Turn a spooky town into a romantic getaway at the 10 eeriest cities across the globe. Filled with legends of serial killers, haunted castles and historic cemeteries, these towns not only offer a fear factor, they also come with a twist–a softer, unexpected romantic side thanks to cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and charming B&Bs where couples will want to curl up close after all that ghost talk.
Spend the day with some of Paris' most famous characters buried in the Père Lachaise cemetery — Photo courtesy of Paris Tourist Office/Marc BertrandParis, France
Take a trip to the garden cemetery Père Lachaise and visit the tombs of some of your favorite writers and musicians, such as Jim Morrison or Oscar Wilde.
Unfortunately Oscar's tomb is now protected, so you can no longer pay tribute by leaving a lipstick smooch.
New Orleans, LA
Look beyond Bourbon Street and you'll find a city teeming with charming restaurants, narrow cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages that make for a romantic way to cuddle up and catch the sights in the French Quarter.
Named one of America's most haunted cities, New Orleans also has a spooky side: its cemeteries date back to the 1700s, and are the final resting place for eerie characters like Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.
St. Augustine, FL
The oldest city in the U.S. has all the elements of a perfect romantic weekend getaway: 43 miles of white-sand beach, cozy B&Bs and centuries-old streets lined with small cafes and locally owned restaurants.
With historical sites like the coquina fortress Castillo de San Marcos and the Fountain of Youth dating back to the 1500s, it's no surprise that St. Augustine's landmarks are linked to legends that veer on the paranormal side and are best explored with the help of a guided ghost tour.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the city's many haunted sites — Photo courtesy of Marketing EdinburghEdinburgh, Scotland
Scotland's capital is prime territory for terrifying ghost tours. Take the Edinburgh Vaults for instance, used by taverns, cobblers and tradesmen in the late-1700s and then taken over as storage for bodies by serial killers Burke and Hare.
The 2,000-year-old Edinburgh Castle up on Castle Rock is also said to have signs of paranormal activity, since many royals and soldiers died here during battle. But despite the Halloween-style appeal, the city is a dream for couples looking for romantic strolls through botanical gardens or 16th century palaces.
Mix up ghost tours with romantic dinners in Savannah's picturesque historic district — Photo courtesy of Georgia Department of Economic DevelopmentSavannah, GA
The pubs and restaurants lining Savannah's historic district are known for standout Southern cuisine, but many are also filled with ghost stories from the notorious pirates and merchants who passed through in the late 1700s.
If your idea of a dinner date doesn’t include paranormal presence, explore one of the world's most beautiful cemeteries: Bonaventure cemetery is draped with Spanish moss and set on a former plantation.
The birthplace of Vlad Dracula, who inspired the famous vampire in the gothic horror novel "Count Dracula," brings a bit of the legend to life. Visit the ruler's house and its eerie museum of weapons, located on the ground floor.
While the vampire association is incentive enough to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, it's also one of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, filled with towers, 500-year-old frescoes and Gothic cathedrals.
London's spooky landmarks double as romantic ways to sightsee — Photo courtesy of Aurelien Guichard via FlickrLondon, England
Jack the Ripper stalked London in the 19th century, and now you can walk in the serial killer's steps. Stroll through the East End through dark passageways and cobblestone streets where the still-unidentified murderer committed his crimes.
Over at the Tower of London, you'll not only find beauties like the crown jewels, but perhaps feel the presence of ghosts of those beheaded like Anne Boleyn on the grounds.
When you're not ghost hunting, the city has eight royal parks perfect for strolling, as well as romantic places along the Thames to catch the sunset in view of the city's many landmarks.
For couples who love spooky sites steeped in history, Salem is the place. Walk through the city where the 1692 witch trials were held, stopping in spots like the 17th century Witch House with direct ties to the trials, and the Witch Dungeon Museum, which offers live re-enactments and tours of the underground lair.
The cultural hotspot draws more than museum lovers thanks to its ghost stories — Photo courtesy of Eneas De Troya via FlickrMexico City, Mexico
Sitting on the ruins of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, Mexico City not only has rumors of ghost sightings, it's also home to one of the country's creepiest shrines at the Isla de las Muñecas.
A local farmer lived on the man-made island for over 50 years and the story goes that after seeing a little girl drown, he felt the presence of her ghost and hung up dolls as protection.
For more festive décor relating to death, take a romantic getaway to Mexico City in early November, and celebrate Día de los Muertos in the main square and museums.
Madrid's palaces and squares look stunning in daylight, but it's a different story come nightfall, when ghosts are said to walk the streets.
Tour some of the city's most haunted spots like the Plaza Mayor, once the site for executions, and Linares Palace, where the screams of a little girl are said to still be heard, before making your way to experience another side of the city - the wine and tapas bars.