Want some spooky travel fun? Here is a list of 5 places you need to visit this Halloween. Some I’ve been to and some are on my bucket list. Have you been to any of these? Leave me a comment, I’d love to know about your experience. In no particular order, I give you 5 places you need to visit this Halloween!
5) Paris, France.
Once upon a time, I hated paris. It was the worse place in Europe I had visited. The people were rude and presumptuous. I had a bad hostel experience. However there’s a lot of great things to see. If you go with the right person Paris can be dreamy and creepy at the same time. (I’ll write about my experiences that made me love and hate paris in later blog posts.)
Paris makes my list because of the Catacombs. Now a tourist attraction, the Catacombs is an underground burial site. A series of tunnels that spans about 200 miles under the city of love. It’s said that six million bodies are buried in this underground ossuary.
However, once underground, you can see every single bone, skull and body neatly arranged.
Today, there’s a one mile stretch open to the public. The bodies are not encased or separated from you. You can literally touch it if you want, although if you’re a germ freak like me, I wouldn’t.
I went in 2007 but it didn’t seem as popular as it is now. Now, there’s a two-hour wait just to get in.
If you need your Halloween scare, head to the Catacombs to see the lovely dead.
4) Brașov, Romania.
Sometimes, all you need is a spectacular location for a horrific imagination. Brans Castle sits atop a hill in Romania. Its striking and gorgeous and hard to get to…
They say Bram Stocker drew inspiration from castles around this area to write Dracula.
This castle, officially known as “Dracula’s Castle” is now open to the public, offering tours. It’s a must for any horror fiend. However, on a sunny day this castle is anything but creepy. It’s actually beautiful.
3) New Orleans, Louisiana
The French Quarter is historic, beautiful and full of lore. It looks like the set to Interview with a Vampire. The ambiance is astonishing. You can almost see the creatures of the night walking around this great city.
The French Quarter is filled with beautiful cemeteries, voodoo shops, and hidden séance rooms. If that’s not freaky enough, make sure you book a haunted ghost tour where you can literally go ghost hunting. Don’t worry, the tours bring their own ghost hunting equipment.
This voodoo capital of American will spook you and inspire you at the same time. It doesn’t need to be Halloween for New Orleans to be spooky.
2) Los Angeles, California
Not just my home town… This giant metropolis is home to many urban legends, brutal massacres and ghosts hiding around every corner.
Let start with Hotel Cecil… If you watched American Horror Story: Hotel, then you might be aware of part of the real story behind this hotel. Hotel Cecil was the inspiration for this season of AHS. Now named Stay on Main (due to is bad history) it still operates as a hotel/hostel. It’s said many mass murderers made this hotel their home throughout time. Although you CANNOT take a tour of this hotel, staying here might be too spooky for anyone.
If that’s not creepy enough you can always visit the Hollywood sign. The Hollywood sign is reportedly haunted by a ghost of a suicide victim from the 1920s and will often appear to tourists and locals alike.
If you’re staying in the Hollywood area, make sure to take a tour of the Museum of Death… This cute and quaint museum has many great pictures and video’s of real murders… Although Los Angeles is huge, you can find anything and everything including things that go bump in the night.
1) Aokigahara Forest, Japan
About two hours from Tokyo lays Aokigahara Forest. This beautiful forest sits below Japans Mt. Fuji Volcano. They recommend you book a tour instead of doing it yourself due to its immensity. From here, you can explore caves, walk around the forest and enjoy the serene view of this magical place.
Aokigahara Forest AKA the Suicide Forest is considered the most haunted place in Japan. With countless suicides happening here year ‘round, many people report seeing apparitions of lost people looking for a way out only to watch them vanish moments later… Although, I’ve been to Tokyo, Aokigahara Forest is still on my bucket list.
This was my list of 5 Places You Need to Visit this Halloween. If you’ve been to any of these I would love to hear about your ghostly experience.