Celebrate the spooky season with ghost tours through Georgia
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – In October, many get in the spirit of Halloween. As the month counts down to the spooky and frightening holiday, Georgians are ready to settle down.
What better way to celebrate the season than by taking a ghost ride? There are several in the Peach State that aim to cool your bones and get your heart racing.
Ghost tours take fans of the supernatural to the most well-known locations of glowing orbs, passing ghosts, and horrific noises.
But why make your heart beat and your hair stand on end?
Enocha Edenfield gives ghost tours in Savannah. She says people just like to be afraid, and that makes death and the afterlife a little less scary.
Edenfield also says it’s a more interesting way to learn.
“I could recite all kinds of facts about the Battle of the War of Independence that took place in Savannah in 1779, but unless you’re a history buff like me, you won’t remember much- thing, “Edenfield explained. “If I tell you that there was a battle and some people who died in it still haunt Battlefield Memorial Park and Madison Square, and I’ve seen and felt some of it, you’ll remember probably more. “
Chris Allen of Haunted Savannah Tours says, “Taking a ghost tour of America’s most haunted city is a blast!
Allen says Haunted Savannah continues to uncover scary new stories to tell as they tour.
“From ghosts that only show in mirrors to pirate legends and voodoo, Savannah has it all!
But not all haunts reside in Savannah. Several places in Peach State are full of weird stories to share.
Closer to Atlanta, you can visit Sandersville and the Old Sandersville Jail. There, you will learn more about Essie English who would haunt the building after succumbing to a violent death.
Higher in northern Georgia, Dahlonega Walking Tours takes guests on historic ghost tours, Boos & Brews pub crawl, and ghost wine tours. Dahlonega’s history as the site of the 1829 Gold Rush offers visitors unique perspectives of paranormal parables.
Take a 1.5-mile guided tour of Dahlonega, which includes several local stops, including a haunted restaurant.
According to Penny Sharp of Dahlonega Walking Tours, a lot goes into their tours.
“We do a lot of research,” says Sharp. “We are constantly adding information from history books, local stories, local legends and doing other tours. I recently took a trip to California to research the connection between Georgia miners and the California Gold Rush.
Head west from Dahlonega to Dalton to give your frightened feet a few extra steps on their supernatural journey. “Haunted Dalton, Georgia” book author Connie Hall-Scott or one of Dalton Ghost Tours’ other experienced guides will take you on a 90-minute hike through the haunted streets of the city.
If you want to have a little less terror in your visit, head to Augusta for the upcoming Walk With The Spirits presented by Historic Augusta Inc.
Even though the two-day event takes place in Magnolia Cemetery, organizers say, Walk with the Spirits is more about discovering the last of Augusta’s notables through actors dressed in period clothing.
If the thought of walking seems too demanding, you can take a hearse ride. You don’t have to kill your feet to have your “scary.” Savannah’s Hearse Ghost Tours takes riders through the city’s historic district for a 75-minute ride, sharing stories of local haunts.
A ghost visit might not be enough. According to some tour operators, there is a chance that you can enjoy a tour so much that you will take it over and over again.
“Blue Orb has guests who have toured with us dozens of times, their children have grown up and are now on tour with their families, and our first-time guests who are so excited to learn the haunted story of Savannah, ”says Ava Shy with Blue Orb Tours in the Savannah.
Explore Georgia, the official site of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, recently shared a “Haunted Halloween Road Trip to Georgia” that takes ghost seekers on a hunt from the Georgian coast to the Atlanta area.
If you’re interested in learning about the paranormal history of Peach State, find a list of ghost tours that offer their services below.
List of ghost tours in Georgia
Enocha Edenfield Visits
- A history-driven travel agency with history and ghost walking tours of Savannah. An itinerary for people with reduced mobility is available.
- To book a tour, email [email protected]
Haunted Savannah Tours
- Stroll the dark alleys and learn about the ghosts, ghouls, and legends of America’s most haunted city.
- Learn more and book tickets on HauntedSavannahTours.com
Visits to the Blue Orb
- Blue Orb Tours offers Ghost Tours for Adults (18+), Families / All Ages, and Private Parties only.
- Learn more at blueorbtours.com
Hearse Ghost Tours
- Choose between a spooky candlelight walking tour of the Haunted Savannah or an adult haunted pub crawl.
- Learn more at ghostsavannah.com
- This building is known for visits from Essie, the ghost of a sheriff’s daughter.
- For more information on timetables and contact details, visit wacohistorical.org
Walk with the spirits
- October 23 and 24 at the Magnolia cemetery.
- Guests will be guided throughout the tour by costumed “spirits” who come to life as they tell their stories.
- Learn more at visitaugusta.com
Dalton Ghost Tours
- Exciting guests with our original ghost walk, haunted pub crawls, special events, paranormal celebrity appearances, private tours, workshops.
- Learn more on facebook.com/daltonghosttours
Dahlonega Walking Tours
- Visit Dahlonega Walking Tours for wine tastings, historic ghost tours, wine tours and pub crawls in the heart of charming Dahlonega.
- Learn more at dahlonegawalkingtours.com