Monster Jam Steel Titans 2

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Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 is a video game developed by Rainbow Studios and published by THQ Nordic. The game is available for the PC, PS4 , Xbox One , and Nintendo Switch . The game is also able to be played on the Xbox Series X/S consoles via backwards compatibility with upgraded visuals. The game acts as a sequel to the previous game Monster Jam Steel Titans . The game features 54 playable trucks combining the original, alternate, and the DLC schemes. The game was released on March 2, 2021.

  • 1.1 Starters
  • 1.2 Wildcards
  • 1.3 Ruff Crowd
  • 1.4 Defenders
  • 1.5 Demolition Crew
  • 1.7 Crazy Creatures
  • 2 Power-up Buffs
  • 5 Stadiums and arenas

Starters [ ]

  • Monster Jam Stunt Truck (tutorial truck)
  • Monster Jam Training Truck (tutorial truck)

Wildcards [ ]

  • Blue Thunder (unlocked after completing Chapter 1)
  • Higher Education Inverse (Power bundle exclusive; Does not count towards the "Full Garage" achievement)
  • Ice Cream Man (unlocked after completing Chapter 3)
  • Whiplash (unlocked after completing Chapter 4)
  • Northern Nightmare Inverse (Inverse Truck Pack DLC Exclusive; Does not count towards the "Full Garage" achievement)
  • Backwards Bob (unlocked after obtaining 25000 XP with Wildcards trucks)

Ruff Crowd [ ]

  • Monster Mutt Poodle (unlocked after completing Chapter 5)
  • Monster Mutt Husky (unlocked after completing Chapter 6)
  • Monster Mutt (unlocked after completing Chapter 7)
  • Monster Mutt Rottweiler (unlocked after completing Chapter 8)
  • Monster Mutt Junkyard Dog (unlocked after obtaining all 5 Bark Park collectibles)
  • Monster Mutt Dalmatian Inverse (Inverse Truck Pack DLC Exclusive; Does not count towards the "Full Garage" achievement)

Defenders [ ]

  • Soldier Fortune (unlocked after completing Chapter 9)
  • Great Clips Mohawk Warrior (unlocked after completing Chapter 10)
  • Bakugan Dragonoid (unlocked after completing Chapter 11)
  • Alien Invasion Inverse (Inverse Truck Pack DLC Exclusive; Does not count towards the "Full Garage" achievement)
  • Soldier Fortune Black Ops (unlocked after collecting all 10 Highlands collectibles)
  • Avenger (unlocked after obtaining 25000 XP with Defenders trucks)

Demolition Crew [ ]

  • El Toro Loco Yellow (unlocked after reaching level 10 for El Toro Loco; Does not count towards the "Full Garage" achievement)
  • El Toro Loco Black (unlocked after reaching level 18 for El Toro Loco; Does not count towards the "Full Garage" achievement)
  • El Toro Loco Gold (unlocked after completing World Finals XIX or Chapter 21; Does not count towards the "Full Garage" achievement)
  • Stone Crusher (unlocked after completing Chapter 14)
  • Doom’s Day (unlocked after completing Chapter 15)
  • EarthShaker (unlocked after completing Chapter 16)
  • Gas Monkey Garage (unlocked after collecting all 10 Wasteland collectibles)
  • Max-D Black (unlocked after reaching level 15 for Max-D; Does not count towards the Full Garage achievement)
  • Max-D Gold (unlocked after completing World Finals XX; Does not count towards the Full Garage achievement)
  • Captain's Curse (unlocked after completing Chapter 17)
  • Zombie (unlocked after completing Chapter 18)
  • Pirate's Curse (unlocked after completing Chapter 19)
  • Son-uva Digger (unlocked after completing Chapter 20)
  • Grave Digger the Legend (unlocked after obtaining all 10 Haunted Forest collectibles)
  • Grave Digger Overcast (unlocked after reaching level 15 for Grave Digger; Does not count towards the Full Garage achievement)
  • Grave Digger Gold (unlocked after completing World Finals XX or Chapter 21; Does not count towards the Full Garage achievement)
  • Grave Digger Inverse (Inverse Truck Pack DLC Exclusive; Does not count towards the "Full Garage" achievement)

Crazy Creatures [ ]

  • Crushstation (Crazy Creatures Camp Crushmore Secret)
  • Octon8er (Crazy Creatures Bark Park Secret)
  • Jurassic Attack (Crazy Creatures Highlands Secret)
  • Dragon Overcast (unlocked after reaching level 15 for Dragon; Does not count towards the Full Garage achievement)
  • Dragon Gold (unlocked after completing World Finals XIX or Chapter 21; Does not count towards the Full Garage achievement0
  • Megalodon Overcast (unlocked after reaching level 15 for Megalodon; Does not count towards the Full Garage achievement)
  • Megalodon Gold (unlocked after completing World Finals XX or Chapter 21; Does not count towards the Full Garage achievement)
  • Sparkle Smash (unlocked after obtaining 25000 XP with Crazy Creatures trucks)

Power-up Buffs [ ]

There are 6 different types of trucks in the game, each type of which comes with its own unique ability:

  • Starters ( Monster Jam Training Truck & Monster Jam Stunt Truck ) do not have an ability.
  • Wildcards ( Blue Thunder , Higher Education , Ice Cream Man , Whiplash , Northern Nightmare , & Backwards Bob ) get extra boosts in Outdoor Races, up to 4.
  • Ruff Crowd (All of the Monster Mutts ) trucks gain a sort of drafting mechanic called Overtake.
  • Defenders ( Soldier Fortune , Mohawk Warrior , Bakugan Dragonoid , Alien Invasion , Soldier Fortune Black Ops , & Avenger ) get Repel, which pushes opponents away that get too close.
  • Destruction Crew ( El Toro Loco , Stone Crusher , Doom’s Day , EarthShaker , Gas Monkey Garage , & Maximum Destruction (Max-D) ) trucks have increased speed when hitting destructible obstacles.
  • Undead ( Captain's Curse , Zombie , Pirate's Curse , Son-uva Digger , Grave Digger the Legend , & Grave Digger ) get Repulse, which slows down opponents that are directly behind them in Outdoor Races.
  • Crazy Creatures ( Crushstation , Octon8er , Jurassic Attack , Dragon , Megalodon , & Sparkle Smash ) get Long Jump, which increases these trucks’ speed when in the air.

Only the Destruction Crew & Crazy Creatures trucks’ abilities are capable of being used in Stadium Events.

