Looking for a little excitement on your next vacation? October is a great time to hit haunted spots around the world. You may think you’re not afraid of ghosts, but when you catch a glimpse of a hazy figure in the distance or see the eerie flicker of lights at one of these notoriously haunted spots, you might sing a different tune. We’ve compiled some tips, below, on the best haunted destinations around, so check them out (if you dare).
Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam
Located near Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, the Cu Chi tunnels initially were developed as a way to house troops, transport supplies and lay booby traps in a war against the French. Years later, the same tunnels were expanded and used against American and South Vietnamese troops in the Vietnam War. The residents of Chu Chi slept, ate, wed, and even gave birth in the tunnels to avoid enemy detection.1 To get to this site, you’ll need to be prepared for a 2.5-hour drive from the city, but the tunnels’ intricate weaving is worth the effort. The immaculate Cao Dai Temple is nearby, so you can make a day of it!
One if by Land, Two if by Sea in New York
One if by Land, Two if by Sea is an upscale restaurant in New York City’s West Village, which is said to be haunted by former Vice President Aaron Burr and his daughter Theodosia.2 But they aren’t your typical vengeful specters; at this restaurant, the ghosts are practical jokers. Earrings of female patrons have been known to go missing and plates have gone flying for seemingly no reason. Ironically, the restaurant is also a famous place for romance – according to its website, more people are said to have announced their engagement there than at any other restaurant in Manhattan.
Capuchin Crypt in Rome, Italy
3,700. That’s the number of skeletal remains you’ll find at the Capuchin Crypt in Rome. The remains, which belonged to Capuchin friars, are located beneath the church of Santa Maria and they’ve been there since 1631. It was in that year that the monks moved to the church and brought many deceased friars with them to be arranged in a burial crypt. Over the years, long-dead friars were exhumed to make room for their recently deceased counterparts and their bones were placed intricately into extravagant arrangements that added to the crypt’s design. Visitors to the crypt will note chandeliers and bone designs adorning the walls in superior artistry.
Ash Cave at Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio
Ash Cave is known for its beautiful landscape, waterfalls and caves. While the scenery alone is worth a trip, visitors out for a spookier experience may be interested to know that the park is also said to be haunted by a ghostly lady, dressed in 1920’s clothing, who walks the trails. Tours offered during October take visitors through the trails at night to try to catch a glimpse.
Edinburgh Vaults in Edinburgh, Scotland
The presence of inhabitants may be felt in the Edinburgh Vaults in Scotland. Hidden beneath Edinburgh’s South Bridge are more than 120 rooms that were used as secret living places for Edinburgh’s poor.2 Though the vaults originally were meant for business storage, constant flooding lead to their deterioration; hence, they became a place for the city’s slum dwellers and red light district. In the 19th century, the vaults were closed, but in the 1980s, they were rediscovered and opened for visitors.
Hotels in Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia is known as America’s most haunted city.3 If you’re after thrills, it won’t disappoint. Hotels such as The Marshall House and the Olde Harbour Inn offer the chance to sleep with the spirits, as many hotels in the Savannah area claim to be haunted.
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