February 12, 2024 | Sarah Ng

The 30 Most Haunted Places On Earth


Corvin Castle

The infamous Vlad III, or Vlad the Impaler, once lived in Corvin Castle—a Gothic-style estate with a dark past. After all, Vlad's horrifying acts helped inspire Bram Stoker's Dracula. It has since become a magnet for those who believe in the supernatural and want to peek behind the curtain of the Dracula myth.

Location: Romania

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The Stanley Hotel

Although the Stanley Hotel is the inspiration behind the horror novel The Shining by Stephen King, its ghostly truth is quite surprising. Employees confess that they only have "happy ghosts," such as the one who in Room 217—a maid known to pack up the clothes of unsuspecting guests.

Location: Estes Park, Colorado

The Stanley Hotel a 140-room Colonial Revival hotel in Estes Park, ColoradoCarol M. Highsmith, Wikimedia Commons

One If By Land, Two If By Sea

Located in the West Village, this dazzling restaurant is perfect for a romantic night out...even if it's known to be haunted by more than 20 ghosts. It was once Aaron Burr's carriage house and his daughter Theodosia is said to be one of the resident spirits.

Location: New York City

one if by land, two if by sea restaurantchristine kaelin, Flickr

Paris Catacombs

Dating back to the late 18th century, the Paris Catacombs lie beneath the bustling city streets. This underground labyrinth stretches 500 miles and eerily contains the bones of millions of people.

Location: France

Crypt of the Sepulchral Lamp in the Catacombs of ParisMykReeve, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

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Larnach Castle

This Gothic Revival estate boasts ghosts with illustrious backstories. Though she passed from typhoid at the age of 26, Kate Larnach's apparition is said to twirl around the 3,000-square-foot ballroom. Her father William James Mudie Larnach took his own life in 1898, and his ghost has also been sighted.

Even more jarring are the bizarre smells: The odor of port and smoke sometimes permeates the rooms without a known source.

Location: Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

Larnach Castle and front lawn with water fountain in city of Dunedin, New ZealandPseudopanax, Wikimedia Commons

Poveglia Island

Venice may be one of the most romantic destinations, but Poveglia Island boasts a crumbling insane asylum from a more brutal time. During the bubonic plague, it was initially a quarantine zone. But that wasn't all. Reportedly, Poveglia was the site for some ruthless medical experiments. It wasn't until a doctor threw himself off the building that the institution finally closed.

Location: Venice, Italy

Poveglia a small island located between Venice and Lido in the Venetian LagoonMarco Usan, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Driskill Hotel

In 1886, cattle baron Jesse Driskill opened his Romanesque hotel to the public—but these days, its known for its paranormal activity and tragic history. In a bizarre coincidence, two women on their honeymoons who were staying in the same room took their own lives... but these sad incidents occured 20 years apart.

Location: Austin, Texas

Driskill Hotel the oldest operating hotel in Austin, Texas, United StatesBilly Hathorn, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Kehoe House

Finished in 1882, this Queen Anne-style mansion once housed the Kehoe family: William and Anne, and their 10 children. Sadly, some of the children passed under its roof. Today, the Kehoe house is a bed and breakfast, but some guests have heard evidence of its haunting: the unsettling sound of children absorbed in play.

Location: Savannah, Georgia

Kehoe House, built in 1892 for foundry owner William Kehoe, and Irish immigrant in Savannah, GeorgiaCarol M. Highsmith, Wikimedia Commons

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a 12th-century fortress—and there's one sad tale forever linked to its legacy. According to this story, a young piper went into the castle's tunnels to explore them and disappeared forever. Some visitors claim that they can hear eerie music playing.

Location: Scotland

Edinburgh Castle seen from the roof of the National Museum of ScotlandKim Traynor, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Château de Brissac

The Château de Brissac is known for the The Green Lady—the ghost of Charlotte of France, King Charles VII's illegitimate daughter. As the story goes, Charlotte's husband took her life after he discovered her infidelity. It is said that she haunts the tower to this day.

