We’ve been getting right into the Halloween spirit lately (just check out this article we wrote a few days back)! While we’ve heard of haunted hotels and buildings, there are definitely cities and areas around the world that are just as haunted.
Terrifying! You can’t escape the haunting!
Here are some areas around the globe that you should probably think twice about visiting, if this kind of stuff scares you easily. In celebration of Halloween, we give you a list of some of the eeriest places around the world. While some areas give off the usual and creepy “heebie-jeebies” vibe, some are so unassuming that you would be hard-pressed to believe it’s ever haunted.
Edinburgh Castle (Or just all of Edinburgh in general)
Known as a military fortress some-900 years ago, the castle has had its fair share of attacks, executions, and violence. While it is now one of the most popular tourist spots in Edinburgh, there has been no shortage of ghost sightings within the castle walls. Those who are not keen on ghosts and hauntings might have a difficult time in the city of Edinburgh. Although it is beautiful, Edinburgh holds a dark secret as an incredibly superstitious city that held witch burnings and was overwhelmed with the black plague. Many areas such as Mary King’s Close and Greyfriars Kirkyard are known to be haunted as well.
Aokigahara Japan (Suicide Forest)
Found at the base of the beautiful Mount Fuji in Japan, the Aokigahara Forest holds a dark secret. While the area possesses beautiful geological formations such as rocky caverns and lush greenery (so thick that it silences the sounds around the forest), the forest also possesses a morbid past. The Aokigahara Forest is known to be the place where many people decide to take their life. The forest saw an average of an average of 100 attempted suicides per year. With the number of lost souls wandering around the forest, sightings of apparitions wouldn’t ever be a question.
Hellfire Club Montpelier Ireland
Though initially built and made as a hunting lodge along the Montpelier Hill in Dublin Mountain, the picturesque views of this lodge were tainted by the high-profile aristocrats that dedicated their life to debauchery, sin, and Satanism. Despite its past filled with murders and satanic rituals, the Hellfire Club attracts many curious tourists. Guided tours are provided around the area, with many tourists reporting sightings of ghosts and even malevolent spirits (some of which tug on jewelry that resemble religious symbols).
The Forbidden City
Known as the Imperial Palace for the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty, the Forbidden City served as home for emperors, their household, as well as members of the government. However, the palace was not free of any scandals and secrets. Murders based on power, passion, and revenge have taken place among the city walls, making it one of the most haunted places to visit in China. Many tourist have sighted ghosts of concubines and eunuchs walking along the halls of the palace. Spooky!