8 Spooky Airbnb and Vrbo Ads Just in Time for Halloween

When choosing a vacation rental, it’s important to consider all the amenities: good location, fast Wi-Fi, decent price, comfortable beds. But these Airbnb and Vrbo lists offer something more – a cold shiver down the spine, a feeling of dread, or creaks and moans that cannot be explained.

If you live for the thrill of paranormal activity and gruesome ghost stories, these lists are sure to thrill you. Otherwise, consider yourself warned…

These Airbnb hosts are happy to live with their friendly ghosts.
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This Stroud, North Carolina home is so haunted it even comes with a disclaimer:

“Several friends, family and guests have experienced supernatural occurrences here including: footsteps in the hallway or upstairs, hall and basement lights randomly turning on, a door opening after been locked, a dark figure in the kitchen and dining room, orbs in the living room, and even a music box that played on its own,” the listing warns.

But don’t worry, ghosts are benevolent in every way.

“None of the incidents were ever malicious in nature. We just accept it is what it is and get on with our lives.”

Exterior of the ad with a Doberman in the foreground

The Doberman may look menacing, but he is apparently very friendly.
Credit: Trey Fortner

Minnesota doesn’t exactly scream medieval, but this list might elicit some screams from its guests.


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For $90 a night, you can rent a private room in this mini chateau located in Saint-Paul. The mansion’s listing mentions the presence of the host’s pet – a seemingly friendly Doberman named Scorch – and can be hired for photo ops, paranormal investigations, rituals, and murder mystery dinner parties.

Interior of haunted room in Talliston

Go back to the Dark Ages in this medieval themed room.
Credit: Gavin Conlan / Talliston House & Gardens

The “haunted room” of Talliston House and Gardens is the medieval manifestation of your nightmares.

Meticulously designed to resemble “a seven-year-old Edwardian child’s bedroom”, this room is decorated with ornate woodwork, heavy curtains, dim lighting and a bed worthy of Henry VIII. If it gets too spooky here, each room in the house has its own theme, so you can go to the Victorian living room or the New Orleans kitchen to escape the dark ages.

Bedroom apartment interior

After 600 years, this place must be haunted by more than one ghost.
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The brief description of the “Madness Chamber” states that it is “haunted and over 600 years old”.

The listing for Yorkshire, UK, doesn’t say much else, but if the wood-panelled walls of this former accommodation could talk, they would surely have some scary stories to tell.

Hocus Pocus house exterior

You don’t have to wait 300 years for a virgin to light a candle to rent this house.
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Live like witches in a Salem, Massachusetts listing recreated to look like the famous Sanderson sisters remains.


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In this cottage, you can brew potions, conjure a spell or two, then hop on your broom to terrorize the brave people of Salem. This house is so authentic to the 17th century that it was not built with modern “fittings”. But don’t worry, a modern guesthouse is just steps away.

Interior of the Warlock House

This list has focused on Salem’s wizarding heritage.
Credit: VRBO / Liann DiMare

The “Warlock House,” another Salem entry on this list, really delves into the town’s history as the site of the Salem Witch Trials.

The Halloween-themed house has all kinds of witch decor, including a ouija board coffee table, witch altar, crystal ball, and even an Edgar-Allen-Poe-themed room. Perfect for setting up a seance or performing other black magic.

Cabin exterior in Terlingua Texas

Spend the night with a whole town of ghosts.
Credit: VRBO / Janet Eby

This list will see your haunted house and raise you a haunted town.

Terlingua, TX was a mercury mining town, with a hotel, commissary and school. But in the 1940s the mercury market collapsed, the mine was closed, and Terlingua was largely abandoned. What remains is a city perfectly preserved in time, which no doubt has a few haunted spirits from its pioneering past.

Interior of the living room of a log cabin

You might meet “Nancy the Ghost” and even LBJ.
Credit: VRBO / Scott Zwiers

This rustic North Carolina cabin is haunted by “Nancy the Ghost”, who is sometimes heard crying. The host says it’s probably just the creaky floors of the mountain dwelling, but who can be sure?


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Another celebrity guest was former President Lyndon B Johnson. He was alive when he was there, but one wonders if he ever makes a paranormal visit.

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