Haunted Tours and Walks

Canada
August 2, 2010 11:34pm CST
My daughter had the opportunity to be out of town this past weekend. While she was away, she took a "Haunted Tour" by lantern at a military fortress. She found it to be interesting, a lot of fun and not terribly scary but different. She didn't "see" anything but there was a thump in one of the rooms at one point. She said it could have been someone in their tour group but it was still cool :) Have you ever done a haunted tour or walk? Where did you go? Would you recommend it to others? Most important.. did you see/hear anything?
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
3 Aug 10
You can take a haunted tour in the French Quarter but I have never been curious to do it that I can remember.
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@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
3 Aug 10
I have taken one in the French Quarter as well--I thought this one was pretty authentic--maybe because N.O. is such a haunted city and so old. I definitely felt some "vibes", and found the historical portion to be fascinating, as well.
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• Canada
5 Aug 10
As I was mentioning in another response, New Orleans sounds very interesting to me as a place I'd like to be able to visit some day. I hope I'd have the nerve to take a haunted tour, as well, because it certainly seems to be a location with "activity." Thank you both!
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
16 Aug 10
New Orleans is definitely old and it has it's own uniqueness when it comes to "vibes" and everything else.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
3 Aug 10
My one experience with this was a visit to an old fort and the prison located there. The air was so heavy with negative emotion that I could not breath and had to leave as soon as I could get out. Never again for me.
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• Canada
4 Aug 10
I'm quite afraid of having that kind of reaction too, savypat. I know in tunnels and such, I start to feel kind of claustrophobic. I could never do those cave tours that you see offered... I think I'd be awful in that kind of space!
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
5 Aug 10
I had a similar experience on a ghost tour in New Orleans--we were not in any enclosed spaces but the air in some of the streets on the tour, and some of the buildings we went into was noticeably heavy and stifling (and different than the heavy and stifling humid air which I felt EVERYWHERE. The city is so haunted and old, and has such a vibrant and active voodoo/vampire/ghost subculture, that you can really feel the vibes if you are open to it. I found this to be especially true post-Katrina.
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• Canada
5 Aug 10
Wow! Even in the open streets... amazing. I was aware of the voodoo/ghost subculture, as mentioned, but was entirely unaware of the vampire aspect. I will have to do some research into that. Will be very interesting, I'm sure. I am Canadian, never having been to New Orleans, but it sounds like a place that would make a very intriguing trip!
@voldrox (7204)
• India
3 Aug 10
Well, that sounds quite interesting! There might be nothing of any supernatural sort but the mind makes it's own stories, I guess. I want to make a brief visit to someplace like that. It would be freaking funny! perhaps could get a little scary too! I just don't wanna spend too much time there, LOL.
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• Canada
3 Aug 10
LOL! You have mixed emotions, just like me! The fort that my daughter toured does a Fright Night tour also... for Halloween. So, in addition to the regular walkabout, they have many people in costumes and such that jump out at you in the tunnels and scare you for "fun" (not sure that's fun lol). There is a story that, one Halloween, one of the workers was dressed in this creepy period military uniform, pale face, blood from the eyes, all of it. He was hiding behind barrels in a tunnel to do his job. No one knew exactly what he saw but they found him, curled up in the fetal position on one of the beds in the old barracks, and he wouldn't even move. He was there to DO the scaring... but sure ended up terrified himself.
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@voldrox (7204)
• India
3 Aug 10
That sounds interesting and scary ! Don't know what might have happened. Makes one wonder. At some point we feel like something very odd must have happened, something supernatural, and at the same time we don't want to think about it too!
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• Canada
3 Aug 10
I think you are right LOL Our curiosity is natural -- but then, if we find out and get scared, we'll think "did I REALLY need to know that???"
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
3 Aug 10
I have never done it. I would be too scared. There are several reality show in Indonesia TV program which challenge people to have a walk tour or a several hours stay in a haunted place. Though we the viewer did not see much different, but they told afterward what they saw during the walk or the stay. Some of them were used by the spirits living on those places as a barrier to talk to us mortals. Scary jobs.
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• Canada
3 Aug 10
Actually, jennyze, TV programs are what interested my daughter in the haunted tours in the first place. There are several programs she watches where teams of people go into locations that people feel are haunted and they try to get some kind of confirmation - either audio or video. She is fascinated (and, yes, sometimes scared) by the programs. So, when she got the chance to go on a haunted tour, she was very excited. Even though she didn't see anything, she still thought it was great. She now wants to find out if there are some closer to home that she can do too!
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
3 Aug 10
Wow, your daughter is brave. I could not imagine myself doing it, for whatever reasons. In Indonesia, the people doing this scary jobs are paid. There were paranormal ready at the scene to help when the contestant got used by the spirits.
