The floorboards creak and the lights flicker. Mysterious figures stalk the halls. Anguished shrieks and cries can be heard all night long. You may claim not to believe in the supernatural, but are you willing to spend a night in these spooky places?
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.
Ohio University, Athens, America
Ohio University is known in state folklore as the most haunted college campus. Several places on campus are said to be haunted. The British Society for Psychical Research claims that Athens, Ohio, is one of the most haunted places in the world. Wilson Hall is famous for a girl (a supposed witch) who killed herself moments after writing satanic and supernatural verses on a wall in her own blood. Five cemeteries form a pentagram around campus, with the administrative building right in the center of the devil’s sign. Ghosts of the members of a basketball team, who died in a crash, haunt the Washington Hall. An abandoned asylum that was known for its lobotomies and electric shock treatments, can still be seen today.
Screaming Tunnel, Niagara Falls, Ontario
The haunting of the Screaming Tunnel is one of Niagara Falls’ most enduring legends. 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 the flames but collapsed and died on the tunnel floor. A variation of this story is that the girl was raped inside the tunnel and her body burned. It is said 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.
Bhangarh Fort, India
Bhangarh Fort is on way from Jaipur to Alwar in Rajasthan. According to a legend, Singhia, a black magic tantrik cursed the fort and said that everybody would die in the palace and their souls will stay there for centuries without rebirth. All houses in this area are without roofs because whenever a house is built with a roof, it collapses. Bhangarh Fort is believed to be the most haunted place in India. People who visit this place experience anxiety and restlessness. It is said that whoever stays at the fort after dark does not return. The government has even prohibited staying in the area after sunset.
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. 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.
Waverly Hills Sanitarium – Louisville, US
First opened in 1910 as a small, two-story hospital, the Waverly Hills Sanitarium specialised in the treatment of Tuberculosis. Rampant spreading of the disease throughout the country meant the small hospital would soon be over crowded. By 1924, a much larger building was erected. As there truly was no cure for TB in the early to mid 1900’s, hundreds (if not thousands) of patients were submitted to torturous testing, abuse, and experimentation as treatment for the disease. It is estimated that as many as 40,000 people died in the hospital. The Waverly Hills Sanitarium is said to be one of the hottest spots for paranormal activity in the world. Almost all aspects of a haunting have been witnessed in and around the location. Everything from cold spots and disembodied voices to ghostly appearances, flying objects, and even reported demonic possessions have been witnessed there.
Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totness
There are a number of legends associated with this 14th-century castle. It has two 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 being imprisoned in the dungeons by her jealous sister. She is said to 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 reportedly lures people into parts of the ruin. Needless to say, it’s a very bad idea to follow her!
Dominican Hill, Baguio City, Philippines
The building dates back to the early 20th century and was constructed by the Dominican Order. During WWII refugees took shelter in the building until the Japanese forces attacked, causing extensive damage to the property. The occupying Japanese are supposed to have beheaded several of the priests and nuns in the house. According to some, the ghosts of those killed during the war haunt the area. Some say the patients who died here despite having the hope to live turned into ghosts. Many have heard the banging of doors and windows, clattering of dishes and screams at night.
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 instances. After her death, her ghost haunts the house, particularly her room. Bodiless ghost, phantom face in the window, floating apparition, strange and ghostly voices, automatic turning on and off lights are some paranormal activities experienced at the mansion. Some people reported that when they entered Mrs. Crawley’s son’s bedroom they were breathless and turned purple and almost died. They were fine after they left the room.
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?