There are 5 Worlds in the game, which are accessed via the in-game world:

  • Camp Crushmore (unlocked at the beginning)
  • Bark Park (intended to be unlocked after completing Chapter 4, but can be accessed at the beginning)
  • Highlands (unlocked after completing Chapter 8)
  • Wasteland (unlocked after completing Chapter 12)
  • Haunted Forest (unlocked after completing Chapter 16) [Completing Chapter 20 will unlock a path back to Camp Crushmore from Haunted Forest]

There are 7 different modes in Monster Jam Steel Titans 2, those being:

  • Stadium/Arena Circuit Racing
  • Two-Wheel Skills
  • Timed Destruction
  • Waypoint Racing
  • World Circuit Racing
  • Derby Racing (Similar to Monster Jam: Urban Assault ’s Head-to-Head mode)

Stadiums and arenas [ ]

  • [1] Vivint Arena (Salt Lake City, Utah) (two separate tracks)
  • [2] Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) (two separate tracks)
  • [3] Ball Arena (Denver, Colorado)
  • [4] Intrust Bank Arena (Wichita, Kansas) (two separate tracks)
  • [5] Moda Center (Portland, Oregon) (two separate tracks)
  • [6] Greensboro Coliseum Complex (Greensboro, North Carolina)
  • [7] Angel Stadium (Anaheim, California) (two separate tracks)
  • [8] Sam Boyd Stadium (Las Vegas, Nevada) (based off of World Finals 19 )
  • [9] State Farm Stadium (Glendale, Arizona) (two separate tracks)
  • [10] Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • [11] Oakland Coliseum (Oakland, California)
  • [12] Petco Park (San Diego, California) (two separate tracks)
  • [13] Rogers Centre (Toronto, Canada)
  • [14] Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • [15] Ford Field (Detroit, Michigan) (two separate tracks)
  • [16] AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
  • [17] Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Florida) (based off of World Finals 20 )

Similar to the original game, stadiums and arenas won't have the official names, but rather be referred to by the city from which they're located.

  • This video game marks the first appearance of Backwards Bob and Jurassic Attack since 2010's Monster Jam: Path of Destruction . It is also the first to feature Avenger, Monster Mutt Junkyard Dog and Stone Crusher since 2016's Monster Jam Crush It!
  • The game features 4 of the non-existing Spin Master toys. That being Monster Mutt Husky, Monster Mutt Poodle, Octon8er, and Sparkle Smash.
  • This marks the video game debut of Crushstation, Gas Monkey Garage, Higher Education (and the Inverse edition), Ice Cream Man, Monster Jam Stunt Truck, Monster Mutt Husky, Monster Mutt Poodle, Octon8er, and Sparkle Smash.
  • This is the first Monster Jam game to feature non existing non-DLC trucks, not counting the original Steel Titans game, as Yeti and Wildfire were DLCs.
  • The game's trailer revealed one of the playable tracks to be the World Finals 20 track in Orlando.
  • Higher Education Inverse is exclusive to the Power Out bundle copy.
  • Backwards Bob is the only truck that has the tires that faces backwards instead of forwards.
  • Like the previous game, Monster Jam Steel Titans, Grave Digger the Legend is the only truck outfitted with the zoomies.
  • This was partially fixed on Update 1.03, released on March 12, 2021, for PC and PS4, as THQ Nordic plans to release the update for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in the following week. Chassis is still misspelled after the player has completed an event, but when changing their vehicle, the error has been resolved.
  • Even stranger is that the Anaheim 2 track has monster truck flag banners on the jumbotron.
  • The concept of world secrets was likely originally inspired by an easter egg in the first game where if the player was driving Alien invasion, they could find an abandoned building with a UFO in it, which they could then activate by driving close to it.
  • Similar to Captain's Curse having its original ribbon board animation replaced, the Captain's Curse flag banners seen in the first game featured the half-human half-skeleton pirate character the banner, whereas the second game replaces the character with the Captain's Curse logo.
  • Monster Mutt Junkyard Dog is the only non-variant truck in the game to not have any form of ribbon board animation for the truck, as it instead uses the default truck-less ribbon board animation used for the training truck and the stunt truck.
  • The title of the game was used for the event format of Monster Jam episodes of 2021.
  • As of 2023, banners for the game are still seen at Monster Jam events, even though the game came out over 2 years ago.

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Monster Jam Steel Titans background art.

  • 1 2024 Monster Jam Points Championship Series
  • 2 Maximum Destruction (Max-D)
  • 3 Grave Digger

Monster Jam Steel Titans 2: How to Unlock All Trucks

Here's how to unlock every monster truck in Monster Jam Steel Titans 2.

In Monster Jam Steel Titans 2, players can drive their favorite Monster Jam trucks in races, freestyle, and explore the open world. There are over 40 officially licensed trucks in the game, and nearly all of them have to be unlocked in various ways. Some will be unlocked by playing the career mode, while others will have players scouring the open world for hidden collectibles.

This guide features a list breaking down every single truck and how to unlock them. Collecting every monster truck will also give the player the Full Garage Achievement/Trophy.

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World Career

The majority of trucks can be unlocked by playing through the World Career. Each chapter has two stadium events and a point-to-point race in the open world. Finishing 3rd or better in points through a chapter will unlock a truck.

Crazy Creatures

Particular trucks can only be unlocked by finding their crazy creature secret hidden throughout the open world levels. There are hints placed near each garage. Use these hints to find a hidden X located somewhere in the area. Drive onto the X and wait for the glow to unlock these trucks.

Each category of trucks has a shared pool of XP. Getting 25000 Team XP will unlock a truck for that specific team. XP can be earned by finishing races, freestyles, two-wheel competitions, timed destructions, and point-to-point races.

Collectibles

Each open-world area has glowing collectibles scattered throughout. Find all of these collectibles in an area to unlock a new monster truck.

Variants are alternate liveries for monster trucks. These variants will be unlocked by gaining more XP for specific trucks and completing the career mode. These will not affect the Full Garage Achievement.

Playground Mode

If players don't have the patience to unlock every truck, they can open the settings and turn on Playground Mode. This is a mode meant for children playing the game who just want to drive their favorite Monster Jam trucks. It temporarily unlocks all trucks and tracks. Turning this mode on will also disable achievements, saving progress, and earning XP.

Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.

