The Scariest Places on Earth

Growing up, I loved to watch a series called The Scariest Places on Earth, where groups of people would go in with paranormal gear into haunted places and go exploring at night. It always kept me on the edge of my seat with the adrenaline going! Of course it scared me a bit, but I also found it thrilling and fascinating!

I’ve been watching all the spooky programming on TV such as ABC Family’s (I’m sticking with the original channel’s name) 13 Days of Halloween, AMC’s Fearfest, and of course, the Travel Channel’s documentaries on haunted places. So in honor of the “scariest” day of the year (Happy Halloween!) I’ve put together a list of some of the rumored scariest places on earth!

Sharing some of the scariest places on Earth! Are you brave enough to visit any of these?

 

The Tower of London (England)

This historic site was built in 1078 and has a gruesome history of torture and execution. The most famous haunting is said to be by a headless Anne Boleyn, the wife of King Henry VIII, who was beheaded in the 1500s. But of course, other spirits linger as well. One of the spookiest? Two young boys (princes) often seen in their nightgowns looking terrified, who disappeared after their uncle, the Duke of Gloucester deemed them illegitimate. Two skeletons were exhumed in the White Tower years later and are thought to be the remains of the boys.

Waverly Hills Sanitorium (United States)

Serving as a tuberculosis hospital in the 1900s, it’s believed that up to 63,000 people died here. But not just because of their sickness. Patients were also subject to crazy experimental procedures, which often killed them, if the TB didn’t. Deaths happened at such a rapid speed here, that the hospital even created a “body chute,” where they’d send the deceased on a motorized rail and cable system.

Just about every type of show that reports on hauntings has made a visit here, and many visitors have reported seeing shadows, full-bodied aparitions and sudden cold spots (using the paranormal activity detection equipment), and hearing screams and voices from empty rooms.

Island of the Dolls (Mexico)

Legend says that three girls were playing near the water in the 1920s when one of them fell into the water and drowned. It’s believed that the girl’s spirit has been unable to leave the island and locals avoid the area – especially at night. Years later, a man moved to the area, unaware of its dark history, and claimed that a little girl began speaking to him, telling him what happened.

He began to buy dolls for the girl to play with, selling off produce he grew, but felt it was hard to keep up with her demand for dolls and began to worry that she wanted him to join her in her “watery grave.” The man shared his worry with his nephew and later that day, the man’s nephew found him face down in the water, in the same spot the girl drowned 70 years before. Today, visitors speak about the dolls’ eyes following them and even hearing whispers.

The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum (Australia)

Does it get creepier than an abandoned asylum?! Serving as a mental hospital from 1867 to 1995, there’s no doubt that this place is filled with hauntings. Over it’s 130-year history, approximately 9,000 patients died. As if that weren’t enough, many patients in the 1800s were subjet to grueling treatment that involved restraints, strapped chairs, and isolation cages. The halls of this place have got to be terrifying.

Ancient Ram Inn (England)

Built in 1145, this Inn is said to be the most haunted place in the British Isles, and possibly the world, with stories of child sacrifices, devil worship, and evil spirits lurking on site. Formely a supposed Pagan burial ground (5,000+ years ago), the Inn was also built on the intersection of two ley lines, believed to be a spiritual activity condutor.

Guests who stayed here when it was a B&B would leave in the middle of the night after their experiences feeling evil, hearing voices, feeling like they were being touched or pulled, and seeing full apparitions of spirits. The current owner continues to find evidence of the location’s evil history, such as broken daggers and skeletons under the staircase, and experiences hauntings regularly.

 

Would you visit any of the scariest places on Earth? Which of these sounds the most terrifying to you?

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  • I live close to Waverly Hills. I live in Lexington, and it’s located in Lousiville. I’ve been wanting to do an overnight tour for about 10 years but never have yet. I really want to, before they turn it into a hotel!

    • Ahh you definitely should do it soon! I’m sure the hauntings will still be there – just less creepy, haha.

  • Vibeke J

    I would love to visit any of these places. Probably not alone tho haha. I think I would probably be quite damaged for life.

