Take a trip through Boston’s spooky side this Halloween season. From seeking out paranormal, to visiting famous, historical graves, to discovering folklore about the haunts that – allegedly – reside in Boston to this day, here are three tours that bring out Boston’s darker side.
Old Town Trolley transforms from your typical Boston sightseeing tour into a plunge into fright with the popular Ghosts and Gravestones tour, featuring a host of ghoulish tour guides. Along the way, you’ll visit and learn about such haunted sites such as the Omni Parker Hotel (said to be spooked by the ghost of Harvey Parker), learn about the infamous saga of the Boston Strangler, and visit the King’s Chapel Burying Ground, the oldest burial site in city limits. Reservations for the tour are required. Call 617-269-3626. The tour runs seven nights a week during October (expect limited availability during the month) and is approximately 90 minutes long. Not recommended for children under 13. The tour also runs weekends April-May, and seven nights a week beginning in June. Tours board beside the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel at 200 Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $39.90 adults, $25.20 ages 4-12. Discounts by purchasing online are available, as are group rates.
This 90-minute walking tour through downtown Boston will educate visitors about some of the ghosts that linger in the city streets. This evening tour is family-friendly, and features guides who lead the pack via lantern, espousing tales of local folklore from a historical perspective. The tours run nightly, rain or shine, April 13-Nov. 11 and reservations are required. Tickets are $18 adults, $13 children under 16. Private group tours are also available year–round by calling 617-605-3635. The tour meets in Boston Common at the entrance to the Central Burying Ground at 8 p.m., and ends at the Omni Parker Hotel.
Go ghost-hunting with the city’s only paranormal expedition, where you’ll forgo the haunted legends of Boston in lieu of hoping to discover the real deal. Tour guides are experienced in paranormal hunting, and science behind the paranormal, and how ghost hunters go about their business. The tour runs Thursday through Monday nights at 8, and space is very limited. Call 978-741-1170 for complete details. Tickets are $14.95 adults, $9.95 children ages 6-12 and can be purchased and printed online. Family rates are $35.95 for a family of four, and $8.95 for each additional person. Groups meet at the Bostix ticket booth at Faneuil Hall Plaza.