suitcases unpacking themselves and ghostly children (remember the twins from the movie?!). Strange things have gone on in the hotel since 1911 — including a housekeeper who was electrocuted in room 217 (and lived to tell the tale) during an electric storm — but chief among the ghosts who haunt the place are original owners F.O. and Flora Stanley, who attempt to run their establishment from the spirit world. Your wedding guests might hear Flora playing her piano in the dead of night. Or have them take a picture in the Billiards Room — F.O. may make a special appearance in the shot.
The Yankee Pedlar Inn, Torrington, Connecticut
Open for more than a century, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is a charming spot to host an intimate wedding. But like most hotels with a long and colorful history, guests have reported all sorts of things that go bumps in the night here, including doors that open and close at random, invisible tugs, and lights going on and off on their own. The most haunted spot in the place may well be room 353, where the inn's founder Ann Conley is rumored to have passed away (it's her favorite rocking chair that has been seen moving on its own in the lobby). Conley's spirit has been known to check in with guests in room 353 and make sure they are enjoying their stay. In room 295, guests have also reported weird smells and the figure of a grey-haired woman who climbs into bed with them.
Rockwood Park Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
Host your wedding in the carriage house of Rockwood Park and Museum and you might experience some of the famous haunts reported on the 150-year-old estate. The museum's own director, once a skeptic, was convinced after hearing disembodied footsteps while alone in the mansion and the ghostly apparition of a man sitting the corner. Other paranormal accounts, from the sound of children playing to cold spots, have landed this venue on The Biography Channel's My Ghost Story.
Loews Don CeSar Hotel, St. Pete Beach, Florida
The beachfront hotel, built in the 1920s, is a picturesque spot for a happy wedding day. But should you think it's all flamingo-colored exteriors and palm trees, think again. The stunning hotel also comes with a heartbreaking love story. Rumor has it that Thomas Rowe built the hotel for his love, whose parents did not approve of their marriage. The couple never saw each other again after a forced separation — at least, not until the after life. Look out for the pair walking hand-in-hand around the hotel gardens as you say "I do."
Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia
It may come as no surprise that a graveyard is haunted, but have you ever thought of getting married in one? The Oakland Cemetery, located in a quiet part of downtown Atlanta, is a historic sight that offers outdoor weddings for up to 2,000 guests —and their ghostly visitors. And you'll love the backdrop options for your wedding photos: Victorian gardens, stone pathways, remarkable statues, and tons of flowers and trees. More than 70,000 souls were laid to rest in the cemetery, including Civil War soldiers who can be heard doing roll call 150 years later. They may be looking for the nearly 3,000 unknown Confederates who died in battle and are honored by the cemetery's Lion of Atlanta monument. As a more chilling haunt, other visitors have reported seeing soldiers hanging from trees and bleeding on top of their graves.
Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii
This beautiful patch of paradise on Waikiki Beach might be haunted by a godly presence. A mysterious and attractive young woman in red has been spotted roaming the hallways of the hotel and its pristine beaches. One eerie theory says she is the ghost of a woman murdered at the hotel, but more spiritual seers have claimed she is the human form of the Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele. Legend has it that one employee saw her vanish in front his eyes after spotting her in the hallway in 1959. If you find the goddess on the beach, expect to see her accompanied by dancers. But keep an eye out for in-suite visits, the lady in red is also known to stop and knock on your door.
The Egyptian Theatre, Boise, Idaho
Whether you're a fan of the arts or cinematic history, The Egyptian Theatre makes for a gorgeous wedding space, where your ceremony can be held right on the theatre's main stage. But don't be spooked if the lights suddenly flicker during your vows. That's just Joe, the mostly-friendly ghost who has haunted the theatre since his death in the 1950s. Killed by a heart attack while climbing the stairs to the projection room, Joe worked for the theater for nearly 30 years and it's safe to say called it home. That's why he stayed behind and teases guests with opening and closing doors, turning the lights on and off, disembodied laughing, and — if you're lucky — an invisible touch.
