The stories on these Atlanta ghost tours don’t have blood and gore, but are filled with just enough macabre to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. They’ll also answer that nagging question, where is the best ghost tour near me?
In Fall, there is always a heightened interest in the paranormal. If you aren’t quite up for a gruesome haunted houses, try listening to local ghost stories on one of these Tours in Atlanta. For even more Halloween events, see our list of more than 45 Halloween events for kids AND adults.
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The following 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.
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Atlanta Ghost Tours
A Tour of Southern Ghosts
Where: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd2200 Scarlett Walk, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 | 770-469-1105
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“A Tour of Southern Ghosts” is held during the Halloween season so the ghost stories are a little scary, many times humorous, but never too frightening and always appropriate for young children. Each night offers a different cast of six storytellers, which means audience members may return to “A Tour of Southern Ghosts” on additional nights to hear a new collection of stories.
Lawrenceville Ghost Tour
Where: Tours begin at the Aurora Theatre, on the historic square in downtown Lawrenceville | 678-226-6222
Free Covered attached parking at the City of Lawrenceville Parking Deck at 153 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville GA 30046
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The Lawrenceville Ghost Tour is a haunted history walk through Downtown Lawrenceville. The tour goes to the old city jail and points of interest along the square. Tours are led by professional storytellers, hired by Aurora 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 cemetery tour, at one of the oldest cemeteries in the Southeast, a place where investigators say there is quite a bit of paranormal activity. The tour is approximately an hour and a half long. Afterwards, visit McCray’s Pub for a Howling Curtis cocktail in honor of the ghost of the town drunk.
Roswell Ghost Tour
Where: Roswell Sq. 617 Atlanta St., Roswell, GA 30075 | (770) 649-9922
Although I have never been on this tour, it came highly recommended by our readers. The tour is given by paranormal investigators and showcases paranormal phenomena that is routinely experienced by residents, business owners and even tour attendees. This is not costumed actors telling ghost stories.
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.
Your hosts 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.
Decatur Ghost Tour
Where: 101 E. Court Sq. Bandstand, Decatur, Ga. 30030 | 404-296-7771
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.
Ghosts of Marietta
Where: 131 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060 | 770-425-1006
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 ghost stories behind these mysteries and maybe, if you’re lucky, experience them as well. There is also a separate trolley tour and pub crawl.
Spooky Ghost Tours
Where: Fox Theatre, | 855-285-8499
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 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 and ghost stories are recommended for children over 10 and children under 6 are not permitted.
Big Zombie Bus Tour
Where: Downtown Atlanta |855.255.3456
So this isn’t actually a ghost tour, but who couldn’t use a little zombie in their halloween. This three hour 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.
Spirit of Oakland Cemetery Tours
Where: Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave., SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 | (404) 688-2107
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 ghost 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.
Not only is Covington home to Vampires (it’s where Vampire Diaries was filmed), it also has ghosts! Many of the sites have been investigated by paranormal investigators too. Choose from multiple walking tours that last about 1.5 hours.
Acworth Ghost Tours
Where: Senator Russell Avenue, Acworth, Georgia, GA 30101 | 770-653-0756
Public tours are weekends in October, but you can book a private tour year round.
Where: Town Square, Powder Springs, GA | 678-429-7157
This ghost tour is only during the Halloween season, so contact them for specific dates.
A Little Farther Away
Dahlonega Ghost Walk – Historic Hauntings Tour
Where: Downtown Dahlonega, | 706-482-8795
The 14-location guided tour takes guests on an eerie and intriguing journey full of local tales and legends. Tour guide and founder Jeremy Sharp weaves through streets, back alleys, rows of historic buildings, and the historically significant local cemetery. He has studied Dahlonega’s history and has also worked with paranormal researchers using thermal cameras and other equipment to document some sightings. The tour is approximately 1.3 miles long, and all on paved, designated walkways, with the exception of Mount Hope Cemetery, ending in front of the Visitors Center, 13 South Park Street.
Haunted Dahlonega: Spirits, Legends & Lore
Where: Downtown Dahlonega | 706-864-2257
The Friends of the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, a not-for-profit organization, is conducting fun, interactive tours with ghost stories suitable for adults and children. A new narrative has been written by local author Trisha Slay, who is working on a paranormal mystery novel. “Haunted Dahlonega: Spirits, Legends & Lore” explains why Dahlonega is such a hotbed of activity, includes Cherokee folktales, and explores local mysteries and benevolent hauntings. All proceeds from the tour benefit the Dahlonega Gold Museum, to assist in keeping it open seven days a week.
Haunted History Tours
Where: 285 South Main St., Madison, Ga. | 706.340.4357
Join Melissa for an evening stroll through the shadows of Madison as she tells tales of hauntings, local legends and a heaping helping of local history. Tours held all year long.
Ghost Walk of St. Simons, Island
Where: St. Simon’s Island, Ga. | 912-602-4040
A lamplight walking tour of Olde St. Simons and the waterfront. Listen to strange tales of murder, deathly love, tragic endings, legends, lost souls and few who refuse to stay lost! A guide will light your way on a journey through the moonlit streets and moss draped passageways of the village, Neptune Park and an ancient burial ground. Each tour guide’s tour and ghost stories a little different telling the stories they are most passionate about while still sending a chill up your spine.
Nightly Spirits Atlanta Ghost Tours
Where: Leaves from Atlanta’s Republic Social House, 437-C Memorial Dr SE | 1-8-Ghost-Tour
Take the most spirited tour around the city with Nightly Spirits haunted pub tour. The perfect combination of ghost tour, history lesson and pub crawl, you’ll venture through the streets of Atlanta stopping at the most haunted bars around town. Listen to chilling tales of the lingering spirits, while imbibing on a few chilly spirits yourself. Tours run year-round, but are particularly creepy near Halloween when all the spirits come out to play!
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