I’ll confess I’m a bit of a coward. I’m the kind of person that watches a scary movie and then grabs a baseball bat and my blanket to go and check every room in the house and put all the lights on. The lights will protect me from ghosts, the baseball bat will protect me from thieves and the blanket? Well, that’s just for me. I know that I’d be too terrified to go anywhere near any of the places on this list, but luckily for us, I’m just brave enough to write about them! Here are 8 terrifying places that make me want to run, hide, and get my blanket.
1. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
No, this isn’t somebody’s idea of a gruesome Halloween decoration, this is totally real! These pictures were taken in the Sedlec Ossuary, a small Catholic chapel, and the bones are totally, terrifyingly real! It’s said that the creepy decor is made up of the bones of up to 70,000 people. I don’t know how somebody managed to make this, just looking at it is enough to give me nightmares!
2. Aokigahara Forest, Japan
This forest near Mt. Fuki looks like something straight out of a horror movie and its backstory doesn’t help matters! Known as the ‘Suicide Forest’, this place is one of the world’s most popular places to commit suicide and many believe it to be inhabited with the ghosts of those who took their lives here.
Signs outside the forest warn you not to enter and also provide contact information for suicide hotlines. If that’s not enough to make you turn tail and run I don’t know what is!
3. The Ottawa Jail Hostel, Canada
This creepy looking building used to serve as Ottawa’s jail before closing in the 1970’s. A year after it’s closure, it reopened as a hostel which offered it’s guests the chance to spend the night in jail. Guests say that the building is haunted by former inmates, including Patrick J. Whelan, who was executed in 1869. People say that they’ve seen the apparition of Whelan in his cell or hovering over the beds of sleeping guests.
4. Poveglia Island, Italy
This island used to be a confinement station for people who were ill with the plague, and some stories say that the waters around the island used to be filled with skulls and bones washing up on the shores. There have been numerous reports of paranormal activity here and zero reports of any scaredy cats like myself going anywhere near it.
5. The Dolls Island, Mexico
The dolls of doll island were hung up by a man who wanted to appease the spirit of a little girl who drowned on the island. People say they have heard the dolls whispering to each other and that their eyes will follow you as you walk about the island. Dolls. Why is it always dolls?!
6. This old abandoned hospital
Hospitals can be creepy enough when they’re open, nobody is ever happy to be in a hospital, so who would ever want to go into an abandoned hospital? Well, there’s some presence in there, emitting this eerie blue light. It was spotted by a nurse as she was on her way to work and it gives me the creeps!
7. Craco Village, Italy
Craco Village was in an area plagued by natural disasters. This caused the locals to abandon it and the final inhabitants left in the 1960’s. The village is now a ghost town but sometimes attracts film crews looking for creepy locations. They couldn’t find much creepier than this, could they?!
8. Hashima Island, Japan
This island used to be a bustling coal mining town, but was abandoned in the 70s when coal reserves were depleted. Nowadays there’s nothing here but dilapidated concrete buildings and the rumours that whispers follow all those who dare to visit.
Where is the creepiest place you’ve ever visited? Have you ever had an encounter with the paranormal? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to share with your friends and family!