13 of the best haunted Airbnbs you can rent to get in the Halloween spirit

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Love the thrill of visiting a haunted house, but it’s not quite enough for you? Why not go all in and stay overnight in one?

Yup, that’s right. We took stock of the scariest haunted houses, apartments, and rooms that you can rent on Airbnb. But between the active spirit sightings, inexplicable events, and occurrences of random music playing, you may want to reserve a room elsewhere too, just in case you’re too spooked to spend a full evening in one of these places. 

But for those feeling particularly brave and excited for specter-sightings this year, here are the 13 best haunted Airbnbs that you can stay in:

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A deceptively luxe experience.

Among the three rooms available at the Parks-Bowman Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana, is “The Haunted Bedroom.” The ghost of a young girl in a yellow dress from the 1890s is said to inhabit the room — but no need to worry, she’s quite shy, according to the Airbnb listing.

And when you’re finished keeping a lookout for ghosts, you can head down to the mansion’s pool, or ask the home’s owners (who also reside in the house) for some “tales of New Orleans lore.”

Book the room for $115 a night.

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Unfortunately, you won’t be able to enter this Airbnb unless you’re over 21.

On the second floor, above the historic Tonopah Liquor Company bar in Tonopah, Nevada, sits the Harlot House. During the 1920s the brothel was active and thriving in what was once Tonopah’s red light district, according to its Airbnb description.

While it’s no longer a brothel, guests who rent out the Harlot House will find themselves surrounded by saucy nude portraits, rooms named after historic sex workers, and according to Time Out, you might even meet some ghoulish gals during your stay. 

Book the entire Harlot House for $100 a night.

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It looks so spooky.

The Victorian Inn is located in the heart of the historic Dixfield Village in Maine. Known as the Marsh-Edwards House, it’s said to have numerous “spirited” guests. The inn’s owners have hired paranormal experts to investigate the property and have found that it is indeed haunted. 

The ghost of a young boy has been spotted on the first floor, along with the ghost of a woman who walks around outside, and a “big man” in the hallway. Guests can also to expect to hear music playing at all hours in the 137 year old inn. Eek.

Book yourself a room for$99 a night.

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What lies beyond those cast iron gates?

Built in 1890, this three-story brick house is said to be haunted — though the suite’s hosts provide limited insight into the home’s eerie nature, many guests have filled in the chilling details in their reviews. One mentioned that a missing belonging turned up in an odd location, and other’s describe hearing a woman’s voice in the dead of night.

Book the suite for $60 a night.

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I’m sure the ghosts appreciate the organic cotton sheets.

This unassuming house in Bisbee, Arizona, looks just like any other run of the mill Airbnb home you might rent, but it has a secret: it’s haunted. 

According to its description on Airbnb, the home is “genuinely” haunted and strange bouts of “unexplained mischief” are to be expected. Other than that, guests can enjoy eco-friendly and organic accommodations.

Book this house for $50 a night.

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Lol, no thank you.

As soon as you step into the Haunted Bedroom at Talliston, you’re transported back into the early 1900s. The bedroom — located in Great Dunmow, United Kingdom — is meant to replicate that of a “seven-year-old Edwardian child complete with books, toys and ephemera,” according to the Airbnb listing.

It’s rumored that a child used to live in this room and complained of hearing lots of sounds and noises come evening, according to Refinery29. After the child died, their parents sealed up the room out of fear that they might haunt it. The room wasn’t reopened until the house’s current owner moved in and decided to renovate the room as they imagine the child might have kept it.

One of the perks of renting out this room is that you’ll have complete access to the entirety of the house (something other renters in the house don’t have), which almost makes sleeping in a haunted children’s bedroom worth it. 

Book the room for $164 a night.

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Extremely mysterious vibes.

The Manor was once voted the most mysterious house in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and it’s not hard to see why thanks to its gothic architecture and castle-like appearance.

There haven’t ever been any reported ghost-sightings, but the Manor’s spooky vibes make it the perfect place to gather for a seance or a scary movie marathon. 

Book the room for $72 a night.

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Laura the friendly ghost may accompany you during your stay.

Stay in the heart of historic Savannah, Georgia, in this cottage built in 1799. It is famous for appearing in Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, and for, well, being possessed by spirits.

The guest house is said to be haunted by a woman named Laura, who lived in the cottage for 50 years. Encounters with Laura are said to be friendly, so you won’t have to worry about any unpleasant otherworldly interactions. 

