Not every one of us is a fan of horror stories. However, when it comes to Halloween, nothing makes it more interesting than ghost stories and other scary stuff.
While our planet is a beautiful place with bright blue skies and colorful rainbows, there is a balance of things as it also features UFO sightings, spirits wandering the Halls of castles, and murders on luxury ships.
No matter where you find yourself in the world or where you choose to travel to, there has to be a haunted site that you can visit if you’re bored enough.
If you are too scared to visit scary places, you should know where these places are so that you don’t find yourself there by mistake. In this article, we have put together some of the most fascinating and scariest places in the world that you may or may not want to visit.
1. Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania
The first time the world heard about Hoia-Baciu Forest Romania was in 1968 when a military technician captured a photo of an unidentified flying object.
This forest has since gained paranormal notoriety around the globe, with some people believe that this place is a portal that causes visitors to vanish. People who have passed through the Hoi-Baciu forest without getting sucked into a different realm have reported nausea, rashes, and a feeling of anxiety.
Also called the Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania, the forest is populated with spooky curved trees that make visitors feel something else is going on that is out of the ordinary.
2. Fairmont Banff spring hotel, Canada
Fairmont Banff spring hotel is a chateau-style hotel that was built in 1888 to encourage tourism as well as the sales of train tickets.
This lovely hotel sits nicely at the Rocky Mountains of Banff National Park. However, things around here get a little bit more gothic once you go inside, and no, we do not mean the architecture.
There have been countless reports of resident ghosts, which include a bride who allegedly fell down the stone staircase on her wedding day. However, there is also a less tragic spirit residing in the hotel known as Sam the Bellman.
Sam is believed to have worked in the hotel until 1975, and people claimed that he had returned to haunt the place. It is believed that his spirit shows up and helps people with their bags before vanishing.
3. Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA
The Eastern State Penitentiary was built in 1829 and had the structure of a castle. This prison is one that took solitary confinement to a different level.
During the time of its operations, prisoners lived alone, ate alone, and exercised alone. Whenever an inmate left his cell, his head was covered with a hood by a guard so that he couldn’t see anyone else or be seen.
In 1913, the prison had to abandon its system as a result of overcrowding. The forms of punishment in this prison did not get any less severe as inmates had their tongues chained to their wrists, amongst many other scary punishments before they finally closed for good in 1970.
Every year, thousands of visitors visit this site both for Halloween celebrations and for its Museum. There have also been reported paranormal activities in the location, including shadowy figures, disembodied laughter, and placing footsteps.
4. Bhangarh Fort, India
Bhangarh Fort is located just a hundred miles to the southwest of New Delhi. The Lost Ruins of this location makes for a questionable juxtaposition against the Rajasthan desert landscape.
Till today the oasis stays mostly uninhabited as a result of an alleged curse that was cast by an upset sorcerer after a local princess rebuffed his advances. If you’re looking for a trip that is more spiritual than haunted, this is the perfect place for you.
5. Chateau de Brissac, Brissac-Quince, France
Chateau de Brissac, Brissac-Quince, is one of the tallest castles in the whole of France and is also known as the home of the green lady.
In case you haven’t heard of the green lady, we are talking about the ghost of Charlotte of France. The Chateau’s website tells the tale of Charlotte, who was an illegitimate daughter of King Charles the seventh.
According to the story, Charlotte was murdered by her husband after he found out she was having an affair. Named according to the color of the dress she wore at the time of her death; the green lady can be spotted roaming the tower room and also moaning during the early hours of the morning.
6. Tower of London, England
The Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror in 1066.
There have been many functions that this uncompromised fortress carried out, but amongst the many things it was used for, it is best known for its history of deaths, especially as a prison and execution site.
The famous story of Prince Henry, the 8th who had his two wives executed at this location, is constantly told when people visit the site. It is also the place where two young princes were imprisoned and later killed after the death of their father, King Edward, the 4th.
There have been several ghost stories associated with this location.
7. Höfòi House, Reykjavik, Iceland
Overlooking the waterfront of Reykjavik, the Höfòi House is more popular for being the host to a meeting between Michael Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in 1986.
The meeting was a historic moment at the end of the cold war. Many famous figures over the years Have had a reason to visit the house, including Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth, and Marlene Dietrich.
There was one British Ambassador who first experienced the ghost that haunted the house. The ghost known as the white lady was believed to have been a victim of suicide.
The white lady apparently caused so much fear and distress that the Ambassador who witnessed her presence persuaded the British foreign office to put the house up for sale immediately.
8. Castle of good hope, Cape Town, South Africa
Castle of good hope is a sprawling building close to the shoreline of Table Bay. The building dates back to 1966, which makes it the oldest colonial structure in South Africa.
Originally built by the ancients Dutch East India Company as a replenishment station for sea vessels, the location also served as a prison and military fortress during the second Boer War from 1899 to 1902.
Today, visitors can tour the port’s buildings and many rooms, but they must be prepared for some likely ghost sightings. In the 1700s, there was a time when governor Peter van Noodt condemned several men to death by hanging.
One of the men was reported to have cursed the governor from the Gallows, and the day after, the governor died of a heart attack. According to information available on the castle of hopes official website, the ghost of the man has continued to haunt battlement ever since.
9. Poveglia Island, Venice, Italy
Poveglia Island is below half a mile from the canals of Venice, and it has served as a storage place for Napoleon weapons, a quarantine zone for victims of bubonic plague, as well as the site for an insane asylum in the early 20th century.
The asylum was host to several horrific medical experiments and was finally closed when a doctor threw himself off The Bell Tower at the institution. To date, locals claim to hear echoing chimes from the deserted Island even though the bell was taking away many years ago.
It is illegal to visit the site today, but if you want a view of the decaying Hospital, you can do that safely from the beaches of nearby Lido.
10. Isla de Las Munecas (Island of the dolls), Mexico
Despite the status of this location as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its well-preserved example of Aztec life, Xochimilco and its neighborhood have achieved a particular amount of Internet Fame as a result of its Island of the dolls.
Nicely hidden amongst the many canals of the region, the site is popular for his hundreds of dolls, and their parts scattered among the grass and hanging from trees.
While it might look more like the set of a horror movie, the chinampa was formerly home to a now-deceased man called Julian Santa Barrera.
It is believed that after the man found the body of a dead girl in a nearby canal, he collected and displayed the toys hoping that they would help ward off evil spirits. If you’re daring enough, you can hire a boat to view the Island safely from the water.
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Ekokotu Emmanuella is a sociologist and Anthropologist, writer, and fashion model who lives in Benin city, Edo state,Nigeria.