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The World's Most Haunted Places: Will You Dare to Visit Them All?

Oct 25, 2022

We’ve all been there—you’re wandering the streets at night, or sitting in your car late at night, and you hear it... that strange noise that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up on end. You look around and realize you’re all alone, with just the dim lights of the street lamps to illuminate your surroundings. Suddenly, the spooky stories you heard as a child come rushing back into your mind... with Halloween coming up, we thought we'd give you a slight chill with a peek into some of the most haunted places in the world.

Aokigahara Forest
If you are feeling adventurous, it is worth checking out Japan's Aokigahara Forest. This forest near Mount Fuji is said to be one of the most haunted places in the world, so if you're a wimp, this might not be the best place for you. In 1948, this forest was designated as a forbidden zone where those without legal clearance or wishing not to be found would go. It became popular in recent years due to a documentary that highlighted its eerie and desolate scenery. 

The Winchester Mystery House
Built in 1884 by Sarah Winchester, the widow of William Winchester, the owner of the Winchester Rifle Company, Mrs. Winchester believed that she was being haunted by her victims who had been killed by her husband's rifle. A medium told Mrs. Winchester that if she continuously built rooms on her house, then the spirits would not be able to find their way inside. The Winchester Mystery House has 160 rooms including 40 bedrooms, 40 staircases, 13 bathrooms, 6 kitchens, 10,000 window panes, 2,000 doors, 52 skylights, 47 fireplaces, three elevators, two basements and just one shower.

Chateau du Malinbois
In the late 1800s, a castle called Chateau du Malinbois was built in France. Some say that it was built on top of an ancient prison, and as a result, the site is said to be haunted. Others say that during WWII, Nazis occupied the castle and tortured prisoners there. Either way, it's one of Europe's most haunted places, with more than 200 ghosts roaming its halls.

Island of Dolls
Along the southeastern coast of Mexico, there is an island called Isla de las Munecas. This island is said to be home to hundreds of dolls that were created by a man named Julian Santana Barrera. The legend behind the island says that Julian once loved a woman but she never returned his love. One day, he found out that she was dying and decided to make her a gift one last time.  He carved her face into a doll and began to give them away as gifts. He soon realized that this act would not bring back his love, so he started putting all of these dolls on the island for others to enjoy instead. His hope was for people who came across these dolls to think about their own lost loves and find peace again like he did with hers.

Hanging Coffins at Yungang Grottoes
The Hanging Coffins at Yungang Grottoes in China, a place with more than 2,000 wooden coffins dangling from the cliffs of a mountain. The coffins were hung up as a burial ground when there was no room left on the ground below.  While some people say that it is impossible to see anything or anyone in these pictures, others insist they've seen children wearing traditional Han Chinese clothing looking out from inside the coffins. Whatever you believe, it's worth checking out for yourself!

Paris Catacombs
The underground catacombs are located about 50 meters (164 feet) below street level and stretch for more than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles).  Hundreds of thousands of skulls and bones belonging to some six million Parisians, who died between the 18th century and the early 20th century, line the walls. It’s said that if you go down into these tunnels alone at night, you will hear human-like voices coming from the walls.

Leap Castle (Ireland)
Leap Castle is one of the most famous haunted places in Ireland. Located on a hilltop in County Offaly, it has long been the subject of stories about ghosts and spirits, tales that have intensified with the castle's recent restoration. Built by the O'Bannon family in the 15th century, Leap Castle is said to be home to a White Lady who wanders its halls during stormy nights.

La Casa Loma (Canada)
One of the most haunted places in the world is La Casa Loma, which is located in Toronto, Canada. La Casa Loma was built in 1911 and served as a residence for Sir Henry Pellatt, an industrialist and a millionaire. In 1919, Pellatt was arrested for fraud and the house became abandoned. During its days as a residential home, there were many reports of paranormal activities such as sightings of ghostly figures roaming the halls.