For those of you who love the adrenaline rush and excitement that comes with being scared, continue reading. This is the last warning for everyone else who doesn’t want to lose sleep tonight…
This big world of ours is full of spooky and creepy places just waiting to frighten their next visitor. Here is a list of the three scariest places on earth for those brave souls among us.
1. Isla de las Muñecas
Known as the Island of Dolls, this unique place is located just south of Mexico City. The eerie, swamp-like environment on the island is spooky enough by itself. With the addition of hundreds of dolls hanging on the island’s trees, Isla de las Muñecas is easily considered one of the scariest places in the world.
The local legend suggests that Don Julian Santana Barrera, the island’s caretaker, once witnessed the drowning of a little girl near his home. A few days later, he saw a doll floating by in the water. Presuming it was the doll of the child, Barrera hung it up on a tree out of respect for the tragic death. Locals say he became possessed by the spirit of the child and began hanging up hundreds of dolls around the island. Barrera later drowned in the same location he had seen the child drown some years prior.
2. Chernobyl, Ukraine
In 1986, the Chernobyl disaster caused a whole city in Ukraine to be abandoned within days. A rushed test conducted at a nuclear power plant resulted in a major explosion, spewing dangerous amounts of radiation into the air. Thirty-one people were killed directly by the incident with thousands of others indirectly affected by the radiation poisoning.
Pripyat, the closest city to the disaster, was completely abandoned because of the harmful radiation and remains empty today, serving as an eerie reminder of the event that took place. It seems almost as if time stands still in this spooky city. Those brave enough to visit can enjoy an eerie silence and the unnerving realization that the city was abandoned in a matter of hours.
3. Catacombs of Paris
Nestled below the streets of Paris is the largest gravesite in the world. With over six million skeletal remains, the Catacombs are a real-life horror movie. What was once simply a depository of bones from the deceased was reorganized to be a mausoleum.
Upon entering the Catacombs, visitors descend down a narrow, stone stairway into complete darkness. There is complete silence except for an underground spring. As the Catacombs continue on, piles and stacks of skulls and other bone pieces can be seen scattered throughout. What makes the Catacombs even more creepy is the seemingly endless network of tunnels and side-passages. It is quite easy to get lost amongst the dead in the Catacombs.