As Halloween approaches, gather your broomsticks for a trip through the South’s spookiest ghost sightings. From haunted locales to the creepiest ghost tours, the sites below represent the best of the darker side of country life. For those looking to travel during ghoulish hours, consider signing up for one of the tours below—they're sure to give you a scare.
Granbury Ghosts and Legends Tour, Granbury, TX
In the historic town of Granbury, hauntings are a trend. Through October only, sign up for the Last Mile Cemetery tour and visit the graves of the town’s forefathers, including the notorious Jesse James. Be sure to bring your own flashlight.
Thru Oct 31; Friday and Saturday nights only. $10 per person, $7 for children 12 and under. 817-559-0849. granburytours.com
The Myrtles Plantation's Mystery Tours, St. Francisville, LA
Built in 1796 by General David Bradford, the former antebellum plantation has become a popular tourist attraction in recent decades due to several ghost sightings. Make reservations to stay in one of the plantation’s suites or book a guided history tour. Bring your camera to capture any paranormal activity.
Daily from 9-5 p.m. $10 per person, $7 for children 12 and under. 225-635-6277. myrtlesplantation.com
Ybor City Ghost Tour, Tampa, FL
In Tampa’s famous Latin District, strange happenings are the norm. Named for cigar manufacturer Vicente Martinez Ybor, the neighborhood of Ybor City was populated with a flow of immigrants from Cuba, Spain, and Italy and became known as “Cigar City.” Some say the residents of buccaneers and gangsters never left.
Refer to the online schedule. $25 per person, $10 for children between 8 and 12. 813-386-3905. yborghosttour.com
Mark Nesbitt’s Ghosts of Gettysburg Tours, Gettysburg, PA
With four different tours of Gettysburg’s most haunted streets, brave tourists can catch a glimpse of the county courthouse that witnessed the Battle of Gettysburg, walk amongst the graves at the Gettysburg National Cemetery, and hear spine-tingling tales along the way of Confederate soldier sightings and disembodied voices in the wind.
$10.45-$11 per person. Free for children 7 and under. 717-337-0445. ghostsofgettysburg.com
Chattanooga Ghost Tours, Inc., Chattanooga, TN
This award-winning Chattanooga ghost tour will have you reeling over documented accounts of ghostly apparition sightings. Escorted by acclaimed storytellers around downtown Chattanooga, tourists will be able to photograph the most likely locations for paranormal proof and can go inside the town’s most haunted hotel.
$15.95 adult online, $16.95 walkups. $10.00 children 3-12. $14.95 Military (Active or veterans & family members must bring ID). 423-800-5998. chattanoogaghosttours.com