Just in time for Halloween, we’ve had a look at some of the most haunted places you could visit on your gap year. We’ve even rated them with spooky ghosts to show you how much of a fright you’re in for.
The Catacombs of Paris – Paris, France
Step 20 meters below the most romantic city in the world and you’ll enter the Catacombs of Paris.
The public health risk that graveyards posed in the 1700s caused the Council of State to take action, moving the remains of previous citizens deep underground.
The skulls and bones of over 9 million Parisians line the walls of the labyrinth, with some spirits sure to remain attached.
Banff Springs Hotel – Alberta, Canada
The grandiose settings of the Banff Springs Hotel seem perfectly crafted for a ghost story. Its 19th-century architecture houses many a spooky story.
A bride is said to dance in the ballroom after her wedding dress caught fire when ascending the staircase to meet her love. In a desperate attempt to put it out, she tripped and fell down the stairs, breaking her neck.
If a spooky staircase doesn’t do it for you there is also the legend of room 873. As the rumour goes, a young family was murdered in the room. The fingerprints of the dead little girl were said to linger on the rooms mirror despite it being cleaned. This hotel room has been completely sealed over now by the hotel owners but the family’s ghosts still walk the halls.
Island of the Dolls – Xochimilco, Mexico
As the name suggests, this island near Xochimilco, Mexico is covered in creepy rotting dolls. It’s said to be dedicated to a little girl that was found drowned in the water a long time ago. The man that had apparently found this little girl was unable to save her and collected dolls to please her spirit, which he claimed to have heard talking to him.
Since the man died in 2001, it is said he has joined the little girl in possessing the dolls, moving their heads and blinking their eyes to lure in passers of the island.
Poveglia Island – Italy
Poveglia Island has always been a dark place. During the bubonic plague, Romans shipped all of it’s sick to the island to die. Once its inhabitants had “expired”, their remains were burnt, leaving the ground below a mixture of dirt and human ash.
Fast forward to the 1920s and the island was used to house the mentally ill. Mainly used for experiments, patients of the hospital didn’t last long on the island either.
With tourism technically forbidden Poveglia is hard to access but well worth it this Halloween if you want a scare.
Lawang Sewu – Semarang, Indonesia
Translated to “Thousand Doors”, this building is said to be the most haunted place in Indonesia. Its routes are simple enough as its original purpose was to house the offices of the Dutch East Indies national railway.
An invasion by the Japanese completely repurposed the impressive structure. Rooms were repurposed as torture chambers to interrogate and kill victims.
The paranormal presence is said to be felt heavily inside this elegantly decorated building. It’s even been reported that the ghost of a Dutch woman that killed herself within the walls still prowls the halls.
The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum – Australia
Decommissioned in 1995, Beechworth Lunatic Asylums doors were open to the medically and criminally insane for 128 years.
Originally known as the Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum, 1200 patients were held within its walls at full capacity. It’s also seen the deaths of over 3000 patients.
There have been many reports of the paranormal during the buildings nightly ghost tours. From the friendly presence of Matron Sharpe to the more frightening Tommy Kennedy—who pulls at clothing and pokes at visitors’ chests.
For an extra eerie Halloween trip, be sure to visit the Grevillia Wing, a treatment area of the hospital that patients feared the most. Some say you can still hear the shock of the electrodes or the broken teeth and bones the treatment lead to.
Will you be visiting any of these destinations this Halloween? Let us know in the comments below.