Location: Brissac-Quincé, France

Brissac-Quincé a French château in the Brissac-Quincé area of the commune of Brissac Loire AubanceW. Bulach, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

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Raynham Hall

Raynham Hall is a lovely English country that dates all the way back to 1637. It is known for the ghost of the Brown Lady, who is supposedly Lady Dorothy Walpole. In 1936, the Brown Lady had her claim to fame in Country Life magazine when it published an alleged photo of her ghost.

Location: Norfolk, England

Raynham Hall a country house in Norfolk, EnglandJohn Fielding, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Winchester Mystery House

After her husband's passing, Sarah Winchester commissioned a Queen Anne-style mansion with bizarre design choices, including windows that conceal secret passages and stairs that lead nowhere. The reason? To protect the home from dangerous spirits, particularly victims of Winchester rifles. 

Location: San Jose, California

Winchester House a mansion in San Jose, CaliforniaGentgeen, Wikimedia Commons

Ancient Ram Inn

The Ancient Ram Inn was practically doomed to be haunted as it sits upon a 12th-century pagan burial site. There are as many as 20 different ghosts, including a priestess, an incubus, and many children. Reportedly, some guests have been so frightened—they've tried to escape by jumping out of the inn's windows.

Location: Wotton-under-Edge, England

The Ancient Ram Inn a Grade II listed building and a former pubBrian Robert Marshall, Wikimedia Commons

Amityville Horror House

In 1974, Amityville House witnessed a horrifying incident where Ronald Defeo Jr took the lives of his six family members. The very next year, the Lutz family moved in and claimed to experience some undeniable paranormal happenings: slamming doors, ghostly voices, and a secret Red Room. After 26 days of fear, the Lutzes moved out.

Location: New York

A large Dutch Colonial house situated in a suburban neighborhood in AmityvilleBrownieCharles99, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Historic Park used to be a flourishing mining center, but it is now an eerie abandoned town. Visitors not only claim to have seen the ghosts of miners, but have also heard sounds emanating from the empty mining shafts.

Location: California

Storm Light at Bodie State Historic ParkJeff Sullivan, Flickr

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress dates all the way back to the 1290s; it even played a part in the Seven Years' War. Those who live in the area believe that the soldiers from its past have stuck around. Some claim to have seen their ghosts wandering the fortress's halls.

Location: Norway

Akershus a medieval castle in the Norwegian capital Oslo that was built to protect and provide a royal residence for the city.Ryan Hodnett, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

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Castle Of Good Hope

Though this castle has a heartwarming name, it supposedly houses the ghost of the brutal ruler, Governor van Noodt. As the story goes, a man who had been sentenced to hang placed a curse on the governor. Therefore, when the governor passed, his soul remained trapped within the castle.

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Entrance of Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South AfricaBernard Gagnon, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Leap Castle

Leap Castle dates back to the late 13th century. Quite disturbingly, there was a secret dungeon that nobody found until the 1920s. It contained the remains of 150 people. As well, the castle ghost that is best known is The Red Lady, who many have spotted on the premises.

Location: Ireland

Leap Castle a castle in Coolderry, County Offaly, IrelandMike Searle, Wikimedia Commons

Isla De La Muñecas 

Isla de las Muñecas—or Island Of The Dolls—all began when Don Julian Santana Barrera found the body of a drowned girl. While exploring the island, he also found a doll in the water, which he placed in a tree as a tribute the girl. 

As the years passed, the island became absolutely covered with different dolls. Some say they're posessed and even move on their own.

Location: Mexico

The Island of the Dolls a chinampa of the Laguna de Tequila, Mexico City, MexicoAmrith Raj, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Lizzie Borden House

In 1892, Lizzie Borden took her parents' lives in this house—but today, visitors are welcome to stay the night. As a bed and breakfast and museum, the Borden horror story is still alive and well. Guests have claimed to hear footsteps, see ghostly figures, and experience electricity surges.

