Ohio is one of the most haunted states in the nations. With its rich history and weird and unusual deaths throughout the years, paranormal activity abounds. With the Halloween season approaching, it’s time to go touring the most intriguing and dark areas: cemeteries. Ghost tours are not only a great thrill during this season but also a great form of information regarding the history of your town. Even if you are a skeptic to the paranormal, these tours have something for everyone.
Haunted Cleveland Ghost Tours
2000 Sycamore St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
Price: $50 per person
This family owned and operated ghostly bus tour takes pride in its business, working to provide the most historically accurate, spooky information available. This year its special tour is called Rocks and Shocks Ghost Tour. This bus tour will take you on a four-hour ghost adventure through Cleveland’s most famous haunted places. Enjoy stories of mayhem, ghost sightings and experience first hand the thrills of a haunted castle, museums, underground tunnels, mafia families and murders. Learn of the deaths of more than 300 men, children and women by the electric chair in Cleveland’s Police Museum. The regular tour continues throughout the Halloween season, but on this special night, the tour will be visiting the Erie Street Cemetery. Guides will share stories of why some previous patrons will not return. The bus will take you to all of the locations, but you will be allowed to walk around each attraction, so comfortable shoes and proper clothing is required. Tours will be conducted rain or shine. Children are welcome. Reservations are required.
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Saturday Cemetery Tour
The Flat Iron Café
1114 Center St.
Cleveland, Ohio 44111
Price: $40 per person
Throughout the Halloween season join Sonya Horstman, a top-rated psychic, tarot-card reader, ghost expert, paranormal researcher, spiritualist and radio psychic on Friday nights as she guides you through Cleveland’s most haunted cemeteries, museums, restaurants, theaters and haunted houses. Her chilling stories will make the biggest of skeptics reconsider the paranormal. Some of the grave sites are those belonging to known witches and Indians in the area.The tour is not recommended for children younger than 10. Reservations are required.
Haunted Heartland Tours
1827 E. Erie St.
Massillon, Ohio 44646
Price: $15 per person
Enjoy an evening stroll with Sherri Brake, paranormal investigator and author of “Haunted Stark County Ohio” and “Haunted History of Ohio State Reformatory” for this ghostly tour Massillon Cemetery in Historic downtown Massillon. She will wind the group through the 60 acres of the cemetery telling folklore tales and stories involving odd death customs and the Victorian tales of individuals that had been buried alive. Dress for the weather and bring flashlights if you prefer. Reservations are required.
Lake Erie Walking Ghost Tour 2012
Corner of High and Second streets
Fairport Harbor, OH 44077
Enjoy this eerie Lake Erie walk beginning at the famous lighthouse of Fairport Harbor. Fairport Harbor Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on Lake Erie, closed in 1925 and has since been a museum. Legend has it there is a small, furry and cute ghost of a kitten roaming the grounds. This is where the tour will begin. During the 90-minute tour, the group will stroll through known haunted residences, schools and the town’s graveyard. Joanie Contento will tell tales, folklore and residents’ beliefs in stories from people long gone from their earthly spirits. Make reservations at least a day in advance. Clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes are a must.
Willoughby Ghost Walk
Masonic Temple Building
Willoughby, Ohio 44095
Price: $12 adults/$7 children younger than 12 years old
Enjoy Willoughby’s 5th season with tour guide Cathi Weber. Weber is a natural-born storyteller, author of “Haunted Willoughby, Ohio” and founder of organizations regarding the paranormal. Growing up and studying Willoughby, nobody else is a better fit than she to tell legends of Willoughby. Meeting at the Masonic Temple Building, she’ll wind you through the strange, dark streets of Willoughby and the local cemetery. She tells stories of strange happenings and lets you explore locations where paranormal activities have been reported. This tour is primarily on paved sidewalks and lasts roughly an hour and 45 minutes. Reservations are required.
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