Halloween has always been my favorite holiday of the year. Yet every year it gets harder and harder to scare me. Scary movies are to predictable or corny. Haunted houses? Yawn! No, I need something truly terrifying. Luckily there are some truly scary places on this earth that will chill you to the bone. The history of these places are enough to unnerve even the bravest travelers.
1. Bran Castle, Transylvania
Considered by many to be Dracula’s Castle from Bram Stroker’s classic novel, this is a perfect destination for fans of the book. Located in the small town of Bran in Transylvania, it may not actually be the castle that inspired the one in the novel but that hasn’t stopped fans from flocking to it every year. It is the only castle in Transylvania that fits the description laid out in the book.
2. Centralia, Pennsylvania
Centralia, PA was a small mining town in Pennsylvania that has turned into a ghost town. In 1962 the mine caught on fire, and it still burns to this day. This eerie town was the inspiration behind the hugely successful Silent Hill video game series. Fans of the game can walk down the cracked roads of the abandoned town .
3. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Also is Pennsylvania is the town of Ghettysburg, the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. Between July 1 and July 3rd of 1863 more than 50,000 men lost their lives here. Now it is one of the most haunted spots in the world. Visitors to the town can experience the paranormal phenomenons at The Daniel Lady Farm, The Cashtown Inn, Gettysburg Hotel, Baladeery Inn, or the aptly named Ghost Train. Apiritions and spirits have been reported all throughout the town and on the battlefield
4. Catacombs of Paris
Underneath the beautiful streets of Paris lies “The World’s Largest Grave.” An underground ossuary, the catacombs hold the remains of around 6 million people. It is open to the public and many of the remains line the walls. Visitors to the Catacombs can see the skulls and bones that are built into the walls open for public viewing.
5. Japan’s Suicide Forest
At the base of Mt Fuji lies Aokigahara, or The Suicide Forest. A forest where an unusually large number of people go to commit suicide, primarily by hanging. Every year nearly 100 people enter the forest with the sole intent of killing themselves. In 2003 105 bodies were found in the forest, the most ever. A walk through this forest may just end with finding a hanging, lifeless body in the trees.
6. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
Underneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints, lies the truly creepy Sedlec Ossuary. The bones of 40,000 to 70,000 people have been used to decorate the Ossuary as well as create the furniture. A large chandelier hangs from the center of the room containing at least one of each bone in the human body.
7. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Edinburgh, Scotland is considered by many to be the most haunted town in the world, and Edinburgh Castle is considered to be the most haunted place in the town. Many spirits have been spotted here such as; a headless drummer, a ghost dog, the spirits of former prisoners and more. Numerous people including respected scientist have studied the spot and have noticed something very peculiar about the castle.