Want to go on your very own ghost hunt? Here is a great list of some of the most haunted houses in the world…..some of which allow (and encourage) visitors from the public to come in and investigate.

I’ve personally been to a bunch of the places on this list….and Eastern State University (the first location mentioned below) is not only one of the most creepy places I’ve ever visited….it’s also a mere 20 miles or so from my house outside Philadelphia. (and a very popular spot every Halloween to boot!)

What are YOUR favorite haunted locations? Check out the full list of the top 21 haunted houses per the article below….and share whether you agree or disagree with the list, or if you think ALL haunted homes are just new age nuttiness, tell us why!

Built in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary is a former prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It’s known for being the very first prison of its kind to introduce solitary confinement, or what they used to call, the Pennsylvania System. Prisoners were sent to solitary during this time as a form of rehabilitation. They would be completely isolated, living alone, eating alone, and even exercising alone in their own individual yards. Whenever an inmate left his cell, a black hood would be placed over his head to assure he remained in confinement.

Due to Eastern States’ harsh approach, many prisoners were drove to insanity, and as a result the Pennsylvania System was scrapped in 1913. From then until 1970 it was used as a regular prison, and held the likes of Al Capone and the bank robber, Willie Sutton.

Reports of the paranormal have been going on since the 1940′s, but ever since the stone prison was abandoned in 1971, paranormal experiences have seemingly increased.

Reports include:

Shadowy figures that seem to quickly turn away when approached
a dark figure that is occasionally seen in the guard tower
an evil cackling is heard coming from cellblock 12
shadowy figures have been seen sliding down walls in cellblock 6
ghostly faces have been witnessed in cellblock 4
and strange sounds such as disembodied footsteps, distant talking, and banging of cell doors have also been heard.


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