Spine-Chilling destinations you won’t dare to Visit: (Halloween 2018 Edition)

Horror is not for everyone, so let’s give a hand-of-applause to those who have appetite for terror. Whether you’re into eerie places or not, you must not let this day pass without viewing our list!  This time of the year, get ready to be terrified as we’ve put together a list of the creepiest places you won’t dare to visit. Flying solo is not advisable so you might start contacting a travel buddy if you really insist of going. Garlic will do nothing to save you in these places!

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Island of the Dolls, Mexico

 This place is guaranteed to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck! Considered to be one of the world’s weirdest tourist attractions, Island of the Dolls or “La Isla de la Munecas is a place in Mexico you should not dare to visit without having someone to accompany you. When you walk here – you may get a feeling that you’re being constantly watched. Most of the trees are decorated with hundreds of hanging, decomposing, decapitated dolls. Even the very photos from this place seem to move, scare or sometimes hypnotize. Well say Hello to your nightmares! these decaying dolls will haunt you in your dreams after visiting the island.

This man-made island will never fail you if you really want some creepy adventure!

Currently, there are more than a thousand dolls on the island. The huge number of dolls that are on the island is to be a tribute to a girl who died a few years ago. This small, mysterious island is located in the Xochimilco borough 17 miles south of the center of Mexico City, which is abundantly cut by canals. Keep an eye out for some of the wildlife during your boat trip. Commonly seen creatures include pelicans, king fishers, egrets, and several species of water snakes. The best bet is to take a ferry from Embarcadero Cuemanco or from Embarcadero Fernando Celada and the entire trip takes 3-4 hours.

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The Catacomb, Paris France

 

It’s Paris, the city of Love. However, this place have gone beyond proving the love to people as beneath this bustling European city of 12 million people, lies a dark subterranean world holding the remains of 6 million of its former inhabitants. That’s million skulls in one place!

If you’re looking for a hair raising experience to visit, then the Catacombs in Paris is the right place. On the other hand, if you are not fan of seeing a mass assortment of bones, then this place is not definitely for you. This place was once an underground mining tunnels that were transformed into the solution of mass graves in the 18th century. It all began with the transfer of human remains from Parisian cemeteries to the tunnels when authorities realized that the decomposition of bodies in the city’s cemeteries was not particularly good for public health. In short, you’ll find yourself standing with thousands-of-skulls piling inside the very tunnel! The Paris catacombs are a 200-mile network of old caves, tunnels and quarries – and much of it is filled with the skulls and bones of the dead.

You haven’t heard the disturbing part yet. Although, since 1995, the majority of the underground space are prohibited, it didn’t stop thrill-seekers find their way venturing inside the tunnel. Just like the reported 2 teenagers who found way in but was too hypnotized to find their way out! They were lost for 3 days straight! How nerve-racking was that!?! They were found by 2 hero dogs and were taken to hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

At the entrance of two-kilometre long tunnels reads a sign greeting visitors “Stop! This is the empire of the dead”.  No wonder this truly terrifying catacomb has something inherently hair-raising about it. It is hailed as the world’s largest grave site. Hence, spending the night in this place is an unforgettable experience.

 

Skulls and bones stacked to the ceiling in the catacombs. Paris, France. (img src)

 

 

 

The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

 “The image in this case, I think we can all agree the name really fits.”

If you want to see and witness what the hell looks like, then taking a vacation to the doorway to hell is my advice. You will surely agree that the fiery hole lying outside the tiny Turkmenistan town of Derweze is the literal representation of the door to hell.

The Door to Hell otherwise known as the “Darvaza Gas Crater” is a burning crater that stretches 230 feet across and reaches 65 feet deep. This sinister flame pit was a man-made and thought to be the result of a Soviet-era gas drilling accident, yet Turkmenistan has no official record.

It is also said that it’s a result of human errors. In 1971, a team of Soviet engineers identified the site for oil drilling. Soon, the engineers realized it was not oil but natural gas that was present underneath and the escape of gas triggered a collapse of the drilling rig and camp into an underground caven. To prevent toxic gases from causing perils to humans nearby town, the geologists decided to burn the gases off. However, what they thought would be a burning incident lasting for only a few weeks, went on for more than four decades with the fire burning bright even today.

This horrifying, creepy “Door to Hell” keeps on burning for almost 50 years. The inferno is still burning, attracting hundreds of tourists every year. It is burning with a tremendous amount of flame like there is a lot of fire down there. “I can tell you, when you are standing on the edge of this gigantic crater filled with fire—it is intimidating!

One friendly advice…never let your guard down. Don’t let yourself be pulled into this hell with too much excitement to see it. One false move and you’ll burn (like literally *yikes*)

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Pripyat, Ukraine

This place is the largest and most known Ghost town. The once busy place is now categorized as one of the creepiest destinations in the world.