The Congress Plaza Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
The Congress Plaza Hotel boasts 23 contemporary event spaces for whatever type of wedding your hearts desire. Should you choose the Gold Room (pictured) you might spot a ghostly hand reaching out from the coat closet — that belongs to the spirit of a worker who was trapped behind a wall and suffocated to death when it was plastered shut. In the Florentine Room, wedding guests have heard female whispers in their ear and security guards have reported mysterious knocks and shifting of chairs. The hotel was also home to Al Capone, who had a suite on the eighth floor. He, along with the spirits of a mischievous young boy and the goofy hobo Peg Leg Johnny, still haunt the halls today. But the most terrifying spot is room 441. Guests who've ventured to sleep there have reported being kicked awake and seeing a female shadow at the foot of the bed.
The Historic Hannah House, Indianapolis, Indiana
A beautiful setting for an intimate wedding, the historic Hannah Mansion is the ultimate space to have bonus (and we mean ghostly) guests at your nuptials. The house, built in 1858, was utilized as a passage for the Underground Railroad. Unfortunately, one night a group of escaping slaves was burned to death after an oil lamp spilled and ignited the hidden cellar on fire. In fear of retribution for assisting slaves, the house's owner buried the charred bodies in the same basement that took their lives. Ever since, visitors have seen specters hiding in the shadows, heard the moans and whispers of the slaves, and felt cold spots as they tour the space. On your wedding night, you may see chandeliers swinging without a breeze or the ghost of the home's original owner and an old woman watching from upstairs.
Hotel Blackhawk, Davenport, Iowa
History comes alive — literally — at the beautiful Hotel Blackhawk in Cedar Falls. The hotel has gone through many phases of rebuilding and despair in its storied 100 years, but has also paid host to grand guests like Cary Grant, and soon you and your groom. Today, some of yesteryear's guests still roam the halls, including a woman who appears in a red or blue evening dress on her way to the grand ballroom for a night of dancing and food — look for her party crashing your own wedding. Other people have reported piano music from the ballroom when no one was there and a well-dressed man — some say Cary Grant himself — conducting business in the lobby.
The Eldridge Hotel, Lawrence, Kansas
The Eldridge Hotel offers a beautiful historic ballroom for your wedding day, but its ghost story is the real showstopper. Harrowing eyewitness accounts have landed the historic hotel, built in 1857 by Colonel Shalor Eldrdige, on A&E's My Ghost Story and you'll have to see these apparitions for yourself to believe them. Guests have reported water bottles crinkling in the middle of the night, floors creaking, and untouched bags beginning to shake. Most people credit the occurrences to Col. Eldridge himself, and his favorite spot seems to be room 506. Visitors who stayed there report disembodied voices, and the feeling of being watched. The room holds one of the building's original cornerstones and many believe that to be a "portal to the other side."
The Brennan House, Louisville, Kentucky
With 16-foot ceilings, a grand staircase, stunning antiques, and an expansive the Victorian Brennan House is the ultimate wedding locale for a history-loving couple. But like all historic places, this three-story mansion comes with it's own spirited past: The entire Brennan family, who originally owned the house in 1868, may still haunt the grounds. Visitors have reported hearing mysterious piano and violin music echoing through the halls, which many have attributed the daughters of the household. Others smell Mr. Brennan's cigar smoke without seeing a source. And be sure to take pictures in front of the house — many visitors capture an unexplained large orb in their photos, which paranormal experts believe to be Mr. Brennan's ghost.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
You can book your wedding in the same glamorous ballroom that guests of the French Quarter's Bourbon Orleans Hotel used in 1827, when it first opened. But that ballroom wasn't always so magical. In the late 1800s the hotel was converted into a school, medical ward, convent, and orphanage — right around the time that yellow fever struck the city, taking many lives. Many guests report seeing nuns and children walking the halls, but the most oft sighted is a young girl rolling and chasing her ball on the sixth floor. A confederate soldier haunts floors six and three, but at your wedding pay special attention to your guests. You may just spot the ghost dancer in the Orleans ballroom twirling underneath the crystal chandelier.
