The Chernobyl Power Plant at a distance.Since today is Halloween our staff wants to give you the lowdown on one of the creepiest places on the planet—Chernobyl.

For those of you out there that aren’t nuclear physicists or into dark tourism, Chernobyl is the sight of the “worst” nuclear meltdown, which to Gomer Pyle’s surprise surprise was caused by big government (in that case the Soviet Union) interference.

In the early hours of April 26th, 1986 one of the four reactors at the plant blew during a mandated safety inspection (which had been postponed to the less qualified night shift, due to local bureaucratic heads not wanting to experience a power-outage during the day).

Nothing says “Big Government Efficiency” quite like the Soviet Union.

The first firefighters on the scene died almost immediately from all of the radiation.

Pripyat was known as the model Soviet city of the future.

The people living in the small towns around the power plant of Chernobyl, Pripyat, and the rest of the surrounding area weren’t told about the blast until three days later, when everyone was forcefully evacuated. Each person was given three hours to leave, and was told that they should only take their important legal documents, because they’d be able to return soon.

That soon has yet to happen.

Any day now the residents will be allowed back…

How hard is it to get into the zone?

Vandals pop in an out a lot though, graffiti tagging certain areas, and repainting the Soviet symbol here.

Well, the whole area is cordoned off, and tour groups are only able to enter through the special Ukrainian army checkpoints, where they’ll record your passport number for the KGB posterity. Otherwise though, joining a tour is a lot like Disney.

And nature reclaims the rest.

Dress code: While you are expected to leave your fallout suit at home, you do have to wear long sleeves and long pants. Given that the ground moss is still fairly radioactive, Pripyat is not the place for your run of the mill Nikes or flip-flops. Think boots, all the better if steel toe.

Liquidator boots. Big on the runways, too.

Be prepared for a lot of walking over debris and glass.

Oh yeah--- and gas masks, too.

After surveying Pripyat, be sure to hit the Chernobyl canteen for some borscht and a raisin muffin.

The most famous Ferris Wheel in the world.

If you have the time, plan your trip to the reactor soon, before they put on the new sarcophagus.

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In order to keep people calm, the local government opened the May Day Fair early.