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Huntsville Ghost Walks & Haunted Spots in North Alabama

Huntsville Ghost Walks & Haunted Spots in North Alabama

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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!

Local Ghost Walks & Paranormal Tours

Huntsville Ghost Walk

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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 InfoWebsite | 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. Social distancing encouraged.

Date/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays in October | 6:30PM and 7:00PM
Cost: $10 per person ages 13+; Ages 12 and under are $5
Location: Athens-Limestone Visitors Center (map)
More Info: Website


Florence Ghost Walk

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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.

Date/Time: October 15, 16, 22, 23 and October 25-30 at 7:30 PM
Cost: Adults $15.00 | Ages 7 – 12 $10.00 | Ages 6 & Under Free
Location: Meet at Wilson Park, Florence (map)
More Info: View Website

Ghost Hunting 101 with Touronimo

If you enjoy a spooky Halloween Haunted House or have participated in a local Ghost Walk but are ready for something a little more in-depth, this is experience for you! Paranormal investigator Joe Copp, a seasoned ghost hunter with decades of experience, will take you on an adventure into the profound realm of ghost hunting. Guests attending this private experience will participate in a training course followed by the real paranormal investigation of a historic building located on the courthouse square in Athens, Al

Date/Time: Friday, October 15 at 6:00 PM
Cost: $50, ages 16+
Location: Athens State University (map)
More Info: Website

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 at locations including The Historic Lowry House, downtown Hartselle, the Old State Bank in Decatur, 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.

Date/Time: Various evenings in October | Most events begin at 6PM or 7PM
Cost: Starts at $45
Location: Downtown Hartselle (map)
More Info: Facebook Events List


Haunted History of the Shoals

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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.

Date/Time: 7:30PM, Oct. 15,16,22,23 and 25-30
Cost: $15 adults/$10 children (6 and under FREE)
Location: Wilson Park, Florence (map)
More InfoWebsite | Facebook

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2021 Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll – CANCELED

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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.

Date/Time: October 17 | 1:30 – 4:30 PM; as of 9/15 this event has been canceled due to Covid.
Cost: FREE, donations accepted
Location: Maple Hill Cemetery (map)
Website: Website | Facebook


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
Cost: FREE
Location: Maple Hill Cemetery (map)

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