Everyone likes a good scare now and then.  But claims of real hauntings are a controversial subject, with those believing ghosts do not exist to those who spend their lives chasing them.  Real or not, the following are claimed to be some of the scariest places on earth. 

Waverly Hills SanatoriumWaverly Hills SanatoriumCredit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waverly_Hills_Sanatorium#Room_502

Waverly Hills is located Louisville, KY and functioned as a hospital in the early 1900's to accommodate tuberculosis patients.  Over 100 people died there, and many stories surround this site.  One legend is that a nurse who worked there became pregnant by the owner of the sanatorium, became ill with tuberculosis, and hung herself by a light bulb wire in room 502.  It is also rumored that another nurse jumped to her death from the window of this room.   Many people have also reported seeing a man in a white coat walking through the kitchen and claim they smelled food cooking.   There are also claims of hearing footsteps, doors slamming shut, seen moving shapes and lights, witnessed objects being thrown, and heard voices.

The building is now owned by the Waverly Hills Historical Society and offers several tours and other events by reservation.


Eastern State PenitentiaryEastern StateCredit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_State_Penitentiary

Eastern State is located in Philadelphia, PA and operated from the early eighteen hundreds to the nineteen seventies.  It held many famous criminals such as Al Capone  and Willie Sutton. 

In the 1940's officers and prisoners began reporting seeing ghosts and other strange things.  Sightings increased after the prison closed down.   One of the most famous legends is about a locksmith who came to work on a restoration project.  He was in cell block four, and was trying to remove a 140 year old lock from the cell door.  He was overcame by a strong force that left him unable to move.  Rumor has it that when he removed this lock it opened a gateway that enabled spirits to come out.  The locksmith claimed to have a 'out of body' experience and saw faces on the walls of the cell. 

The prison is also open for public tours and has received great ratings as one of the most scariest places.  Visitors and employees have also reported hearing whispering, laughing, and crying from within the cell walls. 

sallie houseCredit: http://paranormal.about.com/od/hauntedplaces/ig/World-s-Most-Haunted-Place/Sallie-House.htmThe Sallie House

The Sallie House is located in Atchison, Kansas.  Several people have owned the home which dates back to the late 1800's.   The latest people to occupy the home were the Pickman's.  During their time in the home they experienced lights dimming, objects moving, appliances and other electrical products turning off and on, strange and unidentified masses showing up in photographs taken in the home, seeing ghosts of a young girl and older woman, and many other things.  Things took a turn for the worse, and what seemed like an innocent entity became a violent spirit that left bruises and claw marks on the husband.  The family later moved out of the home, but still continued to be harassed any time they visited the house.  Paranormal investigators consider the home to be occupied by a demonic entity, and the family does not consider it safe to visit.


Moss Beach DistilleryMoss Beach DistilleryCredit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moss_Beach_Distillery

This distillery is located in Moss Beach, California and began operation in 1927 as a restaurant that illegally sold alcohol.  In 1933, after prohibition was repealed, it became a very successful restaurant.  Paranormal activity has been reported since the 1930's.  Popular legend states that a young woman fell in love with the piano player at the bar.  The lady always dressed in blue clothing, and was married to another man.  It is believed the lady was killed and her lover assaulted while walking on the beach near the restaurant.  Many people have reported seeing a 'blue lady ghost' nearby.  Claims of levitating checkbooks, calls with no one on the other end, rooms locked from the inside, and others surround the distillery.  The restaurant is still open today to the public.


Tower of London(99509)Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_London#GhostsThe Tower of London

The Tower of London is a popular tourist attraction in England.  In 1536, Ann Boleyn was found guilty of treason against Henry VIII and beheaded.  She is buried at St Peter ad Vincula, and many visitors claim to have seen her walking around the tower carrying her head under her arm.  There are also claims of seeing Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey, and Margaret Pole.  In 1817 the Keeper of the Crown Jewels reported seeing a glowing object next to his wife.  Other employees have also reported hearing mysterious sounds or sightings.  Another legend states that a phantom bear scared a guard so badly that he literally died from shock.  The tower is also open to tourists.


The Whaley HouseWhaley HouseCredit: wikipedia

Located in San Diego, California, this site hosted a variety of businesses such as the court house, theater, general store, ball room, school, and several others.  It was also the home of the Whaley's.  America's Most Haunted tv show rated this place the number one scariest house in America.  One ghost who haunts the property is known as Yankee Jim.  He was a convicted criminal who was hung near the building.  The Whaley's reported sounds of heavy foot steps and windows flying up on their own.  Some visitors have claimed to even see him.  Others claim to have seen the ghost of Anna Whaley herself, or one of a young girl in the dining area.  The home is now open to the public as a historic museum.


Stanley HotelCredit: wikipediaThe Stanley Hotel

The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 in Estes Park, Colorado and was known for being occupied by the rich and famous.  Numerous reports of paranormal activity have surrounded this property.  Workers have reported hearing what sounded like a party in the ballroom, only to find no one there.  It is believed that the ghost may be that of the former owner's wife, who was a piano player.  Visitors have claimed to see ghosts in their rooms, and some have had small items such as watches or jewelry come up missing.  There has also been rumors of furniture moving, hearing sounds of children running in the hallways, doors opening or closing, and other phenomenons.   The hotel still operates as a hotel today and also offers ghost tours of the facilities.