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Three Creepy Trips Sneak Up in Time for Halloween

Three Creepy Trips Sneak Up in Time for Halloween Photo

Photo by Denise Scotland

Posted on October 22, 2009 in Trip Ideas

By all means, keep them coming, but your travel reviews are really creeping us out this week. From a City of the Dead in Scotland to unusual gargoyles in England to shoulder-blade lampshades in Italy, a few brave IgoUgo souls just found attractions that are frightfully perfect for a hair-raising holiday.

The geographically named Denise Scotland is sharing her homeland’s haunted secrets in the journal Scottish History. Scary Scottish History is more like it as she leads us right to the Mackenzie Poltergeist on Edinburgh’s City of the Dead tour. Denise even gives herself the willies, saying, “I, the hard-headed skeptic, started clinging to my other half at this point--just because I was cold, you must understand.” The rest of the journal is just as atmospherically icy.

Admittedly, Chichester Cathedral is not inherently scary (though any structure built more than 900 years ago and twice burned down must have some tales to tell). In fact, catsholiday took a free guided tour and found an “artistic mixture” of old and modern that’s both “refreshing and very interesting.” So what’s creepy? The outdoor adornments, or, as our traveler calls them, the “cigar-smoking gargoyles.” Really.

Not a basement for the faint of heart, the Capuchin Crypt in Rome is a contender for the most chilling attraction on IgoUgo. Our latest visitor, airynfaerie, reviews the rooms in her journal Cemeteries and Skulls in Italy and says, “It was shocking at first, as growing up in modern America, we're not used to seeing dead bodies, bones, or anything like this.” She shares many more details about (and photos of) the crypt’s skeletons, skins, and other grotesque things in her review, so if you’re interested, do take a further look--but please consider yourself warned.

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