Boohoo, Kaptens! The creepiest night of the year is just around the corner!
If you're one of those people who can't wait to turn into witches, monsters or vampires, binge all the horror movies, or to go to the scariest places in the world, then you've come to the right place with this horror guide - because we've searched out the scariest haunted houses, ghost towns and horror events in the world to give you the spookiest Halloween of all time!
Even in Celtic times the last night in October was something very special. At that time people not only celebrated the start of a new year, but also the beginning of the coming winter. However, many were convinced that with the change of the season not only the cold and the darkness would come, but also the boundary between the realm of the living and the dead would become blurred. Thus all the lost souls and spirits could do their mischief in that night and death was closer to the people than ever before. Out of fear of being haunted by the death itself, the idea was finally born to outwit him with fearsome costumes and simply pretend to be part of the realm of the dead - the precursors of today's Halloween costumes were born!
Even though today we throw ourselves in creepy costumes for other reasons and the ghostly traditions and customs differ from country to country, one thing has always remained the same: On no night of the year we feel as close to the ghostly and supernatural as we do on Halloween...
So Kaptens, if you want to hear more of these scary, yet exciting, stories, then you should not miss the following tips for the spookiest places in the world! But be careful: Enter at your own risk...
#1 The Stanley Hotel (USA):
For all fans of the father of all horror stories, Stephen King, this hotel is exactly the right thing. After a night at "The Stanley", Mr. King was inspired to write one of his most famous novels, "Shining". Particular Room 217 played a very special role and is now known for countless horror stories and paranormal phenomena worldwide. But not only is this very special room haunted by supernatural events, the entire property is a paradise for hobby ghost hunters: things seem to move without external factors, music and voices come out of deserted rooms and invisible figures run across the hallways and corridors of the hotel. So if you want to spend a special night, where a cold shiver won't be far away, you should definitely check in at the haunted hotel in the Rocky Mountains!
#2 Leap Castle (Ireland):
About a 2 hour drive from Dublin you can visit one of Ireland's most legendary castles. Legend has it that nowhere else in the country is there a more haunted place than Leap Castle, which has been the scene of countless murders and bloody family feuds. One of the most famous horror stories is probably the deed of the clan leader Teigh O'Caroll, who not only killed the priest during a mass, but his own brother as well - why nowadays the chapel is better known as "bloody chapel" does not need any further explanation, right? But exactly because of these "Game of Thrones"-suspicious deeds, Leap Castle is the best place to go for all Ghostbusters, who can't get enough of mysterious incidents and maybe want to meet one or two haunted ghosts!
#3 Farmaggedon (UK):
If there's one place that comes pretty close to the Gate to Hell, it's definitely the horror farm Farmaggedon in Ormshirk, Great Britain. This place is undoubtedly just for the brave of you, because there's not a spot in the whole area where you can hide from the hundreds of live horrors. The Farmaggedon experience consists of 3 interactive "Haunted Houses", a zombie paintball area and the "Freak Street" with its own horror nightclub. In Farmaggedon, you may suddenly find yourself in a destroyed chemical weapons lab (including contaminated zombies, of course) or encounter a certain Malachi Throne who believes he can become immortal by eating human flesh. You see: This place is definitely not for the faint hearted!
This infamous creepy event usually opens its hellish gates at the beginning of October and guarantees every visitor the night of horror of his life! So let's go to the zombie apocalypse, Kaptens!
#4 Isla de las Muñecas - the doll island (Mexico):
Who thinks that this would be an island full of sweet Barbie dolls, is unfortunately extremely wrong. Because the "Isla de las Muñecas" in Mexico is also known as the island of the mutilated dolls and definitely makes some children's or adults' nightmares come true. The history of the island is as scary as the sight of the countless dolls, hanging in the island’s trees with their eyes cut out or missing limbs: In order to drive away the ghost of little girl, who was found dead on the beach several years ago, Julián Santana, the only inhabitant of the island, started collecting thousands of abandoned dolls and distributed them all over the island - hoping, that the ghost would finally leave him in peace.
Whether Barrera just imagined the girl's ghost or whether the island is really accured remains a mystery. But for all "Chucky" and "Annabelle" fans a visit to the island is a definite must and who knows, maybe one or the other will be surprised by the laughter of a little girl...
