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21 Most Haunted Places In The World You Should Never Visit

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1. The Sallie House - Kansas, USA


Named after the infamous little girl who haunts the premises, the “Sallie House” is considered the most haunted house in Kansas, even the whole country. The story behind the house has been changed minutely over time, but the one retold on “A Haunting” claims that the owner was a doctor who had an affair with the African-American house maid, which resulted in the birth of Sallie. At a young age, she needed to have her appendix removed, but the husband (the doctor) didn’t want people knowing about the child so he refused to take her to the hospital, resulting in her death. The mother was obviously very angry and attempted to attack the doctor, but ultimately died in the tussle. The father moved away, but the spirits of Sallie and her mother remain and haunt visitors. Sallie is a happy ghost who allegedly tries to play with the children who move in, however who mother is malevolent and attacks visitors, primarily adult males.


. Attacks on male occupants

. Unexplained voices

. Burnt finger marks upon mysteriously burning candles

. Curtains catching on fire

. Scratch marks on visitors

2. The Ancient Ram Inn - Gloucestershire, England


The Ancient Ram Inn is believed to be the most haunted house in the British Isles, even considered the most haunted house in the world by some. The Inn stands on the intersection of 2 ley lines, which many people believe is a conductor for spiritual activity. Additionally, a Pagan burial ground is said to have resided in the property 5000 years ago. But that’s not why the place is considered to be extremely haunted; tales of child sacrifice, devil worship and evil spirits plague the grounds. These terrifying tales are backed up the current owner and resident, John. During his first night at the house in 1968, he felt a presence grab his arm before being dragged out his bed and across the room. He has since found child skeletons under the staircase and broken daggers in the confines, and still experiences other hauntings even to this day.


. Full bodied apparitions

. Feelings of being touched or pulled

. Disembodied voices

. Feelings of evil

3. Island of the Dolls - Xochimilco, Mexico


Between the canals of Xochimilco in Mexico, lays the renowned “Island of the Dolls”; famous for its paranormal history and doll decorations. The story goes that Don Julian Santana Barrera moved to the island to be alone, but found the spirit of a little girl who drowned instead. In an attempt to appease her, he hung countless dolls from the trees, but still felt she wasn’t satisfied and wanted him to be a ghost with her. 50 years after moving to the island, Julian was found dead, drowned in the same spot the girl supposedly had years before. Both their ghosts can allegedly be seen on the island, and it is said the still-hung dolls (accumulated now thanks to visitors) whisper to you as you walk past.


. The dolls move their heads and arms, open their eyes, and whisper to people

. People on boats near the island claim the dolls lure them to the island

4. The Skirrid Inn - Llanvihangel Crucorney, Wales


The Skirrid Inn is reputed as the oldest public house in Wales with a long and grimy history spanning back to the Norman Conquest. The Inn was reportedly used as a rallying point for the supporters of the Welsh Revolt against Henry IV. The first floor of the inn was also used as a courtroom for people who committed serious offences and were given the capital punishment. It is alleged that more than 180 felons were hanged from one of the oak beams over the staircase outside the courtroom. Markings from the rope can still be seen on the wood to this day.


. The Hanging Judge can be heard talking on the upper floor of the inn

. The evil presence of the judge’s hangman

. Sightings of former felon, John Crowther

. Sightings of clergyman, Father Henry Vaughn

. Sightings of Fanny Prince, a worker who died of consumption

. Objects suddenly thrown across rooms

. Extreme drops in temperature

. Powerful scent of perfume

. Rustling of a lady’s dress

. Feelings of nausea and dizziness

. Feeling of a noose slipping around visitors’ necks

5. Fort George, the Citadel - Nova Scotia, Canada


Considered to be Canada’s most haunted historic site, the Halifax Citadel has received reports of hundreds of ghost sightings. The most famous reports are of regular apparition sightings. Some of the characters seen on-grounds include a solider in uniform walking and vanishing in the prison area, a little girl who often holds visitor’s hands, an older lady known to show up in mirrors, a man in a red cloak, and an unknown man and woman.


. Apparitions

. Disembodied voices

. Unexplained bangs and knocks

. Mists (captured on film)

. Feelings of being watch and nausea

. Sudden gusts of wind in closed-off rooms

. Moving furniture

. Feeling of being pushed (rare)

6. Eastern State Penitentiary - Pennsylvania, USA

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The Eastern State Penitentiary is a former Philadelphia prison known for being the first of its kind to introduce solitary confinement as punishment. Harsh approaches of isolation were used on the prisoners and as a result, many suffered from insanity. From 1970 onwards, the prison was converted to regular standards and protocols, holding the likes of Al Capone and Willie Sutton.


