If you’re searching for fun Halloween events and aren’t afraid to get a little spooked, sign up for one of Gotham’s creepy and informative ghost tours. NYC certainly has a shadowy past, so it’s no surprise that there are many spirits (friendly ones, hopefully) walking among us. So if you’re brave enough to wander through cemeteries and a few of NYC’s most haunted places in order to encounter a few Caspers, sign up for one of these incredible walks led by expert narrators and historians. If playing the role of a Ghostbuster isn’t your thing, you can always opt for an indoor scare and watch one of the best horror movies on Netflix.
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Once upon a time, people lived in building now called the Merchant’s House Museum. Then they died...but their spirits may not have moved on. This 50-minute tour reveals the dark, haunted past of this old structure—as well as its spooky present. Has all that construction nearby has dredged the ghosts from their slumber?
Ain’t afraid of no ghost? That’s good, because you might spot a few spirits (hopefully the friendly kind) during this Urban Park Rangers tour that blurs the line between history and Halloween. Use the lanterns provided (not your iPhone flashlight, bro) to explore the creepy Water Battery Gate at Fort Totten Park in the pitch-black while your guide shares goose-bumps–inducing stories about the phantasm-infested grounds. Enter at Shore and Abbott Rds.
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! Due to popularity, advance booking through the company's website is strongly encouraged. Meet at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, Second Ave at 10th St.
Meet at the northwest corner of Court Street and Pacific Street to begin a descent into Brooklyn’s underworld. Wander through seemingly charming old brownstones, hear chilling tales of hauntings and dark visitors, visit the Gate to Hell, and see the home of horror icon H.P. Lovecraft.
As you traverse the Long Island City waterfront, hear about the victims of the Hell Gate, the dangerous strait separating Astoria, Queens, and Randalls Island. Stories include the sinking of the HMS Hussar in 1780 and the explosion aboard the ferry General Slocum in 1904. (Show up in costume for a $5 discount. Meet under the Hell Gate Bridge, Shore Blvd and Ditmars Blvd.
If you’re too afraid of the ghouls that go bump in the night, explore this historic, Victorian landmark like you’ve never seen it before during daylight hours. You’ll learn about all the scandalous inhabitants buried within the grounds while discovering the resting places of femme fatales, artists, gangsters, murders and more. Meeting point: Green-Wood Cemetery main gates.
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. (Gulp). 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. Meeting point will be released to ticket holders.
To say that this ghost tour caters to show tune-lovers is an understatement. 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 The Addams Family and Phantom of the Opera and visit legendary haunted theaters.
Embark upon all the mysticism and ghostly nature of the Big Apple during this comprehensive after-dark tour. Wander down Gotham’s spookiest and most haunted streets particularly in the West Village and Greenwich Village. There’s a good chance you’ll spot some ghouls hanging around Hangman’s Tree and the New York residence where Edgar Allan Poe penned and published some of his most famous works.