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Whether you believe in ghosts or not, when October rolls around, it’s always fun to feed your curiosity and get a little creeped out! In honor of getting in the Halloween spirit, we’ve rounded up a list of the most haunted places in the Magic Valley!
Albion College is well known for its Haunted Mansion attraction this time of year, but October isn’t the only month these abandoned college grounds are occupied by freaky friends. There have been a number of reported ghostly encounters such as racing footsteps in an empty room, voices, flickering lights where there’s no electricity, a dog that approaches you only to disappear, and a dark haired woman who hides away in one of the rooms. One worker even claims to have been thrown up against a wall by an invisible force. Some employees have been so frightened by the encounters, they’ve never come back! Don’t believe the hype? Grab some friends and check it out for yourself!
437 E North St, Albion, ID 83311
Fridays & Saturdays 7pm-11pm
Before this Hansen, Idaho ranch had the reputation of murder and spooks, it was the first settlement in the Magic Valley, and home to the Stricker family. For a while, it was the only stop on the Oregon Trail between Fort Hall and Fort Boise. Herman Stricker and his wife Lucy, rented out rooms in their home to passersby, and operated a store and saloon. As you can imagine, the Stricker residence saw many deaths of sickly travelers, that were laid to rest in a cemetery just west of the ranch. Visitors in later years, have described many ghostly appearances in the home and near the cemetery, but that isn’t the spookiest shadow cast upon the residence. After the death of Herman Stricker in 1920, a suspicious stain on the back staircase of home, lead people to believe he was murdered by his wife Lucy. Though since proven false, this tale of murder and deceit has drawn in spectators and ghost hunters from all over. The ranch is currently owned by the Idaho State Historical Society, and is occupied by a caretaker, who has claimed to be visited multiple times by the ghost of a young girl.
5203, 3715 E 3200 N, Hansen, ID 83334
The Gooding University Inn and Resort, or otherwise known as Get Inn, was originally part of the Gooding University Campus from 1917 to 1941. After being acquired by the state in 1948, the building was converted into a 150 patient Tuberculosis Hospital. The building now operates as a hotel, with a nearby gravesite that’s home to many nameless and numbered headstones, making it a hot spot for ghost hunters. Guests have reported suspicious footsteps and voices, as well as sightings of a man and a woman in lab coats. While other visitors haven’t had any ghostly experiences during their stay, we believe you won’t know for sure unless you’ve stayed there yourself!
301 University Ave, Gooding, ID 83330
Rooms from $65-$85 a night
We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to GO! check out these haunted historical sites! If you see any ghostly figures, snap a quick photo and submit it to our Ghoul Out Local Photo Contest and win a prize package valued at more than $1,000!
Happy Halloween everyone!
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