Another Haunting at the Stanley Hotel

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Usually, I decorate the halls and the driveway and everything in between with cobwebs, spiders, bats, and all things ghoulish. This year with a trip to Europe, a three-day snowstorm, and snowdrifts still covering the ground, I’ll light candles in my pumpkins and will call it done. But my trip to the Stanley Hotel earlier this month still haunts me….

The Stanley Hotel in October

Recently, my husband, Danny, and I drove to Estes Park to enjoy the fall color and stop by my favorite haunt, The Stanley Hotel. When I visited a few years ago, I had been the biggest critic and didn’t believe anything paranormal would happen. My paranormal experiences always happened randomly. But that night was insane.

Susie Lindau at the Stanley Hotel

I’ve been back a few times for lunch without nary a shiver, but this time was different. Back on Friday, November 13th, 2010, we experienced so much paranormal activity, even I couldn’t believe it. At that time the Stanley held daily ghost tours and only displayed The Shining movie and series photographs downstairs from the lobby.

Redrum and Room 401 souvenirs including mugs and glasses

Now, they have made The Shining and all things paranormal their brand. The hedge they planted last summer in what will someday be a maze, has grown to shoulder height in front of the hotel. The gift shop is filled with many items displaying lines from Stephen King’s movie. The ghost tour continues and they have several Halloween events and balls in the month of October and November.

Not sure why Mona Lisa is peeking at us from behind the mugs…

Room 217 mugs at the Stanley

So, when we came back earlier this month, it didn’t surprise me that there was a wait for parking. It has become quite a tourist attraction. We had lunch in the bar and then walked around a bit.

tables set in the piano room for a white wedding

When I peeked into the piano room, one of the haunted places in the Stanley Hotel, well, you’ll see. I actually saw it while recording and almost shut off the camera too soon. 

Here’s the video tour and the strange occurrence.

Proof of paranormal activity or proof that I’m over-reacting? You decide…

What do you think? Was it a reflection of some kind? A trick of the eye and my iPhone? I looked back in the room several times, but there wasn’t any direct sunlight.

Even though I wasn’t home much of October, I still decorated the inside of my house. It is my favorite time of year, after all.

Halloween decorations

Will we don our Morticia and Gomez Addams outfits? Some traditions have to continue no matter what the weather.

Gomez and Morticia

What do you believe? Do you think it was paranormal, or a trick of the light, a reflection from something? Would you have looked twice or dismissed it?

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A title poster with the words Another Haunting at the Stanley Hotel

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  1. I’m not sure I’d sleep well in that place, but just for a visit it might be okay (if I didn’t watch the movie again). What an imagination Stephen King has, to make The Shining out of a location like that.


    1. He actually stayed there in the 1970’s and witnessed paranormal activity, himself! Nothing like the movie, of course. LOL! Twins, naked ghouls in bathtubs, and possessions….
      Happy Halloween, Anneli!

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    1. That is so true, Jan. That has happened to me before. After my overnight stay at the Stanley, something poked me while in bed for the next three nights!!! This time, I hope I shook them off in Europe…
      Happy Halloween!

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  2. OK Susie which one of you is directly related to cousin ‘It’ ? And where do you keep ‘Think’ when you’re traveling about. I bet Roxy and Thing get along just great together. All of those scratchings and pettings on Roxy.


  3. Looks like a wonderful hotel but not sure I’d like all the spooky paranormal stuff. Love your Adams Family costumes, it really is a hug deal out in the States isn’t it? We have never done anything for Halloween really, not very important in the UK. Great to dress up though, always loads of fun.


    1. My sister, Patty, and I are going back to stay at the Stanley in 2020 on Friday the 13th. LOL! I wonder if it will be as crazy as the last time. I pretty much shut down the paranormal awakenings six years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer, but a few have slipped into my conscious state. 🙂
      Halloween is a big money maker here with parties, costumes, cards and a night of trick-or-treating. It’s one of my favorite holidays since it’s a national costume party! As a kid, it was a big deal when I was allowed to go with my friends. So in that respect, it’s also a coming of age event. Mostly, it’s a night where everyone can forget who they are and become someone else!

      That said, Danny and I went as dead people from the Titanic after the movie premiered. After meeting tons of people at a party, I went home and looked at my blue hideous dead face. I totally forgot what I looked like! LOL!

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      1. It’s never been that big a deal in England although I think it’s now growing year on year. Anything that gets people dressing up and having fun is okay in my book and the fact that the whole family can get involved together is just great. Hope you enjoy the Friday 13th night. Could be seriously over the top and a lot of laughs (and screams).


    1. Exactly! The vibes are real. I do wonder how it will be next year since I pretty much shut down my sensitivity. You never know!
      Yep, we dressed up for our 13 trick-or-treaters. LOL!


  4. Cool! Have been there twice, but no such experiences. But it’s neat to hear others, like yourself (who is haunted, by all your accounts! 😉 ), who have weird things happen to them there!


    1. Hey Frank! Great to see you!
      I really didn’t think anything would happen again, and then I recorded the piano room. Whatever it was, really caught my eye as it happened! That place has so much energy. I wonder what will happen next November 13th. I bet if you stayed overnight, Frank, something would creep you out!

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