. Shadowy figures

. A dark figure occasionally seen in the guard tower

. An evil cackling heard from cell block 12

. Ghostly faces seen in cell block 4

. Strange sounds such as disembodied footsteps, distant talking and banging cell doors

7. Waverly Hills Sanitorium - Kentucky, USA

Waverly Hills served as a tuberculosis hospital through the early-to-mid 20th century when the disease was at its worst. As many as 63,000 patients reportedly died there. The high death toll, along with the alleged mistreatment and experimental procedures on patients, have created one of the most haunted buildings in the US.


. Full bodied apparitions (one of which was caught on camera by the TAPS team)

. Fleeting shadows

. Screams from empty rooms

. Footsteps

. Sudden cold spots

. Disembodied voices

8. Castle of Good Hope - Cape Town, South Africa


Built in the 17th century by the Dutch East India Company, the Castle of Good Hope is the country’s oldest colonial building. There have been a lot of paranormal sightings and stories from the castle, but the most popular one is about former governor, Pieter Gysbert van Noodt. He mysteriously died on the same day he sentenced seven soldiers, caught attempting to desert the military, to death. Apparently one of the soldiers placed a curse on him and demanded he watch the execution. Obviously he didn’t, and later that day he was found dead, slouched over his desk with a look of terror.


. An apparition of a tall gentleman on one of the castle’s ramparts (1915 – 1947)

. Lady in Grey running through the castle (since a woman’s body was recently excavated, the ghost has no longer been reported)

. Bell in the bell tower known to strike off its own accord, even though it was sealed off in the 1700s

. Ghost of a black dog known to pounce on unsuspecting visitors

9. Banff Springs Hotel - Alberta, Canada


The Banff Springs hotel was originally built as a luxury stop off point for train travellers, but now is considered as one of the most haunted places in Canada. The most popular story told by locals is of a family who was murdered in room 873. Since then, the room door has been bricked up, but the apparitions of the family are still often seen wandering the hallway outside the room.


. Sightings of a bride who fell down the staircase and broke her neck after her dress caught on fire

. Regular sighting of a former 60s/70s bellman who moves guest’s luggage, turns on lights and opens locked doors

. A mix of other kind and unnerving spirits

10. Borgvattnet (the haunted vicarage) - Sweden


The Old Vicarage in the small village of Borgvattnet is known for being the most haunted house in Sweden. One of the more terrifying accounts of the grounds is the story from a former guest. She was staying in one of the guest bedrooms when she woke in the middle of the night to see 3 old women staring at her. When she quickly turned on the light, they were still there staring at her, but now appeared blurry.


. Chaplain Nils Hedlund witnessed his laundry being torn off the line by an unseen force

. Chaplain Erick Lindgren was often thrown out of his chair by an unseen force

. Priest Rudolf Tangden saw an old woman in grey appear in a room then suddenly vanish

. Unexplained sounds

. Moving objects

11. The Tower of London - London, England


With a history of torture and execution dating back over 900 years, it’s no wonder the Tower of London is consider one of the most haunted places in the UK. There are plenty of paranormal figures roaming the halls of the castle, with the most famous being the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn, the wife of King Henry VIII, who was beheaded in 1536. Another more famous paranormal story associated with the castle is the mystery of the two princes. The ghost of two children are often seen roaming the castle, holding hands in their nightgowns, sporting a terrified look on their face. It is believed the pair were former princes who were sent to the tower where they mysteriously vanished one day. It was assumed they were murdered by their uncle, the Duke of Gloucester. Creepily enough, two small skeletons were actually exhumed under the White Tower staircase.


. Anne Boleyn’s headless body walking the Tower corridors

. Lady Jane Grey

. The White Lady standing at one of the windows

. Two children (believed to be two princes) seen throughout the Tower

12. Edinburgh Castle - Edinburgh, Scotland


Edinburgh Castle has a long history of torture and many bloody battles dating back to the Iron Age, leading to a spike in paranormal activity. The most common reports by staff and visitors include the feeling of being touched and pulled, and apparition sightings. Popular spirits that haunt this site are an old man in an apron, a headless drummer boy, and a piper who died after getting lost in the underground tunnels.


. Apparitions

. Shadowy figures

. Strange lights

. Sudden drops in temperature

. Unexplained mists

. Strange sounds

. Feelings of being watched and of dread, sadness and despair

13. Poveglia Island - Italy


In the Venice Lagoon, between Venice and Lido, the small island of Poveglia can be found. The island was used as a quarantine colony during the Bubonic Plague in the 14th century and again in 1630 when the Black Death swept through Venice. As a result, many Venetians were sent to the island for their inevitable death. The island was also allegedly used as a mental asylum in the 1800s. For these reasons, the whole island is abandoned and believed to be cursed. Fisherman even refuse to fish in the area for fear of dragging up human remains.


