It’s Halloween and we all know I had to post some scary-licious goodies!
I was always interested in knowing where in the world the most haunted places were. Here I have a list of the 10 most haunted places in the World. Visit, if you dare. BOO!
10 MOST HAUNTED PLACES IN THE WORLD
10. Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totness
There are a number of legends associated with this 14th-century castle, and it has a reputation of being haunted. It has 2 famous female ghosts; the White Lady and the Blue Lady. According to legend the White Lady is the spirit of Margaret Pomeroy, who starved to death while imprisoned in the dungeons by her jealous sister. Apparently she haunts the dark dungeons, and rises from St Margaret’s Tower to the castle walls. The Blue Lady is not confined to specific areas and is supposed to lure people into parts of the ruin. Apparently it’s a very bad idea to follow her!
9. Dominican Hill, Baguio City, Philippines
According to some people the ghosts of people who were killed during the war haunt this place. Some say the patients who died here despite having the hope to be alive turned into ghosts. Hearing the banging of doors, windows, clattering of dishes and screaming voices during night are reported by people.
8. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
This magnificent castle is typically medieval, perched atop a rocky crag, giving it an amazing vista of Scottish hills. But inside the empty halls and narrow streets of Edinburgh, there are the echoes of the dead. At least, that’s what has been reported. Hot spots for specters include the castle’s prison cells, the South Bridge vaults and Mary’s King Close, a disused street used to quarantine and eventually entomb victims of the plague. There are also reports of ghost dogs, a headless drummer, and the bodies of prisoners taken during the French seven-year war and the American War of Independence.
7. Monte Cristo, New South Wales, Australia
Monte Cristo, Australia’s most haunted mansion is located in Junee, New South Wales. Mrs Crawley, the owner of the house never came out of her home after the death of her husband in 23 years of her remaining life except for two times. After her death her ghost haunts the place particularly her former room. Bodiless ghost, phantom face in the window, floating apparition, strange and ghostly voices, automatic turning on and off lights are some haunting experiences of the people. Some people reported that when they entered the boy’s bed room they were breathless and turned purple and almost died, they became normal after coming out from the room.
6. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, a trip to the Ancient Ram Inn is an unsettling experience. Its creaky floorboards, cold bare walls, musty smells and dimly lit nooks and crannies epitomise everything a haunted house should be. And the stories attached to this creepy building are not for the fainthearted: Murder, satanism and child sacrifice are just a few of the dark deeds said to have occurred here, oh and did we mention apparently it’s built on a pagan burial ground?
5. Highgate Cemetery, North London, England
By night, Highgate Cemetery is like something out of a horror movie. Eerie crooked gravestones, headless angles covered in ivy, dark overgrown passages between the tombs, it’s no wonder this is Britain’s number-one ghost spot. Despite it’s chilling atmosphere, by day Highgate Cemetery showcases some of the Britain’s most spectacular Gothic architecture, offers fascinating guided tours. It’s also the burial place of Karl Marx.
4. Bhangarh Fort, India
Bhangarh Fort is on way from Jaipur to Alwar in Rajasthan, India. According to a legend, Singhia, a black magic tantrik cursed the palace that everybody would die in the palace and their souls will stay there for centuries without rebirth. Another interesting point is, all the houses in this area are without roofs because whenever a house is built with roof, the roof collapses. This is the called most haunting place in India. People who visit this place experience anxiety and restlessness. It is said that nobody returns from this place that stays there after dark. Government prohibited this area from staying after sunset. You will find a board installed by Archaeological Survey of India displaying “Staying after sunset is strictly prohibited in this area”.
3. Screaming Tunnel, Niagara Falls, Ontario
The haunting of the Screaming Tunnel is one of Niagara Falls’ most enduring legends. Located off Warner Road, the tunnel runs under the railway tracks that link Niagara Falls to Toronto and New York City. According to local legend, over a century ago, a farm house located just past the south entrance to the tunnel caught fire one night. A young girl, her clothes engulfed in flames, fled screaming from the house. She ran through the tunnel in an attempt to extinguish her garments but collapsed and died on the tunnel floor. A variation of this story has the girl set ablaze in the tunnel by her enraged father when he learned his wife had won custody of their children during an nasty divorce battle. Another version tells of a young girl who was raped inside the tunnel and her body burned to cover the evidence. All these stories allege that if you stand in the middle of the dark tunnel at midnight and light a match, the flame will go out and a girl’s screams will be heard.
2. Ohio University, Athens, America
Ohio University is known in state folklore as the most haunted college campus. A large number of places on campus are said to be haunted, and numerous other popular tales are told about the university across Athens county. The British Society for Psychical Research claims that Athens, Ohio, is one of the most haunted places in the world. Wilson Hall, famous for a girl (a supposed witch)who killed herself moments after writing satanic and supernatural things on the wall in her own blood. The five cemetaries that form a pentagram that surrounds the campus, with the administrative building being in the center of the devil’s sign. Washington Hall, which is famous for housing a team of basketball players who all died in a terrible crashm their ghosts still haunt the hall, and you can sometimes hear them dribbling. The catacombs of Jefferson Hall, where numerous ghost sightings have occurred. And finally, for The Ridges, an abandoned insane asylum that was known for thousands of labotamies and electro shock treatments. Also, a patient who disappeared, and was found five weeks later, her body decomposed onto the floor and left a stain that outlines her body. This stain can still be seen today.