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • Oh for sure! I don’t know how anyone could go to these places alone!

  • Ahh this is so crazy – perfect Halloween post! Oh, and no. I would NEVER go to these places; no thank you.

    • Thanks, Allison! I think I could handle most of them but definitely not the doll one!!

  • Bianca A. Nunez

    such an awesome post! and spooky im not much for the amc’s nor freeforms stuff but a few movies. I LOVE travel channel during halloween I love all those scary places and such!

    • Thanks, Bianca! I love learning more about them too. I think it’d be thrilling to visit some of them!

  • Lindsay Katherine

    I love this post!! I have been to the Tower of London and the history behind it is superrrrrrrrr creepy.

    • Thank you!! I felt the same way when visiting Tower of London – I can’t believe people still live there!

  • waverly hills is in kentucky and that’s as close as i want to get haha. i am not good with scary places! i have been to the tower of london, though. thankfully not that scary during the day haha. beechworth sounds terrifying!

    • Is Waverly Hills far from you? I have the same feelings on the Tower of London. People actually live there still too – I think it’d be super creepy at night!

  • I’m not one that loves scary movies or anything, but it has to be fascinating to visit some of these places! I know that if we make it over to London that we’d want to visit the Tower of London!

    • It’s such a cool place to visit! We visited during the day and left before the sun went down though – I bet it’d be pretty creepy after sundown! I hope London’s on your radar for the next Europe trip!

  • Mar

    I love reading ghost stories so these places are very intriguing! I’m also currently binging on Pretty Little Liars, so this post seems pretty appropriate. Happy Halloween!

    • Same! How’s PLL? I gave up on it right before the 5 year flash forward – it was just dragging on forever!

      • Mar

        It’s so bad, it’s good lol It just gets more and more outrageous as it goes on. I’ll be interested to see how it finally ends next season.

  • Karmalynn Walters

    I think I would want to visit the Tower of London.

    • The grounds are so cool to explore! I think it’d get a little extra spooky at night though!

  • Pack Your Baguios

    I would visit any of them. The Tower of London would be my top place to visit. I’m a history teacher and love the tower’s “stories”.

    • It’s an awesome place, and yes, SO many stories! What type of history do you teach?

  • I used to love that show!! I completely forgot about it! My family always watched haunted shows growing up. Ghost Hunters was always our favorite. We’d watch it together as a family every single week. We also used to do haunted vacations to places like Gettysburg, PA and Savannah, GA. Those things are a big hit in this family lol

    • That’s so awesome! We did too – minus the haunted vacations, haha. We did stop in a few places and do ghost tours though! Which place was your favorite?

  • Have you been to any of these places? I love scary movies and haunted houses, would love to check these out in real life!

    • Only the Tower of London! It was really cool, but we weren’t there after sundown. I bet that’s when things really great creepy! I’d love to visit more of these though! Which one would be your top pick?

  • As a huge history buff, the Tower of London is HIGH on my list of places on my bucket list. It’s got such an interesting (and possibly haunted!) past!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

    • It really does! I loved walking around the grounds. It’s crazy to imagine what life was like there in it’s heyday!

  • Leah Hall

    And I would go to them all, haha! I love seeing scary places and I love going to them to see if anything happens! How fun!

    • I think I would too… but maybe not the doll place, haha. Which one would be at the top of your list?

  • Oh my, these places sound so spooky! The Island of the Dolls is the freakiest for me. I think I would visit any of the places, but not sleep there.

    • Same! I don’t think you’d even be able to fall asleep at any of these with the creepiness factor so high!

  • Greta Hollar

    This all sounds so interesting! What a fun thing to research around Halloween!
    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • It is! I love hearing the stories about all of these types of places!

  • The Tower of London is a place I would definitely want to visit. There are a lot of “haunted” places in Oregon and I’ve stayed in some of them but haven’t had any odd experiences. Perhaps I should be thankful for that? ;)

    • I loved Tower of London – and it’s not as spooky during the day :) Oregon’s the #1 state on my list to visit. I’ll definitely have to look into some of these haunted places when I get a trip in the works!