Poland Spring Resort, Poland, Maine
Yes, this resort does belong to those Polands of water bottle fame. And it has a long-running history to boot. Built in 1797 by the Ricker family, the once quaint inn is now a resort with stunning grounds to celebrate your wedded bliss, and a whole lot of paranormal activity to go with it. Paranormal investigators have heard footsteps and voices, found objects moved to unusual places, and have even seen Mr. Ricker walking the halls to tend to his guests. And be wary of picking up hitchhikers on your way into the inn. A bride who was struck by a car and killed on the way to her wedding, is known to accept rides, then disappear after getting in the car.
Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, Maryland
Overlooking the gorgeous Patuxent River sits the Sotterley Plantation, the oldest plantation in Southern Maryland. With age (it was built in the 1700s) comes a history of spirits — and these might not be friendly ghosts attending your wedding. Of the many paranormal experiences reported on the property the most chilling is that of a poltergeist who tormented a member of the staff by turning her vacuum off again and again and hurling a rock at her head in an empty driveway. Other employees report seeing the plantation's original owner on the second level of the house and being pushed down the staircase for not following his rules of the house. Even creepier? Paranormal investigators recorded the sounds of faint drums beating and a woman screaming "Get out!" in one of the old slave cabins.
Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Massachusetts
The Hawthorne Hotel's has been a dream venue since the hotel opened in 1925. The Grand Ballroom offers beautiful views of the city's historic Common that brides and grooms will love for a fall wedding. And it also offers a few bewitching extras, like the mysterious smell of apples that often drifts through the hotels. That may be thanks to Bridget Bishop, who owned an apple orchard where the hotel now stands and was the first person executed in the Salem witch trials. Named one of Travelocity's Top 10 Haunted Hotels, it's no surprise the hotel has had reports of other paranormal activity like hands touching guests in room 325, a phantom child who won't stop crying, and a woman seen roaming the halls.
Henderson Castle Inn, Kalamazoo, Michigan
The opulent 1895 mansion makes for a stunning wedding venue with sweeping views of downtown Kalamazoo and acres of spectacular gardens and grounds. And did we mention a legion of ghosts? The bed and breakfast caters to numerous dead, including original owners Frank and Mary Henderson, a little girl, and a dog. Activity has including a man's voice coming from an unplugged radio, finding a picture frame with "Clare" freshly written in the dust, and electronic voice phenomena recordings of a woman's voice saying "flowers and candy." Others have spotted the ghosts appearing in full period garb, and unreachable high cabinet doors being opened. But don't worry, the employees of the inn assure their guests these are friendly ghosts.
Palmer House Hotel, Sauk Centre, Minnesota
The Palmer House Hotel is so haunted its owner, Kelley Freese, has called it "a living, breathing entity." Paranormal investigators have estimated at least 40 resident ghosts. Employees have recalled the sounds of a young boy chasing a ball down the hall; guests have heard furniture moving above them — in empty rooms; bartenders have reported glasses flying off hooks and breaking clear across the room; and kitchen staff have complained of silverware on the tables being rearranged. But more fitting for a haunted wedding night is a stay in rooms 11 or 17. In room 17, a newlywed couple reported a slender man, dressed in 1920s clothing, standing at the foot of their bed. And in room 11, guests have reported feeling someone stroke their legs while they slept or being too cold, even though the air conditioner wasn't running.
Blue Rose Mansion, Pass Christian, Mississippi
This bed and breakfast is a charming spot for a garden ceremony and intimate ballroom reception. Formerly a restaurant, you might spot the original owner's ghost in the mirror while you check out your bridal reflection. Or you may find yourself in the presence of another bride. On what should have been the young woman's wedding day in the early 1900s, she got news that her fiancé was a no-show. Eager to see if the rumors were true, she raced down the stairs, tripped, and broke her neck. The spirit of the young woman is often seen in her wedding dress, flying down the stairs then disappearing into thin air. Other spooks: water boiling on stoves that aren't on and wine bottles are mysteriously thrown against the walls.
