You won’t find a more haunted Halloween destination than the Nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. With more than 450 years of history, ancient narrow streets, two historic cemeteries with graves dating back hundreds of years, a brooding Spanish fortress, and endless stories of roaming spirits, it’s the place to be for all things other-worldly.
Halloween stirs up the supernatural in St. Augustine, but visitors can enjoy ghost tours and spooky encounters all year long. Here are some of St. Augustine’s spookiest Halloween adventures awaiting intrepid souls and fun-seeking spirits.
St. Augustine Ghostly Experience Tour
As seen on the Travel Channel, History Channel, and Discover Channel, the Ghostly Experience Tour explores famous haunted sites and shares theories behind different types of paranormal activity. Follow your guide under the eerie glimmer of lantern light to explore back alleys and ghostly haunts. $25 for adults, children under 6 free.
Ghost with the Most Cocktail Tour
IT'S SHOWTIME! Be careful when chanting his name 3 times, because 'The Dead Guy' is sure to make an appearance! So, let’s turn on the ‘juice’ and see what shakes loose, as you tour with the ‘Ghost with the Most’! This tour includes 2.5 hours of drinking shenanigans, includes 4 local venues where guests have ample opportunity to soak in otherworldly history. Tour is inclusive of cocktails and ghostly encounters. Tickets are $95 and tours departs from 24 Cathedral Place.
After Dark Investigations
Come out while St. Augustine sleeps and see what spirits lurk in the darkness. This is the BEST time of night for great evidence as the streets are empty and the spirits are awake! This Devil’s Hour investigation takes place from 10:50 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets are $60 Sunday-Thursday and $65 on Friday & Saturday. Reservations can be made here.
A Ghostly Encounter
Join A Ghostly Encounter for this unique paranormal experience. Professional guides lead an investigation into what been long regarded as a supernatural hotspot, the Oldest Wooden School House, the Huguenot Cemetery and the area of the Old City Gates. Guests employ handheld monitoring equipment such as EMF’s (Electromagnetic Fields), use dousing rods, participate in EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) recording sessions and experimentation that place you in the center of an investigation environment. Tours are $45, run every Wednesday - Saturday and last 2.5 hours. Tours depart from 12 St. George Street.
Old Jail After Dark
Discover the grim history of the Old Jail. Hear countless hair-raising stories of supernatural occurrences that have been reported here, including cold spots, strange odors, unexplained banging noises, wailing and laughter, barking dogs, orbs of light and, yes, even an apparition or two. This spine-tingling experience runs nightly from midnight-2:30 a.m. Tickets are $101.16 and may not be suitable for children under 13.
Ghosts & Gravestones Frightseeing Adventures
This nightly trolley tour was voted one of the five best ghost tours in the South by Southern Living Magazine. The tour includes a visit to the Old Jail, the Old Drug Store and the Huguenot Cemetery, where you may catch a glimpse of Elizabeth, a child victim of yellow fever, waving to passersby. Tours leave nightly from the Old Town Trolley Welcome Center, 27 San Marco Avenue. Tours are $32.59 (if purchased through their website) and may not be suitable for children under 13. Reservations are recommended as tours fill quickly!
St. Augustine Lighthouse Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours
Find out why the Syfy Network’s Ghost Hunters program called the Lighthouse the “Mona Lisa of paranormal sites.” Tour the top of the tower of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and explore the eerie Keeper’s House. Tours begin at 8:30 p.m. on select dates and tickets are $29.95 and reservations are required.
Ghost Augustine Dead Walk Tour
If you dare, take this unique walking tour through the creepiest spots on the south end of town and hear the stories of the forgotten, oldest, darkest, deadest part of town…. Guests get to use a K2 meter – the best paranormal instrument! Tours depart nightly from Beerhammer’s located in Heritage Walk Mall. Tickets are $45. Reservations are recommended.