Halloween is nigh, and many are in the mood to scare others - and themselves. If you're one of them but can't afford to travel faraway for a seasonal scare, then it's best to turn to Street View VR. With the Google Street View app, your smartphone, and a Google Cardboard headset, you can get a virtual view (and scare!) without having to leave the comfort and safety of your couch, bed, or home.
Now, thrown in some truly frightening locations that exist in real life, and you can have an unforgettable Halloween experience. Not sure where to start? Here are five hair-raising recommendations.
The Pigeon-Head People Street
Of course, it makes perfect sense that this creepy place can only come from the land of tentacle porn and general weirdness - Japan. Tamagawa-josui sidewalk has become a favorite Google Street View location because several all-season pranksters made it a habit to wait for the Google Street View bike while making sure their faces won't get blurred in the process. They succeeded, of course. They wore pigeon masks, and the result - as you try to "walk" among them - is nothing short of unnerving.
Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania, fits Bram Stoker's description of Dracula's abode to a T. In actuality, this castle served as a medieval fortress for the many military invasions that defined its history. Perfectly preserved and with most of its haunting details intact, it doesn't seem to matter that it is not the true residence of Vlad the Impaler - Bram Stoker's almost uncanny description of the castle in his novel makes this virtual visit even more chilling.
The 13th Gate Haunted House
This list won't be complete without a haunted house thrown in for good measure. The 13th Gate is an unabashedly "man-made" haunted house in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. But what it lacks in actual ghostly and paranormal activities, it more than makes up for with its baker's dozen of trauma-inducing themed areas (they have a House of Wax, Slaughterhouse, Voodoo, and other scary rooms). With realistic props, costumes, and actors, it only makes sense to visit this damned place virtually (for the faint of heart, or for the budget-conscious, or for whatever reason you don't want to set actual foot in there).
Island of Dead Dolls
In Mexico, the Isla de las Muñecas has a chilling showcase of "dead" dolls planted all over the small island. Hung on trees, cables, fences, and just about anywhere the eye can see, these dolls are in various stages of decay and seem to be watching you. They are believed to be possessed by the spirit of a drowned girl whom the island's caretaker failed to save. In her memory, he hung these dolls, and the effects of nature and general superstition has made this location one of the scariest offbeat places for tourists.
The House That Won't Stop Being Built
Legend has it that the widow of gun magnate William Winchester, Sarah, was the victim of vindictive souls which her husband's gun legacy killed. She herself lost both her child and husband, but the tormenting didn't stop. To appease the souls, a medium advised Sarah Winchester to build a house for these spirits. The catch? She must not stop building, or else she will die. The result is the Winchester Mystery House in Santa Clara Valley, California, which has strangely-placed doors, windows, and a total of 160 rooms.