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Capuchin Catacombs

Capuchin Catacombs

Down in the cold, dry basement of the Capuchin Monastery, on the outskirts of Palermo, Italy, are the remains of 8,000 people. When the monastery outgrew its original cemetery in 1599, catacombs were excavated beneath the building. In addition to friars interred here, well-known locals chose the crypts as their final resting place. The catacombs are open to the public; iron grills prevent visitors from touching or posing with those laid to rest here. 960 1280

Reuters  

Catacombs of Paris

Catacombs of Paris

A series of manholes and ladders lead visitors to the creepy catacombs of Paris. In 1786, the cemeteries of Paris churches were filled to overflowing. The government saw a solution in long-abandoned stone quarries in and around the capital. The resulting catacombs eventually became the final resting place of some 6 million people. Following a vandalism incident, the catacombs were closed to the public in September 2009, but reopened a few months later. 960 1280

Dave Shea, flickr  

Brno Ossuary

Brno Ossuary

The Brno Ossuary in the Czech Republic is estimated to hold the remains of more than 50,000 people, making it the second-largest site of its kind in Europe (behind the Paris Catacombs). The ossuary was established in the 17th century, partially under the Church of St. James. The ossuary was later forgotten, until its rediscovery in 2001. It has been open to public tours since June 2012. 960 1280

Kirk, Wikimedia Commons  

Monastery of San Francisco

Monastery of San Francisco

Below the monastery of San Francisco, in the historic center of Lima, Peru, creepy catacombs are filled with skulls and bones. The catacombs were established following the monastery’s construction (in 1774), and remained in use until 1808, when a city cemetery was founded outside of Lima. The catacombs were soon forgotten, until their discovery in 1943. An estimated 70,000 individuals’ remains fill the catacombs' narrow hallways and deep holes. 960 1280

Ray_from_LA, flickr  

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Light peeks through the darkness at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. Following its consecration in 1147 A.D., the cathedral's grounds gave way to cemeteries – a result of the high honor that believers placed on being buried near a church. Interments began in 1735 and continued until 1783, when a new law forbade most burials within the city. Today, the cathedral’s catacombs house the remains of more than 11,000 persons. 960 1280

Neil Girling, flickr  

St. Paul’s Catacombs

St. Paul’s Catacombs

St. Paul’s Catacombs, outside of Mdina, Malta, are a series of underground galleries and tombs that date from the fourth to the ninth centuries A.D. Intriguingly, the 24 catacombs, which cradle the tombs of more than 1,000 dead, show evidence of pagan, Jewish and Christian burials side-by-side, with no clear divisions. The excavation of the catacombs began in the late 1800s, under the guidance of a Maltese archaeologist and author. The site is now managed by a national agency, with 2 catacombs open to the public. 960 1280

Ian Lloyd, flickr   

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa (“Mound of Shards”) are a series of tombs in Alexandria, Egypt, that reach a depth of 100 feet. In the 2nd century A.D., they were built for a wealthy family … then forgotten until 1900, when a donkey fell into the access shaft. Human and animal remains have since been found, along with 3 sarcophagi. The catacombs’ name derives from visitors who used to visit the tombs and bring food in terra cotta jars to eat while there. They didn’t wish to bring the containers back home from this place of death, so they would break them … leaving shards behind. 960 1280

thecrawfordsphotos, flickr  

Sedlec Ossuary

Sedlec Ossuary

The Sedlec Ossuary is a small chapel in the Czech Republic that happens to have a whole lot of skeletons -- between 40,000 and 70,000, in fact. Some bones are arranged to form decorations in the chapel, including this chandelier of bones. The ghoulish designs are the handiwork of a 19th-century woodcarver who had been hired by an aristocratic family to arrange the bones, which had been interred in the ossuary since 1511. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Hallstatt Bone House

Hallstatt Bone House

Some visitors find the Bone House in Hallstatt, Austria, unexpectedly beautiful. We just find it creepy. The small chapel is home to a ghoulish display of 1,200 skulls. It came about in the 12th century, when the neighboring cemetery became filled to capacity. Cremation was forbidden, so bodies would be buried for about 15 years, then exhumed and placed in the chapel. Here, skulls are painted with a floral crown – a practice that began around 1720, in a gesture akin to placing flowers on a grave. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Skull Chapel