The Elms Hotel and Spa, Excelsior Springs, Missouri
A wedding under the hotel's beautiful gazebo or in one of their elegant ballrooms may have you hooked — as will its history. It was once a training camp for boxer Jack Dempsey, summer camp for the 1948 New York Giants, and host to Harry S. Truman on his election night. But you may be more familiar with the Elms Hotel from an episode of Syfy's Ghost Hunters. Guests have reported a (friendly) ghost — a gambler from speakeasy days who was killed by the mob — haunting the hotel's lap pool. Others report a female spirit looking for her child around the pool. Be careful of her, she throws things and pulls hair when she's angry. And should you be worried about cleanliness, the spirit of a young maid roams the third floor keeping tabs on the hotel's cleaning services.
Boulder Hot Springs, Boulder, Montana
Host a springtime wedding in the Boulder Hot Springs Inn's courtyard for a stunning affair filled with natural wildflowers —but only if the risqué doesn't turn your stomach. It's said that a "lady of the night" was murdered in the inn's office and visitors still find themselves catching whiffs of unexplained perfume — even after the historic hotel has gone through renovations. Named Simone, the lady has been spotted in a white dress peering out from a third story window. Guests have also reported footsteps in empty hallways and the voices of men arguing in empty rooms.
Hummel Park, Omaha, Nebraska
Host the outdoor wedding of your paranormal dreams in Hummel Park. Wooded and beautiful, there are also plenty of eerie legends surrounding this 200 acres. Some believe it to be an ancient Native American burial ground, others believe a set of concrete stairs in the park has a different number of steps every time you travel it. And if that's not enough, park visitors and paranormal investigators have heard the screams and cries of satanic rituals, ghostly apparitions, and phantom lights roaming the park. You may want to have this wedding in the daylight.
Gold Hill Saloon, Virginia City, Nevada
It is fair to say there are plenty of haunts around the 19th century mining town of Virginia City, Nevada. But the most haunted spot may likely be Gold Hill Saloon — a fantastic venue right in the heart of Main Street. The spooky spot sits in front of what was the Yellow Jacket mine, which is now the crypt of 37 miners who were killed in a fire in 1873. Their bodies were left buried at the bottom. One of those miners, William, lives in room 5 and you might just smell his cherry pie tobacco. But the most popular spot for the ghosts of Yellow Jacket to hang out is in the Saloon's great room, where visitors have seen apparitions around the bar.
The Notchland Inn, Hart's Location, New Hampshire
It should come as no surprise that this intimate inn (host your reception in the quaint sunroom and dining room) is haunted. Upon entering the front parlor the first thing you will see is a tombstone inscribed: "1778. Nancy Barton. Died in a snowstorm in pursuit of her faithless lover." Nancy, who froze to death by the nearby brook that now bears her name, still wanders the inn in pursuit of her cheating fiancé. Guests have seen ghostly words written on mirrors in steam — when the shower hadn't been turned on in hours. Another guest reported unexplained fresh flowers in her room, which quickly vanished along with the "Happy Anniversary" message written in lipstick on the bathroom mirror.
The Flanders Hotel, Ocean City, New Jersey
There's a lot of reasons to get married at The Flanders Hotel: its beachfront location, its spot on the list of the National Register of Historic Places, the beautiful ballrooms, and did we mention The Lady In White? Haunted by a couple of ghosts (the hotel was built in 1923 and rumored to be a mobster meet up spot), Emily — all dressed in white — is the most famous of its spirits. She happily dances and laughs down the second and fourth floors, and guests have reported hearing her laughter throughout the building. Not convinced? Check out the portrait of her on the hotel's second floor — then be on the lookout for her apparition.
El Rancho Hotel, Gallup, New Mexico
You and your sweetheart will be just one of many A-list guests who have stayed at the El Rancho Hotel. Known as the "Home of the Movie Stars," Ronald Reagan, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Kirk Douglas have all come before you. And so have a collection of ethereal spirits. Visitors have noticed disembodied footsteps and laughter in the lobby and objects that move on their own throughout the hotel. And on your wedding day, be careful of doors — they seem to open and close on their own in the bridal suite. If you're lucky, you might be visited by an icon from Hollywood back to see their favorite romp.
