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October 22, 2010 at 5:44 PM

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Georgetown "castle," screams Halloween

Posted by Gabriel Campanario

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Sketched Oct. 20, 6:52 p.m. [Click on sketches to view larger]

Lynda Bazan's three-story Victorian house in Georgetown looked like a dream home to me at first. But after the stories I heard, I don't think I could sleep soundly in the 1903 "Georgetown Castle."

According to the Friends of Georgetown History, the house is home to a healthy population of ghosts. There was the first owner, who took his life upstairs drinking carbolic acid. Then, the prostitute who may have been strangled by a magician when the residence was used as a brothel in the '20s. And last, the baby who was supposedly murdered and buried under the back porch. "Whose baby was crying?" a guest once asked Bazan after a restless night.

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"There seems to be a lot of banging noise, a lot of footsteps on the stairs, temperature changes..." said Bazan, who bought the Carleton Avenue property on a whim five years ago but has no regrets. Living here with her son and two teenage grandkids is a "dream situation."

Bazan looks forward to wearing her Victorian dress on Halloween and greeting the hundreds of trick-or-treaters who stop by. "They're pretty spooked," she said. "I usually scream as I open the door."

Walking tours
The "Georgetown Castle" is a highlight of Halloween walking tours organized by the Friends of Georgetown History. For tour information visit georgetownhistory.com and the Facebook page of The Georgetown Haunted History Tour.

On TV
The house was recently featured on the Travel Channel as one of the most terrifying places in America. Watch the video here.

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