Skull Chapel

The Skull Chapel in Czerma, Poland, was built in 1776 by a local priest. The chapel serves as the mass grave for nearly 25,000 people who died during the Thirty Years War, 3 Silesian Wars (between Prussia and Austria), as well as from cholera outbreaks and hunger. The priest led the effort to collect the remains and put them in the chapel. The walls and basement are filled with skulls and bones; the remains of those who built the chapel are placed in the center of the church and on the altar. 960 1280

Merlin, Wikimedia Commons  

Capela dos Ossos

Capela dos Ossos

The Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones, in Évora, Portugal, gets its name from the human skulls and bones that cover its interior walls. The chapel was built in the 1500s by a Franciscan monk, who wanted his fellow monks to meditate hard on life’s transient nature. That message is driven home by some 5,000 skeletons, collected from nearby churches, as well as the words by the chapel’s entrance: “We, the bones that are here, await yours.” 960 1280

ceg, flickr  

Skull Tower

Skull Tower

In the early 1800s, Serbian rebels stood up to the Ottoman Empire. The Skull Tower was later built using the skulls of Serbs killed during a battle in 1809. In all, 952 skulls were collected and mounted on a tower as a warning to whoever opposed the empire. The tower stood in the open air until liberation of the area in southern Serbia in 1878. By then, much of the tower had eroded. In 1892, donations from all over Serbia led to the construction of a chapel, built around 58 skulls that still remained. 960 1280

Magalie L'Abbe, flickr  

Netherworld Haunted House

Netherworld Haunted House

The Collector awaits your visit to the self-guided Netherworld Haunted House in Norcross, GA. 960 1280

  

Netherworld Haunted House

Netherworld Haunted House

Known for its unique themes and chilling close attention to detail, Netherworld is owned by TV and film professionals, so the makeup, costumes and acting are top notch. 960 1280

  

UNDEAD Haunted House

UNDEAD Haunted House

The UNDEAD Haunted House, located on the premises of the 13th Floor Haunted House in Denver, CO, is an interactive and immersive zombie experience. 960 1280

  

UNDEAD Haunted House

UNDEAD Haunted House

The zombies of the UNDEAD Haunted House have taken over a built-to-scale farmhouse, and it’s up to you to seek refuge. 960 1280

  

The Beast

The Beast

The Beast in Kansas City, MO, transports you to a creepy, haunted Louisiana plantation, complete with a live alligator pit and bayou filled with who knows what else! 960 1280

  

The Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail in San Diego, CA, takes over the city’s famous Balboa Park for a mile-long, terrifying walk through the woods. 960 1280

Mike  

The Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail

The Haunted Trail is San Diego’s only all-outdoor haunted attraction – and it’s not for the faint of heart. 960 1280

Mike  

The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel

If you prefer your scares indoors, The Haunted Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter offers patrons a ride on the “hell-evator.” 960 1280

  

The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel

The Haunted Hotel is San Diego’s biggest and longest-running Halloween attraction. 960 1280

Mike  

The Edge of Hell

The Edge of Hell

The Edge of Hell in Kansas City, MO, is home to Medusa, the largest man-eating python. 960 1280

  

Creepywoods

Creepywoods

Creepywoods in Kingsville, MD, turns a once-quiet family farm into a frightening forest of evil creatures, werewolves and ghouls. 960 1280

  

Creepywoods

Creepywoods

Creepywoods, an all-outdoor attraction, allows visitors to wander the woods on their own, making it an even more terrifying adventure. 960 1280

  

Hundred Acres Manor

Hundred Acres Manor

Hundred Acres Manor in Pittsburg, PA, features 6 different experiences, from the twisted medical research facility known as “South Valley Hospital” to the meat-processing plant turned human butcher shop called “Brine Slaughterhouse.” 960 1280

  

Boothill Cemetery

Boothill Cemetery

Boothill Cemetery, and the entire town of Tombstone, AZ, is considered to be one of the most haunted places in the US. Tombstone is the town where the infamous O.K. Corral gunfight happened, between the Clantons, the Earps and Doc Holliday. Three members of the Clanton gang were killed, but apparently their spirits, along with a few outlaws buried in the cemetery, are still seen roaming the around the graveyard, hoping to avenge their death. 960 1280

Ken Lund, Flickr  

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Locals, visitors and paranormal investigators believe St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the most haunted cemetery in the world. Many ghosts haunt this famous graveyard in New Orleans, including Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Because most of the city is submerged in water, the dead are buried on top of the ground. Some visitors have heard eerie screams from inside the tombs and have been eyewitnesses to the ghosts of animals, including cats and dogs. Take a picture here and a strange orb or ghost may make an appearance in your photo. 960 1280

