Where I prefer to be: Spooky places via virtual tour

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The Mexican island of Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls) is infamous for its dozens of supposedly possessed dolls. Photo / Getty

With a title like “Where I’d Rather be” it might seem odd, if not a bit distorted, to fantasize about haunted houses and islands overrun with possessed dolls, but in the mind (excuse or applaud the pun ) of Halloween, it seems appropriate to make a foray into the occult.

Along with a slew of online museum visits, the pandemic has delivered some truly terrifying global locations right into the seemingly safe space of our lounges.

It’s time to turn on the laptop, turn down the lights, and convince ourselves that there is a scientific explanation.

Let’s start where all good ghost stories begin, a classic haunted house. Built in 1884, the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California is a grand, ostentatious mansion with all the hallmarks of a screaming stay. Cross the threshold and you are presented with a maze of moldy rooms clad in Victorian clothing. An immersive 360-degree virtual tour can be purchased online for under $ 10 at winchestermysteryhouse.com/video-tour, allowing guests to move between the wings and open spooky doors previously left untouched.

Built in 1884, the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California has all the hallmarks of a haunted mansion that makes you scream.  Photo / 123rf
Built in 1884, the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California has all the hallmarks of a haunted mansion that makes you scream. Photo / 123rf

Maybe you are looking for some nervousness in prison, in which case the East Philadelphia State Penitentiary will be captivating. A crumbling relic of cell blocks and deserted guard towers, it was once the world’s most famous prison, with residents like Al Capone rattling against the bars of the windows. Jump online on Easternstate.org/explore/online-tour for a clickable floor plan and virtual tour of the cells, his hospital, Al Capone’s rather lavish digs and “The Hole” – the isolation that has driven many men mad.

From gangsters incarcerated to something far more sinister: tiny dolls. The Mexican island of Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls) is infamous for its dozens of supposedly possessed dolls that hang awkwardly from trees. Watch the videos on isladelasmunecas.com/island-of-the-dolls-videos to find out why they are there. Better to keep an eye out for all those malicious smiles as well.

… who wanted to sleep tonight anyway?


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