Some people just love to be scared. Horror movies are like candy to these adrenaline junkies, and the rush they get from a walk through a haunted house is unlike anything else. But at the end of the day, it’s all just make-believe. When faced with what’s real, fear becomes anything but a good time.
Let the faint of heart be warned: these real-life locations are either spooky, strange, or flat-out eerie. Just reading about them might give you goosebumps! Let’s see if you’ve got the guts to get through all of these destinations without having to leave the light on before bed tonight…
1. Nagoro (Japan): Imagine a ghost town filled with hundreds of life-sized dolls. That’s exactly what visitors will find in Nagoro, where the dolls outnumber humans 100:1.
Ayano Tsukimi, a resident of the town, created all of the dolls to resemble former residents who have either died or simply left the remote village to find work. Guess she needed company!
2. Hill of Crosses (Lithuania): For over 700 years, Christian pilgrims have been journeying to this site to place crosses, crucifixes, and effigies as a symbol of religious freedom.
The practice seems innocent enough, but the sight of over 100,000 shadowy crosses set against the dying sun is enough to give even the holiest among us goosebumps.
3. The Door to Hell (Turkmenistan): Located in the heart of the Karakum Desert, the “Door to Hell” came to be when Soviet oil drillers struck a large methane reserve back in 1971.
In an effort to burn off the gas being released, the Soviets ignited the crater… and it’s been burning ever since. If that doesn’t give you the creeps, then frankly, we don’t know what will.
4. Haw Par Villa (Singapore): What’s more exciting than a visit to Disney World? Why, a trip to this disturbing theme park, of course! In addition to the strange statues that litter the grounds, Haw Par Villa offers more oddities…
This theme park features an attraction that depicts sinners being brutally tortured in the depths of hell. Nothing says “having a good time” like eternal pain and misery!
5. Christ of the Abyss (Italy): Commissioned by Italian diver Duilio Marcante to honor his drowned friend, the Christ of the Abyss was erected on the exact spot where the man had perished.
It’s a touching monument, but it’s also deeply unsettling. And if that isn’t creepy enough, imagine a giant, algae-crusted statue reaching up at you from the dark depths of the murky sea.
6. St. George’s Church (Czech Republic): Following the collapse of the church’s ceiling during a funeral, the residents of Luková decided to board the place up.
It makes sense — a collapse during a funeral definitely feels like an evil omen. The church has remained abandoned, though these spooky sculptures now call the decaying sanctuary home.
7. The Great Blue Hole (Belize): The beauty of this massive sinkhole has attracted scuba enthusiasts to its crystal-blue waters for decades, but the scene below the surface is anything but serene.
A near 400-foot drop into the pitch darkness awaits any unfortunate soul that gets too close to its edges. Still, it’s a popular attraction that draws countless bold scuba divers.
8. Pripyat (Ukraine): The Chernobyl disaster of 1986 has long been considered the worst nuclear accident in history, a claim that the people of nearby Pripyat can attest to.
Tragically, residents were forced to leave everything behind in the evacuation that followed, and over 30 years later, the town remains virtually frozen in time.
9. Winchester Mystery House (California): Believing she was being haunted by the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles, gun magnate Sarah Winchester constructed a seven-story home.
The odd building features dead-end stairways and doors that go nowhere, designed to confound the angry ghosts that walked the halls. Winchester didn’t stop building onto the house until her death.
10. Taylor Glacier (Antarctica): This glacier may look like a crime scene from NCIS, but this flow of red saltwater – known as “Blood Falls” – is caused by the high iron content of the microbe-rich lake contained beneath the ice.
Still, even when you know the science behind such a phenomenon, a gush of bright red liquid isn’t exactly the most comforting sight on an arctic hike.
11. Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital (Germany): As far as creepy hospitals go, the Beelitz-Heilstätten Hospital has both the looks and the history to classify it as absolutely terrifying.
After stints as a sanatorium, Nazi treatment center, and Soviet military hospital, the complex now sits abandoned, its halls occupied by decay and the many ghosts that are known to roam them.
12. Poveglia (Italy): If it wasn’t bad enough that this small island was used as a quarantine zone for plague sufferers, it later became a mental hospital where doctors performed bizarre experiments on their patients.
It’s believed that over 100,000 people perished on Poveglia, and it’s now considered one of the world’s most haunted locations. Not surprising given its history.