Taking a Ghost Walk is one of our favorite things to do on a crisp, clear autumn night in North Alabama. It’s a great way to learn more about Huntsville’s haunted history, especially when local historians are leading the guided tours. Below you’ll find several ghostly options to explore with your family!
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Local Ghost Walks & Paranormal Tours
Huntsville Ghost Walk
Tours begin in front of historic Harrison Brothers Hardware store which is also where you purchase your tickets. There are walking tours, and while no one jumps out at you, it is after all a ghost walk – so be mindful of how easily your little ones might be scared! You choose one of three guided tours through the Twickenham District, the Old Town District, or the Downtown District.
Date/Time: Friday and Saturday nights in Sept. & Oct. | 6PM
Cost: Walking $10 adults/$5 children. Tickets need to be purchased ahead of time online.
Location: Harrison Brothers Hardware (map)
More Info: Website | Facebook
Athens Haunt Walks
The Athens Haunt Walk is hosted annually by the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association and features the haunted history of Athens by guided tour as darkness falls. The 1.5-2.0 hour walking tour, winds through the historic districts of Athens – Beaty, Downtown, Houston and Athens College – lead by volunteer guides recounting the tales of woe and phantom featured in the book “The Spirits of Athens”. Tickets for this event are available through pre-sale only – no tickets will be available at the door and are limited to 30 attendees per tour group.
Florence Ghost Walk
For over fifteen years, Florence Ghost Walk has included the most famous haunted locations on a spirited walk through the haunted historic district and hidden courtyards of Florence, Alabama. You’ll visit downtown Florence’s most haunted restaurant, the infamous spot where the meanest man who ever lived in Florence met a grisly fate, a Civil War hospital where the victims still haunt the living, and homes of famous residents whose ghosts still walk the halls of their past lives.
Southern Ghost Girls Ghost Walks and Paranormal Investigations
Perfect for the Halloween season, Southern Ghost Girls Tours will lead several fun Ghost Walks and Investigations throughout North Alabama including Decatur, Huntsville, Birmingham, and more. You will get to use all the Paranormal Investigation Equipment just like you see on the Popular Paranormal TV shows! While this is family friendly event and children are welcome, we encourage parents to use discretion when bringing small children and ask that you sign a liability waiver before the tour begins.
Haunted History of the Shoals
Author Debra Glass has written more than thirty five books, including the Skeletons in the Closet, a ghost story collection. Since childhood she has been fascinated by things that go bump in the night. While writing True Ghost Stories of the Shoals Area, she realized many of the tales were set in her hometown of Florence, Alabama, and decided to start a ghost walk tour. Since its beginnings in 2002, the Haunted History of the Shoals Ghost Walk Tour has become a perennial favorite during the Halloween season.
2022 Maple Hills Cemetery Stroll
The Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll is one of the largest living history strolls in the nation, with over 75 costumed characters, traditional music, special exhibits, an expanded antique auto display, and student scavenger hunts. Not all are buried in Maple Hill, but they are essential in accurately reflecting the history of Huntsville. Some of the music will accompany character portrayals. Sponsored by the Huntsville Pilgrimage Association, this event is free; donations received are designated for repair and preservation of the walls and tombstones of this historic municipal cemetery.
Maple Hill Park
Tucked away behind the historic Maple Hill Cemetery, you’ll find a depression in a natural alcove. Nestled at the bottom of the rocky hillside, is a playground. It’s not an overly impressive park, but it is pretty in the daylight and surrounded by shady beech trees. There are swings and toddler-sized play equipment, and a covered pavilion with picnic benches. Not to mention lots of kids climb some of the rock outcrops and enjoy an elevated view from the top. But at night, it is still… until the rusty squeak of the swing chains start up and you realize there’s no one else there. Read the full story.
Date/Time: Open year-round from sunrise to sunset
Location: Maple Hill Cemetery (map)
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