It’s not unusual to be a little bit creeped out when you hear a strange noise in the middle of the night, or when you just can’t shake the eerie feeling that someone might be watching you. But is it our own minds playing tricks on us, is it nothing at all? Or did that door just open all by itself?
For most, the idea of voluntarily putting yourself in some of the creepiest abandoned places on the planet is the stuff of nightmares and is certainly enough to send you running for the hills. But for others, there’s nothing more exciting than feeling the chill of a derelict mental asylum whip around you like a cold blanket.
Take a stroll through this list of 10 creepiest abandoned places around the world.
- The Last House on Holland Island, U.S.A.
This house used to be a part of what once was a flourishing small island colony in the Chesapeake Bay in the U.S. Frequent and fast erosion of the island’s mud and silt led to decrease in the livable area of the land. This house was what the last of the remains of Holland Island was before it too collapsed in 2010.
- Hashima Island, Japan
Once a thriving town housing over 5000 miners, it was abandoned when petrol replaced coal as Japan’s primary fuel source. Hashima Island is now the dwelling of souls and spirits. With zero human intervention, the deserted island has now become a ghost town, where you can hear murmuring and whispering sounds with no one beside you.
- Land of Oz, Beech Mountain, North Carolina
Built in 1970, this Wizard of the Oz-style theme park in North Carolina was only open for 10 years. Grover Robbins, who was head of the project, died just before the park opened. Now a glorious ruin, it reopens for one weekend every October, for an event called Autumn at Oz, for Wizard of Oz enthusiasts.
- Island of the Dolls, Mexico
There are certainly lots of dolls there, but most of them are hanging on trees. Sound weird right? Legends say that a caretaker found a body of a dead girl on the island. It was after the discovery that she started hanging dolls as a way to appease the deceased girl’s restless spirit.
- Maunsell Sea Forts, England
Constructed by the British Royal Navy during the Second World War as an advanced line of defense these forts now sit abandoned a few feet above the waves of the North Sea.
- Pripyat, Ukraine
The city of Pripyat was established in Ukraine, close to the border of Belarus on Feb. 4th, 1970 as a Soviet nuclear city. It was residential to the workers who worked in the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant. But in 1986, the nuclear power plant faced a disaster, more popularly known as the Chernobyl Disaster of 1986, which led to the evacuation of the entire city. Priypat, thus, remains a radioactive ghost city haunted by the nightmares of that dreadful night.
- Craco, Italy
The last humanly activities reported in this village were in 1963 when the locales were transferred to some other vicinity. Since then no one has decided to turn up to this hamlet as it is considered to be cursed with evil souls and paranormal activities.
- City Hall Subway Station
Resting deep beneath the busy streets of New York City lies a subway station that no train has stopped at in almost 70 years, except for one public expedition on the stations 100 year anniversary. It was opened in 1904 and closed in 1945.
- House of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Bulgaria
The former headquarters of Bulgaria’s Communist Party has an eerie feel to it. The building is shaped like a flying saucer and was probably an architectural marvel when it was in use from 1981 until 1991. But it went silent and deserted after the fall of the Soviet Union. It is now a ghost of its former self, putting people who visit it in a trance.
- Overgrown section of the Great Wall, China
Nature has its own rules and anything challenging the nature is sure to taste defeat! Even the Great Wall of China could not stand the wrath of nature, and some of its portions are being eaten up by nature. Hidden away from the tourists, these portions of the walls are prone to vegetations and are losing their sustainability.