Haunted Locations around the Globe!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

We all love a good ghostly attraction, perhaps a ghost walk, maybe a historic haunted castle or even just the ghost train at the funfair - the paranormal is something that has fascinated people for generations! 
Some people have their doubts about the paranormal, whilst others have undeniable proof of strange activities & experiences, but one thing that is for sure is that there is a treasure trove of ghoulish & ghostly attractions and locations all around the world just waiting to be dicovered - so you can imagine my excitement when Kate Schumer of Priority one Jets approached me with her fascinating article about '7 terrifying haunted attractions around world'!

'The arrival of All Hallows Eve is lurking around the corner and haunted attractions housing zombies, vampires, and ghosts are popping up all over the world. While the staged acts use special effects and fog machines to conjure up a few screams, for some, the creepy history alone is enough to send chills down their spines. Whether you are looking to travel for some eerie entertainment or to hit up a historical haunt, this list has enough scary and scripted options to leave you shaking in your boots.
Eastern State Penitentiary
This Philadelphia prison was the first to practice solitary confinement. The prisoners were kept isolated and did all activities alone, until overcrowding forced the institution to abandon inmate separation. Along with this treatment, the guards and facility counselors developed different physical and psychological torture techniques that ultimately caused mental illness in many of the inmates. Since closing in 1970, visitors have reported sightings of dark figures and sounds of lonely wails echoing through the halls. The prison is open for tours year-round, along with a haunted house attraction from September to November.

13th Gate
Feel like crawling through a crematory oven? How about wandering through dark, underground tunnels? This popular Baton Rouge Halloween hot spot has been consistently rated as one of the best-haunted attractions from several outlets over the past 7 years. From September to November, 100 professional actors and 12 special effects make-up artists come together to create grisly characters such as fiendish zombies and voodoo loving witches.

Edinburgh Castle
With a history dating back to the 12th century and hundreds of reported ghost interactions, it’s no wonder that Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland’s most visited tourist attractions. The castle has stood through numerous executions and attacks, ultimately becoming one of largest sites of paranormal activity. Drops in temperature, shadowy figures, and the feeling of tugging on clothes and body parts are only a few of the many reported experiences of visitors.

Madame Tussauds
Forget standing around like a statue! Visitors travel through the Chamber of Horrors with hair-raising surprises, such as crazed inmates, hidden in every corner. With live and on-the-loose actors running around, expect a sore neck from constantly checking over your shoulder for things that go bump in the night. From New York to Tokyo, haunted house enthusiasts from all over can stop in for a quick scare while visiting this infamous wax museum.

Winchester Mystery House
Once owned by Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun tycoon William Wirt Winchester, this property has become a haunted landmark in Northern California. A medium told Winchester in order to prevent the spirits of those killed by Winchester guns from harming her, she needed to continuously build a house for them. The house was under construction every hour of every day for 38 years, with the hopes that no spirit would settle there. With a total of 160 rooms, doors that open to brick walls and stairs that lead nowhere, this mansion has become a heavy influence in pop culture.

 Labeled as one of the premiere haunted houses in Missouri, this devilish dwelling has drawn attention from media giants such as the Travel Channel, The History Channel and USA Today. From flying zombies to a live reptile section featuring piranhas, pythons, and scorpions, the attractions are completely renovated every year with an annual budget of almost $1 million. With a monster museum, a 3D house tour and a two-story walk through exhibit, this is the trip of a lifetime for the ultimate horror fan!

Underneath the brightly lit streets of Paris, millions of human bones act as a type of structural support for parts of the city. This underground cemetery originally acted as a temporary solution to improper burials and strengthening the structure of the streets. In the 1860s, city workers dug up many of the surrounding graveyards for bones to be used as building materials. After opening a small portion of the underground catacombs to the public in the late 18th century, there has been no shortage of reported ghost sightings throughout the years.'

You can view the original article  Here :)

I Loved this article so much - it really got me excited about all the ghostly goings on around the world and made me wonder which one I would visit first - I think it would have to be the Eastern State Penitentiary! 

All this talk of the paranormal got me thinking about Halloween too - even though it is a 'sinister' holiday, there is so much fun to be had - getting creative & dressing up, eating lots of sweeties, enjoying all the parties & festivities and showering all your loved ones with tricks&treats!
But I think my favourite memory of Halloween has to be one from when I was younger - Me, my sister & my cousin all went trick or treating and it was such fun! We had never been before and were only about 10, we knocked so many doors and ate enough sweets to feed a family for a year! I don't know what exactly made it so special, but I always look back fondly on it. I remember the excitement of being out on our own after dark for the first time, the anticipation of knocking each door and not knowing whether we would get a trick or treat, seeing all the houses decked out to look spooky, and seeing all the other kids running around laughing, dressed in their scariest costumes - it was a lovely time and I wish I was young enough to do it again!

What is your favourite Part of Halloween or your best Halloween Memory?

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