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Kicking Off Halloween Season With A Visit To An Austrian Ossuary

Posted: 10/05/11 08:55 AM ET

Ah October: shorter days, longer nights and an endless parade of "spooky" ghost stories accompanied by photos of the local cemetery with the fog machine turned up. We call bullshit.

We think we can do a hell of a lot better with the real horrors of the world, so we've decided that, for this month, every day will be Halloween on Atlas Obscura.

Stop by our blog every day this month for true tales of the unquiet dead. Come for the severed heads, stay for the book bound in human skin. Every story is true, and each one is a real place you can visit. We dare you.

Day 1: To get you started here is a set of photos from one of our favorite ossuaries in the world: The Hallstatt Ossuary in Hallstatt, Austria.

An Unassuming Town with a Dark Secret
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With charming 19th century houses set lakeside amidst the mountainous beauty of the Austrian Alps, the little town of Hallstatt is as unassuming as it is idyllic. But the town holds a dark secret. A room filled with skulls…

Stop by the Atlas Obscura Blog every day this month for true tales of the unquiet dead. Come for the severed heads, stay for the book bound in human skin. Every story is true, and each one is a real place you can visit.

[photo by kainet]
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