In the spirit of Halloween Week I have been researching and watching movies about the scariest travel locations in the world. I am a complete scaredy cat and would not venture to these places in my real life. However, I find reading other’s account on these places to be completely fascinating. After many hours of reading the “top scariest places” lists, I have compiled a list of my own personal favorites!
1. Pripyat, Ukraine
This formerly lively area is now one of the greatest ghost towns in the world. The area was devastated by the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, now known as the worst nuclear accident to ever occur. The population was forced to flee to avoid radiation exposure, completely leaving their lives and belongings behind. Of course, not everyone made it out unscathed and even those who managed to escape were plagued by ongoing radiation effects for years after. Since the “zone of exclusion” is off limits now, you can see what this ghost town looks like from the comfort of your couch in the Chernobyl Diaries horror movie.
2. Islas de las Munecas
Located in Mexico City, in the many uninhabited islands, there are strings and strings of dolls hung along trees. Legend has it, a man who lived their alone many years ago found the body of a drowned girl. He began hanging dolls and continued the habit for years later until the entire island was covered. As someone who is terrified of clowns and creepy dolls, I can say this is one of my nightmares.
3. Suicide Forest
Aokigahara is located at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan and has been termed “The Trees of the Sea.” Every year people wander into this forest and are never seen again. As a popular place for suicides, the forest is riddled with skeletons of the people who ended their lives there. And if that is not creepy enough, the forest is thick enough that it is pitch black during both night and day. VICE has an awesome little documentary on this place that you can check out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDSdg09df8 .
Wishing everyone a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween!