Some spirits don't need to be banished! If you're co-habitating with ghosts, consider offering this special haus just for them- everyone deserves their own space. You can even create an altar where you offer your ethereal roommates food, earth treasures, and well-wishes so they know their presence is welcome. We named these babes after famously haunted hauses (some right here in Salem, MA)! For some post-Halloween fun, google their spookiest stories and savor the goosebumps!
Obsidian is also known to be protective- tending to a tiny obsidian version of your haus is a great way to protect your property! These decorators are super-polished and faceted to return any negativity right back to sender.
Meet the Haunted Hauses:
Bly Manor- The haunted haus from Henry James's novella The Turn of The Screw. "Of course I was under the spell, and the wonderful part is that, even at the time, I perfectly knew I was." Approx. 3.5 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide at the base.
Winchester Mystery House- The late Sarah Winchester's whimsical estate is known for her kooky renovations, and being haunted by the ghosts of victims of the Winchester rifle empire. In reality, a lot of the "kookiness" was just practicality on Sarah's part (electricity! stairs that didn't aggravate her arthritis!) but the legend goes that she built a maze of a mansion so the angry ghosts couldn't find her. Approx. 3.75 inches tall, 3 inches wide at the base.
Hawthorne Hotel- The most haunted hotel in Salem... and that's saying something! We hear that Bridget Bishop, the first victim of the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials, tends to materialize on the 6th floor. Approx. 3.25 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide at the base.
Grimshawe House- Another Salem local haunt, Grimshawe House sits right next to (and partially on top of) the Old Burying Point Cemetery, Salem's oldest graveyard. Some say ghosts like to drift over for a visit, and others report seeing the apparition of Sophia Peabody, a previous resident, in the windows. Approx. 3.5 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide at the base.
Hill House- The iconic monster house from Shirley Jackson's novel of the same name. "Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone." Approx. 3.5 inches tall, 3 inches wide at the base.
Joshua Ward House- Next-door neighbor to the HausWitch Treasure Palace, the land underneath this gorgeous hotel (now called The Merchant) once belonged to Sheriff George Corwin, villain of the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials. When Corwin died of a heart attack, a financial lien prevented his body from being immediately buried, so it was interred in the basement of his family home for a couple weeks until it could be moved. Guests of The Merchant report an uneasy presence near the basement door, although the original building is long gone. Approx. 2.25 inches tall, 3.25 inches wide at the base.
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast- Lizzie Borden took an axe to the public perception of what a murderer looked like, although she most likely didn't commit the crimes she was accused of. Still, guests can visit her home in Fall River, MA and spend some time examining forensics and ghost hunting. Approx. 2 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide at the base.
Ropes Mansion- You probably know the Ropes Mansion best from its starring role as "Allison's House" in a little film called "Hocus Pocus"! Some say the Ropes Mansion is haunted by the spectre of Abigail Ropes who died in a spontaneous fire in 1839. Everyone, however, says that the back garden grows the prettiest flowers in Salem. Approx. 3.5 inches tall, 3 inches wide at the base.
Stanley Hotel- The haunted hotel that inspired Stephen King's "The Shining"! Apparitions have been reported in every one of the hotel's 420 rooms, but supposedly the fourth floor is the most haunted. Approx. 2.75 inches tall, 3.25 inches wide at the base.
Rebecca Nurse Homestead- One of the most tragic figures of the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials, Rebecca Nurse was 71-years old with eight children when she was accused, found innocent, accused AGAIN, and eventually hanged. Her body was originally buried next to the gallows with other victims, but her family rescued it in the night for a proper burial on their property. You can still visit her homestead in now-Danvers, MA, but the vibe is more melancholy than malicious. Approx. 2.25 inches tall, 3 inches wide at the base.