- Mary Caldwell For the AJC
With October well underway, it's the perfect time to go on or make reservations at one of metro Atlanta's ghost tours.
Whether you prefer straight-up ghost tales or a more theatrical tour with costumed performers, these nine go-to ghost tours will help you to get officially spooked in Atlanta:
Tours last 90 minutes and depart from the Aurora Theatre every weekend from May-September and every night in October. Hear local legends about metro Atlanta's oldest town and more recent stories about the results of paranormal investigations at Lawrenceville's spooky spots, as told by professional storytellers.
The historic cemetery, founded in 1850, is the perfect setting for a ghost tour. A costumed guide leads the way through Oakland's lit Victorian gardens. Tours are held on Oct. 20-22 and Oct. 26-29.
The fabulous Fox hosts its fifth annual ghost tour, which allows you to walk the halls of this Atlanta landmark as you hear stories about ghostly sightings in the boiler room, stage freight elevator, hospital room and more. Tours are about 90 minutes long and start as often as every 30 minutes from now until Oct. 31.
Roswell's Ghost Tour departs from the bandstand in the town square, and you'll spend about 2.5 hours on foot, covering a mile that's an easy walk. You'll be able to go into an old cemetery and hear stories from paranormal investigators. The stories and locations take center stage, since there are no costumes or similar theatrical touches. Tours are scheduled year-round, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and daily in October.
Stone Mountain's tour follows along lantern-lit paths of the Historic Square as professional storytellers share ghost stories. Their tales are appropriate even for young children, and a group of six storytellers changes each night. Tours are held Thursday-Sunday Oct. 13-29.
Decatur's walking tour starts in the Historic Town Square and makes stops at one of the oldest two-story homes in town, as well at as Old Decatur Cemetery and narrow, dark streets. It's offered year round, including on Fridays and Saturdays, and every night October 19-31 except Mon., Oct. 23.
This 90-minute lantern-led walk takes you through downtown Marietta as you hear tales of the restaurant that once served as the town's morgue, as well as spooky stories about Katherine, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art's resident ghost. Tours are held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and Mon.-Tues. Oct. 30-31.
Take a ride with the Historic Marietta Trolley Co. through several haunted landmarks during this 90-minute tour, which includes a walk through the cemetery. In October tours are held the Friday and Saturday nights plus Sun.-Tues. Oct. 29-31.
This walking tour takes you to several of Marietta's pubs that are purported to be haunted. The tour is for adults age 21 and older, and some establishments may offer drink specials along the way. The tour can be booked privately throughout October, when public tours are Fri.-Sat. and Tues., Oct. 31.