1. The Island of the Dolls — Xochimilco, Mexico
Why you should go: There is nothing creepier than a plethora of creepy-ass dolls that stare into your soul. This island is said to be haunted by the spirit of a man who decided to hang dolls to appease the spirit of little girl that drowned in a nearby river. If you visit the island, make sure to bring a doll and add to the collection.
2. Torture Museum — Amsterdam, Netherlands
Why you should go: You can see how criminals had their heads squished, got impaled by a heretic’s fork, and were entrapped in the iron cage. This museum has a collection of more than 100 medieval torture instruments that will make you cringe and feel like you’re in Hostel.
3. Museo de las Momias — Guanajuato, Mexico
Why you should go: The more than 100 mummies on display at this museum will give you the heebie-jeebies. The mummies, which include a pregnant woman and a fetus, were exhumed between the years 1865 and 1989. You’ll be able to get so close to the mummified bodies that you might just feel them move.
4. Winchester Mystery House — San José, Calif.
Why you should go: The Winchester House is renowned for all of the spirits said to haunt the place, as well as the doors and staircases that lead to nowhere. The owner was haunted by spirits that died by her husband’s weapons, so she kept adding to the mansion. It is now open to the public — just don’t get lost because you might run into a ghost.
5. The Museum of Death — Hollywood, Calif.
Why you should go: Are you enamored with the idea of death? Then you must go to the Museum of Death and look at morgue photos from the Black Dahlia murder and those photos from Charles Manson’s crime scenes. You can even see the guillotined severed head of the Blue Beard of Paris, who was a French serial killer in the late 1800s.
6. Sedlec Ossuary — Kutná Hora, Czech Republic
Why you should go: Imagine going into a real-life set of Jeepers Creepers, but instead of human skin on the walls you see nothing but human skeletons. That is exactly what it is like to go into the Church of Sedlec Ossuary, whose interior is covered in 40,000 to 70,000 human bones.
7. Capuchin Catacombs — Palermo, Italy
Why you should go: Going into this eerie subterranean passage will definitely give you nightmares. Be greeted by 8,000 mummified corpses that are dressed to impress. All of them hang on the wall and look in your direction. If you feel a brush from behind, it might not be your friend, but a dangling corpse.
8. Akodessewa Fetish Market — Lomé, Togo
Why you should go: Walk among hundreds of dried animal skulls and other voodoo magical talismans at this market. You may occasionally find a human skull among the leopard and crocodile skulls. This is the ideal place to go if you want your future predicted — or if you need a cure for an ailment or hex.
9. The Door to Hell — Ahal Province, Turkmenistan
Why you should go: There is nothing more amazing than standing in front of a 230-foot burning crater that smells like sulfur. This natural gas field was accidentally set on fire by a group of scientists in 1971 and has been burning ever since. It’s your entry to the nine rings of hell.
10. The Mütter Museum — Philadelphia, Pa.
Why you should go: Be frightened by the reality of human anatomy and medical procedure. You’ll see medical instruments, preserved organs, and skeletal specimens. See yourself internally and the gruesomeness of it all.
11. Hoia Baciu Forest — Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Why you should go: This forest is known as Romania’s Bermuda Triangle and possibly the world’s most haunted forest. It’s been known to have many reported disappearances, all sorts of paranormal activity, and even UFO sightings. All paranormal activity in Hoia Baciu Forest is unresolved.
12. Old Jewish Cemetery — Prague, Czech Republic
Why you should go: This is the last place you’d want to be if there were a zombie outbreak. This graveyard has 12 layers of tombs stacked on top of one another. There have been more 100,000 tombstones laid here since the 15th century, but only 12,000 are visible. The graveyard allegedly is also where the Elders of Zion — the new world order — have their secret meetings.
13. Suicide Forest — Mount Fuji, Japan
Why you should go: Aokigahara has been a popular destination for suicides for a very long time, and in 2010, 247 dead bodies were found there. The forest is also known to be haunted by evil spirits known as the Yūrei, which are angry spirits of those who were left there to die.
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