Do you believe in ghosts? Whether you do or not, around this time of year we like to give ghosts the benefit of the doubt. Here are some tours that will leave the hair standing on your neck this Halloween.
Alexandria, Virginia: Check out Old Town Alexandria to catch a glimpse of the spirit of Robert E. Lee in his boyhood home, or the 19th-century bride who burned to death just days before her wedding at the House in the Country building on North Fairfax Street. The colonial city’s Ghost & Graveyard Tours take place all year, but they also give special Halloween tours “with a twist” on October 26, 27, 28, and 31.
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania: Watch out for the specters of Civil War soldiers at one of the nation’s most haunted battlefields. “Sleepy Hollow of Gettysburg” tours are operated by the sixth-generation granddaughter of the owner of the battle site of Pickett’s Charge. Or, get free use of electronic ghost finders on a tour through Gettysburg.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Walk through one of the most haunted districts in America on a ghost tour through the French Quarter. Try one of 35,000 bottles of wine at Brennan’s Restaurant—but keep your eyes open for the ghost of Mr. Lefluer in the Red Room.
Savannah, Georgia: Hop on an Old Town Trolley Tour in Savannah and get off at the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace, built in 1821. Visitors can tour the mansion, which is rumored to be haunted by the Girl Scout founder’s family.
Photo by Anna Frame, Courtesy of the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association