There are people who thought that once dead, a person’s soul no longer lingers in this world. However, contrary to that belief, there are certain unexplained paranormal activities and sightings that prove the existence of ghosts. Some are vicious and violent that they scare even the bravest of hearts, while others are just out there in apparition to seek for help and justice on what happened to them. There are some of the most haunted places in the world that many ghost watchers explored and visited to check the truthfulness behind the stories and legends. However, there really are places that exceed the rest when it comes to scaring your wits out. These most haunted places in the world are usually a home not only to one ghost, but rather several numbers of them. One ghost is creepy enough, what more if there is a lot of it in the vicinity?

20 Most Haunted Places In The World That Can Scare You To Death

We have here a list of the most haunted places in the world, and mind you, this is not for the weak hearts. These places can give you chills, which you never expect to have, and probably nightmares for a few days. So you’d rather brace yourself up before scrolling down to these top 20 most haunted places in the world:

1. Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India

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The Fort was built in the early 1600s to protect a small city that housed approximately 10,000 people. This was built by King Sawai Madho Singh. According to the stories, a sorcerer fell in love with the daughter of King Sawai. The sorcerer tried to seduce the princess but he died along the way. He used dark magic to curse the people living in the area to die and their spirits will stay in the fort forever. After which, an army invaded the fort and killed everyone in it. The place is too scary that even locals refused to live near its ruins. In fact, the place is being closed after dark because people are not allowed to stay there. There were several cases where people spent the night on the fort to only be found dead in the morning. As a matter of fact, this is considered as the most haunted place in the whole of India and one of the most haunted places in the world.

2. Screaming Tunnel in Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Located beneath the railway track that connects the Niagara Falls to New York and Toronto, the Screaming Tunnel is certainly one of the most haunted places in the world. Stories had it that there was a farm house near the south entrance of the tunnel that was caught on fire. A young girl in flames came running and screaming inside the tunnel to get some help, however, the flames caught her totally and she collapsed. So okay, I said earlier that the most haunted places are usually those with lots of ghost, but this one particular place is considered as one of the most haunted even if it only has one ghost because of the mere fact that when anyone lights up a match inside the tunnel, the young girl’s spirit appears screaming out and haunts the person till he/she dies.

3. Aokigahara in Mount Fuji, Japan

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Being one with nature is supposed to refresh and calm your well-being. However, that is not the case in Aokigahara. Aokigahara, also known as the Sea of Trees, is considered a haunted place for centuries. The Japanese folklore even depicts the place as a place of demons. Many people have come into the area and commit suicide, even reaching more or less 100 suicides per year. Some brave souls who go into the forest reported encounters with some of these spirits and mind you, some of them are really not pleasant to deal with at all.

 

4. Monte Cristo in New South Wales, Australia

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This place is considered as Australia’s most haunted. A number of tragic and violent deaths occurred in the place. Some people died suddenly, some due to accidents, while some have been murdered, which lead to the high paranormal activity within the area. According to stories, the owner of the mansion, Mrs. Crawley, locked herself for 23 years after her husband died. She never came out, except for once, and she died inside the mansion. Some people who stayed in the mansion recounts hearing shrills and weeps of a woman, as well as experiences of suffocation as if some external force is pressing in on them.

 

5. Highgate Cemetery in North London, England

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Cemeteries are really creepy and full of horror stories, but no other cemeteries can equal to the horrors in Highgate Cemetery. It serves as a home to more than 170,000 people who passed away including the renowned Karl Marx. With its broken headless statues, uneven pathways and owls hooting at night, the atmosphere of the place alone will make it haunted. There are a lot of paranormal activities in the area making it a good spot for ghost hunters. Stories about the Highgate Cemetery includes several dark figures, a crazy old woman looking for children she murdered, and the well-known Highgate Cemetery vampire.