Cliff, Flickr  

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery in London is perhaps one of the most actively haunted cemeteries in the UK. With 50,000 graves on site, it’s not a surprise why ghosts still roam this spooky spot and its underground catacombs. Ghost stories about the cemetery include tales of vampires who some claim drain the blood from dead animals found in the graveyard. And rumors continue to spread about seeing an imp-like creature, a ghostly bicycle rider and a mysterious man in a top hat. 960 1280

Loretahur, Flickr  

Salem Cemetery

Salem Cemetery

Locals, who visit Salem Cemetery in Hendrysberg, OH, have seen the ghost of Louiza Fox, the first murdered citizen of Kirkwood Township. She has been seen crying at her grave and at the site of her murder. Hounds from hell are believed to roam and growl their way through this cemetery. Some people believe the ghost dogs exist to keep ghosts from escaping. 960 1280

Leslie Johnson, Flickr  

Bachelors Grove Cemetery

Bachelors Grove Cemetery

Located in Midlothian, IL, Bachelors Grove Cemetery is rumored to be the scariest haunted cemetery in the Chicago area. This area was once a dumping ground for Chicago gangsters during the 1920s. For a number of years, witnesses have claimed to see ghosts and a phantom car that disappears along the turnpike near the graveyard. Not even daylight is safe. Violent cries of a small child are often heard in the evening. 960 1280

Christine Zenino, Flickr  

Gettysburg Cemetery

Gettysburg Cemetery

Phantom figures in both Union and Confederate uniforms still pace Gettysburg’s battlefield and cemetery -- the site of one of the deadliest battles in American history. A man, seen wearing a black hat with a star, often tries to converse with tourists and pose with families for photos. For the ultimate haunted experience, stay at the Farnsworth House Inn, where Confederate snipers hid during the battle and their ghosts still roam today. 960 1280

Britt Reints, Flickr  

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Most people know LA’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery as the burial place for Hollywood legends, including Rudoph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Nelson Eddy, Norma Talmadge, Victor Fleming, Darla Hood and James Garner. Previously known as Hollywood Memorial Park, the ghosts of Virginia Rappe, Clifton Webb and a lady in black is usually scene lurking around Valentino’s crypt. 960 1280

Alan Light, Flickr  

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery

Père Lachaise Cemetery has 300,000 graves, making it the largest cemetery in Paris. Opened in 1804, it’s a beautiful place for visitors to take a stroll along the cobblestone paths to see the gravesites of Napoleonic-era generals, famous composers and other luminaries, including author Oscar Wilde and Doors lead singer, Jim Morrison. Visitors to the cemetery have even claimed to see Morrison’s ghost loitering around his grave. 960 1280

Oh Paris, Flickr  

Westminster Burial Ground

Westminster Burial Ground

In Baltimore, MD, Western Burial Ground is where the remains of famous people reside, including Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Scott Key, US President James Buchanan and soldiers from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The catacombs under Westminster Hall have been the source of many ghostly tales. One old ghost story refers to a skull of a murdered minister that screams all day and night. Rumors are that the skull was bound and gagged in a block of cement, but apparently that hasn’t stopped the blood-curdling screams. 960 1280

Natalie Maynor, Wikimedia Commons  

Chase Vault

Chase Vault

If you’re near Christ Church, Barbados, we suggest you check out the Chase Vault, best known for a widespread legend of mysterious moving coffins. According to the creepy tale, each time the heavily-sealed vault was opened in the early 19th century for the burial of a family member -- all of the lead coffins had changed position. Visit the infamous gravesite and determine if the tale is fact or fiction. 960 1280

CaptSpaulding, Flickr  

Resurrection Cemetery

Resurrection Cemetery

On the way to the Chicago’s Resurrection Cemetery, don’t be surprised to see a phantom hitchhiker named Bloody Mary, who asks for a ride to the graveyard, but mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Travelers may spot Thomas Milners and his sister Marlene on the side of the road covered in blood. The two were struck and killed by a car in 1959 while going home from a family burial. And if that’s not bizarre enough, locals and visitors have claimed that they saw a vampire bride searching for her head in the cemetery. So be prepared for a few extraordinary paranormal experiences here. 960 1280

Ross Griff, Flickr  

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