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Top five fright fest destinations this Halloween!

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Halloween can be an exciting time with fancy dress parties and pumpkin carving. Don’t forget the odd Hollywood horror film gracing cinema screens for their gratuitous annual showing. Britons have a hardened steel to the commercial aspect of Halloween, let’s face it, we like to party but the Americanism of the event still has us quite unsettled. In the USA Halloween is the second highest grossing holiday behind Christmas, with an estimated spend of $9Billion on sweets, toys and paraphernalia.

Top five fright fest destinations this Halloween!

If you want a real spook, away from the plastic pumpkin lanterns and trick or treaters, then head to Eastern Europe, it’s a pretty scary place so finds it’s self in our ‘Top five places to visit on Halloween’ #GetOutThere

Capuchin Crypt: Brno, Czech Republic – Warning buried alive!

Brno is the Czech Republic’s second largest city and a great destination for a weekend away. It is easily accessible from Luton or Stansted with Ryan Air. However this city has uncovered a dark secret. In the basement of the Brno 17th century Pink chapel lies the remains of 24 mummified friars. Lying in line with their arms crossed and little more than a pile of concrete slabs as a pillow, this chilling scene has been mummified by the air current and damp soil. The really terrifying thing is not the perfectly placed friars but the hundreds of woman and handful of degenerates buried alive in the walls and under the basement of the floor.

City of the Dead: North Ossetia, Russia

Located in the Valleys boarding Georgia, North Ossetia does actually offer amazing vistas of rolling untouched valleys and beautiful tranquil lakes. It’s what is set into and built on those valleys which is terrifying. The city of the dead is a gathering of crypts that, at first, could be mistaken for a collection of shepherd’s huts. These crypts house the remains of the Ossetia family with the oldest dating back to the 16th century. Bones of the relics have been jumbled by the elements and wildlife, however a few full skeletons remain in their natural form.

Sedlec Ossuary: 1 Hour East of Prague

From the outside the ‘Bone Church’ is relatively unassuming and you may wonder why you made the trip from your well-stocked Prague bar. On entering it’s a very different story, it houses an estimated 60,000 humans remains. These remains have been craftily decorated around the churches walls, beams and roof chasms like a decorative layer more accustomed to the likes of Mordor than the rural Czech Republic.

The remains are made up of men, women and children that fell during either the time of plague in 1318 or during the Hussite Wars in the 15th century. These bodies have not decayed naturally and been simply placed around this viscous tomb, considering the types of the death, they were de-skinned, de-fleshed and bleached.

Capuchin Catacombs: Palermo, Sicily

Forget the catacombs in Paris, the Sicilians have a far more terrifying display of 16th century mass burial. The site is thought to house some 80,000 bodies of men, women and children that would simply not fit in the adjoining cemeteries. The Catacombs are divided into social categories, a post-death uprising from the peasantry laid in place below! The mummified remains of Capuchin monk, Silvestro of Gubbio are still very visible with the outlines of his cheek bones and the formation of a brow makes them appear to be shrieking silently. Terrifying!

Hoia-Baciu forest: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The woods may not seem that scary but throw in a few wives tails in the land of Dracula and things start to feel a bit, well, more Halloween. Head to Hoia-Baciu Forest where many tales of extra-terrestrial activity have been told. This is a popular destination for mountain bikers and paint ballers, but also holds many unfinished stories. One being ‘The Round Meadow phenomenon’ UFO photographs that were judged as just a few of their kind that are ‘authentic’

Alexandru Sift, a professor of biology, has studied the phenomena of light and magnetism which occurs in the forest. His studies were left with a huge archive of imagery of the changes in light and its correlation to ‘The Round the Meadow Phenomenon’ which suspiciously disappeared just 2 days after his death.

The ghosts of Halloween - Our top 5 destinations

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