13 Spooky Halloween Holiday Destinations For Fans Of The Supernatural
For those who want a side of HOLY CRAP with their holiday...
Want to do something a bit different this Halloween? Preferably something that doesn’t involve shuffle dancing in a room full of people dressed as the characters from Stranger Things*? Well then SHIVER YER TIMBERS and dig out out yer best boots to shake in - because here’s a load of spooky mini-break destinations for those who want a side of HOLY CRAP with their holiday.
*Let’s face it, that’s all anyone’s dressing up as this year.
Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh
Nicknamed ‘The Street of Sorrows’, Mary King’s Close, in the Old Town area of Edinburgh, is said to be hella haunted. By who? Plague victims, that’s who. It’s said that when the plague struck in 1645, the local council decided bricking up the close and leaving those inside to die was a legitimate option. The ghost of victim ‘Little Annie’ has been spotted by numerous tourists, as she searches for her lost doll. Creeeeeeepy.
Leap Castle, Ireland
The site of numerous executions, Leap Castle definitely isn’t something out of a Disney movie. In fact, it features a dungeon shaft with huge spikes at the bottom - a shaft that had to have three whole cartloads of human bones removed from it during restoration. Ugh. It’s also said to have a whole load of resident ghosties, one a small hunched being who brings with him a stink of decomposing corpse.
Poenari Castle, Romania
Poenari Castle is famous for being the former home of Vlad Tepes - the real life inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ - and is now heralded as one of the most haunted places in the world. A word of warning unrelated to spooky shiz though - you’ll have to climb 1,500 steps to reach the castle. Phwef.
What says ‘Halloween mini-break’ more than rooms and corridors full of human bones? Well exactly. Swing by Rome’s catacombs and Capuchin Crypt and that’s exactly what you’ll get. If you *really* want to get spookeh, the Castel Sant’Angelo is also said to have several resident ghosts. Double whammy.
Hoia Baciu Forest, Romania
Get your Blair Witch on (just not anywhere near us, please) and visit what has been branded the most haunted forest in the world. Given the nickname the ‘Bermuda Triangle of Romania’ thanks to several disappearances, it’s also been the site of UFO and ghost sightings, while some tourists claim to have been burnt or scratched by angry spirits while walking amongst the trees. Oh, and electronic devices tend to stop working as soon as you enter the forest. NO THANK YOU.
Moosham Castle, Austria
Referred to as Witches Castle (yep, we’ve got the heebies already), this was the location for the trials and executions of thousands of innocent women accused of being witches. Unsurprisingly, their spirits are said to be pretty pissed off, and now roam the corridors looking for revenge. Cows and deer are often found dead in the area surrounding the castle too, with some believing it’s the work of werewolves. Any Jacob Black fans out there?
New York, New York
Turns out NYC is called the city that never sleeps for a reason - because there’s all sorts of haunted crap keeping terrified people awake. The ghost of the man who built Radio City Music Hall is sometimes seen on opening nights at the theater, for example. There’s also been several ghostly encounters at the Algonquin Hotel, while Beatle John Lennon is said to haunt the Dakota, the site of his murder in 1980. Around Halloween it’s also possible to take a night-time Crypt Crawl under the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, or a guided ghost walk through the Village, where you might encounter the spirit of Edgar Allen Poe.
Houska Castle, Prague, Czech republic
The Nazis allegedly used this building for occult experiments during WWII (as if you needed any more proof Hitler was cray), with several of the soldiers found dead inside under unknown circumstances. Now the popular but scary tourist attraction is said to be home to terrifying ghosts, not all of them human. Shudder.
Akershus Festning, Oslo, Norway
Believed to be one of the most haunted places in Norway, the Nazis (yes them again) imprisoned and executed hundreds of people here, and it’s said that ghosts of the victims still haunt the castle today. Legend has it that a dog was also buried in the grounds, but if you see his ghost, you’re fated to die within a year. Uplifting.
Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England
Fancy more of a spooky staycation? Head to the Ancient Ram Inn, one of the spookiest buildings in Britain. Its supernatural creds are said to be rooted in Pagan rituals that were held here, and both the owners and guest have experienced terrifying ghostly encounters, with some claiming to have been literally PUSHED AROUND by the spirits. Many supernatural experts (no, not Yvette Fielding) have authenticated the building as being haunted af.
The SS American Star, Canary Islands, Spain
Built in America in 1939, the SS American Star (real original name guys) was caught in a vicious thunderstorm on it’s way to Thailand from Greece. It was wrecked just off the coast of Fuerteventura, but never salvaged - meaning the spooky remains are still there to this day. Eerie.
City of the Dead, Dargavs, Russia
It may look like a pretty hillside village, but Dargavs is actually anything but. Each of the buildings is actually a tomb, with their skeletons clearly visible through the windows. It’s made all the more spooky by its remoteness - the nearest civilisation is a 3 hour drive away. Go at night if you really want to scare the bejeezus out of yourself.
Château Miranda, Celles, Belgium
Two words: abandoned orphanage. An abandoned orphanage featuring children’s dolls scattered throughout, no less. The owners are apparently waiting for permission to tear the whole thing down, but until then, it’s a mecca for ghost hunters and fans of really freaky shiz.