With claims of mysterious noises, phantom footsteps, and visions of ghosts, these 7 haunted houses on Airbnb and Vrbo are all available to book for a spooky stay

  • Looking to get your fill of paranormal activity this Halloween? We found vacation rentals on Airbnb and Vrbo that claim to be haunted.
  • Each listing is well-rated and comes rich with historic charm so even if you don't see a ghost, you'll still enjoy a great stay.
  • Our picks are found in spooky spots like Salem, New Orleans, and others, and range in price from $120 to $540 per night to start.
  • You might have trouble sleeping with thoughts of ghouls whirring through your head, but rest easy knowing experts consider private vacation rentals to be safer than hotels during COVID-19 as they reduce interaction with others.  
  • Read more: The 10 most haunted hotels in the United States

Come Halloween season, some people are perfectly satisfied to pour a glass of wine, throw a log on the fire, and click "play" on a spooky flick.

Others would rather insert themselves into the real deal by signing up for eerie ghost tours or, more exhilarating yet, cozying up overnight in an allegedly haunted house or hotel.

I'm certainly in the latter camp. Though I'm far from a paranormal expert, I've always been drawn to eerie homes and locales and a spine-chilling ghost story. 

In fact, I once lived a creaky, historic house in Irvington, Indiana, an area with famous claims of haunted activity that's named after Sleepy Hollow. I swore I felt the "presence" of a young boy, and once a chair scraped across the floor entirely on its own around midnight. A couple of years later, after moving away, I went on the Irvington ghost tour. The host stopped very close to the home I'd lived in and told us the story of a young boy that'd been murdered there. Full body chills. 

If you're like me — unable to get your fill of catacombs, cemeteries, old houses, and ghost towns — perhaps you're brave enough to stay the night at a possibly haunted house yourself. To make that easier, I combed vacation rental listings on Airbnb and Vrbo listings with claims by hosts or past guests of haunted goings-on, that also met the following criteria to ensure a top-notch stay, sighting or no:

  1. All listings are based in the US with at least some availability in October and through the winter, as of publishing, and priced between $12o and $540 to start.
  2. All are for private home rentals, with the exception of two standout room bookings. 
  3. The homes are historic with multiple reports of ghost sightings and other paranormal activity by hosts or past guests, as explicitly noted in the listing and/or review.
  4. I also reached out to hosts to elaborate on reports where possible, but, of course, we cannot validate any ghost claims. 
  5. Reviews are all 4.5 and above. We've afforded some slack regarding the wear and tear that comes with older homes.
  6. Each listing has COVID-19 sanitation protocols in place to ensure a safer experience for guests.

And if you're wondering if travel is safe, experts consider private vacation homes, such as those on Airbnb, as one of the safer places to stay, especially when compared to hotels. This is because you are often booking an entire home protected from interaction with others.

Airbnb also announced rigorous new procedures including the Enhanced Cleaning Protocol, which includes guidelines on PPE, disinfectants, and waiting periods between guests.  

Of course, without a vaccine, there is no guarantee with regard to safety. It's crucial to follow guidelines and advice from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and practice safety measures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing. Additionally, consider your own level of risk, and whether you're traveling from or to a hotspot, so as not to increase the rate of infection.

It's also worth noting that cleaning and service fees vary widely from one Airbnb to another, especially post-pandemic, and many homes are also enacting minimum night stays and strict cancellation policies.

Keep reading to book any of these haunted house vacation rentals on Airbnb and Vrbo, sorted by price from low to high.

The Parks-Bowman mansion haunted bedroom in New Orleans, Louisiana, $120

Book this haunted room in New Orleans on Airbnb starting at $120 per night

While we typically prefer entire home rentals, sometimes your needs don't require a large home. Plus, when it comes to haunted appeal, this bedroom listing sets a captivating scene as it's dripping in chandeliers, with soaring ceilings, stained glass windows, a music room, and a carved cypress staircase that leads to your third-story bedroom complete with a private balcony. The home was built in the late 1800s, and the host reports that a resident ghost is believed to share this room, believed to be a young girl who lived there from 1887 to 1915.

"Urilda Breedlove Rodd was injured in some kind of an accident when she was young, and her health was frail. She died at a young age, possibly during childbirth," host Adrienne Parks told us. "The room that has the most ghostly appearances is on the third floor, and is called the Haunted Bedroom. People there have seen glowing orbs, heard footsteps and doors opening and closing, lights have been turned on and off, and sometimes small objects have gone missing and then reappeared in unlikely places."

