Guide: Ghost Tours Across the Triangle
8 spooky tours that will make you jump
History, legends, walking, and goosebumps. What do these four things have in common? Ghost tours! Travel with us as we explore 8 ghost tours that will be sure to have you asking, “What was that?!” All tours listed below are appropriate for most ages. Always feel free to call the tour companies ahead of time to make sure it’s the right fit for you and your family.
Visit Oakwood Cemetery, the Capitol Building, the remains of The Yarborough House, and much more on this 1.5 mile walking tour across downtown Raleigh. Tobacco Road Tours provides tours every Friday & Saturday in October. In addition, because of Halloween they will have an extra date on Thursday, Oct. 28. Times start at 7:30pm and cost $20 per person. The company recommends this family-friendly experience for ages 8 and up.
Starting at the Governor’s Mansion and ending 2 blocks away, this 1 mile historical trek takes you to 4 undisclosed city landmarks. Raleigh Walking Tours, LLC points out that this tour is less about spooky hijinks and more about historical hauntings. Mark the calendar for Saturday, Oct. 2 (5-6:15pm) and Friday, Oct. 8 (7:15-8:30pm). $15-20 in cash is the suggested amount for payment. Registration is required. Due to the graphic nature of one of the stories, the recommended age is 10 and up.
The Oakwood Cemetery, a popular destination during this season has its very own tour on Saturday, Oct. 30. Brought to you by Walktober Raleigh, an initiative to promote more walking during October, you are invited to stroll across the grounds for an hour. It’s a free event, even for the ghosts. Meet at the front gates at 5pm. The recommended age is 12 and up.
A bit of a stretch for a ghost tour; however, we couldn’t resist adding this walk appropriate for all ages. On this free self-guided excursion presented by Raleigh Parks, you’ll hike down Powell Drive’s trail. Look out for unique creations and of course, scarecrows! Open from 9am to 6pm on Oct. 29 & 30.
Tobacco Road Tours is back at it again, but this time in Durham. This hair raising outing visits 6 different ghost and paranormal sites including: Bull Durham Factory, Kress Store Building, Devil’s Teacher, Hotel Malbourne Memory, Snow Building, and the Liggett-Myers Factory. Dates are limited to Friday, Oct. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 31. Each night starts at 7:30pm and lasts an hour and 45 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes because the walk is 1.5 miles. Adults (15 and up) cost $17 while children (8-14) are $15. The recommended age is 8 and up.
Cemeteries evoke eerie vibes and Cary’s Hillcrest Cemetery can too. On this free self-guided walking tour, one can walk amongst the socialites, mayors, and influencers of Cary. Grab a map at the front entrance and wind your way through 23 marked graves filled with history. The gates are open daily from 8am-6pm. Any age is welcome and since you’ll be the tour guide you can tone it up or down accordingly.
Enoch Pugh, executed 250 years ago, rises from the grave several nights this Oct. (1, 14-16, 18, 22-23, & 29-30) to guide you through historic Hillsborough. During this 2.5 hour trip, three haunted houses, two cemeteries, Pugh’s execution site, and 6 more creepy sites will be visited. The total walking adds up to 1.5 miles. The supernatural circuit created by Haunted Hillsborough Tours starts at 7:30pm except on Saturdays, which start at 8:30pm. Adults pay $15 whereas students, seniors, and military pay $12.50. Recommended age is 8 and up.
Don’t let this friendly little town fool you because it’s dripping with chilling stories. Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. and Forest Moon Theatre are teaming up to share tales of tragic train wrecks, murderous mamas, and sleepless spirits. Happening every Thursday-Saturday in October, catch the 6:30 or 8pm outing. Each bout lasts an hour and 15 minutes. Adult tickets are $15 and children (10 and under) are $12. Recommended age is 8 and up.