Legend has it, these 5 tourist hot spots rank among the most haunted places in the world!
Last week, we showed you some of the scariest spots in America. Today we’re going to take ghost hunting to the next level and travel around the world! There are thousands of scary stories and supposed ghost sightings just about everywhere, but we have researched this topic in-depth and found 5 chilling locations to share with you today.
World’s Top 5 Most Haunted
Monte Cristo Homestead in New South Wales, Australia
With all of the tragic events that have happened at the Monte Cristo Homestead, it is no wonder it is considered one of the most haunted places in the world.
The Crawley family owned and resided on the property from 1885 to 1948. In that time there were many deaths including a young child that was dropped down the steps (but it is also said the child was thrown). A family maid fell from a balcony and a stable boy burned to death on the property. The son of the caretaker was mentally ill and chained up in the cottage. When he was found, he was curled up to the body of his dead mother. He was sent to live in an institution but died shortly after. Some of the most notable paranormal activity is hearing a baby cry, cold spots, and sightings have included the maid standing on the balcony.
The Tower of London in London, England
The Tower of London is a place that is famous for torture and execution and is easily the most haunted place in the UK. It was originally built in 1078 by William the Conquer and has served a mainstay role in the history of England since. If you visit, you may see the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn. She was beheaded in 1536 and it has been said you can see her near the spot of her demise. The scariest, though, is the appearance of two boys in their nightgowns, holding hands. The boys are rumored to be two princes once deemed illegitimate by the Parliament. They were sent to the tower and then disappeared. While it has never been proven, it is believed that they were killed by their uncle, the Duke of Gloucester.
Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada
The Banff Springs Hotel was built over 125 years ago by the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was deemed one of the most luxurious stop-offs for train travelers. While the tragedies that have happened there aren’t of huge proportions, they were tragic enough that those spirits don’t want to leave the hotel. The deaths include a bride who fell down the steps and broke her neck after her wedding dress caught fire. While that was horrific in its own sense, the most terrible thing is the family that was murdered in room 873. The bride can be seen at the top of the staircase and several people have reported that there are flames on the back of her dress. The family is often seen outside the room and appear as transparent apparitions. Cold spots, feelings of unease, and flickering of lights have also been reported.
The Island of the Dolls in Xochimilco, Mexico
This is perhaps one of the most chilling stories and haunted places on this list. (I am actually getting goosebumps writing it!) The Island of the Dolls has a tragic story and it is so bad that locals will not visit the Island at night. Legend has it that three young girls were playing near the water in the 1920s when one slipped in and drown.
In the 1950s, Julian Santan Barrera left his family to become a recluse on the island. Shortly after moving there, Julian claimed this young girl’s ghost began speaking to him. She told him that she could not leave the Island. To appease her, he started buying her dolls and hanging them from the trees. He honestly believed they would be nice for her play with. Later, Julian spoke with his nephew and said that it was becoming harder and harder to appease this little girl. He also stated that he feared she wanted him to join her in the water.
On the same day of that discussion, the nephew felt that he needed to go back and try to get his Uncle to leave the Island but it was too late. He found his Uncle face down in the water, drowned. The eerie part is that it was the same spot the little girl was found. Tourists on the island say that the doll’s eyes follow them and others have reported that the mutilated dolls speak to them, especially at dusk.
The White House in Washington D.C.
When you think of the White House, you probably think of the President’s residence. What you might not think about is ghosts, but there are many, many reports of hauntings.
Not just by visitors but by family members of the President, world leaders, and dignitaries. Winston Churchill claimed he saw the ghost of Lincoln standing by the fireplace in the Lincoln Bedroom. It scared him so bad that he refused to ever sleep in that room again.
And he is not the only one. Teddy Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Jacquie Kennedy, Ladybird Johnson, and Maureen Reagan have all claimed to see Abraham Lincoln’s ghost standing by the same fireplace. Maybe the oddest is Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands. She was staying in the Rose Room when she heard a knock at the door. When she opened it, she found Abraham Lincoln standing in the hallway. Other ghostly sightings include President Jackson. It is said you can hear his hearty laughter throughout the White House. Cold spots, disembodied footsteps, knocks, and screams have also be reported.
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What chilling places in the world have you been to?
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