You thought Halloween is for children’s trick-or-trick and pumpkin carving? Think again. With its Celtic tradition, Halloween has many ghostly and haunting tales, such as pumpkin carved for protection, the lights and candles are to light up the way for the dead, for more Halloween tradition please click here.
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From the origins of witch hunting to the modern day ghost tour, there’s definitely something for every type of spooky on this holiday. Many people travel across the world to visit the castles, asylums, and houses to witness supernatural occurrences. HelloWings Journey has put together a combination list of haunted houses, asylums, and ancient castles for each type of thrill and horror this Halloween.
Located in Pittsburgh, PA, Scare House is put together by a group of the local artists and performers. Scare House happens in a building that’s nearly 100 years old in its own history of a First National Bank branch, an Elks Lodge, and now the Scare House. With a history of ghost sighting, Scare House not only offers Haunted shows, it also has the behind-the-scenes tour for those that appreciate the performance but not the horror, and an actual ghost hunt tour to find those who walk among the corridors at night. The Basement tour is the most intense one out of the other activities where participants must sign waivers and be 18+ in order to enter the property and be dragged, blindfolded, and scared out of their mind.The nearest airport is Pittsburgh International Airport(PIT).
The Ram Inn, Gloucestershire, England
A Blogger’s witness to the Ancient Ram Inn: Visit Mr. Humphries who has reside there since 1968...
If you’re more of a historic ghost and witch hunting tour, then The Ram Inn is for you. Located in the village of Wotton-under-Edge, this house has had all sorts of pagan references, even though it was built by St. Mary Church for the slaves and workers to live in while building the church. The location that Ram Inn is built on is also believed to be the intersection of 2 Ley Lines, having a higher spiritual energy; the place has also been noted as a Pagan burial ground more than 5000 years ago.
Pagan burial ground and rituals, church building slave house, and a witch burning at stake, The Ram Inn has changed hands several times. Even when it was later used as a B&B, there were places such as The Bishop’s Room in the house that guests didn’t want to live in. Those who actually dared to live in the room are often woken and scared away in the middle of the night. Even though the current owner John Humphries resides there, The Ram Inn is only open for ghost tours now. And quite frankly, it’s a stunning classical house just to visit.
Leap Castle, Country Offaly, Ireland
Being named one of the most haunted castle in Ireland, Leap Castle has hosted several families and witnessed several turmoils since it was built in 1250. It was first owned by Ely O’Carroll clan. Although there were numerous disputes and constant warfares, it was not until 1532 “One eye Teige” of the O’Carroll who stabbed his own brother Thaddeus in the chest while the latter was performing a mass. Ever since that, that chapel where Thaddeus breath last has become the Bloody Chapel.
Leap Castle was later transferred into the Darby’s hands through marriage in the 1600s, and Mildred Darby later enchanted an Elemental evil spirit to the castle. In 1922, when the castle was being remodeled, workers found a secret dungeon behind the Bloody Chapel, where mercenaries and others were thrown into the dungeon by O’Carrolls and die a painful death with wooden spikes going through the lungs and brains. The human bones discovered was enough to cover up the thick wooden spikes and took 3 carts total to remove them. Even though Leap Castle is still a private property owned by Sean and Anne Ryan, private tours are available through booking here. The nearest airports are Shannon Airport(SNN) and Dublin Airport(DUB).
The Catacombs, Paris, France
If you are up to give ghost tour a try but doesn't want to go extreme yet, then the Catacombs would be an ideal choice. Partially made famous by the 2014 film As Above, So Below, The Catacombs hosts a large amount of Parisian and their bones that moved here from 1786 to 1788. Even though the process was conducted with various procedures and blessing, there are still various reports of tourists being choked, whispers, and sudden coldness felt while touring the Catacombs.
Before the Catacombs were offered as a tour, the locals used the crypts as mini concert halls in the late 1800s, how brave! Although not the entire place is open to public, the open part does hosts some amazing skull sculptures, and tours are offered daily but numbers are controlled to preserve the condition underground.
McKamey Manor, San Diego, California
This is the #1 experience to go after if your Halloween is all about haunt and thrill. McKamey has given Haunted House a new definition. This 4-7 hour experience is 21+ only and all who enters must sign a waiver since they will be physically and psychologically "living the horror movie". Many have adored this place and many have hated it, claiming emotional trauma months after the event. Simply go and search for MkKamey Manor's video and it explains exactly what you'll encounter if challenging this tour.
Being much more lengthy than the other haunted houses, the duration often gets people psychologically haunted about half way through the tour, said one of the "survivors". Be warned that this is on the extreme end of the Haunted House series, and it may even surpass those historically haunted buildings. After all, seeing ghost won't leave as much harm on you as being thrown into a dryer and beaten up, or so we hope. The nearest airport is San Diego International Airport(SAN).
Everland Halloween & Horror Night, Seoul, Korea
Now let’s talk about Halloween in Asia, a little close and within reach. Typically the Asian ghost doesn’t just haunt on Halloween, they do it year round, and especially on the lunar month of July so called the ghost month. But with the western influence, many Asian cities have started to adapt the feel and incorporated them into the local theme parks.
Disney is one of the more famous Halloween incorporated theme parks, but that’s not quite as the thrill that haunted lovers would be seeking for. So we’ve found Everland in Korea that’s ready to throw a huge haunted party from early September to October 31 every year, with scary performances, spooky zoo, and realistic effects costumes joining all in a parade, it’s a tamer yet still thrilling version for Adults who want a theme park Halloween experience. Band, Pumpkin Garden, Haunted House and shows, and Spooky animals stories, Everland has a good mix of thrill and fun in their annual celebration. The nearest airports are Incheon International Airport(ICN) and Gimpo International Airport(GMP).