SALEM – Tomorrow is Halloween. One of the scariest days of the year is almost upon us and it is nearly time to celebrate with some festivities that will really get everyone into the whole fall season of scares. Fortunately, New England is the perfect location for that.
Yesterday, I wrote about the top attractions in Salem, Massachusetts, the hub of all things Halloween, and while there will be some Salem in this article, it is mostly about locations around New England that have been ranked among the "spookiest" and "most haunted" in the nation.
For one, Conde Nast Traveler, a popular travel periodical, released its annual list of the thirty most haunted locations in all of the United States. Massachusetts was able to place two spots on the list, including one that can be visited in the aforementioned town of Salem! The House of the Seven Gables, the massive home that inspired a book based on it as written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, came in on the list, which was not ranked. It's definitely worth a visit if you ever find yourself in Salem!
Also representing New England was the Sheffield Island Lighthouse in Norwalk, Connecticut. It wouldn't be a list of haunted happenings in New England without the inclusion of a lighthouse, after all.
As for the other list, the Travel Channel released its annual collection of the creepiest locations in each state in the country. As such, each state had one creepy spot to represent it. Providence City Hall serves as Rhode Island's reputation, the Mark Twain House is emblematic of Connecticut spooks, and Emily's Bridge became the representative for Vermont. As for Maine and New Hampshire, their locations were Mount Hope Cemetery and Mount Washington Hotel, respectively.
As for the Massachusetts selection, it just so happens that the place that was picked was also one of the locations listed under Conde Nast's most haunted attractions list. That's right, the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River, Massachusetts was the only place in New England to be included on both rankings! Having also seen the Lizzie Borden House, in person, I can definitely say that it sends a chill down your spine. If you ever find yourself in that part of Massachusetts, it's definitely worth a go. And doubly so on Halloween eve, too!