 

6. Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania, United States

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It was built in 1829 to serve as a prisoner which became famous for its unique way of solitary confinement. The prisoners are being isolated from each other. They live alone, eat alone and exercise alone. If a prisoner would leave his cell, a black hood is placed in his head to ensure that he remains isolated. Such system made the prisoners lose their mind that this solitary practice was stopped in 1913. They converted it to a normal prison until 1970. Paranormal reports include a dark figure in the guard tower, evil cackles in cellblock 12, ghostly faces in cellblock 4 and shadowy figures in cellblock 6 along with banging of cell doors and other strange activities.

 

7. Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, South Africa

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Built by the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century, it is the oldest colonial building of the country. A soldier was found hanging from the bell rope in the bell tower. The bell tower was already sealed after his death; however, the bell is known to strike even on its own accord. Another sighting was that of a tall gentleman who first appeared in 1915. He was then seen again in 1947 regularly for two weeks. And who said that only humans can become ghosts? The ghost of a black dog who came to pounce on visitors and then vanished into thin air has also been recorded.

 

8. Mary King’s Close in Edinburgh, Scotland

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It served as an underground dwelling and was once a trading area. However, in 1645, it was said to have been abandoned during the plague outbreak where the infected were left behind, isolated. Paranormal activities have been reported since the 17th century. When people moved back in after the plague, many already experienced sightings and nightmares. Sightings include the ghosts of a woman completely in black, a little girl “Annie” and a worried woman. Annie is also identified to interact with humans who leave gifts for her on what of the rooms.

 

9. The White House in Washington D.C., USA

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Many of the Americans wished to live on the White House, and it is probably one of the most famous houses in the whole world. However, the famous house is also considered as one of the most haunted places in the world. Presidents, their families, staffs and foreign dignitaries are all witnessed to these sightings and paranormal activities. Even the ghosts of past presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson and John Tyler can be seen on the place along with other ghosts.

 

10. The Queen Mary Hotel in California, USA

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Once a sailing ship, The Queen Mary Hotel is already permanently moored at Long Beach, California and is considered as one of the most haunted places in the world. The First Class swimming pool has the ghosts of two women who drowned on the pool during 1930’s and 1960’s. In the Tourist Class swimming pool, a ghost of a young woman is also seen. Two children are sighted and heard near the storage room, a woman in white in the Queen’s Salon, and a gentleman in a 1930’s formal suit is seen in the First Class Suites. What is more is that one cabin, Cabin B340, has also some stories to share, However, this cabin is no longer rented out to the public.

 

11. Old Changi Hospital in Changi, Singapore

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Built in 1935 as part of a Changi military base, this was used by the Japanese Secret Police as a prison and torture camp during the Japanese occupation. When the World War II ended, it was reverted back to being a hospital. The place is now haunted by Japanese soldiers, those who were executed and the patients who died there.

12. St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida, USA

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The place serves as a lighthouse and a museum at the same time. There is the apparition of two girls which is believed to be the daughters of the one in charge of the lighthouse construction, Hezekiah Pittee, in the 1870’s. The girls died tragically on the site because of an accident. Another ghost is of a man which is believed to be William A. Harn, a Civil War hero and former keeper of the lighthouse. An apparition of a woman is also seen standing on the stairway of the lighthouse and can be heard crying for help.

 

13. Edinburgh Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Ever dreamed of having your own castle by marrying a royal? Oh, think again. Edinburgh Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world because of the British monarchy. However, it also comes with haunted stories. Sightings of spirits include that of an onld man who is wearing an apron, a drummer boy who is headless and a piper. Instances of being touched or pulled are also recorded as well as the feelings of being watched and sudden temperature drop among many others.

