PHOTO: The Salem Witch House in October. (Photo via Flickr/massmatt)
Sure, haunted houses are great this time of year, but if you want to tour a new destination in just an hour or two and be terrified while you do it, a haunted tour is perfect.
With Halloween weekend underway, cities everywhere have rolled out haunted tours of all shapes and sizes, with some select destinations boasting year-round haunted tour offerings.
Salem Witch Walk
PHOTO: Salem's Howard Street Cemetery. (Photo via Flickr/goodharbor)
Where: Salem, Massachusetts
Cost: $16 for adults
If you're visiting New England this fall, the Salem Witch Walk is a no-brainer. This 90-minute tour takes visitors on a journey through one of America's most haunted destinations. Salem's haunted legacy dates back to the infamous 1692 witch trials and this tour is dubbed the coastal city's only "magical" tour.
Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry
Where: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Cost: $14 for adults
Historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia is renowned for its role in the American Civil War. And the iconic Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry are said to be the oldest in America. Rather than attempting to make contact with the dead, this tour is more of the oldschool and features ghostly stories from a book based on the ghastly experiences of a Harpers Ferry restaurant owner.
Candlelight Ghost Tours at Fort Mifflin
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cost: $20 for adults
Candlelight Ghost Tours at Fort Mifflin are for the truly brave ghost hunters. Commissioned as far back as 1771, Fort Mifflin was once captured by the British Army during the American Revolutionary War.
The Halloween season tours of the old fort pride themselves on being the real deal since guests will have only a candle to light the way.
Hearse Ghost Tours
Where: Savannah, Georgia
Cost: $17 for adults
What could be scarier than taking a haunted walking tour through Savannah, Georgia? How about riding in a hearse instead. Riders exploring Savannah with Hearse Ghost Tours will find themselves inside of hearses that were in service with actual funeral parlors as they learn about the ghosts said to haunt Georgia's oldest city.
Haunted History Tours in the Big Easy
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Cost: $25 for adults
Whether you're into cemeteries, voodoo, vampires or ghosts, New Orleans' Haunted History Tours has you covered. The city's oldest and largest walking tour company steps up its game for Halloween with the Big Easy's best ghost stories.