To most, cemeteries are already an eerie place to be. After all, it’s where the dead are buried, whether it be that same year or decades before. Some folks like to take a stroll around cemeteries and check out the various headstones and grave plots. Tombs aren’t always sad or beautiful, however– some tombs are just plain creepy. Really creepy. From a guy who requested a window and staircase out unless he really wasn’t dead when buried, to an unmade stone bed, here are photos people have shared of the strangest tombs they came across. Who picked these?!
At Least There’s A Little Stone Dog?
It’s safe to say I’m not walking through this Missouri graveyard at night. If I saw that little stone babyface in the distance I would scream so loudly there is zero way I wouldn’t wake the dead. (Sorry in advance to the spirits.)
Thankfully, whoever designed this tombstone had the decency to add a tiny dog. There’s just something about a docile animal that makes things a bit less nightmarish. “A bit” being the key phrase there.
The Baby Trees of Indonesia
Don’t be misled, that tree is a grave. In a remote part of Indonesia, Tana Toraja, villagers have a different type of burial ritual. If a baby dies before they’ve started teething, the mother hollows out a hole in a tree trunk and puts the infant inside.
They believe the corpses will be absorbed into nature and that the wind takes their soul. The holes are sealed over with palm fibers and the tree heals itself over time.
Breaker of Chains
Khaleesi, is that you? If not, then this tombstone just got a whole lot creepier. Nothing like seeing a hand pop out of solid stone to grip onto the chain surrounding the plot. Nothing to see here, folks! This entire scene is completely normal.
The person must have been known for breaking out of sticky situations. Can you say successful prison escape? No wonder he’s over here trying to break out of an eternal prison.
Fernand Arbelot probably meant well with this design, but that doesn’t make it any less terrifying. That head he’s holding? It’s his wife’s. He wanted to stare at her for all eternity, which is romantic and slightly creepy at the same time. It would have been a fraction better if her entire body was involved and not just the head, but who am I to say.
Hopefully knowing she’s there brought Arbelot some peace, even though it’s giving us nightmares.
Making A Break For It
Nope. Shut the stone and put this guy back inside where he belongs. There is no reason to have a sinister blue man popping out of your grave, George! Here’s to hoping he had a sick sense of humor in life and that’s the reasoning for this disturbing tombstone choice.
It’s made worse that he’s tilted sideways. The body angle makes it seem like he’s going to crawl out of the box as Samara crawls out of the television in The Ring.
He Never Found The Ring Of Power
A Nazgul. In a cemetery. Doubling as a headstone. When J.R.R Tolkien wrote Lord of the Rings I’m sure he never envisioned someone having a Ringwraith as their headstone. It’s no wonder no one chose the plots of land around him. Who wants to bury Grandma Bertha next to a Black Rider?
Regardless, I’m sure we can all agree that if this headstone is not located in New Zealand that was a totally missed opportunity.
A Forever Bed
If this is supposed to be some weird symbolism of the person now lying in their forever bed, we could have gone with something a bit less literal. Talk about your twisted irony. The unkempt state, and not to mention the fallen pillow, make this entire display even more terrifying.
If you ever stumble across it, I wouldn’t recommend lying on this bed. The spirit of whoever is buried there probably lies on it every night.
What’s creepier than a baby doll? A baby doll encased in glass and used as a headstone. There is no possible way that thing is not haunted. I don’t care what anyone says. It’s going to go ll Annabelle on the next person who visits the gravesite.
Mischief Night double-dog dares just got a whole lot more interesting. Some advice, if you’re looking for a burial plot and you see this tombstone in the distance, run.
The Fear Of Zombies Is Strong
So, are they trying to keep someone out or someone in? I understand wanting to keep grave robbers at bay, but the metal cage and stone slab on top might be a bit overkill. Especially when it makes it seem like this graveyard gets overrun with a family of zombies.
The people who designed the cages must have been afraid of the bodies rising from the dead. We’re just going to back away slowly, just in case they were on to something.
Window To The Underworld
If you want to not sleep for a month or so, look no further than this tombstone that has a window. Just in case you wanted to see a corpse’s face. More specifically, Dr. Timothy Clark Smiths face. The good doctor suffered from taphephobia, the fear of being buried alive. Maybe think about cremation?
