With Halloween that just went by, it just seemed apt to come up with a post to spook your ghostly sensors!
1 – Eastern State Penitentiary
The Eastern State Penitentiary or ESP was a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was operational from 1829 to 1971 as a penitentiary that emphasized in reform rather than punishment. It has been known to have the most gruesome ghost sightings that it became one of the most favorite sets for television programs and films about the paranormal and haunting. Guards and Councillors of the facility have been known to create different forms of torture to prisoners. Dousing them in freezing water during the winter months, chaining their tongues to their wrists, strapping the prisoners into chairs for days and placing prisoners in The Hole under cell- block 14 where they would have no light, very little food and no human contact for weeks are a few of the horrendous things done. Tours of the ESP are conducted for interested visitors and tourists.
2 – The Haunted Vicarage
The Haunted Vicarage in Borgvattnet, Northern Sweden is the most haunted houses in the country. The first sighting was in 1927 by Chaplain Nils Hedlund when he witnessed his laundry being torn down from the line by some unseen force. A priest that lived in the vicarage in the 1930s saw a woman in grey in a room while there were unexplained noises and moving objects inside the house. A woman that stayed in a guestroom has reported waking in the middle of the night with three old women looking at her. The Haunted Vicarage has been converted as a restaurant cafe and a guest house. The owners will award you a certificate if you are able to stay an entire night!
3 – Poveglia Island
Poveglia is one of the many islands in Italy but instead of being regarded as a place of beauty, it is considered to be one of the deathly haunted places in the world. It was used as an island to isolate plague victims during the Roman Era as the Black Death ravaged Europe. People that were suspected of the slightest sign of the plague were removed from their homes and taken to the island where they were thrown in a pit of corpses and set on fire. There were as many as 160,000 dead bodies in the island and even fishermen are scared to fish in the waters near Poveglia in fear of catching human remains in their nets!
4 – The Castle of Good Hope
The Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town is the oldest surviving building in South Africa and aside from being a National Monument; it is known to be one of the most haunted places in the world. Reports say that as high tide came and filled the moat, the water flooded the dungeons where countless prisoners were drowned. There were numerous executions in the area; slave and convicts were hung and soldiers marching can be heard and sometimes seen in the area, while moaning and wailing sounds may be heard within the prison halls.
5 – Monte Cristo Homestead
The Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee, New South Wales, Australia is a historic Australian property that is known as the most haunted place in the country. It has been featured in different television shows because of strange and haunting happenings and apparitions. There were ghostly sightings, strange lights and the presence of a former occupant, Mrs. Crawley, is sometimes seen in the dining room – with ghostly voices being heard in almost every room. Tours are conducted year after year with thousands of visitors wanting to experience the ghosts of the Monte Cristo Homestead.
6 – Waverly Hills Sanatorium
The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a closed facility located in south-western Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. It was opened in 1910 to accommodate tuberculosis patients. As many as 63,000 tuberculosis patients died in Waverly Place and these deaths were reported not just due to disease but also due to mistreatment and questionable experiments and procedures. Investigators of paranormal activities have reported voices, screams echoing from the halls, shadows and isolated cold spots all over this haunted facility.
7 – Ancient Ram Inn
The Ancient Ram Inn is a former pub in the Wotton-under-Edge town in the Stroud District of Gloucestershire, England. It has been around since 1145 and has served for a time as a priest’s house before it was converted into an inn. The “Men’s Kitchen” in the inn is the site of a pagan burial ground; a sound of a baby crying may be heard here. There are rumors of people being thrown up the stairs on their ascent to the second floor. The “Bishop’s Room” on the first floor was where a medium was pushed, lifted from the ground and flung to the corridor. There is also a ghost of a cavalier materializing by the dressing table and striding across the opposite wall. All over the inn, there is a feeling of indescribable heaviness and intensity. The attic is also where an innkeeper’s daughter is said to have been murdered in the early 1500s.
8 – Chateau de Brissac
The Chateau de Brissac is a French chateau in Brissac-Quince in Maine-et-Loire in France. This beautiful French castle, built in the 11th century lies along the River Loire. The Duke of Brissac took ownership of the castle in the 15th century and converted it into a new castle in a grand Renaissance style but his work was never finished. After a double murder occurred in the castle in the 15th century, the ghost of the la Dame Verte or the “Green Lady” has been seen roaming in the rooms. What’s more terrifying about the Green Lady is that her face has gaping holes where her eyes and her nose were supposed to be; her moans are often heard all throughout the castle especially in the early hours.
9 – The Myrtles Plantation
The Myrtles Plantation is located in St. Francisville, Louisiana, USA. It was built in 1796 by General David Bradford. The old home is said to be haunted by the ghosts of people that have been murdered there; such as the ghost of a slave that was hung in the premises for killing two little girls, the ghosts of two murdered children in the veranda, the ghost of an attorney that was shot in the house and the ghosts of slaves. The grand piano in the premises has been heard to play all by itself repeating a haunting chord.
10 – Fort George
Fort George is a historic military facility located at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It was the scene of several battles that commenced in 1812 and was the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army. The structure is one of the most haunted places in Canada where visitors claim to see shadows and voices of the past. The ghost of an angry British soldier, a young girl seen and heard along the second floor, a woman spotted inside an antique mirror and the piano located in the grand parlor has been known to play all by itself, are just some of the terrifying sightings in Fort George.