Yes, it’s still August but I’m already thinking of all the creepy places to visit this fall! Although, when I say visit, I don’t necessarily mean in person. It is my goal to see all of these places at least once when it’s safe to travel again. Until then I will plan, research, and tell you all about them so that you can add these haunted places to your bucket list too!
1. Salem, Massachusetts, USA – Witch Trials
Of all the spooky places in the world, this was one that I was most curious about. Before moving to the USA, I didn’t actually know where it was on the map. It was a shock to find out that I lived just 90 minutes away! The first time I visited was unplanned. We were in Boston and took a brief detour for just an hour in October and it was amazing! It wasn’t even Halloween but everyone was dressed in costumes and vendors were selling creepy art, costumes, etc. I was too excited to sense anything spooky but I would love to come back, take a tour and maybe get a reading.
2. Houska Castle, Czech Republic – Gateway to Hell
Houska castle, and most specifically the chapel, has been constructed over a large hole in the ground that is allegedly a “gateway to Hell”. It is said to be so deep no one could see the bottom of it. Houska Castle was built in the second half of the 13th century. This early Gothic castle is located just 47 kilometers (29 miles) north of Prague, Czech Republic and it is one of the best-preserved castles of the period.
“In 1836, during a walking tour of the region, Czech poet Karel Hynek Macha spent a night at Houska and supposedly in his dreams he was visited by a terrible vision which he later recounted in a letter to his friend Edward Hindle. Macha described his soul descending into the pit and then being transported into a hellish mechanized future, Prague 2006, where he wandered in horror and despair.
Among other unnerving experiences in the vision, Macha wrote that he met a girl who showed him moving pictures in a small casket. In the darkness, he walked among high sandstone cliffs riddled with holes that projected an eerie yellow light, uncannily similar to modern sidliště.
The enormous blocks of flats which in the present day loom above the outskirts of Prague. And remember, Macha was recounting all of this in 1836, so how did these visions of the future emerge from his subconscious? Was it really only a dream? Or is it possible that he was actually transported ahead in time? There are those who believe so.”McGee’s Ghost Tours of Prague
3. Catacombs in Paris, France – 6 Million Dead Bodies
Buried underneath the streets of Paris lie the Paris Catacombs, housing the bones of over six million people. Created due to a shortage of burial space in the city, the Paris Catacombs have become one of the eeriest sites of Paris. Lots of legends and folklore now surround this cemetery, luring more and more people each year to visit the darker side of Paris. The legends found here within draw millions of visitors each year.
4. Aokigahara, Japan – Suicide Forest
Aokigahara is a dense forest that lies at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Many urban legends surround this forest, and some believe it to be haunted because of its tragic history as a suicide spot. Due to the high level of stress faced by the Japanese, Japan is seen as one of top countries with high suicide rates.
“Known as the most famous forest in Japan, Aokigahara is located at the northwest base of the country’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji. Due to its high density of trees, Aokigahara is also known as a Jukai – which simply means a “sea of trees’. The tree coverage is so thick that, even at noon, you will hardly find a bright spot in the forest. Aokigahara is also known as Japan’s Demon Forest, the Suicide Forest, and the “perfect place to die”. This unique forest, which is very quiet with hardly any wildlife, has turned into a common spot among the Japanese to end their life.”Tsunagu Japan
5. Rose Island, RI, USA – Haunted Lighthouse
Footsteps at midnight. Weeping in the darkness. Mass graves. Even a phantom lady in white. Footsteps at midnight. Weeping in the darkness. Mass graves. Even a phantom lady in white. Ghost Hunters actually visited the light house and did their tests.
“Although there was some good evidence found the Rose Island Lighthouse didn’t give us the definitive evidence the team has been looking for, but it certainly is worth a look. The location is fantastic and the evidence that was gathered was tantalizing if nothing else.”Massive
6. Raynham Hall, Norfolk – Most Famous Haunting in the UK
The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall is a ghost that reportedly haunts Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England. It became one of the most famous hauntings in Great Britain when photographers from Country Life magazine claimed to have captured its image. The “Brown Lady” is so named because of the brown brocade dress it is claimed she wears. This is why it is one of the best creepy places to visit this fall!
According to legend, the “Brown Lady of Raynham Hall” is the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole (1686–1726), the sister of Robert Walpole, generally regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. She was the second wife of Charles Townshend, who was notorious for his violent temper. The story says that when Townshend discovered that his wife had committed adultery with Lord Wharton he punished her by locking her in her rooms in the family home, Raynham Hall.
7. Port Arthur, Australia
Port Arthur was named after George Arthur, the lieutenant governor of Van Diemen’s Land. The settlement started as a timber station in 1830, but it is best known for being a penal colony. The Port Arthur massacre of 28–29 April 1996 was a mass shooting in which 35 people were killed and 23 wounded in Port Arthur, Tasmania. The murderer, Martin Bryant, pleaded guilty and was given 35 life sentences without possibility of parole. Today it is one of Port Arthur’s most haunted places.
8. Transylvania, Romania – Home of Dracula
Obviously, there is Dracula’s castle to visit in Transylvania However, there are various haunted places to visit in this region! Four of the creepiest are all castles: Bran Castle, Rasnov Citadel and Hunyad Castle, Poenari Castle and Banffy Castle. You can read more about them here. However, there is also the Hoia Baciu Forest – which competes for the worlds most haunted forest with Japan’s Suicide Forest.
