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Macabre Mania: Spooky Attractions

People love the adrenaline rush of a good scare; this is the reason horror films often do well at the box office. Throughout the United States, there are many places at which this thrill is possible. Haunted houses, buildings, and gravesites can be found throughout the country. People looking for a live, in-person scare can find it at a variety of sites that offer goose bumps galore.


Located in Louisville, the Waverly Hills Sanitarium is the ultimate place for a scare. Paranormal investigators have found creepy evidence of multiple hauntings here; this comes as no surprise considering that beginning in 1908, this was the site of a tuberculosis hospital. Starting as a small institution and then growing over the years, staying a TB hospital until 1961, the hospital has seen a lot of death. Thousands of people died in this place and this is evident upon entering the body chute, which is a tunnel that was used to transport dead bodies to the waiting hearses. Chills will crawl up and down your skin just meandering around the place; tours are available through the Waverly Hills Sanitarium official website.

The Queen Mary, in California, is a ship on which you can take the Paranormal Ship Tour, Twilight Historical Tour, Dining with Spirits Tour, and the Paranormal Investigation Tour. Each of these options offers different aspects to exploring the mysterious Queen Mary. Walk the gangways and see if you find any ghosts or just learn the history of the ship-it's up to you.

One last sinister stop on your path to paranormal perfection is the Paraplex, which is located in New Orleans. It sits imposingly, surrounded by cemeteries, which is fitting considering it was a 19th century funeral home. Owned by a parapsychologist PhD, who uses the site as an experiment; the house is rigged with many video cameras, which are used to capture both any paranormal activity and people's reactions. Supposedly inhabited by nine spirits, the house certainly will keep you on your toes.

Paranormal attractions are not for everyone. If you scare easily, you may want to stay away, unless of course, you like being scared. These three sampling represent only a small portion of the available types of paranormal attractions. Do some research and plan your vacation today.

Jessica | May 4, 2009 | Category: Haunted

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