Everyone loves a good ghost story, and since Halloween is around the corner, now is the perfect time to talk about all things spooky and otherworldly. Fortunately, the world is never short of a ghost story, and every country and culture has some site or location that its people believe to be haunted. Research shows that the United States is the top scariest country globally with more reports of ghosts and UFO sightings than any other country. If you are a thrill seeker and are looking for a new adventure, why not visit some of the spookiest destinations around the world? Even if you are not a fan of the paranormal, you can learn more fascinating stories and see beautiful locations. To help you prepare for your next ghostly adventure, here are some haunted locations to consider visiting.
- Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, United States
The Eastern State Penitentiary was constructed in 1829 and closely resembled a castle. The prison practised an extreme form of solitary confinement; prisoners did every single activity alone: they ate alone and worked out by themselves. In cases where inmates had to leave their cells, guards covered their heads with hoods to ensure that they would not see or be seen by other prisoners. Although the state prison shut down in 1971, its 191-year old history is filled with stories of torture, suicide, madness, and murder. Thus, it is very easy to imagine that people who died there have become troubled souls that roam the abandoned location’s hallways.
Several staff members that worked there reported paranormal incidents and haunted stories they witnessed. For example, they noticed the echoing voices in Block 12 and saw visions of ghostly faces in Block 4. Today, the prison serves as a site that welcomes visitors to participate in its Halloween tour and check out the museum.
- Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quince, France
The Chateau de Brissac is one of the tallest castles in France with an impressive seven-stories. But even more unique, and a tad bit spooky, is that it is home to the “La Dame Verte” or “The Green Lady,” also known as Charlotte of France. Her husband murdered Charlotte after he discovered her affair (he killed her while she wore a green dress, hence her name). Many people have reported spotting The Green Lady roaming in the tower room and moaning in the wee hours of the morning.
- Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
Built in the 17th century, The Castle of Good Hope is one of Cape Town’s oldest buildings. People believe that many ghosts still reside in the trading fort, and there have been multiple sightings of Lady Anne Barnard, the first lady of the then colony. There are other stories of a soldier who hung himself in the bell tower, noted for ringing by itself. There have also been numerous sightings of a black dog that approaches visitors before disappearing. Today, many workers at the castle still report paranormal incidents. Guards prefer to walk around the castle at night instead of passing through the main grounds for fear of meeting ghosts.
- Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore
The Swissotel stands tall with 73 floors, and if you are looking for an unusual paranormal encounter, it might be the right place for you to visit. Several Trip Advisor reviewers report occurrences like strange noises, knocks on the door that revealed no visitors, and furniture moving independently.
It is believed that the hotel was built on execution grounds occupied by the Japanese Army during the Second World War. Most of the haunted happenings tend to occur on the 59th and 60th floors. If you are looking for an encounter with ghosts during your vacation in Singapore, the Swissotel is the best place to book your room. If not, there are many other private accommodations in Singapore rent room at affordable rates. That way, you can choose to visit the hotel and learn its history before heading back to the comfort of your room.
- Larnach Castle, New Zealand
Larnach Castle was built in the late 19th century by a prominent politician named William Larnach. It is best known for its 3,000-square foot ballroom, which Larnach gifted to his daughter on her 21st birthday. Unfortunately, she died some years later on her 26th birthday. Larnach’s daughter is said to haunt the ballroom to date, with visitors reporting a sense of being watched or feeling an unseen presence tap their shoulders. It is worth a visit if you are looking for a spooky thrill.
Ghost hunting and learning about the paranormal is an exciting activity that you can add to your list of world travel destinations. Not only do you have the chance to see something otherworldly, but also learn about other cultures and histories. Before you set out, though, ensure that you are well-versed on the current travel restrictions.
*This is a collaborative article