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Tours, Ghost Walks & More

Haunted sites, storytellers and tour guides come alive during the month of October. We challenge everyone to at least one good scare this Halloween!

HAUNTED EVENTS & TOURS

Black Belt Ghost Trail
Visit Alabama’s Black Belt Region and tour the popular self-guided ghost trail featuring dozens of sites in three counties (Dallas, Perry and Wilcox), including restaurants, hotels, cemeteries and homes. Brochures and maps are available at tour locations. Visit the trail’s YouTube channel for videos detailing the ghost stories. (Gaineswood in Demopolis pictured on the right is said to be haunted by the sister of a housekeeper from the late 1800s.) Ongoing

Historic Cheraw Cell Phone Tour
Cheraw, South Carolina’s, new cell phone tour reveals the town’s secrets with 25 stops at homes, churches and businesses, many pre-dating 1860. Starting at the Town Green, the tour includes a few known haunted locations, including the Town Hall, used as a temporary hospital during the Civil War, General Sherman’s Headquarters, Brown House and John Inglis House. By dialing 843-865-3002, tourgoers can accesses information about each site, and map brochures are available at Town Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, the Lyceum and Old St. David’s Church. (The Brown House is pictured below, courtesy of David W. Sides.) Ongoing

Mobile Ghost Tours 
Hop aboard the trolley at the Fort Conde parking lot each night for a tour through dark, ghostly historic districts of Mobile, Alabama. A guide will share tales of the past and stories of famous local spirits that roam the streets after dark. Tours depart at 7 p.m. and cost $20. Reservations are required. Ongoing

St. Augustine Creepy Crawl Pub Tour
There’s no better place for ghost hunting then our nation’s oldest city, and St. Augustine, Florida, comes alive at Halloween. This pub tour from St. Augustine City Walks departs from Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub then travels to a few more local haunts. Many of the stops have been investigated for paranormal activities, so guides share stories of “real” ghosts. Tour departs every evening from 7-9:30 p.m. Price is $17 a person and includes a beer. Reservations are required. Ongoing

Lafayette Science Museum of Fear 
The downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, museum’s third floor transforms into a haunted house Friday and Saturday nights in October from 7-11 p.m. Admission is $8. Through October 27

Scarecrows in the Garden 
Atlanta’s favorite fall tradition returns to the Botanical Garden with more than 100 scarecrows and fall crafts and games in the Children’s Garden every weekend from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with garden admission. Through October 28

Howl-O-Scream
Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia, transforms into a wonderland of horror for Halloween on the weekends. This year, the attraction boasts bone-chilling scare zones, terrifying shows and gruesome creatures lurking around the park. Younger guests are treated to Halloween happenings with their favorite characters at Sesame Street Forest of Fun. Through October 28

Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse
See “The Walking Dead” come to life at Atlanta’s at what’s said to be the No. 2 Halloween attraction in the country. Creating the stage for the apocalypse is 35 acres of an abandoned truck stop where you’ll be immersed in a land of zombies and fleeing from the undead who want to eat your brains. Tickets range from $20-$30, and attraction is open Thursday-Sunday starting at 8 p.m. Through October 31

Boone Hall Fright Night
South Carolina’s largest multi-attraction haunted event is held at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens in Mt. Pleasant. Haunted areas include The Asylum, the Terror Trail Haunted Hayride, Chaos & Quarantine and Little Amy’s Nightmare in 3D, open from dark to midnight. A pumpkin patch is also located on the grounds Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $25 for all attractions. Through October 31

Montgomery
 Haunted Hearse Tours
Take a ride in a renovated hearse if you dare. Montgomery, Alabama’s popular tour stops by Hank Williams’ grave in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex and numerous other sites with haunted histories. Tours begin on the hour from 7 p.m.-midnight, and pickup is at the Alley downtown. Hearse can accommodate a maximum of six guests per trip. Through October 31 (read a personal account from a tour here; scroll down to “Take a Ride in Montgomery’s Haunted Hearse”)

New Orleans Ghost Tours
Explore the grim and ghastly deeds of the old French Quarter, view sites of documented hauntings and see the residences in which unbelievable events took place. A haunted bar is a stop along the way, and other tours available include Haunted Garden District, voodoo, vampire and cemetery tours. Tours depart at 6 and 8 p.m. nightly from Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo Shop. Tickets are $20 and $17 for students and seniors. Through October 31

Scary-etta 
Step aboard the trolley for a spirited 90-minute, narrated ride through Marietta, Georgia. Learn the history of the town through the eyes of the dearly departed and hear stories of ghosts residing in the Kennesaw House and the story of the haunted Mary Meinert statue at St. James Episcopal Cemetery. Walk briefly around the Marietta City Cemetery and hear the story of Marietta’s most famous ghost, the “Lady in Black.” Tickets are $27 for adults and $14 for children, and tours are offered from 6-10 p.m. Walking ghost tours and a haunted pub crawl are also available. Through October 31

