Miles of Corridors and Hundreds of Doors

Total Spook Factor: With miles of decrepit corridors, stretcher rooms, operating rooms, doctors' apartments, special wards that housed the seriously afflicted, and more than 900 doors that could swing open or shut at any moment, Trans-Allegheny is a fairground for heebie-jeebie juju that has slowly festered since it was built during the Civil War. So many apparitions, bodiless voices and phenomena have been reported here, the asylum has hosted live, nationally televised investigations.

Take a Tour: The asylum offers a range of tours, from two-hour Paranormal Tours at night and 30-minute Flashlight Tours to Daytime Paranormal Tours of the property's hottest spots of activity. On special nights, you can go all-out on a eight-hour public ghost hunt, when up to 40 people are divided into groups of 10 and given reign to explore as teams with a docent. The asylum also hosts several popular events, including the Fall Festival, Delirium Haunted House, and the Asylum Ball, all in October.

Plan a Paranormal Investigation: Serious ghost hunters can book an entire private night (9PM-5AM) to explore Trans-Allegheny completely undisturbed, for the most authentic investigation. Your team can bring all the gear you need to flush out spirits, but you also must provide your own insurance (or buy it from Trans-Allegheny). Cost is $150 per person, minimum of 10 people. Ghost hunters also might know Trans-Allegheny by its former names, the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane or Weston State Hospital.

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