6 Spooky Destinations for Friday the 13th
A lot of spooky things happen on Friday the 13th. But if you are in one of these creepy locales, you could be in for an even more terrifying treat. Thrill seekers and ghost hunters should head out to these spooky spots to celebrate a day that only comes twice per year – Friday the 13th.
Catacombs of Paris
How’s this for creepy, the catacombs in Paris are just below the heart of the city and are basically boneyards, holding the remains of more than 6 million people. The bodies were brought in during nightly processions of bones after a series of cave-ins in the city as well as overflowing cemeteries. The thing that makes a visit to the catacombs so disturbing is that it’s divided into themed sections by body parts – like a hallway of ribcages and place just for skulls.
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The Queen Mary, Long Beach, Calif.
On a personal level, I can say that staying onboard was one of the freakiest things I’ve ever done. The light in my stateroom onboard would not turn out, even though they’d cut the power to my room. Not only that, the ancient ship is home to a variety of ghosts who come out to play in the evenings – especially on Friday the 13th. Say hello to the “lady in white,” the sailor who died in the ship’s engine room and the children who allegedly drowned in the pool. Looking for the most haunted room? B340 is the one you want, but it’s no longer habitable – but I can say for certain that if you just stay in that same hallway, you are in good hands – or should I say spirits.
The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo.
This could be just your standard, everyday Colonial Revival hotel in Colorado, but it’s not. It’s been referred to as the “Disneyland of paranormal places,” and the hotel was the setting of Steven King’s famous novel “The Shining.” Room 217 is where King and his wife stayed on a visit to the Stanley. They were the only ones in the hotel and King awoke in the middle of the night having had a dream with visions of his son running through the halls of the hotel, screaming. And there you have it, a legend was born.
Today, there are paranormal tours of the property and screenings of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the novel.
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Island of the Dolls, Mexico City
Isla de las Munecas is the Island of the Dolls and is located south of Mexico City between the canals of Xochimico. It was never intended to be a tourist attraction but the story goes that it was dedicated to the soul of a girl who passed away under mysterious circumstances and whose doll (it is assumed it was hers) washed up on the island and was collected by the island’s caretaker and hung from a tree out of respect.
Of course, the story has been amended over the year and now legend has it that after her death, dolls with severed heads, blanked out eyes and missing limbs washed up on shore. It’s also said that the dolls move their arms and legs, blink their eyes and whisper to each other.
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Aokigahara, otherwise known as the Suicide Forest or the Sea of Trees, is in Japan near the base of Mount Fuji. This forest is home to rocky ice caverns and is so dense it shuts out the sounds of the forest. It’s a popular place for people to hang themselves – one of the three most frequented places in the world for suicides. One year, more than 100 people were found dead in the forest. Sometimes hikers and visitors come across bodies strolling through the forest before the police can even come and get them down.
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Leap Castle, Ireland
Built on the top of a torture pit, Leap Castle has had many bloody events take place within its walls. It was the home of the O’Carroll clan and built in the 1500s situated in County Offaly. It was the scene of much bloodshed and visitors should watch out for resident spirit, “The Elemental.”
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