I’m going to assume that whoever landed on this story has a liking for the dark and eerie. And can we all agree nothing really beats a good ghost story? But horror stories aren’t necessarily a thing of movies and campfire lore. Creepy things happen all the time; all around the world.
This one’s for the curious – the ones who can handle a little bit of spookiness. And to the skeptics – while you may say one account might be a load of cr*p, what do you say about multiple accounts of the same sightings? Anyway, not only are these locations noted for their creepiness, but they’re also hauntingly beautiful.
Enjoy the tour!
Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania
It all started when a military technician shot a photograph of a “UFO” hovering over the Hoia-Baciu Forest in 1968. Ever since, the forest gained paranormal fame around the world. Some even believe it’s a portal that causes visitors to disappear.
However, those “lucky” visitors that managed to pass through the forest without getting transported into another realm have reported cases of getting rashes, nausea, and bouts of anxiety, according to The Independent.
The forest is known as the “Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania.” The eerie trees only add to the eerie atmosphere.
Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Of course, there’s going to be a prison on the list. But this isn’t just any old prison. The castle-like Penitentiary took solitary confinement to a whole new level when it was built in 1829. Prisoners had to live alone, eat alone, and even exercise alone.
When an inmate left his cell, a guard would cover his head with a hood. By 191, the prison had to abandon its solitary system because of overcrowding. But the forms of punishment didn’t get any less severe before it finally closed down in 1970.
It’s now a tourist spot known for its museum and Halloween celebrations. Paranormal happenings have been reported, including disembodied laughter, pacing footsteps, and shadowy figures.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Canada
Head a bit north, and you’ll find the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The hotel was built in 1888 to help with tourism and sell train tickets. While it looks like a chateau, it gets a whole lot more Gothic once you get inside.
And by gothic, I don’t mean its architecture. The Calgary Herald has reported several “resident” ghosts. Apparently, there’s a bride who fell down the stone staircase on her wedding day. There’s also word of “Sam the bellman,” who worked at the hotel until 1975. His spirit is said to pull shifts, helping people with their luggage before disappearing.
Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
Stephen King (and Stanley Kubrick) will already know of this famous hotel from the book and film, ‘The Shining.’ The Stanley Hotel was already world-renowned for its whiskey bar that lured travelers to Estes Park since it opened in 1909.
But the novel and film took the hotel to new levels of fame as the fictional Overlook Hotel. But aside from that horror film association, lots of other ghost sightings and mysterious piano music have been connected to the creepy hotel. The Stanley Hotel embraces its reputation with nightly ghost tours and psychic consultations from their in-house psychic, Madame Vera.