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The Spookiest Towns In America, Where You Are Sure To Be Greeted By Ghosts

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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From witch trials to natural disasters, these cities and towns across America are now home to the victims of these tragic events. If you are into haunted houses, chasing tragedies and looking to meet one of these ghosts for yourself, head to one of these five locations for a spooky introduction.

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Salem, MA

The Salem witch trials occurred between 1692 and 1693. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft—the Devil’s magic—and 20 were executed. Today, it is believed that the souls of the executed women still live in this small New England town, where people visit from all over the world in hopes of getting a glimpse at some paranormal activity.

Salem, MA | Denis Tangney Jr | Getting Images

Alton, IL

Considered “one of the most haunted small towns in America”, Alton is a frequented destination for ghost hunters. A terrifying history of murder, war, death, and destruction has led to Alton’s haunted reputation and many sightings of ghosts walking the streets.

New Orleans, LA

If you’re looking for ghosts, head to the French Quarter where spirits from the War of 1812 are said to frequent. If you want to make a day of it, you can also take tours of haunted mansions, wander through eerie cemeteries, and see the tomb of voodoo queen Marie Laveau.

Gettysburg, PA

This town is full of Civil War history, death, and today, ghosts. Tormented spirits are said to roam this town with a large list of haunted venues that people have reported hearing and seeing things out of the ordinary.

Gettysburg, PA | drnadig | Getty Images

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Galveston, TX

Home to the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history that occurred in 1900, ghost hunters say Galveston is now the permanent home to hundreds of spirits that linger in its harbor and Victorian mansions. Through October, the Galveston Historical Foundation runs haunted harbor and haunted cemetery tours, where you may meet one of these victims for yourself.

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