Were you the kid in school who insisted everyone play Bloody Mary? Or maybe you’re that very special person who finds Halloween romantic? Either way, if you prefer some eerie excitement to the usual tourist spots, then check out these 5 highly bizarre destinations.
They’re creepy the way wax dolls and small girls in white dresses are.
1. Island of Dolls - Santana Barrera’s Chinampa
Located in the La Xochimilco channels, Mexico, this floating garden is one giant creep factory. To remember the young girl who drowned here, thousands of dolls in various states of decay are hung upon the trees. The installation was originally created by a resident who found the playthings from the canals themselves.
The best departure point is the Embarcadero Cuemanco ferry terminal. Note: It’s a four-hour round trip ride.
2. Winchester Mystery House
With 160 rooms, 4 wings, and a layout so confusing you’d think M.C. Escher designed it, the Winchester Mystery House is the eerie brain child of Sarah Winchester, the Winchester Rifle heiress. After losing her husband and young child, Sarah Winchester became convinced that her family was being haunted by the spirits of American Indians, Civil War soldiers, and others killed by Winchester rifles. The medium who imparted this wisdom told her that the only way to escape this curse was to build a massive house for these spirits.
And so began the construction of the Winchester Mystery House.
It is open to the public and paranormal activity has been noted.
3. Kostnice Sedlec a.k.a. the Church of Bones
Located in the Czech republic, the Sedlec Ossuary has been a popular place for burials thanks to a monk who took part in the crusades. In the 15th century, a large church was built and because the cemetery was already crowded by the plague, bodies were exhumed and used to create a crypt. Over 40,000 skeletons make up the decor inside this church.
Around the 1870s, a carpenter by the name of Frantisek Rint created sculptures and candle holders out of the bones and skulls of the exhumed.
4. Easter Island, Chile
One of the world’s greatest mysteries happens to be Easter Island. 887 moai, or the iconic large stone statues, stand upright with stoic faces. It’s as if they know something we don’t.
The tallest of the moai is 10 metres high and weights 82 tons.
5. Manchac Swamps, Louisiana
Known as the haunted swamp, the Manchac Swam in Louisiana evokes frilly-dressed vampires, voodoo, and if you’re a fan of True Blood, Alexander Skarsgård.
In 1915, 3 hamlets disappeared in a hurricane. Rumour has it that an imprisoned voodoo queen had cast a curse on the swamp and that was the reason for all the destruction.