Friendly? Yes. Charming? Of course. Romantic? Yep.

But creepy?


The Holy City has become accustomed to appearing on lists: best restaurants, best place for outdoor recreation, best destination for tourists. The latest one, however, must be a trick. Or, in this case, is it a treat?

Family Circle magazine chose Charleston as one of its top seven “most haunted cities” as Halloween approaches.

The magazine cited Bulldog Tours’ forays into a dungeon, into old cemeteries and through a haunted jail.

It warned that the ghost of John Wilkes Booth’s father might be afoot in the Dock Street Theatre. And it warned of “unexplained mysteries” aboard the World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown.

The magazine calls it all thrilling.

For chilling, the article says the 10th floor at the Francis Marion Hotel is a good place to stay — if you’re brave. Or it suggests the Embassy Suites (the Old Citadel) where “the souls of former cadets and officers are rumored to lurk.”

Others on Family Circle’s list are “ghastly” Gettysburg, “supernatural” Salem, Mass., “paranormal” Portland, Ore., “sinister” San Francisco, “terrifying” Tombstone, Ariz., and “nail-biting” New Orleans.

But “creepy” Charleston? Maybe — but for just one day.