1. Changi Beach, Singapore
Changi Beach served as a popular killing ground for the Japanese during the Sook Ching massacre of The Second World War. Thousands of Chinese were tortured and killed during this Operation as they were suspected of being anti-Japanese. Strange crying and screaming are reported by people. The heads of the Chinese dead bodies are sometimes seen flying everywhere and headless bodies walk around the beach. The scariest thing is that the ghosts leave blood stains. During nights people observe dug holes that appear as if they were used for burying bodies.
How creepy were those spots? *shivers*
If you aren’t in and around or plan to visit any of those areas, how about something closer to home?
For my fellow Torontonians, here are some of the most chilling ghost stories that are now legend in many of these Toronto landmarks. Have a visit and see for youself. 😉
10 MOST HAUNTED PLACES IN TORONTO
Fairmont Royal York (100 Front St W): The Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto is rumoured to have a Crystal Ballroom that was permanently closed down because it failed to meet the fire code. It’s been reported that there are times when the service elevator will go to this floor, even though it has been closed off. Guests who stay on the floor below (who are none the wiser to the existence of a ballroom) have been known to complain about noise, music and talking coming from what they assume is a ballroom or event venue upstairs. Find out more on haunted hotels in Canada: 13 Spookiest Haunted Hotels in Canada.
Soldiers’ Tower at the University of Toronto (North-West corner of Hart House Circle at the University of Toronto): Between Hart House and U of T’s University College is Soldiers’ Tower, a tower dedicated to fallen soldiers of WWI and WWII from the U of T community. It’s rumoured that in the 1930’s, a caretaker who was cleaning the bells at the top of the tower fell and died. Students have reported seeing a figure falling from the tower but once looking at the ground, realize there is no body to be found.
Bright Pearl Seafood Restaurant
(346 Spadina Ave): If you need to go to the bathroom when you’re having dim sum at Bright Pearl – don’t. It’s believed that ghosts haunt the ground floor bathrooms and are known to appear in the mirror. What makes it even creepier is that before it was a restaurant, the building was once a funeral home – the lions outside are a remnant of that era, a symbol to ward off evil spirits.
Keg Mansion (515 Jarvis St.): This historic home was built in the mid 1800’s and was later occupied by the Massey Family. Today, it’s one of Toronto’s most popular steakhouses. Diners and staff say that they hear children running around on the upper levels and in the kitchen. It was also on the second level where Lillian Massey, daughter of Hart Massey, passed away. Today she haunts the second-floor bathroom – dining patrons have experienced their bathroom stall door unlocking and opening without any explanation; rattling of toilet paper dispensers; and a feeling of being watched. To add to Lillian’s story, one of her maids was so upset at her death, that she hung herself in the front foyer.
Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park): Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum is rumoured to be haunted by two ghosts. One is the ghost of Charles Currelly, the original curator or director of the museum in 1912 when the ROM first opened. It’s said that he can been seen in his nightshirt wandering the Bishop White Gallery and East Asian art collections. Before it closed, staff reported often of a ghost of a little girl who they later named Celeste. She would often be seen watching the planetarium shows by herself in the McLaughlin Planetarium.
TTC Old Bay Station (64 Bloor St. W): Older employees of the TTC have reported numerous times of a “Lady in Red” who haunts the old tunnels under Bay Station. The Lower Bay tunnels were only used for six months in 1966 and although the tunnels are no longer in use and closed off, night workers have reported seeing a distraught woman in a long dress walking towards them with no feet or eyes. If you’re at Bay Station at night, it’s also said that you can often hear the sound of a singing woman from afar.
Mackenzie House Museum (82 Bond St.): This historic home at Bond & Dundas St. in the heart of downtown Toronto was home to the first mayor of Toronto and leader of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion: William Lyon Mackenzie. This is where he died in 1861 and some say, where he still lives. People have reported seeing the ghost of Mackenzie in the master bedroom and notice items moving on their own, like a rocking chair in the basement will often rock on its own accord.
Queen’s Park (North of University & College): The 100+ year-old Ontario Legislature building has lots of skeletons in its closets. Before it was a government building, it’s said that it was a psychiatric asylum. The most popular sighting is that of three women (former asylum patients) who are seen throughout the building – one with long white hair, one who hung herself in the basement, and another with a dress thrown over her head. In tunnels below Queen’s Park leading to other government buildings across the street, some have reported seeing a woman with a noose around her neck.
Old City Hall (60 Queen St W): This building was built in the late 1800’s and later became the municipal courts building. When it acted as City Hall, the basements of the building were used to hold prisoners. Today, it’s said that you can hear the moans of prisoners. The stairwell at the rear of the building is also haunted and judges often feel something tugging at their robes. Courtroom 33 is famous for the ghosts of Robert Turpin and Arthur Lucas: the last two men who were condemned to die by hanging. They were charged here in this courtroom and hung in the Old Don Jail, despite their lawyer firmly believing their innocence.
Old Don Jail (550 Gerrard Street East): The Old Don Jail has housed its share of criminals and madmen. First open in 1864, the jail was recognized as a leader in the humane treatment of criminals. A total of 34 prisoners were executed at the Don Jail, including Robert Turpin and Arthur Lucas, the last two men who were sentenced to capital punishment in Canada on Dec 11, 1962. It’s said that they haunt the Old Don Jail (as well as Old City Hall). Another story tells about a female inmate who hung herself in her cell. Today she haunts the jail as blond, very agitated and angry ghost. Tragically, in 1977, the jail was closed and recognized as a terrible embarrassment to the Criminal Justice System in Canada. In 2007, a handful of bodies were found buried under the Old Don Jail while renovations were taking place.
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