Work can be a scary place on occasion. Some days it seems we just have way too much to do and not enough time to do it; equipment breaks down right when you need it; computers crash before you save that important document; or difficult people make life, well, difficult. There are any number of reasons that work can make our blood pressure rise. Yup, work can sometimes be a scary place.
But what if you actually worked in a REAL scary place…I mean a terrifying location where ghosts, goblins and the undead roam with impunity, making your workday scary 52 weeks a year – if you last that long.
With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it might be interesting to share a list of some of the scariest places in America to work. After all, someone has to keep these places running. Could they pay you enough to do it?
St. Francisville, LA
Built over an ancient First Nations burial ground, rumor has it that ten deaths have occurred at this plantation and the ghosts of the dead don’t want to leave. You shouldn’t expect to get much sleep here…unless you want it to be permanent.
St. Augustine Light House
St. Augustine, FL
Legend has it that the daughters of the Superintendent of Lighthouse Construction have haunted the building ever since their untimely deaths. Strange noises and moving shadows are often seen by visitors, and on occasion, one of the daughters will appear in the gown she wore when she died.
The Stanley Hotel
Estes Park, CO
If you ever saw Jack Nicholson in the movie, The Shining, than you’re familiar with this ghostly getaway. Creepy spirits include a young boy who appears to guests in room 1211 and a piano that plays itself.
Stories of the spirits of dead civil war soldiers rising from this hallowed ground are common in Gettysburg given that more than 50,000 of them may reside there. Don’t be surprised if you happen to hear cannon fire as well while driving past the historic battlefield, even though no one is around to fire the cannon.
Thousands of inmates live and died in this prison before it was finally closed in 1995. Stories abound that many of them never left. The most famous ghost is known as the Shadow Man who is seen stalking the grounds regularly.
Legend has it that the cemetery was founded by a cult called The Crabbites who were fond of sacrificing small animals and participating in unusual rituals. Strange things are frequently seen emanating from what remains of the small cemetery.
St. Louis Cemetery
New Orleans, LA
What can possibly be creepier than a cemetery where the dead are all interred above the ground?! While above ground tombs are common throughout Louisiana, this one is the granddaddy of them all with ghosts commonly seen around every corner. How’d you like to have to power wash the stone paths at this place on a foggy morning?
The White House
Aside from the campaigns of presidents past, it is thought the White House has long housed more unsettling specters of a different, more bump-in-the-night kind. One of which is believed to be Abraham Lincoln. He reportedly received regular visits from his son Willie, who died in the White House in 1862 at age 11. Mary Todd Lincoln, who was so grief-stricken by the loss that she remained in her room for weeks, spoke of seeing her son’s ghost once at the foot of her bed. There are also reports of her hearing Thomas Jefferson playing the violin and Andrew Jackson swearing.
The U.S. Capitol
From a creepy, demonic cat to an obstinate John Quincy Adams – the halls of Congress are teeming with paranormal activity (allegedly). Most notably, a wounded civil war soldier has been spotted wandering Statuary Hall, which served as a military hospital annex in 1862. Staffers have even claimed to have seen his shadow cast among the statues.
America is filled with scary places to work. I just hope that your office isn’t nearly as frightening as these nine locations!