Boo! Tomorrow is Halloween, that spooky time of year when the idea of scaring ourselves becomes weirdly appealing. In honour of the traditions that accompany the 31st of October, we’ve put together a list of some of the spookiest experiences to be had with ToursByLocals guides throughout Europe and North America. We invite you to get scared with us...if you dare!
Starting with Europe:
Burnings at the stake, public hangings, plague pits, martyrs, a 12th Century church dedicated to a man who was flayed alive. . . the Smithfield area in the City of London is just crammed with all sorts of horrible historical happenings. Our guide Vivien is just the person to take you on a ghostly romp through one of London’s more infamous neighbourhoods… View London Haunted Tour
See the darker side of Venice, away from the ethereal beauty of the canals, and into the city's dark past: pacts with the devil, a cursed hunchback, ghosts, murders and mysterious disappearances...Hearing tales of the city after dark will send chills down your spine, and leave you with a slew of ghostly and ghastly stories to take home. View Venice Ghost Tour
The most famous of all of Europe’s ghost stories is without doubt the legend of Vlad the Impaler…known to most of us as Count Dracula. Transylvania is awash in folklore and synonymous with tales of the immortal vampire. Our guides in Bucharest will take you to Dracula’s Castle…if you dare. View Transylvania Haunted Tour
You'll begin your supernatural Irish quest in the ancient, gothic town of Ballyshannon - reputed to be one of the oldest towns in Ireland. Discover the town's unique association with two of the world's most famous gothic writers, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley, and how Dracula may well have local Irish origins! Be prepared to meet fairies and a lost piper in the caves of the 17th century estate of Brownhall, and watch out for the phantom hitchhiker of Barnesmore... View Donegal Ghost Legends Tour
…and moving to North America:
You have to figure that the city that never sleeps probably has a few good ghost stories to share. New York City’s densely packed population has been living on the island of Manhattan for over 400 years. As NYC guide Brian says: “We've got ethereal authors, pesky poltergeists, creepy colonials, phantom flappers, and even a mysterious mayor or two.” Go along on his Haunted New York tour and maybe you’ll meet one of these other-worldly characters. Read about New York Haunted Tour
Head further south down the east coast and you hit Charleston, South Carolina, another famously “haunted” city with many a story to tell. There’s no one better to tell them than our guide Eric, a noted historian and extremely entertaining story-teller. In Eric’s words, Charleston's ghost tales will “scare you, touch you, and even make you laugh.” View Private Charleston Ghost Tour
More than one tragedy has affected the maritime city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and their legacies can be felt deep within the city’s historic bones. Our guide Andy, a tour guide and long-time actor, delivers Halifax’s ghostly tales with aplomb…and just enough spook to make you wish you’d taken the tour during daylight hours… Read about Halifax Ghost Tour
Columbus, Ohio may not come to mind the way a place like Transylvania does when thinking of spooky destinations, but this city has more than its fair share of ghost stories. From bodies stolen from graveyards to mysteriously sunken prison islands, Columbus provides the perfect background for scary tales. Our guide William is here to walk you through its darker streets. See Haunted Columbus Tour
So there you have it: a collection of unique experiences designed to scare and delight you…just in time for Halloween.