Remember the famous film, “Home Alone,” where kid actor Macaulay Culkin was left stranded at home for the holidays while his family took off on an overseas vacation?

Even though left on his own, the kid did pretty well fighting off would-be robbers in this film and its subsequent sequels.

Being “home alone” is one thing – but being the only soul standing in an entire town – that’s a bit more chill-worthy. And according to a piece on, there are plenty of ghost towns across the US where that would certainly be the case. In fact, they listed “the creepiest and the coolest” ghost towns in each state of the union, including:

Scull Shoals, GA: This one perhaps has the best name ever for a creepy location. It’s deep within the Oconee National Forest and was once ground zero for the state’s first paper mill. Sadly, flooding and soil erosion made it clear this wasn’t the promised land. And while abandoned mill buildings and chimneys beckon the morbidly curious, stay on the marked trails because hunters still roam the region.

Old Joliet Prison, IL: Within the walls of this Chicago landmark, the 20 buildings of the Joliet Correctional Center (operational from 1858 to 2002) offer plenty of room to get the band back together. Because even though some would say its most famous 20th-century resident was killer clown John Wayne Gacy, they’re likely outvoted by the millions who associate the place with “Joliet” Jake of the Blues Brothers.

Spectre, AL: This place probably deserves its own special award as it’s the only ghost town in the 50 listed that wasn’t an actual municipality. Instead, it was here where Director Tim Burton filmed his 2003 film Big Fish, leaving behind a remarkable movie set that includes a main street, the “Enchanted Forest,” and even goats roaming the streets. Tours are available for just $3 – if you dare.

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Nikki Earley, CFP®