In Fall, there is always a heightened interest in the paranormal. If you aren’t quite up for the gruesome haunted houses in Atlanta, try one of these Ghost Tours in Atlanta. Each are historical in nature, without gory zombies jumping out at you, but enough macabre to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Know of other ghost tours? Tell us about it in the comments section. For more spooky fun, visit this post on Corn Mazes in Georgia. Several of the corn mazes offer haunted mazes in the evenings. For those who prefer gory screams and scares, see our post on Haunted Houses in Atlanta.
Ghost Tours in Atlanta
What: Lawrenceville Ghost Tour
Where: Tours begin at the Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville, GA 30045 (678) 226-6222
When: Weekends May – Sept. at 8:30 pm,
Oct 1 – 31 – Sun. – Thurs. at 7:30 and Fri. and Sat. 7 pm and 9 pm
Cost: May – Sept. – $12 Adults, $9 Children
Oct. – $15 Adults, $12 Children
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The Lawrenceville Ghost Tour is a haunted history walk through Downtown Lawrenceville. The tour goes to the old county jail and the local cemetery where ghost investigators say there is quite a bit of paranormal activity. Tours are led by actors and actresses from the local Auroa Theatre and they are quite good. Each one has their own personality, a barefoot undertaker, Greek fortune teller, Madame Macabre, which means every tour something a bit different. There is also a haunted trolley tour which goes into more historical details. The tour is approximately an hour and a half long. Afterwards, visit McCrary’s Pub for a Howling Curtis cocktail in honor of the town drunk.
What: Spirit of Oakland Cemetery Tours
Where: Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave., SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 (404) 688-2107
When: Oct. 25- 28, 2012 Tours start at 5:30 pm and are sold in timed increments
Cost: $20 adults, $10 children 8 – 12 years old
Purchase your tickets early, these tours sell out fast
Historic Oakland Cemetery has many visitors by day, but only at Halloween do its gates stay open at night. What better place for a Halloween tour than a cemetery. Hear about Atlanta’s past from a host of Oakland’s “residents.” Bring a flashlight and comfortable walking shoes. The stories are historic in nature and there aren’t any goblins or ghosts jumping out at you. We did this tour a few years ago and the stories themselves aren’t scary, but walking around a cemetery at night could be a little frightening for little ones. We left my youngest at home that night.
Tours start at 5:30 pm each night at the Bell Tower (Quasimodoish, how creepy) and last approximately one hour. Tours are sold in timed increments, so advanced ticket purchases only. These tours sell out, so if you want to go, get tickets now.
What: Roswell Ghost Tour
Where: Roswell Sq. 617 Atlanta St., Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 649-9922
When: Sept. – Friday and Saturday at 8 pm,
Oct. – Oct. 1 – 31 8 pm (Additional tours on Oct. 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28 and 31)
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under (cash only)
Although I have never been on this tour, it came highly recommended by Field Trips with Sue readers. The tour is given by paranormal investigators and showcases paranormal phenomena that is routinely experienced by residents, business owners and even tour attendees. Each tour is approximately two and a half hours long.
What: Historic Haints and Haunts
Where: Jonesboro Historic Train Depot 104 North Main Street, Jonesboro, Ga. 30236 (770) 478-4800
When: Friday and Saturday evenings in October, plus Oct. 30 and 31 at 8 pm (excluding Oct. 19 and 20)
Cost: $22.95 per person
This is a new 90 minute, guide-led, minibus tour that provides the exclusive opportunity to explore five haunted locations on foot. Visitors have the chance to inspect the shadowed corners of the historic train depot, investigate the century old graves of the Patrick Cleburne Confederate Cemetery, step within the grounds of the Warren House, discover the story behind the gates at Stately Oaks Plantation and uncover the secrets of the Old Jail.