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Real Ghosts Might've Been Captured On Camera At The Hotel That Inspired 'The Shining'

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The haunted hotel that inspired The Shining is undoubtedly one of the eeriest places in the United States. Plenty of hotels claim to have ghostly presences, but real haunted hotels are hard to come by. Ask anyone who's been on a ghost tour at the Stanley Hotel, though, and they'll tell you the building's ghostly reputation is earned. The real-life haunting behind Stephen King's The Shining has fascinated and terrified guests for decades.

One thing definitely makes the Stanley Hotel stand out amongst other hauntings: its ghosts aren't exactly camera shy. Over the years, many strange and chilling images have been captured by guests and ghost hunters alike, spawning speculation among non-believers and enthusiasm in the paranormal community. 

In September 2017, a photograph from one of the hotel's guided ghost tours has once again aroused interest in the spooky old resort. But are those actual ghosts in the image, or is the photo a fake? Either way, this picture is definitely bizarre.

  • The Photograph Seems To Show Ghostly Children

    Photo: John Mausling / Huffington Post

    The Mausling family of Aurora, CO, took a guided ghost tour of the Stanley Hotel in September 2017. They didn't notice anything out of the ordinary at the time. But as they were reviewing their photos, something strange caught their attention: there were two extra figures in frame, including one that resembled a small girl. An additional figure appeared to be climbing the stairs.

    The Mauslings were skeptical. They couldn't remember coming across any small children during the tour. They reached out to the rest of the group, hoping for answers, but came up empty handed. No one could recall seeing the figures captured in the photograph.

  • An Expert Says The Photograph Would Have Been Difficult To Fake

    Photo: John Mausling / Huffington Post

    Could this be photographic evidence of an actual apparition? The Stanley Hotel is a notoriously haunted location, and numerous photos of mysterious ghostly figures have surfaced over the years.

    Neither the photographer nor any of the guests on this particular guided tour remembered seeing any children on the stairs when the picture was taken. Even Ben Hansen, a former FBI agent and host of SyFy's Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, seems convinced. He noted how certain details of the photograph would be difficult to fake, and while he couldn't discern the authenticity of the photo, he called it a convincing image nonetheless.

  • Other Creepy Photos Have Been Taken On That Staircase


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    Quite a few ghostly images have been captured at the Stanley Hotel – and some were snapped in the same spot where the ghostly children appeared. This is the grand staircase, located in the lobby of the Stanley. It's reported to be one of the most haunted areas of the hotel.

    One of the spookiest images shows the figure of a woman standing at the top of the stairs.

  • Another Ghostly Girl Was Photographed At The Hotel

    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    The Stanley Hotel embraces its haunted history by giving frequent ghost tours. The guides encourage people to take photographs in the hopes of catching an anomaly. It seems that the tactic is working: tour groups have been delivering some chilling images.

    One such photo comes from Redditor sriedl00, who discovered what appears to be a figure of a girl in a hot pink dress. The creepy part? He never saw anyone during the tour wearing a hot pink outfit.