Guests have also reported candy that magically becomes unwrapped, tapping on their back, hearing the sound of lullabies, and feeling a sensation of someone sitting on the bed with them. There have even been sightings of actual figures. 

"The previous owner said she saw a young woman in a long yellow dress once in the dining room. I glimpsed a young woman in a long pale garment with loose dark hair once as I was coming down the stairs, but when I got to the bottom of the stairs she'd vanished," says Parks.

Scary tales aside, this private bedroom is modestly appointed with an ensuite bathroom best suited to one or two people. There are three guest rooms in total (the others are less haunted) for an intimate B&B feel with shared access to the dining and living rooms, as well as the front and back porches, and a swimming pool.

Availability is open in October and well into 2021.

Rating: 4.92

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home doesn't participate in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, but the Superhost has taken extended measures to ensure social distancing and a clean environment, including requiring a face covering in common spaces and temporarily restricting access to shared areas such as the kitchen. Surgical masks will be provided to guests that do not have their own, rooms are sanitized rooms before and after each reservation, and disinfectant is supplied as well.

The haunted honeymoon cottage in Jerome, Arizona, $150

Book this ghostly cottage on Airbnb starting at $150 per night.

Jerome is easily one of Arizona's kitschiest destinations with a reputation for being haunted. The former copper mining town — situated sideways on Cleopatra hill — boomed in the early 1900s. In that time, there were murders and crimes, mining accidents, rowdy saloons, and busy brothels — all activities that people attribute to paranormal activity today, now that it's been revived by tourism, many years later.

Jerome was registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1967 and today is rife with museums, art galleries, wineries, restaurants (like the Haunted Hamburger), and plenty of spooky spots.

The haunted honeymoon cottage is reportedly one of those spots. The listing states that friends and family have reported seeing a thin lady dressed in white with dark hair, a grumpy old miner, and a tall gentleman wearing a top hat. Others have heard faint parlor music and the sound of wind chimes when no wind is present.

This one bedroom, one bathroom guesthouse accommodates two and comes with a private entry that overlooks the San Francisco peaks, Sedona red rocks, and Verde Valley. The room is simple but comes with a seating area, a small dining table, and mini-fridge.

Weekend availability exists in October and well into 2021.

Rating: 4.75

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

1870s "Inspiration House" in Oberlin, Ohio, $166

Book this 150-year-old home on Airbnb starting at $166 per night

This Oberlin, Ohio listing — built in the 1870s — is proof that you should read the fine print. At first glance it seems open and bright, and the listing promotes its central location and unplugged mentality before adding in this little number: "A word to the wise: we suspect the place is haunted."

Those who miss that little detail before booking, however, can rest assured that it's a friendly ghost residing there.

"Inspiration House is perfect for anyone who wants to experience a haunting without the scare factor. Guests regularly report footsteps, apparitions, voices, and some of the music boxes play by themselves," host Elyria Rose Little told Business Insider. "When my partner Michelle Belanger (of Paranormal State & Portals to Hell) and I were looking for a property with a cozy haunting a couple of years ago, we knew there was something special about this place as soon as we set foot inside."

The assumption is that the spirits haunting the hallways of Inspiration House are former residents who love the house too much to move out or move on. Those (now) ghoulish residents include families, writers, abolitionists, and artists and according to one review, the wood floors are exceptionally creaky! 

This three-bedroom, two-bathroom house accommodates up to five guests, though there's one room that's technically off-limits — a museum-like space filled with paranormal phenomena. You can request to have the room opened if you'd like to explore. 

Availability is currently limited in October but opens up in November. 

Rating: 4.86

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

The haunted bedroom at Enslin Mansion in Troy, New York, $175

Book this haunted bedroom in Troy, NY on Airbnb starting at $175 per night

This beautiful home with spooky charm has been in the family for six generations and is located in the historic New York village of Lansingburgh. In addition to beautiful hardwood floors, floral wallpaper, antique decor, and vibrant carpet, a booking here also comes with lots of ghost stories from the hosts and perhaps an experience of your own.

