12 Creepy Sights That Will Scare You Silly

Sedlec Ossuary

Displayed human bones, gateways to the underworld, statues with life-like teeth… all the things of which haunt our nightmares are just in our imagination, right? Well, these sights actually exist, should you seek them out.

Step into the world of the supernatural and discover the creepiest sights from around the world, just in time for Halloween…

1. Stull Cemetery, Kansas

If you are easily scared, I recommend you stop reading now. Seriously. Learning about Stull Cemetery is not worth the sleepless nights, and trust me, I’ve had plenty since writing this…

Stull Cemetery is believed by some to be one of the seven gateways to Hell. The place is so creepy that it even gave Pope John Paul II the heebie-jeebies – rumour has it that on his way to an event in Denver he refused to let his plane fly over eastern Kansas to avoid being directly over Stull.

Cemetery cross

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The cemetery is believed to be so unholy that the Devil maintains a constant presence and the entire area is swarming with paranormal activity. Last century (and this I can say is definitely true) several unexplainable incidents were reported including a man routinely burning a farm field and finding his son’s corpse under the flames once the fire was put out.

If you’re feeling sceptical, check out the video below. As it’s quite long I’ll give you a heads up, the ghost in question here can be heard trying to speak at 1:35 and you can hear the sounds of eerie footsteps at 5:50.

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2. Shades of Death Road, New Jersey

It may sounds like an ominous nickname given by easily-scared locals, but ‘Shades of Death’ is actually the highway’s official name…and nobody knows why.

There has been a lot of speculation around the origins of the New Jersey Road’s unusual name – the most popular theory involves some psychotic highwaymen who had a penchant for robbing and killing unsuspecting passers-by. Another theory gives a woman who enjoyed murdering her victims by decapitation all the credit, whatever you want to believe.

Shades of Death Road

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The road winds past a large pond that has no official name, but the locals have affectionately dubbed it Ghost Lake. It’s become a hotspot for some unexplainable and seriously disturbing activity. Legend has it that the ghosts of the rogue highwaymen roam the area around the lake and use the abandoned cabin as their place of rest.

The sky is always weirdly bright, regardless of what time of night you’re there (there are no streetlamps for over 7 miles) and there have been reports of people being chased away by a white light after getting too close to the cabin.

3. Aokigahara Forest, Japan

It’s the world’s second most popular suicide hotspot and if you ever visit, I guarantee that this won’t come as a surprise. The creepy woodland at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji is an awful combination of terrifying and tragic.

Aokigahara Suicide Forest

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With over 78 recorded suicides since 2002, the forest has become notorious for its hunger for human life. There are home-made nooses hanging from several trees throughout the wood, along with signs delivering suicide warnings. “Don’t do it! Think of your family” is one of the most common messages displayed in the wood.

Locals now believe that the victims’ spirits are trapped in the wood and refuse to let anyone leave once they have entered. It’s a known fact that compasses become useless in the forest, whether this is down to the high levels of magnetic iron in the volcanic soil or to scorned spirits thirsty for blood, I guess we’ll never know…

4. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic

How creepy can you get? The keepers of Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic put that question to the test when they built the Church of All Saints, which is tucked into the countryside around Prague near Kutná Hora.

Seclac Ossury

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Decorated from top to bottom with over 70,000 human skeletons and skulls, no amount of artistic of arranging can hide the fact that it feels like you’re standing inside of the biggest open graveyard in the world.

Originally inspired by tales of the land being sanctified by a scoop of earth from Golgotha – the site of the crucifixion of Jesus – the church and crypt have been continuously expanded since the 4th century.

Perhaps the fact that Golgotha has long been known as “the place of the skulls” explains why people consider it a blessing to have their bare bones displayed in this bizarre public catacomb, even if they did wind up being part of a skeleton chandelier.

5. Veijo Rönkkönen Sculpture Park, Finland

No human bones here, but hundreds of truly creepy statues that seem to be aware of every move you make. Those who venture into their domain deep in Parikkala forest, east Finland, leave with the feeling these macabre frozen figures have sprung back to life as soon as they’re gone.

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The distorted life-size statues are the sole creation of a paper mill worker and hermit named Viejo Rönkkönen, whose autobiographical works pay tribute to things like the 200 yoga positions he has mastered so far.

6. The Overtoun Bridge, Scotland

Sometimes in life, you come across things that make no sense to the human mind but make perfect sense to dogs –  Overtoun Bridge is one of these things. At a rate of about one a month, dogs have been throwing themselves off the bridge into a watery death, leaving everyone scratching their heads and wondering why.

Sad dog

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I know what you’re thinking – no – we’re not just talking about a weird coincidence where three dogs did it and now I’m just exaggerating to creep you out, it’s been recorded to have happened over 600 times now. To give you an idea, the dog demon is so persuasive that dogs who don’t succeed in their first suicide attempt, climb back up AND TRY AGAIN.

7. Les Catacombs de Paris, France

Paris might be known around the world as the city of lights, but miles of darkness exist under the city streets in the Paris Catacombs where of millions of stacked bones greet those bold enough to enter.

Catacombs paris

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Excavated originally from the Cemetery of the Innocents, over the centuries many other bodies have joined the parade of skeletons, even bits and pieces from those who died in notable battles.

By all means make sure you stay on the paths once inside – the labyrinthine system has a mind-boggling array of chambers, some of which have still to be excavated. No one really knows what may lurk under the streets of gay Paree… so keep your wits sharp and ears pricked.

