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10 Scariest Haunted Houses in the United States

There are many haunted houses in the United States, but these make the top 10.

10. Lemp Mansion

Located in St. Louis, Missouri, the Lemp mansion comes in at number ten at being one of the scariest haunted house in America. The mansion was created by Jon Adam Lemp who arrived in St. Louis from Eschwege, Germany in 1838. He first was a grocer who later found the importance of brewing lager, so in 1840 he abandoned the grocery business and built a brewery. With his fortune from the brewery he created the thirty-three room Victorian mansion. At the time of prohibition, four of the Lemp family members committed suicide as their business became bankrupt and the house went into disrepair. While the mansion was being restored, the workers reported a feeling of being watched, tools disappearing and strange sounds which caused many workers to quit. When the Lemp Mansion was being used as a restaurant, the employees reported seeing glasses float off the bar, sounds with no explanation, the piano playing by itself, and apparitions appearing and disappearing at will. There have been sightings of the “Lavender Lady,” who is the divorced wife of William Lemp Jr. She gets the name “Lavender Lady” because of her lavender colored dress she is often seen wearing. There is also a secret door in the basement that leads to caves along the Mississippi River. The caves were used for smuggling slaves and also during the prohibition.

9. Hull House

Hull House is located in Chicago, Illinois. Hull house was constructed in one of the most fashionable sections of the city by Charles J. Hull in 1856. In the 1880’s this house was soon surrounded by factories and tenement houses after the Chicago Fire of 1871. At first, there were some sighting of apparitions and hearing footsteps, but Hull house received its greatest notoriety with being the refuge of the Chicago “devil baby.” This child was born to a devout catholic woman and atheist husband and was said to have pointed ears, horns, scale-covered skin and a tail.

It was said that when the child was taken to be baptized, that during the ceremony the baby escaped from the priest and began dancing and laughing. Not knowing what to do about the child, Jane Addams kept it locked in the attic where it later died. People claim that on certain nights, the devil baby can be seen looking through the window of the attic.

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  1. mdegenhardt

    On October 23, 2008 at 10:16 am


    This makes me want to go see all these places. The scarier the better I always say. Wonderful details and thanks for the info. Michael

  2. Ken

    On October 23, 2008 at 11:35 am


    Timely and entertaining article Holly!

  3. Steve

    On October 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm


    Very interesting article. I have been to a couple haunted houses and had some very exciting experiences. I definitely will check out some of these that you’ve shared! Thanks :-)

  4. Britt

    On October 23, 2008 at 4:45 pm


    I really like this article. I’ve been to Hull House before and it’s definitely a must see for all those haunted house fans! When I was there, we could hear the devil child in the attic, it was creapy… I’ve also been to many other haunted houses and had such great experiences. I definitely will check out some of the ones you’ve mentioned!

  5. Kris

    On October 23, 2008 at 4:47 pm


    Very intriguing! Haunted houses are amazing and way too much fun lol.

  6. Amy

    On October 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm


    spooky…Love it! I’m definitely going to be checking these out.

  7. eddiego65

    On October 24, 2008 at 10:10 am


    Very scary places, indeed. A great read, thanks!

  8. Kristie Claar

    On October 24, 2008 at 12:18 pm


    AWESOME article. Certainly right up my alley! Hope to one day get to check some of these places out.

  9. Peter Cimino

    On October 25, 2008 at 9:26 am


    I LOVE this stuff. I can’t get enough of it. Very well written and informative. Well done.

  10. Kristy

    On October 28, 2008 at 9:29 pm


    Great article!

  11. Frank

    On October 28, 2008 at 9:31 pm


    I really enjoy this stuff! Thanks for an interesting article. I definitely have to check some of these out!

  12. Mandy K.

    On October 29, 2008 at 6:44 pm


    Very cool! quite informative and well written. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Peter Cray

    On October 29, 2008 at 6:51 pm


    I enjoy haunted houses greatly. I often believe that my house is haunted due to some paranormal activity that has been happening through out the years…. This was a very great read!!

  14. Raymond Charles

    On October 29, 2008 at 6:57 pm


    spooky!!! I love it :-)

  15. Steve M.

    On October 29, 2008 at 6:58 pm


    A very interesting article! I love this kind of stuff.

  16. stacy

    On October 29, 2008 at 8:49 pm


    I’m intrigued by your article. I definitely enjoyed reading about these places. I hope one day that I can visit them.

  17. Chris Stonecipher

    On October 29, 2008 at 9:46 pm


    I am too much of a scaredy cat to ever want to visit one of these! Cool piece of work. I think I have a few spirits in my home! Computer powers up by itself and footsteps at night when we are in bed sleep.
    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  18. Holly Jayne

    On December 21, 2008 at 12:26 pm


    That is soo cool. When I was younger I saw some ghosts, but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen anything real-like… During this past summer, I lived in a house that had spirits and we could feel cold spots and saw shadows on the walls and heard strange noises….

  19. Do Cantin-Meaney

    On January 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm


    This is an interesting article. I’ve believed that ghosts existed, ever since I was 12. That’s when I had my first encounter with one, I believe.

  20. Holly Jayne

    On January 29, 2009 at 11:57 am


    Thanks for your comment! I was around 10 years old when I had my first encounter. All of my ghostly/paranormal encounters where positive, like it wasn’t a mean spirit, but it sure scares you though…

  21. Der Kommissar

    On February 8, 2009 at 4:39 am


    I’m going to make it to the Myrtle Plantation one day. Great article!

  22. Holly Sendy

    On February 8, 2009 at 10:24 am


    Thanks! I hope you have a great time when you do get there!

  23. Cassandra Charging Hawk

    On February 13, 2009 at 6:37 pm


    I enjoy reading all these articles.Scary stories and spooky movies are my favorite.I would probably freak out if I ever saw or went to any of these places.Bad enough I get the chills reading these articles.

  24. Holly Jayne

    On February 15, 2009 at 8:54 am


    Thanks for your comment Cassandra! The scary movies and stories are my favorite too! Glad you enjoyed the article :-)

  25. Robert House

    On November 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm


    I love all things spooky. I get more of an adrenaline rush out of visiting haunted houses than anything else, even bungee jumping. It’s better because it could be real, and the line between life and death is thinner in these places than anywhere else. Has anyone visited these places? Which ones would you recommend above all the others?

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