Book this cottage for $178 a night.

Absolute madness.

Absolute madness.

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The “madness chamber” located in York in the United Kingdom, is reportedly over 600 years old, according to its Airbnb description. 

The chamber is known for being something akin to a time capsule of York — oh, and for containing sounds, like your screams. That’s right, if you scream, no one will hear it, which during these tumultuous times actually sounds amazing.

Book this room for $157 a night.

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Nothing like spending some quality alone time in a ghost town.

Okay, so technically this house isn’t haunted, but it is located smack dab in the middle of a ghost town in Terlingua, Texas — which is honestly very creepy. 

But if the thought of being isolated doesn’t spook you, then you can just take in the scenic beauty, enjoy the stars, and embrace the simplicity of the Texas terrain surrounding you. 

Book this home for $130 a night.

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How many ghosts do you think are currently hanging out in this room?

In the midst of historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is the David Stewart Farm, which has been around since before the Civil War — and was even used as a hospital following the battle of Gettysburg, according to its Airbnb description.

While guests will have access to the entire home, they won’t necessarily be alone. According to the Airbnb host, who has lived in the farm house for 36 years, there are many ghostly guests that frequent the home as well. But not to worry! They’re all extremely friendly.

Book this home for $105 a night.

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Three bedrooms and one punctual ghost.

When you rent the entire Chateau Pitau castle in Vidnoye, Russia, you get access to a pool, a disco, a sauna, and a ghost. The owner reportedly sees a ghost once a week as the clock strikes midnight.

But, who cares about a ghost when there are so many other amenities to enjoy?

Book the castle for $200 a night.

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Of course it’s haunted, just look at all of these dolls!!

Out of all the haunted Airbnbs, this one is among the most haunted. The small apartment located in New Orleans, Louisiana. is said to have loads of “active spirits,” so if you’re obsessed with ghosts, this is absolutely the place for you. 

Regular paranormal investigations are scheduled daily from nine in the evening until midnight, according to its listing on Airbnb. And, if you’re so inclined you can join in on some of the paranormal investigations with the crew of nightly researchers.

Book a room in the apartment for $50 a night.

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Uber's drone-based food delivery could begin in 2021


At this year’s Uber Elevate Summit in May, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi discussed the possibility of a drone-based food delivery service. Now, it looks like a job posting has hinted that the company is looking to launch the service by 2021.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Uber is looking to hire someone with “flight standards and training” experience, who can “enable safe, legal, efficient and scalable flight operations.” If the info is legit, It looks like Uber is looking to keep development of the program under wraps as the job posting is no longer listed on its website. According to the Wall Street Journal’s report, the drone-based delivery service has been dubbed “UberExpress,” and will exist under the umbrella of Uber Eats. The job description reportedly described a desire for an applicant that can “help make delivery drones functional as soon as next year and commercially operational in multiple markets by 2021.”

Many large companies have been testing the waters of drone delivery services: Amazon made its first drone delivery via Prime Air in 2016, and Alphabet ramped up their drone delivery service last year. Regulations regarding drone operations are very complicated and stringent, however, so there are a lot of legal hurdles companies must overcome before we start seeing widespread drones-as-a-service take off. As such, getting UberExpress off the ground in three years feels like quite the undertaking.

Lately, Uber has been making it clear that it has ambitions beyond ridesharing. Last week, the company announced that it is planning to expand into the trucking industry, and has teased the development of a flying taxi service. It’s also been testing the waters on-demand staffing and electric scooter rental as well. In an announcement from September, Khosrowshahi detailed a plan outlining a new focus on “sustainable mobility” that emphasized Uber’s dedication to expanding the other sectors of its business.

Despite Uber’s ever-widening portfolio, and its previous discussion on drone-based food delivery, UberExpress is far from a certainty. The company clearly sees a future where drones play a key role, but what that looks like is purely speculation right now.

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Intellivision’s Amico is the latest retro console revival


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Intellivision, the video game maker that didn’t survive the ’80s, is back and ready to build something new on top of gaming nostalgia. After teasing the idea earlier this year, the company has announced plans for a new console called the Amico — one part retro console and one part family-friendly modern gaming system. Intellivision plans to release it with a mix of classic titles and new originals in 2020.

The Amico shares some similarities with the standard retro console release. It will supposedly play a slew of classic titles that ’80s babies might remember playing through on their living room TV. Intellivision titles like Astrosmash, SNAFU and Utopia are all in line to get new life on the Amico, as are a number of industry classics like Pong, Centipede and Super Burgertime. The company is promising updated graphics, new levels, and multiplayer modes for many of the throwbacks.

