Looking for a genuine scare this Halloween? You might have to travel a little ways, but the Isla de las Munecas (or Island of the Dolls) is pretty much guaranteed to creep you out.
La Isla de las Munecas is in the greater Mexico City neighborhood of Xochimilco, on the shore of Lake Xochimilco, reports the International Business Times. The borough is broken up by canals and artificial islands, but the part about this little Unesco World Heritage site and popular tourist spot that garners the most attention is a plot of land owned by Julián Santana Barrera.
La Isla de las Munecas looks like a scene straight out of a horror film, and not one of those big-budget types. No, La Isla de las Munecas looks like a Blair Witch-style “found footage” set piece, featuring hundreds of discarded dolls nailed to trees.
Many of these dolls are disembodied, dismembered, covered in dirt, missing limbs, eyes, etc. Some of the dolls have been unabashedly mutilated with burned or smashed faces, and others play host to swarms of insects.
Yeah, La Isla de las Munecas is that scary.
Scarier still is the story behind the scene. Barrera is reportedly a bit of a superstitious loner, and put up the dolls to appease the spirit of a girl who drowned in the canal. Whether or not there was indeed a girl who drowned there is up for debate, but the point is, he believed it, and created La Isla de las Munecas to ward off evil. Furthermore, Barrera actually drowned in the canal himself, according to WebUrbanist. We’ll let you draw your own conclusions.