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5 Cities Where You Can Do Some Ghostbusting of Your Own

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | July 12, 2016

5 Cities Where You Can Do Some Ghostbusting of Your Own

PHOTO: The haunted Edinburgh Castle. (Photo by Barry Kaufman) 

Ghostbusters hits theaters this Friday, July 15, but you don’t have to wait until the movie comes out to get in on the action. Why not do some ghost hunting on your own? There are many haunted places around the world where ghosts are spotted on the regular. Maybe put your ghostbusting skills to work in one of New York’s most haunted theaters or the world’s most haunted castle. 

Here are five haunted places where you can try to get up close and personal with the otherworldly and some suggestions of where to stay from HomeToGo – after all, you don’t want to be washing off slime in a hotel room or undertaking a class-four operation from a hotel lobby, so you are going to need some local accommodations. 

New Amsterdam Theatre, New York City

New Amsterdam Theatre in New York is haunted by the ghost of Olive Thomas, a chorus girl. The theater, which is now owned and operated by Disney, was once the venue for the Ziegfeld Follies. Thomas was a former Ziegfeld girl and a silent screen actress. She accidentally took her own life when she mistakenly ingested her husband's pills and often appears as an apparition holding a blue pill bottle.

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Stay less than a mile away and experience the theater for yourself at New York’s Essex House with HomeToGo, a 910-square-foot apartment near the theater with two rooms and stylish furnishings. 

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh has long been known as one of the most haunted cities in the world and Edinburgh Castle might just be one of the most haunted places in all of Scotland. A phantom piper, a headless drummer, the spirits of French prisoners and American prisoners from the Revolutionary War are all said to have been seen on the castle grounds. 

In one of the most in-depth studies of paranormal phenomenon at the castle, more than half of participants reported things they could not explain, including sudden drops in temperature, shadowy figures, burning sensations and more. 

Set yourself up close by, less-than-one-mile away, at this comfy, three-room apartment that has more than 1,000 square feet of space.

The Catacombs, Paris

The Catacombs in Paris are said to be haunted but you visitors can find out for themselves on a tour. They are located just below the heart of the city and are basically boneyards, holding the remains of more than 6 million people. The bodies were brought in during nightly processions of bones after a series of cave-ins in the city as well as from overflowing cemeteries. 

But you can take refuge just above them at an Ile de France apartment with 860 square feet, comfortable furnishings, a dining room and a lounge available on HomeToGo.

The Prague Castle (Daliborka Tower), Prague

Located within the Prague Castle, Daliborka Tower was used to hold noble prisoners. Its first prisoner, Daliborka, who was sentenced to be beheaded for harboring serfs in his home, was said to have learned to play the violin while in prison and the sounds of his instrument carried through the city. When the music ceased, the people knew he was gone. However legend has it that the “violin” was possibly a device of torture and that the cessation of the music was just an end to the screaming. 

Find out for yourself and stay close by in a 1,000-square-foot apartment suitable for up to six of your ghostbusting crew members. 

Berkeley Square, London

This is known as one of the most haunted houses in London, made famous in modern times by the book “Haunted London” by Peter Underwood. 

Legend says that 50 Berkeley Square in Mayfair is haunted by the ghost of a young woman who committed suicide in the attic. Many who have dared stay in the home have experienced psychic phenomena. Two other deaths have also occurred in the house during the Victorian Era, when people spent the night in the attic and hauntings date all the way back to when Prime Minister George Canning resided in the home in the early 1800s. 

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Plan your attack from the nearby Draycott Deluxe Studio. The two-room studio is spacious and bright, with comfortable and romantic furnishings and 380 square feet of space.

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