"The house was originally built by my great grandfather who came from Bavaria in 1900," says host Michelle Bell. When we asked her to tell us a bit about her ghoulish experiences, she said, "Where do I begin? I've been pushed off of chairs, I've been pushed off of the bed, and I have voice footage. People that worked for me in the house, to help me take care of my mom, have actually left because of seeing the tall, slender man and the heavyset man that walk around the house."

People have also reported things getting misplaced but ending up in bizarre places (like inside of potato chip bags), seeing lights flickering, and hearing unexplainable sounds.

The haunted bedroom, ideal for two guests, is the second-largest room in the house and has a private entrance along with immediate access to the third-floor attic. Though, do note that the bathroom is shared.

There's wide availability in October and through 2021.

Rating: 4.83

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home does not participate in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program, but is run by a Superhost with a 5/5 cleanliness score.

The Shamrock House in Rocky Bottom, South Carolina, $375

Book this historic log cabin on Vrbo starting at $375 per night

There are more than a few scary movies that start with a lone log cabin in the woods. Perhaps you'll be the star of your own by staying in this century-old home nestled in South Carolina's Heritage Corridor. It was built in the mid-1920s and served as a place to rest for weary travelers passing through the area. There was even a notable guest who slept here — former president Lyndon B. Johnson.

"Of course, every old home has a ghost story. The weeping sound of Nancy the Ghost is claimed to be heard on occasion," the listing states. "We can't confirm or deny her presence, but we are pretty sure Nancy is a friendly gal and her 'weeping' is just the sounds of the old house creaking." 

At 3,500 square feet, Shamrock House is a massive space that can accommodate up to 24 people. In fact, it technically includes three individual spaces — the Main House, the Bunk House, and Trout House — which together have eight bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Availability is open in October and well into 2021. 

Rating: 4.6

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home is professionally cleaned after every guest stay.

The Henry Derby House in Salem, Massachusetts, $450

Book this historic Salem home on Airbnb starting at $450 per night

This buttery yellow Victorian home with dark green shutters may look perfectly sweet on the outside, but there have reportedly been numerous ghost sightings here according to the owner. In fact, the house — a former bed & breakfast converted into a rental home — is actually a stop on local ghost tours. 

"I grew up in the house and as early as I can remember I had dreams about spirits living on the third floor. I would always sleep with a fan on to drown out the sounds of footsteps in the night, a habit I've yet to break," owner Philip Marchand tells Business Insider. "Since my mother opened the B&B in 2001, we have had countless guests ask about the ghost living in the house. Only a few people have ever seen it, and all have described a young girl in her mid to late teens. There's no doubt in my mind that there is at least one spirit living in the house, and some ghost hunters have claimed to find more."

Fortunately, this is a friendly ghost. Marchland says that nearly all the encounters have been harmless. Most people describe a feeling of a presence at the end of their bed, being tucked in, or having their feet tickled. 

The house has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and comfortably accommodates 10 guests. There's even a formal dining room, and guests have access to the beautiful garden ripe with rose and hydrangea bushes.

Availability is currently limited in October but opens up in November.

Rating: 4.85

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home participates in Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. The host is committed to a rigorous cleaning protocol developed with leading health and hospitality experts.

Belle Femme townhouse in Salem, Massachusetts, $540

Book the Belle Femme Townhouse on Vrbo starting at $540 per night

The Belle Femme townhouse, tucked into the McIntire Historic District of witchy Salem, Massachusetts, includes six bedrooms, two bathrooms, a sweeping front hallway, a historic organ, and a porch that overlooks the gardens and nearby mansions. Every corner of this 18th century home is loaded with character and, according to a handful of guests, is also home to a spirit or two.

"In a recent review for Belle Femme, guests heard footsteps in an empty hallway and doorknobs jiggled with no one there. Perhaps you can enrich your haunted happenings experience by staying in a historic home with a little something extra," says host Liann DiMare.  

While visiting, she urges visitors to take advantage of Salem's eerie history. Visit the Witch House and Witch Museum, partake in a haunted ghost walking tour, and consider doing a psychic reading. Even casually strolling through the streets you'll see witch logos adorning police cars, taxis, magazines, and newspapers.

This open concept house sleeps 12, and availability is open in October and well into 2021.

Rating: 4.9

COVID-19 cleaning procedures: This home has a strenuous disinfectant process, including a disinfecting fog treatment and thorough sanitization of surfaces.

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