Scary movies have equally amused and entertained audiences for quite a long time now. From black and white classics to the more modern ones with special effects, people flock movie houses just to scare themselves to the point of possibly wetting their pants.
There is indeed something about old and haunted houses that delights people, and the movies may seem fascinating, but will it be different if you see a real haunted place? A place that could actually have lost spirits and freaky, unexplainable phenomena that you’d perhaps be better off not knowing? Here are some of the world’s most haunted places that will test your fear and challenge all the scary movies you’ve seen.
Joshua Ward House (Salem, Massachusetts) – Salem, sometimes referred to as “witch city,” is known for Salem witch trials and people accusing women (and some men) of witchcraft, which eventually led to about 19 executions. This house is the former home of Sheriff George Corwin, who was responsible for some deaths in the trials. One of these people was named Giles Corey, a man charged with witchcraft by Corwin. They say that Corwin’s body is buried here, and that Corey also visits, apparently not too friendly with visitors.
Whitechapel (London, England)
Jack the Ripper, one of the world’s most notorious serial killers, did his brutal crimes in different areas of this district in London—it is here in Whitechapel and Spitalfields where lots of the homicides took place. You can take a tour around the streets and be inside the pubs that this unidentified man has probably spent time in.
Athens Lunatic Asylum (Athens, Ohio) – This mental hospital operated from 1874 – 1993, and used to be home to criminals, people suffering mental disabilities, and a famous site for lobotomy procedures, and freaky sightings of paranormal activities. Though the hospital has closed down, the spirits of its patients are said to constantly make people aware of their presence here.
The Catacombs Paris, infamous underground ossuary holds bodies of about 6 million people, so of course, there will be ghosts lurking here. This has been a famous tourist attraction since the earth 19th century, and lots of visitors swear that the spirit of the dead are still very much present—some reportedly felt pulling, some felt some strange hovering, and some even heard voices.
Aokigahara Forest (Japan) – Japan‘s suicide rate is one of the world’s highest, and this place is where a lot of it continue to take place. This place (which is sometimes referred to as “Aokigahara suicide Forest”) has the nickname “The Sea of Trees” because of the environment. About 80 suicides happen here every year, and yes, you can enter—at your own risk, of course. Lots of people who just come here to admire the view (it has a great view of Mt. Fuji), but their leisure time is replaced with fear and terror when they chance upon those who have decided to end their lives. Pray that it won’t be you.
The Tower of London (London, England) – This London tower remains a famous tourist attraction because of its part in history (it mainly served as a prison and a royal residence) But lots of stories about this place say that the host of Ann Boleyn, one of Henry VIII’s wife who was beheaded in 1536, continues to scare visitors. They say that her ghost has been a constant lurker at Tower Green (where she was killed) and Chapel Royal—carrying her head.
LaLaurie Mansion (New Orleans, USA)
The LaLaurie Mansion at the 1140 Royal Street at the French Quarter in New Orleans had some very gruesome stories, which are all possibly true. A woman named Marie Delphine LaLaurie and her husband lived here in the 1800s and they’re reputed to have performed nasty, inhuman experiments on the human slaves they purchased. These slaves, who were reportedly found by the police when the house was on fire, were found chained to the walls with internal organs all over the place.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (New York, USA)
The Tim Burton movie Sleepy Hollow, based on the spine-tingling Washington Irving story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” continues to make this side of New York a popular tourist destination. This haunted place is known for the ghost of the Headless Horseman, the character that continues to scare people up to this day. If you’re at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (there is an entrance fee, by the way), you could try your luck in seeing him. You need to have great running skills though.