The Top 5 Scariest Places in the US

With Halloween but a week away, the team at Fox News took up the challenge of checking in to the scariest places in the United States.

If you consider all the creepy places around (from New Orleans to Savannah), these haunts make great destinations for those looking for a Halloween thrill.

We’ve compiled the Top 5 scariest places in the US from their list (check out their full article after the list).

#5: Here Lurks The Shadow Man

Moundsville Penitentiary: Moundsville, West Virginia

Inside WV State Penitentiary at MoundsvilleThis Gothic-style prison saw the deaths of thousands of inmates — many from executions, others from less savory means. Locals say the prison is now crawling with ghosts, with the most famous being the Shadow Man. Visitors to the notorious prison claim to see this former prison worker, who was stabbed to death by inmates.

Check out tours that begin at sunset with tales of the prison’s morbid history.

#4: The Haunted Cemetery

Stepp Cemetery: Benton, Indiana

steppOnly 20 or so graves mark this cemetery that once was the stomping ground of a strange cult, with members who engaged in all-night orgies with animal sacrifices. Visitors often find their photos appear with weird glowing orbs or silky mist that wasn’t present when they took the picture.

Visitors also claim to see a woman wrapped in black, who apparently grieves over a lost child. At night fall she walks near the daughter’s unmarked grave.

#3: The Insane Asylum

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum: Weston, West Virginia

Weston_State_HospitalThe former state hospital for the mentally insane is said to host Civil War soldiers and former patients who walk the halls of this immense building. The largest hand-stone cut building in North America, the asylum was constructed in 1858 and saw and treated thousands of patients — which visitors say to often feel the presence of.

A guided tour leads you through the miles —  yes miles — of darkened halls.

#2: The Mystery Mansion

The Winchester Mystery House: San Jose, California

winchester1Built by Sarah Winchester, the wealthy widow of William Wirt Winchester (heir to the WInchester rifle fortune), this home boasts mazes and doors that open into walls — with the number 13 mysterious appearing at various points in the home. Sarah lost both child and husband to what one medium told her was a curse.

The medium explained that the only way to appease the dead was to build a house for lost souls — and never stop. So for 38 years construction continued on the home until Sarah died.

#1: The Wandering Souls of New Orleans

St. Louis Cemetery: New Orleans, Louisiana

stlouis-cemeteryOf course New Orleans makes the top of the list. With creepy cemeteries dotting the landscape, it’s hard to find one that would be the most haunted. But this one certainly tops the list. The St. Louis is the oldest one on the city, with crumbling memorials and a morbid feel to the air.

Visitors claim to see ghosts of the dead walking the narrow pathways, but none is more famed than Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.

See five more places on Fox’s list here.

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