Halloween is a fantastic time to get creative and what better way than to decorate your home for the occasion? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
Straight in at number one for the most morbid place on Earth is Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora. This church holds an extraordinary display of the bones of 40,000 people arranged as coats of arms and chandeliers. So stock up on skulls and spines (fake ones only, right?) and get creative to give your trick or treaters a fright.
Isla de las Muñecas, Mexico
On the outskirts of Mexico City is an island filled with creepy, decaying dolls hanging from its trees. The haunting story goes that the island's caretaker found a drowned girl and her doll in the surrounding canals and, believing she would haunt the bay, hung the doll in the trees to appease her spirit, as well as any other dolls he came across. Time to break out those Barbies.
Hanging Coffins of Sagada, Philippines
Members of the Igorot tribe bury the dead in hanging coffins, nailed to the sides of cliffs, to bring them closer to their ancestral spirits and keep their bodies safe. If nailing wooden boxes to your walls is too extreme, strategically placed coffins are a creepy touch to any haunted Halloween house.
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, USA
This asylum in West Virginia operated from 1864 to 1994 and was closed due to the antiquated and frankly torturous medical practices that it became infamous for. Designed to hold just 250 patients, it amassed up to 2,400 at its peak which led to increased violence and cases of patients killing one another. Even more ominously, the hospital grounds stretch over 666 acres. For decoration, think clinical masks and delapidated wheelchairs.
Capuchin Catacombs, Italy
One of the most morbid attractions in Palermo, the Capuchin Catacombs hold 8,000 mummified corpses dressed in their Sunday best. The oldest corpse in the macabre collection, Silvestro da Gubbio, passed away in 1599 and is vying for last man standing for eternity. There is a room for religious figures, for professionals such as doctors, and a room for women, virgins and infants.