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Intellivision doesn’t just want to bring back some old games, though. The company claims it wants offer an approachable, family-oriented gaming experience that anyone can pick up and play regardless of skill level. It’s positioning the Amico as an alternative to the Xbox One and PS4. To achieve what it calls “”Equal Opportunity Gaming,” Intellivision’s new games will be rated “E for Everyone” or “E10+” and will sell for between $2.99 and $7.99. Intellivision is also banning downloadable content and in-app purchases from its titles. The games will be produced with what Intellivision calls “state of the art 21st century 2D image processing and graphics capability,” whatever that means.

Intellivision plans to ship the Amico with two wireless Bluetooth controllers that have a 3.5-inch color touchscreen. The controllers will have just four buttons, a directional pad, and a gyroscope and accelerometer that respond to movement. The company says the console will allow up to eight people to play at a time and will allow users to connect their smartphone to use as a controller.

Even if Intellivision popped up with the console made and ready to be purchased, the plan of retro titles and new games exclusively for a console that will likely have a small install base would warrant skepticism. But the company thus far has only shown off preliminary conceptual designs of the Amico and hasn’t shown the console or any of the games in action. Intellivision has set a release date of October 10, 2020 for the console, with a price point between $149-179. Right now, that makes for some pricy mockup art.

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Learn how to (legally) hack wireless networks with this 45+ hour training bundle

Private data is worth more than diamonds these days, which makes high-profile companies primary targets for hackers and identity thieves due to their wealth of user information. If industry giants like Facebook and Equifax are vulnerable to hackers, what can a company possibly do to defend themselves and their users’ private info?

Strangely enough, the answer is to fight fire with fire. The best defense against a hacker is another hacker who’s well versed in network vulnerabilities. With all of the recent data breaches and inevitable future leaks, the demand for white hat hackers is high. If you want to pursue a career as a hacker (legally), this $29 certification bundle is a great place to start.

The Complete White Hat Hacker Certification Bundle features 8 courses on the tools in every hacker’s arsenal. If you don’t have much coding experience, a good course to start with is Hacking In Practice: Certified Ethical Hacking Mega Course, which will introduce you to common cyber threats and dispel IT security myths. This course covers security policies, risk management, disaster recovery, and more threats that ethical hackers must be prepared for. Once you complete the course, you’ll also receive a free voucher for the ISA CISS examination, which you can earn to certify your skills as a white hat.

Keep in mind that this course serves as ethical hacking 101; there are dozens of ways that hackers may attack, and the other courses in this bundle focus on many in greater detail. For example, Website Hacking In Practice: Hands-On covers common web threats such as cross-site scripting, SQL injections, phishing, and more. Alternatively, Hacking & Penetration Testing With Metasploit focuses on penetration testing IT networks to identify vulnerabilities.

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SurveyMonkey plunges 11 percent after rival Qualtrics discloses much faster growth in IPO filing

SurveyMonkey shares fell 11 percent on Monday after one of the survey software vendor’s major competitors, Qualtrics, disclosed in its IPO filing that it’s the bigger of the two companies and is growing much faster than its rival.

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SurveyMonkey, which trades under the name SVMK, dropped $1.39 to $11.63 at the close on Monday, its lowest price since its Nasdaq debut last month. The company has lost one-third of its value since closing at $17.24 on Sept. 26, its first trading day.

Qualtrics said in its IPO filing on Friday that revenue for the first half of 2018 jumped 41.7 percent to $184.2 million. Over that same stretch, SurveyMonkey reported 14 percent growth to $121. 2 million in sales. Qualtrics also had a narrower loss than SurveyMonkey and even turned a profit last year.

Both companies are part of a wave of subscription software developers to head for the public markets in 2018, a group that includes DocuSign, Dropbox, Zuora and Anaplan.

Also on Monday, Credit Suisse initiated coverage of SurveyMonkey with a “neutral” rating because the stock, as of the day’s open, was trading within 10 percent of the firm’s target price. J.P. Morgan started coverage with an “overweight” rating, citing the company’s efficient business model and expectations that revenue growth will accelerate in a year.

— CNBC’s Jordan Novet contributed to this report.

