10 terrifying horror attractions around the world
MANILA, Philippines - From horror movies to ghost stories, we can't help but love scaring ourselves on purpose.
If you're looking to take the fright to the next level though, haunted houses and Halloween attractions are the way to go. You get to star in your own real-life scary movie for a few hours, but you'll always end up safe and sound in your bed when it's over.
Check out how other countries are celebrating the spookiest season below:
The main attraction at Ocean Park's Halloween Fest 2015 is H15, where you're strapped onto a gurney at a morgue, visit your own funeral, and experience the afterlife.
This year, the annual Halloween Fest also has haunted houses that seem innocent during the day but turn sinister at night, and one filled with creepy dolls that recall your childhood nightmares. Find out more about Halloween Fest here.
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Everland's Halloween festivities are cute and fun during the day, but at night, it's a different story. The main events are the two horror mazes, and the horror safari, where your safari bus is chased by zombies.
This attraction is open year-round, a popular haunted house in Japan. It'll take you 50 minutes to go through this (supposed) abandoned hospital, whose director and staff used to kill patients to steal organs. The hospital is haunted by the souls of its patients, and features rooms like "The CT Scan Room," "The Diagnostic Exam Room," "The Third Operating Room."
Derry in Northern Ireland is the "World's Best Halloween Destination" according to their Twitter account. True enough, Halloween is a huge, 4-day celebration at Derry, with haunted houses, parties, and carnivals all planned out, capped off with the annual street parade. According to Travel Channel, more than 50,000 people show up for the parade, and some pubs even refuse to sell pints to whoever doesn't dress up.
The Eastern State Penitentiary used to be a real prison, and is said to be truly haunted. Its website boasts a collection of videos of ghost sightings in the prison, and shows like Ghost Hunters have investigated the place too.
Will you explore the prison and watch the action, or are you brave enough to mark yourself to truly interact with the denizens of the cellblocks? Those who opt in for the more intense experience may be grabbed, held back, sent into hidden passageways, removed from their group, and even incorporated into the show. This is Terror like you've never FELT.
If you're brave enough for a visit, Terror Behind the Walls has 6 attractions, including Prison Break, where you must find your way out of a prison with other inmates at your heels.
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Halloween is a big event at Universal Studios, with 4 of its parks having special events just for the occasion.
If you're looking for a different Halloween experience, Alone is an "existential haunted house" that places its visitors "within dreams and fantasies and nightmares that you may have had and within those that you definitely have not."
The guys over at Buzzfeed checked the haunted house out, and came out with mixed reviews: "That was really cool! But it was really weird," said one person, while another commented, "It was a little bit more, like, erotic than I was expecting." Watch their experience below:
The Buzzfeed staff had red stains on their faces and clothes, so it looks like Alone lives up to its warning that visitors may get "aggressively touched and moved or tenderly embraced."
Pure Terror Scream Park's attractions change every year, and this 2015, they've got "Necropolis," a cemetery filled with zombies at the top of their list of attractions. When you make it out of the Necropolis, you'll end up right in the Trail of Terror, a haunted woods where you can explore creepy abandoned cabins.
With haunted houses called "The Asylum" and "House of Terror," this amusement park sounds like it came right out of a Goosebumps novel.
Nightwatchers at the Tower of London is an immersive experience where participants must investigate a "notorious prison" through phone calls and codes. The experience takes you around the Tower of London and its gardens at night, and tells a story set between modern times and the years of the Elizabethan secret service.
A more educational Halloween event, this tour through the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tells you stories about "mysterious sights and unexplained happenings." You'll learn about the kings and queens, medical disasters, deaths, and whatever else haunts the halls of Kensington Palace. The evening tours at Kensington Palace are held even when it isn't Halloween, but they do have a Halloween special on October 31st.
Which Halloween event do you want to check out the most? Tell us in the comments below! – Rappler.com