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October has finally come, and many of us want to get our Halloween spirit on, but how would we do that? Growing up, we are told about The Boogie Man to get us to follow what our parents tell us, and as we get older we realize that was just a silly trick our parents would play on us. But what about the real stuff, stuff like demons and ghost? Colorado may be a breathtakingly beautiful state, but it has it’s dark side.

The Stanley Hotel is located in Woodview Ave. It’s a historic jewel for Colorado. Visitors love the taste of history they get here and the beautiful rooms. But there are dark secrets in this Hotel. The famous Stephen King had stayed in room 217 and would have the most terrifying nightmare of his life. He has said that his nightmare consisted of his 10 year old son being chased down by an emity down the hallways screaming in terror.

This eventful night

later inspired him to write “The Shining” which we all know and love for our scary movie marathons! Room 217 is haunted by Elizabeth Wilson who was the “head housekeeper” when the hotel opened. The storm in 1911 had left Elizabeth with broken ankles in room 217. She is said to haunt this room due to reports of guest saying that their luggage is moved and unpacked and they come to their room and it’s cold in one certain part of the room.

This is not the only haunting in the Stanley hotel. The Concert Hall is also said to be haunted by Lucy and Paul. Lucy was a runaway child who to this day haunts the hall by flickering the lights on and off. Paul is the reason for the 11pm curfew at the Hotel. A construction worker reported saying that he felt Paul nudge him hard during one of the tour visits there. When entering the Concert Hall it is said that you can hear Paul demanding for you to “get out”.

The topic of dead children is already a sad and scary topic. Room 401 is full of them. The room used to be where children, nannies and female employees stayed at. Guest who stay in the room report hearing children running and laughing while they sleep.

If you like deceased cowboys then Room 428 is the room for you. Guest say their furniture moves by itself, which is physically impossible due to the architecture of the hotel (The slope of the roof). But this is not what the room is most known for. At night visitors report waking up to a cold room and a man at the edge of their bed staring at them. They say he’s in cowboy gear. This is indeed one of Colorado’s most haunted locations.

Another location you can visit in Colorado are The Cheeseman Park in Denver. This park was the first cemetery in Denver to be made. During the Gold Rush many people had died and the founder, William Larimer hired someone to unbury the bodies in order to make a park. Little did he know he was lied to and the man who was hired to take care of the dead bodies cut then up and put them all in children sized coffins and buried them again. It may look like a harmless park for children, but while taking a stroll on the park try to watch out for the 5,000 dead bodies buried under your feet.

Hotel Colorado, located in Glenwood Springs, is eree. The Hotel used to be a Naval Hospital, and a chambermaid was once caught in a love triangle. Due to raging jealousy of one of her lovers, he set out to kill her. To this day, guest report hearing her terrifying screams. It has become a danger to guest to stay in the room that it is now used for storage.

The last little location you can visit is Hotel Jerome, located in Aspen Colorado. In 1936 a family had stayed in room 310 with their 10 year old son. While out in the pool the 10 year old had drowned in the pool. Today people report seeing the little boy in room 310, shivering and crying. They know it’s him due to the tiny wet footprints left on the tiled floor. Katie Kerrigan is another ghost that haunts the hotel. She was a maid in the hotel, compared to the other maids she was very beautiful. Due to this, the other maids became very jealous of her and started to do horrible parks on her out of frustration. One day the maids have told her that they saw her kitten fall into the ice pond next to the hotel. Katie ran to the pond desperately looking to her kitten, in the process she herself fell into the ice pond. Fortunately she has survived, but she later died due to pneumonia. Today, maids report being helped by Katie’s ghost. Katie helps flood laundry and turn down the bed sheets. The last enmity that haunts the halls of Hotel Jerome is Henry O’Callister. He moved to Jerome when the hotel first opened. There he met the love of his life. They soon decided to get married but Clarissa’s father refused to give his blessing. She would later move away with her father, leaving Henry with his broken heart. To this day guest report hearing a man sobbing and wandering the hallways. Anyone can assume that the poor man is Henry.

 

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