It’s said that there are stairs underneath the grave and that Dr. Smith was buried with a bell and a breathing tube.
Kiss Of Death
As beautiful as Josep Llaudet Soler’s grave is, it’s also a bit terrifying. You almost want to touch it but on the other side of the coin flee from it, a very odd juxtaposition. The fact that the grim reaper has angel wings instead of a black cloak is also offputting.
Personally, I’d flee. There is no reason to touch the angel of death. Even if the young man’s face looks like he’s enjoying the kiss.
Talk about a dramatic epitaph. I wonder what happened to have Lilly Gray think up the engraving “Victim of the Beast 666.” Especially considering Beast is capitalized, making it seem like its an actual person. Who hurt you, Lilly?!
Ironically, it’s said that Lilly’s husband, Elmer, is the one who made the marker. Some believe they were in a satanic cult. The most popular theory is that Elmer had a personal vendetta against the Utah government.
An Underwater Gravesite
While the headstones look typical, this underwater memorial has a terrifying history. The watery gravesite is for a group of 40 missionaries who were traveling from Portugal to Brazil in 1570. They never made it. A pirate named Jacques Sourie boarded the ship where he and his men slaughter everyone but the cook. The priests’ bodies were all thrown overboard.
Although it probably makes for some excellent scuba diving, I’m okay not swimming in that haunted part of the ocean.
Summoning The Dead
I don’t trust an Ouija board on a good day. But in a graveyard with some restless souls seems like one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard. Granted if you’re Elijah Bond, the guy who patented the board, I suppose you can get away with potentially summoning every dead person around you.
I wouldn’t want to be within a 40-foot radius of the thing. You don’t know what bad juju is coming off that headstone.
Let’s all agree that any grave splattered with paint and has the All-Seeing Eye from Lara Croft drawn on it probably has some bad vibes. There are probably less ominous looking symbols the vandal could have chosen. I guess that’s the point though because that eye follows you no matter where you go.
I’d hate to be the person who has to clean this headstone. I feel like it’s going to curse anyone who tries to touch it.
Run, Kid, Run
I understand that Italy is a romantic place full of art and culture, but this is just downright frightening. Never mind the hands sprouting out of the ground like weeds, but the child standing with his back turned is what really makes this menacing. Couldn’t the grave designers pick one or the other?
That little kid looks like he’s about to get got from zombie man, and he’ll never see it coming. It’s literally something out of a horror movie.
Girl In The Glass Case
Constructing a life-size marble statue of your daughter is one thing, but encasing the entire tombstone in glass is something else entirely. I’m not saying the statue itself isn’t scary to look at, but the glass puts the nightmare on a whole new level of “nope.”
We can’t refute the fact that the glass has kept the memorial in excellent shape, but why bother in the first place? Unless the design’s sole purpose is to horrify people. Then it’s doing a stand-up job.
Graveyard of Coffins
How these caskets resurfaced is probably quite the story. One that I’m not sure I want to hear unless I’m sitting around a campfire in the middle of the woods. Talk about your true-life ghost story! I’d also bet good money that most of these caskets are empty, it’s a grave robbers dream yard.
We should introduce the grounds people to those weird caged gravesites. Then maybe next time the caskets will stay under the ground instead of lying around topside.
The Hanging Coffins Of Sagada, Philippines
Imagine stumbling across this rock wall on your morning walk. These hanging coffins date back more than two millennia and are a tradition of the Igorot Tribe of the Mountain Province in the northern Philippines.
There are a few different reasons for hanging the coffins high off the ground. They range from the elderly being afraid of underground burial to the belief that it would bring the spirits closer to their ancestors. A bit different from western culture, but it’s a beautiful tradition.
I guess our friend here didn’t like the idea of “eternal slumber.” This eerie sculpture is a mood though. It looks like he just rolled out of bed, with all of those sheets wrapped around his body. Not to say this wouldn’t be spooky to see at night. The outline of a man crawling out of the earth? No thank you.
I understand what the cage designers were thinking now! Why take any chances, when some people are clearly hell-bent on not staying dead.