Real Haunted Houses

Hi. My name is Colleen and yesterday morning I ran TEN MILES. (You can pick yourself up from off the floor now.)

Before Cory left for work, I said “Oh, Christ. Today I’m running nine miles.”

Rather than saying, “Wow, I’m impressed with you, dear.” he said “Make it ten.”

I put the “make it ten” in bold, but it wasn’t really that dramatic. It was said in between bites of Frosted Flakes. Regardless, I took it as a challenge. So when I got to the treadmill and reminded myself that I don’t really enjoy odd numbers, I decided Why the hell not? I’ll make it ten.

And I did! Man, oh man, I was limping on Cloud Nine for the rest of the day :)

Real Haunted Houses

The good day didn’t stop there! Cory and I used a LivingSocial deal and went on a walking haunted houses tour of DC. It was so neat. Our first stop was the Octagon House, which is apparently super haunted.

We saw The Decatur House and several others at Lafayette Park.

We also visited the Hay Adams Hotel, the hotel in which each president stays the night before his inauguration, is haunted by Clover Adams who committed suicide in her home in 1885. When the top floor of the hotel underwent renovations a few years ago, the entire hotel was shut down. The hotel lost tons of money doing this, but it was done because ghosts do not appreciate renovations and frequently act up…

And last but not least, we stopped at the coolest haunted house in DC

It was rainy and frigid…please excuse my appearance.

The White House is apparently haunted as well! I couldn’t help but think of Heather while we were hearing these stories. Did you know the Abe Lincoln is the most active ghost in the White House? It’s said that ghosts normally stick around the place in which they suffered the most, and homeboy Lincoln had many a sad time in The White House :(

It’s horrible to say, but sometimes I forget that I live a few miles from the Nation’s Capital – and I’ve lived here my entire life! Cory and I both agreed that we need to take more advantage of living in such a neat place :)

Do you believe in ghosts? I absolutely do!

If you’re dressing up for Halloween – what’s your costume?! No dressing up for me this year!


  1. Bethany says

    Have you seen this website? It is the brainchild of a guy I graduated with in 2001.

    It is a collection of ghost stories about Longwood. You should check it out.

    • Colleen says

      I hadn’t seen this site! Thanks for sharing! I LOVED listening to Dr. Jordan’s ghost stories every year at Longwood :)

  2. says

    No idea on my costume yet. I’ve always wanted to do a haunted house tour. This one looks like a good one and I know you guys got a good deal if you used a Living Social deal. Have a great weekend!

  3. kristen @ livinlifeinlouie says

    i love haunted stuff! My old house growing up used to be haunted. I have some pretty cool stories (at the time it was just freaky)
    I would love to go on a real haunted tour!

  4. Crystal Coppel says

    Wow sounds like a fun tour! How far do you live from DC?? I haven’t been to DC in about 15 years and my fiancé and I want to plan a trip there soon! Oh and congrats on the 10 miles!

  5. says

    It scares me when I think about it too much, but yeah I think I believe in some sort of energy that hangs around when people have unfinished business!
    That tour looks like a lot of fun – and definitely the right thing to celebrate Halloween :)

  6. says

    I believe in everything. Ghosts, aliens, bogeymen, telephone psychics. OK, maybe not that last one. My sister works in a haunted restaurant that used to be a house. She has a ton of stories…hearing footsteps when there’s no one there, things being moved and rearranged, a room that no one will go into because it feels so wrong.

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