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Tower of London

Tower of London

London’s castles crawl with spirits. The most haunted of them all? The Tower of London — where "off with her head" wasn't just a saying, it was reality. In 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was arrested and beheaded at the Tower Green, a green space within the Tower of London. Other royal ghosts lurk in the castle, too. Arbella Stuart, cousin of King James I, was allegedly murdered in the Tower of London. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Bloody Tower, where two young princes, Edward V and Richard, were believed to be murdered by the Duke of Gloucester. These young boys’ voices and screams are heard throughout the tower. 960 1280

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Hampton Court

Hampton Court

Located just outside London, Hampton Court Palace swarms with royal ghosts. Catherine Howard, the adulterous wife of Henry VIII, supposedly loiters around at night. In 2003, CCTV cameras at the palace reported a strange sighting: The alleyway doors at Hampton Court burst open in the middle of the night. If you’re not too scared, visit the place yourself and check out the great hall, royal chapel, maze and gardens. You’ll feel the haunted vibes all around you. 960 1280

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The Grenadier

The Grenadier

This traditional British pub has a very spooky past. In the 1800s, a young man known as Cedric cheated at cards at the Grenadier and was beaten to death on-site. As a way to pay off the young man’s debts, modern-day visitors can attach money to the ceiling of the pub, which is covered with currency from all over the globe. Even if you’re not a believer of the supernatural, you’ll love the patriotic look of this place. 960 1280

  

The Grenadier

The Grenadier

The front bar at the Grenadier may be covered with British military memorabilia, but a small crucifix hangs in the cellar to protect the pub from harmful spirits. Strange occurrences still happen here to this day. Guests report objects moving or disappearing without any explanation, and occasionally, visitors will also report rattling bar stools and moaning from ghosts. Grab a pint at this haunted pub to see if the rumors are true. 960 1280

  

Farringdon Station

Farringdon Station

Located in the borough of Islington, this London Underground station has a haunted reputation. In 1758, Anne Naylor, a young girl, was allegedly murdered by a hatmaker and his wife in a building that was torn down in the 19th century to make room for the new train station. From the station’s opening in 1863 to the present day, travelers on the Tube claim to hear Anne’s cries and screams in the train’s haunted tunnels. 960 1280

  

Bank Station

Bank Station

The London Underground’s Bank station gets its name from the nearby Bank of London, an architectural sight to see on your trip to the city. At Bank station, one ghost repeatedly stalks the underground. Sarah Whitehead, who is known as the Black Nun and was the sister of Philip Whitehead (a fraudulent banker at the Bank of London), searches for her convicted brother in an all-black outfit. Travelers at Bank claim to see Sarah’s ghost on platforms and passageways in the station. Some visitors also complain of an unexplainable stench coming from the station’s tunnels. 960 1280

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Covent Garden Station

Covent Garden Station

The Covent Garden Tube station is a must-see. This London Underground stop places you smack dab in a great shopping area and one of London’s best theater districts. Before heading up the elevators of the station, channel ghosts at this spooky destination. Allegedly, an actor named William Terriss haunts the station occasionally. Staff members at Covent Garden claim that they have seen Terriss walk across the platforms in a gray suit. Other employees have heard bizarre noises on the platforms when no travelers are there. 960 1280

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Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

London’s renowned Theatre Royal, Drury Lane has had countless haunted sightings over the years. Both actors and staff members have claimed that they saw Joseph Grimaldi, inventor of the modern clown, and the so-called “Man in Grey.” The latter was allegedly stabbed in the Theatre Royal, and his bones were discovered in a side passage in 1848. The theater isn’t too spooky, though: Rumor has it that an appearance by one of these ghosts is good luck for performances. 960 1280

  

Bruce Castle

Bruce Castle

Bruce Castle, which is located near Tottenham Cemetery in London, was the site of a gruesome suicide. It’s said that in the latter half of the 1600s, a woman named Lady Constantia Coleraine jumped from an upstairs balcony of the castle and died instantaneously. Folklore has it that every November, around the time of the lady’s death, a figure can be seen jumping from the same balcony. If you dare, take a trip to the castle and nearby cemetery. 960 1280

