Photos: Top ten "haunted" Denver sites to visit on Friday the 13th

What to do on Friday the 13th that doesn't involve donning a hockey mask and slashing horny teenagers to bits? We've got ten answers courtesy of, a website that purports to reveal haunted places across the country -- including plenty in Colorado. Below, see the top ten Denver haunts as listed by the site, complete with photos and Shadowlands text. We make no claims for the accuracy of the descriptions, but we found them to be alternately disturbing and hilarious -- perfect for Friday the 13th. Count them down below. Number 10: Lumber Baron Inn "In the 1970s, this house was converted into apartments. A young runaway girl, 17 years old, lived in one apartment. She was raped and murdered one night. A friend of hers stumbled upon the murder and was also killed. The house is now a bed and breakfast. There have been several haunting incidences, including a sighting of a girl in a flapper dress. Footsteps have been heard and seen on the squeaky steps." Number 9: Mollly Brown House "The infamous house of Margaret Brown is haunted, although by who has not yet been determined. An investigator found cold spots throughout the house, the scent of pope tobacco when no one was smoking & doors that had 'a mind of their own. Apparitions also seen. The house is now a tourist attraction." Continue to keep counting down the top ten "haunted" Denver sites to visit on Friday the 13th. Number 8: Molkerei "Formerly a tuberculosis clinic in the heart of Denver back in the late 1800s. It was closed down as a clinic and remained open as an asylum between 1902 and 1906. It was believed the unethical practices of early psychology led to the untimely death of the residents. Many sightings have been reported of things such as lights within the house flickering on and off repeatedly visions of people walking around inside a seemingly abandoned house and one instance of a male leaving the house wearing a white surgeon's mask and walking around the surrounding park. It is also believed that there was formerly a network of tunnels underground that are leading to the nearby castle of Baron Von Richtofen himself. The house has been recently remodeled but strange instances still occur within the surrounding park and neighborhood." Number 7: George Washington High School "The ghost of an old heavy bald man is seen on the football field. He will show up in the middle of the day and then just disappear into thin air. Some say he is the ghost of an old football coach." Continue to keep counting down the top ten "haunted" Denver sites to visit on Friday the 13th. Number 6: Dora Moore K-8 "Many have seen a ghost at Dora Moore K-8 school. She is most often seen walking along the large wooden staircase that connects the first and second floors, but some have seen her in the third floor auditorium. She's seen at night or during days when it's so dark outside you could mistake it for night. She wears a longish dress (ankle length, but doesn't touch the floor) and her hair is twisted into a bun. She walks quietly, not making any noise at all." Number 5: Denver Public Library "According to some employees, there is a ghost in the basement of the library who shoves people hard when they are walking through. According to one employee, a security guard quit because they were frightened as badly while patrolling the basement at night. Now the security guards patrol it in groups of two." Continue to keep counting down the top ten "haunted" Denver sites to visit on Friday the 13th. Number 4: Denver International Airport "Several problems were encountered while building the airport. This is reportedly due to the fact that the airport was built on top of sacred Native American ground. Some employees and visitors have reported hearing or seeing strange things." Number 3: Red Rocks Amphitheater "Apparitions of an old man was standing on the 'restricted' side of the railings. He looks to be an old miner. He was about 5'5", white beard, dirty brownish hat with a bottle in his hand. He appears for just a few seconds, then disappears." Continue to keep counting down the top ten "haunted" Denver sites to visit on Friday the 13th. Number 2: Denver Children's Home "In the late 1880s. Denver Children's Home, located on Albion Street and Colfax Avenue in Denver, Colorado, provided lodgings to orphaned children. A fire in 1888 (then known as the Denver Orphan's Home) killed several children in the attic/third floor. Today, DCH is still providing youth services, counseling and housing to youth. Apparitions of children playing and ehtereal voices of crying and whimpering are regular phenomena. Also, an apparition of a female in a wedding gown is regularly seen floating down the third floor steps and across the 50 ft. length of the second floor hallways. The FIFTH exorcism occurred in 1999, but still certain paranormal oddities remain." Number 1: Cheesman Park "Cheesman Park was the cemetery for Denver and there are graves left in the park. There are more than just graves. During that time period, the care of graves was terrible. If someone did not have a grave, they may have been thrown in another with someone else or just left lying until a mass burial grave was dug. Also, if someone were buried in a grave that elonged to someone else, they would just take the person in there and leave them. If you go around the time the grass should turn green, you can see the graves. This is because the grass over the graves turns green first. Also, you can see sunken spots from the graves."

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