That time of the year is upon us again Poppies. Of course I mean Halloween! So prepare yourselves as I present to you, in no particular order, the best and, by that logic, creepiest haunted places from all over the globe.
Starting in England, the first place on my list is Blickling Hall, built in 1616. It was the birth place of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII. If you are familiar with this particular King of England, he was known for having many wives and Anne was the first to be deposed by beheading. It is believed that once a year around May 19th, the anniversary of her death, she haunts the estate dressed in white, holding her severed head.
This next building is in San Diego, and is haunted by a ghost named 'Yankee Jim,' a criminal that was hanged in the area before the house was erected. The Whaley family moved in to the property, but it was not long before they heard heavy footfalls and determined it was the ghost. There have also been reports of the Whaley family themselves haunting the building, most commonly Thomas and Anna Whaley.
This is an abandoned mansion in Spain that is thought to be one of the most haunted places in the Malaga Province. Legend has it that the Heredia family kidnapped young girls and carried out satanic rituals, rape and murder on them, burying them within the walls of the house. Supposedly, their spirits still live on there, moaning and terrifying those who visit.
Ancient Ram Inn
Back in England, Gloucestershire to be precise, the Ancient Ram Inn has many haunted rooms. There is the 'Witch's Room' which is haunted by a 'witch' burned at the stake in the 1500s, 'The Bishop's Inn' which is haunted on a regular basis by a monk; there has been evidence discovered of Devil worship, as well.
Aradale Mental Hospital
We now move to Australia, to the biggest abandoned mental hospital, Aradale, where around 130,000 people died. If you visit, you can expect unexplained cold winds, the feeling that people are touching you and maybe even a visit from Nurse Kerry!
The Octagon House
Back to America with the Octagon House in Washington DC, that is haunted with many ghosts, two of which are the daughters of John Tayloe, the man whom the house was built for. They both fell to their death on the serpentine staircase, and it is common to hear their screams or cold spaces where they landed.
Ohio State Reformatory
You may know this particular building from films such as Shawshank Redemption, but it's primary aim was to reform minor criminals not, be the backdrop to films. It quickly got violent as more hardened criminals got integrated in, and outside there are 215 graves, and it is thought that the spirits of some of those who died torturous deaths in there still haunt it today.
These next three are different as they are not buildings, and Jatinga Valley in India is a particularly interesting place. Every September, 44 species of bird start to migrate, but end up falling to their deaths, hitting buildings and trees. Admittedly, more recently scientific research has attributed this to disorientation and subsequently being attracted by the town's lights, but it's still pretty creepy.
Aokigahara Forest in Japan is an immensely creepy place to visit; it is the second most popular place to commit suicide. People seem to wander in, never to return. It is difficult to navigate the vast forest as compasses cannot be used well, and as an attempt at a deterrence, signs have been placed near the edge saying things like 'Your life is a precious gift from your parents,' and 'Please consult the police before you decide to die!'
The Island of Dolls
The final place on my list is the Island of Dolls located in Mexico. After finding himself unable to save a drowning girl, the caretaker of the island put up a doll in her memory. He then continued to collect dolls and parts of dolls, hanging them up to try and please her lingering spirit. Fifty years after the death of the girl, the caretaker was found having drowned in the same spot of her death.
So there you have it, my best and creepiest places in the world! If you have any others, please let us know in the comments!