#5 Monte Christo (Australia):
Australia has not only sweet kangaroos and endless beaches to offer, but is also quite well equipped on the ghost front. The haunted house "Monte Christo" is considered to be the most famous in the whole country and can look back on some mysterious deaths and inexplicable occurrences: stable boys who were burnt in the barn or servants who were accidentally shot are only some of the horrible events that happened in the farmhouse. Even today, all these lost souls are said to be mad within the walls of Monte Christo and to have terrified the current owners multiple times.
In order that the spook is not withheld to the public, the current proprietors organize real ghost tours including ghostly dinners, which have already taught many of the visitors the meaning of fear...
#6 Bodie (USA):
If you always wanted to find yourself in a real Wild West ghost town, you should definitely visit the small town Bodie in the USA! The 18th century gold digging site is nothing short of a "lost place", and although there is no bloodthirsty or mysterious story to explain why the city has gradually become deserted, it is still a place full of goose bumps. The curse, which still seems to be a burden on the city, is a source of one or two moments of horror: it is said that anyone who removes even a tiny stone from Bodie will face serious punishment, ranging from a large portion of misfortune to health problems or mysterious accidents. Any disbeliever who now thinks that the whole thing is just a well-thought-out trick to keep visitors from stealing souvenirs, should read one of the numerous "curse letters" in which some of the visitors, who have taken something with them report about their long-lasting bad luck and have sent the stolen object, including an apology back to the city council...
#7 Salina Turda (Romania):
When it comes to Halloween, a trip to the homeland of Dracula is a must! Transylvania is and remains the eternal number one in terms of horror factor and offers vampire fans, in particular, the perfect opportunity to follow in the footsteps of bloodsuckers. Besides Poenari Castle and Bran Castle, which are regarded as former hostels of the famous vampire prince, another place in Transylvania is something very special: the old salt mine "Salina Turda." Salina Turda is regarded as one of the darkest amusement parks in the world and is probably one of the most spectacular places in Romania! At a depth of over a hundred metres, visitors can not only play miniature golf or billiards, but also row over the underground lake in small boats and take a ride on a real Ferris wheel. Even if some of you might feel a bit queasy when watching this breathtaking scenery, you should not miss this experience!
Oh, but one more thing: without the elaborate lighting, the entire mine would sink into complete darkness. So always have a flashlight with you to be on the safe side...
#8 Craco (Italy):
The small municipality of Craco in the south of Italy unfortunately had to endure more than one stroke of fate in the past. Apart from a great famine that cost the lives of dozens of people, Italian mercenaries attacked the island a few years later and murdered a lot of innocent people. But Craco was particularly badly hit by numerous landslides, which from 1959 destroyed almost the entire city and caused many fatalities. After another earthquake in 1980, the inhabitants finally decided to give up the city and seek refuge in the valley of the village. Craco, with its impressive ruins, has always been one of the most famous and eerie ghost towns in Italy and attracts many horror-loving visitors to the abandoned mountain village.
#9 Beelitz-Heilstätten (Germany):
At the beginning of the 20th century, a hospital complex was built which is nowadays better known as the "Hospital of Terror". Formerly a place of refuge for sick people, war veterans and people with psychological problems, today there is hardly anything left of the clinic. After the ownership society of the Beelitz-Heilstätten went broke in 2001, the compound, including the 60 buildings, became more and more neglected. Ever since the vacant rooms have always been a hotspot for vandals and rioters and are again and again the scene of crimes and atrocities. Although a considerable part of the hospital area has been renovated and is now used as living space, many of the buildings are still empty and emit their particularly ominous atmosphere.
If you want to get very close to these abandoned operating rooms, dilapidated corridors and old hospital beds, then you should definitely join one of the guided tours that will provide you with exciting information about the Beelitz sanatoriums and make your hospital nightmares come true!
So Kaptens, we hope that you enjoyed our little excursion into the world of the supernatural and the haunted and that you might want to explore some of the places of our horror guide on your own! If so, we wish you a whole range of supernatural encounters that will freeze your blood in your veins and provide the perfect horror experience!
And in case of an emergency just remember:
If there's something strange in your neighborhood,
who you gonna call?