Whether you think belief in ghosts comes from superstition, religion, or a deep internal need for humans to tell themselves there is something after death beyond their body cooling on a metal table, one thing’s for sure: people can’t get enough of spooky stories about them! Some take it even further, wanting to visit famously haunted places for a chance to feel a cold breeze and immediately fill their britches with tinkle. If you’re looking to have your water glass moved a couple inches when you’re not looking, here’s 15 places that should give you a good chance.


The island of Poveglia in Italy is close to Italy’s much more famous island and tourist attraction, Venice. It’s pretty easy to see why Venice is in more travel books, when you know that Poveglia was used, over time, as both a quarantine zone for people with the plague and as an insane asylum. It’s like they were trying to make a haunted island.

The Stanley Hotel

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Someone apparently getting married there, which seems fun and maybe cursed.

Horror movie fans, which, if you’re reading articles about haunted places, may very well be you, will know The Stanley from the King/Kubrick masterwork The Shining. Much less famous: wherever the hell they were in that terrible Dr. Sleep movie.

Winchester Mystery House

This house, in California, was built by the widow of William Winchester of gunsmithing fame. His wife apparently had it constructed to be purposely maze-like in order to evade the ghosts who had been killed by her late husband’s guns? Which I guess were going to try to kill her? For revenge? I know this is a haunted house article specifically about ghosts, but that lady sounds insane.

Hoia Baciu Forest

Look. As someone who loves a good creepy-crawly tale, I could see myself staying in one of the houses of this list, especially because they are ALL bed and breakfasts now. But a haunted forest? Absolutely not. There hasn’t been enough money minted across the globe to get me to walk through a haunted forest. It’s in Romania, a country I will continue to not visit.

Corvin Castle

Once you’re done walking through that awful haunted forest, you can then jaunt right over to another Romanian haunted landmark, Corvin Castle. This was where a particularly dour fellow known as Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned. Knowing that Vlad the Impaler is also famous for being the inspiration for Dracula… yeah, this is basically Dracula’s castle.

Hell Fire Club

Hell Fire Club


Hell yes.

The Hell Fire Club in Ireland, is, as its name might suggest, cool as shit. It’s an old hunting lodge built for a Parliamentary speaker that’s rumored to have been the site of devil worship, sacrifices, and probably having an absolute blast with the lads.

Kellie’s Castle

Kellie’s Castle, located in, as you could guess from its name, Malaysia, was never actually completed. It was a mansion that was being built by a man named William Kellie-Smith as a gift for his wife, but he tragically died of pneumonia during the construction. His wife had no interest in finishing or living in a house that might as well had “Hey, remember your dead husband?” painted on the side, so it’s been left abandoned. This all was certainly enough to curse the place with some serious grief juju.

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