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Secret of Mana/Witch Elinee

Table of Contents

  • Ring Commands
  • Boy (Randi)
  • Girl (Primm)
  • Sprite (Popoi)

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  • Potos Falls and Potos Village
  • Water Palace and Pandora
  • Gaia's Navel
  • Witch Elinee
  • The Underground Palace
  • Pandora Ruins
  • Thieves' Ship
  • Upper Lands
  • Dragon Caves
  • Kakkara Desert
  • Ice Country
  • Fire Palace
  • Imperial Castle
  • The Palace of Darkness
  • True Courage
  • Sunken Continent
  • Grand Palace
  • Mana Fortress
  • A through C
  • D through E
  • F through H
  • I through L
  • N through R
  • T through Z
  • 1 Haunted Forest
  • 2.1 Boss: Spikey Tiger
  • 3 Back to the Water Palace

Haunted Forest [ edit ]

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The haunted forest is located to the north of Gaia's Navel. You will arrive in the lower left corner of the map shown to the left. The only enemy that occupies this area are Chobin Hoods, forest creatures who attack with bows. They like to barricade themselves behind plants in order to make it difficult to attack them. You can either hit them over the plants with long range weapons, or chop down flowers with a sword or ax to gain access to them.

If you're arriving here shortly after the Sprite joins you, be sure to attack as many Chobin Hoods as you can, and the Sprite will rise very quickly in levels. Also be sure to rotate weapons around to give everyone a chance to reach level 1 with the new weapons.

Depending on how aggressive you've set your partner's AI to behave, you may begin to notice some problems with them not necessarily following you, and getting stuck on plants in an effort to attack Chobin Hoods. If this happens too much, remember that you can switch characters and manually take over whoever is stuck, in order to move them where you want them.

Head up along the left side of the woods, and then make your way to the right, clearing away any flowers that get in your way. You will eventually encounter Neko. Even if you buy nothing from him, be sure to ask him to save your game. Then continue up the stairs behind him, and over to the left, where you'll find a spot on the ground, teleport A, that takes you to the next area.

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You arrive at the top of the area shown to the right. Near this location, you will encounter a Mushboom and a Blat. From here, there are two ways to go. You can head to the left, but that path is blocked by some barrier which can only be removed with the ax. Even if you have the ax and chop the barrier down, the teleport will lead to a dead-end unless to do some work first.

Instead of heading left, follow the path to the right first, and head down the steps. You'll see a Chobin Hood on the ledge as you go down. This Chobin Hood can't be approach and can only be hit by ranged weapons, so you have to decide if he's worth the effort to fight. Down below, you'll find more Chobin Hoods, along with a Mushboom and a Blat. Approach teleport B in the lower left corner.

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Taking teleport B will deposit you in the lower left corner of the third area. You can't travel far in this small isolated section of the map. After walking up a short distance, you'll encounter an Eye Spy. These small eyeballs can generate Chobin Hoods. Attack them as quickly as possible to limit the number of Chobin Hoods they produce. Beyond the Eye Spy is what looks like a teleport spot, but is actually a kind of switch. Stepping on this switch causes some land to shift over, making it possible for you to reach the other side of the ground beyond teleport C.

Having stepped on the switch, you must now travel back to teleport B, and return to the second area. Walk back around and up to the barrier that you need the ax to cut down, and step on teleport C to go back to the third area. Now you can follow the path down the stairs, and on to the right before it leads back up again. Eventually you will encounter a set of stairs that lead to a pole in the ground. You can grab hold of these poles if you have a whip, which would enable you to cross over the gap and reach the "!" teleport spot on the other side. That teleport takes you back to the area just outside of the Water Palace.

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For now, ignore these stairs and continue right until you reach teleport D. This will lead you to the fourth and final portion of the Haunted Forest. Head to the right, down the stairs, and follow the path as it leads you upward. Continue to fight every enemy that you encounter in an effort to increase your character's levels. Follow the path as it leads up, to the left, and back down to the bottom. Then follow the left side of the forest up to the top, and on to teleport E, which leads to the witch's castle.

Castle [ edit ]

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The final warp of the forest leads you to the exterior of the witch Elinee's castle. When you head up, you are likely to be greeted by a werewolf. Take it out, but attack with caution, as its attacks are very powerful. Once you defeat it, you have three directions to choose from. However, all but the right lead to dead-ends, so it's better to simply head right.

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Along the path to the right, you will encounter an Eye Spy. If there is a Mushboom present, the Eye Spy will only produce one Chobin Hood at a time. Otherwise it will generate up to two. Focus on the eye before attacking the others. Clear a path for yourself as you head up, and then back to the left through the middle channel. You may, or may not, encounter a Chobin Hood located in to the small pit that you can't access. Regardless, you should be able to attack it and remove it if you wish.

Continue to the left and attack the next Eye Spy. Defeat it, and any Chobin Hoods it produces, and then continue up and around the bend until you reach the front entrance to the castle. That will lead to the first interior corridor, shown right. Step on the switch to open the gate, where you will find another Eye Spy. Defeat it and proceed through the door above.

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You will arrive in a small chamber with a desk in the middle. Around it are four chairs. Three of those chairs are actually Polter Chairs, which are magically animated and will attack you. You don't have to fight them but, as always, they are worth good experience points towards leveling up.

Climb the stairs behind them and you will enter a room with two bridges. Either bridge leads to an Eye Spy. Remember that, due to the three enemy sprite limit, they will only be able to produce one Chobin Hood between them until one Eye Spy is removed. Clear them both out, and then you must choose between door I on the right, and door J on the left. To open either door, you must stand on the switch before them.

Door I happens to lead to a small dead-end room with three Polter Chairs in it. Attack them if you like, but ultimately, you must travel through door J to proceed.

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After passing through the left door, you will arrive in a new room with a winding corridor. There are two werewolves guarding this area, and they will attack aggressively. Focus your attacks on one and then the other. They have a tendency to heal themselves or each other, so be prepared for a longer fight.

After you clear them away, walk around until you see a switch on the ground. However, standing on the switch will not do anything. You're only option is to head down through stairwell K. This leads to a prison area. If you walk up to one of the cells, you will automatically open and free the prisoners. However, after talking to one of the soldiers, you discover that they are as spaced out as the people in Pandora. One soldier does tell you the secret to activating the switch in the room above: all three of you must stand on the switch together. In the neighboring cell, you will discover Neko. Take the opportunity to save the game, and buy any healing items you may need.

Then return to the screen above, and stand on the switch together. A bridge will appear, connecting you to door L above. You'll probably encounter an Eye Spy on the way. If the two werewolves are back, it won't produce an Eye Spy. Additionally, you can very safely attack the werewolves from across the gap using the Arrows and/or the Boomerang. Pass through the door when ready.

