Happy Halloween to all! To keep in line with this spooky holiday, we have come up with a list of frightening places to spend Halloween around the world!
Chillingham Castle - Northumberland, UK
This castle will certainly give you the ‘chills’! The castle’s regular spooky occupants include the ‘Blue Boy’ and ‘Lady Mary’. It is said that every night at midnight the hair-raising screams of Blue Boy can be heard - a child who has said to have been buried deep in the castle walls. During this time, Lady Mary roams the castle continuously searching for her husband who fled with her sister.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Banff, Canada
If you prefer to travel closer to home and get your dose of spookiness then look no further than Banff! Sam Macaulay, a former employee of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, has said to be seen by many guests staying at the hotel even though he died shortly after his forced retirement in 1978. Guests have claimed on numerous occasions that they have been helped by a white-haired man who has let them into their rooms and even offered to carry their luggage!
Rose Hall Great House – Montego Bay, Jamaica
If you are planning a wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica, you may want to avoid Rose Hall as your venue - unless you don’t mind sharing your special day with Annie Palmer. Having become a resident of the grand house in 1820, legend has it that the feisty Mrs. Palmer murdered all three of her husbands and sent them to their graves. Her first was said to have been poisoned while the second was stabbed and had boiling oil poured into his ears, and the third was strangled. The former mistress has been said to be looking for her next victim wandering the halls at night…
Hollywood Roosevelt – Los Angeles, USA
At the Hollywood Roosevelt you could come across one of the most famous and glamorous ghosts of all time – Marilyn Monroe. Both guests and staff have reported seeing a blonde woman in the mirror staring back at them in Marilyn’s namesake suite, where she stayed for two years during the time her career was taking off. There have also been sightings of an unknown man dressed in black, lurking around the hotel ballroom where the first Oscars ceremony was held in 1929.
Day of the Dead, Mexico
The relationships Mexicans have with the dead differs greatly to ours. Death is celebrated and the Day of the Dead is viewed as a happy occasion, being reunited with dead relatives and friends. This particular event is held in Oaxaca where, on Halloween, musicians dress as skeletons and parade the streets. At night, the entire country rushes to the graves of friends and relatives where they drink tequila and bring the deceased’s favourite food, sugar skulls and have their names written on their foreheads. This tradition is a way for Mexicans to celebrate death and reunite with loved ones.
Catacombs - Paris, France
Known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris is surprisingly home to a number of spooky areas. One of these chilling spots is the city’s catacombs which are located underneath Paris’s streets. These are a network of tunnels that became a storage facility for human bones when there was a problem of overcrowding in the city’s cemeteries. If you’re brave enough to visit, there are tours available where you can walk past the thousands of bones. Sounds ‘bone’ chillingly scary!
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