Built in the 13th century, Houska Castle in Prague, Czech Republic is one of the country’s most haunted landmarks. It was built with no fortifications, no water, no kitchen, away from major trade routes, and with no occupants at its time of completion. The castle was not built as a residence or as a protective sanctuary, but was instead built because a large hole, nicknamed “The Gateway to Hell” needed to be covered up. People believe that, by building this huge castle, they were able to keep the demons trapped in the lower level and they built the thickest walls closest to the hole to keep the supposed demons at bay, away from nearby villages. Spooky tales of humanoid creatures and dark-winged creatures flying out of this hole have been reported for centuries, and the ominous castle is host to further paranormal occurrences.
After the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, the residents of Pripyat, Ukraine, understandably abandoned their town to escape the plague of nuclear waste. The place remains an eerie, desolate wasteland that looks like something straight out of a horror movie.
The Clown Motel, Nevada- If you have coulrophobia, this motel dedicated to clowns in Tonopah may not be the best place for you to spend a night. What’s even creepier is the fact that it’s surrounded by a haunted graveyard, where dark phantoms can be seen appearing out of nowhere in the dead of night. The unsettling clown dolls and figurines are also said to be possessed by malevolent spirits, and they have been captured moving on their own and cackling voices are heard coming from some of the larger clowns.
Most insane asylums were abandoned so abruptly that they still contain the terrifying remnants of the past. We can only imagine the unorthodox and immoral practices that went on behind these closed doors.
Winner of this years Most Spooky Cemetery Award is Highgate Cemetery in England. Other than some of the amazing architecture seen in the cemetery, and being the final resting place for famous people such as Karl Marx, Douglas Adams, and Charles Dickens’s parents, this cemetery is known for its ghosts and strange occurrences.
Several incidents have been documented in the cemetery. One account is that of a man whose car broke down near the cemetery gates. To his horror, peering out at him from the graveyards iron gates was the face of a ghoul with glowing red eyes.
Another man was horrified when he saw a strange phantom with pointed ears, glowing eyes, and a large nose jump over the graveyard fence and land in front of him. Many believe this sighting to be that of the infamous Spring-Heeled Jack.
Other than these two specific incidents, others have reported seeing the spirit of a nun floating over the graves. A dark figure in a shroud has also been seen standing still and staring into space. If it is approached, it will immediately disappear. Once it vanishes it will reappear a short distance away, still staring at nothing. The ghost of a crazy old woman with long gray hair can also be seen running among the gravestones. Legend states that she is searching for her children, which she supposedly murdered.
Finally, the most famous haunting in this cemetery is that of The Highgate Vampire. Unlike classic vampires, The Highgate Vampire is described as a 7ft tall, shadowy man. He has piercing eyes, a long black coat, and a top hat. When seen he vanishes into thin air. Supposedly, one man was killed by this vampire in the cemetery, while several others were visited by him in their bedrooms at night.
This photograph was taken in the early 2000s by a teenage who had been disturbed by poltergeist behaviour in their bedroom since moving into a new house. While listening to music in bed, they spotted this creepy shadow person walking from their closet through the open door onto the landing and snapped a picture. The figure is notably short with a hunched over posture. Before buying the new home, they were told that the previous owner had hanged themselves in the closet. Could this be their ghost looking for a way out?