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In the next room, you'll have a similar situation as before: two paths which lead up to two Eye Spies. The difference this time is that there will be three doors to choose from, not two. Door M on the left leads to a small dead-end room with three Blats. Door N on the right leads to a small dead-end room with three Polter Chairs, just like room I. Take them on, if you want, for extra experience points. But ultimately, you must proceed through door O in the middle to continue.

This leads to a room with a segmented hallway. The path to the left is closed off, so you must go up and around. You'll find a switch guarded by an Eye Spy. Remove the eye and then step on the switch below. A portion of the wall below will slide up, allowing you to go left from the entrance. Return to the bottom and head left, and then on up to door P.

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You will arrive at the bottom of a staircase guarded by two Polter Chairs. Clear them away and proceed up the stairs. Walk up and around the desk to the right and you'll see the witch Elinee herself. Talk to her, and she'll only make a quick remark and disappear through the doors above.

Pass through them, and you'll witness Elinee teleport Dyluck to the ruins in Pandora. The girl will be very upset by this and ask what the witch did. Elinee will respond that she sent Dyluck to Thanatos, the leader of a secret organization bent on overthrowing the kingdom. Then she will disappear once more, but not before locking you in with her pet tiger Spikey.

Boss: Spikey Tiger [ edit ]

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The Spiky Tiger is a dangerous opponent, even if you could handle the recent enemies without problem. Many of his attacks cause unconsciousness. When it jumps onto either of the two side platforms, it can only be hit with the Chobin Bow and Boomerang. While standing up there, it is likely to cast Fire Bouquet and Fire Breath.

It is best engaged by trying to avoid the tiger, building up attacks to their maximum charge, and attacking once ready. You can have the AI do the same by setting their action grid to AWAY/ATTACK. However, you may want to ensure that at least one of the bow and boomerang are free. It's also a good idea to keep your attacks on the left side, as he has a tendency to maul any one who stands near his mouth.

Heal anyone below 40HP, or possibly higher if the Spiky Tiger is inflicting more damage than what you can handle. Upon defeating the Tiger, you will get a Boomerang Orb. Anyone who died in battle is automatically brought back to life.

Head down to the previous room, where you'll find Elinee cowering in the left corner. Speak with her, and she'll beg for forgiveness. The magic that keeps her young will begin to fade. She will renounce her use of magic, and offer you treasure chests in return for your trouble. In them, you'll find some gold and the Whip, which you'll need to access the shortcut out of the forest.

Back to the Water Palace [ edit ]

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You must make your way through the now-vacant castle, back to the entrance. Once you get back outside, the girl will be relieved to know that Dyluck is still alive. However, the boy will hear a voice in his head. Luka is summoning him back to the Water Palace. The girl and the sprite strengthen their resolve to accompany the boy. Follow the path back down to the forest. When in the forest, return through the final forest stage to reach teleport D. After teleporting, take the path that leads to the "!" teleport that you couldn't reach before. This time, stand above the pole to the left and the gap, and swing the Whip across to the other side. The whole party will fly over the gap, and you will now be able to access the teleport beyond, which takes you right back to the Water Palace.

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Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 – All Trucks and How to Unlock Them

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These Haunted Forests Are As Eerie As It Gets

By Caitlin Morton

These 19 Haunted Forests Around the World Are As Eerie As It Gets

Thanks to fairy tales and legends of the Blair Witch variety, a dense, dark forest can elicit feelings of dread—we'd argue that (even seemingly) haunted forests are some of the eeriest places on Earth. And while most spooky moments can be chalked up to our campfire imaginations running wild, some places around the world carry legitimately terrifying histories that are much harder to brush off with a nervous laugh. From woods said to have high-pitched screams echoing through the trees, to extra-creepy cemeteries in the woods, these 19 haunted forests are certainly not for the faint of heart.

This gallery has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

Elfin Forest California

Elfin Forest, California

The community of Elfin Forest sounds like it belongs in the world of Tolkien , even though it lies just southwest of Escondido in San Diego County . How fitting, then, that it is crawling with tall tales, myths, and stories of haunted spirits and goblins. Legend has it that Romani people used to occupy Elfin Forest in the early 19th century, until nearby townsfolk drove them out and slaughtered those that remained behind. Supposedly, they exacted revenge by cursing the forest and its surrounding lands. Today, people have claimed to see all kinds of eerie apparitions, like a floating woman dressed in white, a cloaked spirit riding a black stallion, and mysterious footprints.

Highgate Cemetery London U.K.

Highgate Cemetery, London, U.K.

This lush and leafy north London garden , fictionalized in Bram Stoker’s Dracula as Kingstead Churchyard, has a pleasantly eccentric roll call of notable graves, including those of Karl Marx and Douglas Adams. And while it remains one of London's least-visited landmarks, those who do enter its gates come seeking ghostly encounters as much as celebrity headstones. 

The site was established in the mid-1800s and became neglected and unattended by the end of WWII, the overgrown vegetation and crumbling monuments only upping the fear factor. Then in the 1970s, after appearing as a filming location in several horror movies, Highgate reached a surge in popularity—namely among self-proclaimed vampire hunters. Many visitors claimed to see a creature hovering over the graves (a vampire, presumably), and stories of grave robbing began appearing in the news. The so-called vampire hunters would open tombs to drive wooden stakes into the corpses' chests, or steal the corpses and relocate them to random places (including the car of one of the cemetery's neighbors!). To this day, Highgate remains a go-to spot for enthusiasts of all things fanged and occult.

HoiaBaciu Forest Romania

Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania

From the moment a military technician captured a photograph of a UFO hovering over this forest in 1968, Hoia-Baciu has gained paranormal notoriety around the world. The area has become known as the "Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania," as some believe it to be a portal that causes visitors to disappear. Other people who have passed through the forest (without being zapped into another realm, that is) reported rashes, nausea, and feelings of anxiety. The curved trees in some parts of the area further lend to the off-putting aura of Hoia-Baciu.

The Black Forest Germany

The Black Forest, Germany

Hardly any sunlight breaks through the dense fir trees of the Black Forest, and the myths surrounding these woods are more fantastical than paranormal: A headless horseman riding on a great white steed, a king who kidnaps women to take them to his underwater lair where he lives among the nymphs, friendly dwarves, and lurking werewolves. Is it any wonder the Brothers Grimm set so many of their fairy tales here?

