If barhopping dressed as a shirtless cop isn't your cup of witch's brew, here are seven morbidly creepy museums to visit on Halloween that will help put the horror back in your holiday.
The case files of famed real-life paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren, have been used to inspire classic Hollywood fright fare like The Amityville Horror and The Conjuring. At the Warren’s Occult Museum in Monroe, Connecticut guests can view all sorts of haunted and cursed artifacts, including their most nefarious item, Annabelle (pictured above with Lorraine Warren, left), a cursed doll that terrorized a family and may have caused the death of a young man. In fact, the museum will be hosting a special evening with Annabelle this Halloween. Visit warrens.net for details.
If you thought Kim Davis was the creepiest thing in Kentucky….well, you’d be correct. But, a close second may very well be the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell. Although not intentionally trying to be terrifying, this one-of-a-kind historical collection boasts more than 800 dolls that may murder you in your sleep ventriloquist dummies like Sammy (above, right), who has real human teeth.
If mummified youngsters are really your thing, you might also want to visit the Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montana(Museum of High Altitude Archaeology) in Salta, Argentina. On display are the well-preserved bodies of the Children of Llullaillaco, four Incan children that were buried alive as a part of a ritual sacrifice that took place some time between 1400 - 1532.
You may want to rethink how you describe sitting through your six year old nephew’s viola recital after a visit to Amsterdam’s Torture Museum where highlights include such devices as a guillotine, the rack and the heretic’s fork (above left).
Since 1995, the Museum of Death in Hollywood, California has frightened (and enlightened) visitors with grisly artifacts like the guillotined head of the Blue Beard of Paris, crime scene photos from the Black Dahlia murder, artwork created by serial killers, actual video footage of various deaths, and much more. Can’t make it to Hollywood? A second museum recently opened in New Orleans.
Speaking of serial killers, the immersive Jack the Ripper Museum in London lets visitors step into the shoes of the victims of the Victorian era's most infamous (and still unknown) serial killers. Highlights include a recreation of the Mitre Square crime scene, a visit to the Whitechapel morgue, a recreation of Mary Jane Kelley's bedroom and the Lehman Street Police Station.
Perhaps you’d like to see slices of Albert Einstein’s brain or, the death cast of famed "Siamese Twins” Chang and Eng Bunker (above). These, plus thousands of other artifacts (medical instruments, preserved body parts, skeletal specimens) reflecting the history of medicine and the study of human anatomy are on view at the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.