It’s that time of the year, once again. No, I’m not talking about Christmas with the innocent white snowfall and rotund Santa Claus.
No. I’m speaking of the oh so lovely Halloween! Where it is acceptable to dress up in garb that ranges from the not-so-conservative to the downright frightening. Where knocking on strangers’ doors and requesting candy is acceptable.
Yes, that time of year has befallen us once more, and we are lucky to be right here, smack in the middle of a gorgeously haunted city to enjoy every minute of it. Having one of the longest histories in the United States, Boston is home to many ghost stories and haunted landmarks.
While there are plenty of tours that take advantage of our city’s storied past, I wanted to provide a few places that accommodate the college-budgeted student. Thus, here are five of the most haunted, hair-raising, goose-bump-raising sites to visit in Boston!
Believe it or not, the famed Boston Commons is home to some quite famous ghosts. There have been sightings of two women from the 19th century, walking arm in arm together late at night. Their identities are unknown but if that is not enough to lure you into the luscious parks at night, public hangings have been conducted there till 1817. And so, the risk of running into them are high and worth the trip.
2.Omni Parker House
This historic and gorgeous hotel on Tremont Street is home to some fantastic architecture. Founder, Harvey Parker, was found dead in the hotel and his ghost is said to haunt the halls of this building. Charles Dickens also reportedly stayed in the hotel. That surely would warrant some paranormal experiences if curiosity has gotten the better of you.
This landmark in Boston is noticeable by its absurdly gorgeous exterior. Originally built in the late 19th century by John Pickering Putnam, it was then used as a boarding house and then bought by Boston University and Emerson College for dormitory use in the 1980s and 1990s respectively. It is currently an apartment complex but nearly every student who has stayed there has reported some sort of supernatural discovery. Considering that the originator, Putnam, died in the hotel, and a man committed suicide here, there are plenty of reasons for this place to be a little more than spooky.
4.Emerson’s Cutler Majestic Theatre
In the mood for some theatrics? This building has opened and closed multiple times since its opening in the early 20th century. Smack in the middle of the theatre district, you can go here to watch one of the high-quality productions, but during this time of year is when things get really dramatic. When you’re roaming around the interior looking for the bathroom or returning to your seat, keep your eyes peeled for a little girl searching for gifts that patrons leave for her. And a couple that supposedly stakes out one of the balconies for prime viewing location.
5.The Green Line
Surprise, surprise! Our beloved green line is home to more than one occasional ghost sighting, and for good reason. Back when the line was being constructed, a mass grave of British casualties from the American Revolution was uncovered. And to add more ghosts to the pot, before Boylston was fully operational, there was a natural gas explosion that killed six people and left several injured. These spirits are said to haunt the line. No wonder there are so many instances of lights flickering, trains stopping mid-route, and power outages on this lovely line!
If you’re feeling adventurous this late in October and wish to venture out into the wondrous city of Boston, these are just a few of the places you can visit. Of course there is the Haunted Boston tour, but these landmarks are just a few examples of the vast history that Boston has and the ghosts that this city harbors.
Enjoy your Halloween and all the horrors (and happy screams) it has to offer.