Halloween is still more than a month away but it’s never too late to start preparing. Gearing up for the season you can start narrowing your plans to visit haunted spots. Some are little known but are absolutely worth a visit — if your heart can handle it, that is. Here are list of Popular Destinations You Had No Idea Were Haunted.
THE EIFFEL TOWER IN PARIS, FRANCE
According to the popular legend, a man asked his girlfriend to marry him at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately, she declined and told him she wanted to actually break up. Too angry, he pushed her off the top of the tower. Another story goes that a man proposed to his girlfriend, who was so excited she screamed, backing up to the edge falling. Some locals say they hear her screams on the anniversary of her death.
LINCOLN SQUARE THEATER IN DECATUR, ILLINOIS
Lincoln Square Theater was built in 1916 and is still open to guests today. The current building is the third to occupy the land. The first two (a hotel and another theater) burned down. The souls of those who died in the fire are said to haunt the theater. Visitors have reported seeing seats move on their own, feeling cold spots without explanation and seeing a one-armed figure wandering around.
THE KREMLIN IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA
The Kremlin dates back to the 12th century. Given this long history, it’s not surprising that it is associated with many myths and legends involving ghosts, according to Ghost Theory. The most famous stories are about Tsar Ivan the Terrible, who reigned Russia in the 16th century; Vladimir Lenin, who led the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, and the notorious Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Some people say they hear Ivan’s footsteps the Great Bell Tower. Lenin is also thought to be a frequent “guest.” But Stalin remains the most frequently seen “shade.”
HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Think again before taking volcanic rocks from the Kilauea volcano. Tourists do it all the time, but many return the lava rocks because they, allegedly, bring bad luck from Pele, the goddess of fire, dance, lightning, volcanoes and violence. Every year many of the rocks are mailed back, addressed to “Queen Pele,” begging her to lift the curse on them. It is against the law to remove lava rock from a national park.
BIG NOSE KATE’S SALOON IN TOMBSTONE, ARIZONA
Tombstone is one of the best known ghost towns in the country and Big Nose Kate’s (formerly the Grand Hotel) is at the center of the ghoulish activity. Legend has it, the hotel’s janitor known as “the Swamper” hid silver somewhere in the building and has been protecting it for nearly 200 years. His tunnel to the mine has been left open in the basement of the joint and mostly untouched. When employees went exploring they reported hearing loud moaning and heavy footsteps. They searched only to find all of the doors were still locked without another living soul in the building.
THE COLOSSEUM IN ROME, ITALY
For a place where hundreds of slaves, gladiators and wild animals have died, it may not be shocking that people report hearing screams, growls, and ghostly figures on the stairs and feel cold patches of air, according to Through Eternity Tours. The tunnels below the Colosseum, which were once crowded with people preparing for combat, are particularly chilly. There is a strange, unsettling atmosphere on the Underground Colosseum Tour, and it’s very cold, even in the hot summer.
THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON D.C.
Staff and visitors at the White House have said they have seen ghosts on numerous occasions, including those of Lincoln, Grant, McKinley, and several first ladies, according to the White House Historical Association. One little known spirit is the unidentified 15-year old boy called the “thing that greatly frightened the Taft domestic staff in 1911.” Andrew Jackson supposedly lying in his bed in the Queens Bedroom (Rose Room) lets out a guttural laugh that has been heard in the White House since the 1860s.
WRIGLEY FIELD IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
The home of Chicago’s favorite baseball team, the Cubs, is not very well-known for being haunted. But at least three famous ghosts are said to “hang out” there. The first is that of legendary announcer Harry Caray sitting in the press box, according to America’s Haunted Road Trip. The second is of Steve Goodman, who wrote many songs about the Cubs and had his ashes scattered at the stadium. People sometimes say they see him sitting in the seats behind home plate. The third ghost is Charlie Grimm, who led the Cubs to the 1932 World Series. Security officers say they have seen a figure resembling Grimm walking through the park or its hallways at night.
THE SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS
The building is said to be one of the most haunted establishments in the country. Before the restaurant was serving up pasta and Saucestaches (sauce mustaches), it was owned by a pharmaceutical company. A person was working in the warehouse when he accidentally fell down the open elevator shaft and died. His young widow died exactly a year later from grief, the story goes, and her soul haunts the place even today, still mourning the loss of her husband.
NORTON CREEK TRAIL, GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, NORTH CAROLINA
Many places in the Smokies are said to be haunted. Avoid the Norton Creek Trail because of Spearfinger, a witch that haunts Norton Creek and feasts on wayward children. But there is also a good ghost in the park. A man who died looking for his daughter now appears as light guiding hikers. The Greenbriar Restaurant is where a young woman named Lydia, who lived at the lodge and was jilted by her fiancé at the altar, hung herself. Diners say they see a sad figure on the staircase. Drive to the Roaring Fork Motor Trail to meet a local spirit – a beautiful young woman looking for a ride.
THE GREAT WALL, CHINA
Perhaps the most famous ancient landmark in the world is also among the most haunted. About 2 million people have been estimated to have died building the 5,500-mile long construction. Some visitors stay they see their ghosts walking along the paths of the wall; some even report hearing the ghosts’ footsteps. Tourists have also complained of sudden nausea, headaches and other body pains.
THE GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA
The Grand Canyon is magnificent during the day, but there’s something spooky about the isolated Arizona outback at night when it gets so quiet. Rumors that the park is full of ghosts have been circling around for years. The most famous is the one about “the Wandering Woman” who searches for her family and died in a hiking accident in the 1920s. There are also reports of another ghost who haunts Phantom Ranch, where he was buried after he was crushed by a bolder. Also, Arizona is right next door to Nevada and Area 51 – you’re guaranteed to see some spooky occurrences.
MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK, KENTUCKY
If you are looking for a truly spooky experience you should check out what is called “the most haunted natural wonder in the world.” Cavern tours are offered by lantern light for extra ambiance. Keep an eye out for any weird shadows, as the cave was used as a burial ground for local aboriginal tribes and cave explorers. The most famous one is the ghost of Stephen Bishop, a slave and explorer who is buried nearby. There was also a tuberculosis hospital in the 1800s, which is why some people say they hear coughs.
Bhangarh Fort, Bhangarh, India
Built in the early 1600s by King Sawai Madho Singh, this fort protected a small city of roughly 10,000 people and included a royal palace. According to legend, a sorcerer fell in love with the King’s daughter and in the process of trying to seduce her, he died, cursing the town to be destroyed. Shortly thereafter, an invading army destroyed the fort and killed virtually everyone who lived there. Locals refuse to live anywhere near the ruins, and have ensured that it’s closed after dark due to the presence of various ghosts that have been reported roaming through the complex. There have been cases where people have been at the fort at night, only to turn up dead in the morning.
Paris Catacombs, Paris, France
Containing the bones of thousands of people, these catacombs were never really meant to house human remains. Due to overcrowded cemetery conditions in the 18th century, many remains were relocated to the spider-webbing tunnels beneath the city. While the bones are laid out in artful arrangements, stories of discontented spirits abound. Many people have reported seeing apparitions as well as being touched or shoved, and that some people have disappeared within the catacombs altogether.
Moosham Castle, Salzburg, Austria
This 12th century castle was the site of countless executions of women condemned of witchcraft throughout the Middle Ages. As a result, many of these women have come to haunt the castle in spirit form, with apparitions ranging from sad to angry ones, and even a few headless individuals. Many people report hearing voices and screams, as well as a particular spirit that tends to hound visitors in an attempt to make them leave.