Cynics beware! These eateries- all rumored to be haunted by ghosts- will make a believer out of you. So, be prepared to dine with ghosts sitting on the same table as you. Here, We present to you the 10 Haunted Restaurants You Need To Visit before Halloween.
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The Black Derby, New York
This restaurant is located in the basement of a 130-year-old building. It is spooky from its entrance itself. Heading down from the flight of stairs to reach the restaurant feels like going down the rabbit hole in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” When it first opened, glasses, silverware, and cutlery would fall off the tables for no reason. The managers and customers have claimed to spot a woman in a long dress. They have seen her roaming in the dining rooms. Luckily, this restaurant is also famous for its delicious boozy drinks. So, if fright takes over, you can always drown your fears.
Brennan’s Restaurant, New Orleans
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, the Brennan’s restaurant is regarded as a hotel where the presence of ghosts is undeniable. One famous haunting there involves the specter of the red room. Staff and employees often have to visit this room to collect some extra linen or chairs. They have claimed to see a mysterious misty figure who literally haunts their steps the entire time they are working. It is also said that when the staff locks up for the night, sounds of clanging pots and pans are heard in the kitchen.
Courtyard Restaurant at Kennedy School, Portland
This 100-year-old elementary school turned restaurant is said to be haunted by a translucent dead boy. Once an elementary school, this place is now home to a restaurant, four bars, a theater, and a hotel. Ghost sightings are so popular at this eatery, the staff keeps a ghost log to record them. The women’s restroom is definitely the most popular ghost sighting spot on the property. Here’s the one famous incident that’ll turn your face white. Two women reported spotting a soaking wet translucent boy speed- walking in circles around the women’s washroom. There has also been a report of a sighting in the theater around 1 AM. An employee claimed to have seen the silhouette of a little boy. It was only the silhouette that was seen but the boy was seen nowhere.
One If By Land, Two If By Sea, New York
This is something of interest for all Hamilton fans. The restaurant used to be Aaron Burr’s carriage house. It is said that his daughter, Theodosia never left the building even after her death at the sea. Picture frames tilting, machinery activating by itself, strange drafts, especially by the bar, flying plates, flickering lights, are some of the very common paranormal activities taking place here. It is also believed that the ghost of Theodosia steals women’s earrings very often because she had the same done to her by the pirates who took over her boat.
Succotash, Kansas City
No-one will be able to make out with its rainbow-colored décor, but Succotash does have a ghostly creepy visitor. This place has been rated as ‘America’s most haunted destination’. Once upon a time, an old regular customer named Radar used to sit at then of the bar that occupied this space and smoke cigarillos. This salon has now been transformed into a bustling brunch spot, but Radar is still a loyal customer. Staff and customers have complained of hearing weird noises out of nowhere. They also insisted on smelling cigar smoke at times when no-one around was seen smoking. Therefore, remember! If you smell cigarette smoke at Succotash, the ghost is at the bar.
Poogan’s Porch, Charleston
Poogan’s Porch is a unique place as it serves up some of the best food in Charleston, and dishes out some of the best ghost stories too. The innocuous story about this place is that a dog named Poogan haunts the dining room. It is also said that the ghost of Zoe, a former resident of this place still haunts the staircase she fell down from looking for something she lost. Diners claim that they’ve seen someone hovering over the staircase.
Turner’s Seafood, Salem
Formerly the Lyceum and now Turner’s Seafood, the spot is said to be haunted by a woman in a long, white period dress on the staircase. She has also appeared as a reflection in mirrors. Some even say that Turner’s seafood is built on the grounds of Bridget Bishop’s old apple orchard. Apparently, her ghost is not yet willing to leave the place and still haunts the new building. Other apparitions and anomalies with electrical machinery also have been experienced at this site.
Catfish Plantation, Texas
This place calls itself the most haunted restaurant in Texas. The building’s former resident died in the 70’s and the current owners say that her ghost still haunts the place. They not only claim that she haunts the place but also believe that she is very much alive and tries hard to make her presence felt. Few of its spooky stories include the one when the staff has opened up the place in the morning to find a pot of coffee already brewed and the teacups arranged on the table. Could it have been someone else from the staff who did it? No chance! Only a particular member of the staff is allowed to have the keys.
Restaurant 1833, Monterey
This restaurants main claim to fame is that it is haunted. The signs of the building’s haunted nature ranged from the traditional lights coming on for no reasons, chairs being mysteriously moved, disembodied voices being heard to the endearingly personal taps on one’s shoulder only to turn to see… nobody. The legends say that this restaurant is haunted by a female socialite ghost and a male doctor ghost.
Stone’s Public House, Ashland
The owner of Stone’s Public House brought in experts to confirm paranormal activity after witnessing lights go on and off by themselves. The staff has reported smelling pipe smoke, even before the building opens for business for the day. Staff and patrons have both claimed to see apparitions and feel cold spots around the building, some have been tapped on the back, and some have even been pushed out of the way by an unseen force. The inn no longer accepts overnight guests and is now a restaurant and lounge. If you want to visit haunted places in Massachusetts, this should be at the top of your list!