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The Island of the Dolls Xochimilco Mexico

The Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico

Despite its status as a World Heritage site (along with Mexico City , it's a well-preserved example of Aztec life), Xochimilco has reached a certain amount of internet fame for its Isla de las Munecas, or the Island of the Dolls. Hidden among the area’s many canals, the site is famous for the hundreds of dolls—and doll parts—hanging from trees and scattered among the grass. The chinampa (akin to an artificial island) used to be the residence of a now-deceased man named Julian Santa Barrera. After finding a dead girl's body in a nearby canal, Barrera collected and displayed the toys in the hopes of warding off evil spirits, reports National Geographic . Today, the island is believed to be haunted by the ghost of the drowned girl, and local legend even states that the dolls have been heard whispering to each other, moving their heads and arms, and opening their eyes.

Pine Barrens New Jersey

Pine Barrens, New Jersey

The heavily forested Pine Barrens spans over one million acres and seven counties in New Jersey . The area thrived during the colonial era, host to sawmills, paper mills, and other industries. People eventually abandoned the mills and surrounding villages when coal was discovered to the west in Pennsylvania, leaving behind ghost towns —and, some say, a few supernatural wanderers. The most popular Pine Barrens resident is without a doubt the Jersey Devil. According to legend, the creature was born in 1735 to Deborah Leeds—her thirteenth child—with leathery wings, a goat's head, and hooves. It flew up the Leeds' chimney and into the Barrens, and it has been killing livestock and creeping out South Jersey residents ever since.

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Wychwood Forest, Oxfordshire, England

Yet another English creep-fest, Wychwood Forest's air of mystery stems from the story of Amy Robsart, the wife of the Earl of Leicester. Robsart mysteriously broke her neck and died in 1560; years later, her husband encountered her ghost in Wychwood while on a hunting trip. Her spirit told the Earl that he would join her in the afterlife in just a few days. As promised, he fell ill shortly after the encounter and quickly died. Local legend says that anyone who encounters the ghost of Amy in Wychwood Forest will befall the same fate as the dearly departed Earl of Leicester.

Yosemite National Park California

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park is beloved for its epic waterfalls and giant sequoia groves, but there are areas of the park that might give you a different kind of goosebumps. For example, some visitors who have hiked the Chilnualna Falls Trailhead reported hearing the distinct sound of someone crying. Native American folklore attributes the cries to a boy who drowned in nearby Grouse Lake—his spirit calls out for help, but any hikers who venture into the lake will get pulled under and drown. Another Native American legend claims that some of the waterfalls in the park are haunted by an evil wind that draws people to the edge of the falls and then blows them off the cliff.

Aokigahara Forest  Japan

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

This seemingly serene forest at the foot of Mount Fuji has a tormented past. Colloquially known as “Suicide Forest,” Aokigahara has had the world’s second-highest rate of suicides after the Golden Gate Bridge: In 2010 alone , 247 people attempted to take their own lives here, and 54 of them were successful. Some blame this trend on the forest’s association with demons in Japanese mythology. Others point towards the density of the trees, which muffles sound and makes it easy to get lost. In fact, many hikers will mark their path with tape or string to make it easier to find their way back out again. The sprinkling of clothing and letters left throughout the labyrinthine woods gives Aokigahara that extra touch that will leave you in a cold sweat. (If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources.)

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Cameron Park, Texas

Waco's Cameron Park has several spots that are reported to be paranormal hot zones, including Jacob's Ladder, a treacherous set of stairs haunted by a "grabbing ghost" who tug on climbers' clothes to pull them down. But perhaps the most well-known site is the Witch's Castle—a name given to crumbling ruins found deep in the park. According to one story surrounding the "castle" (and there are many ), the ruins are the former house of a woman suspected of witchcraft in the late 1800s. Waco residents blamed the woman after people began disappearing in the surrounding woods, so they formed a mob and burned down her house while she was still inside. Some people claim to see the witch's figure wandering through Cameron Park today, even chasing down some unlucky visitors.

Dering Woods Smarden England

Dering Woods, Smarden, England

The Dering Woods are commonly referred to as "the Screaming Woods" or, you know, a perfect place to host your next family camping trip . Visitors report hearing blood-curdling screams coming from the forest's depths at night as well as footsteps and whispers on foggy days. The screams are often attributed to a highwayman who was captured and killed by villagers in the 18th century, and whose ghost apparently still holds quite the grudge. Others believe the hauntings are the result of a 1948 massacre, where 20 people were supposedly found dead in the forest the morning of November 1. Residents reported seeing strange lights emanating from the woods that Halloween night and autopsies of the bodies couldn't determine a cause of death.

FreetownFall River State Forest Massachusetts

Freetown-Fall River State Forest, Massachusetts

The Freetown State Forest sits smack dab in the "Bridgewater Triangle," an area in southeastern Massachusetts swarming with paranormal activity—roaming specters, UFO encounters, and even Bigfoot sightings. Some believe that the forest's haunted history dates back to colonial times, when settlers purchased the land (sacred burial grounds included) from the Wampanoag Tribe. The transaction is said to have cursed the area, which has since been the site of satanic cult rituals and murders in the 1970s and 80s, as well as comparatively innocuous poltergeist and fireball sightings more recently.

Dow Hill Forest India

Dow Hill Forest, India

Located in the West Bengal town of Kurseong, the Dow Hill Victoria Boys’ School is known as one of the most haunted places in India ; locals claim to hear footsteps echoing through the halls when the school is closed from December to March. But it is the surrounding forest that garners the most paranormal attention. The wooded area is rumored to be the site of several murders, and woodsmen have reported seeing a headless boy wandering among the trees and along the path between the school and forest, appropriately named “Death Road."

Devils Tramping Ground North Carolina

Devil’s Tramping Ground, North Carolina

Deep in the North Carolina woods, about 50 miles south of Greensboro, is a mysterious circle where no plant or tree will grow, nor any animals cross its path. The reason? The 40-foot clearing is where the devil comes to stomp and dance every night—at least according to local legends. The area has built up quite the eerie reputation over the years, with people claiming to see red eyes glowing there at night and placing their belongings in the circle in the evening, only to find them thrown back out the next morning (presumedly so the devil can clear his dance floor).

