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Where Things Go Bump in the Night

If you love horror movies, Ouija boards and supernatural trickery, a trip to a haunted destination could be a real treat. Make a trip of it at an entirely terrifying town or sneak in a single scary attraction on your usual sightseeing tour.

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Psycho

Psycho

Hitchcock fans can see the famous Psycho film set for themselves at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park in Los Angeles, where the signature Studio Tour takes visitors by the legendary Bates Motel and the Bates’ mansion. 960 1280

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Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

In Silence of the Lambs, Jodie Foster plays an FBI agent who enlists the help of a serial killer named Hannibal Lecter in order to catch another killer. During her investigation, she visits the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh to meet up with an entomologist. The museum is organized into 20 galleries and has exhibits on insects, mammals, botany, dinosaurs and fossils, gems, minerals, geology and several areas of anthropology. 960 1280

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Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio

In the sequel to the chilling Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter moves his killings abroad to Florence, Italy. Hannibal becomes a curator of the Capponi Library and lives in Palazzo Capponi, a Florentine palace that dates back to the 1400s and holds some of the city’s most impressive pieces of art. Across the Arno River, the gruesome balcony scene at Palazzo Vecchio was inspired by real-life killings that took place here in medieval times. 960 1280

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The Omen

The Omen

Remember the scene from the original Omen in which a priest gets impaled by a lighting conductor? It was filmed in London’s All Saints Church, an Anglican church located in Bishop’s Park on the banks of the River Thames. 960 1280

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The Amityville Horror

The Amityville Horror

If you dare, you can drive by the seemingly-perfect-turned-nightmare house from the 1979 classic The Amityville Horror. The Long Island colonial house is said to now only be haunted by film fans who like to ring the doorbell … and run! 960 1280

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Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

In the horror movie Rosemary's Baby, the Dakota (known in the film as the Bramford) was the Gothic building where newlyweds Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse made a home and encountered their satanic neighbors. The Dakota was built in the 1880s and is located at 72nd Street and Central Park West in New York City. Known as one of the most exclusive buildings in the city, it has drawn residents including Lauren Bacall, Connie Chung and Paul Simon. The building was also the home of Beatles singer John Lennon and the scene of his tragic murder in 1980. 960 1280

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Griffith Park

Griffith Park

Despite being set in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois, Halloween used Griffith Park in Los Angeles as the wooded backdrop for the murder of school bully Wesley by 10-year-old Michael Myers. That moment starts his killing spree. Griffith Park has more than 4,210 acres of land, which includes picnic areas, hiking trails, mountain roads, playgrounds and tennis courts. 960 1280

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The Undead

The Undead

In the 1957 horror movie The Undead, two psychics send a woman back in time to learn about her past. She awakens as a woman accused of being a witch in medieval times. The Spadena House, also known as the Witch's House, is located in Beverly Hills and is where — you guessed it — the witch lived. Its odd-shaped roof and color make it look like something out of Hansel and Gretel, providing the perfect setting for this movie. The house is privately owned and was also seen in the movie Clueless. 960 1280

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Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

The Exorcist steps, located at the end of M Street in Georgetown, are a popular tourist location for movie buffs in Washington, D.C. In the movie, Father Karras is possessed by a demon as he tries to save Regan. While the demon has control of Karras' body, he throws himself out a window and tumbles down these stairs to his death. The stairs were padded with rubber so the stuntman, who performed two takes, was protected. 960 1280

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Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is the story of vampire Lestat who transforms a man named Louis into a vampire. When Lestat first encounters Louis in Louisiana, he is living on a beautiful estate. Louis's home is actually Oak Alley Plantation on the Mississippi River in Vacherie, Louisiana. Originally a sugar cane plantation, the estate is now open to the public and run by a non-profit. It is protected as a National Historic Landmark. 960 1280

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Burkittsville, Maryland

Burkittsville, Maryland

The Blair Witch Project is the story of three college filmmakers who traveled to Burkittsville, Maryland, to shoot a documentary on the legend of the Blair Witch but were never heard from again. The film is supposedly the students’ lost footage and is very realistic. Some of the movie was shot in the real town of Burkittsville, which is located in Fredrick County, Maryland. The rural town is a little more than an hour from Baltimore and has fewer than 200 residents. 960 1280

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The Wolfman

The Wolfman

In the 2010 remake of the 1941 film The Wolfman, the Talbot family lives on an estate called Talbot Hall. Members of the family end up becoming the murderous werewolves. Talbot Hall is really the Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, England, which is the home of the Duke of Devonshire and his family. The estate has 35,000 acres and includes gardens, towers, stables and shops. The 11th duke has opened the estate up to the public, granting much wider access to the property.  960 1280

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Picadilly Circus

Picadilly Circus

The British-American horror film An American Werewolf in London is the story of two Americans who end up being attacked by a werewolf. One of them, Jack, is killed, and the other, David, gains the ability to turn into the animal at night. David and reanimated versions of Jack and the victims of David's werewolf murder spree meet up in a movie theater in West London's Piccadilly Circus. The theater was a re-creation of the old Eros News Theatre, which is now a Gap clothing store on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue in Piccadilly Circus. 960 1280

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The Shining

The Shining

Based on the book by Stephen King, The Shining stars Jack Nicholson as writer Jack Torrance, who takes a job as the winter caretaker of an old hotel. Torrance slowly becomes influenced by the ghosts that haunt the hotel and tries to kill his wife and son. The setting for the movie was inspired by the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. For the movie, exterior shots of the fictional Overlook Hotel were actually the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon. The lodge is a popular ski destination, and several other movies have been shot there. 960 1280

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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Perhaps the most well-known gargoyles in the world hover on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Technically known as grotesques (true gargoyles have waterspouts as mouths), these monstrous creatures glare ominously down on the City of Light. 960 1280