WATCH: Cramer worries SurveyMonkey ‘might be a dinosaur’ prior to IPO

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Be More Chill, Broadway’s unlikely viral hit, is getting a film adaptation

Be More Chill — the up-and-coming sci-fi Broadway musical based on Ned Vizzini’s novel of the same name — is getting a film adaptation, according to a report from Deadline. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions have been tapped to make a movie version of the musical, although the deal is still early on, and no film studio has been chosen for distribution yet.

If you’re not familiar with Be More Chill, you’re likely not alone: the show first debuted to little fanfare as a regional production in 2015 that adapted Vizzini’s young adult novel about Jeremy Heere, an unpopular high school student who takes a pill containing a “SQUIP” (Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor, which manifests as a smooth-talking, advice-dispensing devil on Jeremy’s shoulder) in a bid to be more accepted at school.

The show didn’t become a hit until several years after the production wrapped and the cast album went viral, amassing a huge audience. Since then, the Be More Chill soundtrack has been streamed over 150 million times; in 2017, the show’s fandom on Tumblr was second only to Hamilton in terms of activity. To this day, the show’s composer Joe Iconis still isn’t sure what caused the sudden boom in attention.

Driven by its unlikely social media and streaming success, the show debuted again in NYC for a limited Off-Broadway run earlier this summer; the shows completely sold out before a single performance had gone up. That production is now scheduled to move to Broadway in February, where it’ll have to prove itself on its biggest stages yet.

The show has faced some fairly harsh reviews from theater critics like The New York Times (Ben Brantley calls it “exhaustingly enthusiastic”), but the main audience of the show — mostly internet-savvy teenagers — seem completely undeterred. The fact that a movie deal has materialized so swiftly is evident of both the demand (Tumblr, Spotify, and YouTube extend far beyond the reach of Broadway) and the viral nature of the show. It’s prime flash-in-the-pan fodder, so whether it’s successful or not will depend on swift action while it’s still in the limelight.

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Honor teaser knocks the Magic 2 against a table to a beat and it’s really hard to watch

Honor briefly showed off its upcoming Magic 2 phone a few months back, revealing a bezel-less screen and a sliding mechanism that opens up to a camera. The company will unveil the device officially on October 31st, but until then, Honor is teasing the phone with a series of hands-on videos by Chinese celebrities giving their impressions. We can see from the video there are three rear cameras, similar to the P20 Pro by Huawei, its parent company.

Honor is also leaning hard into the clicking sound the slider makes, by releasing videos featuring “beats” made with the slider. Here’s a video featuring a Chinese singer unboxing the Honor 2, and then singing over the beat. It’s cringeworthy, but not as difficult to watch as this TikTok video featuring someone using two Honor Magic 2 phones as a pair of dang drumsticks. Watch as they click open and close the phone, and hit the poor, uncovered phones against a table to a beat.


Aside from the light phone abuse, another thing to take away from this video is that the sliding mechanism reveals a front-facing camera that’s rumored to be 16-megapixels, according to specs leaked on Chinese website MyDrivers, via TrustedReviews. The leaks also state that the phone has a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. We also know that the phone will have Huawei’s new Kirin 980 processor, and will come with Android 9 Pie installed.

Sliding camera mechanisms have been gaining popularity among Chinese phones like Oppo’s Find X and Vivo’s Nex. Instead of having the cameras pop up automatically though, Honor’s “Magic Slide” mechanism is manual, and the company’s clearly trying to market it as a “fun” feature. We’ll know more about the Magic 2 when Honor launches the phone in China on October 31st.

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Samsung teases a reveal for its foldable, dual-screen smartphone

Samsung is getting closer to taking the wraps off its foldable smartphone, a prototype of which has supposedly been in the works for years now. In a tweet sent late last week, the company teased a big reveal of the device, or at least a prototype version of it, describing its upcoming developer conference as “the crossroads between the present and the future” and showing a subtle graphic of two lines unfolding into a right-facing arrow.

We’ve been hearing for a while now that Samsung was close to showing off its foldable phone. Samsung CEO DJ Koh hinted in an interview with CNBC in September that the product could arrive as soon as this year, but we still haven’t seen any hardware, even in just the prototype phase.

That looks like it could change as early as next month, with it now more likely than ever that either some form of the device’s software interface or perhaps some actual hardware will be on display at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco, which starts November 7th.

So far, all we have to go on is this 2014 concept video showing what such a device might look like and how it could be used to fold a phone in two and noticeably reduce its size. Prior to that, Samsung showed off a prototype flexible AMOLED display way back in 2012.

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