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I admit I went there and had no sense of anything spooky, just the overwhelming smell of the candy. I therefore amused myself by seeing some local tales about it and other reports of supposedly paranormal activity.

In April 1907 the park was officially opened and was a place for picnics and boating. Milton S Hershey created it for his employees at the candy factory and has been there since, it has grown and is now a modern day attraction for the public.

Some say that Hershey himself haunts the park, often rather than being reported as seen he is caught in the smell of cigar smoke when no-one else has one lit.

The #47 Carousel of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company found its place at the park and was moved from near Spring Creek to Founders Circle in 1972. Park Personnel have apparently reported lights that turn on themselves and the ride to have started up itself. The music of the Wurlitzer has been faintly heard when the ride is off.

An anecdote says a security officer who saw the lights on, went and turned them off and left, as he walked off the lights came back on and he turned around. The officer saw a shadowy figure and the officer went back to intercept an intruder, he could not find anyone.

There was once a swimming pool at the park, it was filled in during 1971 but the lighthouse there was kept. Several children had drowned in the pools and the children have been seen near the lighthouse oblivious of the modern changes.

William Harter’s death is the one that was documented and therefore merited a little more of my time. He was at the park in August 1977 as part of a summer vocational training programme. The ride struck and killed Harter after it moved, another maintenance worker was also injured. The Hershey Company was fined for two safety violations. There are some claims of his ghost there too, but I cannot really find anything more about it than that. It was a sad tragedy that a young apprentice died there but I don’t know if that really means the area is haunted by him.

The scariest part for me there was the flipping ride with the cow butts swishing!

Hersheypark view from Ferris Wheel, 2013-08-10

Semarang, Central Jave, Indonesia has a colonial era building as a famous landmark. The local city government has attempted to re-brand it, as it’s more well-known locally as a haunted house.

The name translates to ‘Thousand Doors’ and this name comes from its large design, the numerous arts and doors, not to mention around 600 large windows.

It’s construction started in 1904, and was finished in 1907; by 2009 it had fallen into a state of disrepair. Inside its walls were cracked and the wallpaper was left hanging off, mould and weeds were taking over and only the exterior has been kept up to any measure.

In 2014 the Semarang City Government stated they planned to use the building for a food court, and maybe a gym in an attempt to stop the rumours, and yet still attracts around 1,000 people a day.

One of the ghosts is said to be a Dutchwoman who committed suicide inside the building. There is also said to be headless ghouls that wander it’s corridors too.

In 2007 the building was used for a horror film ‘Lewang Sewu: Dendam Kuntilanak’ based on the legends. The plot sees high school students trapped inside after several of them need to urinate, in the film there is a Dutchwoman, and a man with a ball and chain around his leg. If that isn’t enough to sate your budget horror palate there’s a Kuntilanak (vampire ghost). The film got a poor reception and scathing reviews, you’ve been warned. It could be horrific but an entirely different set of reasons!

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Basement of Lawang Sewu 2011” by Crisco 1492Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Byberry Mental Hospital was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was opened to the patients in 1907; it was a work farm from 1910-1920 until construction for a larger asylum was began and completed. Asylums were at a popular high and with it came more and more patients, Byberry was one such place. As the population of the patients grew so did the tales of patient abuse and neglect.

Without the right funds for the place the patients were left naked, starving and sleeping in sewage filled halls, not to mention the state of the hospital itself that was in disrepair. The patients would be huddled together in dingy rooms, they did not socialise correctly and they often had little to no supervision.  So imagine the stories of the very worst asylum treatments and you are probably close to their experience.

There were padded cells, they had restraints, they would use solitary confinements and physical punishment. This in turn went with the lobotomies and the electric shock. Byberry was known as a “real life house of horrors” and there were murders and suicides, the heavy handed regime was a part of many patients lives. In 1990 the doors of Byberry were closed by state authorities, there had been an investigation into the place and the awful conditions within its walls.

And so, here goes! There are many stories about Byberry and after it closed it invariably became a den for vagrants, delinquents and satanic cults. It also possibly would have had former inmates returning after it closed as they had no other place of knowledge and would have likely been institutionalized   Underneath the asylum there are catacomb like tunnels that give way to an urban legend, a violent and psychopathic patient hides in waiting with a large knife to slice the throats of anyone in his path.

Of course if that isn’t enough for you, do take note that apparently at some point the Satanic cultists have managed to open a doorway to hell, and here was me thinking Buffy had closed it at her school…

(I have found out that this place is now demolished but decided to post it anyway)