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Get in the Halloween spirit with Kansas City’s most haunted spots

Calling all thrill seekers for this roundup of haunted and scary KC spots.

Alexander Majors House

There’s no guarantee what you’ll see at the Alexander Majors House.

Photo via Kansas City Public Library

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Boo. Did we scare you? If not, these haunted Kansas City spots might do the trick.

If you’re looking for ways to get in the scary spirit for Halloween, a visit (or simply an Internet deep dive) to these haunting KC sites will surely put you in the mood.

The Alexander Majors House (8201 State Line Rd., KCMO)

Alexander Majors, one of the co-founders of the Pony Express, built this South KC home in 1856. Multiple generations of the Majors family were born here, lived here, and died here — making visitors believe the spirit of the family still lingers on the property.

One of Majors’ great-granddaughters Louisa Johnston bought the house in 1930 to save it from demolition. She died in the house before fully restoring it, although she was able to set up the Majors Historical Trust to ensure the future integrity of the historic home.

Vaile Victorian Mansion (1500 N. Liberty St., Independence, MO)

This three-story, Gothic-like structure is full of haunting history. The architectural gem was built in 1881 by Col. Harvey and Sophia Vaile. Vaile died in the home, and Harvey followed 10 years later. The home sat empty for decades and was eventually bought by the city in the 1980s.

Fun (scary) Fact: The house has multiple reported paranormal sightings. Some ghost experts say they have chatted with Sophia Vaile herself.

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One of the original Elms Hotels that later burned in a fire.

Photo via Kansas City Public Library

The Elms Hotel & Spa (401 Regent St., Excelsior Springs, MO)

While this spa is now a relaxing getaway, it has a thrilling past dating back to the 1880s.

The hotel burned down twice in its first 35 years. After learning their lesson, it held its final grand opening on Sept. 7, 1912, with a fully fire-safe construction plan.

The lap pool in the basement is said to be haunted by a man from the hotel’s speakeasy days. Now, visitors can take paranormal tours + hotel stays.

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