. Voices and screams

. Dark, fleeting shadows

. Possessions

. Feelings of an oppressive evil

14. The Queen Mary Hotel - California, USA


The Queen Mary Hotel is a former ocean liner that sailed between 1930-1960. Since the 1970s, the liner has been converted into a hotel, and is regarded as one of the most haunted hotels in America. The stagnant ship has many reported haunted areas, but the most famous is Cabin B340, which is no longer available for rent due to the high paranormal activity.


. The ghosts of two women who allegedly drowned in the First Class Swimming Pool

. Figure of a woman in white in the Queen’s Salon

. Sightings of a gentleman in a 1930s suit in the First Class suites

. The ghosts of two children near the storage room

. The ghost of a young woman walking through the Tourist Class Swimming Pool

15. Akershus Fortress - Oslo, Norway


The Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle that served as a defensive stronghold for Oslo, as well as a prison in the late 18th-19th centuries. Nazis also occupied the castle in World War II, carrying out many executions within its walls. For these reasons, the castle is believed to be the most haunted place in Norway. The most popular (and most terrifying) paranormal account is of a demon dog called Malcanisen. He is said to guard the gates of the castle, but it said that anyone approached by him is sentenced to traumatic death within the following three months.


. Ghost of a woman called Mantelgeisten who wears a long robe and has no facial features

16. St Augustine Lighthouse - Florida, USA


St. Augustine lighthouse is an active lighthouse and museum that’s supposedly haunted. The most famous of apparitions seen on-grounds are of two girls who are believed to be the daughters of Hezekiah Pittee, a man in charge of the lighthouse construction in the 1870s. The two girls died during its construction in an onsite accident, and since then, they have been seen on the tower catwalk.


. The apparition of a woman standing on the stairway or walking the grounds (her voice can also be heard crying out for help)

. Sightings of the ghost of the alleged former keeper, William A. Harn

. Disembodied conversations

. Shadows

. Sounds of footsteps coming up the lighthouse steps

17. Old Changi Hospital - Changi, Singapore


The Old Changi Hospital was originally built as part of an old Changi military base in 1935 where it was used by the Kempeitai (Japanese Secret Police) as a prison and torture camp. After World War II, it was turned into a hospital. It has since stood derelict and decaying. In addition to the eerie scenery, the building is haunted by the ghosts of Japanese soldiers, people who were executed and the patients that died within its walls.


. Apparition of an old man walking down the corridors

. Apparition of a woman walking through rooms

. Spirits of children haunt the old children’s ward

. Sightings of bloodied Japanese soldiers

. Loud bangs

. Unexplained screams

18. Monte Cristo Homestead - New South Wales, Australia


Monte Cristo Homestead is regarded as the most haunted location in Australia. From 1885 until 1948, the property was owned by the Crawley family who experienced many tragic deaths on residence, including a young child who was dropped down the stairs, a family maid who fell from the balcony and a stable boy who burned to death. Even worse (if possible), the mentally ill son of the caretaker was chained up in the caretaker’s cottage for over 40 years. He was found next to the body of his dead mother and consequentially sent to a mental institution where he later died. A later caretaker was also murdered in the cottage.


. Sightings of the ghost of Mrs. Crawley, wife of the man who built the home in the 1880s

. Full bodied apparitions

. Visitors fainting or suffering from asthma attacks

. Spirits of past servants and children

. Hearing strange noises

19. Lawang Sewu - Semarang, Indonesia


Lawang Sewu (“Thousand Doors”) was built in 1917 and taken over by Japanese forces in World War II. The B building basement was used as a prison where many were treated harshly or executed. When Semarang was retaken in 1945, Dutch soldiers used the A building tunnels to sneak into the city. The battle cost the lives of many Indonesian soldiers. The place is now considered to be the most haunted place in Indonesia, attracting many visitors each year.


. Headless spirits

. B building basement is believed to be haunted by a kuntilanak (female vampiric ghost)

. Spirit of a Dutch woman believed to have committed suicide (seen on film)

20. Aokigahara - Mount Fuji, Japan


Aokigahara (the “Sea of Trees”), or otherwise known as the “Suicide Forest”, is said to have been haunted for centuries. Thousands of people commit suicide in the forest, with an estimated total of 100 suicides per year. The eerie sight has gained so much attraction from its paranormal activity that a horror movie called “The Forest” was made in its honour.


. Encounters with the spirits of those who committed suicide (all not pleasant)

. Alleged reports of demon activity

21. Chateau de Brissac - Maine-et-Loire, France


It’s the tallest castle in France and is said to be architecturally beautiful, but don’t let that fool you. A double murder occurred in its walls in the 15th century and since then, the ghost of la Dame Verte (“Green Lady”) has haunted the grounds. The current residents (the Current Duke and his family) have become acquainted with her, but she scares many guests for her face has gaping holes where her eyes and nose should be; her moans can also be heard at night.


. Woman with a face like a rotting corpse, wearing a green dress

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