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October 28, 2014 OTA News No Comments Email Email

Forget pop-up haunted houses and fake fearful festivities this Halloween.  Some people travel the globe to seek out the real deal of paranormal with lingering spirits.
The travel experts at Cheapflights, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have picked their Top 10 Cities that Spook: Creepy Tours around the World.

From Chicago to India and in between there’s no escaping storied cemeteries, witch curses, headless ghosts of queens – and clanging chains of prisoners whose souls have yet to flee!

Scare yourself silly this Halloween at one of these five spooky tours:

Ararat, Victoria, Australia –More than 13,000 people died at the Arandale Asylum over its dark 130 history.   The facility, in country Victoria, was the site of some of the most controversial psychiatric experiments in Australian history.   Today, the asylum is a true ghost town with around 70 abandoned buildings.  Tours including scary sleepovers operate most weekends with bizarre stories of the brutal treatment of patients and eerie night-time walk-throughs of the wards, operating theatres and morgue.

Salem, Massachusetts – Witchcraft is deeply ingrained in the history and reputation of Salem, where the infamous Salem Witch Trials took place in 1692. Dive into the truly dark details surrounding the trials and throughout the city’s past on a Spellbound Tour, where you’ll visit the location of an old Witch Dungeon and the second oldest cemetery in the U.S. For a more off-the-beaten-path look into Salem’s mysterious history, choose the Salem Tunnel Tour where you’ll be guided to various locations throughout the city. Hear tales of ghosts told by a medium and learn about conspiracy theories that have become part of the city’s culture including secret tunnels, sealed entrances and more.

Edinburgh, Scotland – Edinburgh is said to be the most haunted city in Scotland, and with many underground tunnels and streets it’s no surprise why. In Old Town, Mary King’s Close, a street now enclosed underground, is said to be where victims of the plague in the mid-1600s were quarantined and left to die. Explore the ins and outs of Edinburgh’s underground history with a City of the Dead tour, where you’ll be taken to the South Bridge Vaults. Built to house pubs and shops, the Vaults were soon abandoned due to poor conditions, but remain a site of active ghost sightings and paranormal activity still today.

Rajasthan, India – It is believed that Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India, about four hours from Delhi, is the most haunted place in India. The fort is supposedly cursed by a sorcerer living in the city who attempted, but failed to make the palace princess fall in love with him, in turn cursing the palace residents to death. Select travel operators in India offer independent haunted tours of the area, but it is still prohibited for tourists to visit this unique site between sunset and sunrise, according to the Archaeological Survey of India. Local residents claim that no one who has stayed in the ruins after sunset has returned.

Chicago, Illinois, USA – Chicago’s history is wrought with criminal activity and tragic happenings. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 tore through the heart of the city, leaving at least 300 people dead and thousands more homeless. In the 1920s and 1930s, mobs ran through the city and killed countless victims. The historically based Chicago Hauntings tours touch upon all this and more including Bachelors Grove Cemetery often referred to as one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world. Spectators have admitted to seeing headstones moving as well as apparitions roaming the area at night.

And if you still haven’t fled in fear, here are the other five creepy callings from around the globe: Prague, Czech Republic, New Orleans, Louisana, USA, Kimberly, South Africa, London, England, San Francisco, California, USA.

For the full list of Top 10 Cities that Spook: Creepy Tours around the World, visit: http://www.cheapflights.com.au/news/creepy-tours-around-the-world

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