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These Photos Of Abandoned Amusement Parks Will Totally Creepy You Out

Do not want to go to there.

Abandoned and desolate amusement parks are some of the scariest places on earth, AMIRITE?

Seph Lawless

For the past several years, photographer Seph Lawless has been traveling the world, chronicling their demise.

Seph Lawless

He traveled to ten parks across two continents for the project and has collected them all in a new book called Bizarro: The World's Most Hauntingly Beautiful Abandoned Theme Parks.

This image is from the Enchanted Forest Playland in Toledo, Ohio.
Seph Lawless

This image is from the Enchanted Forest Playland in Toledo, Ohio.

His aim? To use photography to "inspire social awareness," he told BuzzFeed Life.

"Globalization, population loss and outsourcing of American jobs has had a devastating affect on American cities." Lawless continued. "I believe strongly that art is the very best weapon to promote a sustainable change especially amongst today's youth."
Seph Lawless

"Globalization, population loss and outsourcing of American jobs has had a devastating affect on American cities." Lawless continued. "I believe strongly that art is the very best weapon to promote a sustainable change especially amongst today's youth."

How eerie are these abandoned swings at the Lake Shawnee Amusement Park in West Virginia?

The park was actually built on the site of a native American Indian burial ground. And at least two children were killed at the park during its operation.
Seph Lawless

The park was actually built on the site of a native American Indian burial ground. And at least two children were killed at the park during its operation.

If some of the photos feel particularly menacing, that's because many of them were actually shot during tornado season in Kansas and Oklahoma.

"I was literally out-running tornados the best I could in my Toyota Prius," Lawless told BuzzFeed Life. "It was one of many times while creating this project that I was truly afraid." This photo was taken at the abandoned Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, Kansas.
Seph Lawless

"I was literally out-running tornados the best I could in my Toyota Prius," Lawless told BuzzFeed Life. "It was one of many times while creating this project that I was truly afraid."

This photo was taken at the abandoned Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, Kansas.

These images are from Six Flags New Orleans, which was shut down right before Hurricane Katrina.

Seph Lawless
Seph Lawless

After Hurricane Katrina, the park became overgrown, and wildlife moved in. Here's an alligator just chilling in a pool near a rollercoaster.

Seph Lawless

These images are from the long-abandoned Spreepark in the former East Germany.

Seph Lawless
Seph Lawless

The park officially closed in 2002, though you can occasionally tour the grounds. Several of the park's main attractions were actually shipped by its owners to Peru, where they tried and failed to open a new park in Lima.

These photographs are from the Geauga Lake Amusement Park in Aurora, Ohio.

Seph Lawless
Seph Lawless

The park actually installed its first ride in 1889, and shut down in 2007.

His images present a forlorn dystopian world that'll make your skin crawl.

This image is from the abandoned Chippewa Lake Amusement Park in Medina County, Ohio.
Seph Lawless

This image is from the abandoned Chippewa Lake Amusement Park in Medina County, Ohio.

But there's some quiet beauty in them, too.

Seph Lawless

For more on Lawless and his photo series, check out his Instagram.

Seph Lawless
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