From an Island covered in mangled dolls to a Church decorated by human bones, here are some of the creepiest places in the world.
1. The Island of Dolls, Mexico
Imagine a creepy uninhabited island with canals running through it and hanging on the trees are old mangled dolls which have been weathered by time and haunted by the ghost off a little girl that drowned on the island. Sounds like a horror movie right? Better yet, it’s real. And you thought Chucky was scary…pft!
Legend has it that 50 years ago a little girl drowned off a small island deep amongst the canals of Xochimilco. She was found by the island’s only inhabitant, Don Julián Santana Barrera. Soon after finding her, Julian found a doll floating the canals and thought that it most likely belonged to the little girl. He hung the doll on the tree as a way of showing support and respect for her spirit. Apparently Julian was haunted by the little girl and so he kept hanging up dolls in an attempt to please her. Do you what’s even creepier? Julian was found dead, drowned in the same spot where the girl did. Sends a chill down our back doesn’t it?
After his death the place became a tourist attraction with more visitors bringing dolls every time they go.
2. Centralia, Pennsylvania
Centralia is a town in Pennsylvania and was once a mining town. However, the miners accidentally set the mines on fire in 1962 and it still burns to this day. Today it’s an abandoned town where smoke pours out from the cracks found in the ground. Looks like something out of Silent Hill.
3. The Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
The hill of crosses is quite literally a hill COVERED in crosses. It is believed that the first crosses were put up to honour the victims of the rebellion in 1831. The number of crosses grew after the other rebellion in 1863. Sadly, the hill was destroyed many times by the Soviet Union. However, after the political change, the Hill of Crosses grew more and more and became a world phenomenon. Visitors try to leave a cross when they visit and today it has over 100,000 crosses.
4. Bird Suicide Grounds of Jatinga
This place is just weird and freaky. There’s a small village in northern India called Jatinga and this is where birds commit suicide. I s*** you not. Every year around the months of September to October hundreds of birds dive to their deaths here. To make things even scarier, the incidents only happen in the evening between 7pm and 10pm across a strip of land roughly a mile long. The village even has “bird watching tours” around area. Nah, I’m okay thanks.
5. Muynak, Uzbekistan
Muynak is a desert floor covered with rusted-out boats. Muynak is a port city in Uzbekistan on the Aral Sea. However, due to the Soviets using irrigation for cotton plantations, the sea has pretty much dried up. What’s left in Muynak is eerie but stunning.
6. The Parisian Catacombs, France
When you think of Paris, you don’t think of it as creepy or scary, you generally think of the beautiful French food, the Louvre, and the stunning architecture and clothes. But it is in fact a creepy place. Lying beneath the cobblestone streets are miles of underground tunnels, and in those tunnels are the bones of 6 million dead Frenchmen. When Paris’ cemeteries began to fill up, the French began to shove corpse’s away underground and formed today’s Parisian Catacombs.
7. The Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
More bones! Back in 1278 the King of Bohemia sent the abbot of the Sedlec Cistercian Monastery to Jerusalem. When the abbot came back he brought a jar of soil from the Golgotha that was known as the “Holy Soil”. People from all over the Czech Republic wanted to be buried in this church because this “Holy Soil” was sprinkled all over the small town where this church is located. After hundreds of years the number of bones grew and they didn’t know what to do with them. They appointed a woodcarver to take care of the problem and what did he decide to do? Redecorate. With human bones! The Sedlec Ossuary was decorated with over 40,000 human skeletons…Creepy but still pretty impressive.
8. Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Italy
Here you will see well preserved corpses hanging from the walls. Why? Well, back in 1597 excavation began to create a large cemetery behind the main altar of the Capuchin convent. When it was finished and they wanted to move the corpses of 45 friars there, however they discovered the corpses had been perfectly preserved. So what did they decide to do? Put them on display hanging on a wall. They believed that this instance was an act of god and put them on display as relics and in 1783 they decided that they would let anyone be buried there. Here you can also find the “world’s most beautiful mummy” which is the body of a two year old girl who died in 1920. Creeeeeeeeeeepy.
9. Leap Castle, Ireland
Leap castle is reportedly one of the most haunted castles in the world. The castle is haunted by the Elemental; this is “an entity that is shrouded in mystery and intrigue” (leapcastle.net). Leap castle was the site of a historic slaughter and it was also built on top of a torture pit. Lovely…
10. Pripyat, Ukraine
Pripyat is a town in Ukraine that used to be home to 50,000 people but it was completely evacuated just days after the Chernobyl disaster. The ghost town, which has remained uninhabited for over two decades due to radiation, is now open to tourists because apparently the risk of radiation poisoning has decreased. Oh boy!
11. Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania
Yet another creepy forest… Hoia Baciu Forest, known as the world’s most haunted forest, is also known as Romania’s Bermuda Triangle. There are many stories and legends of people going missing, UFO sightings, paranormal activity, ghost sightings, faces appearing in the background of photos, and electronic devices that suddenly stop working. Go on, I dare ya to go for a stroll in there.
12. North Yungus Road, Bolivia
This is place is scary in more of a ‘plummet-15,000-feet-to-my-death’ kind of scary. Also known as Death Road, the North Yungus Road is a 40 mile journey which takes you through the hills of the amazon rainforest but the terrifying thing is that it comes with a sheer drop with no railing to stop you falling to your death. An estimated 300 people die a year on this road but it still attracts 25,000 bikers annually. If you’re a thrill-seeker this is the place for you!
13. Snake Island, Brazil
No real explanation needed here, it’s literally an island populated by around 4,000 snakes. It’s located off the coast of Sao Paolo and is one of the world’s deadliest islands. To me the thought is terrifying, but this is probably a snake lover’s dream. In fairness, you can’t actually visit it because you WILL die and it’s also banned by the Brazilian government. There are actually two grisly tales which tell of the danger of the island (awkward sentence? ). The first is of a fisherman who lands on the Island and is then bitten by various snakes and found dead in a pool of blood on his boat as he died from their flesh-melting venom. Ew. The second is of a family who lived their (they tended to the lighthouse) and one night the snakes entered their home and they were all killed as they were trying to escape.
14. Hanging Coffins, Philippines
The Igorot tribe in northern Philippines have long practised the tradition of burying their dead in hanging coffins. They either nail or tie them to the cliffs. Apparently there are a few reasons for doing so; the most common is that burying the bodies’ high you would bring them closer to their ancestral spirits. Other reasons include; fear of rotting from water entering the coffin from the soil, and that no dogs or enemies could get to them.
15. Bran Castle, Romania
Or as it is most commonly known; Dracula’s Castle. This Romanian castle is said to have been the seat of Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler. Vlad was known for impaling his enemies and their families on stakes. Bram Stoker took Vlad as inspiration for Dracula. Bran castle is one of the creepiest castles in the world, the dark hallways and windowless chambers make you see why this was used as Draculas castle. And apparently you can even stay in it tis Halloween. You know what’s even creepier? In one of its chapels lies the heart of Queen Marie.
16. Door To Hell, Turkmenistan
This probably isn’t as creepy as the rest, but it is kind of scary. In 1971, Soviet geologists discovered this area and believed it harboured oil. Once they began drilling they discovered that it was actually a giant gas crater and because they feared the gases that it was emitting were poisonous, they decided to set it on fire to prevent the cases from spreading. They believed that it would stop burning after a week but it still burns today, 45 years later.