Everybody likes to be scared. Whether they admit it or not, isn’t the issue. The fact is that people like to be scared because deep down inside everyone enjoys the adrenalin rush that horror provides. The fear of the unknown and death is a powerful force. Here is a list of some of the world’s most horrific scare attractions from around the world. These places are the reason why people have night terrors.
Ireland is a country that is steeped in the supernatural. The holiday known as Halloween has its origins in this place. The Irish people know that their country has many locations that are filled with ghosts, goblins and other creatures that lurk in the dark. However, the nation does not have very many commercialized haunted houses, like in the states. Instead, there are lots of real life haunted places to visit.
Places such as Ross Castle, Glasnevin Cemetery and the famous Stonehenge monument are some of the scariest places in Ireland to experience in person. The thing that really makes these places so frightening is that they are real places that provide real scares and not manufactured commercialized thrills.
The United Kingdom or U.K. is another country (or confederation of countries) where Halloween customs have their origins. England (Britain) is where many Halloween customs have emerged as well as Ireland. People in the U.K. celebrate Halloween in the same way as American’s but there are some differences.
In the U.K. there are not too many commercialized haunted houses. Like Ireland, they too rely on real life haunted locations to provide thrills and chills to horror lovers. Even though this is the case there are some places that people can go to get a good, cheap thrill.
Fright Night at Thorpe Park is a popular Halloween spot during the Trick-or-Treating season. This place is located in the city of Cardiff, Wales. There is another interesting Halloween like scare attraction based off of the motion picture 28 Days Later. However, this attraction is called 2.8 Hours Later.
This attraction is a zombie survival themed action place where people have to outrun zombies and stay alive. The attraction takes place in different locations and can sometimes be presented under different names. It normally happens in London, England.
Leavesden, Hertfordshire is the location for the Dark Arts at the Harry Potter Studio Tour. This site takes place every year during the end of October and it provides some good scares and frights. Especially for Harry Potter fans.
Many Mexican people enjoy a good scare. They have holidays (Día de los Muertos) is similar to Halloween but with many differences. The Mexicans (like any other culture) have their own idea about what is scary and what is not. In Mexico, some business people got hip to the American celebration of Halloween and have created some commercialized haunted houses that are similar to the ones that can be found in the U.S.
Laloween is a play on Halloween and this famous attraction is located in on the outskirts of Mexico City. The name of this suburb is Naucalpan de Juárez and many people go to this place for a fun time of being scared and frightened. Another Mexican horrofest that is filled with lots of spooky action is Mansion del Terror. It is located inside of the “Fiestas de Octubre” within Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico.
The U.S. is the reigning champs of commercialized haunted houses and fake scares. Nobody does it better than the Americans in this area. The overall best scare houses in the U.S. includes Haunted Overload in Lee, New Hampshire and The 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Both of these places are considered to be the ultimate scariest places for people to experience in America.
Other U.S. based scare attractions are the Dent Schoolhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio; Netherworld in Atlanta, Georgia and the Headless Horseman’s Hayrides and Haunted Houses in Ulster Park, New York. All of these attractions are usually open starting in September and lasting all the way until the first week of November.
Some Information about Scare Attractions from around the World
Keep in mind that most cultures do not celebrate Halloween like Americans do. So, they do not create a lot of haunted houses or scare attractions for people to visit. Once again, every culture have locations where real life haunting’s supposedly have taken place. You can visit these places but chances are they just will not frighten you in the same way as a commercialized haunted house. Now that I think about it, the real life haunted locations are probably a lot more frightening; because they are REAL.