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!
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?