Ok – hands up; who wants to know some scary places to visit on Halloween? The festival is a wonderful time to celebrate all things ghoulish and ghostly, but if you want a place where things are as black as hell and things really do go bump in the night, you might want something a little more scary than your neighbor’s annual backyard decorations and trick or treating after sundown. I can’t promise you’ll hear ghostly wailings or see creepy apparitions, but here are some really scary places to visit on Halloween.
1. Island of the Dolls, Mexico
I was never a one for dolls when I was a kid. I didn’t like the idea of them lined up watching me when I was asleep. For that reason, for me, one of the really yucky places to visit on Halloween has to be the Island of the Dolls. This creepy island is in Xochimilco in Mexico City and is the work of Julian Santana Barrera. Xochimilco has a network of islands in its canal system and Barrera found a dead body floating in the water. After his discovery, he collected old and discarded dolls and doll parts to hang around the trees of his island to ward off evil spirits. Visit the island by boat on Halloween but be sure to leave by sundown because all those creepy dolls will have their (glass) beady eyes on you.