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Do you love watching horror movies and reading scary novels? Do you enjoy the unusual and often spooky? This time of year is flooded with horror movies and haunted attractions for you to enjoy, but have you ever thought of taking a trip dedicated to the spooky? Here are some places around the world that you can have a gloriously frightening experience.
The Famous Bran Castle in Romania between Transylvania and Wallachia is rumored to have been the residence of Count Dracula, and was actually used by the Romanian royal family. Bran Castle is one of several castles linked to the Dracula legend, including Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle
Any forest has the potential to turn into a creepy and terrifying setting for crime and bloodshed, but this one in Romania has the rep of being the most haunted forest in the world. It’s known as the Bermuda Triangle of Romania with many reported ghost sightings, UFO sightings, and other unexplained events. And if you think you can enter with your phone and use it to call for help if needed, think again. It’s very common for visitors’ electronic devices to malfunction upon entering the forest.
Known as one of the most haunted buildings in the world, Leap Castle has not only had several tragic and bloody events occur within its walls, but it was also built on top of a torture pit. OH, and one of their resident spirits is called, The Elemental. *Cue chills and goosebumps.
The Catacombs is basically an underground boneyard with themed sections for different sections of the body. Meaning, there’s a ribcage hallway, a separate section just for skulls, etc. It’s certainly cool, but so, so creeptastic and weird.
When a bad man dies, he wakes up in Poveglia, according to a Venetian legend. The island, just south of Venice, is now known as one of the most haunted places in the world. It’s believed that there are 160,000 bodies buried there: victims of the plague, lepers and psychiatric patients.
In the 1920s, the island became a hospital and psychiatric center, where the director practiced cruel and unusual techniques (most notably: shoving a chisel into patients’ brains to see what moved) before he committed suicide, throwing himself off the tallest bell tower.
More recently, the island was visited in an episode of Ghost Adventures, where the crew experienced equipment malfunctions and disembodied voices.
The legend of Isla De Las Muñecas goes a little something like this: a little girl died off the coast of this island near Mexico City more than 50 years ago. After her death, several dolls began washing ashore. The island’s only permanent resident at the time was a recluse and began hanging the dolls from trees. Then he started collecting all the dolls he could find and hung them from trees. Now there are hundreds. And they are all looking to suck out your soul.
Near the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, there’s a haunted forest called the Sea of Trees. It’s haunted because of the history of suicides that have taken place there. Apparently, it’s a popular place for people to hang themselves from nooses tied to tree branches, and more than 70 people died there in one year alone. Also, because it’s such a vast forest, police don’t always locate the bodies, leaving hikers and visitors to discover them during a leisurely stroll.
In 1629, the Batavia, a ship bound for Java crashed into one of the Albrolhos Islands, with 320 people on board. A number of sailors drowned trying to make it to shore, but those who did makeit became part of a grisly tale. The captain and a crew of 40 people set off in a rowboat to get help, leaving assistant quartremaster Jeronimus Cornelisz in charge.
Bad decision. He would turn out to be a crazed murderer.
Cornelisz convinced some of the remaining crew that it would be impossible to feed everyone on the island, so he came up with a system of eliminating them. Some were sent to colonies around the island without access to fresh water; he chose to drown a few others. It eventually became a “Lord of the Flies” situation, with every person trying to save their own life.
The 40-person crew came back two months later, and discovering that almost everyone was dead, tried and hanged Cornelisz and six of his followers.
In 1761, a shipwreck left 160 slaves abandoned on a different island in the archipelago: When help was sent 15 years later, only eight were still alive.
A century after that, another ship called the Zeewijk ran aground, killing another 26 people.
There are so many mysteries that surround this infamous prison and most of those who have had a chance to visit have reported feelings of uneasiness while touring the area. I myself have had first-hand experience of getting goose bumps and sensing that I was being watched by some unearthly presence forever locked up in the prison grounds. The whole atmosphere is eerie and not surprisingly, accounts of supernatural sightings and other strange occurrences have been related by very reliable sources. Definitely a spooky place.
Salem is notorious for its witches who were supposedly executed back in the 1600’s for practicing witchcraft, though a lot of them apparently were innocent. One of the areas to go to while you are there is where these witches have been laid to rest (hopefully), along with those who had put them there. You can only imagine the whole atmosphere of the burial grounds. I find cemeteries frightening enough as they are, but with the most sinister of characters buried here, I really couldn’t ask for more. I don’t think you would either.
The Queen Mary
I think that old cruise ships are the most haunted places anyone can ever visit. The Queen Mary is exactly that, a ghost ship like no other. Although I do love being scared out of my wits, I wouldn’t be caught alone walking around this particular ship. The stories that surround it are spine-chilling, from ghostly figures floating around the deck to unexplained noises completing the whole haunted atmosphere. This is definitely one good scare you wouldn’t want to miss.
Stull, Kansas – The gateway to hell is in a Kansas cemetery.
Buried there is a witch with whom the devil became so enamored, he comes regularly to win her affections, or so the story goes. But nighttime visitors to the cemetery have reported something more sinister: being brushed by invisible creatures, getting thrown to the ground and hearing incessant moaning.
The hidden portal to hell apparently only opens on Halloween and the Spring Equinox, so plan accordingly.
Amityville, New York
For four weeks in 1975, the Lutz family was terrorized by music coming from the cellar, swarms of flies, voices in the house, steps running everywhere, foul smells and unidentifiable ooze coming from the walls.
The house earned its fame from a book by Jay Anson and a subsequent movie chronicling the Lutz’s stay. It’s a private residence today, but you can still drive by and sneak a peek at the home of one of the original American horror stories.
“Get out!” a phantom voice infamously screamed at the priest who came to bless the house.
The spirit that haunted the house was first reported one year earlier, on Nov. 13, 1974. Ronald DeFeo Jr., the previous resident, killed his parents and four siblings, explaining later in his defense that a voice coming from the house had told him to do it.
Waverly Hills Sanitorium – Louisville, Kentucky
The sanatorium in Louisville, KY was constructed to house tuberculosis patients, but it was not prepared to handle the tuberculosis outbreak of the early 1900s. It closed in 1962, and legend has it over 63,000 people died in the sanatorium, although the records actually suggest it was closer to 8,200. Still, the now-abandoned sanatorium is considered one of the most haunted places in America.