Spooky never goes out of fashion, but it definitely does go out of line sometimes. Do you like to be scared? Or are you and adventurous freak who loves haunted houses? This article is just the place for you. As we travel through the world, we bring you some crazily scary places that are sure to give you the chills, and if they don’t, well, declare yourself as an alien, thank you.
Disclaimer: Don’t try any of these places without adult supervision.
Bravery is a virtue, but I don’t want it if any on these 6 places are involved!
1. Bhangarh Fort, India
Let’s start with near home first. The Bhangarh fort is infamous for its ghosts. Legends have it that it was cursed by a black wizard, whose advances were rejected by the princess. He cursed ruin and destruction on the city as he died, and soon enough the city was pillaged and everyone, including the princess were murdered.
What’s really spooky though is the fact that people who have gone there on expeditions have really heard unexplained noises and voices from the fort. Even scarier is the fact that all the houses in this area are without roofs because whenever a house is built with roof, the roof collapses. The Archaeological Survey of India, the organisation that looks after the site, has accepted, in some terms, the fact that it’s haunted and has refused entry for anyone after 4 in the evening. Do you feel the chills or is it just me?
2. Aokigahara, Japan
The most scary thing about this forest, among other things, is the fact that it has earned itself the name ‘Suicide Forest’. This is because many people willingly led trips in there, despite knowing about the eerie things there and never came back. A lot of people still go there to commit suicide. One sign at the entrance reads: “Your life is something precious that was given to you by your parents.” It is also called Sea of Trees, which, is a much less spooky name to be honest!
The forest is naturally eerie, and has a spooky history as well. It is said that during the earlier centuries (19 C.), it was a place used for ubasute. Ubasute is a brutal form of euthanasia that translates roughly to “abandoning the old woman, wherein a family would lead an elderly relative to a mountain or similarly remote and rough environment to die, not by means of suicide but by dehydration, starvation, or exposure. Stories of the Sea of Trees being a site for such abandonment have long been a part of its mythos. The forest is said to be haunted by ghosts and spirits of ubasute and the spirits of those who committed suicide. Another alarmingly scary thing about the forest is that if you go off track, you might discover ghastly things like human bones. I’m scared, are you?
3. Ohio University, America
The British Society for Psychical Research claims that Athens, Ohio, is one of the most haunted places in the world. The five cemeteries that form a pentagram that surrounds the campus, with the administrative building being in the centre of the devil’s sign. This geometrical position calls for a lot of tales about the place being haunted.
The most famous of the haunted places in the campus is the Wilson Hall, especially Room No. 428. According to the legend in the 1970s, a young man died mysteriously in room 428. After that, whoever occupied the room, experienced paranormal activities. A young woman moved in to the room and was practicing astral projection. The woman died. It is said that she committed suicide by cutting her wrists, (shudder). After her death, the room was closed and no one was allowed to stay there. Paranormal activities, like flying objects and banging doors have been said to be experienced there. There is also said to have been a mental institute at the place the University stands, where electro-shock treatments were practiced. This makes the tale even spookier!
4. Lake Shawnee Amusement Park, Virginia
The park had been abandoned for a long time now, which was reopened briefly in 2013, what with the death of its two patrons in 1966, but it’s haunted history reaches far back. It is said to have been the home to a Native American tribe since 1783, until the Europeans came and tried to settle the land. This resulted in a lot of bloodshed, with the murder of the patriarch’s youngest son, Bartley Clay. A daughter, Tabitha, was also knifed to death. His eldest son Ezekial was kidnapped and burned at the stake. Mitchell Clay, the patriarch, after burying his children, murdered several of the Native Americans.
The land on which all these murders took place is now the land of the amusement park. Since then, many deaths have taken place on the rides of the park, even before it was abandoned. Paranormal activities like the seats and the swings creaking and moving on their own and cool air blowing from beneath the seats are said to be works of spirits. A little girl that died on one of the swings has also been seen by people. Even amusement parks aren’t spared the horror (pun totally intended) by spirits.
5. Borgavattnet, Sweden
The place is famous as the ‘Haunted Vicarage’ and was built in 1876. The tales of it being haunted started with the first ghost ever being documented at the vicarage came in 1927, when the chaplain Nils Hedlund lived there. He reported many strange happenings including one particular encounter with something paranormal. He was on his way up to the attic to gather his laundry when he witnessed his laundry being torn down from the line by an unseen force. Strange, didn’t know ghosts didn’t like laundry.
Since then, many paranormal incidents have been reported. Rudolf Tangden, a priest who lived at the vicarage during the 1930’s, saw an old woman dressed in grey appear in a room. He followed her as she walked away, but she vanished in front of his eyes. In the 1940s Otto Lindgren, and his wife said they had several paranormal experiences including unexplained sounds and moving objects. On one occasion a woman who was staying in the guest room was woken up in the middle of the night to see 3 old women sitting staring at her. She quickly turned on the light and they were still looking at her, however they now appeared blurry. And these are just some stories. The situation is such that now, if you stay overnight at the place you will get a certificate to prove it!
I’ve lost any bravery I had, did you too?