HALLOWEEN, the spookiest time of the year may have ended but for those who can’t get enough of it, here’s a suggestion.
These don’t involve costume parties, trick or treating or going overboard on candy corn. Instead, it’s about visiting 10 real-life destinations around the world that are spookier than anything you can dream up, as suggested by Expedia!
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THE HELLFIRE CLUB, DUBLIN
Sinister stories and spooky sightings are everywhere in Dublin, but nothing is more terrifying than a trip to The Hellfire Club. Once a hunting lodge, this now decrepit site sits high on a hill in the Dublin Mountains and is widely considered to be one of the most haunted spots in Ireland — a place where fact may really be stranger than fiction. After darkness falls, explore the ghostly halls, learning of the men who once gathered here and the dark rituals that are said to have taken place.
FRENCH QUARTER, NEW ORLEANS
No city in America is more steeped in the supernatural than New Orleans, and no New Orleans, Louisiana neighbourhood is more supernatural than the French Quarter. On a tour during the day — or, if you can handle it, at night — unlock the secrets of the city’s past with spine-tingling tales of mass murders, sinister socialites, present-day vampires, and voodoo queens with powers beyond the grave. Walk carefully so as not to disturb the spirits at St Louis Cemetery No. 1, the final resting place of many of the city’s most infamous residents.
Dive into the underbelly of Edinburgh with a journey down into the Blair Street Vaults. Built into the arches of the 18th-Century South Bridge, a series of chambers once housed tradesmen, but today are believed to be haunted by the spirits of the murder victims also stored there. Stay close to your guide as you tip-toe your way through the tunnels, learning of serial killers Burke and Hare and what they did with their murder victims’ bodies.
EAST END, LONDON
Hold onto your innards as you walk in the footsteps of one of the world’s most notorious serial killers, Jack the Ripper. Seek out the sordid tales swirling around his murderous rampage as you stroll the shadowy streets of London’s East End after dark. With a guide leading the way, walk to the sites where Jack’s victims were found and see if you can uncover new clues to crack the case. At the end of the tour, you can steady your nerves with a drink at the Ten Bells Pub — but beware; this is very place where many of Jack’s victims were last seen.
BRAN CASTLE, TRANSYLVANIA.
Vampire hunters should hop straight on a plane to Romania because the imposing Gothic fortress at Bran Castle is said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Sitting on a hill surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the site is stunning any time of year, yet it truly comes alive during Halloween. Join a tour to uncover the castle’s mysteries and myths as you wind your way through dimly lit stairwells, underground passages and rooms housing centuries-old torture tools.
FREMANTLE PRISON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
In a city known for its former prisons and psychiatric asylum, secrets and supernatural mysteries are around every corner. Set off on a ghostly adventure to Fremantle’s most infamous buildings, eventually reaching the abandoned Fremantle Prison. With a lantern the only light to guide the way, wander the grounds as you learn of the bloody riots and executions that occurred while the prison was open. Keep your eyes peeled — perhaps a few of its long-gone inmates aren’t so long-gone after all.
PIONEER SALOON, NEVADA
Las Vegas may be the place to find cocktails, but spirits of a different kind are lurking less than an hour outside the city. Leave the bright lights behind in favour of a late-night trip to Goodsprings, an almost-abandoned village. The historic Pioneer Saloon — a bar once investigated by the team of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures — is the starting point for a paranormal adventure, where you’ll come face-to-face with the spirits of dead miners, gunshot victims, and even a Hollywood legend.
MAIN STREET, ARIZONA
At the turn of the 20th Century, Jerome was known for four things — gold, gambling, gunfights, and working girls, earning the nickname of The Wickedest Town in the West. Today, with a population of less than 500 people, it’s nearly a ghost town. In fact, the spirits of the undead may outnumber the living. Join a guide for a tour to the former mining town’s most haunted locations, including a high school, hospital and deserted hotel.
As you stroll Main Street, be on the lookout for a sighting of the spirit who roams the city looking for her killer.
Paris may be famous for its landmarks and lights, but it’s what’s below the city that’s most captivatingly creepy. Discover the darker side of old “Paree” with a journey into the Catacombs, a mysterious subterranean tunnel lined with human skulls and bones. Wind your way through the eerie underground labyrinth while learning about religion, superstition, architecture, art and the enigmatic symbols on display.
OLD TOWN, PRAGUE
Though Prague may be considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it doesn’t come without its creepy legends and twisted tales.
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind in favour of a stroll down the dimly lit alleyways of Old Town.
Guided by an expert in both Prague’s history and its supernatural events, listen to gruesome tales of betrayal, death, and demonic possessions, as well as the restless spirits and skeletons who still roam these streets.