Spooky Places to Visit in the Palm Beaches this Halloween

Gerald Lombardo
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While Palm Beach County is usually the opposite of spooky, during October we get a little festive. Here a few fun, local places to visit before Halloween.

Riddle House

Located in Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, the Riddle House is said to be full of ghosts.

In the early 1900s, it was the home of the gatekeeper for a cemetery in West Palm Beach. Years later, it was moved to become part of the village. After the move, workers swore that their tools were mysteriously moved, and one man claimed a tool hit someone in the head.

Visitors have seen a boy playing in a bedroom and a woman getting ready for bed, according to reports.

Location: Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds - 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Nicknamed the “Wildman of Loxahatchee,” Vince “Trapper” Nelson is the identity of the ghost said to roam Jonathan Dickinson State Park. After moving to the area in the 1930s, Trapper eventually accumulated 858 acres of land along the Loxahatchee River. In 1968, Trapper was found dead from a shotgun wound. A coroner declared it a suicide, but some who knew of his run-ins with the locals believed he was murdered. After his death, the state acquired his land and it became part of Jonathan Dickinson State Park in 1970. Visitors can canoe along the Loxahatchee River to tour his cabins, docks, chickee huts.

Location: Jonathan Dickinson State Park - 16450 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound

The Colony Hotel

Built in 1926, this hotel located in Delray Beach, is said to be haunted by its early owners. Vistors have reported seeing shadows, lights that pulse and hearing unexplainable sounds.

Location: Colony Hotel - 525 E Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

The Gulfstream Hotel

Located in Lake Worth, this historic 1920s hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a 6-year-old girl. When the hotel opened, she allegedly turned on TVs, made lights flicker and played around with the elevators.

The hotel has been closed for years and a developer has promised to give it $70 million face-lift.

Location: Gulfstream Hotel - 1 Lake Ave., Lake Worth

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