Ghostly Architecture

Ghostly Architecture

On Halloween, the classic creepy haunted house that every kid trembled in their ghostly costume at the site of used to be a large, ornamental Victorian home. Kids “triple dog daring” their friends to ring the bell. Steep mansard roof covered in moss, gothic balcony with no access and a weather vane eerily squeaking from its perch. Arched windows perfectly balanced on either side of the symmetrical design. And don’t forget the ivy creeping up from the ground wrapping around the house and ready to grab its next unsuspecting victim! You were welcomed by a rod iron gate falling off its hinges IF you dared to enter the yard.

Are abandoned McMansions now scrambling to take their place? Maybe the oddities of the design make the spirits feel more “normal”. These houses violate every rule of design, so the spirits LOVE them! Maybe being out of scale with every other house on the block makes them feel right at home. Whatever the reason, there is an unusual phenomenon of haunted houses being located in what are now endearingly referred to as McMansions. Or…  maybe it’s just that those are the homes that have been abandoned over the years for bad design, so they are available to move into!