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Ulmer Munster, Ulm, Germany

Ulmer Munster, Ulm, Germany

Ulmer Munster’s steeple is the highest church steeple in the world, soaring 530 feet high. Dominating the skyline in Ulm, Germany, the church’s steeple is adorned with Gothic-inspired gargoyles, designed to ward off evil spirits. 960 1280

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Duomo di Milano, Milan

Duomo di Milano, Milan

The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, Duomo di Milano is one of Europe’s most impressive architectural wonders. For the hale and hearty, climb the 170 stairs to the roof for a closer look at the Gothic gargoyles. 960 1280

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National Cathedral, Washington, DC

National Cathedral, Washington, DC

Washington National Cathedral’s English Gothic architecture is adorned with gargoyles. More modern in look, these gargoyles (including one famous Darth Vader!) were carved over the last 50 years, with designs determined by their donors and artists. 960 1280

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Eastern State Penitentiary, PA

Eastern State Penitentiary, PA

Two gargoyles, Frank and Carson, are perched atop Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania. The 2 were added in 2005 to ward off the evil spirits of some of the world’s most notorious criminals who are believed to still roam the crumbling cellblocks. 960 1280

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Merton Chapel College, Oxford

Merton Chapel College, Oxford

Gargoyles peer down from the chapel roof of Merton College, one of the oldest colleges in Oxford, England. 960 1280

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Dragon Bridge, Slovenia

Dragon Bridge, Slovenia

Dragon statues guard Ljubljana’s Dragon Bridge, known by locals as the "mother-in-law" bridge due its forbidding and fiery guard. Dragons are seen throughout the capital city, as its patron saint St. George slayed dragons, according to Catholic legend. 960 1280

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Chrysler Building, NYC

Chrysler Building, NYC

Manhattan’s iconic skyscraper, Chrysler Building, was originally designed as the automobile maker’s headquarters in the late 1920s. Architectural details, such as the building's gargoyles, were modeled after Chrysler automobile products, such as the Plymouth hood ornaments. 960 1280

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Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey, London

The grotesques that hover on London’s Westminster Abbey are true gargoyles, with waterspouts for mouths. They’re also a creepy counterpoint to the statues of saints also on the church’s exterior. 960 1280

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Puente del Reino, Valencia

Puente del Reino, Valencia

Four gruesome, Gothic-inspired gargoyles stand guard at the Bridge of the Kingdom in Valencia, Spain. 960 1280

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Eikan-do, Japan

Eikan-do, Japan

The highly ornate Japanese architectural ornament “onigawara” literally means “demon tiles.” Like Western stone grotesques, they were traditionally believed to ward off evil 960 1280

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Batalh, Portugal

Batalh, Portugal

The Monastery of Batalha in Portugal is an impressive work of Gothic architecture, adorned with monstrous gargoyles and other elaborate carvings. 960 1280

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St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Located within the Prague Castle complex, Saint Vitus' Cathedral is an imposing Gothic church that holds the tombs of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman emperors. Beyond being utterly monstrous, the gargoyles nestled on this cathedral have a functional purpose -- they spew rainwater from the building's roof at an angle that keeps it from running down the walls. 960 1280

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Tower of London
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 Palace

Hampton Court Palace

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 London Dungeon

The London Dungeon

The London Dungeon allows visitors to delve into the ancient capital’s most horrible history experience. Featuring live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects, the Dungeon is truly interactive, bringing the horrors of historic London to life. 960 1280

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British Pub

British Pub

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.
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The Tube

The Tube

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

  

The British Museum

The British Museum

Death looms large at the British Museum. Check out the Colombian death masks, Japanese coffins and the amazing wax death mask of Oliver Cromwell. And, of course, the British Museum has whole rooms dedicated to those macabre, death-obsessed ancient Egyptians, including the tomb-chapel of Nebamun and lots of mummies! 960 1280

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Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal

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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The Ghost Bus Tour

The Ghost Bus Tour

The Ghost Bus Tour takes you around London, the West End and even goes south of the River Thames. Onboard, actors and technical trickery combine to create a complete scare tour experience. 960 1280

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Jack the Ripper Tour

Jack the Ripper Tour

Between 1888 and 1891 anywhere from five to 11 women were murdered by Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper was never caught and to this day his identity is unknown. Today, you can take a Jack the Ripper walking tour and visit many of the locations where his victims were found. 960 1280

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Covent Garden

Covent Garden

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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The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience

The London Bridge Experience is a two-part tourist attraction situated within the arches of London Bridge. First, enjoy a fascinating trip back in time as the London Bridge Experience delves through the history of the bridge. The second part is a full on scare attraction that utilizes special effects, computer-generated imagery and real characters. 960 1280
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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Clink Hostels

Clink Hostels

If you're looking for a macabre place to stay in London, Clink Hostels provides the perfect solution. Built inside an imposing 19th-century courthouse, you can sleep in one of seven authentic prison cells with original features like heavy doors and barred windows. 960 1280
50 Berkeley Square

50 Berkeley Square

50 Berkeley Square is currently the home of Maggs Bros, antiquarian book dealers, and is well worth a visit on a London sightseeing tour. It is said that the attic room of the house is haunted by the spirit of a young woman who committed suicide by throwing herself from the top floor window. 960 1280

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Bank Station on the London Underground

Bank Station on the London Underground

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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SCREAM at Madame Tussauds

SCREAM at Madame Tussauds

Located deep within Madame Tussauds, SCREAM is an inner chamber where things take a scary turn. Here, visitors are taken into a maximum-security prison taken over by the unhinged inmates. A great interactive London scare experience in one of London’s top tourist attractions. 960 1280

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Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Boothill Cemetery
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Netherworld Haunted House
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

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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

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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

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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

  

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