Pokaini Forest Latvia

Pokaini Forest, Latvia

There's nothing particularly strange about Pokaini Forest at first glance—until you notice the mysterious heaps of moss-covered rocks. These piles are strewn randomly throughout the forest, causing much speculation and folk tales among visitors. Some claim that the forest is an old site for pagan rituals , and it now has the mystic ability to heal people—visitors even bring offerings to the stones to enhance their powers. Other visitors attribute more sinister qualities to the forest, believing it to be a gateway to a parallel universe. There are reports of people suffering and even dying shortly after leaving the woods, and locals warn that stealing a rock will end in a stint of bad luck.

Manchac Swamp Louisiana

Manchac Swamp, Louisiana

New Orleans is filled to the brim with ghost stories, so it makes sense that Manchac Swamp, located less than an hour outside of the city, is said to be haunted. According to legend, a voodoo princess named Julie White used to live in the swamp and dole out curses to those who wronged her. One of her most menacing premonitions was that a cataclysmic disaster would occur when she died—sure enough, a massive hurricane hit the area on the day of White's funeral in 1915. Her ghost supposedly haunts the swamp to this day, as well as a rougarou (sort of like a Cajun werewolf). If that's not enough to scare you, maybe the very real population of alligators in the swamp waters will. 

Epping Forest Essex England

Epping Forest, Essex, England

The size and density of Epping Forest have made it a popular hideout for criminals and an infamous burial spot for bodies. Notorious highwayman Dick Turpin hid there in the early 1700s, and more than a dozen murder victims have been discovered in the woods since the 1960s. It's no surprise then that the forest has developed a reputation for spooky sounds and ghostly apparitions (including Turpin himself). Some people also claim that if you drive to Hangman's Hill and park in neutral, your car will slowly be pulled uphill. Even if you don't believe in the myths, just the appearance of the woods is likely to send a chill up your spine. The pollarded trees haven't been cut since the late 1800s (thanks to the Epping Forest Act of 1878), giving them an unusually overgrown and bulbous look.

Yawata no Yabushirazu Japan

Yawata no Yabushirazu, Japan

Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Tokyo , the bamboo forest of Yawata no Yabushirazu (sometimes referred to as just Yawata) is reportedly one of the most haunted places in Japan—and that's saying something. Rather than traditional ghost sightings, the stories about Yawata center around the belief that anyone who enters the forest gets spirited away (yep, just like the movie) and never seen again. The origins of the forest's sinister nature vary depending on who you ask, with theories ranging from samurai ghosts to poisonous gas. Whatever the case, locals take these stories seriously—a fence currently surrounds Yawata, barring anyone from setting foot inside.

Angelina National Forest Tennessee

Angelina National Forest, Tennessee

Back in the early 1900s, Angelina National Forest was home to a thriving sawmill town of over 1,000 people. The mill was sadly a beacon for disaster, getting hit by a hurricane in 1911 and then by a fire in 1914. Residents soon abandoned the area, leaving behind a tiny ghost town. The abandoned site is eerie in and of itself (as ghost towns are wont to be), but rumors of the paranormal up that creepiness factor a few notches. Hikers have claimed to hear the disembodied screams of a young woman, a former resident of the town who was killed in a freak accident while visiting her boyfriend at the sawmill. A few people have even spotted her ghost wandering around the dilapidated mill.

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The 10 Most Haunted Forests in the World

For decades, these dark and mysterious woods have been capturing people's imaginations.

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We've all heard stories of haunted forests, and while some travelers steer clear, others find themselves intrigued. There is something compelling about entering the deep woods. It offers the chance to become an explorer — one daring for an opportunity to brush up against the supernatural.

All over the world, there are places where rumors persist, and modern-day ghost hunters come armed to the teeth with gadgets — motion detectors, electromagnetic field meters, air ion counters — looking for definitive proof of the paranormal in some of the world's most storied forests. Others may visit for the same reason we watch scary movies — to feel a little more alive and immersed in a spooky story that dares us to ask: What if it's true?

Black Forest, Baden-WĂĽrttemberg, Germany

This bewitching landscape along the Rhine River looks just as you’d imagine — so dense with fir and pine trees that sunlight barely pierces through. It makes an ideal playground for mythological creatures like sorcerers, werewolves, witches, and kindhearted dwarves.

The Brothers Grimm set many of their fairy tales in the Schwarzwald (as it's called in German), and Karl Friedrich Kahlert's classic Gothic novel "Die Geisterbanner" immerses the reader in the world of Black Forest necromancy. While the region is associated with many spooky legends, it's also worth visiting to experience the local Bavarian culture from which many of these famous tales emerged.

Wychwood Forest, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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More than a few visitors to Wychwood Forest, a former royal hunting ground, have reported feeling invisible hands touch their shoulders or hearing the thunder of invisible horses. It's enough to make your spine tingle at the slightest rustle in the leaves.

Most compelling is the case of Amy Robsart, the wife of the Earl of Leicester, who mysteriously died of a broken neck. Later, while the Earl was hunting in the woods, his late wife's ghost confronted him and predicted that he would join her in 10 days — which he did after suddenly falling ill. Anyone else who meets Robsart's ghost, it is said, will swiftly encounter a similar fate.

Devil’s Tramping Ground, Chatham County, North Carolina

Deep in the woods near Harper’s Crossroads, about 60 miles west of Raleigh, lies a mysterious 40-foot ring where the devil stomps in circles each night, plotting the downfall of humankind — or so the story goes. In this spot, the forest floor is completely barren. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture once took samples of the soil, but it could not explain why the patch is devoid of growth. Legend has it that if an object is left inside the ring overnight, it will disappear.

Dow Hill Forest, Kurseong, India

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Students at Kurseong's Victoria Boys School, established in the late 19th century, have reported hearing unexplained footsteps echoing in the corridors. But the surrounding Dow Hill forest is an even bigger hotbed of paranormal activity, and loggers have reported sightings of a headless boy wandering among the trees. Many consider Kurseong to be India's most haunted hill town, and some visitors have noted the creepy sensation of being watched while exploring the woods around the school.

Hoia-Baciu, Transylvania, Romania

Also known as the "Bermuda Triangle of Romania," Hoia-Baciu has captivated paranormal enthusiasts for more than half a century. The forest is named for a shepherd who went missing there with his flock of 200 sheep, never to be seen again. All the trees, said to have once stood straight, are now twisted into knots. Locals claim the forest, which has a circular clearing at the center, is a portal and that those who pass through it may never return.

