People Describe The Scariest Place They've Ever Visited
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Be it to a foreign country on the other side of the world, or merely a town a few miles north or south of you, there is always a slightly uneasy feeling of being in a new place.

Sometimes, however, you don't only suffer from homesickness upon arriving, but find yourself genuinely scared.

Perhaps you don't find yourself particularly welcome by the residents, or there are no people to be seen for miles around.

Either way, there are places all over the world where not long after arriving, the only thing on the minds of visitors was to get out of there as fast as they could.

Redditor 8-tentacles was curious to learn the places fellow Reddit users would never set foot in again under any circumstances, leading them to ask:

"What’s the scariest town/city you’ve been to, and why?"


Gabbs, Nevada.

"I ended up driving through this tiny town in the middle of Nevada that I assume used to be a mining town."

"It looked like a steady paycheck hadn't been seen in this town for 20 years, the houses were all dilapidated, and the locals looked just as worn out."

"Bullet holes and burn marks could be seen on pretty much every building."

"The only reason I drove through the town instead of just sticking to the main road was to top up on gas, but I couldn't find anything, not even a small convenience store."

"It must've been hell for those folks considering the closest town with an actual store and gas was around 70 miles away."

"I took a look via Google Earth, at some of the towns people mentioned and I found it!"

"Gabbs, NV."

'Definitely not a place I'd want to go back to."- Arcinbiblo12

Harvey, Illinois

"Everyone talks about Gary, IN, but there is a town over the border in Illinois called Harvey, IL."

"I can't put my finger on exactly what makes it worse, but being there felt like I was on the moon."-theredditforwork

El Alto, Bolivia

"El Alto Bolivia."

"This was 15 years ago at least."

"It's above the habitable zone, and locals were openly fighting in the streets."

"Good times."-ooo-ooo-oooyea

Somewhere in New Mexico...

"I stopped at some gas station out in the middle of where-the-f*ck, New Mexico, only to pee."

"Parking lot not even completely paved.'

"My SO stayed behind in the car, and our son, so I have no corroborating witnesses, but this was the weirdest f*cking place of business I ever stepped into."

"Some David Lynch level sh*t."

"First of all, this place was huge for no obvious reason."

"As far as I know, there wasn't a town nearby."

"I mean, it was isolated out in the desert."

"When I entered, there was a store in there, like a convenience store."

"I passed through that, and entered a hallway."

"There was a restaurant in there, completely empty."

"I follow the signs to the restroom, and go down this hall."

"It already feels a little creepy to me, and horrifyingly enough, I am navigating to the bathroom by the sound of someone who seems to be puking violently far off down the corridor."

"I could hear this sound echoing down this crazy hallway."

"The hallway has a bend in it, and I'm starting to wonder how f*cking big is this place?"

"I turn the corner, and there is one of those claw grabby machines where you try to pick up stuffed animals and other cheap sh*t, standing in the hall."

"A group of young boys are there, crowded around the machine."

"When I come around the corner, they all look up at me wordlessly, with no trace of joy or excitement or pleasure."

"They just play the game with inscrutable faces, silently, like cats surrounding a mouse."

"The hall continues, and so do I."

"Another corner."

"Where the g*ddamned f*ck is the toilet.'

"This hallway is disturbingly long and I've been driving for two and a half days."

"I like my bathrooms simple and direct."

"This does not seem to be either of those things."

"I finally locate the can way the hell down there around another unnecessary corner, and upon entering, I can no longer hear whoever was retching and choking."

"It is now silent, but for the stench so bad it was nearly foggy in there."

"Somebody's feet under the sh*tter door."

"I pee."

"I get out quick."

"Walk past those seemingly soulless and bored boys."

" Why the hell is this hallway even here?"

"There are no doors, no other businesses, these kids are creeping me out in the sinister way they stare blankly at me as I pass."

"I am at a loss to even explain why those kids are here, this place is isolated AF, the hall has too many dark corners and bends in it with no apparent logic."

"It feels like an anxiety dream, it feels like reality itself is being manipulated like the little crane arm claw the one boy is guiding."

"It feels like I want to get out of here, get back outside, get in the car and put this whole place in my rearview mirror."

"So I do."

"I get in the car."

"'Do you feel better now?'"

"'No. Actually I don't'."

