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The best ghost tours NYC has to offer

Experience the spooky side of the city with the best ghost tours NYC has to offer

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It’s that time of year when we can turn our fears towards the supernaturally spooky and embrace (or hide from) the things that go bump in the night. NYC is the city that never sleeps, and some of those all-nighters are pulled by the more paranormal among us. When Halloween rolls around, it’s time to find the best costumes and decorations and seek out the spookiest corners of the city. For a firsthand look at what’s haunted around us, here are the best ghost tours NYC has to offer.

If you’re looking for an over-the-top screamfest, check out NYC’s best haunted houses. For true-crime aficionados or fans of real-life scary stories, NYC has plenty of legit haunted places and spooky spots that are sure to chill you to the bone. But NYC ghost tours will give you the best opportunity to dive deeper into the many haunted locales that surround us. Ghostly guides will take you to these haunted spots — cemeteries, mansions, churches and more — and give you the inside scoop on the horrors that happened there.

So put on a brave face and book your tour now to get into the Halloween spirit. But be warned: you may never look at your neighborhood the same way again, and you may want to reconsider those late night adventures around town.

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Best ghost tours NYC has to offer

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During this two-hour stroll through New York’s busiest part of town, you’ll learn about Broadway and Vaudeville Stars from the great beyond, dance the Time Warp, sing songs from Phantom of the Opera and visit legendary haunted theaters.

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Learn the basics of ghost hunting at Manhattan’s oldest house with a resident paranormal investigator. The three-hour investigation includes an overview of paranormal theory, a history of ghost hunting and a hands-on, house-wide investigation of period rooms made famous for their otherworldly inhabitants. Just don’t be alarmed if you wind up communicating with one of MJM’s notorious former residents.

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Astoria? More like disturbia! Actually, this is one of New York’s most delightful neighborhoods, but you may be surprised by its shadowy past and, er, poltergeists. Listen to cringe-worthy tales about the nabe’s twisted history, involving voodoo, grisly murders, deadly waters and more while exploring lesser-known sites and Victorian mansions of Old Astoria Village.

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We are dying to go on this tour of the East and West Village. Discover where paranormal activity once took place, which buildings have had reported ghost sightings and visit murder scenes and burial grounds. This will make you question the very streets you walk on, where people were buried a century ago. You'll also learn what contemporary ghost hunters have to say about their creepy discoveries. All stories told during the tour are true

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Although it’s not officially a ghost tour, Untapped Cities’ abandoned Ellis Island Hospital expedition is sure to give you the creeps. Don your hard hat and go behind-the-scenes for an unparalleled exploration of the institution’s contagious disease wards, autopsy rooms and other usually “off-limits” places. Each ticket includes your ferry ride to and from Ellis Island.

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