As Halloween fast approaches many people are looking for haunted houses to visit. Theses haunted houses are of the type that has dressed up zombies and ghouls stalking darkened hallways with props and scenery. However, Denver has some actual famously haunted houses that might give people a much more real scare.
1. Grant- Humphrey's Mansion
Denver's Cheeseman Park neighborhood, which once served as the city cemetery, is home to many a haunted house. The Grant-Humphrey's Mansion is one such place. Originally built in 1902, it was home to Denver Mayor James Benton Grant and then eventually one Albert E. Humphreys. Both have long since passed away, but Humphreys reportedly lingers. He died in an unusual shooting accident in the third floor of the mansion and is rumored to have never left. Furthermore, when the area that is Cheeseman Park was converted from a cemetery, many bodies were disturbed and left buried and forgotten. It is reported that these spirits also roam the Grant-Humphreys Mansion and keep Albert E. Humphrey company.
2. The Molly Brown House
Molly Brown is known for surviving the sinking of the Titanic. She eventually passed away, but the ghost of her and her husband, JJ, live on in their Capitol Hill Mansion. Many visitors to the Mansion have reported smelling the smoke from JJ's cigars. In addition, the window blinds have been said to move on their own in the room of Molly and JJ's daughter, Catherine. Today the Molly Brown House is a museum and open to all visitors.
3. Croke-Patterson Mansion
Since its construction in 1890 the Croke-Patterson Mansion has been reported to be haunted. The original owner, Thomas Croke, never even lived in the house due to the evil presence he is said to have felt. Today the building serves as an office. Construction and office workers in more recent years report that items are moved and worked is disturbed or undone over night. An actual apparition has been sighted on the stairwell. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to experience the paranormal activity in this building!
Emily Baker has been an educator in North Denver since 2012. She taught 4th grade for many years, before transitioning to Middle School English. She loved her job working with children, and now her job as a realtor. With Equity for Educators she is able to combine these two passions.