BOO! It’s that time of year again; when houses are decked out with fake ghosts, scarecrows are eerily perched in every lawn, and your bushes are covered in fake cobwebs. Spain might not celebrate Halloween with carved pumpkins and bright green witch costumes, but we certainly have our own spooky tales to tell! Some might argue, these haunted legends to be the origin of “spookiness”...

Grab your blanky and a flashlight! Ready to get spooked?

Watch out for ghosts in the Provincial Council of Granada…

If you’re in Spain on Halloween, don’t dare go knocking on the doors of Granada’s old Provincial Council building for candy. The building was built on an old convent next to a cemetery, but that’s not the spooky part; live videos, EVPs and photographs have been found, showing countless unexplainable hauntings. From ghostly figures roaming the abandoned halls, cries in the middle of the night and mysterious objects moving on their own, it’s no wonder the Provincial Council of Granada changed buildings…

Don’t like war? Don’t go to Belchite…

As if an abandoned village isn’t scary enough! Belchite, once a village in Zaragoza, was the site of one of the deadliest battles of the Spanish Civil War. Those who have revisited the ruined village claim that they still hear war sounds crying in the faint distance; the sounds of missiles shooting through the deadly air, shrieks from the long gone victims and a never ending hum of planes flying overhead.

Why go to a fake haunted house when you can go to a real one…?

The haunted house of Cortijo Jurado (a.k.a. Casa Encantada) was built in the 19th century by the Heredia family, one of the wealthiest families in Andalusia of the time. With an astonishing 365 windows, why in the world would a family need such a large house? Well, according to legend, the Heredia family would ban together with other aristocratic families and kidnap teenage girls to rape and murder them. Then, they allegedly would bury the bodies of the girls deep in the nooks and crannies of the mansion. While the facts of the story have never been proved or disproved, the shrieks of the young girls are still heard today…

Or, visit one of Madrid’s most stunning palace’s! Just beware of the high pitched screams…

The Palace of Linares in Madrid is one of the beautiful sights to see in Spain’s capital, now used as a cultural center and the Casa de América, connecting Spanish and American culture. However, its story isn’t all dandelions and roses…In the late 1800’s, Jose Marqués, the inhabitant of the palace, chose to marry the daughter of a local tobacco maker. The couple lived together in the beautiful palace as happy as could be, until one day they discovered a horrific fact: They were half brother and sister! The traumatized couple asked the pope for advice and he told them to remain married, but live in chastity. They divided the palace’s living quarters into two, but the biggest question remained: what would they do with their newborn daughter? To protect the family reputation, the girl was allegedly given away to an orphanage. Some rumors claim that she was murdered, others remain open ended. However, one thing is certain: the young girl’s shrieks for “mama” still live on in the stunning palace today, as well as the ghostly images of the separated husband and wife in their respective living quarters.

Scared? Don’t be! As we like to say, no Spain no gain! So, who dares to trade in “trick or treating” for real ghost’s pleading? Written by: Casie Tennin October 27, 2016

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