Regardless of where you live you are sure to find a nearby ghost tour. For those in the south, I have found 35 southern ghost tours that will make you believe in things that go bump in the night.
I mean, this is the month that ghostly tours and encounters can be found around every turn. For those that love ghost hunts, this is like Christmas all month long.
Southern Ghost Tours That Will Make You Believe
Take one or both of the most chilling ghost tours in all of central Alabama offered by the Birmingham Historic Touring Company.
You’ll never forget your adventures walking through the darkened streets. Walk to the doors and see behind the legends to find out what happened to those who sinned (or had sins committed upon them).
Two different available: Walking Ghost Tour and The Ghost & Graveyards Chauffeured Experience.
The Downtown Florence Haunted History of the Shoals Ghost Walk is the flagship Florence tour. Walk the most haunted locations on this jaunt through the haunted historic district and hidden courtyards of Florence.
Stops include a haunted restaurant, homes of famous resident ghosts, Civil War hospital and so much more.
Huntsville is coming through with three different southern ghost tours to raise the hair on the back of your neck.
The Twickenham Ghost Walk travels through the oldest streets in Huntsville. Stops include Helion Masonic Lodge, the LeRoy Pope mansion, Governor Bibb’s mansion, as well as the birthplace of General John Hunt Morgan, known as “The Thunderbolt of the Confederacy.”
The Old Town Ghost Walk begins with the haunting in the courthouse and takes visitors into the Old Town Historic District where visitors learn about the soldier who was shot in WWI, children who sing a haunting tune on Walker Street, a Union soldier looking for his amputated leg, and more.
On the Downtown Ghost Walk you’ll learn about a frightened Union soldier that hides from Johnny Reb, a bellhop remains at the Hotel Russel Erskine, and the residue left from a crowd angry over the ax murder of a policeman are explained in detail. Through a medium and historic research, we learn why two innocent men were murdered by a prominent shop owner.
Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp is in a class by itself. Established in 1894, visitors are drawn to the spiritual teachings and to experience the peaceful, healing energy of this community.
As the oldest active community of mediums in the Southeastern United States, and known as the Psychic Center of the South, readings (tarot, palm, psychic) and spiritual healings are given daily.
They offer two different types of after dark spirit tours.
As the sun set you can join investigators for a Find The Spirits guided tour. Learn the scientific approach to Spiritualism, and how they investigate, analyze and classify the manifestations of Spirit.
You can also Encounter the Spirit on a guided night tour that will walk you through energy “hot spots”. During this tour you might capture spirit energy that can manifest in any number of ways.
Learn about Spiritualism, Mediumship, Physical Phenomena and more. Bring a digital camera to have the best chance to capture images of energy orbs and other spirit manifestation.
Follow the dead funny and morbidly eccentric tour guides on a journey to the “other side” to meet the lost souls at the Lakeside Inn, a haunted Victorian Era hotel built in 1883.
Learn the macabre mysteries and haunted history as you seek specters in the streets of city of Mount Dora.
Port Salerno Ghost Tours “throws shade” on Florida’s sunny reputation with dark, shivery tales of this Old Florida fishing town.
Guests will meet the spirits of ancient Indians, plundering pirates, a phantom widow watching for lost seamen and the victims of a cop who linger at the Devil’s Tree where their bodies were found.
Guests are issued an electromagnetic field detector or an infrared thermometer, instruments featured on TV shows like “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Adventures.”
Columbus, Georgia, about an hour and a half south of Atlanta via I-85 and I-185 is centrally located in the Southeast and home to Fort Moore, three highly-rated military museums and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.
Haunted Museum Tours at the National Civil War Naval Museum include a “Ghost Host” who introduces spirits of the Civil War Navies.
Tour the museum with author and paranormal investigator Faith Serafin. The tour highlights findings from previous investigations. Experience the mysterious and exciting stories that you will hear nowhere else!
About an hour south of Atlanta on I-85, LaGrange, Georgia, packs a major cultural punch with its unique history, architectural gems and a creative scene to boot.
Strange LaGrange: Ghosts, Legends, and Spirited History operate not just in the fall but every week.
This parent-approved, kid-friendly walking tour of downtown LaGrange explores the spirited history of Troup County, including all types of oddities, ghosts, UFOs and strange history.
Just twenty minutes north of Atlanta, Roswell Georgia is a perfect setting for a ghostly getaway that visitors will hate to leave, just like the ghosts that linger in the historic downtown.
Roswell Ghost Tours is a year-round experience of spooky tales surrounding Roswell’s history. Bring a flashlight and step into the dark through Roswell’s Historic District.
