While many of us like to get scared this time of the year, we take comfort in knowing that much of our fear is self-inflicted. However, there are some places in the world that are just naturally terrifying anytime of the year. Here are a few places that might cause you to get the heebee jeebees. Read if you dare.
1. Hanging Coffins in Sagada, Philippines
The Igorot tribe has been burying their dead in hanging coffins, attached to the sides of the cliffs for many years. According to ancient tradition, it is believed that this brings members of the tribe closer to their ancestral spirits and will keep them safe.
2. The Paris Catacombs
It’s hard to believe the world’s largest grave is located underneath one of the world’s most famous cities. Opened in the 18th century, this 200-mile-long network of underground pathways contains over 6 million bodies. Visitors to the French capital can see the remains up close by taking a 1.2 mile walking tour of this eerie underground burial ground.
3. Chapel of Bones in Portugal
The Capela dos Ossos was built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk who wanted to encourage the message of life being transitory, a very common spiritual theme of that time period. This chapel contains the bones of 5000 monks, we well as two bodies hanging from ropes, including one of a child.
4. Abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma, Italy
If the idea of an abandoned psychiatric hospital isn’t scary enough, add some disturbing shadow paintings by artist Hebert Baglione. It is said that these morbid murals bring to life the many tortured souls that may still roam the hallways.
5. The Door to Hell in Derweze, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan
In 1971, Soviet scientists accidentally hit a methane reserve and the drilling platform collapsed, forming the crater and releasing dangerous gas into the air. Scientists decided to light the crater on fire to burn off the methane, resulting in a Dante-esque monstrosity which has remained lit for over 40 years.
6. Snake Island, Brazil
While it may look beautiful in a photo, this uninhabited island in Brazil is deserted for a reason. This 430,000-square-metre island off the coast of the state of São Paulo contains 1 snake per square meter —all golden lancehead vipers, one of the most venomous snakes in the world. It is illegal to step foot on the island as the final people on the island were a lighthouse keeper and his family who were found dead almost 100 years ago.
7. Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum, Massachusetts, United States
In Fall River, Massachusetts, visitors can stay at the crime scene of an unsolved double homicide. This is the site where Lizzie Borden allegedly murdered her father and stepmother with a hatchet in 1892. Eight guestrooms are available, including the dressing room where Lizzie’s stepmother Abbey was killed.
8. City of the Dead, Dargavs, Russia
Getting to the City of the Dead involves taking a three-hour journey through winding, narrow roads and several hills. Once there, you’ll find that the city is actually a hill covered with small white buildings. It is these very buildings that cause the place to get its name. The many white house-like structures are stone crypts where locals buried their loved ones.