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Get Spooked With These Urban Legends: Famous Ghosts From Around the World

BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- Oct 21, 2015 -- Halloween comes but once a year. And alongside the fun of costumes and candy comes the dark side of this holiday symbolized by haunted houses, vampires, goblins and ghosts. That's right, ghosts. With Halloween just around the corner, the travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have summoned the Famous Ghosts from Around the World featuring both real-life and mythical characters that are said to visit from the beyond. Persistent stories and sightings of these specters add a thrilling (and chilling) aura to destinations across the globe, all 365 days a year.

Here are five ghosts roaming right here in the Americas. Seek them out anytime you want to get in the Halloween spirit:

  • La Llorona, Latin America - Also known in English as the "Weeping Woman," she is a legend famous throughout Latin America. There are a dozen variations, but the main legend is of Maria, a young woman who drowned her own children in despair over her cheating husband. Then, facing the realization her children were dead, she killed herself. Cursed by the eternal search for her children, she appears as a tall and beautiful white spirit roaming the rivers and creeks, constantly weeping.

  • The Resurrection Mary, Justice, Illinois - Various folk cultures around the world have at least one story of a hitchhiking ghost, but none are as famous as the story of Resurrection Mary in Illinois. A young female hitchhiker is said to be wearing a formal white dress and stopping male drivers on the highway near the Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois. After getting into a car, she disappears just a few minutes later. Do you dare to give her a ride?

  • The Bell Witch, Adams, Tennessee - It all started in 1817 on a quiet farm in Adams, Tennessee when the Bell family started experiencing weird events involving strange animals visiting their farm and assaults by dark forces. It is widely believed the family came under attack from a neighbor, Kate Batts, who put a curse on the family. Many believed Mrs. Batts to be a witch after she returned 107 years later in 1935. This legend inspired many horror movies including "American Haunting" and "The Blair Witch Project." Like Bloody Mary, you can summon the spirit by calling her name 13 times at 3 a.m. in front of the mirror. When you notice your eyes changing it means she's looking back at you.

  • The White House Ghost, Washington, D.C. - There are several resident ghosts in the White House, but the most famous is that of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln's spirit is said to have been roaming the rooms of the presidential residence freely ever since his assassination. It all escalated when the photographs of his widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, were published with Lincoln's apparition behind her in 1869. Another famous sighting happened much later by former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who was naked when he encountered Lincoln's apparition.

  • Marie Laveau, New Orleans, Louisiana - Well known throughout New Orleans as the Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau still sends shivers down the spines of many. Her spirit is thought to linger around her tomb and many have reported supernatural encounters and sightings in the vicinity. Some of her followers visit her reputed tomb in New Orleans' historic St. Louis Cemetery to get their wishes granted by knocking three times on the crypt. This urban legend inspired the character of Marie Laveau in "American Horror Story: Coven."

Beware the five ghosts that round out our list, all "lady" spirits from around the globe on a mission: Bloody Mary, various places; Anne Boleyn, London, UK; the Slit Mouthed-Woman, Nagasaki, Japan; the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England; and the White Woman of Belchen Tunnel, Switzerland. To read all the creepy details on these and see Cheapflights.com's complete Urban Legends: Famous Ghosts from Around the World, visit www.cheapflights.com/news/urban-legends-famous-ghosts-from-around-the-world.

About Cheapflights.com, part of the Momondo Group
Momondo Group is an online travel media and technology company that is driven by the belief that an open world is a better world. The group now serves travel search and inspiration to over 17.5 million visitors a month -- plus 8 million travel newsletter subscribers -- via its Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) and momondo (www.momondo.com) brands. Skygate began the sourcing of complex air-travel data in 1992, while Cheapflights pioneered the online comparison of flight deals for users in 1996 and momondo launched meta-search in the Nordic countries in 2006. The Group has offices in London, Copenhagen and Boston with a consumer base across more than 30 core international markets but users all over the world.

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