Spook Yourself with Haunted Walking Tours in South Carolina & Georgia

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I love a good scare. But the kind of things that scare me most aren’t just people dressed up like goblins and ghouls at haunted houses and trails during Halloween season—they’re real ghost stories taken from history. If you’ve never been on a haunted walking tour, give one a try. Some are great for families with kids (albeit not exactly young kids) and some are better for adults. Here are three haunted walking tours to try in America's Southeast. Offered throughout the year, these tours are a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit no matter when you visit.

Charleson Ghost Tour

Haunted jail on the Charleston Ghost Tour (Photo by Elizabeth Hamilton)

Charleston Ghost Tour – Charleston, South Carolina
South Carolina claims to be one of the ‘most haunted’ states in the US. My husband and I embarked on this tour years ago when we first moved down South from the Midwest. It was about this time of year that we drove the three hours or so from the Upstate to stay in Charleston. Kid-less back then, we could do what we like when we liked, so we picked a midnight haunted walking tour on Halloween. I still remember many of the places on the Charleston Ghost Tour—including the old slave port, the haunted brothel where the woman who inspired Margaret Mitchell’s ‘Belle’ was said to live, and the oldest and creepiest graveyard I have ever seen. The tour itself lasted just under three hours and is, if not scary, at the very least an interesting twist on history lessons that aren’t taught in school textbooks.

Downtown Ghost Tour Greenville

Is that an orb? Just a flash? Hmm.. you decide. (Photo by Farrah Ritter)

Downtown Ghost Tour – Greenville, South Carolina
The Greenville Ghost Tour has tales of ghosts that range from the 1920s to as recently as 2011. I attended the Downtown Ghost Tour with my friend on a chilly October night this year. Recently voted Upstate South Carolina's #1 unique date night idea by Upstate Parent Magazine, our tour was filled with historical anecdotes and enough creeps to last me through Halloween. Starting at 7 o'clock in the evening, the tour lasted until almost 9 p.m. We were taken all over the downtown area and told and interesting tale (or two, or three) at each stop. Encouraged to take photos whenever the mood should strike, those in our small group happily snapped away hoping to catch an ‘orb’ or something odd. Each tour is a little different and the ‘Late Night’ tour has completely different tales than the earlier tour that we took.

Savannah Ghost City Tours

Tour Guide “Nicodermis” on Savannah's Ghost City Tour (Photo courtesy of Ghost City Tours)

Ghost City Tours – Savannah, Georgia
Also one of the oldest and most historic cities in our country, there’s enough mystery and intrigue in the Ghost City Tours in Savannah to keep anyone interested. The eerie moss hanging in the trees and old homes and graveyards have so many tales to tell you’d never have time to hear them all in one night. Savannah also proclaims to be the most haunted city in America, so I suggest scare-seekers visiting this region of the South try both the Charleston and Savannah tours and decide for themselves. City Ghost Tours also offers a kid-friendly tour complete with a Halloween treat for the kids.

Have you ever taken a haunted walking tour in your city? What'd you think? Let us know in the comments!

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About Farrah Ritter, The Nomadic Travel Mama

Farrah Ritter is an adventure-seeking mama to a 4-year-old son and twin 2-year-old boys. Her family of five moved to the Netherlands in October of 2012. Originally from Michigan, she and her husband relocated to the South in 2006 and jumped over the pond with their boys in tow. She blogs at The Three Under when she can and is looking forward to documenting and sharing their European journey with anyone interested in travel with multiple small children. An Instagram and Twitter junkie (@Momofthreeunder), Farrah loves to see perspectives of others and experience the beauty of old towns and historic places.

Comments

  1. I’ve never been on a haunted walking tour and, as interesting as they sound, I don’t think that I would ever go on one. Far too real for me – I wouldn’t sleep for days and I’d jump every time my house creaked!

  2. Ha ha Lisa! Well, they really aren’t for the faint of heart, but they sure are fun. It helps that you’re with a group of people too 🙂

  3. According to legend, the Grey Man walks not far from the resorts in Myrtle Beach SC that I stay at. He drowned in the bog (according to most legends) whilst trying to get home to his girl in the late 1700’s, and has appeared periodically since then as the Gray Man! I have been to some of the haunted places in Charleston but have never actually taken a tour. That would be cool, but I would have to watch my normally very pessimistic tongue. I do love the history of South Carolina and ghost stories, especially the ones that date back more than a hundred years.

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