If you’re looking for
the next level in spine-tingling horror, it may be
time to upgrade from
Halloween "scream" parks to
destinations that are filled with genuine terror and
We've rounded up the
top five scaretastic sites that promise to make your
hair stand on end and the little voice inside your
head scream, “Go baaack!” as they bring you to the
edge of a darkness that no Hollywood film experience
Spooky spot #1:
Catacombs in Paris
In the late 1700s,
Paris was overrun with contamination and disease
from improper burials in cemeteries. In response, a
maze of tunnels and rooms deep underneath the quaint
streets was converted into a burial site and filled
with skeletons from the graveyards around the city.
Gathering the remains of an astounding seven million
people, these bones weren't merely relocated. They
were made into art, displayed in macabre rows and
chilling patterns that line the narrow passageways.
Today a portion of
the vast 186 winding miles of catacombs are open to the
daring tourist who's brave enough to come face to
face with the millions of skulls and bones lining
these dark, damp trails. Watch your step, though—some
of the passageways are so narrow, it's a challenge
not to brush against a femur or smiling skull.
Be sure you're truly up for this experience before
you descend into the Catacombs. Once you’re down
there, it takes a long time to get
back out again.
Where: 1 Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris, France,
33 (0) 1 43 22 47 63
Can’t make the scene?
Take a free virtual
tour of the Paris catacombs at
Spooky spot #2:
The joke is that
you’ll save money on your trip to the Bermuda
Triangle because you won’t need a return ticket. In
this case, there really is truth in jest, since
dozens of planes and ships have mysteriously
disappeared without a trace while passing through
the triangular area of water between South Florida,
Bermuda and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Those who've spent years researching the Bermuda
Triangle phenomenon have come up with several
theories: there may be a strange electromagnetic pull in the area
that drags down aircrafts and ships into the deep,
there may be an invisible funnel that has
transported these airplanes and boats to another
time and place, alien life forms may have set up a
tractor beam in the area, or a powerful crystal
that drowned with the lost city of Atlantis is dragging
hapless souls down into the sea with it. Despite the
many theories, to this day, no
one has been able to conclusively solve the mystery—or
put an end to the disappearances.
There are documented radioed messages from pilots
and captains right before they vanished. But they're
so strange that, rather than offering clues in the
mystery, they only make researchers more puzzled.
For instance, some radioed in that their cabins were
filling with a strange-smelling vapor and their compasses
were no longer working. Others claimed that an
object was hovering over or near them. In one case,
a pilot radioed in from the Bermuda Triangle, then
shortly afterward, radioed in again from an
astounding 600 miles away before vanishing
you're willing to tempt fate and try your luck at
solving the mystery, you can charter a plane or boat
to go through the Bermuda Triangle yourself. But
finding a willing pilot or captain may be difficult
since many refuse to pass through the doomed area.
Where: Bermuda Tourist Office, Global House, 43
Church Street, Hamilton HM BX, Bermuda, (441)
Spooky spot #3:
Lizzie Borden B & B
Lizzie Borden took an
And gave her mother
When she saw what she
She gave her father
There’s nothing like
spending the night at a real murder site to chill
your blood, and that’s the experience offered by the
Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River,
The gruesome axe
murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in 1892 shocked
just only because the perpetrator
alarming number of disfiguring axe chops to Mr.
Borden's face as he sat in his parlor, but also
because the prime suspect was his own daughter,
Lizzie. Although she was eventually acquitted of the
charge, townsfolk still suspected her of the crime
and barred her from ever chopping firewood again.
Checking in to one of
the seven rooms gives you free rein to wander the
halls and conduct your own investigation. For an
extra treat, your stay includes a replica of
the final breakfast Mr. and Mrs. Borden enjoyed just before
they met their bloody demise.
Lizzie-Borden.com, (508) 675-7333
Spooky spot #4:
When a psychic told
Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle
fortune, that the only way to appease angry spirits
who were killed by her family's famous rifle was to
continuously build on her house or she would die, Mrs.
Winchester took the warning seriously. She began
construction on an elaborate 160-room Victorian mansion and
until the day she died.
While doing continuous daily construction on one's
home is a tad odd by itself, things at the
Winchester mansion get a bit more bizarre: Not
content to simply add a library wing or pool house,
Winchester instead made
a whole host unusual design decisions that have
baffled architects for decades. There are doors that
open directly onto solid walls, a window built into
the floor, a chimney that rises four stories, a staircase that
leads to the ceiling and many more design oddities.
say Mrs. Winchester was suffering from mental
illness. Others who say they know better insist that
Mrs. Winchester was getting her design instructions from the very spirits
she was desperate to appease and building a home
only the dead could appreciate.
a tour through the creepy corridors of the
Winchester house and perhaps you'll see one of these
restless souls passing through a door that leads to
a place only they can go.
525 South Winchester
Boulevard, San Jose, California,
Spooky spot #5:
Roswell, New Mexico
Whether or not you believe in aliens, one
thing is for sure—something
came screaming out of the sky on a hot summer night
in 1947 and fell to Earth in Roswell, New Mexico,
leaving a trail of curious debris behind it.
Whether the vehicle
was a UFO from outer space or a high-altitude
balloon that was part of a secret military project
is still a subject of hot debate nearly 60 years later.
Local residents who had a chance to collect, examine
and experiment with the debris say that it had
unusual properties they never encountered before,
such as thin rods that were as light as balsa wood
but could not be bent nor broken. The military said,
don’t talk about it anymore”.
Most people who visit
Roswell describe it as one of those places that just
feels like something other-worldly is going on.
Visit the UFO Museum, which contains pieces of the
debris and other evidence, and decide for yourself.
International UFO Museum, 114 North Main Street,
Roswell, New Mexico,