Stay in the world’s most haunted hotels this Halloween – from prisons to motels

It’s mid-October, which means that we’re well into “spooky season”.

The nights are growing longer – and seemingly darker – and fans of ghouls and ghosts are enjoying their favourite time of year.

If you’re into all things macabre and witchy, then you may have heard of the dark tourism industry.

Creepy and dark places can be visited for a price if you fancy trying you luck.

And with Halloween on its way, there’s few better times than now to enjoy a night away on a spooky getaway.

Would you stay in a haunted hotel? Let us know in the comments below…

Here’s Daily Star Online’s top picks of the six creepiest dark tourism hotels:

1. Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel, Exeter

The elegant, Victorian, 4-star Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel is located in the heart of Exeter, one of the most haunted cities in Britain.

Steeped in history, Exeter is strongly connected to all things that go bump in the night.

In locations such as the Cathedral Green and Martins Lane, there have been many claimed sightings of Exeter’s ghosts.

The Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel is no exception to these claims, where there have been sightings of “The Grey Lady”.

If you’re lucky, she can ometimes seen walking up the grand staircases in the small hours.

Eager ghost hunters should take a trip and see if they can meet her…

2. The Clown Motel, Nevada

The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada features over 800 terrifying clowns.

Both large and small, the Motel is littered with everything from tiny clown statues to life sized dolls.

There’s even a giant clown on the front of the hotel.

And, to make things worse, it’s situated right next to the town’s Wild West-style graveyard.

The Old Tonopah Cemetery is a dusty desert site filled with creepy tombstones.

And, the owner of the clown motel says they hear footsteps, knocking and voices from unoccupied rooms.

Rooms 108, 109, 210, 215 and 217 have all been reported as the most haunted.

Plus, the suites are all themed – there’s an IT room, an Exorcist room, a Halloween room and more.

Travel there if you dare…

3. Tihar Prison, India

The Delhi Tihar Jail, Asia’s biggest prison, may soon begin offering tourists the opportunity to stay in the jail overnight.

When inside the prison, guests aren't permitted to have phones on them as they are residing beside real inmates.

Home to notorious criminals like Indian terrorist organisation Mujahideen founder, Yasin Bhatkal and mobster Chhota Rajan, the prison is no safe haven.

India Today claim that an official said: "The visitor has to spend a typical day as spent by any other prisoner in Tihar.

"They have to sleep on the floor, get up early in the morning, cook, grind wheat, clean the premises, participate in activities such as yoga, meditation, painting, etc.

“Time-to-time checking of the visitors will also be done.”

Plus, prisoners have been having sleepless nights as they report encountering spirits.

An official stated: “Some say they are slapped for doing something that's bad.

“Others feel haunted by late-night wails.

“When they are able to sleep, they claim to have common, eerie nightmares.”

4. Ayrshire Castle, Scotland

This “haunted house” is complete with a 600 year old murder pit.

The fifteenth century castle was a present to Princess Margaret, James II of Scotland’s daughter.

The destination is very traditional and features a stone bedroom, suits of armour and cavernous fireplaces.

Plus, the murder hole and a pit prison.

The murder hole sits by the entrance and is hidden behind a trap door.

Historically, it was used by the occupants of the castle to pour boiling oil onto invaders.

Plus, paranormal investigators have said the creepy castle is packed with ghosts.

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Ghost hunter Sharon McKee stayed in the castle, and said: “We were doing a seance in one of the bedrooms when something psychically attacked me and transfigured its energy onto me."

So, leave the ouija board at home…

5. Stanley Hotel, Colorado

This stunning American hotel is thought to be the inspiration behind Stephen King’s The Shining.

It’s one of the most famed haunted hotels in the world, and attracts many dark tourists.

Sometimes known as “Disneyland for ghosts”, the Colonial Revival-style building opened in 1909 and has 420 rooms.

Guests have reported their luggage being unpaid and items moved as well as lights blinking on and off.

The spirits of hotel workers have even been heard to enforce curfews and blow cold winds through the rooms of unmarried couples.

The hotel plays the Stanley Kubrick film The Shining on a loop and even offers ghost tours.

6. The Crescent Hotel, Arizona

Built in 1885, this mammoth property claims to be the most haunted hotel in America.

It originally opened as a hotel before becoming a Conservatory for Young women.

But, what happened after that is the darkest patch of history.

Dr. Norman Baker, a man who had no medical training, opened the building as a fake cancer hospital.

He used the site as a front so that he could experiment on humans.

He dispensed “treatments” on living and dead people and charged their families.

Luckily, he went to prison for fraud eventually, but his many experiments reportedly haunt the grounds.

Apparitions apparently spotted include a nurse pushing a gurney, a student who committed suicide, a stonemason who fell from the roof and cancer patients.

The hotel offers a ghost tour including a midnight trip to the morgue.

Only those with a strong constitution should try visiting this location.

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