The spooky season is here, and it won’t be complete without talking about the haunted – whether they’re through films, documentaries, legends, stories, or destinations. Though we can’t travel to these spooky places IRL, the internet has made it possible for us to explore the most haunted places in the world without leaving the comforts of home.
Plan out your virtual adventures this month and try to explore some of the world’s most haunted places:
The Queen Mary
Constructed in the 1930s, the Queen Mary is a 340-room cruise ship boasting elegance and luxury. In her glory days, she provided trips across the North Atlantic Ocean until 1967, when she permanently docked at Long Beach, California. But apart from her rich history and elegance are stories of unexplained sightings, making her one of the most haunted places in the world. Some activities include sightings and lights turning on and off on their own. Queen Mary remains open for guests (especially for those who want to experience the paranormal) and many of them report experiencing the paranormal.
The Eastern State Penitentiary
Built in 1821, Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is the world’s first penitentiary and used to be the most expensive one. It rose to fame for housing some of the most notorious criminals at the time, like Freda Frost and Al Capone. The prison is known to impose harsh disciplinary techniques on its prisoners including solitary confinement where many prisoners went mad. Paranormal experts say these tortured spirits — some of which you can hear, see, and feel — linger within these cellblocks to this day,
Take the online tour here.
The Winchester Mystery House
House renovations are normal but they don’t typically draw out for 38 years. The Winchester Mystery House is an iconic piece of architecture in San Jose, California. It started as an 8-room farmhouse in 1886 but its renovations didn’t stop until 1922, which led to a 160-room house full of dead ends, misplaced windows, different motifs, and decoy rooms covering over 24,000 square feet.
Sarah Winchester, a widower and heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms, was believed to continue the house’s renovations until her death as a means to confuse the spirits gunned down by their company’s weapons.
See the tour here.
The Pittock Mansion
The Pittock Mansion is Portland’s finest historic house. It’s a tragedy that the gorgeous French Renaissance-style home was only occupied for four years by its owners Henry and Georgiana Pittock, who were renowned newspaper publishers in Oregon. The couple both died inside the mansion and it’s believed that their spirits still haunt its walls.
You can take the virtual tour here.
The Catacombs of Paris
Buried beneath the city of love are the remains of over six million people, with bones and skulls perfectly stacked to create two kilometers of human remains-stained walls. The Catacombs of Paris were used in the 18th century due to overflowing cemeteries. It’s located 60 feet underground and is the resting place of Parisians from the Revolution, including those who died from the guillotine. As if being in an underground cemetery isn’t chilling enough, some have reported hearing voices and seeing spirits in the quarries.
You can explore the catacombs here.
Which of these haunted places in the world would you visit first? Tell us below!