October means it’s officially spooky season! *insert ghoulish noise*
With that in mind is there a better way to embrace the season of spook than by taking a virtual trip to the creepiest and most haunted places in the world? Well apart from dressing up and asking strangers for sweets, there is no better way!
So if you’re ready to gasp in horror, hide behind the sofa in fear and be generally creeped out, get comfy and start reading…
In 1935 the Old Changi Hospital was opened, but during WWII it was utilised as a prison and torture camp by the secret police in Japan. It soon became a hospital again after the war, however the halls and rooms kept it’s horrible history for many years. After closing its doors in 1997 the hospital became a haunted hotspot with many people speaking of an old man wandering the corridors aimlessly, woman stalking the decaying rooms, children crying and bloodied Japanese soldiers walking the building. Along with the figures seen there have been numerous reports of loud crashes, bangs, crying and unexplained screams – not somewhere you would want to visit alone!
Known for its infamous inmates such as Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is also known for its paranormal activity too! There have been many reports of ghostly activities since the 1940s, most notably of shadowy figures that disappear when approached, ghostly faces in cell block 4 , an eerie laugh emanating from cell block 12, and more unexplained noises that you can shake a spooky stick at.
The famous mansion in the heart of Louisiana was the home of Madame Delphine LaLaurie in the 1830s. LaLaurie was recently brought back into mind in the cult show American Horror Story, Coven and the house is now a firm favourite in Nola for visiting fans. Haunting screams have been reported from the property which are believed to be from the slaves who died on the property at the hands of the former owners sadistic hands.
Forests are notoriously eerie places, but none more than Hoia Baciu Forest in Transylvania – a creepy destination without the addition of the forest. Locals are said to call it the ‘Bermuda Triangle of Romania’ due to the unexplained disappearances and happenings. Lore has it that the forest is haunted by peasants that were murdered there centuries previously. It’s known for numerous reports of paranormal activity such as UFO sightings, missing people and strange electrical occurrences. The forest itself is home to strangely shaped trees that grow at obscure angles and the central circle of the forest which is barren of any trees or plant life – creepy in of itself.
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