“Transylvania’s Hoia-Baciu Forest is regarded as a site of paranormal activity. As a result, various legends have developed about the forest and ghost hunters and those seeking other unexplained phenomena have been drawn to the site. A UFO was reportedly sited hovering over the forest in the mid-20th century, and ghostly apparitions, disappearances, and other mysterious happenings continue to baffle scientists. “The Devil’s Heart” at the center of the forest is spookily clear of trees.”TripSavvy
9. Bhangarh Fort, India – Creepy Places to Visit this Fall
While it was once a grand architectural marvel—built by local ruler Raja Bhagwant Das—today, the 17th-century Bhangarh Fort and its immediate premises are known as the most haunted sites in India. According to one version, a local ascetic, who insisted that no house in the vicinity should cast a shadow on his home, cursed the fort after the grand structure and its shadow overpowered his property.
“Another local legend tells of a black magician or evil saint who fell in love with a princess from the fort town and attempted to use a love potion to win her affection. However, the princess dodged his moves by flinging the potion onto a boulder, which then rolled down toward the magician, physically crushing him. Before taking his final breath, he cursed the fort, saying it would end up in a state in which no one could live—as it is today.”The Culture Trip
10. Sleepy Hollow, New York – Headless Horseman
Thanks to Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the Westchester locales have developed quite the reputation for chills and thrills. Around Halloween time, rumors of Headless Horseman sightings surge amid visits to Philipsburg Manor and Irving’s Sunnyside home. With tall tales galore in the region, Chronicles of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow by Edgar Mayhew Bacon explores the history and legends that define the Hudson Valley to this day.
11. Burg Wolfsegg, Germany –
Wolfsegg lies about 17 kilometers North West from Regensburg close to the “Naabtal”. Among this little Bavarian village stands a castle that was built in the 1300’s. Originally, this castle was supposed to be a place of calm and tranquility, but it is known and famous for its history of hauntings. The most popular one would be the legend of the white woman from Wolfsegg. This legend was even confirmed by a parapsychologist and a professional Medium in 1969.
“The roots of this haunting were originating from the 1500’s. At this time, Graefin Klara von Helfenstein and her husband Ulrich von Laaber were living in “Burg Wolfsegg. Ulrich, the knight, did not stay at Wolfsegg very often at that time, so his wife Klara needed a man in the house to support her for protection, or if problems occurred. Her choice ended up being “Georg Moller” who owned the Hammermuehle in Heitzenhofen.
Klara did not only take advantage of Georg’s support as protection, but also started an affair with him there closely after hiring him. Georg Moller was also an arch enemy of Klara’s husband. Ulrich von Laaber did not waste any time and hired two young farmers to kill his wife immediately. Not much later, Ulrich and his sons also suddenly died. Therefore, the family history of the Laaber’s expired in 1475.
It is not completely clear, if the sudden death of the Laaber’s was an act of revenge through the adulterer, Georg, or if it was done by the hands of Klara herself, who is now restlessly haunting the castle since she was murdered.”Amino Apps
12. Poveglia Island, Italy – Island of Death
Poveglia is a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian Lagoon, northern Italy. A small canal divides the island into two separate parts. The island first appears in the historical record in 421, and was populated until the residents fled warfare in 1379. For more than 100 years beginning in 1776, the island was used as a quarantine station for those suffering the plague and other diseases, and later as a mental hospital. Because of this, the island is frequently featured on paranormal shows and it is one of the great creepy places to visit this fall. The mental hospital closed in 1968, and the island has been vacant since.
13. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada – Ghost Bride
This hotel was opened in 1888 and is known for its awesome views of the mountains and Banff National Park, but it’s also a good place to look for ghosts! Some visitors and staff say they’ve seen a ghostly bride walking up and down one of the hotel’s marble staircases. A couple of the rooms are supposed to have spirits that cause noises and otherwise make it hard for people to get a good sleep.
14. Tao Dan Park, Vietnam
Listed in UK travel guidebook Rough Guides as one of the most haunted places in the world, District 1’s Tao Dan Park is said to the home of young man’s ghost. As the story goes, over 10 years ago, this man was enjoying some “privacy” with his girlfriend in this park when the young couple attacked. The young man was murdered and the girl was viciously assaulted. However, Tao Dan Park managers have stated that there was absolutely no such murder.
15. The Haunted Vicarage, Sweden
Borgvattnet is most renowned for its old vicarage which was built in 1876, and is reputed to be a haunted house. The first documented mentioning of ghosts in the vicarage is in a letter dated 1927 which was written by chaplain Nils Hedlund who lived in the house at the time. In the 1930s, Hedlund’s successor, chaplain Rudolf Tängdén, claimed to have seen the ghost of a woman in the house, and in the 1940s the subsequent chaplain, Otto Lindgren, and his wife said they experienced paranormal activity including weird sounds and moving objects.
“In 1941 a woman who visited the vicarage woke up one night in the guestroom to see that she was not alone. Three old women were sitting in a sofa staring at her in the dark room. She turned on the light and the three ghosts were still there but appeared to be more blurry. In 1945, chaplain Erik Lindgren moved into the vicarage and he started writing down in his journal all the strange things he experienced. Lindgren had bought a rocking chair which he brought to the vicarage. However, he was never able to sit in his chair very long without being thrown out of it by an invisible force.”Wikipedia
Ghost Hunters International has investigated the place and aired the episode in their first season in January 2009.
Summary: Creepy Places to Visit this Fall
There are so many places in the world that are considered haunted or creepy. Personally, I have never experienced anything paranormal but I have friends and family who have. I do believe that the scariest place in the world is inside our imaginations. We can imagine horrors and have haunting nightmares. But who knows if it’s just us overthinking scary scenarios or if there are spirits pushing these thoughts into our brains? Are you enough to enjoy these creepy places to visit this fall?
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