Seeking some spooky entertainment this fall? Whether you’re a believer or not, check out these ghost tours in the most haunted cities on the coast for bewitching ghost stories that will scare your socks off.
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Something about coastal cities makes them prime spots for ghost stories. Maybe it’s because these cities have centuries of history; maybe it’s the way the breeze from the water makes buildings croak and groan in ghoulish ways. Either way, coastal cities and ghost tours go hand-in-hand. In these cities, the true story can be just as scary as the ghost story.
What’s scary: It may be known as the Hostess City, but Savannah, Georgia, also has its share of paranormal happenings. Restless souls from mass graves and disturbed burial sites roam the streets and Spanish moss–hung squares; the spirits of victims of murder, duels, and disease haunt the places they walked while living.
Take the tour: On the Voices of the Dead Tour (afterlifetours.net or 912-398-7820) you’ll stop at the Colonial Park Cemetery—Savannah’s oldest still-standing cemetery—and the purportedly cursed Historic Savannah Theatre, which has been victim of mysterious fires, floods, and menacing presences. Using findings and evidence from the Savannah Ghost Research Society, your guide will walk you through the histories of these sites, while presenting you with evidence from the investigations. (For a boozy or adult-only tour, try Boos & Brews by Tara Tours.) The ghost tour leaves from Telfair Square at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tickets are $24 per person, with military, student, and senior citizen discounts. This tour is not recommended for children, as some evidence may be disturbing.