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8 Ghost Tours Sure to Spook You in Washington, DC
Uncover the haunted and ghastly throughout the DC area with these spooky ghost tours.
This Halloween season, consider a fright-inducing walking ghost tour through Washington, DC. The following tours, many of which are year-round, will have you delightfully spooked as you attempt to walk from haunt to haunt in some of DC's oldest neighborhoods. Please observe the safety guidelines provided by these companies before booking a tour this season.
Fiat Luxe Tours offers comprehensive private expeditions that you can book at your convenience and the company features a journey that is perfect for getting spooked. The Haunted and Historic Georgetown tour will dive deep into the creepy past of one of DC’s oldest neighborhoods. You’ll see the steps from The Exorcist, the eerie Oak Hill Cemetery, the Old Stone House and much more. There’s a secret souvenir in store at the end of the tour, so you’ll be rewarded for withstanding the scares.
Safety Guidelines: The staff at Fiat Luxe Tours takes COVID-19 very seriously. All of their staff and guides follow strict CDC recommendations. Fiat Luxe will also provide all guests with masks and hand sanitizer during the tour. Their private tours allow guests to see Washington, DC in comfort, style and safety.
AmeriGhost boasts professional tour guides dying to show you the paranormal activity that haunts the nation’s capital. Ghosts of Lafayette Park traverses through “Tragedy Square” (as Lafayette Park is known) and includes stories of conspiracies, crimes of passion, duels and assassinations that have sparked a spooky presence in this historical section of DC. Capitol Hill Haunts dives into the disagreements among ghostly former lawmakers, dancing statues in the Statuary, a demon cat and the ghastly creeps that surround the Lincoln conspiracy trial. Tours run nightly, so there are plenty of chances to let DC's devilish past seep into your dreams. All ages welcome.
When: Ghosts of Lafayette Park - 8 p.m., nightly | Capitol Hill Haunts - 9 p.m., nightly
Ghosts of Lafayette Park: Meet at Dolley Madison House, 1520 H Street NW
Capitol Hill Haunts: Meet at Good Stuff Eatery, 303 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Georgetown is perhaps DC’s most storied neighborhood, and DC by Foot brings out the darker side of this history with two awesome tours. Ghosts of Georgetown takes you behind the symbols of the past that shroud the area, revealing the ghosts and spirits that have called Georgetown home for hundreds of years (there's also True Crimes of Wicked Georgetown for ages 14 and up). You’ll even get the inside scoop on curses, startling incidents and those infamous Exorcist steps. Reservations are required.
When: View calendar & purchase tickets
Ghosts of Georgetown Tour: Meet at Old Stone House, 3051 M Street NW
White House Ghost Tour: Meet at the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square
Safety Guidelines: DC by Foot is trying to navigate the new reality in tourism and socializing. The safety of guests and guides is their top priority, so tours are limited to small groups with paid tickets or private tours.
Scary DC boasts historically accurate and chilling ghost tours, as founder Dr. Phillip Ernest Schoenberg is both a historian and an American government professor. Horror on the Hill includes scandal-filled tales, stories of mysterious apparitions and more. You’ll hear accounts featuring some of DC’s legendary landmarks, including the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.
When: View calendar & book tour
Horror on the Hill: Meet at Capitol Hill Starbucks, 237 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Once twilight dawns during Halloween season, you can join a creepy tour of Congressional Cemetery, which holds its own ghostly residents. Soul Strolls will reveal stories of people buried at the cemetery through guided tours led by costumed interpreters. The tours are spread out over four nights, so you’ll have plenty of chances to catch the chills at DC’s most historic resting ground.
When: Oct. 16-17, 23-24. Tours every 15 minutes between 6-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
Where: Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
Safety Guidelines: Once your tour is over, you will be asked to continue out of the Cemetery to make room for the next tour group - capacity is limited due to COVID-19 regulations for the District of Columbia. Please visit the homepage for more safety information.
Nightly Spirits is a go-to for creepy, alcohol-accented tours, and this edition brings you to an area chock-full of history: Old Town Alexandria. Enjoy the small-town vibe, as stories and anecdotes will be shared at pit stops throughout the city during the 2.5-hour tour. You’ll have time to grab a pint in the quaint, intimate bars and still learn about the haunted places and buildings that populate Old Town. Reserve a spot before another skeleton takes your place. Or try the White House Ghost Tour and bar crawl like a beast. Each tour includes three to four different stops, and you’ll have plenty of time to swill a drink of your choice while learning about the locale’s chilling past. Over the 2.5-hour tour, expect to hear some distressing ghost stories along the way. Reservations are required, so make sure you’re booked to be spooked.
When: View calendar & purchase tickets
Old Town Alexandria Tour: Meet at Chadwicks, 203 The Strand
White House Pub Tour: Meet at Occidental Grill, 1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Nightly Spirits is currently operating tours with very limited group sizes. If your party is larger than 10 people, you will need to book a private tour. The booking calendar is fully updated with availability and can be viewed by clicking "Book tour" in the city of your choosing.
Let the phone be your tour-guide with this free and fun walking tour of Georgetown through UC Places. Haunted mansions, bridges, graveyards, haunted movie sites, murder crime scenes, ghost stories, giant flesh eating worms and cupcakes - all in one tour! Georgetown Ghosts, Murder and Mayhem has a little bit of everything. To take the free tour, just download the UCPlaces app, choose the tour and use earbuds/headphones to hear the guide clearly during the tour.
UC Places suggests that you start the tour at Starbucks. located at 2400 M St NW Washington, DC 20037.
Safety Guidelines: Please follow the DC Health guidelines of wearing face coverings and maintaining a distance of 6 feet or more.
This Halloween season you can enjoy both live-streamed and prerecorded guided ghost tours at home, or enjoy an in-person experience with a small group of friends. D.C. Ghosts has made their popular tour of downtown and historic DC available across the country, launching GhostFlix, an on-demand streaming platform for haunted experiences. Guests can type questions and hear answers from passionate local guides who lead the in-person tours or experience past ghost tours in the city of their choice. Shows start at $13 for on-demand tours or $15 for live streamed tours. If you are looking for in-person tours, then visit their page to grab tickets and learn more.
Safety Guidelines: If you are going in person, please follow the DC Health guidelines of wearing face coverings and maintaining a distance of 6 feet or more.