Just because trick-or-treating is postponed this year doesn’t mean you can’t get into the Halloween spirit. There’s something spooky about being cooped up alone, especially when you know that the world is full of chilling wonders and paranormal mysteries waiting to be seen. This Halloween, let your skin crawl as you visit the creepiest and most haunted places around the world in the comfort of your home. Draw your curtains, dim the lights, and visit these haunted spots via virtual tours.
PENNHURST HAUNTED ASYLUM
Are you in for a scare? Pennhurst Asylum was established in 1908 to house the mentally and physically disabled residents of Spring City, Pennsylvania. Patients suffered brutalization, abuse, and neglect for 79 years until the Asylum was finally shuttered in 1987. Today, it is believed that severe paranormal activities linger in the remains of the Asylum. Destination America uploaded a 360 video tour of what is dubbed as “Pennsylvania’s most terrifying haunted attraction.”
Fort Delaware was once used as a prison for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. “Conditions were horrid, with some prisoners fighting over rats to eat,” as stated in a feature by CBS News. “Since then, witnesses have claimed to hear soldiers’ footsteps and voices and have spotted ghostly apparitions.” Dare to visit Fort Delaware’s spooky halls in this haunting 360 video tour.
Constructed in 1890, Preston Castle was a reform school for boys in Ione, California, which opened in June 1894. The juvenile correctional facility was closed in 1960, where it sat abandoned, vacant, and in disrepair for 40 years till September 2001. It has been said that this landmark is haunted by ghosts of deceased wards and head housekeeper Anna Corbin, who was beaten beyond recognition to death.
If you’re up to be disturbingly informed, tour the College of Physicians of Pennsylvania’s Mutter Museum. It houses America’s best collections of medical history, with models and anatomical specimens such as Albert Einstein’s brain, Dr. Joseph Hyrtl’s human skull collection, and the Soap Lady. The contents of this collection are both eerie and educational, which you can tour for over 20 minutes.
Take a walk through the ghost town brought by the tragedy of Chernobyl, regarded as the worst nuclear disaster in history.
On April 26, 1986, unstable conditions occurred in an uncontrolled nuclear reaction at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the Ukrainian city of Pripyat. A large amount of energy was released alongside an explosion that for 9 days, radioactive contamination dominated the area. 100,000 people were evacuated. 2 people died in the initial explosion, but within the next decade, over 40 people passed away from radiation-related complications.
CATACOMBS OF PARIS
During the 17th century in Paris, cemetery spots for the dead were overpopulated. Remains of 6-million people were eventually transferred to an underground site, which is now known as the Paris Catacombs. The virtual tour, which you can visit here, is self-guided, allowing 360 degrees exploration of the Catacombs.
No trick or treat? no problem! Pair your spooky experience with treats you’ll enjoy. Miss B’s Thousand Gram Dirty Brownies are sprinkled with whole walnuts and silvered almonds, then drizzled with caramel and chocolate fudge. Indulge further with Miss B’s Shooky Bucket, with 15 warm, toasty chocolate chip cookies with 70% dark chocolate. Get your Dirty Brownies and Shooky Bucket only here at KKDay.
Words by Miguel Flores
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