City of the Dead Walking Tour (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Suggested by Kainlane: “Good Auld Reekie (aka Edinburgh) has some of the best ghost tours in the world. If you ever make it to Scotland you really must take the City of the Dead tour. Very enjoyable experience.”
Dublin Ghost Bus Tour (Dublin, Ireland)
“You’ll see haunted houses, learn of Dracula’s Dublin origins and we’ll even throw in a crash course in body-snatching.” Sounds like a fun night out to me! (Link suggested by Joe Callis.)
This is also recommended by Kate: “I went on the Ghostbus tour of Dublin and it was genuinely frightening (but funny as well). I would recommend it to anyone who visits or lives in Dublin.”
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (Los Angeles, California)
From Urban Daddy: “Half the hotels in Los Angeles claim to be haunted by the ghost of Marilyn Monroe, but this is the only one with a view of the Tropicana Bar and Pool. Bonus: the spirit of Monty Clift is known to hold court around Room 928. And nothing is scarier than undead method actors…”
Hotel Monteleone (New Orleans, Louisiana)
From Urban Daddy: “According to legend, the spirit of a lost child haunts the 14th floor (actually the 13th). Locked doors open on their own. Elevators stop at nonexistent floors. Mints mysteriously show up on pillows. Okay, that’s probably housekeeping.” I’m impressed that the hotel is so proud of their hauntings that they even have a page dedicated to them on their website. Bravo! (Thanks to Anne for the suggestion.)
Driskill Hotel (Austin, Texas)
An allegedly quite haunted hotel in Austin. From Urban Daddy: “Thanks to the ‘suicide brides’ urban legend—two women allegedly committed suicide in the same bathroom 20 years apart to the day—room 525 had been closed and bricked up for years. But now, it’s open for Halloween season—you know, if you’re feeling romantic.” Thanks to Anne for the suggestion.
Here’s some more information on the alleged hauntings of the hotel: Austin Ghost Tours.
Ghostly Walks (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)
Recommended by Soox: “I just got back from a trip to Victoria BC and was pleased to discover a wonderfully morbid treat while I was there: the nightly Ghostly Walk tour. Who would imagine that such a picturesque little town as Victoria is as amazingly haunted as it is? For an hour and a half we trailed our guide through the streets, learning tales of love gone wrong and horrible horrible murders from Victoria’s steamy past. You can get something of an idea of the tour at their website, discover the past. For the most part, I was somewhat creeped out by the stories, but was skeptical about the presence of ghosts in the area, at least currently. However, at the end of the tour we went into a building that even the guide was uncomfortable with entering, and while we sat around the room listening to the stories of hauntings that had occurred there (no one knows why the place is so haunted), I began to feel a tingly, uneasy sensation on the side of my neck and my ear on the side of me facing the door into the room where most of the activity occurs. My girlfriend, sitting next to me, felt a similar sensation on her neck and shoulder on the side facing away from me. She thinks that something came up behind us and put its hands on our shoulders. Whether we actually had a brush with a ghost or not, the stories and places on the tour were fascinating and I certainly recommend the tours if you should find yourself on the west coast of Canada looking for something to do.”
Ghost Tours of Québec (Québec City, Québec, Canada)
Eva writes to let me know of a pair of compelling sounding tours being offered in Quebec City, Canada:
“I write, first of all, to boast about a theatrical production and guided tours will I am currently working for. It is Ghost tours of Québec, followed by the Witchcraft on Trial, which both are currently being presented at Québec, at the Petit Champlain.
“When the settlers arrived in the colony of New France, they thought the had left beind a Europe strife with accusations of witchcraft, and the terror as the Inquisition … Little did they know , it, had followed them to the shores of Quebec. In 1661, more then 30 years before the Salem witch trials, a colonist was forced to face charges of witchcraft and heresy.
“As for the Ghost Tours of Quebec, it is a nightly tour that lasts 90 minutes. On the tour, we bring you in the most gruesome sites of Quebec, and share the 300 years of strange murders and executions, ghostly tragedies, and hauntings…… And we finish by entering one of Quebecs most haunted buildings, The Cathedral of the Saint Trinity.
“Ghost tours of Quebec have been featured on programs like Creepy Canada for CTV Travel, OLN and Discovery Channel, BBC Kids, CBC Radio, Mystery Hunters, and more.. It cost $17.50 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and free for children under 10.”
Haunted Walk (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
Haunted Walks runs several different darkly-themed walking tours in the Ottawa area including “Ghost and the Gallows,” “Crime and Punishment Jail Tours,” “Secrets of the Château,” and “The Original Haunted Walk” as well. Sounds like a good night out to me!
Haunted Walk (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
Run by the same company that does the Ottawa Haunted Tours, this evening walking tour sounds quite splendid, featuring tales of the hangings at the old Courthouse, and many other ghost stories. A tour of the “Ghosts of Fort Henry National Historic Site” is also offered.
Olde Towne Ghost Walk (Portsmouth, Virginia)
The ashbug recommends this Halloween-only ghost walk: “If you’re ever in Virginia around Samhain (well, Hallowe’en), go through the Ghost Walk in Portsmouth – – it’s the BEST set of ghost stories I’ve ever heard, complete with star-crossed lovers, suicide, and plenty of grisly murders!”