Halloween is just around the corner, and although partying until dawn dressed as a little devil or batman sounds like a good time, it’s already been done incessantly. The world has many spooky places that can be uncovered and celebrated as a genuine Halloween destination. These places are open to the public and filled with rich history and sprinkles of chilling mystery that could potentially top all of your local trick or treating.
We have selected some of the creepiest places in the world and top hotels nearby, just in case you want to take your Halloween to the next level. Pack your crosses and bibles and head to some of these locations for spine-chilling experiences.
10. Pluckley, Kent
Always described as the most haunted village in Britain, Pluckley- near Ashford in Kent- is said to home at least a dozen ghosts. The village was even included in the Guinness World Records, which in 1989 named Pluckley the most haunted village in England, puts the figure at 12. Among the most known ghosts, there is the infamous watercress woman, a schoolmaster that appears in places with children and a resident farmer from the 18th century. Definitely a well-worth visit, if ghost hunting is your specialty.
If your idea of a fun Halloween includes learning about a mystic cult with traces of extraterrestrial activities, then this picturesque community would be an interesting and somewhat spooky experience. The community is based on a doctrine derivative of spiritualism, Christianity, African creeds and references from the Mayans, Spartans and gypsies, besides the Moai from Easter Island. Inhabitants sport exquisite garments, while wandering around pyramids, Christian crosses, Stars of David, Muslim crescent moons and artifacts from Afro-Brazilian religions. The community is open to visitors, but keep in mind that they take their religion very seriously.
This has been a center of worship for centuries, where residents devote themselves to the skulls and bones present in this cave made out of tuff. Although the skulls remain anonymous, they were literally adopted by the inhabitants, who are often providing them with names and altars.
There are many destinations in Romania where you can learn about Count Dracula’s life and whereabouts. The 14th century town of Sighisoara is the place where Vlad Tepes ( Vlad the Impaler) was born, and his house can be visited (now hosting a restaurant and a small museum of medieval weapons). Several other places in the country have reference to Dracula and can also be visited.The Old Princely Court in Bucharest is the place where Vlad’s remains were buried; the village of Arefu, where Dracula’s legends are still told, the city of Brasov where Vlad led raids against Saxon merchants, and of course, Bran Castle, which is believed to be his base.
This forest at the base of Mount Fuji has a vivid resemblance to the Blair Witch Project “set”. The place has a historic association with demons in Japanese mythology, and furthermore it is the second place in the world for suicides, after San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. An annual body search is undertaken by volunteers in the quietness of this forest, and hikers are encouraged to bring tape in order to trace their way out.
This small chapel brings in many tourists, who are invited to see the remains of up to 70,000 people. The bones are showcased in an artistic yet bizarre manner. The chapel sports chandeliers made out of bones as well as garlands made of skulls. This macabre place is one of the most famous attractions in Czech republic, attracting 200,000 people a year.
This is a reputedly haunted hotel situated in the Colorado Rockies. It gained mainstream fame after Stephen King’s creepy novel, The Shining. The room 418 of the hotel is believed to be visited by the ghost of Lord Dunraven, which is supposedly the most haunted. Guests and staff have also reported hearing children playing in the corridors late at night, and piano music coming from the empty ballroom.
The infamous town has embraced its shady past, and during Halloween, it brings in their A game to the local festivities. There’s the Salem Chamber of Commerce Grand Parade, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Trick or Treat Night, The Blessing of the Pets – by a psychic, and many other frightfully fun events.
This Northern County in Ohio is kindly named Helltown. The county, which now remains almost empty due to a government buyout in the 70’s, is a target of many ghostly urban legends. While browsing around this deserted sight you may meet many members of the endless parade of freaks patrolling the woods. Satanists, Ku Klux Klan members, an escaped mental patient, an abnormally large snake, and mutants caused by an alleged chemical spill proudly march in this parade. And if you stray from the roads, you may find the Boston Cemetery, home to a ghostly man, grave robbers and, the quirkiest of all, a moving tree.
According to the Catholic doctrine, souls with slight sins are taken to the purgatory to have themselves cleansed off with fire before going to heaven. At the Church of the Sacred Heart in the Prati district of Rome, there is a small museum behind one of the side altars. This truly scary place has documentations of souls in purgatory that came back to earth and haunt the living. Some of the items on display are a table with scorch marks and lines carved out of it by an otherworldly hand, as well as burnt fingerprints on clothing and bed linen. But perhaps the scariest item of all is a book with an entire human handprint scorched deeply into the pages – the handprint of a long dead monk suffering in the fires for some unknown sin.
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