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8. The Island of the Dolls, Mexico

In Xochimilco, a district of Mexico that is broken up by a huge canal system, there is one tiny island that has a dark history.

Island of the dolls

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Julian Santana Barrera, the owner of the island, discovered the corpse of a young girl in a nearby canal and was convinced that her death was linked to evil spirits. Barrera began collecting dolls and doll body parts and hung them from the trees around the island to stop the evils ghost from returning and causing more grief.

He died in 2001, but the dolls have been left hanging around the island to ward off evil. The island can be visited by boat so you can go along and experience the creepiness for yourself, if you dare.

The London Underground

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253 miles of cavernous tunnels, a century and a half old, running under one of the world’s oldest and most crowded cities. Come on, you had to expect a few ghost stories. In its long and storied, the transport network has had more than its fair share of tragedies and the poor souls, it seems, have left their mark.

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Where do we start? Perhaps you’ll bump into the tall, mysterious man in the black frock coat who haunts Covent Garden Station. Thought to be the trapped spirit of William Terriss, an actor who met his untimely demise nearby at the Apelphi Theatre in 1897, he haunts the spot in hope of recovering his much loved baked goods – his favourite bakery once stood in this spot.

Or maybe you’ll come across the distraught young woman at King’s Cross. With long brown hair and wearing jeans and a t-shirt, this modern looking ghost is said to cry and plea with passers-by, arms outstretched. But when concerned commuters have come over to check on her, she’s disappeared or they’ve passed straight through her. Due to the accompanying smell of smoke, it’s believed she is one of the unfortunate victims who died in the horrific 1987 King’s Cross fire that killed 31 people.

And maybe avoid Bethnal Green Station at night. 173 people were crushed to death during the Second World War, and that wasn’t due to any bombs, but rather due to an air raid drill. Thinking it was the real thing, people panicked and as soon as someone tripped, the inevitable crush began. Now the screams of women and children crying can be heard by lonely passengers and staff on quiet nights.

Pripyat, Ukraine

Pripyat, Ukraine

There’s nothing creepier than a ghost town and you’re not going to find a better ghost town than the city of Pripyat.

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On 26th April 1986, a massive explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant caused the release of massive amounts of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. It was a catastrophic nuclear accident, and the worst melt-down the world has ever seen, even since the Fukushima disaster of 2011.

Created specifically for the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine, and being so close to the plant, the city was hastily evacuated. Told that they would soon be returning, many inhabitants took only their necessary paperwork, leaving the city in a state of suspended animation. Since then, nature has begun the process of reclaiming the city, with greenery growing through the concrete and trees devouring the buildings.

The weirdest sight? The eerie fairground in the centre of the city, which was due to open a few days after the disaster. It remains silent and decomposing, never to be used.

Pluckley Village, Kent, UK

Pluckley, Kent

Reported to be the most haunted place in the UK, Pluckley is said to play host to countless restless ghosts and ghouls who refuse to sleep in this sleepy English village. So many in fact, it’s made its way into the Guinness Book of Records.

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The ghostly hall of fame includes the screaming man, who once worked for the village brickworks, but plunged to his death – presumably screaming. His cries have been reported to pierce the silence when you least expect it.

Then there’s the old schoolmaster who was found hanging by his own schoolchildren. Despite doing the deed back in 1920, apparently you can still see him swinging in the mist on Dicky Buss’ Lane.

How about the highwayman, skewered to a tree at the aptly named Fright corner. Nowadays he appears as a shadowy figure, eyeing you up for your valuables, summing up whether you’re worth a ‘stand and deliver’.

Or, weirdest of all, perhaps you’ll stumble across the Watercress Woman. Once upon a time, she sat upon her lonely spot on Pinnock Bride, selling cress gathered from the river bank, drinking gin and smoking a pipe. One day, saturated in the booze, she managed to set herself alight. Despite the no doubt agonising exit she took from the world, her spirit remains quiet on her favoured spot, doing much what she did in her life before.

And that’s just four of them. This village claims the existence of at least 12 ghosts. Want to learn more? Well you better get down there and investigate.

The Red Lion Inn, Avebury, UK

Pripyat, Ukraine

From the most haunted village to arguably the most haunted pub in Britain. Dating back to the early 1600’s, this building has seen plenty of history pass it by, and a queue of spirits enter it too.

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Well, first off, Avebury dates back to the very ridiculous 4000 BC as a set of three stone circles, much like Stonehenge. Is it any wonder it’s haunted?

A bunch of ghosts are said to reside within and without the old Red Lion Inn, but Florrie is the most famous. During the English Civil War, Florrie’s husband returned unannounced from the battlefield, catching his wife atop another man. In a fit of rage, he shot her lover dead and slit her throat, disposing of her body down the well that still sits in one of the pub’s front rooms.

Now her ghost is said to search for a man with a beard. Whether it’s her husband or lover she seeks, no one knows, but hipsters beware. She’s been seen emerging from the well to start her search, which now serves as a bar table.

What’s the scariest thing you’ve seen on your travels? Tell us in the comments…

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Thanks tostahlmandesign, Matt Buck,  AdamSelwood , denipet, elminium, jeffr_travelgreggoconnellgirolame, becstarr for the images off Flickr. Please note, these images were held under the Creative Commons licence at the time of publication.

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