These Ghost Towns Inspired Our Halloween Decor, Let Them Influence Yours Too!

by Alex ThatcherOctober 27, 2017

Why Are Ghost Towns So Spooky?

Cursed, haunted, or abandoned, these towns are just plain creepy. When a town’s economy crashes or the town is destroyed by a natural or human-made disaster, it can become a ghost town. Some of the most famous (or infamous) have architecture still standing that is easily identifiable to a specific period in history.

Since Halloween is just around the corner, grab some inspiration for your creepy home decorations from these modern-day ghost towns.
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Bodie, California – A Perfectly Preserved Mining Town

One of the nation’s most well-preserved ghost towns, Bodie was once a booming mining town. An increase in population after miners struck gold quickly overwhelmed the town’s infrastructure, which led to a rise in crime and other dangers that included severe and harsh winters. The town was officially abandoned in the 1940s, but the structures are intact from the 1880s. This includes 200 ramshackle buildings, saloons, and the ruins of a burned-out bank vault.
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Centralia, Pennsylvania – A City on Fire

It was always burning since the world’s been turning — or at least for the last 60 years. In 1962, the citizens of Centralia were said to be burning trash too close to the entrance of one of the mines when a stray flame ignited the coal inside. The fire spread underground throughout the mine tunnels, and has been burning for 60 years.

Since it has its own fuel source, it could burn up to 200 more years. The sulfurous fumes, carbon monoxide and sinkholes caused by the intense fire burning under the city nearly killed its residents, and the city was eventually condemned by the government in the 1990s.

Centralia is often used as a model for the physical manifestation of hell and inspired the movie Silent Hill. Since we don’t recommend setting anything around you on fire (ever), try some dry ice or a fog machine to replicate the smoke coming from the ground. Place hot water in a container and add a portion of dry ice every 30 minutes. Hide it behind a well-placed tombstone and you’ve got a creepy effect that will impress all your neighbors.
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Thurmond, West Virginia – Only Inhabited by Politicians

Some say the town is haunted, others say you can feel a strange “presence” while visiting Thurmond. Another abandoned coal town, the population plummeted from about 500 to 7 by the year 2000. It is reported that, “In 2005, 6 of its 7 residents reportedly ran for public office.” But, Thurmond’s true claim to fame is the world’s longest lasting poker game, which was featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not, lasting for 14 years.

It can’t get much creepier than skeletons. And for a classic Halloween decoration, set up a few skeletons in a public area like the kitchen table doing an everyday task like sharing a meal or playing poker.

Abandoned towns are spooky! They are a great inspiration to use when decorating your home for Halloween. If you are ready to start shopping for your dream home so you can decorate to your heart’s content, start searching now.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.