One if By Land, Two if By Sea, New York, New York
It might surprise you that one of Manhattan's most romantic restaurant (hundreds of proposals have happened here) is also one of the city's most well-known haunts. The charming carriage house makes for a grand and intimate wedding celebration, but it's the 20 ghosts that live there who will really liven up the party. Employees have seen picture frames tilting, plates go flying, machinery turning on by itself, and lights flickering with no explanation. Others have been pushed while walking through the restaurant and turn to find no one there. Some waiters have even attempted to serve entities who appeared at their tables. Some think Aaron Burr is haunting his old abode, but the most well-known afterlife visitor is a woman in a black gown who is always seen walking down the staircase but never up. The staff even lights candles in her honor.
The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
If the college town of Chapel Hill is significant to you and your groom, consider the historic hotel nestled in the heart of it. Take your pick of a wedding in the beautiful gardens or their stunning ballroom — but don't forget this historic hotel was also named one of the 10 most haunted hotels in the U.S. by About.com. Opt for Room 256 as your wedding suite and you'll be joined by Dr. William Jacocks, the resident (harmless) spirit who enjoys playing lighthearted jokes on his guests. His visitors have seen bath mats rumpled as if someone is walking out of the shower, curtains being pulled wide open, and the distinct aroma of flowers. At least 20 other ghosts haunt the premises, but not as actively as the good doctor.
Trollwood Park, Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo may have earned a particular reputation on the big screen, but it's Trollwood Park that may get you to say "I do." The park includes lush grounds, an amphitheater (pictured), gazebo, and barn stage, all perfect for hosting your event. Be warned of ethereal wedding crashers: The park is known to have spirits who call out your name and follow close behind you. Your wedding may attract the most spotted ghost — a woman in dark blue 19th century clothing — who is seen most often when music is played in the park. Find her by her favorite willow tree during your bridal portraits.
Ohio State Reformatory, Mansfield, Ohio
A correctional facility may not be the first thought for a wedding, but when you see the Gothic architecture and lush lawns of the Ohio State Reformatory you'll think again. In operation for 94 years (it shut its doors in 1990), the Reformatory housed more than 155,000 men and had a violent history. The penitentiary (featured in The Shawshank Redemption) runs its own haunted house, but it's the real ghosts that will get you: 215 numbered graves stand just outside. Visitors have been punched and pushed by unseen forces, most likely the ghosts of mistreated prisoners, and others feel an inexplicable chill on the prisons grounds. Cellar doors slam shut, shadow figures appear, and disembodied footsteps and voices can be heard throughout the prison walls.
Fort Reno, El Reno, Oklahoma
As you walk into the beautiful white chapel on Fort Reno to say your vows, think about the history of this magnificent place. Built in 1874, the fort was a remount depot and prisoner of war camp during World War II. And since then, visitors have experienced a whole lot of paranormal activity, from faucets turning on by themselves to orbs showing up in photographs. Keep an eye out as you take bridal portraits around the area, too. No spirits have been named here in El Reno, but many have spotted ghostly faces watching them from the building's windows.
Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon
Choose from seven romantic spots within Lithia Park to host your wedding, and tons of picturesque locations for your pictures. If you're hosting your party at night, head to the Duck Pond, where a young woman was murdered in the late 1800s. Visitors to the park have seen a blue light, or blue mist, glowing above the water, which is said to be her spirit. Some even claim the mist has chased them through the park. Another spirit, the ghost of a disfigured train robber, also calls Lithia Park his home. His body was buried in an unknown location within the haunted grounds. Guard your pockets: The folks who have seen his apparition often find their change suddenly missing.
The U.S. Hotel Tavern, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Refurbished to reflect its original mid-19th century charm, the U.S. Hotel Tavern's Liberty Hall is an eerie and rustic event space for the spirit-loving bride. This rustic locale has quite the backstory — and apparently is so haunted that even paranormal researchers have fled from its halls. While spending the night, one investigator saw the apparition of a young, red headed girl laying across their bed holding her head in pain. Seconds later, a man carrying an ax also appeared. Spooked, the investigator ran into the halls screaming "Everybody get out of here now!" Most believe the two apparitions were reliving a murder committed in the hotel years ago.