  • Tia

    Interesting! This is a perfect post for Halloween.

  • Wendie Schneider

    OMG Island of the Dolls!!!

  • Sarah Kuziomko

    Waverly Hills sounds the worst!! A dead body chute? ugh

    • I can’t even begin to imagine all of the hauntings that happen in that place!

  • Okay the Island of Dolls sounds soo creepy!

    • Right! Did you look at pictures? It gives me major goosebumps!

  • Candy Kage

    Now I will be taking some time to read up and learn more about these places and their history. I would visit all of them if I could.

    • I hope you enjoy reading more about them. The stories are so fascinating!

  • Cassie

    Alright, so I’ve decided that I now need to visit ALL of these places! Great post!

    • Thanks, Cassie! Which place would be at the top of your list to visit?

  • I haven’t been to any of these, and I’m dying to go! I love Halloween, and always will!

    • I’ve only been to Tower of London, but I’d like to check more of these out too! Which one would be at the top of your list?

  • Ariana Gremling

    So so spooky! I kinda want to visit these places now! You should do a Part 2 and include the scariest places in the US!

    • I definitely will at some point – I love this kind of stuff :)

  • I like how England has two! I heard that Waverly Hills is really spooky – I’ll have to go sometime :)

    • Jealous! You’ll have to let me know what you think if/when you go :)

  • I have not been to any of these, but heard of a few! I love visiting scary places! Thanks for this wonderful roundup!

    • Thanks for reading, Chrissy! Do you have a fave haunted place you’ve visited?

  • I’ve been to the tower of London and with all the tourists it’s hard to get the spooky feel but I’m sure it would be at night!

    • Same! People actually live there too – I don’t think I could handle that!

  • Kaley Taylor

    Scariest place for my is my future in-laws’ house. 1) Because in-laws, 2) it actually is haunted with a scary history. It used to be an old retirement home ran by a crooked owner who would hide the bodies of the deceased residents under the house until they smelled so he could collect their social security checks for a few months more. The locks on the bathrooms are also on the outside of the door so that’s kind of weird and you can assume what happened.

    • Hahaha #1 was great. And WOW! That’s insane – did they know the history before they moved in?

  • Ooh I’d love to go to all of these places because I love a good scare.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Me too! It’s especially great around Halloween!

  • Sky Fisher

    Ahhh I am the easiest person on the planet so scary so even just reading about these places gave me chills!

    • Haha, I totally get that. I think some of these places would be pretty creepy to visit – esp at night!

  • prettyandfun

    I love to watch these type of “Most Haunted…..” shows on TV, and dream of one day taking a haunted vacation, where I visit several haunted locations. Taking a tour or better yet, spending the night!

    • Ooh spending the night would be crazy! You’d obv have to go with all of the gear to track the hauntings like on the shows :)

  • Justine Y

    I used to love that series at Halloween time too! We don’t have any cable channels anymore and this time of year is definitely when I miss it the most. Dolls have always creeped me out big time, so that Island of the Dolls sounds really terrifying to me.

    • Hopefully you can find some things to stream online since you can’t watch on TV! I think the dolls one would be the scariest for me too. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere near that one at night!

  • Shannon Paige

    Ahhhh…the asylums and hospitals scare me so much… also, this makes me sad that halloween is over. But I love christmas even more! *thegoodthingscomin.wordpress.com

    • You and me both, girl! It’s taking everything in me not to get the decorations up already, haha.

  • I am the biggest scaredy-cat but I think that it would be incredible to go to those places… if I can convince myself ha ha! Thanks for sharing!

    • I think so too, haha. The doll one would be a tough one to convince myself to go too :)

      • A few years ago I cleaned house for an elderly lady that had collected hundreds of dolls. I seriously got the creeps every time I had to go clean! There dozens of dolls in every room and I swear their eyes followed me. I had to blast my music in my headphones and clean quickly.

  • I knew you’d love it :) Which one was your favorite?