For those of you travelers who are eager to brave the potentially hazardous winter weather, you should also be brave enough to get through one or two ghost tours along the way. So for your off-season enjoyment, here are 5 winter ghost tours to check out this season. After all, if ghosts don’t get any rest, neither should us weird wanderers.
Boroughs of the Dead in New York City
For a Big Apple kind of haunting, check out the Boroughs of the Dead’s Ghost of Christmas Past tour, which combines holiday history with visits to haunted locales. A perennial favorite, the Boroughs of the Dead has been featured everywhere from Conde Nast to the New York Times, so this holiday season is the perfect time to find out why the company’s ghost tours are so well-renowned.
Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour in San Antonio
Keeping with the Dickensian theme, San Antonio also does a Ghosts of Christmas Past tour, complete with a three-course candlelight dinner and tour of both the haunted Menger Hotel as well as a haunted walk through downtown. And as a side note, the Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour‘s logo–featuring a lantern-clad skeleton arrayed in Victorian garb–is the most adorably creepy design you might see all season. That alone should win over all Texas tourists looking for an offbeat good time.
American Ghost Adventures in Orlando
If you want superb weather for your ghost hunting adventures, then consider taking one of American Ghost Adventures‘ monthly Winter Garden Tours in Orlando. Held on the fourth Saturday each month, this is the perfect salve for the standard Disneyworld antics–not that we here at Weird Wanderings would ever say a harsh word about that hallowed ground known as the Haunted Mansion. But if you’re in the mindset for real spirits, American Ghost Adventures has you covered.
Grimm Ghost Tours in Salt Lake City
Harkening back to the Old World tradition of ghost stories during Christmas revelry, the Grimm Christmas Tour in Salt Lake City is eager to make your holiday a little bit spookier. The tour goes through the whole month of December and features discussion of lost holiday traditions including our own personal favorite, the Krampus. And of course, visitors will get to see many real haunted sights throughout Salt Lake City.
Farnsworth House and Inn in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
A year-round mainstay of the Gettysburg ghost scene, winter visitors to Gettysburg should be sure to check out one of the many ghost tours the Farnsworth House features on a daily basis. Previously spotlighted on my 5 Weird Things to Do in Gettysburg article, this place also has some of the best food in the state, so even if you’re not up to braving an overnight stay, you should at least be up for an appetizer.