October is the month for Halloween and haunts! Here are some of the most haunted places in the world:
Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee, New South Wales
It is one of the most haunted spots in Australia. The house was built in 1885 with a history of tragic events. The Crawley family owned and lived there until 1948. Tragedies include the death of a young child who was dropped down the stairs, a maid who fell from the balcony and a stable boy apparently burned to death on the property.
Among the most disturbing stories is Harold (the son of a caretaker) a mentally ill man chained up in the caretaker’s cottage for 40 years. He was discovered curled up next to his dead mother and sent to a mental institute where he died shortly after.
The house was taken over by a group of caretakers where tragedy strikes again one of them was murdered in the caretaker’s cottage.
Tower of London
The Ancient Ram Inn built in 1145 is considered one of the most haunted house in the entire British Isles, and even the world. There are stories of child sacrifices, devil worship including evil spirits in this building. The property was once an ancient Pagan burial ground over 5,000 years ago.
When it was a bed and breakfast visitors would often see ghosts in their rooms and would be touched and tugged. There was also disembodied voices, and the just the general feeling of evil that would make the visitors shorten their stay and end up leaving in the middle of the night
The current owner John resides there and on his first night in the house in 1968, he felt a presence grab his arm as he was dragged out of bed across the room. He also found evidence of devil worship and ritual sacrifice including two child skeletons underneath the staircase and broken daggers. He stills lives there with ongoing haunting experiences and attacks to this day.
The Banff Springs hotel in Alberta Canada
The Canadian Pacific Railway built this over 125 years ago as a luxury stop off point for train travelers. Beautiful as it may look it is said to be one of the most haunted places in Canada.
There has been reports of sighting a bride who fell down the staircase breaking her neck after panicking when her dress caught fire. Her apparition has been seen on the staircase and in the ballroom dancing, with many reporting the flames from the back of her dress.
But the main story told by locals is about a family that was murdered in room 873. The door to this room has since been bricked up, but you can still see the family in the hallway outside the room.
Among the most popular is the apparition of the former bellman, Sam Macauley. He worked at the hotel during the 60’s and 70’s and often seen after his death. Sam will help guests up to their rooms in full 60’s uniform, often turning on lights and opening locked doors. But Sam will vanish when you try to talk or tip him.
Babenhausen Barracks – Hesse, Germany
Today a museum, the ghost of World War II German soldiers have been spotted in full uniform. In the basement there is reports of voices and lights going on and off. German commands can be heard in the middle of the night as well as disembodied footsteps are a common experience.
Soldiers visiting the museum picked up a telephone and have reported hearing a woman talking backwards in English or German.
In the town of Babenhausen, legend has it a witch was burned at the stake in the 19th century. Her ghost has been reported to seduce and kill several German soldiers.
Island of the Dolls – Xochimilco, Mexico
Lake Teshuilo in Xochimilco near Mexico City is the island La Isla de la Munecas (The Island of the Dolls) is considered one of the most bizarre haunt locations. Julian Santan Barrera moved to the island in the 1950's (despite being married with a young family) to become a recluse.
Julian was clueless of the dark history of the area when he moved there. According to legend three young girls were playing near the water in the 1920’s, one girl fell in and drowned in the murky water. Her spirit is said to roam the island and earned a reputation as a haunted place where locals dare not go at night for fear of what they may see.
The island a little girl began speaking to Julian right after he moved there. She told him how she had died and that she was trapped on the island. He started to buy dolls for this little girl to play with by selling off fruit and vegetables that he had grown on the island.
His nephew said that Julian told him it was becoming increasing difficult to appease the girl’s demand for these dolls and his concern over how she wanted him to join her in her watery grave. On that very day his nephew returned to the island and he found his uncle face down in the canal. It was apparently in the same spot where the little girl drowned seventy years ago.
Visitors to the island today claim the doll’s eyes following them whiles for others the dolls whisper to them. Julian’s ghost is rumored to also be on the island.
St. Augustine Lighthouse- Florida
The lighthouse in St Augustine, FL is alleged the buildings that surround it are haunted. The sighting of two girl apparitions by visitors and staff have been reported. The girls are rumored to be the daughters of Hezekiah Pittee in charge of the construction of the lighthouse in the 1870’s. The girls tragically died during its construction when they were seen on the tower catwalk.
Witnesses have also seen the ghost of a woman the stairway of the lighthouse and walking on the properties outside the buildings. She has been heard several times and is often crying out for help. Other reports include ghostly conversations, shadows, and the sound of footsteps coming up the lighthouse steps.
Another ghost of a man has been seen in the lighthouse basement and is believed to be Civil War hero and former lighthouse keeper William A. Harn.
The TAPS crew investigated and found several pieces of compelling evidence including a video of a woman looking over the railing on the lighthouse staircase. Also video of shadowy figures and an EVP of a woman crying out for help. Because they captured such outstanding paranormal evidence, TAPS coined the location ‘the Mona Lisa of paranormal sites’.
Scariest Haunts in the World
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