Do you dare to be scared?
Since Halloween is merely two days away, I thought I’d share with you some Front Range (allegedly) haunted spots that want you to get in touch with your inner ghost.
Food & Wine magazine included the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park in its list of of America’s Haunted Restaurants and Hotels. Here’s what the writer said:
“A stay at this hotel near Rocky Mountain National Park inspired Stephen King to write ‘The Shining.’ Resident paranormal investigator Callea Sherrill first encountered the hotel’s otherworldly inhabitants in Room 407, where she was staying one night with two friends. ‘I heard footsteps come down the hallway,’Sherrill recalls. ‘They stopped outside the door. I waited for a knock, but nobody knocked. Just then I felt someone sit down next to me on the bed—I even saw the mattress dip.’ The next morning her friend Terry, whom Sherrill had thought was asleep, asked, ‘Who sat down on the bed with us last night?’ Sherrill, who now leads the hotel’s ghost hunts from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., believes it could have been the ghost of one of the nannies who used to be employed on the fourth floor. There have been many reports of the nannies still hard at work, tucking in hotel guests as if they were children and making beds – occasionally while guests are still in them. www.stanleyhotel.com.
Elizabeth Woessner, a Jill of all trades in Denver’s culinary scene, picked her top seven spooky spots for her on-line column for Dining Out magazine. She wrote:
“In Chinese tradition, hungry ghosts are the spirits of ancestors who return to the home of their living family annually with monstrous appetites. Known as gaki to Japanese Buddhists, hungry ghosts are struggling specters of the zombie kind.
“This Halloween, we’ve dreamt up a new definition for the hungry ghost—a phantom that lingers at a restaurant, spooking out customers and staff alike. We sat around the proverbial campfire with folks from the Denver area’s most haunted restaurants to unearth their spookiest tales. Not surprisingly, many of these restaurants are located in hotels, and we also included a historic house that occasionally hosts culinary events. So turn out the lights, bust out the Ouija board, and listen in.”
Here are Woessner’s picks:
4. Hotel Teatro