Halloween is just around the corner! While Lukus loves the candy and the costumes, I am all about the being scared out of my mind. Although, if you are doing the scaring, be warned: I tend to go with the fight option over the flight one. With fear in mind, I have gathered some of the most haunted places throughout the world for you to read about. Whether or not you’re a believer, read on—if you dare!!! (Insert evil cackle here!)
- London, England. The Tower Of London also known as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress is a renowned castle steeped in tradition and history. It is also considered extremely haunted. This isn’t surprising, seeing as it has been around for nearly 1000 years and is the site of prisons, torture chambers and hundreds of executions. There have been a variety of ghosts who have haunted the building, including members of the royal family. Ann Boleyn’s headless body is perhaps one of the most common of these.
- Changi Villages, Singapore. The Old Changi Hospital is a site surrounded by a great deal of mystery and fascination. So much so that there are movies, blogs and even Facebook pages dedicated to it. The purported hauntings are associated with Singapore’s Japanese occupation during World War II. During the war, the hospital was used by the military housing both patients and POWs. Accordingly, the ghosts that haunt the hospital (which closed in 1997) are soldiers of a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
- Cape Town, South Africa. The Cape Castle of Good Hope is a star shaped fort originally built by The Dutch East India Company in the mid to late 17th Century. The fortress also served as a prison where convicts would be tortured and executed. One of the castle’s many ghosts has been identified as Governor Pieter Gysbert van Noodt, who died mysteriously after sanctioning the hanging of seven guards.
- Savannah, GA, USA. The Hampton Lillibridge House is one of the most haunted locations in a city that is known as being home to many ghosts. The house was built at the end of the 18th Century and has been plagued by tragedy ever since. One resident, Jim Williams, who purchased and restored the home during the 1960s, recorded many of the paranormal experiences. The ghosts in this home are known to take things and create strange sounds. Many ghosts have also appeared to the homeowners and people living and working at the home.
- Beechworth, Victoria, Australia. The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum was a psychiatric hospital that operated from 1867 through 1995. Asylums are often associated with paranormal activity and rightfully so. The hospital housed both civilians and the criminally insane. During its operation thousands of patients died at the massive sanatorium. Patients were treated with electroshock therapy and other controversial treatments. Many of the ghosts that haunt the property are former patients who spent their lives and afterlives looking for peace.