It’s the time of year when we’re all in the mood for a good, fun (and safe) scare. Here are five of our top picks for the best ghost tours and attractions.
The Haunted Trail, San Diego
The Haunted Trail is a mile-long stroll through a grove of gnarled oaks and pines in Balboa Park that is not for the faint of heart. It’s part walk, part haunted woods as a bevy of incarcerated souls loom from the darkness. This year, The Haunted Trail has an additional maze called “The eXperiment”, featuring an extra 3,500 square feet of twisted maze and freakish sights. Not for children under 10.
Downtown New York Ghost Tour, New York City
This October-only Wall Street Walks tour takes guests through the Financial District’s “Underworld,” including the Trinity Church cemetery, haunted sites and dark corners and alleys in what some claim is New York City’s most haunted neighbourhood. It’s not just the filming site of Ghostbusters 2, it’s also the place where many faced their own demons after the great stock market crash of 1929, and the place where many have spotted the horseman of Kipp’s Bay. Sites include the Haunted Fraunces Taver, Stone Street and Hanover Square.
Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios Florida, Orlando
A studio with 80 years experience in producing horror movies can put on a great Halloween walk. Universal Studios is known for its 22 nights of Halloween horrors with haunted walk-through attractions, intense scare zones, roaming scare-actors and nightmarish attractions. But this year, Universal Studios has put together a new attraction—scares from some of Hollywood’s most terrifying movies, TV shows and music. Check out the urban movie sets of the world-famous Universal Studios backlot as the backdrop for more mazes than ever.
Walk With the Dead Ghost Tours, Honolulu
Take a guided, interactive 1.5 mile walking tour through the historic downtown Honolulu and Chinatown areas, where paranormal activity has been well documented. Visit several sites of murders, deaths and suicides in tours based on the newsreel and home-movie footage of Hawaii, dating back to 1917.
Haunted Vegas Tour and Ghost Hunt, Las Vegas
On this tour check out the “Motel of Death,” the site of numerous celebrity deaths, and the former private home of a Las Vegas legend—and now persistent ghost, as well as “Bugsy” Siegel’s Secret Garden, where a ghostly presence haunts the wandering paths (on the site of the long-gone Flamingo hotel.) This tour is year-round.
Ghosts and the Gallows Tour, Ottawa
A special Halloween version of Ottawa’s Original Haunted Walk, the Ghosts and the Gallows tour takes you inside the haunted hallways of the old Carleton County Jail (now the Ottawa Jail Hostel) to revisit the murder of Thomas D’Arcy McGee—by lantern light. Check out the place where Patrick Whelan was hanged for the murder. This tour includes new stories and details not heard on the regular tour, and is not recommended for children under the age of 10.