There’s something delicious about being scared out of your mind. Not being in actual danger, of course, but being frightened witless is a huge thrill. So what gives you the heebie jeebies? Whether it’s ghosts or serial killers, there are plenty of holiday destinations with a hair-raising story to tell.
With Halloween fast approaching we take a look at 10 of the best.
Lake Reschen, Italy
Lake Reschen is famous for the protruding steeple of a drowned church, a 14th-century monument that, in the winter, can be reached when the lake freezes over. Set in the Italian Lake district, it is said that on quiet evenings you can still hear the church bells ring. The Italian Lakes are best known for their beauty and serene ambience, but try visiting the Lakes on an eery October night to see a different side.
Island of the Dolls, Mexico
There’s a reason why Child’s Play is one of the most chilling films ever made – dolls. Those fixed grins and vacant eyes are the stuff of nightmares. The Island of the Dolls in Mexico, a shrine to a young girl who died in mysterious circumstances, is jam-packed with creepy dolls.
St. Blaise’s Mummified Priests, Croatia
The snoozing Istrian village of Vodnjan in Croatia is where you will find the historical enigma of St Blaise, the parish church with six mummified priests. The mystery? There is no sign of embalming, these priests seem to have been preserved entirely naturally. An act of God, or a demon? You decide, if you dare!
Rose Hall House, Jamaica
The thought of Jamaica’s beautiful landscape and Caribbean sunshine might not fill you with an uneasy feeling, but, it might if you happen to be at Rose Hall House one spooky October evening. It’s said the spirit of Annie Palmer haunts the halls, so if you plan to visit Rose Hall House make sure you bring your game face.
SS America Shipwreck, Canary Islands
Built in the US in 1939, the SS America stands horrific and broken above the ocean off the coast of the Canary Islands of Spain. How did it get there? It was shipwrecked in a thunderstorm and left to the mercy of the Atlantic – it’s a very eerie sight.
Buyukada Orphelinat, Istanbul
A visit to Turkey‘s beautiful coast may not sound like the Halloween destination to make your feet curl, but if you’re flying into Istanbul then you could make a quick stop at the city abandoned relic. Buyukada Orphelinat is a creaking structure of rotten wood that’s both dangerous and very beautiful. There’s no way you’ll be getting inside, as the wardens are on constant high alert for the building to fall down.
Don’t worry, you’ll still feel the chills, just looking at this place is enough to send a shiver down your spine!
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour, London
We couldn’t make a top 10 list of spooky settings without mentioning one of the many eerie corners on our own home soil. Visit the East End of London to follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper. Not literally. Mystery still surrounds his true identity, and a walking tour of the murder scenes, complete with shocking descriptions of his deeds, will stay in your head for days.
Capuchin Catacombs, Sicily
Sicily is home to the Capuchin Catacombs, a tomb filled with the remains of almost 80,000 people. Out of that huge number at least one of these in bound to be a ghost, so if you fancy a truly spooky trip then hit up this beautiful, if morbid, island landmark.
Hoai-Baciu Forest, Romania
Blair Witch highlighted the fact that forests are scary places. Which is why you should head to the Hoai-Baciu Forest in Romania, thought to be the world’s most haunted collection of trees. It is 250 hectares of unexplained events, ranging from ghost sightings and bizarre apparitions to visitors feeling the urge to throw up.
Florida, United States of America
Although not technically a scary place, no-one does Halloween quite like America. And, in the Sunshine State, they go above and beyond, especially in the big theme parks. We’re talking the streets of Universal Studios full of horrifying monsters and supernatural horrors. Thinking of taking the kids? Disney has you covered with their Not-So-Scary Halloween events.
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