Urban exploration is known as the exploration of man-made structures, usually creepy/never-seen abandoned ruins or parts of buildings - think abandoned houses/factories, old mine shafts, and stuff like that.
Recently, urban explorers were asked on Reddit to share their most mysterious or creepy find during their explorations. The results will give you the chills.
It was four floors plus a basement (which included a morgue) and we explored every nook & cranny of that place. Judging by the most recent magazines in the 4th floor waiting room, it seemed to have closed in 1990. The previous institution just up & left everything Chernobyl-style (furniture, equipment, drugs, patient files...even found some suicide reports!). By 2003, the place was broken and trashed by vandals while the building itself decayed. It looked worse than the hospitals in the Silent Hill games.
That's not even the creepiest, most mysterious part.
I once entered a room and saw a mirror that wasn't broken. Everything in this entire building was destroyed, except this one pristine mirror still mounted on the wall. I've never seen anything more out-of-place and I get chills just thinking about it.
I took him home and he's still alive over a year later. Here's a pic of him!
When I was trying to find my way, I stumbled upon an alley courtyard area with an abandoned Soviet helicopter. It was totally covered with graffiti and had no doors, but it was quite cool.
I have no idea what it was doing in a residential alley. Here is a pic I took:
The junkies moved out and was empty for a good month or so. Before it was torn down, my buddy & I went snooping around the lot. Looking through windows, we could see a lot of personal items, furniture, and decorations were still there. The place was trashed.
We found that the back door was open.
We went in, the floors bowed to each our steps, the place dark and dingy yellow... they had smoked for years inside. All sorts of stuff were around: Old pictures on the wall, candles,... we were in the house for a good 10 mins, when we heard someone in the other room gets up and start thrashing stuff around violently.
Seriously felt like a scene from the walking dead. We ran and never looked back.
Said house is now gone. Still lots of trash on the lot. It'll probably be a $400,000 house in a few months.
We were looking around an old daycare and a doll had been left rotting on a bed with its head rested on the pillow. Was made creepier by the fact that the rest of my tour group had moved on but I wanted to look around in the room some more, so I was just alone. Gave me the creeps. Here's a pic of the doll:
One time I had to do a survey of an old nunnery, the foundations dated back over 300 years I think. I was down in the basement and I found a well with a ladder going all the way down, probably about 20ft. Descended all the way down and there was this tiny door at the bottom. I realized this obviously wasn't a well hole. The door lead to a tiny room with no lighting. Inside the room there was a large cross, similar to a crucifix with restraints on it, I can only guess as it was used for some kind of religious exorcism type stuff. There was scratches on the walls. I got this almighty chill go over me and heard a door slam. I bolted out of there like a rabbit being chased by a ferret.
The building owner had no idea it was there.
At the bottom of the shaft were 2 or 3 boxes filled with these black and white pictures of mannequins. Some were out of focus head shots of the faceless mannequins, some pictures of them in compromising positions, and some just kinda generic looking shots. Creepy but whatever. After climbing up 3 or 4 stories we found a mattress and blanket. On its own the mattress would be curious/sad, but the pictures below added a layer of creepy.
Whenever we'd explore around campus I always figured (facetiously) that I could live in one of these dead spaces if I ever really needed to. I guess we found someone who was actually doing it.
I opened this closet just built on the side of an outside wall. Homeless guy sleeping with candles all around him. I saw him another time. Dude was BUILT.
There is a speed sign along the road with a tiny dot of black spray paint on it, if you walk directly into the bushes you find an old abandoned bomb shelter.
My friends and I used to smoke there when we were younger, it's got a spiral staircase that leads down into one big room with two small rooms, it's full of graffiti now, and there's a little fire place and stuff super cool but really creepy.
Anyways one night at about 1am my friend and I decided to go for a walk down there as she lived in this town and her parents were asleep so it was easy for us to sneak out and we wanted an adventure. As we are walking into the bushes and can see the bomb shelter in sight but we can see a light flickering inside, so we freeze and just watch for a couple of minutes, then we hear the sound of a group chanting, we want to get a closer look so we creep a little closer and as we were doing so I stood on a branch and it snapped, literally one second after the lights went out and the chanting stopped.
We sprinted the whole way home and it freaks me out thinking about what could have happened as we were two 15 year old girls at the time.
Here is a pic of what it looked like from the outside.
The complex was huge, it had a college, living areas and a massive main treatment center. After several weekends of exploring the area we found lots of cool things: old surgical equipment, rooms blocked off and covered with radiation warnings, and massive machines we could only guess the purpose for. One weekend we were way lost in the main area and found a back staircase in some random back room that went up to a floor that wasn't marked on the floor plans or main stairways. The floor had no windows at all so we had to rely entirely on our terrible flip phones screens on full brightness as flashlights.
We went in the first room and the only thing in it was a human sized cage. It had a locking door and that little sliding thing on the bottom to put food trays in. There was only a small cot in it and a very small toilet. We were a little spooked out and tried to pretend it was possibly something else, but then we went down the hallway and looked in each room and found only the same large cages in each room. We quickly dipped out of there and unfortunately they have since torn down the complex. I tried to do some research into it and the only thing I found was that there was also a mental hospital in the complex so it's possible those cages were for the really far-gone patients.
It had two elevators, but only one of them worked. Once, while doing a routine safety inspection, I got on the elevator in the basement and pressed floor 12. (The top floor.)
The elevator stopped on floor 3. The doors opened. A cool breeze blew in. The doors closed. The elevator continued to floor 12.
I swear a ghost joined me in that elevator.
In one room I came across a set of neatly folded jeans, a t-shirt and a pair of men's underwear sitting in the middle of a filthy, wrecked room.
The hatches used to be open (about 10 years ago) when I first went. One day, a buddy and I went down into the hatch and went exploring. The first scary thing we encountered were TONS of rattle snakes. We found a stairwell and continued down into the pitch black darkness with our dinky flashlights.
I think we got about 2 stories down and came across a long corridor. We kept moving forward and from around a corner a ghost white figure popped out. We immediately froze. The beam from the light showed us the figures legs. We raised the light and eventually saw it's face. It was a mannequin. At this point we said screw this and left.
This was in British Columbia so we assumed it was probably the home of a cougar. Got out of there SOOO fast. Creepy as hell.
Just sitting there, watching. Noped out real quick.
Here's a picture I took while down there:
In the trophy case there was a pentagram with a headless crow in the middle surrounded by unlit candles. It looked pretty fresh too.
Scariest thing was the distinct sound of human footsteps making their way across the floor above me.
Never ran so fast in my life.
All the mirrors were cracked and all the beers were full of brown murky stuff. The building was old and creaked a lot as we walked. I remember one of my friends tripped and knocked over one of the mugs of brown stuff and we heard something make noises behind the wall of the bar/singing areas. We booked out of there so fast.
Found a room full of lung x-rays. Then heard something walking on the tin roof above us and the creak of a door swinging open in another room even though we were all in the x-ray room.
Very spooky. 10/10.
The most unsettling things in there were the dated wheelchairs of patients with the patient's names on them throughout the building as well as one room at the end of a hall that had a seat with straps that looks like it was used to restrain patients. The hand rests of the seat had scratch marks as if the patients were clawing to get out which kinda creeped me out.