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Old Bailey

Old Bailey

The Central Criminal Court, otherwise known as the Old Bailey, has a disturbing past. The court sits on the former site of Newgate Prison. Ghosts seem to wander the area surrounding the Old Bailey. If you’re looking for a ghost-filled pub, sit down for a drink at the Viaduct Tavern on Newgate Street. One ghost, Fred, apparently pours out guests’ drinks and flickers the lights at this spooky pub. 960 1280

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is an inevitably haunted destination, considering that it houses more than 3,000 buried bodies. The most common spirit that haunts Westminster Abbey is Father Benedictus, a former Benedictine monk of the abbey. In 1900, a woman reported a vivid sighting of him. After about 25 seconds, Father Benedictus vanished into the walls of the church. In 1932, two visitors reported talking to him. He’s typically thought to appear between 5 and 6 p.m. 960 1280

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St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral is definitely an eerie place to visit. Its most well-known ghost is a whistling clergyman, who haunts the west end of the chapel. In Ghosts of London, author Elliott O’Donnell recalls meeting an American couple who witnessed a black cloud suddenly appearing in the chapel. Regardless of the legitimacy of the folklore, St. Paul’s Cathedral is a wonderful place to visit. Cross the nearby Millennium Bridge for pedestrians and visit the Tate Modern museum for a culture-filled afternoon. 960 1280

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Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

This creepy cemetery opened in 1839 and was the go-to burial spot for Victorian socialites. But by the 1960s, Highgate Cemetery fell into a state of disrepair and decay. On Swain’s Lane, a street that cuts through the cemetery, several paranormal incidences have been reported. Some Londoners even claim to have seen a vampire lurking in the darkness. If you’re brave enough, check out Hampstead Heath, a large London park close to Highgate Cemetery that is also reportedly haunted. 960 1280

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Halloween decorated house

Halloween decorated house

This house has been invaded by jack-o-lanterns to celebrate the Halloween season. 960 1280

  

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

Halloween fans dress up and celebrate the spirits at the Zombie Prom. 960 1280

  

Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom

Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom

Punk/metal band Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom in Philly. 960 1280

  

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

A shot of the crowd at the Zombie Prom. What a scary group! 960 1280

  

Large Pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins

Large Pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins

Check out the huge pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, CA. That thing has got to weigh a ton! 960 1280

  

Cool Patch Pumpkins

Cool Patch Pumpkins

Folks love to hunt for the perfect pumpkin in the fields at Cool Patch Pumpkin. 960 1280

  

The Darkness

The Darkness

The Darkness ... your ride to the afterlife. Care to get in? 960 1280

  

Necropolis 13 Haunted House

Necropolis 13 Haunted House

Want to hang out with these guys for an evening? Head to Necropolis 13 in Baton Rouge, LA. 960 1280

  

Necropolis 13 cemetery

Necropolis 13 cemetery

It looks innocent during the day, but at night this Necropolis 13 cemetery is filled with some terrifying creatures. Beware! 960 1280

  

The Dent School House

The Dent School House

The Dent School House is Cincinnati's most haunted attraction. Be sure to check out Zombie Night and Detention Hall for a good scare. 960 1280

  

13th gate

13th gate

Greetings from the dead who guard the 13th Gate at this haunted house. 960 1280

  

Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving

Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving

Check out this Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving. Looks like he is ready to do some carving of his own. 960 1280

  

1. Mercy Brown's Grave

1. Mercy Brown's Grave

Located in a church cemetery in Exeter, RI, is the grave of Mercy Brown, aka “New England’s Last Vampire.” When she died in 1892 at the age of 19, Mercy was the third member of her family to succumb to tuberculosis (aka "consumption"). As part of the larger 19th-century New England vampire panic, some folks believed Mercy was feeding off humans, so they exhumed her body and burned her heart, giving a mixture of the ashes to her sick brother to ward off evil. 960 1280

  

