With all the hubbub surrounding fall activities like bobbing for apples, corn mazes, pumpkin carvings, hay rides and so forth, a really awesome form of fall fun can get lost in the shuffle. Yes, we’re talking about the oft-overlooked ghost tour, which can be just as thrilling as a haunted house, but has the added bonus of elements of regional history added to the mix!
On top of being a really good time, ghost tours also give you the chance to be active with your family while giving you the opportunity to stock up on your supply of scary campfire stories for your next camping trip. What could be more awesome for an outdoors-loving family?
We’ve rounded up a list of cool midwestern ghost tours that you should definitely check out if you have the chance. Find out more below:
Willoughby Ghost Walk; Willoughby, Ohio — Take this guided 12-block tour of downtown Willoughby to hear first-hand accounts of paranormal activity and unexplained spookiness from shop owners, town residents and guides. The walking tour lasts about an hour and 45 minutes, and requires reservations.
Villisca Ax Murder House Ghost Tour; Villisca, Iowa — In 1912, this home in Iowa was the site of an ax murder. The entire family of Josiah Moore was killed, along with two visiting houseguests. The murder mystery still remains unsolved today. Some paranormal investigators believe the house is haunted; take a daytime ghost tour with your teens to decide for yourself.
Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends & Lore; Springfield, Illinois — Looking for a ghost tour that’s heavy on the history, and low on scares? Take Lincoln’s Ghost Walk, and learn about the strange pieces of history surrounding the life and death of Abraham Lincoln. The 90-minute walking tour is suitable for all ages.
Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour; Kalamazoo, Michigan — Adults and children ages 12 older can take this 45-minute tour through Kalamazoo to get filled in on the city’s “history with a twist.” Pick from four different tour sites, which include Downtown Kalamazoo, Mountain Home Cemetery, Riverside Cemetery and Celery Flats.
Grey Lady Ghost Tour; Evansville, Indiana — The Grey Lady has been haunting the Willard Library in Evansville since the 1930s. She’s been spotted by library employees, university lecturers, partons and policemen. Take a ghost tour of the library to learn more about the history of The Grey Lady and to hear more about the unexplained events witnessed at the library.
Pythian Castle Ghost Tour; Springfield, Missouri - Pythian Castle is a certified haunted castle featured on several TV shows and books such as Ghost Lab show and the Haunted Route 66 book. Take a daytime tour or if you're really into the spooky go on teh night-time tour ... just don't close your eyes!
If you go on one of these ghost tours, be sure to tell us what you think! And if you’ve got another ghost tour recommendation to add to the list, be sure to let us know about it in the comments section!