Scared of ghosts? Afraid of the dark? Freaked out by the living dead? Well, dont worry, because this time weve done all the terrifying work for you. Weve crossed the globe, from haunted crypt to deathly hollow, to find you the 25 most chilling graveyards that you wont have to visit. Ever. If youre ready to see something truly petrifying from the comfort of your warm, safe home, have a look here at what we dug up.
1. Bonaventure Cemetery, Georgia
Creepy statues will put a cemetery on anyones do-not-visit. Bonaventure has got plenty of them, but its also got one thats even spookier a statue of a girl called Gracie. Steal any of the small presents lying at her feet, and apparently the statue will start crying. So will we, so cut it out.
2. Highgate Cemetery, London
In the 60s, Highgate Cemetery was the focal point of a grisly string of mysterious deaths. Scores of animal corpses were found, exsanguinated, and many people reported seeing a vampire roam the tombs behind the walls. Although were not quite sure how people would recognize a modern-day vampire (surely they dont dress like the movies), were still not willing to investigate further.
3. Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague
The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague is notable for being, well, one of the worlds first skyscrapers of the dead. Since Jewish people are not permitted to remove graves or tombstones, they had to improvise by simply adding another level of dirt over the top. Nowadays, the cemetery has 12 layers of the dead. And none with any views.
4. La Noria, Chile
Restless accident victims from the ill-fated salt mining town in Chile are said to haunt this cemetery, where countless graves have been defiled by both opportunistic robbers and (apparently) the wandering spirits themselves. Visit after dark and you can expect unearthly screams and ghostly apparitions. Which we dont recommend doing, by the way.
5. New Lucky Restaurant, Ahmedabad, India
Nowhere else but India, the land of entrepreneurs, would you find a cemetery that doubles as a restaurant. Customers who are just dying for a feed get to dine amongst the old Muslim dead, with graves dotted around the eating area. Its best not to ask where those delicious smells are coming from.
6. San Juan Chamula Cemetery, Mexico
The Mexican Day of the Dead tradition is supposed to be (according to Hollywood, anyway) a vibrant and raucous festival. You wouldnt know it by looking at this graveyard, where a burnt-out church still broods over sprawling, bleak grounds. Chickens are still ritually sacrificed there, too, just to add some haunting flavor.
7. St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans
Many doubt the effectiveness of voodoo, but few can disagree that it has been a formative influence in the history of New Orleans. St. Louis Cemetery isnt just a place that gives you the willies, its also a place that charts the unique history of a unique town. Oh, and you can also have a long-dead voodoo queen put a curse on your enemies.
8. Sagada, Philippines
Those Filipinos must have been really bored in the old days. Heres another strange burial tradition from the archipelago this time in Sagada, where the coffins containing the dead were nailed to the sides of cliffs. The given reason was to protect them from headhunters and animals, but we think they know it just looks cool.
9. Stull Cemetery, Kansas
Calling it the gateway to Hell might be slightly unfair to Kansas, but in this case the description has a ring of truth to it. Strange lights and clandestine rituals have been reported by residents, and apparently if you knock on the stones of the now-ruined church, Satan himself will answer. Whats weird is that he doesnt have a butler to deal with these things.
10. Capuchin Crypt, Rome
The Capuchin Crypt is the resting place of the bones of almost 4,000 Capuchin friars (Capuchin meaning hooded in Italian). Which sounds like any other cemetery, but its what they do with the bones that makes it slightly (well, very) creepy. The bones litter the crypt and have been dressed up, used as light fittings, and arranged into religious symbols, like some serial killers lair.
11. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh
A very active poltergeist, a dog who guarded his masters grave for over a decade, random cuts and bites on visitors: Greyfriars is one hot spot that seems to channel the eerie. Though it does have its useful side J.K. Rowling got inspiration (and names) for the Harry Potter books from the very same site. And shes definitely not cursed.
12. Cimitero di San Michele, Venice
Not a city especially well known for its land availability, Venetians had to turn to a novel solution to house its dead using an entire island. The island, San Michele, isnt visited much by tourists these days. And with good reason: what happens when that return gondola forgets to pick you up?
13. Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, Chicago
How can you make a spooky cemetery downright frightening? Its easy just abandon it to nature. Thats what happened to Bachelors Grove (how do they come up with these names?) in Chicago, home to endless paranormal sightings and throngs of eager ghost hunters. Guys, were pretty sure they abandoned it for a reason.
14. Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Despite being the most visited graveyard in the world (thanks to Oscar Wilde) and the biggest in Paris city, all the attention hasnt stopped the dead from having some restless nights. According to local residents, WWII holocaust victims roam the cemetery after dark, searching for their own place to rest. Luckily they havent learned how to use the Metro yet.
15. Sedlec Ossuary, Kutná Hora, Czech Republic
Another big ol collection of bones, the Sedlec Ossuary is one of the largest, with bones from over 40,000 bodies. The playful (or sick, depending on your point of view) arrangement of the bones a chandelier here, a coat of arms there has rubbed off on the inhabitants, too. These ghosts are reportedly more interested in having fun than scaring visitors.
16. Chauchilla Cemetery, Peru
Some graveyards have ghosts, and some just creepy tombstones. But its not many that have fully preserved bodies on show. In Chauchilla, Peru, a millennia-old graveyard has perfectly preserved its bodies, thanks to an ultra-dry climate and the advanced preservation techniques of the Nazca people. Skin, hair, all of it is there for you to see, then have nightmares about it afterwards.
17. Resurrection Cemetery, Chicago
Entering almost into urban legend territory, the Resurrection Cemetery (one of the most misleading names for a cemetery, by the way) in Chicago is host to a girl named Mary, who was murdered on its very grounds. Those with nerves of steel can reputedly meet her if you drive past in the middle of the night, shell try to hitch a ride, then vanish at the gates.
18. The Ganges, Varanasi, India
If youre looking for instant salvation, just head to the Varanasi section of The Ganges possibly the filthiest natural cemetery in the world. Dumping a body (or cremated remains) here will guarantee a better life for the deceased, although with the bodies then washing up on shore, being eaten by dogs, rotting, and being subject to all manner of putrid waste, it certainly doesnt guarantee a better life for the living.
19. Timbak Caves, Philippines
High up in the mountains of Luzon rest the fire mummies of The Philippines, a set of perfectly preserved corpses. While the name makes it sound like theyre the bodies of ancient wizards, the truth is a little bit more mundane part of the mummification process was being smoke-dried over a fire. Well, thats still freaky.
20. Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
Dublin is scary enough after dark the siren song of one last Guinness lingering in the mist without adding a grim cemetery into the mix. The Catholic Glasnevin cemetery is surrounded by a high fence and watchtowers, ostensibly to keep grave robbers out. Or the thirsty dead in.
21. The Catacombs, Paris
Proof enough of the worlds morbid obsessions, the catacombs in Paris have been host to tens of millions of tourists since the 19th century. Whats down there, below the streets of Paris? Bones, bones, and more bones, and a singularly chilling atmosphere that doesnt go away no matter how many tourists are wandering the corridors.
22. Valley Of The Kings, Egypt
Not a traditional burial site by any standards, the Valley of the Kings and its famous pharaoh inhabitants still manage to scare the life out us. Whether its the hauntingly precise structures, the eerie tombs, or the lingering (and never quite disproved) curse, we probably wouldnt be unhappy if it was all left quite alone.
23. Howard Street Cemetery, Salem
This ones not scary. I mean, witches dont exist, right? It was all wild accusations and hearsay, right? So anyone buried at Howard Street, well, theyd just be normal people, incapable of supernatural activity, resting peacefully, not causing heart failure to every local sheriff thats ever been in office, right?
24. Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires
The creepy at Recoleta Cemetery doesnt come from the headstones, hauntings, or stories. The creepy comes from the size and layout, which is more or less an entire city of the dead. Its unsettling to see something so ordered, planned, and clean in a place that should be dark and forbidding. Also, it bears a striking resemblance to my hometown.
25. Capela dos Ossos, Portugal
This tomb wins automatic creepy points for calling itself The Chapel of Bones, but it doesnt stop there. Sure, it has the bones of over 5,000 people, but it also has two dried out corpses hanging from the ceiling. You know, just to add a bit of pizazz.