The Parks-Bowman mansion haunted bedroom in New Orleans, Louisiana, $120

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While we typically prefer entire home rentals, sometimes your needs don’t require a large home. Plus, when it comes to haunted appeal, this bedroom listing sets a captivating scene as it’s dripping in chandeliers, with soaring ceilings, stained glass windows, a music room, and a carved cypress staircase that leads to your third-story bedroom complete with a private balcony. The home was built in the late 1800s, and the host reports that a resident ghost is believed to share this room, believed to be a young girl who lived there from 1887 to 1915.

“Urilda Breedlove Rodd was injured in some kind of an accident when she was young, and her health was frail. She died at a young age, possibly during childbirth,” host Adrienne Parks told us. “The room that has the most ghostly appearances is on the third floor, and is called the Haunted Bedroom. People there have seen glowing orbs, heard footsteps and doors opening and closing, lights have been turned on and off, and sometimes small objects have gone missing and then reappeared in unlikely places.”

Guests have also reported candy that magically becomes unwrapped, tapping on their back, hearing the sound of lullabies, and feeling a sensation of someone sitting on the bed with them. There have even been sightings of actual figures. 

“The previous owner said she saw a young woman in a long yellow dress once in the dining room. I glimpsed a young woman in a long pale garment with loose dark hair once as I was coming down the stairs, but when I got to the bottom of the stairs she’d vanished,” says Parks.

Scary tales aside, this private bedroom is modestly appointed with an ensuite bathroom best suited to one or two people. There are three guest rooms in total (the others are less haunted) for an intimate B&B feel with shared access to the dining and living rooms, as well as the front and back porches, and a swimming pool.

Availability is open in October and well into 2021.

Rating: 4.92

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home doesn’t participate in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, but the Superhost has taken extended measures to ensure social distancing and a clean environment, including requiring a face covering in common spaces and temporarily restricting access to shared areas such as the kitchen. Surgical masks will be provided to guests that do not have their own, rooms are sanitized rooms before and after each reservation, and disinfectant is supplied as well.

The haunted honeymoon cottage in Jerome, Arizona, $150

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Jerome is easily one of Arizona’s kitschiest destinations with a reputation for being haunted. The former copper mining town — situated sideways on Cleopatra hill — boomed in the early 1900s. In that time, there were murders and crimes, mining accidents, rowdy saloons, and busy brothels — all activities that people attribute to paranormal activity today, now that it’s been revived by tourism, many years later.

Jerome was registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1967 and today is rife with museums, art galleries, wineries, restaurants (like the Haunted Hamburger), and plenty of spooky spots.

The haunted honeymoon cottage is reportedly one of those spots. The listing states that friends and family have reported seeing a thin lady dressed in white with dark hair, a grumpy old miner, and a tall gentleman wearing a top hat. Others have heard faint parlor music and the sound of wind chimes when no wind is present.

This one bedroom, one bathroom guesthouse accommodates two and comes with a private entry that overlooks the San Francisco peaks, Sedona red rocks, and Verde Valley. The room is simple but comes with a seating area, a small dining table, and mini-fridge.

Weekend availability exists in October and well into 2021.

Rating: 4.75

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

1870s “Inspiration House” in Oberlin, Ohio, $166

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This Oberlin, Ohio listing — built in the 1870s — is proof that you should read the fine print. At first glance it seems open and bright, and the listing promotes its central location and unplugged mentality before adding in this little number: “A word to the wise: we suspect the place is haunted.”

Those who miss that little detail before booking, however, can rest assured that it’s a friendly ghost residing there.

Inspiration House is perfect for anyone who wants to experience a haunting without the scare factor. Guests regularly report footsteps, apparitions, voices, and some of the music boxes play by themselves,” host Elyria Rose Little told Business Insider. “When my partner Michelle Belanger (of Paranormal State & Portals to Hell) and I were looking for a property with a cozy haunting a couple of years ago, we knew there was something special about this place as soon as we set foot inside.”

The assumption is that the spirits haunting the hallways of Inspiration House are former residents who love the house too much to move out or move on. Those (now) ghoulish residents include families, writers, abolitionists, and artists and according to one review, the wood floors are exceptionally creaky! 

This three-bedroom, two-bathroom house accommodates up to five guests, though there’s one room that’s technically off-limits — a museum-like space filled with paranormal phenomena. You can request to have the room opened if you’d like to explore. 

Availability is currently limited in October but opens up in November. 

