The creepiest places on earth list was hard to narrow down to only seven creepy places. What helped me finalize this list of creepiest places on earth was to think about where I wouldn’t want to spend the night. As you look at the pictures, and read the descriptions, think about whether you would have what it takes to spend a night at any one of these creepy locations. How would you rank these creepy places? Post your list in the comments, and feel free to include any other creepy places that I didn’t include here.
7. Church of Bones
A small chapel in the Czech Republic is decorated with over 40,000 human skeletons. Each skeleton has been used to decorate the church in a variety of ways. Thousands of bones were used to create an enormous chandelier which hangs from the ceiling, and skulls line the walls and ceilings throughout the building. The church was built upon a piece of land where thousands had been buried during The Black Death of the middle ages. A church was later built over this mass grave, and man skeletons were dug up during its construction, and then placed in the small chapel for storage. Eventually, an artist was given the job of organizing the skeletons that lie discarded in the old chapel. He used his artistic talent to decorate the chapel using the skeletons. I ranked this number 7 because, at the end of the day, this is still a church, so I would feel somewhat safe spending the night here. But I still think it would be hard to fall asleep looking up at that chandelier made of bones.
6. Burning Town
In the 1960’s, a fire at the local town dump found its way into a very large coal mine in Centralia, Pennsylvania. The fire spread under the town, but was not discovered until the late 1970’s when a gas station owner discovered that the gasoline in his storage tank was 172 degrees. Soon after, a twelve year old almost died while playing in his backyard, when a sinkhole opened beneath his feet nearly swallowing him alive. He was saved at the last minute when a neighbor pulled him out of the sinkhole. Authorities investigated the sinkhole, and discovered hot steam and high amounts of carbon dioxide rising from the hole. (Think sinkholes are scary? Check out my short story about sinkholes.) The federal government eventually condemned the town, and mandated that all residents must leave, though there are still a few residents living there today. I ranked this burning town as number 6 because I imagine the bowels of hell opening up and swallowing me alive, if I were to have to spend the night here.
5. Nuclear Wasteland
The biggest ghost town in the world is Pripyat in the country of Ukraine. The city was founded in 1970 to maintain the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. At its peak, it had a population of almost 50,000 people. Unfortunately, the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster turned the city into a Nuclear wasteland. Radiation levels have dropped since the initial disaster, but it is still too dangerous for people to live within the city. I ranked this city as number 5 because there is something eerily creepy about abandoned homes, businesses etc. Tens of thousands of people lived in this city, and had to leave within 24 hours, unable to bring anything with them.
4. Creepy Doll Island
Along a small river in Mexico, a lonely man devoted his life to decorating a tiny river island with dolls. According to locals, the owner of the island became obsessed with dolls after he discovered a little girl that mysteriously drowned in the river. Near her body he found an old doll floating in the murky water. Out of respect for the dead child, he hung the doll on a tree on his island. Soon after, he started hearing a child’s whispers and footsteps all around his island. He feared that the girl’s ghost was haunting him, and spent the rest of his life hanging dolls around the island in order to calm her spirit. The man eventually drowned as well, some say in the exact spot where he found the girl. This one is pretty self-explanatory. No way I could spend a night on an island full of creepy dolls.
3. The Suicide Forest
A Japanese forest at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world. Every year, there are about 30 suicides in the forest. The government of Japan has placed signs throughout the forest in hopes of convincing suicidal persons to seek help. The forest is very difficult to navigate since the trees and shrubs are so dense, which makes finding the dead bodies very difficult. Those hiking in the forest commonly stumble across the bodies of those who have committed suicide. I imagine that this forest is full of sadness and despair. There is no way I would ever go camping here.
2. The Most Dangerous Stream In The World
A small stream in the English countryside is the most dangerous stream in the world. It is only a few feet across, and looks calm on the surface, but the current at the bottom of the stream is incredibly powerful, and leads deep beneath the earth. No one knows where the streams depths lead to. Many hikers and campers have died in the stream, and very often their bodies are never recovered, since they disappear into the depths beneath the earth. The fact that officials and scientists have no idea where this stream leads to creeps me out. Is it the strong currents pulling people under, or something else…
1. Snake Island
Off the coast of Brazil there lies an island that is off-limits to people since it is so dangerous. Snake Island is home to one of the most poisonous snakes in the world. In fact, there are so many snakes that some estimates say there is one snake within every three feet of the island. Remember, this is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world. In the early 20th century, a family lived on the small island in a lighthouse, however, it they were discovered dead by the Brazilian navy. They had all died of snake bites, after the poisonous snakes had found a way into their home. Since then, the Brazilian Navy has made the island off limits to all but a few select researchers. Snake Island is number one on this list because I hate snakes. Full Stop. Imagine that you stumble upon a different poisonous snake every time you take a couple of steps. That is what it is like on Snake Island.