Carved pumpkins on every patio, entire grocery aisles dedicated to just to candy, and Hocus Pocus playing on repeat on the Freeform channel can only mean one thing: it's nearly Halloween. This spooky holiday is a perfect excuse to curl up on the couch in front of a scary movie, but you can be sure that no film featured in the annual 30 Days of Halloween lineup will give you a thrill like the real-life scariest places on earth.

If you dare to make your ghostly nightmares a reality, be careful what you wish for. There are plenty of places that are probably scarier than the scariest movie you've ever seen, and these haunts aren't fictional, either. From cliffside coffins and sinister castles to unexplainable, never-ending cave systems where fresh bones have been found — even a remote island inhabited only by thousands of creepy dolls — the 20 scariest places on earth will freak you out more than Poltergeist or A Nightmare on Elm Street ever could, we can almost guarantee. Looks like a trip to one of these real-life haunts is in your future this Halloween.

19 Nagoro, Japan

If you're one who has a fear of creepy dolls, Nagoro, Japan, is not the place for you. The population of this rural village on the island of Shikoku is declining rapidly (there are currently only 35 people living there) and one artist has started replacing the dead with eerie-looking, life-sized dolls. Tsukimi Ayano, now 67 years old, grew up in the village and recently moved back to it after spending a chunk of her life in Osaka. When she realized that the village now has only 11 percent of the 300 people who lived there when she left, she started making these peculiar mementos, which currently outnumber the population of real-life humans 10 to one.

18 Ancient Ram Inn, England

The Ancient Ram Inn in the small, unassuming English village of Wotton-under-Edge is Britain's most haunted B&B, the Daily Mail says. It is one of the oldest inns of the western world, built in 1145 on a pagan burial ground, and is now said to be haunted by a whopping 20 ghosts. Guests of the Ancient Ram Inn have been so freaked out that they've jumped out of the windows to escape the scary spirits. The site is thought to have been the scene of devil worship back in the day and when the current owners renovated it, they found small bones and daggers under the ground. Perhaps the bones belong to the inn's most well-known ghost, Rosie.

17 Byberry Mental Hospital, Philadelphia

This former asylum has been dubbed Philadelphia's "house of horrors." In the 1940s, the patients housed in Byberry Mental Hospital's"violent ward" would be locked away in leather handcuffs or other torturous devices for days or weeks on end — no wonder they still haunted the halls for years after they died. Patients actually occupied this place, officially known as the Philadelphia State Hospital, as late as the '80s and the building didn't close until 1990. The site was too much of a hot-spot for ghost hunters and vandals alike, so in 2006, it was demolished. Some argue, however, that the spirits are still active there.

16 The Queen Mary, California

There have been almost 50 recorded deaths aboard this boat that's now permanently docked off the coast of Long Beach in Southern California but three times that amount are said to haunt its halls. The ferry now acts as a floating hotel and has even started offering overnight accommodation in its famously haunted Stateroom B340, according to Forbes. The ship's logs recount ample paranormal activity in this room alone. People have reported unexplained screaming and "violent noises" from the boiler room and a "Woman in White" residing in the Queen's Salon, too.

15 The Island Of The Dolls, Mexico

Isla de las Muñecas, also known as Island of the Dolls, is an allegedly haunted island just outside of Mexico City. There are creepy Chucky-style dolls hanging in trees by the masses on this remote island deep in the canals of Xochimilco. There are thousands of them "melting and blistering under the sun," says the blog Messy Nessy Chic, just waiting to come to life, it seems. The collection of decaying dolls is the work of one single recluse, Don Julian, who strung them around the isolated island for 50 years in an attempt to satisfy the spirit of a drowned girl who he claimed was haunting him. In 2001, he also drowned in the same exact spot as the girl.

14 Casa Loma, Canada

Both staff and guests alike at Toronto's Casa Loma have claimed to have seen the infamous lady in white even though she is no longer alive. The "White Lady," as she's been named, is believed to have been a maid at the castle when the city was experiencing an influenza epidemic that killed 60,000 during the early 1900s, says. She is most often spotted by custodial and cafeteria staff as they clean up at the end of the day. Rather than denying its resident spirits, the castle has embraced its haunted reputation and now offers ghost tours led by Canada's Most Haunted.

13 Haw Par Villa, Singapore

Singapore is home to potentially the creepiest theme park of all time. What's the theme, you ask? Culture trip says the theme of Haw Par Villa is "nightmare." More than 1,000 scary statues throughout the park depict horrifying scenes of punishments from Chinese folklore, mythology, and unnerving legends. Its main attraction is the Ten Courts of Hell, where all figurines are hell-themed. Think: statues of skeletal monks and crazy-eyed seals here... most would argue that Haw Par Villa is as strange as it is scary.

12 The Stanley Hotel, Colorado

Any fan of The Shining knows that The Stanley Hotel was where the iconic Stephen King horror novel began. King stayed in room 217 of this historic lodge located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Estes Park, Colorado, and was inspired by the ominous atmosphere to write his 1977 best-selling book. But the world-famous author isn't the only one who felt a paranormal presence at The Stanley Hotel. Many other guests have reported "feeling the spiritual energy of past guests and employees," says. So, if you're into beautiful mountain scenery and lingering spirits, maybe you should reserve your stay The Stanley, too.

11 Tuol Sleng Museum, Cambodia

Many are unaware of the events that took place in Cambodia as recent as the late 1970s, but Tuol Sleng stands as a necessary reminder. Before 1975, the building in Phnom Penh was a high school. It was turned into a torture chamber under the Khmer Rouge rule and was discovered when his rule ended in 1979. The building has been left just as it was discovered, with everything still in the same place as when prisoners were kept there. The locals even say their spirits haunt the building still today.

