Are you an avid traveler and a scare enthusiast? Well do we have the perfect list for you. We’ve compiled 5 freakishly haunting destinations around the world just in time to get your spook on this Halloween. These destinations aren’t just weird or morbid, they actually have a lot of history.
5. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle in Scotland seems pretty normal from the outside. Like many castles though, it has a lot of history. It has been around for centuries since the early Middle Ages. It hosts dungeons and secret underground passageways. In the dungeons, many prisoners were often tortured to death here throughout the ages. As a result, ghosts and orbs are said to be wandering aimlessly around the castle for eternity. When the undergrounds tunnels were first discovered, it is said that a piper was used to traverse the extensive network while those above would track his movement through his sounds. Half way through, the music stopped and the piper was never to be found.
4. Island of the Dolls, Mexico
The Island of the Dolls (Isla de las Munecas) seems too absurd to be real right? The reality is it does exist and on an a small island just south of Mexico city in the Xochimico canals. The story goes that over 50 years ago, a man named Don Julian Santana Barrera found the the body of a little girl in the canal. Her death was surrounded by mysterious circumstance and she was presumed to have drowned. A doll was found near her body and was presumably hers. Don Julian hung the doll on a tree to pay tribute to the girl. As the years progressed, he was moved by her spirit to hang more dolls along on the trees. After 50 years, he died in a similar manner as the girl. Locals say they have heard whispers from the dolls and have seen their eyes and heads move.
3. Chernobyl, Ukraine
Many of us are familiar with the catastrophic nuclear meltdown that occurred at Chernobyl in 1986 of the former USSR. The disaster left the surrounding area uninhabitable & abandoned (30 km exclusion zone) due to the nuclear fallout. Many people in the area acquired radiation induced cancers leading to painful deaths. Now it is eerily quiet with signs of a distant previous life. A graveyard of empty schools, hospitals, shops, and homes are now littered with decaying urban materials. The ghost town is said to now be haunted. Clean up crews have reported ghostly sightings and shadowy figures. In 1997, a nuclear physicist in Chernobyl named Andrei Kharsukhov reported the following:
“I stood by the entrance taking radiation and roentgen readings. I know no one could be inside the old reactor core, but I could hear very distinctly hear the sound of someone screaming for help, shouting that there was a fire inside.”
“The reactor door requires a password and a handprint, yet someone, or something was inside. Later that evening, as we were eating dinner outside the building by the river next to the plant, a flood light turned on in the room of the installation. There was no way anyone could be inside. As we ate we figured there was a power surge or something. Then just as my colleague said that, the light turned off.”
2. Aokigahara Forest, Japan
Aokigahara is also known as Suicide Forest. Since the 19th century, people in despair have been coming to the forest to kill themselves. However it didn’t become a popular spot for suicide until 1960 when a popular book was published that described a couple’s suicide in the forest. Corpses are often stumbled upon by hikers in this unforgiving topography. It is estimated that 100 suicides happen a year in Aokigahara now. The government has even put up signs in an attempt to deter people from killing themselves there. There have been stories of the spirits of the deceased living among the forest. It also doesn’t help that the forest is associated with demons (Oni) and ghosts (Yurei) in traditional Japanese folklore.
1. Catacombs, France
The Catacombs in Paris, France are quite well known for being as the world’s largest graveyard (6 million buried), which also happens to be underground of a major city. In the 18th century, cemeteries were overflowing with the dead. It was decided to bury the bodies underground in the catacombs. Even in the above ground cemeteries, bodies were exhumed and the bones placed in the catacombs. By the late 18th century, two meters of the burial ground was filled with the dead.
The catacomb network expands over 186 miles through winding and twisting passages. There have been stories of tourists getting lost and eventually dying in there. There also have been reports of skulls moving or talking and reports of being touched by invisible hands.
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