The tour covers stories at the childhood home of Theodore Roosevelt Jr.’s mother and other stately columned historic homes, local restaurants, a cemetery, stories from the Roswell Mill and more.
Bonaventure Cemetery After Hours Tours – The ONLY After-Hours Bonaventure tour in Savannah. Join Shannon Scott for an insider’s view into the intriguing past of the historic Bonaventure Cemetery and its departed inhabitants.
Stories stretch from the present day all the way back to Bonaventure’s plantation beginnings in 1753. The topics range from the funny to the macabre at its most morbid!
Tales of legions of secret society topics to root doctor ritual work, gangsters, bootleggers, murderous lovers and other clandestine gems will be shared.
This Southern Ghost Tour, Beyond Good and Evil Tour, is a unique blend of humor, the macabre, voodoo, ghosts, local folklore, and legend. You’ll explore Savannah’s most haunted locations, many of them loosely related to the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil as well as Savannah’s most stately homes, such as the Mercer-Williams House and 432 Abercor. There may also be a haunted cemetery or two.
The Dead of Night Ghost Tour is their most popular adult-only tour. Discover the spine-chilling secrets of Savannah’s haunted past and brace yourself for an unforgettable night of spooky encounters.
While Louisville may be known for its bourbon and horse races, Kentucky’s largest city reveals a haunted history in the streets of Old Louisville.
Offered seven days a week beginning March through November, Louisville Historic Tours features guided walks through Old Louisville, the country’s grandest Victorian neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky.
An award-winning author, instructor, tour guide, and folklorist, David Dominé has enjoyed showing off Old Louisville through these guided walks since 2004.
With some 40-square blocks and hundreds of examples of impressive Victorian architecture, Louisville Historic Tours offers a glimpse into Old Louisville, bringing people from all over the world to the city.
Take a French Quarter Ghost Tour and hear the true history of scandal, murder, betrayal, and disease. It is far more incredible than anything a person could make up. Find out why New Orleans is the most haunted city in the U.S. as you hear the history of New Orleans, with a dark twist.
Walk past the most haunted buildings in the country and you might just come face to face with something you can’t explain. You’ll learn the origins of some of the most chilling events, legends and crimes dating back to the Civil War, and hear anecdotes of present-day paranormal activity occurring across the city.
It’s been called the most haunted plantation in the south, the Myrtle Plantation has a long and sordid history worth exploring. Join an Evening Mystery tour to hear tales of days gone by. From the families that lived and died there to unexplainable activity happening to this day.
These guided tours take place through the downstairs six rooms of the main home and focus on the history, mystery and folklore of the property and are an hour long.
I recently went on both a day and night tour and while I didn’t have any ghostly encounters the house is a chilling reminder that there is some deep and dark history lurking here.
Note, you can also stay the night at the Myrtle which I highly recommend!
Named Mississippi’s “Most Haunted House,” the McRaven Tour Home’s years of ghostly and paranormal activity have been documented by professional paranormal researchers and explored on A&E, The Travel Channel, 48 Hours and more.
From the hideout of a notorious Murrell Gang highwayman who robbed travelers on the Natchez trace to a prominent businessman who survived the Vicksburg siege but was murdered the next year by Union troops.
Discover and experience the famous and infamous, and why their spirits have never left the gardens that held a Confederate campsite and field hospital.
Haunted Vicksburg Ghost Walk includes a 12-block, 90-minute stroll through Vicksburg’s oldest and most haunted neighborhood.
The Trail of Tears, antebellum duels, yellow fever epidemics, and a 47-day siege have left old Vicksburg with quite a legacy of “unfinished business” and restless spirits.
If you find yourself in Raleigh be sure to book a tour with Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour and/or the City of Raleigh Museum for a “Dark Raleigh” tour
The Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour combines local ghost stories, folklore, and local history as it takes you to four different Ghost & Paranormal sites.
Stories from the late 1700s through the 20th century will be explored with an entertaining twist. It’s entertaining and educational at the same time. This tour has very spooky and scary moments, so be ready!
The Dark Raleigh tour is only offered two night and tells the tale of true crimes. Featuring stories from Raleigh’s past told by actors portraying these poor, unfortunate souls. Held October 26 and 27.
The Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington takes you on a journey into the depths of old Wilmington on a 90-minute adventure to the city’s most actively haunted homes & burial grounds.
Walk cryptic alleyway and discover haunted nooks unavailable anywhere else.