Southern Promiseland Haunted Corn Maze
Kiln, Mississippi’s Southern Promiseland Farm presents its haunted corn maze this Halloween. Pumpkin and gourd patches, hayrides and a children’s maze are also available. Admission is $8 and $7 for kids. Through November 3

The Mortuary
Said to be the most actively haunted home in America, New Orleans, Louisiana’s Haunted Mortuary is open for ghost tours and hunting yearround, but transforms into a haunted house for Halloween on select evenings. This year features a “Cirque du Fear” theme. General admission is $25. Through November 5

13th Gate
Baton Rouge’s Halloween attraction has been voted one of the “Top 13 Haunted Houses in America.” Journey through 13 frightening indoor and outdoor areas making up 40,000 square feet. Tickets are $25, and hours are 6:30-11:30 p.m. Through November 10 

Old St. Stephens Historical Park Tour 
Take a tour of Old St. Stephens and the cemetery as you hear tales and ghost stories of the town that was Alabama’s first territorial capital. October 13, 20 & 27

Huntsville Cemetery Stroll
Stroll through Maple Hill Cemetery from 2-4:30 p.m. as over 70 locals dressed in period costume to tell the story of people buried there, including five Alabama governors, the man who ordered the first shot fired at Ft. Sumter and the man who announced Alabama’s withdrawal from the Union. Event is free. October 14

Fright Night V
From dusk until midnight, Horn Lake, Mississippi, invites you to come if you dare to a haunted event featuring the “Spook Trail” through the South Woods of Latimer Lakes Park and the “Haunted Hayride” through the North. Beware of the Headless Horseman of Horn Lake. October 19-31

Ghostly Gathering
Witness a calling of the spirits from Rugby, Tennessee’s past and enjoy a
 chili and cornbread dinner, candle and lantern-lit tours, storytelling and films. Recommended for ages 6 and above. October 20 & 27

Haunted Museum Ghost Story Festival
Tennessee State Museum’s annual ghost story festival is back for its twelfth year and promises to be more entertaining than ever. The free, family-oriented event features a “ghost trail” through the museum and chilling ghost stories from Tennessee’s past, including those of the Bell Witch and the Cherokee spirit, Spearfinger, from noon-4 p.m. in Nashville. New this year is the display of the Bell Witch Bucket with frightening origins. October 20

The Headless Horseman of Silly Hollow
Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts presents Ichabod Crane’s classic search for a head with the help of the Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers. Ages 4 and over; tickets are $9.25 for members and $16.50 for nonmembers.  October 24-November 4

Night of the Living Arts
Lancaster, South Carolina’s free Halloween creepy crawl features live music, beverage tastings, culinary samplings, a pumpkin carving demo, costume contest and special art exhibits. Crawl begins at the Springs House on W. Gay Street at 6 p.m. October 26

History and Haunts Trolley Tour of Tuscumbia 
Guided tours will take participants around the historic town to some of its most haunted sites, including the Tuscumbia Depot, for a “revealing” slideshow, and the Civil War battlefield where the Engagement of Little Bear Creek was fought near this date in 1863. Tickets are $10 and available from Cold Water Books, where the tour departs at 4 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. October 27

Lafayette ZombieWalk 
The first-annual free ZombieWalk takes place in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, and starts at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the old city hall, ending at Parc Sans Souci for an after-party. Music, beverages and a costume contest will be held in the park, with the Museum of Fear across the street opening for its final night at 7 p.m. October 27

Zombie Crawl & Ball 
Mississippi’s International Film Festival in Jackson usually includes a horror component, and this year it’s a Zombie Crawl from the Hilton Garden Inn to the Planetarium, followed by a Zombie Ball at 7 p.m. Crawling is free, and ball tickets are $5. October 27

Atlanta History Center Day of the Dead Festival
Held in collaboration with the Instituto de Mexico and the Mexican Consulate for 11 years, the Atlanta History Center’s free outdoor festival is complete with storytelling, crafts and authentic Mexican food, drinks, and entertainment. A display of elaborately decorated altars honoring lost loved ones highlights the event from noon-5 p.m. October 28

Halloween Cemetery Tour
Hancock County, Mississippi, Historical Society members will re-enact the times and era of some of the city’s oldest descendants, who have been laid to rest in the quaint Gulf Coast Cedar Rest Cemetery in Bay St. Louis. This is the society’s 19th annual tour, held on Halloween day at sunset from 5:30-8 p.m. October 31

GHOST WALKS 

Appalachian Ghost Walks
Running the gamut from haunted vacations to ghost, history and Bigfoot adventure tours through East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, tours include towns like Jonesborough, Greeneville, Blountville, Johnson City, Bristol and Gatlinburg. Tours are $30 a person. 
Ongoing

The Myrtles Mystery Tours 
One of America’s most haunted homes, this St. Francisville, Louisiana, plantation offers mystery tours on Friday and Saturday nights. Keep an eye out for resident ghost Chloe, as well as another spirit that’s been seen in the entry hall mirror. Tours are $10 a person and start at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended. (pictured at right) Ongoing

