Getting ready for Halloween? Check out the top 15 most haunted spots on earth
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Whether you're a believer or not, you can't deny that ghost stories and tales of haunted abodes aren't spine-tinglingly interesting, with countless reports over centuries of history claiming to have seen, heard and felt what we believed to be impossible things. Although there are countless spots all around the world with ghostly pasts and stories to tell, here are 15 of the spookiest that we could find... 1. Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico This one is truly one for a horror movie. Legend has it that Julian Santen Barrera moved to the island near Mexico City in the 1950s, in search of a peaceful and reclusive retirement (the plot already sounds like a thriller, at least). Although he was unaware of it, the island had a dark past, cursed with the legend of three girls who had drowned in the 1920s whilst playing by the water, whose spirits were still said to remain (getting more and more ominous). Julian claimed that he was greeted by a small girl within days of his arrival (I am already screaming GET OUT NOW), and the kind-hearted man began to leave her dolls to play with, even sacrificing his food supplies in order to pay for them. Things began to escalate and Julian confided in his nephew, and told him that he was finding it increasingly difficult to please the girl and expressed his concerns that she had plans for him to join her in her fate. On this very day, his nephew arrived on the island and found Julian's body in the same spot where the girl had drowned 70 years before. To this day tourists claim to feel the doll's eyes watching their movements, and have heard their whispers at night. It turns out that the girl got what she wanted, as Julian's ghost has joined her in her haunting of the island. 2. Tower of London Perhaps one of the most famous haunted hideouts of the world is the place in which thousands have been executed since its building in 1078, and which has housed several bloodthirsty monarchs in its 900 years of history - most notably King Henry VIII. One of the most suspiciously spooky tales that has emerged from the tower concerns the Duke of Gloucester, who is rumoured to have murdered his two nephews, princes who had been sent to the tower after being deemed illegitimate by parliament, and disappeared soon afterwards. It is believed that they roam the corridors of the castle hand in hand, dressed in nightgowns and adorning a chilling expression of terror. It's believed that two small skeletons were also found beneath a staircase in the White Tower, adding fuel to the fire. As well as the boys, the headless body of Anne Boleyn, who was executed in 1536, has been seen floating down the halls and near the spot of her execution. A sighting of the ghost of Lady Jane Grey was also reported by a guard back in 1957. 3. Ancient Ram Inn, Gloucestershire Try and think of absolutely everything evil you can - and it's likely that this house is somehow associated with it. Child sacrifice, witchery, devil worship and evil spirits are all said to have had something to do with this house, which was built in 1145 on an ancient Pagan burial ground. An overnight stay within its quarters is not for the faint hearted, with guests regularly reporting sights of ghosts in their rooms, and the feeling of being physically touched and pulled and hearing voices. It's no wonder that it's considered to be the most haunted house in Britain, and possibly in the world. 4. Fort George, the Citadel, Nova Scotia, Canada Dating back to the 18th Century, this plot is considered to be Canada's most haunted historic site, and has boasted countless supernatural sightings over recent years. The eeriest of appearances often comes in the form of a little girl who joins the regular ghost tours that take place on the site, with members of the public often claiming that they feel her hand slipping into theirs. People also often suffer the feeling of being watched, hearing voices, unexplained bangs, feeling nauseous and even being pushed by an unseen force. The vanishing ghosts of soldiers have also been sighted, and even visible mists which have been captured on film. 5. Château de Brissac, Maine-et-Loire, France Although rebuilt by the Count of Anjou Château de Brissac in 1502, the castle dates back to the 11th Century, and has many ghostly associations. Back in the 15th Century nobleman Jacques de Brézé is believed to have caught his wife in the act of adultery, and murdered both her and her lover with a sword. It is said that visitors still hear the echoes of their screams to this day. A regular ghostly guest of the castle is the la Dame Verte, also known as the "Green Lady", who is such a persistent guest that the current owners have grown used to her. She is said to wear a green dress and stand in the tower room of the chapel. But it gets better (or worse). Many have said that you don't want to catch her eye- because she doesn't have any. Yep, just like in your worst nightmares, her face has only three swirling black holes where her eyes and nose should be, and her corpse-like ghost regularly moans around the castle in the dead of night. 6. Borgvattnet, the haunted vicarage, Sweden Originally built in 1876, the Old Vicarage in Jämtland County, morthern Sweden, is considered to be one of the most haunted spots in the country, with paranormal activity first being reported back in 1927. The owner, then Nils Hedlund, claimed that on his way up to the attic he watched his laundry being torn from the line by an unseen force. This poltergeist wasn't exactly a domestic goddess, it seems. The owner of the vicarage back in 1945, Erick Lindgren, kept on top of the sightings, and even reported being thrown out of his chair on several occasions by an invisible force. The vicarage is actually open to the public and you can sample some of the fine cuisine, and even get to know some of the more unconventional guests if you choose to stay overnight. A past guest has claimed to have been woken in the dead of night by three old women staring at her as she slept. When she turned on the light, however, their figures turned blurry. This experience isn't for the faint-hearted, with those who are brave enough to last the entire night in the room being few and far between. You can even earn a certificate if you can do it! 7. The White House, Washington D.C., USA Arguably the most famous house on earth and packed with history, several of America's Presidents and visitors to he White House have complained of paranormal activity, and particularly the return of past leaders. Several have claimed to have been visited by the ghost of Abraham Lincoln, including Queen Wilhemina of the Netherlands and wartime Prime Minister of the UK Winston Churchill, who refused to sleep in the room again after the encounter. Several other past leaders also claim to have witnessed the ghost of Lincoln, including Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and Dwight Eisenhower, and the families of leaders such as First Lady Jackie Kennedy and Ladybird Johnson. Many employees of the White House have heard the voice of President Andrew Jackson in the Rose Room (one of the rooms in which Lincoln is said to patrol also), either laughing or swearing loudly. Sightings of the ghost of Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, have been reported in the room in which she used to hang her laundry, floating across the room with arms outstretched, seemingly finishing the job. Looks like we still have chores in the afterlife to look forward to.
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