Halloween is just around the corner, so how about planning a trip to some of the world’s scariest holiday hotspots?
A Weird Wonderland | You may not expect a Chinese amusement park to be scary — apart from the rides, of course — but the medieval castle at Wonderland is something else, not least because it is the only thing at the deserted ‘park’. The attraction was started in the 1990s, but financial problems caused work to stop and now it is a hotspot for folks wanting a creepy experience, without even having to pay an entry charge.
Aokigahara | Think about The Blair Witch Project and you’ll have an idea why locals and visitors find Mount Fuji’s ‘Sea of Trees’ in Japan so terrifying. There are lots of Japanese myths about the area, but more recently it has also become a suicide hotspot. Certainly not one for the faint-hearted!
Sedlec Ossuary | Make no bones about it, the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic is like something out of a horror movie. In fact, it did inspire filmmakers to create the fairly forgettable House of a Thousand Corpses — although a visit to Sedlec itself is guaranteed to be more memorable. There are human bones everywhere, a reminder that the Black Death left so many corpses that the only option was to stack bones in almost every available space in the Roman Catholic church.
Easter Island | There is something extremely fascinating but also very eerie about Easter Island’s famous head sculptures. There are said to be 887 of the statues, known as Moai, dotted around the island, so everywhere you go you can’t help but feel like you are being watched.
Edinburgh Castle | Scots boast that this is one of the most haunted places in the country, so you might need a dram or two before you head in.