Huntsville Ghost Walking Tour 
Hear stories of Huntsville’s haunted past while walking along the Old Town Historic District on Friday and Saturday nights. The Ghost Walk also offers a one-hour trolley tour through the Alabama city’s haunted past on Saturday nights only. All tours begin promptly at 6 p.m. Through October 31

Lawrenceville Ghost Tour
Lawrenceville, Georgia, is the oldest city in the Atlanta metro area and used to be a sleepy Southern town. Growth, development and renovations downtown at the turn of the century awakened sleeping ghosts and sparked reports of paranormal activity. During the 90-minute, nightly stroll around the courthouse square, professional storytellers relay tales of the walking dead, recent paranormal events and even take tourgoers inside the old jail. Tickets are $11.32 for adults and $8.49 for students, and trolley tours are also available. Through October 31

Wilmington Ghost Walk
Voted one of the “Top 5 Ghost Walks” in North America by USA Today, Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington in North Carolina is led by renowned actors and ghost hunters into the depths of the haunted city. Considered to be amongst the most actively haunted cities in the world, Wilmington has experienced disease, war, slavery, piracy, murder and suicide over the years. The Ghost Walk varies nightly among 30 active sites, and a Haunted Pub Crawl is also offered. Cost is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Through October 31

Haunted Downtown Nashville Tour
Hear tales by lantern light of spirits that haunt notable Nashville landmarks such as the Tennessee State Capital, President Polk’s Tomb, the Ryman Auditorium and Printer’s Alley from a tour guide dressed in historic costume. Haunted Tavern and Haunted Hearse Tours are also available. Downtown tour offered at 8 p.m. nightly, beginning on the corner of 6th Avenue North and Union. Through November 15

Pensacola Ghost Tours
Roam the streets of haunted Pensacola, Florida, while costumed guides lead the way through downtown and share stories of the area’s colorful history. Tours include Adults Only Red Light, Murder and Mayhem, Ghastly Ghosts of South Seville, Tragedy and Terror of North Seville and a trolley tour through North Hill. Tours run every 30 minutes between 6 and 8:30 p.m. and cost $10 for walking and and $16 for the tram. October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27

Ghost Hunting in Selma 
Two centuries of area history will come back to haunt visitors during the return of Alabama’s Haunted History Tours of Selma and Dallas counties. An October 19 event at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park features a spirits investigation and guided tour to the town’s most haunted locations for $6. (Cemetery pictured at right.) October 20, a paranormal investigation at Keenan’s Mill will search for evidence with members of the Black Belt Paranormal Research Team for $15. Selma also has a self-guided driving tour of haunted sites. October 19-20

Haunted History of the Shoals Ghost Walk
Participants can stroll the downtown Florence, Alabama, historic district with local tour guide and author Debra Johnston Glass, who will entertain with stories steeped in legend, folklore and truth. Tours cover a one-mile area and last approximately 1 1/2 hours. Meet at 7:30 p.m. at the W.C. Handy statue in Wilson Park. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. October 19-31

Tombigbee Haints and Haunts
Hear ghost stories, the coffin maker’s tale and more on this land and river tour of Demopolis. Tours are $15 and start at 7, 8 & 9 p.m. with limited seating for each. October 26-27

Cedar Grove Mansion Halloween Ghost Tour 
Vicksburg, Mississippi’s haunted mansion will present candlelight tours of the house and grounds from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children. October 27-31

Spirits of Hallowed Eve 
Walk amongst the ghosts of yesteryear at North Augusta, South Carolina’s Living History Park. Guided tours of the colonial setting take visitors back in time from 6-8 p.m., followed by entertainment in the tavern. Tours are free, but reservations are required. October 27 (pictured at right)

Historic Haunts Walk
Athens, Alabama’s annual walk begins at the Houston Library and includes tales of paranormal activity at 12 local structures. Hear about the college student who fell to her death and is said to still wander the halls at Athens University. Walk is approximately 90 minutes and begins at 6:30 & 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. October 30

STORYTELLING

A Tour of Southern Ghosts
Visit Stone Mountain Park in Georgia and go on an evening adventure to the Antebellum Plantation for a “tour” with ghosts from 7-9 p.m. Featuring fun and spooky ghost stories from the South, the tour includes six storytellers spinning tales of Southern ghosts along the lantern-lit path. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. October 12-28

Ghost Stories at Rikard’s Mill
Enjoy a pumpkin toss, pumpkin painting and relay race before gathering around the bonfire to listen to spine-chilling ghost stories from Beatrice, Alabama. The Haunted Swamp Trail will also be open for those brave enough to wander its scary path. Events take place from 6:30– 10 p.m. each evening, and admission is $5. (Pictured above courtesy of Rural Southwest Alabama.) October 12 & 13

Kathryn Tucker Windham Ghost Walk 
The Thomasville Arts Council acts out some of the famous ghost stories from the books of Alabama’s renowned storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. Hear the haunted history of Thomasville at stops along the way for $5. The festival also includes a street dance, motorcycle poker ride, car show and the Haunted Hille Hotel haunted house, all starting at 6 p.m. October 20

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