Isla de las Munecas, or “Island of the Dolls” is a tiny island not far from Mexico City. Legend has it that a young girl who had drowned, along with her doll, were found on the island by a man named Don Julian Santana Barerra. Barerra began hanging dolls to trees in order to show respect for the girl, but nowadays it’s said that the dolls are possessed by the spirit of the little girl.
What’s even more creepy? Barerra was eventually found dead in the exact same spot that he found the girl.
The Cecil Hotel in LA certainly has its fair share of sinister history: 1980s serial killer Richard Ramirez called it home for a while, and the mysterious case of Elisa Lam - the 21-year-old who was mysteriously found dead in a water tank on the roof - also occurred there, among others.
If you’re planning a trip to LA and you’re feeling brave enough to spend the night somewhere creepy, the Cecil Hotel might just be the place for you.
Deep in the desert of the former-Soviet country of Turkmenistan is the Door to Hell, a science experiment gone horribly wrong. In 1971, Soviet scientists set a drilling rig on fire after it collapsed in order to burn off noxious gases.
What they assumed would burn off in a few weeks is still burning today, more than 40 years later! What’s left is the weird burning hole in the ground.
Odessa has the largest system of catacombs in the world - 2,500 kilometers to be exact! But what makes them even creepier is the number of people who regularly get lost in them...many of whom never make it out. In 2005, a teenage girl died in the catacombs after three days of being separated from her friends.
So...maybe don’t venture into the catacombs without an official tour guide? Definitely not a place you’d want to get lost!
Tuol Sleng was a death camp used by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970s. Only seven people are known to have survived out of the 14,000 who entered. The building now serves as a museum dedicated to remembering those who were killed at the hands of Pol Pot’s regime.
One of the most famous unsolved murders in America is that of Lizzie Borden. In 1892, Lizzie’s father and stepmother were murdered in their house, with Lizzie named as the prime suspect. She was later acquitted, however, as there wasn’t sufficient evidence to convict her of the crime.
Nowadays the Lizzie Borden House is both a museum and bed and breakfast, so you can stay overnight if you’re feeling brave enough.
The legend says that after the death of her daughter and husband, Sarah Winchester fell into a deep depression. After consulting a psychic who told her that the deaths were caused by spirits, Winchester moved to California from New England and built a house with absolutely bizarre architecture, allegedly to keep the spirits away. Of course, nowadays there are still alleged sightings of spirits on a regular basis at the house.
The infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. killed two-thousand people and completely covered the city of Pompeii in volcanic ash, leaving it abandoned for thousands of years afterward. The creepy part is how well everything was preserved under the ash and pumice stone. Many human bodies were trapped in the eruption and after being discovered, were filled with plaster to make casts. You can even still see the facial expressions on many of them today.
During the Vietnam War, the communist guerrilla troops known as the Viet Cong dug extensive networks of tunnels underneath Ho Chi Minh City, which they used to house troops, plant surprise attacks, and more.
After the Vietnam War, the government preserved the tunnels as part of war memorials around the city. Tourists can now climb through some of the tunnels and learn about what went on during the war first-hand.
This one might top our list as the weirdest. Karosta Prison in Latvia was originally used to house Nazi and Soviet prisoners who often met their deaths by being shot in the head. Today, it’s technically no longer a prison, but it operates as a hotel where guests can experience prison life by wearing prison uniforms, being punished by guards and even spending the night in a cold cell.
We’ll put that on the top of the list of places we won’t be going to...
Known as “America’s Most Haunted Road,” New Jersey’s Clinton Road stretches 10 miles. If you’re lucky you might see the infamous black ghost truck, cannibals, or a little ghost boy (oh my!).
Much of this road runs through heavily wooded area with no houses, making it extra isolated and creepy. If you're brave enough to make it to Ghost Boy Bridge, legend has it that if you toss a coin into the water, the ghost boy will toss it right back to you. Also creepy is the fact that the KKK long used spots along Clinton Road for their meetings. Unsettling, to say the least!
Leap (pronounced lep) Castle is truly the epitome of haunted. Built in the thirteenth century, the castle has been home to an insane amount of bloodshed, so it’s no surprise that there have been countless reports of ghost-sightings over time. The most famous spirit of the castle, the Elemental, is said to have a decomposing face and smells of rotting flesh.
Although the castle is currently privately owned, tours can still be made by appointment.
Devil’s Island was originally used as a French penal settlement where prisoners were regularly tortured, and most eventually contracted malaria. Solitary confinement was a regularly used method of torture -- prisoners were often locked up in cells the size of a closet for between six months and five years!
It's not surprising then that out of the 80,000 prisoners sent to Devil's Island, only 30,000 lived to tell of it. This place is an odd mix of beautiful tropical island and former prison with a dark past!
Underneath the city of Derinkuyu, Turkey, is a whole underground city carved into stone that has the capacity to hold an impressive 20,000 people. The city has everything, including temples, shops, and even livestock pens. It's held up well enough over the years to house tourists and archaeologists alike!
But the creepy part is that no one really knows who built the city and why, and since it's completely made out of stone, it's difficult to date. There were no written records of who built the city, but historians have theorized that it could've been built by a prehistoric Persian king, or by the Hittites who were taking refuge from the invading Phrygians in the 14th century BCE.