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Top 15 Scary Places to Visit

Karen Frazier

Visit Some of the Scariest Places in the World

The top scary places around the world to visit aren't for the faint of heart. From a dense and dark Japanese suicide forest, to an abandoned amusement park in a Ukrainan nuclear disaster zone, to a place where the legend of Dracula was born, to a Mexican island filled with creepy haunted dolls, these are some of the top spookiest haunted places in the world.

The Haunted Tower of London

The site of numerous executions, the Tower of London is one of the most haunted places in the world. Reported ghostly sightings include:

  • The ghost of Queen Anne Boleyn, beheaded wife of King Henry VIII
  • The childish spirits of Princes Edward V and Richard, Duke of York
  • The elderly Countess of Salisbury who was hacked to death by her executioner

Mexico's Creepy La Isla de la Muñecas (Island of the Dolls)

If you're near Mexico City, be sure to visit La Isla de la Muñecas, or the Island of the Dolls in Xochimilco. On the island, you'll find hundreds of creepy old dolls with some unusually spooky behavior. The island is believed to be haunted, and it's said at night the dolls come alive. Visit if you dare.

Gettysburg's Civil War Ghosts

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania may just be the most haunted location in the entire United States. The site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, around 50,000 men died over the course of three days. The battlefield and several adjacent buildings used as makeshift hospitals for the wounded are said to be the home of many earthbound spirits, including sightings of Robert E. Lee.

Spooky Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Few places on the planet have the atmosphere of Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France. The ancient tombs, statuaries and stillness add to that peculiar feeling that you are being watched by unseen eyes as you journey through this magnificent city of the dead.

Darkly Historic Bran Castle in Transylvania

Just mention Transylvania, and many people feel a chill run up their spine. Bran Castle, situated on the border of Transylvania, is better known to the tourists who flock there as Dracula's Castle. There are no historical records supporting that Vlad the Impaler was the ruler of this castle, although he was imprisoned there for several months. Still, the imagination is a powerful thing and to many, Bran Castle will always be the frightening fortress of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

RMS Queen Mary Haunted Ship in Long Beach, CA

The RMS Queen Mary has been widely reported as being haunted. Used as a military transport vessel during WWII, the ship has seen its share of tragedies, many of which are said to have left a permanent ghostly impression.

Paranormal activities include:

  • Sightings of a young man who was crushed by Door number 13 in the engine room
  • Sounds of splashing coming from the no longer used swimming pool, plus sightings of wet footprints
  • The dancing Lady in White spotted in the first class lounge

Dark Haunting at China's Forbidden City

China's former Imperial Palace in Beijing is not only historic, but it's also haunted. With a dark history of murder, betrayal, and torture, visitors report paranormal activity comes alive, especially after dark with strange sounds like screams and music, as well as the appearance of apparitions.

Frightening Mansfield Reformatory in Ohio

To step inside the dilapidated Mansfield Reformatory in Ohio is to experience true fear. The areas where the most haunting activity has reportedly occurred include:

  • The Infirmary - Site of many horrible deaths
  • The Chapel - A site reportedly used for torture before being adapted as the chapel
  • The Hole - A place of punishment and incredible suffering

Spooky Edinburgh Castle in Scotland

Edinburgh Castle has the reputation of being the most haunted castle in Europe. Paranormal encounters at this location include:

  • Sightings of Greyfriar's Bobby, a former canine resident
  • A mysterious man in a leather apron
  • The strains of a bagpipe that was played by a lost piper at the time of his disappearance in the tunnels below the castle
  • The headless drummer
  • A feeling of being watched by unseen entities

Ghostly Paris Catacombs

If disturbing the dead is taboo, the Paris Catacombs should be haunted by thousands of spirits. This underground burial chamber houses millions of bones removed from overloaded cemeteries. The bones are arranged in macabre designs to simulate walls, crosses and more.

Eerie Voodoo Ghosts at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans

This overcrowded, magnificent tribute to the dead looks like something straight out of a Hollywood horror film. It's said voodoo queen, Marie Laveau still grants wishes from the depths of her tomb. The atmosphere is one of decay, and it's definitely a scary place to visit so don't go there alone, especially after dusk.

Freaky Prison Ghosts at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been the subject of numerous paranormal investigations. During its heyday, the prison was a site of solitary confinement, torture and despair - all in the name of rehabilitation. The cruel and unusual treatment of the inmates purportedly led many to go insane. If deep emotions can scar a physical place and leave echoes of the past, the disembodied whispering, crying and shadowy figures of Eastern State are just a few samples of this ominous building's paranormal activity.

Japan's Terrifying Aokigahara Suicide Forest

Sitting at the base of Mount Fuji, Aokigahara Forest is more commonly known as suicide forest for the sheer number of suicides committed here. The dense, dark forest has a suicide rate of between 10 and 30 deaths per year, and rumors are it is both terrifying and haunted.

Creepy Ghost Town Pripyat in the Ukraine

Pripyat in the Ukraine is a ghost town - literally and figuratively. The site of a 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster, Pripyat remains radioactive to different degrees, although you can visit on a guided tour. Visitors claim all kinds of ghostly activities from sounds and figures to shadows and objects that move on their own.

Dark History in Salem, Massachusetts

The Salem witch trials of the 1600s were a dark episode in America's history, and such darkness often leaves a mark both historically and spiritually. Rich with history and hauntings, visiting Salem, Massachusetts gives you a sense of both, and chances are you'll find ghosts almost anywhere you visit in this historic city.

Visit Scary Places in a Spooky World

Wherever you wander in this world, you're sure to find spooky places with terrifying tales of ghosts. Everywhere you go, the places you visit are filled with the imprints of those who inhabited them, living, working, and playing before leaving part of themselves behind for intrepid explorers to discover as ghosts and hauntings.

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Top 15 Scary Places to Visit