"'You shoulda seen this place'."- Alternative-Amoeba20

Johannesburg

"Johannesburg, I grew up in a pretty rough city and would say it doesn’t compare to there, you can feel how tense the air is and you really need to pay attention to everything at all times."- Much_Committee_9355

Gary, Indiana

"Gary, Indiana."

"No, it's not a story of how dangerous it is, or how cops tell you to run red lights ."

"That happens, but it's mostly myths that get perpetuated by people who never visited."

"Gary is just desolate."

"It's almost post apocalyptic."

"Nature has overtaken many areas, and many of the 'vacant' houses you see are actually lived in by homeless people."

"What makes it scary isn't that it has dangerous people, it's that it can be incredibly quiet for a populous city."

"The few times I've had to go through Gary or IN Gary for something, I've always seen something that has frightened me."

"Like people staring at me through half boarded windows, people crawling out of bushes to ask for money, or people just straight up walking in front of your car trying to get you to slow down or stop."

"It's one of the few places in America that actually feels heavy to be in."

"I swear TV shows and movies are missing out on some of the easiest post apocalyptic scenery that they have ever had."- NewAccount971

Decatur, Illinois

"Decatur Illinois."

"My mom and most of her family is from there and the town is just so damn sketchy."

"People being shot the next street over seems like a daily thing."

"My crazy Great Grandma lived in a 4 story house by herself , house had been in the family for a while, and she never locked the doors, just slept with a 9mm next to her bed."- SidtheGoat87

Times Square

"I was In NYC in I believe 2016-2017."

"So imagine a teenager that looks younger than they are, that's me."

"Me and my family were going to see something on Broadway."

"We were walking to the back of the line thingy."

I lost my group and this Women comes up to me and said 'little girl come with me, I have a daughter and you will have a sister" or something along those lines."

"I was in tears and was looking for my group this lady following me."

"I did find them in the end."

"I was only missing for two minutes and in that time a stranger tried to convince me to go with her."- weebthatlikeshorrer

Port Costa, CA

"Port Costa, CA."

"A hidden gem in the Bay Area, right above Crockett."

"After a long, winding road up a mountain you are first greeted with an abandoned schoolhouse."

"At the end of this tiny town is a Hotel, notoriously haunted, and a bar called the Warehouse, has a taxidermy polar bear inside."

"I unfortunately know of multiple suicides above the bar, very eerie vibes."- ExpensiveContact

Mattapan, Massachusetts

"Mattapan, MA, is nicknamed murderPan…"

"I’ve felt safer in the slums of Boston and providence on 911 calls."- CorgiTacos31

Manchester, England

The scariest place I have been to is well I’m originally from Manchester."

"I was living on a council estate at the time when I was in primary school, I am now a year nine student in High School, and I vividly remember two things that happened there."

"One of them was a car crash, however it wasn’t that bad."

"I remember there being a drug dealer that’s parked horribly into two cars causing a few dents in both of them and a few scratches."

"The drug dealer then tried to get out the car as quick as he can and accidentally spilled all the weed out of his stash."

"Another one, I think was a murder."

"There wasn’t anything graphic, like stabbings and shit like that, but apparently some dude at the end of the road got poisoned and he just died."

"There was a police investigation for I think a week."

"There was more events but they are the only two I remember."

"This was the main cause of why I moved up to a different part of the United Kingdom and it is way better than Manchester."- Pissoffj0hnathan

Morayfield, Australia

"Australia, Morayfield Graham road."

"I never want to talk about that place ever again."

"I lived in the house '158 on Graham Road Morayfield' 4 years ago."

"Place literally f*cked me up."

"If you look at the place on Google maps, It just looks like your average street, but I lived in that house for 6 years."

"The first experience I had was a couple months after I gave birth to my second-youngest child."

"I was laying in bed, my husband was asleep next to me and I was scrolling through Facebook."

"Keep in mind that it was pitch black but my phone light slightly lit the room."

"It was probably somewhere around midnight."

"I was near the edge of my bed laying sideways facing opposite my husband and I remember very vividly I was half-way through writing a comment on a Facebook post but a f*cking dog-like creature, bright green eyes pop it's head up just slightly enough to see the eyes."

"It's skin was dark, but light enough to see it's outline."

"It was more like a small human on all fours."

