Ireland’s Most Haunted Castle! A Haunted Clown Motel! Dracula’s Castle Too! Great Scary Places For Halloween!

Welcome To Leap Castle!

As we enjoy the month of October by watching scary movies in preparation for Halloween night, my #wanderlust has kicked in full gear – time to check out some haunted houses, beginning with one of the scariest in the world!

I read about the haunted Leap Castle, located in Ireland, at the terrific website – more on that in a moment….first, here’s what makes Leap Castle so terrifying.

According to wikipedia:

“A Red Lady ghost is reported to walk the halls holding a dagger. Two little girls named Charlotte and Emily are reported to run up and down the spiral staircase. Emily died after she fell from the battlements on the top of the castle’s tower and Charlotte can still be seen running around after her sister and calling her name. The castle is allegedly haunted by a sinister elemental spirit referred to only as “It”. The creature is described by Mildred Darby as being about the size of a sheep with a human face, black holes for eyes and a nose and giving off the smell of a rotting corpse.”

The castle describes itself as “the world’s most haunted castle”, and I can understand why! I need to read this book to find out about all of the Ghosts that wander the halls!

The terrific website “Carpe Diem Eire” has Leap Castle on their terrific list of the 25 most haunted castles in Ireland – with terrific facts, trivia and photos as well – check out the website here if you love great travel blogs:

A little further east, how about spending the night here?

Welcome To Dracula’s Castle!

That’s right, time to head to Transylvania to visit Vlad The Impaler’s REAL Castle! A few years back, the Castle owners had a contest to spend halloween night inside – yes, this would have been your bedroom:

Here’s how they described the experience planned:

“A horse-drawn carriage carries you swiftly through Transylvania as the sun sets towards the horizon, heralding the hours of swooping bats and howling wolves. When you come around the final bend on the tree-lined road, you’ll catch a glimpse of Bran Castle. This misty mountain-top manor is home for the night. The chill that suddenly fills the carriage is not the evening mist, it’s a fear older than the forests now grown up around the castle rock. This is the lair of vampires, and you cannot leave until dawn.”

I would do it in a heartbeat – well, for as long as I had one!

Can you imagine exploring these ancient halls in the middle of the night?

If you want to see more about this incredible real Castle, click on my story here:

If you want to get your blood racing closer to home, why not buy this “Haunted Clown Motel?”

Oh, did I mention it’s located next to the cemetery?

Look we all know clowns can be scary enough without an added cemetery, but if you want to make a bid, here’s my story with details on the asking price!

And speaking of clowns:

Pennywise Is Here!

Yes, the original Pennywise, Tim Curry was great in the 80’s TV mini-series “It”, but the new films were pretty great as well:

There are so many incredible evil clown films, and I’ve compiled a list to make your Halloween night even more horrific!

Click here to see them all:

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16 replies

  1. Hi John, this sounds like a great book. I am always interested in haunted places. The story of Vlad the Impaler is incredible. I just can’t work out how people descend to this level of evil.

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  2. Leap Castle and Dracula’s Castle are truly scary, and I would be brave. Clowns? They aren’t the real deal for authentic scary, but they are scary. I like old New England graveyards. The headstones tell stories and the carvings are scary. Best to you, John.

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  3. I’m into the castles and would not go anywhere near the clown motel!!!!


  4. I have ALWAYS wanted to visit Leap & Bran castles, since I learned about them. But I DID visit/stay at the Clown Motel a few years ago. Arrival at the motel and early exploration…and then closer examination of it can be found HERE: But the creepy experience we had that night can be found HERE: Would i recommend visiting the Clown Motel? Uh…NO. I understand it has new owners and has been fixed up somewhat since I was there…but the place was a PIT when I visited…and it truly is in the middle of nowhere—MILES and MILES from anywhere you’d want to be. But…we did have that strange experience, so…
    Thanks for the horrific travelogue. CHEERS


  5. I have yet to see a ghost even though I worked in a haunted mansion. Maybe they were afraid of me 😊 A haunted clown motel…it doesn’t get much scarier than that!

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  6. John, I don’t believe in ghosts, but I would LOVE to be proved wrong, and see one!
    I am with you, staying in all of those places, and happily sleeping in a coffin too. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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