There are tourist destinations around the world that people love to visit. There are museums, historical sites, and even supposedly haunted locations that people like to make it a point to stop at when they're on vacation.
Just like there are tourist destinations around the world, there are also a lot of urban legends that are typically connected to a certain place. An urban legend is a story that's been told over and over and may or may not have started out with some truth. Whether they're real or not, these stories are still spooky and fun to hear about. To see 10 spooky urban legends from around the globe, keep reading!
Shortly after the Broaddus family moved into their new home in Westfield, New Jersey, things got strange pretty quickly. Moving into a new home should be a happy time, but, according to this urban legend, it was anything but happy for the Broaddus family.
Only a few days after moving in, they received a letter from someone who introduced themselves as The Watcher. This person claimed that his family had been "watching" the house for decades. To make things eerier, the letters didn't stop and started getting specific about the family's nicknames and hobbies.
Kuchisake-onna is the name of a ghost that appears in many versions of an urban legend in Japan. Kuchisake-onna is also known as "the slit-mouthed woman" because of her looks.
According to the stories, Kuchisake-onna can be seen wandering around and is always wearing a surgical mask. She will approach anyone who walks near her and ask them if she's pretty. If the person says "yes," she'll remove her mask to reveal the cuts on the corners of her mouth and ask again. Say "yes" again or she's said to cut your mouth to match hers! Yikes!
Robert the Doll is a doll that is on display at a museum in Florida and was originally given to a young boy named Robert Eugene Otto, the son of a wealthy family in Key West, back in 1904. It was given to him after his grandfather picked it up in Germany on vacation.
This doll has gained quite a reputation for being haunted. People claim that anyone who visits and disrespects the doll will be met with misfortune and stories of the doll moving or making a different facial expression or having things go missing in its presence have surrounded this doll for decades.
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A Skin-Walker is the subject of many Native American myths and legends. This creature comes from Navajo legends and is said to be a malicious type of witch that has the ability to transform itself into any type of animal that it wants to be. Once disguised as an animal, the Skin-Walker uses this to trick people so that it can attack them.
Like other stories from the Navajo people, the exact details about Skin-Walkers is something that many Navajo people are reluctant to share with non-Navajo people because the story is so close to their culture. But what people do know is that this legend is terrifying.
In Auckland, New Zealand, there's a large park known as Auckland Domain. This park is the oldest one in the area and has quite a bit of history. This park is a fun place to go for a walk, but it can be pretty spooky after dark thanks to an urban legend that surrounds the park.
According to legend, three witches were hanged int his park in the 19th century. Now, people claim that if you walk through Auckland Domain during the night, you'll hear the eerie cackle of one of the witches that had her final moments in the park.
The myth of the Black-Eyed Children is a story that has been around since some time in the 1980s. The legends of these mysterious and totally terrifying creatures became particularly famous in the mid-1990s after a reporter in Texas wrote an article detailing his supposed experience with these creatures.
Stories about Black-Eyed Children are now told all over the place and have a lot of variations, but typically involve one of these mysterious kids coming to a door or window and asking to be let into your house.
No, La Llorona isn't just the subject of a horror movie. In fact, that movie was based on an actual urban legend from Mexico. The story of La Llorona is one of the best-known spooky stories that has come from Mexico - and for good reason, this story is terrifying!
According to stories, La Llorona was a woman who was left by her husband. In her grief, she drowned her children and herself, and she now spends her time as a ghost wandering around, crying, and looking for her children. The legend states that anyone who comes near her will meet the same fate as her children. Other versions of the story claim she actually kidnaps other kids!
Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia that has a rich culture, a long history, and quite a few creepy urban legends. One urban legend involves the lush greenery in the country.
According to this urban legend, the many ghosts that wander around Vietnam are desperately searching for somewhere to live. These ghosts will often make their way to the Vietnamese countryside where they'll take up life in one of the many trees in the forests of Vietnam. People who cut down or harm these trees without asking the ghost to leave first are said to be cursed with bad luck for the rest of their lives.
Polybius is the name of a fictional video game from an urban legend that has been going around the Internet for quite some time. This urban legend is set back in the 1980s and surrounds a supposed video game that was in arcades in Portland, Oregon.
According to these legends, Polybius was a video game in arcades in Portland in the 1980s that was developed by the government and had strange psychological effects on anyone who played it. Mysterious men in black suits would appear periodically to retrieve data from the game to analyze its players.
Area 51 is a highly classified area in the Nevada desert that is part of Edwards Air Force Base. Because Area 51, also known by other names like Homey Airport and Groom Lake, is so highly classified that it's impossible to say what the real purpose of Area 51 actually is. Many people believe that this location is simply used to develop and test aircraft, but others think it has a more mysterious purpose.
According to myths and legends surrounding Area 51, this location is used for studying alien technology and aliens themselves, such as the ones that were supposedly discovered in Roswell, New Mexico.