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Halloween Special: Where’s the Scariest Place in the World?

This Halloween we’re taking a look at some of the most spine-tingling, blood chilling places in the world – in the USA, Africa, UK and Europe. Can you think of the scariest place you’ve ever been? Remember, only keep reading if you’re not afraid of ghosts…

Haunted Tampa Theatre, Florida

This atmospheric 86-year-old theatre is well-known for harbouring spirits. Daytime tours and daily screenings are just some of its attractions and the old-fashioned architecture (orchestra pit and musty basement) make it a spine-chilling experience, whether you’re looking for the ghosts of cinema or something a bit darker…

Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh

Residents in Scotland’s capital city know to avoid Greyfriars Cemetery on the edge of Old Town. The legend goes that a restless spirit by the name of the Mackenzie Poltergeist causes bruises, bites or cuts to the unfortunate few who wonder in. The ghost is thought to have once been a Scottish lawyer who, due to his evil acts, earned the name “Bloody Mackenzie”, before he was buried in the cemetery in 1691.

Owl House, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa

The Owl House was owned by a woman named Helen Martins who was obsessed with light. She started making sculptures and other objects from cement, glass and wire that reflected rainbow colours. She made eerie animals that spilled out of her house and into the yard, but she particularly loved owls, which she associated with intuition and wisdom. Sadly, ground-up glass caused the failing of her own eyesight in 1976, and she took her own life by drinking caustic soda.

The Catacombs, Paris (carrières de Paris)

These are a network of abandoned mines connected by galleries underneath Paris. A part of them were used for an ossuary (popularly known as the catacombs), but entry to the rest of the mines is strictly prohibited. The area where Paris now stands was under water for much of Earth’s history, and the mines were used to extract minerals which settled during this time. The tunnels stretch for nearly 400 miles and they’re apparently unmapped, i.e. it’s impossible not to get lost. Who knows what dark creatures patrol these mysterious corridors?

Sedlec Ossuary, Kutná Hora, Czech Republic

Speaking of ossuaries, this Roman Catholic church in the Medieval Czech region of the country is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people, and the bones have been arranged to form the furnishings of the church. The macabre centrepiece is a bone chandelier containing at least one of every bone in the human body, with skull garlands draping the vault. Why bones? According to Wikipedia, an abbot of the monastery in the town sprinkled some soil from Golgotha in the abbey cemetery, leading thousands of people to choose it as their burial site.