10 Hanging Coffins Of Sagada, Philippines

The Igorot tribe of the Northern Philippines doesn't bury the dead underground but rather hangs them from the cliffs instead. The scariest thing about Sagada is that the cliffs are lined with coffins. They're nailed into the rock faces high above ground. This ritual dates back more than two millennia, Rough Guides says, and these centuries-old coffins are hanging broken and dilapidated in mid-air with you-know-what inside of them. Even though the tradition is only practiced scarcely now, this mountain province in the Philippines is still abundant with spooky tombs.

9 The Door To Hell, Turkmenistan

The so-called "Door To Hell" has been named the creepiest place on earth in numerous times. The gigantic and fiery hole in the vast and empty desert of Turkmenistan looks to many like the real opening to the underworld. The Darvaza gas crater, as it's technically called, was set ablaze back in 1971 when a team of Soviets who sought out natural gas reserves lit it up on purpose to prevent the spread of methane gas. That was more than 40 years ago and the colossal, 230-foot-wide crater is still on fire today.

8 Burg Wolfsegg, Germany

This castle is known as much for its hauntings as it is for its history. Germany's Burg Wolfsegg was built during the 14th century, but the hauntings didn't start until hundreds of years later. Many visitors to the castle report sightings of the "White Woman," but they say that there's something even worse lurking in the surrounding forest. There's a nearby cave that locals call The Hole that allegedly emits eerie sounds like breathing, grunting, and growling. An expedition into the steep near-vertical hole during the early 1920s revealed a complex cave network deep underground and in it were bones — some ancient and some fresh. Scientists who once thought the sounds came from an animal changed their minds because The Hole was too deep, they discovered, and had no evident exit point.

7 Shades Of Death Road, New Jersey

Shades of Death Road is like the Bermuda Triangle of New Jersey. Travelers who drive this eerie street risk never returning from it. During the '20s and '30s a series of brutal murders took place on this seven-mile road running along the edge of Jenny Jump State Forest, and some say the ghosts of the victims still roam here. Shades of Death Road is perhaps the most haunted highway in America — in fact, it was featured on Jack Osbourne's Haunted Highway series, whose footage shows ghostly figures standing next to the trees and rising from the waters of Ghost Lake. These days, it's become a pretty popular tourist destination, but still not many people dare to drive it at night.

6 The Haunted Vicarage, Sweden

This haunted house in Borgvattnet, Sweden, has even attracted a ghost-hunting priest in its day. The earliest reported paranormal activities at the Haunted Vicarage were in 1927 when its inhabitant claimed his laundry was ripped off the line, according to Atlas Obscura. Later on, other residents reported unexplained screaming, shadows, and chairs rocking without anyone sitting in them. During the '80s, Tore Forslund, also known as the ghost priest, came to ward off spirits, albeit allegedly unsuccessfully. Today, the Vicarage is a bed and breakfast, so book a bed if you dare.

5 The Mines Of Paris, France

The catacombs in Paris, France, are world-famous. Many know that the enchanting city sits on a vast and elaborate burial ground. There are more than 350 kilometers of underground caves under Paris housing the bones of 6 million bodies, Culture Trip says. These below-ground galleries first became a graveyard in 1786 when churches and cemeteries were shut down and Paris needed a new place to bury its bones. Now, the creepy tunnel network known as the Mines of Paris are one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Europe and the world.

4 St. Augustine Lighthouse, Florida

Among the real-life scariest places on earth is a haunted lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida. The St. Augustine Lighthouse is the site of many a supernatural story, including people hearing a female voice asking for help, the sound of trailing footsteps, and seeing shadows ascend the stairs. One leader of the Dark of the Moon ghost tour, Matt Hladik, says that he's had his ankle grabbed and the hairs plucked right off his arm while exploring the lighthouse, according to The St. Augustine Record. The St. Augustine Lighthouse is a destination for ghost hunters from around the world, including recently the paranormal experts from Syfy channel's Ghost Hunters.

3 Hill Of Crosses, Lithuania

In Northern Lithuania, there's a hill decorated with hundreds of thousands of crosses — some 200,000 of them, people have estimated — ranging in size and design, some even centuries old. The tradition of planting crosses on this now-famous hill started in 1831, according to the Daily Mail, after an uprising against Russia. Rebels who had died in the uprising didn't leave bodies for their families to bury, so relatives started leaving crosses on the hill in their memory. Soon after, when the Russians occupied Lithuania again, religion was banned, and the crosses that commemorated rebels became symbols of rebellion themselves. Today, the crosses still occupy the spooky-looking Hill of Crosses, along with other carvings and shrines.

2 Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, Italy

If you're bold enough to go for a stroll through the Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo in Sicily, Italy, you'll be surrounded by real skeletons. More than 8,000 mummified corpses line the walls of these underground burial burrows, including the bodies of monks, elite clergy and the aristocracy of centuries past, Unusual Places says. These mummies are dressed in their best, lying in beds and hanging from the walls. Greeting tourists in the entranceway of the Capuchin Catacombs are one of the oldest of its mummies: a 400-year-old monk who was interred there after he died in 1599.

1 Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

J.K. Rowling used to sit in the window of The Elephant House and look out at Edinburgh Castle while writing the Harry Potter series. The castle has a ghostly, Hogwarts-esque air to it, and many say that hundreds of spirits lurk inside. According to Time, one of the largest paranormal investigations in history took place at the 12th-century castle back in 2001, when a team of researchers bravely surveyed all the neglected nooks and crannies of this place. In these chambers and passageways, they reported seeing shadows, drops in the temperature, and unexplained touching and tugging on their clothes.