While some people think all things supernatural are unreal, others truly believe in the existence of ghosts, haunted buildings, and simply creepy existences. All around the world you’ll find creepy places littered with deserted buildings and haunted memories – and you don’t have to wait until Halloween to hunt them down.
Here are some of our favorite creepy crawly and simply strange destinations. They’re not meant for the skittish, so be prepared.
10. Bermuda Triangle
To this day you won’t find a boat captain or airplane pilot willing to travel through the Bermuda Triangle. The triangle itself is comprised of a piece of ocean that ranges from Southern Florida, to Bermuda, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and back to Florida again.
Dozens of travelers simply disappeared, presumed dead, while traveling through this eerie spot on the globe. Rumors still circulate regarding their fates – some say it was aliens while others believe there’s some sort of time warp. Regardless of the true reason, no one who enters seems to come back out the other side.
The Tower of London is over 900 years old and served as both a prison and execution hall before it became a tourist attraction. The tower is the location where Henry the VIII had Anne Boleyn’s head chopped off, and several other infamous characters throughout history lost there lives there as well. Many have reported hearing chains and howling winds and seeing ghosts there. It’s up to you to decide if you believe the tower is haunted.
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (not to be confused with Gettysburg, Virginia) was the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Legend has it that the Union soldiers were losing the battle to the Confederates when, out of nowhere, George Washington’s ghost rode up and told them to keep fighting. Locals claim George still visits the area regularly.
Abigail Williams, Betty Parris, and Tituba are to thank for sparking the gruesome Salem Witch Trials back in 1691 and 1692. The hysteria they started by practicing magic in the woods led to the deaths of over 20 presumably innocent women and their ghosts are believed to continuously haunt the town of Salem.
The Winchester Mystery House is truly a mystery. Sarah Winchester started building the house in 1884 and decided that as long as she was alive there would always be some sort of construction happening on the premise.
Why? She believed that constant noise caused by construction workers would somehow make the ghosts of her husband and daughter happy. No one knows what she was thinking when she had doors installed that would open to blank walls or when she decided to construct a set of stairs leading nowhere.
The movies we see are only the end results of the goings on in Hollywood. What we don’t see are the places the rich and famous actors spend their time and, in some cases, die. The next time you’re in the area consider taking one of Tourland’s Haunted Hearse rides. You’ll get to see some of the famous places where the ghosts of some of Hollywood’s most popular stars still hang out.
The Mutter Museum of Medical History itself isn’t as creepy as the things you’ll find inside. If you thought today’s medical advances were off the wall, consider what doctors and scientists were thinking years ago when they started this incredible collection of skulls and pathological oddities.
The regular exhibits are disturbing enough on their own, but the upcoming collections should prove interesting as well. Make sure you stop by if you’re interested in seeing a collection of shrunken heads from South America or the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition collection of temporal ear bones.
3. New Orleans
No matter where you go in New Orleans you’re bound to bump into some sort of oddity. The city is known for being the home of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, where the famous voodoo queen Marie Laveau is buried. Rumor has it that Laveau had such powerful voodoo strengths she could make your enemies die – for a fee of $1,000 that is. Visitors to the tomb claim to see ghosts dancing at night!
Back in 1947 a local to Roswell, New Mexico found what he believed to be pieces of a UFO. He wasn’t the only one who believed aliens had visited the area, and at the International UFO Museum you’ll find information alleging that the government and town covered up the truth about the occurrence.
One day in 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally murdered. While their daughter, Lizzie, was acquitted, she was ultimately accused of the crime and the majority of historians still believe she was guilty. Today the house they lived in is a Bed and Breakfast and, if you’re daring, you can top off your stay with a reenactment of the exact meal the Borden’s ate the morning they perished.
Some of these places are simply strange while others will send shivers up and down your spine. It’s up to you to determine which ones you find authentic and which you think are a scam, but we have a feeling that a trip to most of these locations will leave you feeling just as creeped out as we were!