You follow Beyoncé on Twitter religiously, like Nick Jonas’ pics on Instagram as soon as they hit your feed, and would freak out if Rihanna gave you a shout out on Snapchat. While it’s no secret that you have a deep interest in pop culture, does your celebrity obsession extend into the afterlife? Celebrity burial sites have become a source of fascination for people around the world, and this Halloween season, we encourage you to book a flight to visit one of these spooky star-studded sites—if you dare.
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Los Angeles, California
Not only is this celebrity cemetery the final resting place for the likes of Mickey Rooney, Rudolph Valentino, Johnny Ramone, and Douglas Glenn Colvin (a.k.a. Dee Dee Ramone), but Hollywood Forever is still a social hotspot. L.A. residents frequently flock to the famous final resting place to attend concerts, watch movies, and schmooze at charity events among the treasured tombstones. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that most of Old Hollywood’s biggest names call this patch in the City of Angels home, because dead or alive, they never miss the biggest parties of the year.
When you picture 300 acres of lush greenery, you probably aren’t imagining the tombstones of celebrity graves dotting the landscape. But Forest Lawn in Glendale is home to both. The graves of Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Sammy Davis Jr., and even a Walt Disney memorial site where his ashes remain (despite countless rumors about the animator freezing his head for reanimation) can be found at Forest Lawn. A few celebrities have even cried happy tears here, because the site was selected as a venue for some famous weddings, including Ronald Reagan’s and Regis Philbin’s.
Cultural travelers will find photo ops galore at Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof. This location is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world because of its deceased inhabitants. Pack your headphones and load up your smartphone with classical music, as you’ll be visiting the grave sites of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, and Johannes Brahms.
Most famously known for housing Oscar Wilde’s tomb, Pere-Lachaise is a massive cemetery in Paris that has a gothic feel to it. Dark stones, towering trees, and winding pathways await you at every turn and will guide you past the graves of musical masters Jim Morrison and Fryderyk Chopin. Although the two were alive during very different time periods, it’s good to know they can make beautiful music together in the afterlife.
São João Batista Cemetery
Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSão João Batista Cemetery is the only South American site to make our list. Although Brazil is typically full of sun and smiles, visiting the gravesites of Carmen Miranda and Antonio Carlos Jobim will have your eyes welling up with tears. Many of the country’s presidents have been buried at this site, along with playwrights, novelists, musicians, athletes, and even a Portuguese prime minister.
Whether you’re ghoulish year-round or looking for an adrenaline rush this Halloween, these famous celebrity graves are sure to shock and surprise. Bring your camera along for the trip, and don’t be alarmed if your lens picks up any supernatural activity. Is that an orb…or the ghost of Mickey Rooney…?