The Biltmore Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island
This landmark hotel in the heart of downtown Providence certainly has a spooky past. Built in 1922, it was a popular spot during the prohibition era, and later the possible inspiration for Robert Bloch's Bates Motel. According to the investigators who have visited the hotel, one of the most-seen ghosts is a financier who threw himself out his 14th story window after losing his money in 1929; guests on the floor report seeing a body fall past their window, but never find a body on the ground. And a former event planner for the hotel reported seeing ghosts (perhaps the flappers of yesteryear?) dancing in the empty ballroom.
White Point Garden, Charleston, South Carolina
In Charleston's Battery you'll find White Point Garden, filled with historic statues and canons, and the most picture-perfect gazebo nestled in oak trees for your intimate southern wedding. Though your guest list may be small — the space only allows for 25 people — you may be joined by a few extras. The area was a popular spot to hang pirates in the 18th century, given its waterfront location, and many residents have spotted the sailors roaming the grounds looking for their executioners.
The Bullock Hotel, Deadwood, South Dakota
It's hard to find a spot more appropriate for a haunted wedding than the first hotel in a town called Deadwood. The town, founded by prospectors and pioneers, is one of the only in the U.S. to be named a National Historic Landmark, and its early residents — many of whom reside in the Bullock Hotel — couldn't be prouder. Ghosts of the hotel include the Deadwood's first sheriff, who died in room 211, and the hotel's original owner Seth Bullock. Guests have reported seeing both men in the hallways and a slew of odd incidences: unplugged alarm clocks going off, antique clocks that haven't been working for years suddenly chiming, and televisions turning on by themselves.
Union Station Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
Once a train station, the Union Station Hotel has since been converted into a neo-Romanesque hotel with 65-foot high stained glass ceilings and plenty of Old World charm for your nuptials. Most of the hauntings in the hotel can be credited to a train wreck in 1918 that killed 101 passengers and injured 171 others. Union Station was set up as triage center and temporary morgue — and the ghosts of the wreck linger here. A ghostly woman has been reported jumping from room 707, where guests also report flickering lights and odd sensations. Another ghost has been seen walking the third floor balcony — and also jumping to her death. No bodied have been found on the ground.
Hotel Galvez, Galveston, Texas
You and intended can enjoy both luxury accommodations and a beachside wedding at this historic resort which totes the title of the oldest hotel on Galveston island. But give any guest who books room 501 fair warning: People who have stayed the night report an overwhelming scent of gardenias followed by an eerie presence. Many think this is the ghost of a 25-year-old bride who was staying in room 501 waiting for her beloved, a mariner at sea. The young woman hanged herself in the west turret after mistakenly believing her fiancé had died at sea. Staff members have also reported the presence of a young girl bouncing a ball in the lower levels of the hotel, a man in the corner of the hotel's laundry room, candles blowing out on their own, and children's laughter in the empty salon ballroom. Because of its paranormal activity, the hotel has been included on Discovery Channel's Ghost Lab and the Travel Channel's Ghost Stories.
Silver Fork Lodge, Brighton, Utah
Have yourself a winter wonderland wedding overlooking Honeycomb Canyon and Brighton and Solitude ski resorts. Your snowy wedding may also be a haunted one. Employees of the lodge and restaurant report disembodied voices and moans, shadow figures moving about, and items going missing. Visitors have also noticed lights and appliances turning on and off on their own and cold spots throughout the lodge. And pack something warm — doors and windows seem to open by themselves here, so the cold can come in!
Green Mountain Inn, Stowe, Vermont
The Green Mountain Inn has been in operation for well over 150 years, and for much of its history it's also been home to a unique spirit — a tap dancing ghost named Boots Berry. Boots, who was born in room 302 of the inn in 1840, worked as a horseman and caretaker for the property. But he had two vices: drinking and women, which led to losing his job and a stint in a New Orleans jail cell where he learned to tap dance from another prisoner. He had a heroic ending after his return to Stowe when he tried to rescue a girl trapped on the inn's roof in a snowstorm. Boots fell from the roof — right over room 302 — to his death. On quiet nights, visitors claim they can hear his tap-tap-tap dancing on the roof.
