Anytime is a good time to take a ghost tour, but ghost tours aren’t always offered year round. Soon the high season of ghost tours (October) will be upon us. After that many of them go on hiatus during winter before reemerging in spring.
Technically we have about three months of good ghost touring opportunities left in most places. (Less as some tours start filling up and selling out in advance here shortly.) If you’re wanting to take one and haven’t before (or have but didn’t enjoy it), here’s five things to consider when choosing a ghost tour to make it the best experience possible:
- Walking or riding: This one is key. How mobile are you? How much standing and walking can you endure? Most tours last anywhere from one to three hours. Are you up to three hours on your feet for a walking tour? Or would you be more comfortable on a driven tour? (It may seem like a given, but people sometimes overestimate their physical abilities. The point is to enjoy your ghost tour experience, not hurt yourself.)
- Age appropriateness: Are you hoping to take the kids along? Some tours aren’t kid-friendly. Most are pretty good about including disclaimers or setting age limits if they cover mature themes, but if you’re not sure it’s always a good idea to ask first.
- Physical exertion: This sort of relates to the first one. If you’re going to take a walking tour, how far will you be walking? Are there hills? Steps? Will there be places to sit and rest along the way? Keep in mind your physical limitations, and that of any little ones you may be bringing along.
- Bathrooms: Do you foresee anyone in your group needing one during the tour? If so, ask ahead of time if bathroom facilities will be accessible during your tour.
- Weather: Inclement weather often cancels some tours, but not always. And sometimes it’s not inclement enough to warrant canceling, but it also might not be ideal. Make sure you dress appropriately and have whatever paraphernalia you may need. Be that water bottles during hot weather, umbrellas and rain coats during wet weather, or hats and mittens for cold weather.
FIND A GHOST TOUR NEAR YOU
These sites list ghost tours by state: