With Halloween just around the corner, it’s the perfect season for a bone-chilling visit to a seriously scary place. Fortunately, there are plenty of spots around the country that fit the bill.
The combination of Savannah’s grand old houses, secret gardens, and mysterious lore makes the city a perfect place to get spooked. Fortunately, you’ll have your pick of tours to choose from: Blue Orb, Ghosts and Gravestones, Sixth Sense Savannah, and Ghost Talk Ghost Walk are among the most popular providers.
Of course, nothing can top Salem in terms of scary fun. While the fall is prime time to visit the witchiest city in the country, you can soak up the scary spirit any time of year. Black Cat, Bewitched After Dark, and the Salem Night Tour are just a few of the tour companies that will regale you with ghastly tales. To lighten the mood a bit, The Ghosts and Legends Tour mixes some humor with all of that terror.
New Orleans, LA
Much like Savannah, New Orleans’ magical qualities are due in part to its narrow cobblestone streets and voodoo vibes. Perhaps the most unique tour here is the one offered by NOLA native Bloody Mary, which includes visits to bars, mortuaries, cemeteries, and even a mini ghost hunt that will allow you to flex your psychic muscles.
St. Augustine, FL
The often-overlooked Saint Augustine is the oldest continuously-occupied town in the country, so it should come as no surprise that some of those first residents have been spotted around town to this day. While the historic district is quite small, there’s plenty of haunted activity brewing between in its Spanish-style buildings. There are traditional offerings like Ghosts and Gravestones, as well as Secrets of St. Augustine. However, GhoSt Augustine combines both kinds of spirits, stopping at allegedly haunted pubs.
The Windy City offers not only traditional ghost tours, but also runs trips around the city that integrate Chicago’s history of organized crime. If you’re on a budget, fear not; Free Tours by Foot offers Ghost Tours on Thursday and Friday evenings that stop at spots like The Congress Hotel, the old Red Light District, and the ominous-sounding Death Alley.