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In October, we celebrate all things spooky, creepy and scary—and that includes all manner of haunted places. So if you’re looking for locations in the US, check here. Or satisfy your vacation dreams and spooky nightmares at these destinations around the globe.
South of Mexico City, in the canals of Xochimico, the Island of the Dolls is home to hundreds and hundreds of doll residents. The legends say that years ago, the island’s caretaker and only resident Don Julian Santana Berera found the body of a drowned girl. Then, days later he found a doll floating in the water. Believing this doll belonged to the drowned girl, he hung it from the trees to please her spirit. Over time he felt haunted by her spirit and hung more and more dolls to protect himself. However, the dolls themselves began to haunt him.
At his death in 2001, thousands of dolls hung all over the island. Whether the girl ever existed is unknown, but the dolls themselves remain as a testament to Don Julian’s beliefs. Tourists now flock to the island, bringing more and more dolls each day. Stop at this magical, creepy island for some thrills and chills.
Italy definitely read the book on creating haunted places with Polveglia. Half a mile from Venice, check out the plague island of Polveglia. The Venetian government used the location as a plague quarantine station where 160,000 victims died. Today, human remains make up 50% of the soil. In fact, boats frequently run aground on piles of bones. So, watch where you step on your tour. After the plague, the island’s creepy history continued when Napolean used it as a secret weapons stash. Unfortunately, he didn’t keep the secret well and the island became a battleground. And if that wasn’t enough, from 1922 to 1968, the island housed a mental asylum. Most haunted places boast only a handful of bodies, so you know Polveglia will deliver spooky sights.
If human bones are your thing, check out the next of our haunted places: The Catacombs in Paris. These ossuaries wind like a maze below the streets of Paris and house the remains of millions of former residents. In the interest of public health, the city moved the bones from cemeteries to these mining tunnels starting in 1786. It’s stunning to think about how the bones of the city’s residents fill the very quarries of the stone that built the city. Visitors today can view the vast tableaus of bones, grouped according to the cemeteries they came from. The entrance is marked with a warning: “Stop! This is the Empire of Death.” If you choose to continue, you can tour about a mile of the Catacombs—a fraction of the whole. We think it’s worth it to see the darkness beneath the City of Lights.
The historic Tower of London has served as many things but is best known for its time as a prison. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the city’s highest-profile prisoners were tortured and executed, contributing to the towers reputation as one of the most haunted places in London. Most famously, Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VII, was beheaded after the stillbirth of her son. Supposedly, her ghost roams the Tower carrying her own severed head. According to legend, countless other ghosts including Sir Walter Raleigh, Lady Jane Grey, and the two young sons of King Edward the IV haunt the Tower making many appearances over the years. Although you can visit and tour the grounds, we can’t guarantee you’ll see any ghosts. Still, the Tower of London is worth the trip.
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