" But I was laying down as I saw this thing crawl closer and eventually stop right next to the bed, the side I was laying on, and then I see the long a** claw-like fingers reach on to my bed and made its way up to my face."

"I was practically frozen in fear just watching it."

"This creature's hand was right about to grab my face, but then of course that's when I snapped and screamed like a fucking crack-head."

"I remember pushing myself up against my husbands back still screaming like crazy until my husband woke up and turned on the lights."

"I told him everything."

"I stayed up the rest of that night hyperventilating."

"My husband tried to convince me that it was a dream but when I grabbed my phone again It was still half-way through writing that comment."

"But then of course those other little things happen like my oldest daughter complains that my son wakes up in her bed every morning, and I just learnt a couple weeks ago that the reason my son would wake up In her bed, was because 'a man' would stand in the corner of his room."

"My son also told me he would see hands reach around the corners of the house."

"We also had this mannequin because I thought it was funny to dress up a mannequin in my husbands clothes and we named it 'Joe'."

"My son came to my crying one night saying that he went to go to the toilet but once he left his room he saw the mannequin walk around the f*cking house."

"I was the only one that believed him, and I came up with the excuse that there was mould growing on Joe so we had to dispose of him."

" There would also be footsteps walking down the hallways at night."

"My sister and her husband once came around to stay the night but they left around 2am because they complained that there were red eyes staring at them."

"They never came back."

"It was also pretty common in that house to see figures standing behind you every time the TV switched to a dark screen."

"I would also hear tapping and giggling from outside my window."

"That house f*cked me up."

"Now we live EXTREMELY far away from Morayfield as much as possible."

"What's weird is that the paranormal activity only started a couple years after living there."

"I still hyperventilate or breakdown after memories of that f*cking place."- 1z0f4_

"But I was laying down as I saw this thing crawl closer and eventually stop right next to the bed, the side I was laying on, and then I see the long a** claw-like fingers reach on to my bed and made its way up to my face."

"I was practically frozen in fear just watching it."

"This creature's hand was right about to grab my face, but then of course that's when I snapped and screamed like a fucking crack-head."

"I remember pushing myself up against my husbands back still screaming like crazy until my husband woke up and turned on the lights."

"I told him everything."

"I stayed up the rest of that night hyperventilating."

"My husband tried to convince me that it was a dream but when I grabbed my phone again It was still half-way through writing that comment."

"But then of course those other little things happen like my oldest daughter complains that my son wakes up in her bed every morning, and I just learnt a couple weeks ago that the reason my son would wake up In her bed, was because 'a man' would stand in the corner of his room."

"My son also told me he would see hands reach around the corners of the house."

"We also had this mannequin because I thought it was funny to dress up a mannequin in my husbands clothes and we named it 'Joe'."

"My son came to my crying one night saying that he went to go to the toilet but once he left his room he saw the mannequin walk around the f*cking house."

"I was the only one that believed him, and I came up with the excuse that there was mould growing on Joe so we had to dispose of him."

" There would also be footsteps walking down the hallways at night."

"My sister and her husband once came around to stay the night but they left around 2am because they complained that there were red eyes staring at them."

"They never came back."

"It was also pretty common in that house to see figures standing behind you every time the TV switched to a dark screen."

"I would also hear tapping and giggling from outside my window."

"That house f*cked me up."

"Now we live EXTREMELY far away from Morayfield as much as possible."

"What's weird is that the paranormal activity only started a couple years after living there."

"I still hyperventilate or breakdown after memories of that f*cking place."- 1z0f4_

Greenville, North Carolina

"My home town."

"Greenville NC."

"The amount of people this town messed up is insane."

"I love my town but drugs have taken so many of my friends it’s really sad."- Kwilburn525

Yangon, Myanmar

"Yangon, Myanmar."

"A little before the revolution."

"A very impoverished and isolated country."

"The streets are very dimly lit at night with old yellow incandescent bulbs, people lurking in the shadows."

"I stood out."

"Lots of people I talked to quietly expressed heavy dissent about the military junta that was in power."

"Felt like a powder keg."

"Kept my head on a swivel."- FoxMcCloud333

It's sad to hear about these places, and the hard times they've fallen under.

One hopes they might find a way to bounce back one day, and make people excited to visit, rather than avoid them at all costs.

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