10/31/2014 01:05 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Five Horrifying Websites for Your Halloween

If haunted houses and scary movies just don't do it for you anymore, consider spending your Halloween with a bowl of candy and a laptop. These websites may not make you scream, but they may certainly fill you with the sense of dread that only comes with knowing that sometimes reality is indeed scarier and stranger than fiction.
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If you've ever had a dream about this man, you're not alone. On this site you can browse through various user-submitted testimonies from all around the world about dream-encounters with this unnamed and unknown man. Who is he? Nobody can say for sure (although there are plenty of interesting theories). Either way, this site is delightfully creepy and an intriguing time-waster.
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Having an existential crisis is arguably one of the more disturbing emotions humans can feel. A surefire way to trigger an existential crisis is by reading the various arguments proposed by professors, philosophers, and others in the debate over whether our entire universe and everything we know is really a computer simulation. After spending some time on this website you may look at popular life-simulation games such as Second Life or The Sims in a whole new way.

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Speaking of questioning the world around you, take a gander at this subreddit for creepy stories, encounters, and more. There is no way to ever tell who is actually telling the truth (or what they genuinely believe the truth to be) and who is just trying to craft a good story, but if you suspend your belief you are sure to get lost amid these supernatural stories.

Urban Exploration Resource
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If you ever need a reminder of how much of our world sits abandoned and in decay, this is the website for you. Urban Exploration Resource is a compilation of user-submitted photos, videos, and stories that showcases everything from the tame (i.e. abandoned sewers and houses) to the downright macabre (i.e. abandoned psychiatric hospitals).

The Jonestown Massacre "Death Tape"
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You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't know about the events that transpired on November 18, 1978 in Jonestown, Guyana that involved the mass suicide of over 900 members of the Peoples Temple cult. On the Internet Archive you can listen to the chilling moments that preceded this devastating event and gain a disturbing perspective into one of the most controversial and horrifying events in human history. This recording is not for the faint of heart and shows the terrifying power of brainwashing and radicalism.


This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does highlight that our world is far more bizarre than most of us give it credit for.