 

14. Island of the Dolls in Xochimilco, Mexico

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With dolls hanging on trees, this place is already considered as the most haunted place in the world. The story began in the 1920’s when three girls went to the island and played near the water. One of them fell and drowned, and her spirit lingers on the island and unable to leave. In the 1950’s, a man moved to the island for self-isolation. After he moved, Julian Santan Barrera, claimed that the little girl began talking to him. She told him how she died and how she is trapped in the island. Julian would bring dolls to the little girl for her to play with. However, as time passed by, Julian found it hard to appease the little girl’s feelings through dolls. He worried that the little girl would want him to join her on the island permanently, and so he told his nephew about it. That same day, when his nephew was returning to the island, he found Julian faced down on the same spot where the girl drowned years ago. It was said that both of their spirits remain on the island to this day, and whenever you visit the place, it feels as if the dolls are whispering to you and that their eyes are following you.

 

15. Poveglia Island in Italy

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This is a small island in the Venice Lagoon located between Venice and Lido. The island had been a home to mainlanders who seek to stay away from the invaders since 421. The population of the place slowly decreased after several centuries until it was completely abandoned during the 14th century. When the Bubonic Plague struck Europe, the island became a quarantined place. Infected people were sent there to die and their bodies burnt. During the Black Death in 1630, the island served the same. In 1800, it was made into a mental asylum but stories said that ill treatment and experimental procedures are being conducted to the patients. In 1930, a doctor committed suicide and in the middle of the 20th century till 1975, the place was used as a geriatric center until it was closed down. With such history, there is no wonder that this is included on the list of the most haunted places in the world. The island is abandoned today. Stories of voices and screams are heard, and one person by the name of Zak Bagans was even possessed when he set foot on the island.

 

16. Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada

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It was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway as a stop off point for rich train travelers. The exterior of the hotel is grand and beautiful with its post-card perfect beauty. However, do not be deceived by its glorious looks. There is a story about a bride who broke her neck after falling down a staircase when her dress caught fire. There is also a story of a family that was murdered in room 873. The room has been bricked out, but the ghosts of the family who died can still be seen on the hallway outside the room. Terrifying as it may be, there is also one friendly ghost in the area, it is the ghost of a former bellman, Sam Macauley. He worked at the hotel on the 60’s and 70’s, and his ghost is still working there now. His spirit is often seen wearing his 60’s uniform and helping guests go in their rooms. When you try to talk to him or give him tips, he disappears.

 

17. The Tower of London in London, England

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England is one of the most haunted places in the world with another local spot included on our list, The Tower of London. Since its history is full of torture and execution 900 years ago, there is no question that the place is spooky. The spirit of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s wife whom he ordered to be beheaded, is one of the famous spirits seen on the area. It is often sighted walking on the hallways of the Tower’s corridors and near the spot where she died. Lady Jane Grey was also spotted in 1957 by a guardsman. A white lady is also seen at the White Tower, and the ghosts of two children in their nightgowns with terror looks on their faces. The children are believed to be two princes who were murdered through the orders of their uncle who was the Duke of Gloucester. Two small skeletons were also found under the staircase of the White Tower.

 

18. Chateau de Brissac in Maine-et-Loire, France

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A double murder occurred within the castle walls resulting to the appearance of the Green Lady. Her face looks like a rotten corpse with gaping holes instead of eyes and nose. Sightings of her often include in the tower room of the chapel and people often hear her moans.

 

19. Ancient Ram Inn in Gloucestershire, England

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Ancient Ram Inn has been full of violent forces due to the fact that it had been a place for devil worship, child sacrifices and it was also an ancient Pagan burial ground. When you step on the place, you could feel the negativity on the area and the general evil. The presence on the inn can touch and pull anyone, apparitions and voices.

 

20. Lawang Sewu in Semarang, Indonesia

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The building was built by the Dutch East Indian Railway Company in 1917. It was occupied by the Japanese during World War II and it was taken by force. The basement of the B building became a prison where many captives were treated harshly and executed. When the Dutch took over Semarang, they used the tunnel below the building to go into the city. A great battle started killing many Indonesian soldiers and 5 employees. Ghost’s sightings include of a Dutch woman who was believed to have committed suicide and headless spirits. People also believed that the B basement is haunted by a kuntilanak, a vampiric ghost of a woman who died while still pregnant.