Ferry Plantation House, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Built in 1830 and sitting on two acres of lush grounds, the Ferry Plantation House is a unique and beautiful setting for your big day. It's also a great spot to have a paranormal encounter because rumor has it that the plantation is home to 11 ghosts, including a former slave named Henry who is seeking vengeance, a woman who guests have heard crying over her lost soldier-lover, a Lady in White who fell down the stairs and broke her neck in 1826, and victims of an 1810 shipwreck. But the most renowned of spirits in this haunted manor is The Witch of Pungo who is believed to be buried on the plantation grounds. Visitors and employees have reported her apparition — a woman with long wet hair walking the banks of the river on property at night.
Ezra Meeker Mansion, Puyallup, Washington
Fans of the Oregon Trail will love to find wedded bliss at the Meeker Mansion, originally the mid-19th century home to pioneers Ezra and Eliza Meeker. The couple were influential in the founding of Puyallup and it seems that they wanted to stick around and see how their town developed. Some guests can suddenly catch the strong smell of perfume — possibly Eliza's. Others, on multiple occasions, have reported the phantom of Ezra. One sighting even happened on a happy couple's wedding day. Thinking an Ezra impersonator had come to greet them, guests watched the period-clad man descend the stairs in the front parlor. No sooner had they snapped a picture than the man disappeared without a trace.
The Octagon House, Washington, D.C
This unique building holds a whole lot of history: it served a temporary White House for the Madisons during the War of 1812, as a girls school after its owners (the Tayloe family) moved out in 1855, the offices of the US Hydrographic Office, a tenement apartment building, and finally the national headquarters of the American Institute of Architects. Today, it can also serve as your wedding venue, but be warned: it's thought to be one of the most haunted spots in DC. Reports of the unnatural have included chandeliers swinging on their own, carpets rolling back unassisted, footsteps on a closed off third floor (and footprints left in the dust), doors opening on their own, bells ringing, and lights turning on after the property's superintendent turned them off. More chilling are the sounds of girls screaming, spirits spotted climbing the stairs, and a few historical sightings of a first lady — Dolly Madison — lurking around the property.
The Historic General Lewis Inn, Lewisburg, West Virginia
With 25 rooms for your guests, a full service restaurant, and a tented, beautiful garden the historic General Lewis Inn makes for the ultimate wedding venue. The inn, which was opened in 1928 and has parts of the property dating back to 1834, also boasts at least three ghosts. One, a former slave named Reuben, who is thought to have hanged himself in what is now the dining room and has been spotted sitting at one of the tables. One paranormal investigator also spotted a napkin floating in midair. The second ghost, a "Lady in White," resides in room 208 where her portrait also hangs. Her apparition has been seen, in a grey colonial dress, floating above the ground. And the third ghost is an unnamed little girl, who is often heard crying in room 206. When you enter the room though, it is unsurprisingly empty.
Karsten Hotel, Kewaunee, Wisconsin
This vintage hotel is set on the shores of Lake Michigan, offering you and your intended plenty of prime photo opportunities. Billy Karsten, the favorite grandchild of the hotel's original owner William Karsten, Sr., is the mild-mannered spirit you'll hear haunting the place. Billy died within a month of his grandfather's passing at the age of five. Since then, guests have heard what sounds like a child running towards what was his grandfather's suite, and some have even claimed to see Billy's apparition. Other guests have claimed their children spent the day playing with another child, who meets Billy's description. But Billy may not be alone in the hotel's afterlife. Others have reported the ghost of a maid, cold spots in William Karsten's former suite, furniture being rearranged in William's suite and a sour smell from the room, and the feeling of being watched.
Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone, Wyoming
What could be more beautiful or grandiose than getting married at a National Park? Nature lovers and ghost hunters alike will appreciate this geyser-view wedding venue. Take for instance the legend of the headless bride, seen drifting across the crows nest of the inn, holding her head in her hands. Or there's the ghost in room 2, who appears floating over the bed in 1890s garb and terrified a sleeping guest so viciously she dug claw marks into her sleeping husband to wake him up. Others have reported doors opening and closing on their own, an unmanned fire extinguisher turning itself upside down and then back again, a frontiersman who haunts the west wing which was built upon a graveyard, and an old man in a merchant marine uniform who has been spotted looking into windows.