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@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
3 Aug 10
Many years ago I went on a great haunted tour of the underground alley ways in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was pretty freaky hearing about these stories of the Black Plague and the thousands of people who were boarded up in these alleys and left to die. There were supposed to be ghosts in there but I saw nothing, but it was still dark and eerie! I was recently on Norfolk Island where they also run similar ghost tours of the old convict ruins and through the old buildings and cemetery. Some people that I was there with did one of these tours and they really enjoyed it, but they saw nothing out of the ordinary either.
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• Canada
3 Aug 10
I think people go on the tours with mixed emotions.. wanting to see something but also afraid that they will LOL If nothing else, these haunted tours/ghost tours seem very, very interesting just for the information and history that you learn. My daughter's tour involved a lot of tunnels through the fortress which she said were "wet, dark and full of spiders" (which she hates LOL). She told me "I put my hood on, kept my head down and just kept going!" Scotland seems to be featured often on ghost hunting and paranormal programs on television... must be extensive history there to be explored.
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
4 Aug 10
The history in Scotland and England was amazing. People used to live in such harsh conditions. You are right. I wanted to see something out of curiosity, but at the same time I did not out of fear!
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@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
17 Aug 10
Nope I don't have the courage to do it. I get scared easily. My imagination is active even though I haven't had any ghostly experience in the past. My grandmother told me once, the more you look for them, the more they get enticed to appear before you.
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• Canada
20 Aug 10
I've heard that before, as well... that the more "open" you are to such experiences, the more likely they will come to you. Of course, I don't know if that's true but sometimes I waiver between wanting to see things and then definitely not wanting to because I think I'd be too scared
• Australia
3 Aug 10
Oh yeh and it was awesome. I went the the Old Sydney Quarantine Station for a ghost tour. It was really cool, they tell you about the history of the place as you walk around looking at things. They tell you stories about people who came to Australia and never made it out of the place and they haunt it to this day. I was the last one in the tour group and I honestly think that a ghost taped me on the shoulder because there was no one behind me at the time. I am not one to get spooked easily but it freaked me out big time. Other people that I know that have taken to tour told me about when they went and their brand new torches would go out for no reason. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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• Canada
6 Aug 10
Wow that sounds like an excellent tour! I think many of them are great just for the history, even if there's nothing really "haunted" about them. But the tapping on the shoulder and brand new torches not working? That's pretty freaky :)) I have instances, in my office at home (where I spend a great deal of time), that I feel a weight like a hand on my shoulder or at the base of my neck. A couple of times, it has been so real that I have turned to see who it is - expecting it to be one of my daughters needing something from me. No one there. I also have a clock in my office that was a wedding gift to my parents in 1962. I keep it on top of an armoire, along with some photos of them (my dad passed away in 1990 and my mom in 2004). On a couple of occasions, the clock has started working on its own for a few minutes. It's a style that has to be wound and it chimes on the hour and half hour. I never wind it or keep it running because it's quite loud so I just have it as a decoration. When it has either started ticking or the chimes have gone off without it being wound, it has made me jump.
• United States
3 Aug 10
For my honeymoon we went to Charleston SC and stayed downtown. They have a whole lot of ghost walks there. We went on one with a group at night that took you on a tour of the downtown district and it was great. You got to see old homes, places some of the more notorious citizens lived, and of course the midnight cemetary tour. It was a very old one and the tomb stones were either falling down or hidden. The one that they took us to had a suspected murderer from the civil war and victims of illness. It was pretty spooky and a few of the people with us actually left early because they were wierded out lol. I would recommend it as I had a blast.
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• Canada
5 Aug 10
Sounds like you had a great time! It also seems that they have some really organized and well-run tours there, from your description. Funny thing about cemeteries, isn't it? You can walk through one in the daytime and it seems quiet, peaceful, respectful, well-tended and even pretty sometimes. Walk through the same place at midnight and it's a completely different world! It MUST have been spooky if you had people leave your tour. I would hope I could hang on and stick with the tour if I went... I'd probably kick myself if I left and then wondered if I missed anything really cool! LOL
@babykeka80 (2003)
• United States
3 Aug 10
I have never been but have had friends that have. I have taken some pics of orbs. Really good pics. I have hard the haunted savannah tour is awesome. I have always wants to check it out but have never had the chance.
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• Canada
4 Aug 10
This is very interesting to me! Where were you that you were able to capture the orbs with your camera, babykeka80? Somewhere familiar to you or a tourist area? I'm just curious... if you captured orbs in photos inside your home or with family or friends at their homes, as an example, how would you feel about that? Are you scared by such things or just intrigued?