Rating: 4.86

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

The haunted bedroom at Enslin Mansion in Troy, New York, $175

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This beautiful home with spooky charm has been in the family for six generations and is located in the historic New York village of Lansingburgh. In addition to beautiful hardwood floors, floral wallpaper, antique decor, and vibrant carpet, a booking here also comes with lots of ghost stories from the hosts and perhaps an experience of your own.

“The house was originally built by my great grandfather who came from Bavaria in 1900,” says host Michelle Bell. When we asked her to tell us a bit about her ghoulish experiences, she said, “Where do I begin? I’ve been pushed off of chairs, I’ve been pushed off of the bed, and I have voice footage. People that worked for me in the house, to help me take care of my mom, have actually left because of seeing the tall, slender man and the heavyset man that walk around the house.”

People have also reported things getting misplaced but ending up in bizarre places (like inside of potato chip bags), seeing lights flickering, and hearing unexplainable sounds.

The haunted bedroom, ideal for two guests, is the second-largest room in the house and has a private entrance along with immediate access to the third-floor attic. Though, do note that the bathroom is shared.

There’s wide availability in October and through 2021.

Rating: 4.83

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home does not participate in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program, but is run by a Superhost with a 5/5 cleanliness score.

The Shamrock House in Rocky Bottom, South Carolina, $375

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There are more than a few scary movies that start with a lone log cabin in the woods. Perhaps you’ll be the star of your own by staying in this century-old home nestled in South Carolina’s Heritage Corridor. It was built in the mid-1920s and served as a place to rest for weary travelers passing through the area. There was even a notable guest who slept here — former president Lyndon B. Johnson.

“Of course, every old home has a ghost story. The weeping sound of Nancy the Ghost is claimed to be heard on occasion,” the listing states. “We can’t confirm or deny her presence, but we are pretty sure Nancy is a friendly gal and her ‘weeping’ is just the sounds of the old house creaking.” 

At 3,500 square feet, Shamrock House is a massive space that can accommodate up to 24 people. In fact, it technically includes three individual spaces — the Main House, the Bunk House, and Trout House — which together have eight bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Availability is open in October and well into 2021. 

Rating: 4.6

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home is professionally cleaned after every guest stay.

The Henry Derby House in Salem, Massachusetts, $450

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This buttery yellow Victorian home with dark green shutters may look perfectly sweet on the outside, but there have reportedly been numerous ghost sightings here according to the owner. In fact, the house — a former bed & breakfast converted into a rental home — is actually a stop on local ghost tours

“I grew up in the house and as early as I can remember I had dreams about spirits living on the third floor. I would always sleep with a fan on to drown out the sounds of footsteps in the night, a habit I’ve yet to break,” owner Philip Marchand tells Business Insider. “Since my mother opened the B&B in 2001, we have had countless guests ask about the ghost living in the house. Only a few people have ever seen it, and all have described a young girl in her mid to late teens. There’s no doubt in my mind that there is at least one spirit living in the house, and some ghost hunters have claimed to find more.”

Fortunately, this is a friendly ghost. Marchland says that nearly all the encounters have been harmless. Most people describe a feeling of a presence at the end of their bed, being tucked in, or having their feet tickled. 

The house has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and comfortably accommodates 10 guests. There’s even a formal dining room, and guests have access to the beautiful garden ripe with rose and hydrangea bushes.

Availability is currently limited in October but opens up in November.

Rating: 4.85

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb’s Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Belle Femme townhouse in Salem, Massachusetts, $540

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The Belle Femme townhouse, tucked into the McIntire Historic District of witchy Salem, Massachusetts, includes six bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sweeping front hallway, a historic organ, and a porch that overlooks the gardens and nearby mansions. Every corner of this 18th century home is loaded with character and, according to a handful of guests, is also home to a spirit or two.

“In a recent review for Belle Femme, guests heard footsteps in an empty hallway and doorknobs jiggled with no one there. Perhaps you can enrich your haunted happenings experience by staying in a historic home with a little something extra,” says host Liann DiMare.  

While visiting, she urges visitors to take advantage of Salem’s eerie history. Visit the Witch House and Witch Museum, partake in a haunted ghost walking tour, and consider doing a psychic reading. Even casually strolling through the streets you’ll see witch logos adorning police cars, taxis, magazines, and newspapers.

This open concept house sleeps 12, and availability is open in October and well into 2021.

Rating: 4.9

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home has a strenuous disinfectant process, including a disinfecting fog treatment and thorough sanitization of surfaces.

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