Earlier this month, we asked readers to help us celebrate Halloween by sharing photos of places they encountered that gave them the chills. At Atlas Obscura, we have always been fascinated by the histories and science that infuse mysterious locations—and some that aren’t so mysterious at first glance, like a haunted grocery store. So we wanted to know: What places haunt you?
We were delighted and terrified by the influx of mournful cemeteries, derelict buildings, and shadowy landscapes! A variety of creepy sculptures had us looking at art in a whole new (nightmarish) way, making us not want to turn our backs to them—just in case.
Check out and beware these spooky images (click to see them up close) selected by our team—the first place winner is above. We hope these photographs will get your heart racing for Halloween (or any time of year, honestly).
Congratulations to our winners, who scored some Atlas Obscura gear, and a trip to Romania that includes Dracula’s Castle! Thanks to everyone who shared their photographs with us this October!