Ghouls, skeletons, witches and zombies – Halloween is the scariest night in the calendar. Here are our pick of the creepiest places to spend the spooky holiday this year.
We’re not talking Casper the friendly ghost here, we mean proper haunted houses and bone-chilling theme parks. If you fancy a very frightening October 31st, here are the best places to go.
If you want to experience a seriously spooky Halloween, head to Jamaica’s Rose Hall Great Home. Legend has it that its previous owner, Annie Palmer, was a Great White Witch and tortured countless victims in her dungeon. Great efforts were made to build a grave to stop Annie’s spirit from rising, but they didn’t work, and she still haunts the house to this day wearing a green dress and riding a black horse.
Every other day of the year, Spain’s biggest theme park welcomes nearly three million customers a year through its door to have a go on attractions such as white-knuckle water ride Grand Canyon, or Furius Baco, the fastest rollercoaster in Europe. But come Halloween, the park transforms into something a little spookier, with hanging lanterns, monster parades and pumpkin sculptors. You can also head down secret passages to mystery locations, and watch on in horror at the Halloween show performed on the gloomiest lake in the park. And for any younger visitors, meeting Elmo and the Cookie Monster dressed in their favourite Halloween costumes is a must.
Terra Mitica is another theme park that transforms for Halloween. Think undead zombies chasing you, horror films in 5D, and creepy Lilith the Vampire Queen who walks around casting terrifying spells on unsuspecting people. And if that’s not enough, then their tagline of “come if you want…get out if you can” should give you goosebumps.
Island Of The Dolls, Mexico
These deserted woods located just two hours outside of Mexico City will fuel your worst nightmares. Thousands of mutilated dolls hang from the trees and hide among the branches like something straight out of a creepy horror film. They were put there by a reclusive man who once lived at the site and believed the dolls would calm the ghost of a little girl who drowned in the nearby canal. He claimed to hear her screams and footsteps in the darkness. Even after the man’s death, many people who visit the woods say they can hear whispers in the night and feel the creepy dolls’ eyes following them. Jeepers!