Get up close and personal with the spirits and hear eerie tales of ghostly occurrences, including actual encounters during recent tours.
Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Tour is sharing eerie tales of Charleston’s haunted past on a guided tour that explores historic graveyards and chilling ghost stories.
This is an opportunity to walk inside the gates of one of Charleston’s oldest graveyards after dark. Learn about the history of Charleston’s graveyards, and hear the stories of the famous individuals who found their final resting place in the Holy City.
Charleston Culinary Tours is putting a twist on the traditional ghost tour and offering up Dessert with Death and we are here for it!
They’ve paired some of Charleston’s most chilling stories with local desserts to evoke an elegantly spooky experience.
You’ll relax in the refinement of a private 19th-century dining room, while they serve up a 5-course dessert menu, designed to reflect the city’s most famous tales of murder and melancholy.
And, if you want to go a step further (I ALWAYS DO!) you can enjoy Death is a Drag (why, oh why don’t I live closer…).
This bewitching Drag Queen is sure to make you scream all night long with spine-tingling tales of the morbid and macabre. From pirates’ privates to the original boo hags, Miss Information is spilling the tea but isn’t the only treat of the night. Enjoy a multi-course dessert pairing menu and taste the depravity with local goodies.
I absolutely LOVE this take on a traditional tour!!
Chattanooga Ghost Tours offers three different types of tours. A Murder & Mayhem tour where storytellers take you to the very sites where documented accounts of ghostly appearances have taken place. Spirits have been seen lurking in downtown Chattanooga. Revel in the details of our city’s darker past that have kept them here.
The Cemetery Ghost Hunt where you’ll be led through the UTC campus and Citizens Cemetery using advanced ghost hunting equipment, which includes the talking Ovilus X, Kii and MEL Meters, EMF detectors, parascope, laser grids, and more!
This is the creepiest thing they offer, and it’s designed for adventurous guests looking for their best chance to have a supernatural experience.
OR, if you want the best of both worlds (don’t we all), you can take the Walking Ghost Tour/Hunt Combo.
You will hear about the ghosts at the most popular tour stops, be given the opportunity to try to take ghost photos, and use the issued equipment at the most actively haunted spots on this tour. It’s a win-win.
Get in the Halloween spirit with a special edition Lantern Tour Ghost Walk featuring ghost stories from the 94-year history of Ruby Falls and eerie Chattanooga legends.
On your way to the waterfall, hear the tales and visit the sites of peculiar encounters, mischievous mayhem, and tragedy while exploring the cavern by the light of handheld lanterns.
Two hours north of Asheville and ten minutes northeast of Bristol, Tennessee, Abingdon was founded in 1778 as one of the oldest English-speaking settlements west of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Many of its ghosts have never left its perfectly preserved Federal, Victorian and Colonial architecture, and the tales are told year-round.
With a Masters’ degree in storytelling, a quirky love of goosebumps and a ferocious attraction to history, Haint Mistress Donnamarie Emmert takes visitors down brick sidewalks of the Historic District for colorful scenery and shivery stories.
The spookiest tales come from The Tavern, established in 1779, including murdered card players, dead soldiers and one lively lady known as the Tavern Tart, known for sneaky pinches on the backside.
The Horror Tours are back to bring tales of mystery and the macabre to the streets of Hampton and with more fun and fright than ever before! There are new stories, new personages to meet from the mists of time and plenty of surprises in store.
While you’re in Hampton you’re not going to want to skip out on the Ghost Walk at Fort Monroe. Explore some of the unexplainable phenomenon surrounding historic Fort Monroe.
Tour homes, buildings, structures as you hear about the weird happenings at the fort. Chairs that rock by themselves, a soldier in an attic, the very real and odd pirate history of Fort Monroe are just a few of the mysterious tales you might experience.
Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry spins a story of the unexplained that has and is still occurring. As well as stories of legends and historical events.
This is a family and dog-friendly tour (love that fido is invited) that takes you around several blocks of the historic “Lower Town” section of Harpers Ferry.
On the walk you’ll view a number of sites and buildings that have had ghostly phenomenon reported in, or around them, over the years.
I’d be remiss not to include Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour to the list. IYKYK, this has to be one of the most haunted places in the south. Honestly, I think it’s one of the creepiest places I’ve visited!
Thousands have been committed to the asylum over the years, and hundreds, unfortunately, died here. Decide for yourself if they’re still occupying the historic wards and treatment rooms.
The Asylum has had apparition sightings, unexplainable voices and sounds, and other paranormal activity. Step back in time and see how the mentally insane lived, and died, within these walls.