Fair warning: Reading this in the dark or by yourself will likely send a chill down your spine. These are nine of the scariest real-life haunted house stories from the creepiest places around country — and, if you’re questioning, you can actually book a stay at these places and see for yourself.
1The Villisca Axe Murder House, Villisca, Iowa
On June 10, 1912, Josiah and Sarah Moore were bludgeoned to death inside of their home in Villisca, Iowa. Their four children — and two friends, who were spending the night — were also killed, and to this day, the crime remains a mystery. Their home is considered one of the most haunted houses in the country, and guests are drawn to it. People even pay $400+ to stay for one night.
“Tours have been cut short by children’s voices, falling lamps, moving ladders and flying objects,” says the Villisca Axe Murder House website. And, in 2014, a paranormal investigator stabbed himself after spending the night. “Skeptics have left believers,” adds the website.