Halloween is only a few days away, and this year is sadly a whole lot quieter with fewer festivities due to Corona. While you can't go trick-or-treating, you can discover the darkest, most haunted, and terrifying places in the world from the comfort of your home. Are you already feeling the chills running down your spine? We dare you to read on!
Poveglia Island, Italy
Located south of the Venetian lagoon, the island of Poveglia is uninhabited and currently closed off to the public. The island was once used as a place to burn corpses that had died from the plague. The island is now famous for hearing the voices of plague victims and seeing apparitions of supernatural presences.
Hellfire Club, Montpelier Hill, Ireland
Not far from Dublin, is the Hellfire Club. Built in 1925 by an English parliamentarian with stones from old tombs, the lodge is said to be a place where a small group of Dublin elitists gathered to worship the devil. Their meetings included animal sacrifices and even murder!
Monte Cristo Homestead, New South Wales, Australia
The Monte Cristo Homestead is believed to be the most haunted house in all of Australia. This Victorian mansion features multiple ghosts, including a child who fell down the stairs, a maid who jumped off the balcony, and a stable boy who was burned alive. The most active ghost, however, is the owner's son who was found, chained next to his mother's corpse. The villa is currently a bed and breakfast. Would you be brave enough to spend a night here?
Bhangarh Fort, India
It looks beautiful from the photo, but don't be fooled, Bhangarh is considered to be the most haunted fort in the world. Consisting of the ruins of a fortified city built in the 17th century, the fort is made up of bazaars, royal palaces, and numerous temples. Cursed by various legends, it is now an archaeological site better known as the "House of Ghosts". You can take a tour with a guide, but be sure to visit in daylight as the locals believe that anyone who spends the night will never be seen again.
Bran Castle, Romania
Bran Castle, better known as Dracula's Castle, is located in Romania, just outside of the city of Bran. The castle is now open to the public; but with very important restrictions, no garlic, silver jewellery, or sacred symbols are allowed.
Village of Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy
Dragsholm Slot, Denmark
Dragsholm Slot is an elegant Danish countryside hotel not far from Copenhagen. It also happens to be one of the most haunted castle in Europe. Apparently, Dragsholm is home to around 100 ghosts, including the Earl of Bothwell, the infamous husband of Mary Queen of Scots, who died imprisoned in the castle basement. If you are up to the scare, guided tours are also available.
The Island of the Dolls, Mexico
Aokigahara Forest, Japan
Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
Looking to visit some state-side haunted houses this year? Read our list of haunted houses across the US.