Location: Fall River, Massachusetts

The Lizzie Borden House is notorious for being the home of Lizzie Borden and her familyUnknown Author, Wikimedia Commons

Merchant's House Museum

Merchant's House Museum may be small—but it boasts a rich history. Home to the Tredwell family for almost 100 years, it's said that the ghost of the final Tredwell, Gertrude, never left. At the age of 93, she passed in one of the bedrooms. Of course, that hasn't stopped her ghost for getting into trouble.

Location: New York

The Merchant's House Museum a historic house museum Manhattan in New York CityAjay Suresh, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Palacio de Linares

This lavish Palacio de Linares hides some curious architectural elements like vanishing staircases and trapped doors. It was once the residence of Don José Murga and his wife Raimunda Osorio, and it is said that their daughter still haunts the rooms. After the visitors filter out of the palace, eerie singing can often be heard.

Location: Madrid, Spain

The Palace of Linares (Spanish: Palacio de Linares) a palace located in Madrid, Spain.Carlos Delgado, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

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The Red Onion Saloon

Originally opened in 1898, The Red Onion Saloon operated as both a saloon and house of ill repute, but today it's a restaurant that also gives historical tours. According to many of the employees, there is a ghost named Lydia who still haunts the building. 

Location: Skagway, Alaska

Chilkoot Trail Skagway Historic District. Red Onion Saloon was brothel. Snowy mountains in backgroundGillfoto, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Ruthin Castle

Ruthin Castle may be a stunning medieval castle but it's haunted by a ghost known as The Grey Lady. She is believed to be Reginald de Grey's wife. According to the story, Lady Grey thought her husband was cheating on her. In an act of revenge, she took the life of the peasant girl whom she believed to be his mistress—and ended up facing execution.

Location: Wales

Ruthin Castle a medieval castle fortification in WalesNeil Parley, CC BY 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Tower Of London

The Tower of London is one of Europe's most infamous destinations. Constructed in 1070 by William the Conquerer, the large fortress played host to countless royal demises—and to this day, some of their ghosts remain. Even Anne Boleyn is said to haunt the halls.

Location: England

The Tower of London a historic castle in London, EnglandDuncan, UK, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

Al Madam

Al Madam is a ghost town located 40 miles from the lavish city of Dubai. After being built in the 1970s, it was completely deserted within ten years. Rumors blame the town's failing on djinn, which the Koran describes as spirits that can take on the form of animals or humans.

Location: United Arab Emirates

Group of abandoned houses and a mosque in the desert south of Madam town in Sharjah, UAEAlexandermcnabb, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Crescent Hotel

Though constructed in 1886, it wasn't until the 1930s that the Crescent Hotel's story took a spooky turn. Norman Baker, who claimed to be a "doctor," began offering people water-based cures for cancer, which were obviously a lie. The Crescent became a "hospital" and the morgue was believed to be a gateway to the spirit world.

Today, visitors can choose to stay in the room best known for its paranormal activity—room 218.

Location: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The Crescent Hotel is a historic hotel at 75 Prospect Avenue in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.Alan Islas, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Built in 1888, this hotel has many paranormal stories. Most famously, is the tragic tale of a bride-to-be. Swathed in her lovely wedding dress, she accidentally immolated herself on her way down the stairs by brushing up against a candle.

Known as the Ghost Bride, she's been spotted in the ballroom, still wondering when her first dance is going to begin.

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Banff Springs Hotel a historic hotel located in Banff, Alberta, CanadaAdam Fagen, Flickr

Casa Loma

Built in 1914, Casa Loma is a Gothic Revival castle with a chilling reputation. For years, there have been whispers about paranormal activity on the estate. With its secret passages and ghost stories, it's no wonder that it proudly proclaims itself as a haunted house for Halloween.

Location: Toronto

Casa Loma a Gothic Revival castle-style mansion and garden in midtown Torontopaul bica, Flickr

Pittock Mansion

Not only is this chateau haunted, but has also been the filming located for two horror films: The Haunting of Sarah Hardy and Unhinged.

Constructed in 1909, Pittock Mansion is also known for its ghosts, banging windows, and the bizarre phenomenon of paintings moving from room to room.

Location: Portland, Oregon

The Pittock Mansion a French Renaissance-style château in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, United StatesSteven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons