Do you believe in ghost? If you do, you’ll surely want to see the world’s scariest real-life haunted houses. Goosebumps!

1. The Whaley House, California

The Whaley House, California

The Whaley House is the number one most haunted house in the United States. Built by Thomas Whaley in 1857, this house is crowded with ghosts. The house has a spot where Yankee Jim Robinson was publicly hanged in 1852 for attempted grand larceny. The suicide of Violet Whaley in 1885 and other Whaley family deaths over the last century adds up to the list. Many visitors to the house have reported encountering spirits of Jim and members of Whaley family. [source]

2. The Bhanghar Fort, India

The Bhanghar Fort, India

Visitors at Bhangarh Fort have reported experiencing a sense of restlessness and unease in the air. This ancient Indian fortress is so haunted even the Government restricts entrance in the fort at night. There are signs put up by the Archaeological Survey of India, strictly forbidding visitors from sunset to sunrise. As the legend goes, it all started when the beautiful princess of the place spurned an evil magician, who in turn cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt in it. War and famine followed suit, and the fort was abandoned in the 1700s. [source]

3. Manila Film Center, Philippines

Manila Film Center, Philippines

This one doesn’t look like your typical haunted castle, creepy forest, or old ruin, but its story is sad and terrifying.The Manila Film Center is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of workers killed in a tragic construction accident. At 3 a.m. on Nov. 17, 1981, scaffolding at the site collapsed burying about 169 workers in quick-drying cement. No rescue teams were allowed at the site for nine hours. Reports differ on just how many workers were killed, but it’s possible that several bodies remain entombed in the structure. [source]

4. LaLaurie House, New Orleans

LaLaurie House, New Orleans

Madame Lalaurie, a popular figure in New Orleans, owned slaves like many of the wealthiest members of society. But behind that fame, she was a cruel woman who tortured her slaves. Out of rage, one of her servants set the house on fire. When people rescued the slaves from the house, they found some severely maltreated and malnourished slaves in horrific state. It was found that some slaves had even died because of the mistreatment. The Lalaurie family fled from Louisiana, but the house became popular for being haunted. Nowadays, it has been converted to high-end apartments. [source]

5. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky

Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Kentucky

With a total of “63000 deaths” in the Sanatorium, as claimed by some urban legends, it becomes a little convincing that the place is haunted. The tunnel at Waverly Hills was constructed to bring supplies to and from the building but was also used to transport the dead patients. With the ghost stories getting popular, this tunnel got the name of ‘the death tunnel’. It is also believed that satanic rituals have taken place in the sanatorium. People have reported seeing spirit of a little girl playing hide and seek with trespassers on the third floor, of a little boy named Bobby playing with his leather ball, of rooms lighting up though there was no power in the building, of doors slamming, disembodied voices, a hearse driving up and dropping off coffins, and an old woman running from the front door with her wrists bleeding screaming: “Help me. Somebody save me!” [source]

6. The Princess Theatre, Australia

The Princess Theatre, Australia

Elsewhere in Australia, you’ll find the Princess Theatre, which is haunted by a ghost named Frederici. According to lore, Frederick Baker, or “Frederici,” was an Italian baritone singer who died on stage in 1888. He was finishing a performance as Mephistopheles in Faust when a trapdoor dropped beneath his feet and he fell beneath the stage, dying from a heart attack. For many years, the Princess Theater saved an open seat for Frederic at every opening-night performance. [source]

7. The Schooner Hotel, UK

The Schooner Hotel, UK

The British Poltergeist Society has proclaimed it The Most Haunted Hotel in Great Britain. And there have been over 3,000 sightings in the past few years. If you do decide to stay there, you might want to avoid rooms 17 and 28, as grisly murders and ghostly apparitions seem to be as commonplace there as afternoon tea. [source]

8. The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Australia

The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, Australia

The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum originally called Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum, is located in Victoria, Australia. It served as a mental hospital from 1867 until 1995. At its highest capacity, 1,200 patients lived there. About 9,000 patients died in its 130-year history, and there’s little doubt those souls are haunting it this very day. [source]

9. Raynham Hall, United Kingdom

Raynham Hall, United Kingdom

The Raynham Hall in Norfolk is haunted by the “Brown Lady,” so named because she appears wearing a brown brocade dress. The Brown Lady is thought to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole (1686-1726). The sister of Robert Walpole (the first prime minister of Great Britain), she allegedly had an affair with a local lord, Lord Wharton. According to one story, her husband, Charles Townshend discovered the affair and locked her in their home at Raynham Hall. Another story claims that it was Lord Wharton’s wife who somehow managed to arrange her entrapment. Either way, Dorothy was locked up. She died, and her soul was freed to haunt the castle.

The Brown Lady has been spotted many times, first in 1825, when guests at a Raynham Hall Christmas party retired to their rooms. The most recent sighting was Sept. 19, 1936, when a photographer for Country Life magazine snapped an iconic photo of her. It appeared in Country Life and then again in Life magazine. It was probably a smudge on a lens or a double-exposure. Or maybe not. Either way, the Brown Lady became famous. [source]

10. Iulia Hasdeu Castle, Romania

Iulia Hasdeu Castle, Romania

The Iulia Hasdeu Castle was built by Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu in Campina, Romania after the death of his 19-year-old daughter, Iulia. Hasdeu dedicated the castle and the rest of his life to lulia. He became a practitioner of spiritualism in an attempt to reconnect with her spirit and designed one room in the castle solely for the purposes of these daily spiritual exercises. Its walls are all black. Iulia reportedly haunts the castle still, walking through the courtyard in a white dress and holding daisies. Oh, and she still plays the piano each night. [source]

11. Ocean Avenue, Amityville USA

Ocean Avenue, Amityville USA

Amityville is the house on which the movie ‘The Amityville Horror’ is based. It all started on November 13, 1974, Ronald Defeo Jr. (claiming to have been possessed) is said to have shot and killed his mother, father, two brothers and two sisters. The actual reasons for the massacre are still unknown.
On December 23rd, 1975 George and Kathy Lutz move into 112 Ocean Avenue with their 3 children. Father Ray who came to bless the house told them about the uneasy feeling he got there. The next 28 days were an ordeal for the family. On the last night, they heard loud sounds coming from the basement and the main floor, doors would open and slam close all over the house, the kids’ beds were dragged across their rooms, levitated in the air and then dropped and the parents couldn’t move from their beds at all. As soon as they were released, they fled the house and never return again. [source]

12. Hell Fire Club on Montpelier Hill, Ireland

Hell Fire Club on Montpelier Hill, Ireland

The Hell Fire Club on Montpelier Hill was built as a hunting lodge in 1725 and reportedly became a gathering place for a small group of Dublin elites who met for debauchery and devil worship. Tales of animal sacrifice, black masses, cloven-hoofed men, and murder surround the structure. It’s another popular destination for tourists and ghost tours. [source]

13. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle in Scotland is said to be one of the spots most active for paranormal sightings. Visitors have reported shadowy figures, unseen presences, mysterious tugging of clothing, and spirits of headless drummers, pipers, and even ghost dogs. There are also reports of French prisoners from the Seven Years War and colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War. [source]

14. Château de Châteaubriant, France

Château de Châteaubriant, France

The Château de Châteaubriant was built in the 11th century. The haunting dates to the 16th century, and the story of Jean de Laval and his wife Françoise de Foix. King Francis I asked de Laval to assist him at court, and Françoise joined him there, becoming the lady in waiting to the queen. She also became King Francis’ mistress. She died on Oct. 16, 1537 under mysterious circumstances. It was rumored that de Laval had learned of her affair and locked her in a room until he could poison her. Now, every year, on Oct. 16, Françoise walks the halls of the Château. [source]

15. Diplomat Hotel, Baguio City, Philippines

Diplomat Hotel, Baguio City, Philippines

The Diplomat Hotel sits on a hill overlooking Baguio City in the Philippines. Originally a monastery, the clergy there were executed by the Japanese during WWII and the building was used as a Sanatorium. After the war, it was converted into a hotel. People who live nearby claim that at times they hear the banging of doors, windows, clattering of dishes, voices of people screaming in the middle of the night and many have seen ‘black figures’ or a ‘white lady’. The hotel is quite overgrown and apparently not in current use by anyone. [source]

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