These are places beyond your wildest nightmares. Places that have ghosts written all over them. GOOD LUCK SLEEPING TONIGHT!!!
1. The Screaming Tunnel – Niagara Falls, Ontario
Located beneath the railway track that connects Niagara falls to Toronto and New York, the ‘screaming’ tunnel is one place not for the weak at heart. Legend has it that about a century ago, there used to be a farm house just near the end of the south entrance to the tunnel. One night, the farm house caught fire and a young girl became trapped inside the house, doused in flames. It’s not clear how the farm house caught fire, but the girl ran through the tunnel screaming for help. But before she could find anyone, the fire caught on to her and she burnt completely and died. They say that her spirit now roams the tunnel and whenever someone tries to light a match in the tunnel, her ghost comes out screaming and haunting the person till they die.
2. The Suicide Forest – Mount Fuji, Japan
Located at the Northwest base of Mount Fuji, is the Aokigahara Forest, aka The Suicide Forest. It is the second most popular place for suicides in the world. Every year more than 100 people wander into the forest and never return back. The forest is scattered with human skulls and bones. Nowadays, an yearly sweep is carried out through the forest just to find more bodies all along the 35 sq.km. forest length. To combat this plague of suicides, the officials have put out signs throughout the park which read discouraging messages like “Life is precious! Please think about it!” or “Is she really worth it?” No one knows why this forest is cursed, but it is said that the spirits of the people who lost their lives in the forest, roam about in search for peace.
3. The Island of Creepy Dolls – Xochimilco, Mexico
What doesn’t help this place becoming a popular travel destination is the fact that almost every single tree is decorated with deformed and mutilated dolls. Well, of course, creepy toys aren’t enough to make this a candidate for the scariest place in the world right? Yup, you guessed it, the island is supposedly haunted! In the ‘50s, a man moved to this island in order to be alone, only to find out that it was haunted by the spirit of a girl who drowned there decades ago. In an attempt to appease her, he bought several upon several dolls and hung them up from the trees. But the girl was just not satisfied and asked him to become a ghost with her. out of fear,the man confessed this to his relative that same day, but was found dead having drowned in the same spot that the girl died years before. It is believed that their ghosts now haunt the island, and the dolls come to life and whisper at night.
4. Bhangarh Fort – Rajasthan, India
Believed to be the most haunted place in India, the Bhangarh Fort has seen some serious paranormal activity. So much so that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has put out a sign warning people not to enter the fort after dusk and before sunrise. According to legend, there was once a dark sorcerer who fell in love with a princess and tried to win her over through black magic. But the princess found out and refused his proposal, angering the sorcerer who cursed the residents of the palace of an unnatural death, and that their spirits would forever roam the fort and haunt it for centuries. One more peculiar fact about the village surrounding the fort is that its households are without roofs as there persists a popular belief and experience that the moment a rooftop is built on a house it collapses. People are not allowed to spend the night in the fort for obvious reasons. It is also said that anybody who has been to this place after dusk has never come back!
5. Mary King’s Close – Edinburgh, Scotland
A real ghost captured on film at the Mary Kings Close
This 7th century street is considered as Edinburgh’s most haunted area. Mary King’s Close is one of the city’s original narrow streets. The close was once a bustling, densely populated center that was used for market stalls and tenements until the Bubonic Plague, which hit the continent in 1645, wiping off more than half the population of Europe. As a result, the street was ravaged and people who were sick with the plague were completely isolated, and according to legend, were buried alive behind walls. The close eventually died out and it lies abandoned to this day. It is said that the street was wound up in strange mysteries and, thus, is haunted by the ghosts of the victims. The most famous ghost is that of a girl named Annie, who was probably left behind by her family when she became ill with the plague.
In 2008, a photo taken by accident, is now considered solid proof that the Close is haunted. The photo taken by a man named Spencer, shows a translucent rotund figure standing in the background. The street was closed for the night and Spencer was the only one there when he took the photo!
6. Highgate Cemetery – London, England
Established in 1839, this cemetery is the final resting place of over 170,000 people. With numerous reports of supernatural activities every now and then, this Highgate cemetery is a ghost hot spot. The most famous sighting is that of the Highgate Vampire. A tall man in a long dark coat and top hat and a terrifying gaze. He has been sighted multiple times by different people. Other apparitions include peculiar dark figures, ominous glowing eyes and a crazed old woman who runs through the graves and tombs apparently looking for the children she murdered.
7. The Catacombs – Paris, France
Containing the bones of millions of people, these catacombs were never really meant to house human remains. Due to overcrowded cemetery conditions in the 18th century, many human remains were relocated to the spider-webbing tunnels beneath the city. The Parisian Catacombs function as a gigantic ossuary and cemetery for approximately 6 million bodies. While the bones are laid out in artful arrangements, stories of discontented spirits are very common. Seeing skeletons all around you engraved within walls is a totally scary and creepy feeling one can get while roaming these caves. Many people have reported seeing apparitions as well as being touched or shoved, and that some people have disappeared within the catacombs altogether.