@TikaTalk (89)
• United States
3 Aug 10
I went on the haunted hollywood walk. It turned out to be a scavenger "haunt". We were given a list of clues and had to find the haunted landmark. It was kinda lame though. The tour guide gave us the list, took our money, craked a couple of jokes, and let us free in hollywood. told us to meet back in a few hour with the promise of a great gift! We each paid $35. It was about 15 of us. Do you know what the grand prize was for looking at a bunch of old buildings that we'd seen many times in the daytime? Some old videos I'd seen at the 99 cent store a week previous. I want to arrange one of my own. Take money because mine will not be lame. But if you find a good one they can be AWESOME!
• Canada
4 Aug 10
Wow TikaTalk! What a rip off that was! If I'm taking a tour or if there is a guide, I would expect that person to lead the evening and stay with the group and be a source of knowledge... not do a little bit of work and send everyone off on their own. I'm sorry but that must have been really disappointing :( I agree with you, though... it sounds like the really well-run "haunted" events are good fun for the people that are into that kind of thing! :)) Good luck if you start an event like that of your own!
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
3 Aug 10
My husband and I have been on several ghost tours because we think they are fun, and because we like to have an open mind about these things. The best combine history & local gossip/flavor with the ghost stories/visits. I would have to say my favorite was a "Jack the Ripper" tour in London--if you ever get the chance, I highly recommend one--not as much of a ghost tour as some others, more like a mystery tour, but is was very informative and a LOT of fun.
• Canada
4 Aug 10
I think "mystery" events are becoming increasingly popular... there were the murder mystery dinners and cruises and now the walks and tours. I think it makes a tour more interesting when you add the possibilities of the unknown. That Jack the Ripper tour must be something! What a history there. I think there is a walkabout type tour in the Old Port of the major city closest to where I live... I'm more and more intrigued to look into the details!
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
3 Aug 10
I think a haunted tour would be interesting to participaate in. It would add a little mystery and excitement and adventure.There's just something that draws us out when things go bump in the night.
• Canada
4 Aug 10
Oh I totally agree with you sender621... I am fascinated and intrigued at the same time. But then, I also know that if I were to see something "ghostly" or some kind of apparition in my home, for example, I'd probably be moving out the next day LOL I'm curious but still fearful. I've never been able to watch scary movies or anything of that sort... so I think if I were to come face to face with anything, it would terrify me.
@jonnifc (1021)
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
It was not really much of a haunted tour. We called it ghost hunting. One night my friends and I went to this abandoned hotel in our city that was notoriously known to be haunted. It was allowed by the local government officials. We also had to ask permission from the caretaker. It was scary because we were scaring ourselves with our imaginations. We didn't see, feel or hear anything supernatural. I don't know if I'll should be thankful for that or not. lol! After that we went to this 24 hour restaurant and talked ourselves out till way after sunrise. The cool part about it is that it was a bonding experience for us. It made us open up to each other more. We are confident to talk to each other about anything now. I guess that's one good thing that we got from our ghost hunting experience.
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• Canada
3 Aug 10
I think that's an excellent experience! It doesn't matter that you didn't have any contact with the supernatural or paranormal... you still went and you did it together. I'm like you - I'm fascinated but I'm not sure what I would do if I actually saw or heard something. I do have frequent moments, in my home, where I feel someone place their hand on my shoulder or the back of my neck. It's such a clear feeling... I don't feel a brush past or an itch or anything like that. I have actually turned to see who is behind me with their hand on me, thinking it is one of my daughters or something. No one's ever there.
• Philippines
3 Aug 10
That was great. It is creepy feeling and good that there are no bad spirit invaded their privacy, or they did not invade the privacy of the spirits. I remember we planned to do something like that in our university. Because of our late choir rehersals, even at 12mn we were inside our choir loft inside the chapel. There were some student who sleep at the school because of their project mostly they are hte Fine Arts Student. They planned to sleep in one of the most creepy rooms on the Science Building. They did. When I asked one of them if they experience something haunted on the room, they showed me a video they took while they were sleeping there. I can see something foggy on the side near the door and on the other side near the window. The fog was moving slowly and that creep us so much that I even scream when the foggy became five. It seems that spirit was looking at those student sleeping. Nothing more happened besides the fog.
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• Canada
3 Aug 10
OMG that's creepy! LOL I know sometimes people will say that you see things because you "want" to see them... but me, personally, I would be nervous if I saw something so I don't think I would wish it to happen or imagine it. Then, we you see it on a video, you are even more convinced! Quite an experience they had! Thanks for sharing that :))