Heading to a haunted house with the kids doesn’t need to be all gore and glam: the US is home to many historic homes that double as spooky scenes without all the fake blood. From a mysterious house with doors that open to nothing to the nation’s capital, we’ve found a dozen ghostly dwellings that are low on screams but still just as haunting. Click through the gallery to find one to visit with your own little ghost hunters and skeptics alike.

McMenamin’s Edgefield—Troutdale, OR

Originally built as the Multnomah County Poor House, this McMenamins property has a long ghostly history that’s perfect for a sinister overnight. Spooky sights like old nurses wandering the halls and glimpses of a man in tattered black clothing have been reported. Many reports come from Room 215—stay there if you dare! For some extra Halloween fun check out the log at the register of paranormal activity, guests are welcome to record anything they see (or think they see). In addition to resident ghosts, there’s 72-acres of property to roam, a pool, restaurants, a movie theater and even a Par 3 golf course.

Online: mcmenamins.com/Edgefield

photo: Kirbster via flickr


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— Gabby Cullen with Amber Guetebier & Katrina Emery

featured image: Shane Gorksi via flickr