Are you happy to see the end of summer because it means Halloween is that much closer? Upon entering a building, is your first response to engage your ghost-detectors? Do reports of otherworldly activities excite more than terrify you?
If you answered yes to at least one of those questions, this is the article for you. Along with the help of guides who specialize in haunted ghost tours across the globe, we’ve uncovered the world’s most haunted houses: some real, and some spooky simply in terms of award-winning Halloween decorations. Read on to achieve the ultimate hair-raising, heart-pounding high that only a haunted house can create.
Lalaurie Mansion, New Orleans
Although Elizabeth Zibilich, and Luke Siddall
, two haunted ghost tour guides
who are well acquainted with the spirit world, visit the LaLaurie mansion daily, it never fails to send shivers down their spines. To begin with, paranormal investigators consider New Orleans to be the #1 most haunted city in all the United States, but when Miss Hope and her fellow guides of the Ghost and Vampire Tour
actually take you into
one of the area’s most famously haunted places, you better bet you’ll feel something extremely chilling, something of the utmost eeriness that results from a spirit (or several!) being caught between two worlds. Like what, you may be wondering? Well, brave reader, visitors to the mansion have reported seeing, feeling and hearing (oh, the sounds of moaning and weeping) the ghosts of tormented slaves going about their house chores, and the torturer herself, Madame Delphine LaLaurie, has also been seen blood-thirstily wondering the property. On several occasions, people have observed LaLaurie walking through the mansion’s garden while ghostly faces of the dead peer down on her from the upper windows and, in particular, the chamber of horrors where they were tortured.
Akhilesh Chandra Mishra
’s tours all over India will take you to peaceful plantations, riverbeds, rice paddies, and more to find inner peace, but what they will not do is take you to Dow Hill, a hill station just 30km from Darjeeling. Why? It is rich with paranormal activity and accidents. In opposition to A’s trips that provide intense peace-of-mind, Dow Hill stirs up the senses; some have reported hearing footsteps in the corridor of the Victoria Boys Higher Secondary School when not a soul is in the building, and others have seen a headless boy near the Dow Hill road who always disappears into the woods where numerous murders have been committed.
The House with a Thousand Doors, Indonesia
Tour guides in Indonesia
like Adam O’Keefe
and Benny Herlanda
may focus on the country’s white sand beaches, temples, and other pleasant attractions, but ask them about Gedung Lawang Sewu (The House with a Thousand Doors) and their smiles will melt away like ice on a hot griddle. The reason being because the Japanese secret police turned the former home of the Dutch East Indies Railway Company into a gruesome interrogation center in 1942, torturing to death thousands of Indonesians and Dutch. To this day, nobody dare visit the property at night; the ghostly screams are too bone-chilling.
Asylum Haunted House, Colorado
When you think “Colorado,” you think hiking, biking, camping, skiing, and river rafting, and although that’s largely what tour guides in Colorado focus on, Denver is home to a haunted house scarier than any other: The Asylum Haunted House. Guides in Colorado
, like Eric Koczab
who will show you historic mountain towns and native wildflowers galore on his mountain biking trips through Telluride and Crested Butte, know the area’s fun facts, but the Asylum Haunted House is worth seeing for its intensely frightening graphic experience; after all, little is more heart-pounding than stepping foot inside the damp and musty former hospital for the criminally insane where endless screams of tortured souls rattle the windows and shake the doors. The haunted house industry started back in the early 1970′s predominantly as charity attractions, but as the Asylum Haunted House proves, they’re now the source of piercing local screams. Byron Brown
’s rafting trips down Colorado’s Arkansas River will definitely raise your heartbeat, but the Asylum Haunted House will take it to the next level.
Monte Cristo Homestead, Australia
The Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee, New South Wales, brings out Australia’s dark side, suggesting that, contrary to common thought, the country is not all about surfing. Guides in New South Wales
, like Menashe Salomon
who takes you on bushwalks to the area’s finest waterfalls, and Dave
of Dingo Travel who will take you to meet with true aboriginals, show you the positive side of Australia, but within the Monte Cristo Homestead lies a very different “climate”: one that is dark and eerie.
Nothing too paranormally terrible has occurred in the homestead, but it has earned the reputation as Australia’s most haunted house because there have been innumerable reports of ghostly figures, strange lights, invisible forcefields, phantom sounds and animal mutilations, all of which are attributed to several tragic incidents in the property’s past including the murder of a caretaker in 1961, the imprisonment of a mentally impaired man for many years in the dairy, the death of a young child who is said to have been fatally dropped down the stairs, the death of a maid who fell from the balcony, and the death of a stable boy in a fire. If you’re in New South Wales, be sure to check out the homestead, but also be sure to follow up your trip to the eerie abode with a light-hearted tour of the area’s magnificent natural wonders alongside a skilled local guide. Garry, for one, will wipe away your terrors on his private eco-trip to the Royal that includes a uniquely Australian picnic overlooking a white sand beach.
Haunted Ghost Tour guides in England
like Jenny Phillips
and Declan McHugh
who specialize in the haunts of Jack the Ripper, a serial Killer who made a nasty dent in London in 1888, will send shivers down your spine with reports of hauntings, but for another bone-chilling experience, head to Borley Rectory, a Victorian mansion built in 1862 that has gained fame as “the most haunted house in England.”
Borley Rectory gained the reputation of being England’s most haunted abode after several locals reported hearing unaccounted for footsteps within the house, reports that were only solidified when, in 1900, four of the rector’s daughters claimed to have seen the ghost of a nun at twilight, and when they tried to talk to the nun as she drew closer, she simply vanished. This sighting happened more than once, and a few years later, when the new owners were cleaning out a cupboard, they happened upon a brown paper package containing the skull of a young woman. The nun, perhaps? From then on, the new inhabitants reported hearing the sounds of servant bells ringing despite their being disconnected, lights appearing in windows and unexplained footsteps, occurrences that the following owners also reported, along with windows shattering, the throwing of stones and bottles, wall-writing, and the locking of their daughter in a room with no key.
Investigations into the spirits found that the nun, Marie Lairre, left her religious order to marry a member of the family who lived in Borley Hall, the 17th Century manor house that preceded the rectory. Marie, however, was murdered, and her body either buried in the cellar or thrown into a disused well. Mysterious wall writings seen years later in the rectory that replaced Borely Hall after it burnt down were alleged to be her pleas for help; one read “Marianne, please help me get out.”
Shelbourne Hotel, Ireland
While little sounds more creepy than Japan’s infamous suicide forest, Ireland is home to a plethora of haunted buildings, one of which is Shelbourne Hotel. Guides in Ireland
like Ann O Dowd
(she’ll take you to explore the stunning Irish coast) and Michael Fox
(he’ll take you to a UNESCO World Heritage site in the charming Boyne Valley) will treat you to Irish gems, but while you’re there, be on the lookout for spirits; being so old, Ireland is home to many, one of which is a seven year old girl from the 18th century, named Mary Masters, who haunts the Shelbourne hotel in Dublin. Little Mary lived in the row of houses that stood where the hotel is now, but ever since she passed away due to cholera in 1791, her apparition has remained, and she has been seen roaming the hotel’s halls.