Here at Worthy Go, I’m not a fan of fake scary stuff. Not when there’s so much real scary stuff to make you need new pants.

During our epic trip to Europe earlier this year, we made it a point to find the unusual, the bizarre, and maybe even a little macabre. It’s Halloween season now, which means it’s time to share some of my favorites with you.

Museum of Movies and Miniatures — Lyon, France

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Creepy factor:

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Kicking things off here is one of the first places we found in Europe that had a number of sections curtained off. A multi-lingual note outside the curtain warned that inside were some scary things for kids, and that parental discretion was advised. Look for plenty of movie magic, masks, characters, and so on — and don’t be fooled by the museum name. While there are indeed exquisite miniatures on display, they’re quickly skimmed by most where the movie magic is enjoyed by many. Play the trivia game What Movie Did That Character Come From? as you walk through.

Miniature Museum (Musée Miniature et Cinéma) 60 rue Saint Jean, 69005, Lyon, France
museeminiatureetcinema.fr 10am-6:30pm (Mon-Fri), 10am-7pm (Sat-Sun), ticket window closes 1 hour before close) 9 €, 6.50 € for children

Kostnice Sedlec Ossuary — Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

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An absolute must if you’re taking a daytrip from Prague. The memorial site is home to the bones of 40,000 people, and while not set up to be scary, you are literally surrounded by dead people. Part of a Cistercian monastery founded in the 12th century, some 30,000 bodies were buried during 14th century epidemics, along with another 10,000 slaughtered during 15th century wars. The bones had been arranged by the time a chronicler arrived in 1630, supposedly done by a half-blind monk who got his eyesight back after finishing. The cups, garlands, chandeliers, and candleholders you see today date from the early 18th century to 1870. It’s easy to reach and well on the tourist trail, so there’s plenty of English around.

Kostnice Sedlec Ossuary (also known as the Sedlec Ossuary) Zameck 127, 28408 Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
sedlec.info 90 CZK

Capuchin Church crypt — Brno, Czech Republic

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The 10 creepiest places in Europe - Austria, Czechia, France, Italy -

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Naturally decaying bodies, anyone? Completed in 1651, the Capuchin Crypt in Brno is the final resting place of friars, nobility, church benefactors, and monks. It’s unique in that the bodies were left to decay naturally — with no embalming or burial preparation. (By the way, those adorable little monkeys of the same name? Named after these monks back in the 15th century when explorers found them in the Americas.) Some of the bodies are still in their coffins, either zinc or wood, and some of the inscriptions are quite readable. The English booklet has translations in case your Latin isn’t quite up to snuff. Look for Jan Vilem Count Zinsendorf (died 1695) as the oldest body in the crypt, while the Capuchin monks are buried as you see above, side by side and sans coffins.

Capuchin Church crypt Kapucinske nam. 5, Brno 602 00, Czech Republic April-Oct: 9am-6pm (Mon-Sat), 11am-5pm (Sun); Nov-Mar: 10am-4pm (Mon-Sat), 11am-4:30pm (Sun) 70 CZK plus 30 CZK ‘photo permission’

Ossuary of St. James Church — Brno, Czech Republic

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