By Sue Rodman
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. Well, we did throw in one zombie tour, but there aren’t any zombies that jump out at you, it’s more a tour of zombie related TV and movie sites. Know of other ghost tours in Atlanta? 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,
Everyday Oct 1 – 31 , 2013- 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
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 offers 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 ghost of the town drunk.
What: Spirit of Oakland Cemetery Tours
Where: Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave., SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 | (404) 688-2107
When: Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 & Thursday, October 24; Friday, October 25; Saturday, October 26; and Sunday, October 27, 2013
Tours start at 5:30 pm and are sold in timed increments
Cost: $20 adults, $10 children 4 – 12 years old
Tickets must be purchased ahead. There are no ticket sales at the event.
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. – Fri., Sat. & Sun. at 8:30 pm, Oct. – Oct. 1 – 31, 2013
8 pm (Additional tours on Oct. 12, 19, 26 at 9 pm)
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. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to Founders Cemetery, the burial site of the founder of Roswell, Roswell King. Here, bodies are buried beneath modern streets and houses. Grand Greek revival mansions and humble mill worker’s apartments are some of the haunted sites you’ll see on this mile of easy walking. We are active paranormal investigators who promise to thrill, educate and enlighten with this experience. It’s recommended to bring a flashlight and if you have it, ghost hunting equipment. Each tour is approximately two and a half hours long and depart from the bandstand in Roswell Square.
What: Decatur Ghost Tour
Where: 101 E. Court Sq. Bandstand, Decatur, Ga. 30030 | 404-296-7771
When: Sept. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm; Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 17-19, 23-31, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Cost: Adults: $15, Children under 10: $12
Your two hour tour begins in the heart of Downtown Decatur’s Historic Town Square, a diverse enclave of quaint shops and restaurants that share common space with the ghosts of Decatur’s exciting past. The tour stops at one of the oldest two story homes in Decatur where it’s been said spirits haunt the walled up fireplaces and move freely about the grounds. Then travel down small streets untouched by time to the old train depot where late at night… the cries of the wounded soldiers might be heard, or the ghost of the station master might stare back from across the tracks. You will never forget the twilight visit to Old Decatur Cemetery… some of the city’s most notable citizens are interred here. Be sure to bring your camera and don’t be surprised if you capture orbs and apparitions. Decatur’s dead are pretty restless. Every stop has claims of paranormal activity.
What: Ghosts of Marietta
Where: 131 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060 | 770-425-1006
When: Sept. 26-28, 2013 at 8:30 pm; Oct. 1 – 31, 2013 (various times between 7:30 and 11, check the site for the evening you want to go)
Cost: Adults: $17, Children under 12: $12
Ghosts of Marietta is a 90 minute lantern-led walk through the historic streets of Marietta, Georgia. Marietta is a gem of the south with a past that is deep in tradition, history and quality of life. As with any community harboring these traits, some residents chose to never leave. Whether it is the departed spirit of a civil war soldier, or a mysterious resident of one of Marietta’s stately homes or businesses, you will hear the stories behind these mysteries and maybe, if you’re lucky, experience them as well. There is also a separate trolley tour.
What: Ghost Light Tours
Where: Fox Theatre, | 855-285-8499
When: Oct. 26, Oct. 29, Oct. 30, 2013 at 7 – 10 pm (tour runs every 20 minutes)
For the first time ever, the Fox Theatre will host special Ghost Light Tours this Halloween with its resident ghosts. Guests will travel to spaces haunted by those who loved the theatre and the ground where it sits so much that they never left. They will take a walk in the footsteps of the Confederate soldier, pay their respects to the woman of the house and hear about Roosevelt and his work keeping the Fox warm in the winter. People have seen these ghosts and felt their presence, will you? The tour is recommended for children over 10 and children under 6 are not permitted.
What: Big Zombie Bus Tour
Where: Downtown Atlanta | 888-811-9237
When: Saturdays 10 am
Cost: $44.95 (Internet rate) $49.95 (phone rate)
So this isn’t actually a ghost tour, but who couldn’t use a little zombie in their halloween. This three hours tour visits movie and television filming locations in Metro Atlanta area. Atlanta is proud to be home to Zombieland, The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf. This three hour tour takes you to the best zombie hangouts and takes you to popular downtown filming locations, as well as places few have access to visit.