Many people have fears that reach beyond the present world and lie just in their imagination. Mostly it’s the fear and frightful feelings of things that we cannot see nor explain that makes the imagination run wild. This is also why certain places are so incredibly scary; we hear noises, or feel frightened, or perhaps even see something this really just cannot be explained yet it triggers a true sense of utter fear. It is also perhaps one of the reasons we are so drawn to these places and excited by the thrill of the unknown. Whether you believe in supernatural or not, below are perhaps some of the scariest places on the planet in which fear seems to conquer all.
1. Underground Vaults, Edinburgh, Scotland
Abandoned, cold, and beneath the town’s bridge, lies a piece of history in the underground vaults in Edinburg, Scotland. Once used as cellars, workshops and even homes for merchants and craftsmen due to such high level of population in the town’s center, these vaults were eventually discarded due to excessive water and moisture. Long forgotten until recently when a new bridge was constructed, the current day uses now include tourism and paranormal investigations.
Many people have experienced a number of unexplainable phenomena, such as nausea, vomiting, ghost sighting, and even a few who stated they were attacked and left with wounds. No one is certain where or why the hostile apparitions are there but it has been noted as one of the most frightful places on the planet with few paranormal investigators even wishing to return.
2. Laularie House, New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans holds a vast number of haunted houses, eerie graveyards, buildings and battlefields all with its own story and fright factor, thus making New Orleans and the French Quarter one of the scariest places on the planet. With a past filled with Voodoo queens, murder, pirates, civil war battles, there is no end to the ghostly apparitions and haunting stories that delight and fright visitors alike.
Fascinating tales of ghosts parading around tombstones, orbs floating in Hotel hallways, strange phenomena, and of course screams and moans coming from the well known Laularie House where ghosts of the tormented slaves in the Laulaurie home are heard on a regular basis. Whether you come to New Orleans for the supernatural history or not, you might just leave there understanding why it’s the number one most Haunted City in America.
3. The Catacombs, Paris, France
The Paris Catacombs is an infamous underground cemetery with a series of tunnels and pathways created out of human bones. It was developed in the 18th century out of necessity as the city grew in size and currently serves as a tourist attraction for those daring to enter. Called the Empire of the Dead, it possesses an eerie factor that just cannot be denied. Skulls, bone pieces, and remnants of past citizens line the walls in the chilly and dark passageways… and perhaps more than just their remains are still there. Many of the visitors have encountered strange noises, overwhelming unease, and even some have reported seeing ghostly apparitions or being touched on the hands or clothing but something unseen.
4. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO
Made famous by the Stephen King novel, ‘the Shinning’, the Stanley Hotel is the residence of a number of ghost sightings and paranormal activities. They are currently open for business and accepting guests. If you are feeling a bit on the curious side, you might just wish to request room 418 which has the most ghostly activity reported. Often, you may hear the sound of children playing in the halls, even when no children are present. Ghost tours are giving nightly and include the underground tunnels said to be a hot spot of unnatural activity.
5. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky
Waverly Hills opened as a standard hospital in 1910 to hold 40 to 50 tuberculosis patients. Tuberculosis was reaching epidemic proportions among the public in Kentucky and the small hospital soon had over 140 residences and the numbers continued to grow thus the sanatorium was built. Both facilities remained open until 1961 when it was closed.
The number of people that passed away including two nurse suicides were well in the thousands and it has since become one of the scariest places in the United States with the large number of ghostly sightings, light orbs, strange humanly shadows and creepy sounds.
6. Bhangarh Fort, India
A once beautiful town outside Rajasthan, India, the Bhangarh Fort is now a place of ruins and history, and of course strange happenings. According to history, a black magic conjurer cursed the entire town on his death bed stating that everyone would die and their souls cursed for centuries. Listed as the most haunted place in India, people who visit the fort experience anxiety, unusual feelings, and unease. The Government has prohibited visitors before or after sunset because those who have stayed… seem to have never returned.
7. Aokigahara Forest, Japan
Known as the Sea of Trees, the Aokigahara forest is an eerie woodland that lies at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. A popular place for suicides, this forest is host to a great amount of paranormal phenomena and reportedly haunted by many urban myths and creatures. Human remains and plastic tape liter the floors of the forest due the high number of deaths in the area. Encountering ghosts of the lost dead are said to be common, as are unnerving feelings, odd apparitions, and unusual sightings of creatures not from this world.
8. Amityville Home, Long Island, New York
A mass murder on the evening of November 13, 1974 in this Amityville home in Long Island, NY set the stage for this truly scary locale. Family after family moved in, only to flee days or months later because they claimed it to be haunted with ghosts, creepy noises, and even instances of doors slamming, sheets being pulled off in the night, and toys moving around by themselves.
9. Mansfield Reformatory, Cleveland Ohio
The Mansfield Reformatory is considered to be one of the scariest places on earth as many prisoners and guards have died here under very strange circumstances. Tales of suicide, murder, and violence surround this prison including the warden who apparently murdered his wife and covered up the crime. People who visit the reformatory claim to smell a hint of her perfume as her ghost passes them by.
Visitors and investigators also claim to see apparitions of spirits, especially in one of the more haunted spots in the reformatory-The Hole. The Hole was a place where prisoners were sent for harsh reprimand. People constantly state they feel a menacing presence here and a sense of dread surrounding the entire place.
10. Monte Cristo House, New South Wales, Australia
Australia’s most haunted mansion located in Junee, New South Wales is the Monte Cristo. After the owner of the home and husband to Mrs. Crawley passed away strange happenings began. Mrs. Crawly was seen outside the house only just 2 times in the 23 years in which she lived after her husband had passed. After her passing visitors and locales that came to see the real estate were met with ghosts, phantom faces, floating apparition, and strange creepy voices. A few people even noted a very strong menacing force in which they felt suffocated or strangled just walking into certain areas in the home.
Today it is one of the scariest mansions to visit, offering tours for those looking for a thrill and granting ghost hunters a look into what may very well be the other side.
If given the chance to remain in a scary location would you take it or not, or do you not believe in things that go bump in the night?
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