8. Monte Cristo Homestead – New South Wales, Australia
A pregnant maid pushed from the balcony, a stable boy burned to death as he slept and a baby girl thrown down the stairs. These are just a few horrifying tales that still haunt the hallways of Monte Cristo. It is believed to be the most haunted house in Australia. Ghosts of its original owner Christopher William Crawley and his family are believed to haunt the home, including the other people who met their tragic deaths in this very house. According to Lawrence Ryan, whose family own the house and run the ghost tours, not a week goes by without someone having a reaction to the house by either fainting, having asthma attacks, hearing things or seeing full body apparitions.
9. Greyfriars Kirkyard – Edinburgh, Scotland
Actual photo of scratches on the arm of a tour purveyor, believed to be caused by the Poltergeist.
Haunting this infamous cemetery is George MacKenzie, aka the MacKenzie Poltergeist who is said to be one of the most aggressive and active paranormal figures around. Known during his lifetime as a ruthless persecutor of the Scottish Covenanters, MacKenzie’s spirit, according to legend, was released in 1999 when a homeless man looking for a spot to sleep broke into his final resting place, the Black Mausoleum. It is believed that this incident had long been predicted by famed Scottish poet Robert Louis Stevenson. Today, tour purveyors conducting night time excursions around the graveyard have reported some mysterious happenings. Many participants have emerged from inside the prison and mausoleum with bruises, burns, scratches, and even broken bones attributed to long-dead prisoners and their violent oppressor.
10. Gettysburg Battlefield – Gettysburg, USA
Ghost of an army soldier captured on film in Gettysburg.
Known to be the the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, Gettysburg Battlefield is one of the most haunted places in America. During a span of just a few days, thousands upon thousands of men lost their lives, many of whom died in excruciating pain. Today the battlefield is rife with paranormal activity. Sightings of ghost soldiers, waves of fog rolling across the fields, headless horsemen emerging from the shadows and reports of strange balls of lightening emerging out of nowhere are just some common activities that people have experienced here. But the most terrifying of all involve the sounds of battle echoes: battle cries, screams and moans, sounds of gun and cannon fire heard sometimes by ear and often via EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomenon.
11. Changi Beach – Singapore
Changi Beach in Singapore was supposedly a popular killing ground of the Chinese soldiers during World War II. Thousands of Chinese soldiers were tortured and killed by the Japanese during this operation as they were suspected of getting into anti-Japanese activities. This beach stands witness to the killing of innumerable, innocent Chinese. Till date, beach combers thronging to this place can hear screams. Often at night, people have also found deep pits that seem like they’ve been dug out for burials. Some people have even found headless bodies of soldiers lying around at the beach at night. Horrifying indeed!
12. Beechwood Lunatic Asylum – Victoria, Australia
A picture taken by paranormal investigators at the asylum shows the ghost of a young girl sitting in the hallway
Opened in 1867, this asylum was open to literally everyone. From patients admitted by family to those found wandering the streets, and the criminally insane. About 9,000 patients died in its 130-year history, and there’s little doubt those souls are haunting it to this day. Several different apparitions have been reported here from the cellars to the uppermost parts of the buildings. Disembodied screams are often heard and heavy doors are seen to open and slam shut of their own accord.
13. The Tower of London – London, England
Regarded as the most authentic ghost picture in history, this pic shows an apparition believed to be of the famous Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, The Tower of London.
The Tower of London is believed to be the most haunted place in England, the most famous spot being the Raynham Hall in Norfolk which is haunted by the “Brown Lady,” so named because she appears wearing a brown brocade dress. She is widely believed to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole who allegedly had an affair with a local lord, Lord Wharton. According to one story, her husband, Charles Townshend, discovered the affair and locked her in their home at Raynham Hall. Another story claims that it was Lord Wharton’s wife who somehow managed to arrange her entrapment. Either way, Dorothy was locked up. She died, and her soul was freed to haunt the castle. People started reporting seeing her ghost shortly after her death which was fairly unauthentic and couldn’t be proved.
But one account of sighting by a man named Major Loftus, who was staying at Raynham Hall in 1849, has been regarded as an authentic source. Retiring to bed one night, Major Loftus and his friend observed a woman in brown brocade on the staircase. She immediately vanished as Major Loftus tried to approach her. Determined to confront the apparition, he returned to the same spot the following night and saw her again. He was horrified to see, however, that when he looked into her face he only saw two black sockets where her eyes should have been. Creepy and unsettling to say the least!
GOOD LUCK SLEEPING TONIGHT!!!