2. Vampire Lestat Reunion Ball

2. Vampire Lestat Reunion Ball

Hosted by the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club, this annual New Orleans ball celebrates 25 years in 2013. The Interview With The Vampire scribe herself will be in attendance for the 25th anniversary, which also includes elaborate costumes, live music and an auction. The ball is also held in conjunction with the club’s UndeadCon literary convention. 960 1280

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3. Endless Night Vampire Ball

3. Endless Night Vampire Ball

Described as a “Venetian masquerade ball mixed with a vampire court,” this gala is the pretty much the hottest vampire party around. Founded in New York City in 1996 by modern vampire personality (and author/fangsmith) Father Sebastiaan, the gala is held in NYC (on Halloween Night), as well as in Berlin, Paris, London and Amsterdam, while the main event takes place in New Orleans and lasts from 9 p.m. until 4 p.m. the next day. 960 1280

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4. Transylvania, Romania

4. Transylvania, Romania

This region in central Romania is inextricably linked to vampires. The town of Sighisoara was the supposed birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Today, you can visit the Sighisoara home where Vlad was supposedly born, as well as Poenari Fortress, Bran Castle and Hunyad Castle, all of which claim to be the “real” Dracula’s Castle. Also visit Transylvania’s Tihuta Pass, a high mountain pass in the scenic Carpathians, where Stoker set part of his novel. 960 1280

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5. Forks, Washington

5. Forks, Washington

Once largely known as a logging and sport fishing town, Forks is now largely associated with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga books. The town puts on “Twilight” tours of book locations, such as the Swan and Cullen homes, and the La Push community, which is home to the real-life Quileute tribe of the fictional Jacob Black. A Stephenie Meyer Days celebration is held the weekend closest to character Bella Swan’s birthday of Sept. 13. 960 1280

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6. Mystic Falls Tours (Covington, GA)

6. Mystic Falls Tours (Covington, GA)

The Vampire Diaries’ fictional town of Mystic Falls, VA, is actually Covington, GA, located about 30 miles from Atlanta. Covington is also home to the Mystic Falls Tours, a year-round 3-hour excursion that gives fans extensive peeks into sets around town -- such as the Mystic Grill, the Town Square and the Gilbert House. Fans also see film sets, such as the show’s Lockwood Mansion (the Worthington Manor, in real life). And while the tour organizers can’t promise it, visitors do occasionally encounter filming in progress. 960 1280

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7. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

7. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Though London's Highgate suburb is a close contender, this English town on the Yorkshire Coast is arguably the more important Dracula town in all of England, having figured prominently in Bram Stoker's Dracula as the place where the Russian schooner Demeter crashed ashore. The book is celebrated through the biannual Whitby Gothic Weekend, as well as at the Bram Stoker's Dracula Experience fun house. A visit to Whitby also requires a visit to the Bram Stoker Memorial Seat at the south end of Spion Kop on the West Cliff, which inspired Stoker to set part of his novel here. 960 1280

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8. Los Angeles

8. Los Angeles

The City of Angels is also the city of the undead -- if you know where to look. A must-stop is the Vampire Lounge and Tasting Room, which rumor has is owned by a coven of vamps. Fans of True Blood should visit Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, the filming location for vampire bar Fangtasia. And if your blood runs hot for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, which served as Angel’s mansion, and Torrance High School, also known as Sunnydale High. 960 1280

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9. Prague

9. Prague

Very few “real” vampire (or revenant) graves from the ancient past have ever been discovered, all of which makes a 1,000-year-old site, with 14 bodies in it, discovered near Prague, in the town of Celakovice, so unusual. The bodies had been decapitated and weighted down, along with other measures, to prevent them from becoming vamps. Beyond this gravesite, Prague abounds with vampire lore and local tours about its undead residents. 960 1280

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10. Musee des Vampires (Paris)

10. Musee des Vampires (Paris)

Paris is frequently featured in vampire fiction, because the City of Light can also become a macabre City of Darkness. The ultimate vampire destination in Paris is the Musee des Vampires. Behind the red door of this by-appointment-only museum is a rich collection of vampire artwork, books and masks. Additionally, the museum hosts a nightly banquet that includes a guided tour, discussions and games. 960 1280

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