Paranormal Rock Stars

Sightings of specters, cryptids and interplanetary interlopers abound on this planet, but who are the biggest stars of the unexplained? Aaron Sagers picks some of his favorites -- real or not.

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Hotel Roosevelt

Hotel Roosevelt

Marilyn Monroe is thought to be one of many restless spirits that haunt Hollywood's glamorous Hotel Roosevelt, where she lived for 2 years while her modeling career was taking off. Other reports of cold spots, photographic orbs and mysterious phone calls to the hotel operator add to its mystique. Looking for more haunted places to visit? See which creepy locations made our list of Travel's Best Halloween Attractions 2013. Plan ahead and prepare to be spooked! 960 1280

Thompson Hotels  

Stanley Hotel

Stanley Hotel

Colorado's Stanley Hotel spooked horror master Stephen King and inspired the setting for "The Shining." Want to go on your own "spooky sojourn?" Brave one of the Stanley Hotel's ghost tours, including a 5-hour ghost hunt and popular night tour. 960 1280

Gregory Olsen / iStock / Getty Images  

Hotel Chelsea

Hotel Chelsea

There are plenty of famous guests and ghosts at New York's Hotel Chelsea, including Dylan Thomas (who died of pneumonia while staying here in 1953) and Sid Vivious (who's girlfriend was stabbed to death here in 1978). Unfortunately, the hotel has been closed the past several years for renovations. 960 1280

Dan Herrick / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images  

La Fonda

La Fonda

The spirits of Santa Fe's Old West are said to inhabit La Fonda's lobby and bar, including the Honorable John P.Slough who was shot to death in the hotel lobby and a distraught salesman who leapt to his death outside the gambling hall. 960 1280

La Fonda / Robert Reck  

Logan Inn

Logan Inn

Built in 1722 as a tavern, the Logan Inn and its spirits are legendary in the Colonial-era town of New Hope, PA. Aspiring ghost hunters should request Room 6, also known as Emily's room. The mother of a former owner of the building, Emily's lavender perfume and soft crying at night have been detected by guests. 960 1280

Education Images / Universal Images Group / Getty Images  

The Equinox

The Equinox

Constructed in 1769, The Equinox in Vermont was a favorite of Abe Lincoln's family and is said to be haunted by Mary Todd Lincoln, who was visiting the resort when her husband was assassinated in 1865. 960 1280

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.  

Queen Mary

Queen Mary

A 1930s cruise liner that's docked in Long Beach, CA, the Queen Mary offers numerous ghost-hunting tours and paranormal investigations onboard for its guests. It became known as "the haunted ship" after numerous disasters, including a split hull that left few survivors. 960 1280

Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images  

Crescent Hotel

Crescent Hotel

Guests have reported strange occurrences and sightings while staying in the Crescent Hotel,in Eureka Springs, AR. Its newest tour allows guests to hear Ozark Mountain ghost stories around a flickering campfire and visit the morgue at midnight. 960 1280

Eureka Springs Media Center  

The Myrtles Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation

Deep in the heart of Louisiana's Voodoo land, The Myrtles Plantation is believed to be one of America's most haunted houses. Over 12 ghosts have been rumored to haunt the plantation, the most famous being a former slave wearing a green turban named Chloe. 960 1280

Stephen Saks / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images  

Hotel Provincial

Hotel Provincial

Guests at New Orleans' Hotel Provincial, a former Confederate hospital, have reported sightings of Civil War soldiers and surgeons as well as blood stains appearing and disappearing on the bedding of some rooms. 960 1280

Hotel Provincial   

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

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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

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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  

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Toronto Zombie Walk

Toronto Zombie Walk

A participant in Toronto’s annual Zombie Walk enjoys a tasty hand sandwich. This year the walking dead attempted to break a world record and learn to save a life with CPR training by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. As they put it, “zombies need to plan for the future too!” 960 1280

JWJensen through the Flickr Creative Commons License  

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

The West End Village is flooded with the undead on “World Zombie Day.” Free to the public, zombies were asked to donate non-perishable food items for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. In 2007, Pittsburgh had a Guinness World Record-breaking attendance of 1,028 attendants. 960 1280

Angela Rocco Photography c/o Clownhouse Productions  

San Francisco Zombie Walk

San Francisco Zombie Walk

An innocent “victim” is set upon by bloodthirsty zombies during San Francisco’s annual zombie walk. Each year the community has one goal: “Absolute zombie domination.” 960 1280

Brian Schulman through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Chicago Zombie March

Chicago Zombie March

These zombie walkers in Chicago’s annual parade seem pretty cheerful for undead people. Over the summer, the fifth annual zombie march took place in Millenium Park starting at The Bean. 960 1280

Eric Ingram through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Zombie Walk Detroit

Zombie Walk Detroit

“World Zombie Day” takes place every October in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood. The fifth annual Walk Against Hunger returns to Grant Park in Royal Oak, thanks to the “bloody-the-lawn-all-you-want” policy. 960 1280

Technochick through the Flickr Creative Commons  

London Pub Crawl

London Pub Crawl

For the Brits, celebrating World Zombie Day takes place in the form of a pub crawl through central London ending with a midnight screening of “Shaun of the Dead” at the Leicester Square theater. 960 1280
Philly Zombie Prom

Philly Zombie Prom

This handsome couple found true zombie love at Philadelphia’s 2009 zombie walk. Looks like they should be vying for the title of Zombie King and Queen at the annual Halloween prom. 960 1280

SapphireBlue through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Seattle’s Red, White & Dead

Seattle’s Red, White & Dead

Seattle’s annual zombie walk has become one of the world’s largest, with over 2,405 participating in the Fremont flash mob this past July. 960 1280

Russel Bernice through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Stiges Zombie Walk

Stiges Zombie Walk

Sponsored by Jack Daniels, this event has become a highlight of the Stiges Film Festival in Spain. 960 1280

Rumikel through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Stockholm Zombie Walk

Stockholm Zombie Walk

Zombie walks have become a worldwide phenomenon. The Swedish capital’s streets are flooded with blood and guts during the annual zombie walk. 960 1280

Pelle Sten, flickr   

Mexico’s Zombie Walk

Mexico’s Zombie Walk

Mexico City broke the world record for the largest zombie gathering in 2011, when Guinness officially counted 9,806 participants, surpassing the previous record-holder Asbury Park, NJ. 960 1280

Munir Hamdan, flickr  

New Jersey Zombie Walk

New Jersey Zombie Walk

“Rise and walk” to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the apocalypse in Asbury Park, NJ. Since its inception in 2008, the event has nearly tripled in size. 960 1280

Bob Jagendorf, flickr  

Brisbane Zombie Walk

Brisbane Zombie Walk

Trying to top past success, this year’s event will be a Zombie Festival in Victoria Park in Spring Hill, Queensland and hopes to raise more than $24,000 for Brain Foundation. 960 1280

Mark C-F, flickr  

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