Mexico City, Mexico

La Isla de las Munecas

An island filled with hundreds of hanging, decomposing, decapitated dolls
31 Oct 2014
Mühltal, Germany

Castle Frankenstein

Birthplace of an eccentric alchemist and possible inspiration for the fictional reanimator of monsters
31 Oct 2014
Kyoto, Japan

Yokai Street

This neighborhood thoroughfare is haunted by dozens of homemade monsters
31 Oct 2014
Danvers, Massachusetts

Danvers Hospital for the Criminally Insane

Basis for H.P. Lovecraft's horror stories and Batman's Arkham Asylum, now a horrifying condo
31 Oct 2014
Nuestra Señora de La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivia's Witch Market

Popular tourist destination where witches in dark hats sell dried llama fetuses for good luck
31 Oct 2014
Bomarzo, Italy

The Monsters of Bomarzo

A 16th-century horror show built in a lovely Italian garden
31 Oct 2014


Creepypasta, the Science of Fear, and All the Days of the Dead: Roundup Obscura, Halloween Edition

by oriana leckert / 31 Oct 2014

Our weekly roundup of fascinations around the world and the web. Happy Halloween!

Vintage Halloween postcard from the New York Public Library Picture Collection, via Public Domain Review

The science of fear
“Scare specialist” Dr. Margee Kerr discusses the history and brain science behind self-scaring, and why some people enjoy it more than others. The far-ranging interview touches on strong childhood "lightbulb memories," unethical social scientists, 17th-century Russian Ice Slides, and why a haunted house makes for an excellent date night. [via The Atlantic]

Al the days of the dead
Many cultures have festivals to celebrate and honor the dead, and Smithsonian rounds up six of them. From Korea's Chuseok to Nepal's Gai Jatra, many celebrations include a mixture of ancient traditions and colonial or religious influence, and some even involve costumed revelry. [via Smithsonian Magazine]