There’s something inherently fascinating about the macabre nature of creepy, isolated, often abandoned places around the world. It’s like entering a long-forgotten world fraught with danger at every turn, and the adrenaline and sense of adventure that comes with exploring such places are almost impossible to resist. All around the world, there are sites of such mysterious histories that you can’t help but wish you had a chance to go in and check them out for yourself.

Of course with most of these places, you’d almost certainly want to go during the daylight hours and armed to the teeth with holy water and anything else you think may protect you from evil spirits and ghouls that are almost certainly lurking in the shadows to drag you to hell. These are some of the most terrifying locales from around the globe.

13Bhangar Fort, India

Bhangar Fort, India

Bhangar Fort is believed to be perhaps the most haunted place in the world and is believed by locals to be cursed grounds.

12Island of the Dolls, Mexico

Island of the Dolls, Mexico

Near Mexico City is this small island decorated with creepy old dolls hanging from trees, with each doll representing young girls who died too young.

11Takakonuma Amusement Park, Japan



Amusement parks are, by definition, supposed to bring joy, but this abandoned park in Japan is said to have been the place of several mysterious deaths in the 1970s.

10Overtoun Bridge, Scotland

Overtoun Bridge

This ominous bridge in Scotland has been the setting of many, many unexplained dog “suicides” over the years, with canines randomly jumping to their deaths.

9Byberry Mental Hospital, Pennsylvania

Byberry Mental Hospital, Pennsylvania

Mental asylums are always particularly creepy given the nature of what we can only assume took place there, and that’s certainly true of this dark, looming, decrepit Philadelphia area hospital.

8Helltown, Ohio


This rural, abandoned area of Ohio is said to be haunted, a legend made more terrifying by the reports of Satanists regularly holding rituals there.

7Shades of Death Road, New Jersey

Shades of Death Road, New Jersey

Believe it or not, this is the real name of this stretch of road in New Jersey, which is said to have been the site of numerous fatal car crashes and grisly murders.

6Catacombs of Paris, France


Beneath the chic and stylish streets of Paris are the Catacombs, which house millions of sets of bones as a former burial place for the city as recently as a couple of hundred years ago.

5Pluckley, England


Located in Kent, this small village is thought to be the most haunted area in all of England with landmarks called Fright Corner and the Screaming Woods.

4Hashimi Island, Japan


Hashima was a coal mining facility for nearly 100 years before being abandoned in the 1970s and is now referred to as “Ghost Island” by both locals and tourists.

3Hill of Crosses, Lithuania


Over 100,000 crosses and other religious relics adorn this destination in Lithuania, which is the site of Catholic pilgrimages but still manages to give off a terrifying vibe.

2Pripyat, Ukraine


It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the abandoned home of Chernobyl is decidedly creepy, and it’s been featured in several video games and movies for precisely that reason.

1Kolmanskop, Namibia


The most famous ghost town in the African region of Namibia, Kolmanskop is a former diamond-mining village that has slowly been swallowed by the Namib desert over the years.