One creepy doll in my grandmother's glass cabinet was enough to scare the bejesus out of me whenever I would visit as a kid. And yes, it still gives me the chills just looking at it now. So I can't imagine living on an island where every tree there has a mutilated doll hanging from it. This is what you'll see when you visit The Island Of Dolls in Mexico. What makes these dolls even creepier is the story of how they came to be there:
The island is said to have been abandoned over 50 years ago. A man named Don Julian lived there after abandoning his wife and kids. One day, he saw a ghost of a little girl. After that, the man, believed to be possessed by that ghost, spent the rest of his days buying dolls and hanging them from trees to make the island a shrine for the spirit that had possessed him.
Can you imagine having a city all to yourself? Well, it's possible and available if you visit Pripyat in Ukraine. You just have to be unphased by the ghost stories revolving about this place. You see, this city once hosted more than 50,000 people. However, the place was evacuated in 1981 after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. These days, the only thing people say about this place is that it is haunted by ghosts and mutants. There are even stories of a mysterious bird that keeps flying over the deserted city.
Cemeteries are creepy enough already even without the ghost stories but Union Cemetry in Easton Connecticut takes the lead for being the most haunted cemetery in the country. There have been many ghost sightings in this place. The most popular ghost here seems to be the white lady with long dark hair and wearing a nightgown. Once, in 1993, a fireman passing along the cemetery with his car said that he hit the lady and even "heard a thud." What's even creepier is that there was a dent in his vehicle.
Much like cemeteries, underground train stations are creepy enough without the ghost stories but for one station in New York, the place comes with some scary tales. New York's City Hall Station was a beautiful train station once, until it was closed down in 1945 because its structure couldn't accommodate the trains and the thousands of people. Well, these days, the place is abandoned, except for ghosts that seem to enjoy roaming around the place, waiting for a ghostly train to pick them up.
The mysterious deaths of the members of the Whaley family must have had something to do with the fact that their home is reportedly haunted. Visitors of the Whaley home have seen a woman in the garden. Others have reported seeing Thomas Whaley's ghost in the parlor. A little girl is said to grab the arms of those visiting the house. Other people have even reported seeing the ghost of a dog.
Abandoned ships are always creepy, but SS America is right there at the very top. This ship was set to be sold. It was going to be used as a luxury hotel ship in Thailand. However, in 1994 when it left Greece, the ship was "struck down by a thunderstorm" and it was left abandoned. These days, the ship sits in Fuerteventura. Divers love exploring the ship but some have claimed that it's haunted by the spirit of a dead diver.
Raynham Hall is an amazingly beautiful country home in Norfolk, England. It was the home of the Townshend family for 300 years. Well, one of the members must have really loved the place because to this day, a brown lady is still spotted coming down the stairs. Maybe this girl really loved to make an entrance.
This house, built in 1888, is situated on Holland Island in Maryland. It is literally the last standing house in this place. That already makes it creepy, but what adds to this ghostly looking house is the fact that people have reported hearing voices coming from inside the home.
The Tower of London is visited by thousands of people each year. But besides the visitors, this tower is said to host a permanent resident there. It's the ghost of Ann Boleyn. The latter was one of Henry VIII's wives, and she was beheaded in 1536 in this tower. People have spotted her ghost here, and some even said she was carrying her own head.
This house is part of a town in the Namib Desert which was developed by German miners in the 1900s. Fast forward to the 1950s where the place became a ghost town, abandoned and drowning in the sand dunes. This place is a popular spot for ghost hunters. The latter have reported experiencing several paranormal experiences.
In the case of the Pickens County Courthouse in Carrollton, Alabama, you don't even need to step foot inside the door to spot a ghost. All you have to do is look up at one of the upstairs windows to spot a ghostly face. The latter is said to be the face of Henry Wells who was is said to have been falsely accused of burning down the town's previous courthouse. Wells was "lynched on a stormy night in 1878."
Built in 1961, Nara Dreamland was a way for the Japanese to enjoy that Disneyland experience. However, when Disneyland came to Japan in 1983, Nara Dreamland was soon forgotten and left abandoned. These days, the place is popular among those seeking paranormal activities. This is because people have reported hearing voices and echoes in the buildings.
Here's another ghostly city for you. Craco, in Italy, in an old one dating back to the 8th century. In 1963, there was a landslide disaster that killed many of the people living there. The plan was for this place to be renovated but another flood in 1972 ceased any plan of that happening. These days, the place is said to be inhabited by ghosts. Some will tell you that if you try to visit, you'll be scared out of your mind by ghosts. Hmm, maybe some people want the place all to themselves.
Garnet in Montana was once a mining town. That was way back in the 1860s. Once the gold ran out, however, the place was soon abandoned and it became a ghost town. People who have visited the place have reported how eerie things are here. They've said how eyes seem to be watching you from the abandoned houses much like in the movie The Shining.
The Eastern State Penitentiary was open from 1829 to 1971. That's a long history of torture, bullying and solitary confinement. The place may now be a national landmark, but it's still creepy to walk by the same walls hundreds of prisoners have walked by for many years.