La Isla de las Muñecas, Xochimilco, Mexico

The trees of this chinampa on the outskirts of Mexico City are strung with hundreds of dolls — to creepy, horror-movie effect. More than 50 years ago, the island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, claimed to have discovered the body of a girl in one of the island's canals. He also found a doll floating nearby and, in tribute, hung it on a tree — the first of thousands of dolls he would string up until 2001, when he passed away. Some believe the dolls, many of which are missing limbs, are evil. Others believe they safeguard the island. To get there, head over to the Embarcadero Cuemanco ferry terminal, where you can hire a trajinera (one of Xochimilco's colorful wooden boats) to take you to the Island of the Dolls.

Randolph Forest, Randolph, Maine

A hiking trail through this forest, just a few miles south of Augusta, follows the right-of-way for a long-defunct railroad that ushered former Union soldiers to and from a veterans’ home in nearby Togus. Some visitors to the woods have reported seeing orbs of light and hearing unexplained voices, almost like a chant. Others claim to have seen the ghost of “Bicycle Larry”, a Randolph man known for pedaling around town who disappeared without a trace in 2004. During the day, the woods seem harmless, but we dare you to venture there when night falls.

Freetown-Fall River State Forest, Bristol County, Massachusetts

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Freetown-Fall River State Forest may be home to beautiful hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and inviting picnic areas, but it also has a dark past. The investigation into several murders in the late 1970s revealed a local cult that supposedly conducted satanic rituals in the middle of the woods. The forest is also part of the so-called Bridgewater Triangle , a 200-square-mile area in southeastern Massachusetts known for paranormal activity. Visitors have reported seeing UFOs, poltergeists, and fireballs.

Epping Forest, London, United Kingdom

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Stretching from East London to Essex, the 5,900-acre Epping Forest has been the setting of horrors both real and, well, debatably so. It served as a hideout for outlaw Dick Turpin and cop killer Harry Roberts, and it's been used as hiding place for the bodies of murder victims, including the children killed by Ronald Jebson. On an episode of the British television show Most Haunted, the host and crew attempted to find the ghost of Turpin but wound up getting lost themselves before being rescued — perhaps a prank of the elusive spirit?

Old House Woods, Diggs, Virginia

This 50-acre forest near the Chesapeake Bay , named for an abandoned colonial-era homestead, is reputedly haunted by the ghosts of British soldiers and pirates who buried treasure there in the 17 th and 18 th centuries. In 1880, a fisherman named Tom Pipkin supposedly went looking for the treasure and was never seen again. His boat turned up days later with two gold Roman coins and a silver cup inside it. Another fisherman, Ben Ferbee, reported hearing music from a harp and an organ as a giant ghost ship sailed past him on the bay. The ship continued over the beach, then hovered above the woods as several men armed with tools appeared to descend from the deck down a rope ladder.

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12 Super Haunted Forests You Never Want To Get Lost In

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The Blair Witch Project successfully taps into several fears that exists naturally within most people. The setting itself, for instance, is far more unsettling than the witch; forests are massive, creepy, isolated, and full of countless unknown dangers. And that's without even going into the notion of haunted forests. The excessive or irrational fear of heavily wooded areas is called hylophobia . The fear of wooded areas at night is nyctohylophobia. So, yes, this is an actual, documented, scientific thing. When you break down the risk factor, fearing forests isn’t so irrational; it’s a survival instinct.

From childhood, the dangers of forests are ingrained in the human psyche, mostly through fairy tales. Tales of wild men, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood are meant to keep children out of the woods, and follow many of us into adulthood. Not that these tales fill heads with nonsense - there really are big bad wolves out there; wild men and pseudo -satanic cults do hide beneath the canopies of some forests. The haunted forest depicted in Blair Witch Project  and its remake may be just as fictional as fairy tales, but the spooky woods in this list have seen real-life horrors and developed legends of their own.

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

Nestled at the foot of Mount Fuji you'll find what’s commonly referred to as Japan’s Suicide Forest . Eerily quiet, sprawling Aokigahara is home to more than 100 suicides per year. On any given day, you can enter the woods and find human bones strewn about and dead bodies hanging from trees.

Some say the forest is to blame for these suicides; it's allegedly home to a dark energy that amplifies sadness within visitors, beckoning them to end their lives beneath its canopy. Once they do, their souls are doomed to remain there for eternity.

The Black Forest, Germany

The Black Forest, Germany

Germany's Black Forest sprawls along the Rhine River, and is literally a place of legend . The dense wood of pine and fir is the setting for many Brothers Grimm fairy tales. Sunlight is mostly blocked by trees in the Black Forest, giving it a nightmarish feeling, making it the perfect location for things that go bump in the night.

The forest is apparently home to nymphs, a headless horseman, and the ghost of a king who kidnaps young maidens who dare wander alone. Witches allegedly practice their dark arts here, and some believe a pack of werewolves lurks in the depths.

Freetown State Forest, Massachusetts

Freetown State Forest, Massachusetts

The Freetown-Fall River State Forest is within the Bridgewater Triangle, an area of southeastern Massachusetts known for a plethora of paranormal happenings . The land was formerly home to the Wampanoag people, who believed the forest was sacred, and it contains several American Indian burial grounds. Some believe it was cursed when settlers began stealing the land. In addition to strange noises, lights, and ghostly apparitions, the area has been host to satanic ritualistic murders and satanic cults.

Carl Drew, a pimp and cult leader, slaughtered women as a sacrifices in the woods. On October 13, 1979, he murdered and mutilated prostitute Donna Levesque. Another prostitute, cult member Karen Marsden, witnessed the murder and wanted out. She was tortured and killed as a satanic sacrifice on February 8, 1980. She was savagely beaten and had her hair and fingernails pulled out while still alive. Drew decapitated her, kicked her head around like a ball, and raped her corpse.

Pine Barrens, New Jersey

Pine Barrens, New Jersey

The Pines Barrens are relatively uninhabited (by humans), and stretch over 1.1 million acres of south Jersey. If the extreme isolation weren't enough, the area is also home to the Jersey Devil. According to legend, Pine Barrens native Ms. Leeds gave birth to 12 children, and when it came time to have number 13, she gave birth to the Devil. Whoops!

The baby had a goat head and hooves, leathery bat wings, and a forked tail. After slaughtering the midwife, it disappeared into the forest. A priest allegedly performed an exorcism in 1740. There have been sightings of the beast throughout the forest ever since.

Hoia-Baciu, Romania

Hoia-Baciu, Romania

Hoia Baciu Forest is  known as the Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania , which, ah, no thanks. Vampires and creepy woods? Pass. No one should ever venture near this place. It's most famous feature is unnaturally curved trees, which supposedly grew normally before a dark presence emitted a force strong enough to warp them.

