Halloween is over but the thrill isn’t, at least for those who love to venture into places many would rather choose to avoid. If you enjoy a heart-thumping and hair-raising travel experience, head out to one of these tourist destinations that many wisely avoid at night.
Aokigahara Suicide Forest, Japan
Probably the loneliest place to die, the Aokigahara Forest at the foot of Japan’s Mount Fuji is a witness to hundreds of deaths. Each year, the authorities remove up to 100 bodies dangling from the trees. Many others can lie undiscovered for years.
It is easy to get lost in this dense forest. Staring 20 feet beyond the path can get dizzying – leaves blurring into tree trunks, canceling out daylight. The gloomy feel can be quite unnerving. Walking along the forest can give you an uncomfortable tingling at the back of your neck, but what’s more chilling is stumbling upon bodies and the possessions they left behind, showing signs of distress and indecision.
The Island of Dolls, Mexico
The Island of Dolls is a sad, small island between the canals of Xochimico south of Mexico. It is famous for the creepy-looking, mutilated dolls hanging from the trees in the chinampas area.
A man named Julian Santana Barrera retreated to the area when his girlfriend left him for another guy. Upon coming to the island, Barrera found a girl’s corpse floating in the canal and blamed himself for not being able to save her. Barrera later discovered a doll (which he assumed was hers) floating in the same water where the girl drowned and hung it from a tree as a sign of respect. This act drove him to madness when he started hearing tormented screams and footsteps in the darkness.
Driven by fear, he hung dismembered toys from the trees in attempt to appease her and spent the next 50 years of his life decorating the area with dolls. In 2011, Barrera was found dead by his nephew drowning in the same canal where the doll was found.