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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What’s scary: Charleston, South Carolina’s, storied past as a major seaport comes with its share of morbid tales. From the site of the Charleston Orphan House, which caught fire in 1918—leading to the death of four resident children—and is now the site of a purportedly haunted residential building for the College of Charleston, to the Old Citadel, now a hotel, where the ghost of a former cadet of the Citadel Military Academy roams the halls, the Holy City certainly has a dark side.
Take the tour: Explore these tales, and more, with the Supernatural Charleston Tour (walksinhistory.com or 843-737-2119). Led by historians and paranormal authors who are experts on the history and ghost stories of the area, the 90-minute ghost tour leaves from Marion Square, a historical military parade ground in the heart of the city, and ventures to haunted sites around the town. Tours are offered all nights except Tuesday and Thursday and leave most nights at 7; on Saturdays, they leave at 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children ages six through 14.