Locals know not to screw around in Hoia Baciu. Those who enter have experienced extreme nausea, mysterious rashes, vomiting, headaches, and debilitating anxiety. There have been UFO sightings, and some theorize there’s an inter-dimensional portal in the forest, on account of the disturbing number of people who lose track of time in the forest.

They vanish into the woods, and have no memory of anything that happened while they were gone.

Epping Forest, England

Epping Forest, England

Epping Forest was a hideout for infamous 18th century highwayman Dick Turpin, who buried his murder victims  in the woods. Paranormal encounters reported by visitors to Epping include headless men, the sound of thundering war drums, and a ghostly woman who leaps from the trees and dives in front of cars to cause accidents. It also contains two hotspots of dark lore– Hangman’s Hill and the Suicide Pool.

It’s said, if you park your car at the bottom of Hangman's Hill at night and turn off the engine, the car will slowly roll uphill.  According to legend, the car is drawn to an ancient tree, where three witches were hanged. Another legend says an innocent man was strung up there. Perhaps it was both.

As for Suicide Pool, it's said a girl’s father found out she was meeting a boy in secret and killed her at the pool some 300 years ago. Her lover found out and committed suicide at the same spot. There was another suicide there in 1887. Not long after, a woman, Emma Morgan, killed her child and herself at the pond. Now it’s said the pool compels people to take their own lives; an evil force exists within its dark waters. No birds are heard near the spot and no animals wander by.

If all that weren't enough, several people have been raped and murdered in Epping Forest since the 1960s. A criminal accountant and his girlfriend were executed by shotgun, a woman who ran a massage parlor was found with a crossbow bolt through her head, and a woman who allegedly cheated two men in a drug deal was taken to the woods, tortured, and beaten to death with pool cues. 

Pocomoke Forest, Maryland

Pocomoke Forest, Maryland

Pocomoke forest is dense and swampy, with a history of slave abuse and death . There are many tales of slave owners having affairs with, and impregnating, slaves, then drowning the babies to cover up their behavior. Witnesses claim to have seen apparitions of slaves around the Pocomoke swamp.

There have also been sightings of beings called elementals. These spirits appear as mist, goblin-like creatures, or light-emitting entities similar to fairies.

Old House Woods, Virginia

Old House Woods, Virginia

After witnessing bloody battles during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, it’s no wonder this stretch of woods in Diggs, VA is riddled with restless spirits. The ghosts of slaves and soldiers can be seen wandering about, and some claim to have seen a mysterious woman of mist, floating and dissipating at will. Many have gone into the woods and never come out.

Those who venture in and live to tell the tale report it to be at least 10 degrees colder  in the woods than in surrounding areas. For more than 200 years, people have reported sightings of headless dogs, witches, and even spectral pirates and ghost ships floating through the sky. According to legend, a band of pirates buried treasure in the woods for safe keeping but died in a storm before they could retrieve it (the woods border the ocean, hence all the pirate stuff). 

Dering Woods, England

Dering Woods, England

The Dering Woods in England are known to locals as the Screaming Woods. It's said you can hear blood-curdling, banshee-like screams of lost souls crying out in the night. The woods border the village of Pluckley, at one point the most haunted village in Britain .

On November 1, 1948, 20 people were supposedly found dead in the woods, 11 of them children. A newspaper headline  from The Smarden Post is the only evidence of this massacre, though there's no record of that paper ever having existed (and also there's a Facebook URL on it, which, did they have FB in 1948?).

Though the massacre may be an invention, it has roots in reality. The bloodcurdling screams emanating from the woods date to the 18th century, when highwayman Robert Du Bois was dragged into the woods by villagers and executed. It's said the vengeful spirit of DuBois haunts the woods. If you hear his footsteps thumping behind you, run, or it’ll be the last thing you hear.

Isla de las Muñecas, Mexico

Isla de las Muñecas, Mexico

Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls) is neither a forest nor an island, but rather a tiny, wooded peninsula in a network of ancient canals in Xochimilco, Mexico City. It's also creepy as all get out.  The trees are covered with hundreds of creepy dolls. Decapitated doll heads, severed plastic limbs, and gaping dark holes where plastic eyes once were will great you like a sight from your worst nightmare if you take the famous, idyllic boat trip tourists flock to Xochimilco for in droves. 

As the story goes, more than 50 years ago, the Island of the Dolls's only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned girl, along with her doll, in the water. He strung up the doll as a memorial to the girl, and continued to strap thousands more dolls to trees until his death in that same canal in 2001. Many swear they've heard the dolls laughing and whispering.

Some believe the dolls are vessels for the dead or they're possessed by evil forces. Others believe the dolls are guardians, and should be respected, not feared.

Ballyboley Forest, Northern Ireland

Ballyboley Forest, Northern Ireland

The Ballyboley Forest, with its distinctive stone arrangements and circular trenches, is supposedly an ancient Druid site, said to hold an entrance to the Celtic Otherworld. As per local legend, an alarming number of disappearances took place from the 15th to the 17th centuries within the forest.

Purportedly, in 1997, two men roaming the woods heard a woman screaming. The men looked for the source of the scream, but found nothing more than a tree streaked with blood. They fled in terror, but braved a look back and saw four figures standing motionless, dressed in brown rags, their heads covered. Much of this history, however, is somewhat suspect, in light of the fact that, according to the British government, Ballyboley Forest was planted in 1957 . 

In 2016, the forest was the scene of an event that shocked and terrorized locals : a rave. Hundreds of people, many of whom were on copious amounts of drugs, drunk out their minds, and apparently didn't even know what country they were in (how do you go to an island country without knowing where you're going?), descended on the woods for a massive, illegal outdoor party. 

Dow Hill, India

Dow Hill, India

One of the most haunted spots in India is a forest called Dow Hill , located in Kurseong, in northeastern India, between the borders of Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh. Visitors to the forest have reported the feeling of being watched, and caught glimpses of movement in their periphery. Others reported hearing a screaming woman, and a few claimed to see red eyes peeking at them from trees.

One of the most famous ghost sightings in Dow Hill is a headless boy, who has been seen wandering in the forest and down a street known as Death Road  The haunting aren’t confined to the woods, either; they’ve trickled into the halls of a school at the forest’s edge. Laughter, eerie whispers, and footsteps still echo throughout the Victoria Boys High School, even when it’s closed for holidays .

There are those who believe the spirits of the area live in the school. 

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