Yes, Halloween has come to pass, but for travelers who have a fascination for the macabre and the eerie, the celebration is not yet over. After all, there are so many haunted sites in the world that you can visit to spook yourself out. Whether it be a haunted castle or a lonely place with a dark history, such places are sure to make your hair stand on end.
Just a warning, though: this is not for the faint of heart. But if you have a heart for it, I recommend you to witness and experience the mysterious and spooky side of this world. So, here are five of the most haunted places in the world that you must see in your lifetime.
Joshua Ward House – Salem, Massachusetts
Salem is one of the earliest settlements in the United States, and it’s also home to the infamous Salem witch trials. Nineteen people were executed in 1962 due to the suspicion that they were practicing witchcraft.
The most notorious spot in the city is the Joshua Ward House, where the accused were first interrogated and tortured. Many people say that the ghosts of the victims haunt the halls of the house. You can participate in tours to this place as well as to the Old Salem Prison and the city’s Wax Museum.
Kellie’s Castle – Batu Gajah, Malaysia
In 1915, William Kellie Smith saw the construction of his very own Kellie’s Castle. However, his death in 1926 caused the construction to be stopped. Then, the property was sold off and fell into a state of disrepair.
Since then, locals say that the spirit of William Kellie Smith haunts the second floor of the infamous castle. The ghost of a young girl, thought to be his daughter, is also said to roam around the property. Another eerie thing about the castle is that Japanese soldiers used it as a place of execution during World War II.
Tower of London – London, England
William the Conqueror built the Tower of London in 1066. It was a multi-functional fortress with a dark history as a prison and a place of execution. It was in this tower where Catherine Howard and Anne Boleyn, two of the wives of Henry VIII, were executed at the order of Henry VIII himself.
The sons of King Edward IV were also imprisoned in the tower and disappeared in 1484. Their bodies weren’t found until 1647. Ghost stories and sightings abound in the Tower of London.
Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most well-known tourist attractions in Scotland, but it’s also one of the country’s most haunted places. Sections of the castle are estimated to be 900 years old. Locals have reported seeing the ghosts of the American Revolutionary War’s colonial prisoners as well as the French Prisoners of the Seven Years War.
The Forbidden City – Beijing, China
The Forbidden City is a former imperial palace in China. It was opened to the public in the 1940s, and since then, it became one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The imperial palace also served as an execution site during the heyday of China’s emperors.
The palace has a reputation among paranormal enthusiasts due to its ghost sightings. Local reports suggest that a white lady roams around the imperial grounds while crying.
If you want a new experience while traveling, visiting the world’s most haunted places is worth a try. The eerie sites in this list are sure to feed your curiosity and frighten you. So you should make sure to check them out.