It’s 3am. You find yourself waking to the voice of your daughter saying “Mommy, I’m scared” as she crawls into bed with you. Her tiny little hands hug your back as she nuzzles closer to you. It’s 3:01 am when you realize that your daughter is at summer camp and won’t be back til next week. You quickly turn to see who’s behind you and…nothing, there’s no one there. But as you turn your gaze towards the door, you see her…standing there, watching. Your body freezes as she grins and disappears before your eyes. It’s 3:05 am and you know you won’t be going to sleep again. You should have listened when they said you were residing in a haunted house…one of many haunted houses.
Now, this little story might be fictional, but many people claim to have had similar experiences in the houses featured on this list. From the Mexican House of Laments that witnessed brutal serial murders to the infamous DeFoe House in New York that inspired the iconic horror movie The Amityville Horror, we bet you would do anything to avoid spending a night at any of the houses featured in this list (And you’d be wise to do so). These are 25 terrifying haunted houses few are brave enough to live in.
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House of Laments
The House of Laments is a historic place in Guanajuato, Mexico. During the 1890s and 1900s, the 18th-century mansion became the site of the infamous Tadeo Fulgencío Mejía serial murders. The perpetrator of the murders was motivated by the delirious idea of contacting his deceased wife. According to locals, many paranormal phenomena have happened in this house and victims´ cries can sometimes be heard.
One of the most haunted buildings in Finland, the Villa Kleineh is an old, Empire-style villa in the country´s capital city of Helsinki that currently serves as the seat of the Dutch Embassy. According to local ghost traditions, the ghost of Kleineh’s second wife, Maria Kleineh, still roams the house and is known as the White Lady.
Once dubbed “the most haunted house in England”, the Borley Rectory was a Gothic-style mansion built in 1862 to house the rector of the parish of Borley (Essex County, England) and his family. Allegedly haunted since it was built, a number of paranormal activities have been reported within its walls. In 1939, the house was badly damaged by a fire and five years later, it was demolished.
One of the scariest places in Romania, the Vernescu House is an old casino building in Bucharest. It is said that in the past century, several players committed suicide inside the house after they lost their entire fortunes at roulette. Reports indicate the house is haunted by up to three ghosts who shake furniture, cause air currents and sometimes even appear in the hallways. Passers have also reported a strong odor of sulfur in the building’s yard.
Also known as “Die Spookhuis” or “The Haunted House”, the Erasmus Mansion is a large manor famous for frequent ghost sightings and supernatural encounters. Located in Pretoria, South Africa, the house is now open for public tours and cultural gatherings, which is why so many people have witnessed various paranormal activities such as lit windows in the uninhabited parts of the building, unexplainable human sounds etc.