Oct 30, 2011 22:46 - Regina Falkowski | 2,804 views
It’s Halloween and many of you may be planning a night full of thrills and shrills. Local haunted houses and hayrides are great options for a good scare (or laugh), but if you really want a heart thumping, bone chilling experience a theme park just won’t do the trick. For a real treat this Halloween consider visiting one of these creepy, haunted and scary destinations around the world. You are sure to have a SPOOK-tacular time.
Winchester Mystery House
The Winchester Mystery House is a well know haunted mansion in San Jose, California once owned by Sarah Winchester. The house is full of twisting halls, secret passage ways, windows that face inside the house and staircases that lead to nothing. There are many stories behind the madness of Sarah’s construction of the mansion. One thought is that Sarah believed she had to build a house and never finish or else she would die. Another is that Sarah believed that if the house was confusing enough to navigate spirits could not follow her around. It is also believed that Sarah fell into a deep depression after the deaths of her child and husband and built the strange house to keep her occupied. No matter what the reason was it resulted in one of the most bizarre houses in architecture history.
The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel located in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints. It is said that the cemetery grounds were once sprinkled with earth brought back from the Holy Land. This naturally attracted many people to choose the cemetery as their burial ground. With too many bodies and not enough space the church began using the bones of the dead to form artistic decorations and furnishings for the chapel. Over 40,000 bodies have been used to decorate this Church of Bones including a massive chandelier in the entrance.
The Aokigahara Forest is located at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. This dense forest is eerily quiet, and has a historic association with demons in Japanese mythology, but what makes it famous is its popularity with suicides. Since the 1950’s over 500 people have taken their lives in the Sea of Trees. These woods are littered with bodies, nooses and signs displaying uplifting words to sway the minds of the suicidal. The problem became so great that the government of Japan began annual searches for bodies in the woods. A stroll through these woods may be too disturbing for anyone to stomach.
Chernobyl is a Nuclear Power Plant located in Pripyat, Ukraine that was the site of one of the worst accidents in the history of nuclear power. There were 56 deaths as a direct result of the explosion, and over 4,000 deaths in the following years due to radiation exposure. After the explosion everyone living in the area was evacuated, and for the past 25 years the nuclear site and surrounding areas have been nothing more than a ghost town. Tours are offered for those who want to see the remains of the tragic disaster, which looks like the aftermath of an apocalypse full of abandoned carnivals, hospitals, nurseries, and junk yards over run with new vegetation.
The Edinburgh Castle is a fortress located in Edinburgh, Scotland that dates back to the 9th century BC. This castle is said to be one of the most haunted spots in Scotland and reports of ghostly sightings are not rare. Visitors claim to have seen a phantom piper, a headless drummer, spirits of prisoners from the Seven Years War and the American Revolutionary War, and even phantom hounds wandering in the dog cemetery. The castle is filled with dungeons, subterranean vaults, and underground passageways that would spook any visitor.
San Zhi is a futuristic pod like village located in Taiwan that was originally built to be a luxury vacation resort. During the construction there were numerous fatal accidents that caused the production to be put on hold. Due to lack of funding and motivation the project was never finished and is now an abandoned ghost town. The resort alone gives off a creepy vibe and it is said that the spirits of those who died during the construction are still wandering the grounds.
In 1863 Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the site for one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. The battle was a 3 day massacre that resulted in 51,000 deaths and is said to have been a turning point in the war. Due to the brutal nature of hand-to-hand combat and the high number of deaths in the area, Gettysburg battlefields are believed to be full of paranormal activity with the Devil’s Den area reported as being the most active.
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