No matter where you are in the world, there’s probably a haunted house, hotel, or old historical site that’s waiting for you to visit. Not only are there plenty of places to send a chill up your spine in the U.S. — from the Winchester Mystery House, in California, to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania — you can also jump across the pond for even more eerie destinations.
Ghosts, strange sounds and lights, and even UFO experiences have been reported at these famous places in the U.K., France, Germany, Romania and as far as Australia, the Phillipines and China. Here are some of the places you can go to give yourself a fright, just in time for Halloween.
Get out of the city and enter an entire world populated by pumpkins. This annual Blaze is home to thousands of hand-carved jack-o-lanterns arranged in incredible structures you can pass through and sculptures of everything from dinosaurs and dragons to skeletons and spider webs. Finish off with a hot apple cider for the train ride home.
2. Horseman’s Hollow – Tarrytown, NY
What could be more appropriate than visiting the setting of one of America’s best-known scary stories, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?” Historic Philipsburg Manor hosts a haunted experience featuring an appearance by the Headless Horseman himself.
3. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor – Long Beach, CA
While it may be hard to resist singing “I’m On a Boat” while you board this luxury liner, you’ll be screaming to get off of it after you realize the whole ship is haunted.
4. Halloween Carnival – West Hollywood, CA
L.A.’s Gayborhood goes all out every year, as Santa Monica Blvd. shuts down and everyone hits the streets in costume to stroll, bar hop and people watch. Combined with the area’s entertainment industry ties, crazy costumes and characters are in ample supply.