Not for the faint of hearts, we present six spine-chilling ideas to make this Halloween one to remember. Visit them if you dare. But not before you pack along nerves of steel and trusty travel insurance, as you embark into the exhilarating unknown.
Catacombs of Paris, France
We know Paris as the City of Love, but who knew that it’s also a place to go if you love a little thrill. Under the romantic city’s streets, the famed Catacombs are lined with skulls as far as the eye can see. Holding the remains of over 6 million people, this underground labyrinth was built in the late 18th century to accommodate the city’s overflowing cemeteries. It even contains different sections dedicated to different bones and body parts. Explore all of them if you have the time, or the guts!
Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
Monte Cristo Homestead, Australia
Fancy a homestay in a lovely Victorian-style house in the middle of nowhere? (Read: Perfect setting for a horror film.) Just under three hours’ drive from Canberra, you can tour this 1880's Victorian homestead. Hear stories of the past and present, while experiencing the energy of the house and its spirits. Who knows, you may just bump into the Crawley family who supposedly still walks the hallways of this magnificent mansion.
Address: 1 Homestead Ln, Junee NSW 2663, Australia
Hashima Island, Japan
Step onto Hashima Island and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into a post-apocalyptic town. A canvas of monochromatic grey paints the abandoned island with the creepiness of a ghost town. What was once a bustling coal mine and a brutal prisoner of war camp is now a dwelling of wandering souls and spirits. If this island gives you a feeling of familiarity, that’s because it was the ominous setting for films like “Skyfall”, “Hashima Project” and “The Battleship island”. Now, it’s your turn to live to tell of your visit.
Address: Takashimamachi, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture 851-1315, Japan
Bran Castle, Romania
Fans of Count Dracula, get ready to sink your teeth into this one. We’re talking about Bran Castle, or more terrifyingly known as Dracula’s Castle. In the mysterious land of Transylvania well-known for tales of bloodthirsty and cape-wearing vampires, Bran Castle was made infamous by Irish author Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula," published in 1897. Today, the grand medieval castle continues to thrill those who come to seek an audience with the frightfully famed vampire.
Address: Strada General Traian Moșoiu 24, Bran 507025, Romania
Island of the Dolls, Mexico
Imagine hundreds of terrifying dolls with severed limbs, decapitated heads and blank eyes hanging from the trees, staring into your soul and beckoning you with moving arms. Legend has it that the dolls were hung by a caretaker, in respect of a young girl who had drowned. Apparently haunted by her spirit, he started hanging more dolls in an attempt to please her spirit. Witnesses claimed to have heard the dolls whispering to one another, but you’ll only really know after visiting this eerie island—if you dare.
Address: Xochimilco, San Lorenzo, Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Tower of London, England
Fancy a royal sighting of the supernatural kind? Head to one of the most haunted places in the UK—the Tower of London. The castle has a torrid reputation of torture, execution and murder in its nearly 1,000-year history, which probably explains why it is also the un-resting place of different classes of ghosts. Two allegedly murdered young princes, Edward V and Richard, were seen wearing nightgowns, clutching each other in terror in the castle’s rooms. And, watch out for the headless body of beheaded Queen Anne Boleyn floating by you.
Address: St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK
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