Would you brave the radiation, the wild animals and the possible ghosts to explore this abandoned city? This ghost town in Northern Ukraine Pripyat became a tourist attraction in 2011, and is today captured by photographers who snap haunting images of abandoned toys and dilapidated buildings.

History: Evacuated a few days after the Chernobyl terrible nuclear accident on April 26, 1986, Pripyat was once home to 50,000 people but now it stands completely abandoned. A large area around Chernobyl was evacuated and is uninhabitable for thousands of years. Pripyat is rife with ghost stories.. Haunting images of a once-busy city now abandoned and preserved in time look like a scene from a post-apocalyptic horror film.

Because of the Chernobyl accident, the radiation covered the city. People had to be evacuated. Nearly 50,000 people left Pripyat.  All things remained in their places. Therefore, Pripyat now looks very creepy! Especially at night! If you are looking for something scary, you are at this right place. Don’t forget to turn off the lights.

 

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

 

Head down to Japan to explore this suicide forest yourself! Aokigahara is Japan’s suicide forest. Walk through it and you run serious risk of stumbling into a dead body. So many people have visited this forest that park rangers have put up signs that say “Life is Preciousand “Think of your family”.

Life is precious indeed and Family is an inspiration to live a better life.

A recent government report claims that between 2013 and 2015 alone, more than 100 people who weren’t from the areas directly surrounding Aokigahara killed themselves in the forest. If a body is found in the forest, forest workers are responsible for removing it.

While hanging is the method of suicide most commonly associated with trips to Aokigahara, it’s not the only way people end their lives there. In fact, the forest is the site of many self-induced poisonings and overdoses, as well.

So yeah. it’s a beautiful forest, very calm and peaceful, serene. Until you find a body. Then it’s like stepping into another world!

 

Savannah, Georgia USA

You will never know how haunted Savannah is until you visit this place. It is one of the most haunted places in the United States. The Creepy Stroll is Savannah Historic District’s most popular ghost. tour for nearly 20 years. The Creepy Stroll lasts approximately one and a half hours. Each tour is conducted by an experienced, licensed professional guide. Spinning tales of horrible haunts and spectacular spirits, your guide will take you on a ghostly adventure you will never forget. Put on your walking shoes, get ready to hear stories of specters and ghosts from Savannah’s past.

Some of the spookiest spots in Savannah, which are featured prominently on most tours are the following:

Marshall House hotel which has a lot of paranormal activity attached to it. Others have reported apparitions of ghostly children; laughter and the sound of running echoing through otherwise empty halls; faucets turning on and off; and other creepy happenings that might keep you up at night.

Colonial Park Cemetery is where its spirits don’t seem to want to rest. It is considered one of Savannah’s most haunted spots. Over 10,000 people were buried in Colonial park. This paranormal hotspot is the place where ghosts come to party. Visitors have witnessed shadowy figures moving between tombstones.

The 432 Abercorn where its reportedly inhabited by multiple ghost and just walking past it gives passersby chills.

Also the Kehoe House, this haunted bed-and-breakfast has spooked guests with the sounds of children playing at odd hours of the night.

Be careful also not to get lost in the Sorrel Wee House  which has a reputation of inspiring strange sensations in people, from nausea to feeling of being choked..

A number of popular Savannah restaurants, shops and homes are built atop old cemeteries where bodies remain in the ground below.

 

Hashima Island, Japan

 

Famously known as Ghost Island, Hashima Island is 15km off the coast of Japan. What’s creepier about this place? Well, apart from a simple mention of it being an abandoned ruin, this place is occupied by none but ghosts and spiders.

Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 to use it as a base for an underwater coal mining facility. There, they built Japan’s first concrete building (9 stories high) in 1917 and housed the 5000 coal workers when the Japanese government and Mitsubishi transported Korean and Chinese prisoners to the island and forced them to handle the most dangerous work in the coal mines, making it a place with the highest population density in the world. The place soon went from having the highest population density to zero population density when all the residents had to leave the island in the year 1974. The reason behind this was said to be the unavailability of coal on the land, which made it pretty difficult for people to survive. Hundreds or thousands of the prisoners died due to the poor living conditions and coal mining accidents. Since then, no human activity has ever been witnessed on its surface.

In the year 2009, the Japanese government connected it to the nearest port of Nagasaki and, by extension, turned it into a tourist spot. Keep in mind that though the Japanese government has opened it for tourists, there are a few restrictions – You can only visit the island for a maximum of two hours and that too would have to be done with a limited number of people.

It is believed that most of the apparitions hanging around the abandoned city on the water are more than likely Korean and Chinese war prisoners that were brought in to compensate for the lacking work force that World War II had a higher need for.

Though you can now explore this place, there are still a few famous spots on the island, such as the ‘Stairway to Hell’ and ‘Block 65’,

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Skulls and bones stacked to the ceiling in the catacombs. Paris, France.

 

Terrifying aren’t they?

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