The Seven Best Haunted Tours in New York City
Halloween is almost here. How about tours of neighborhoods, haunted mansions, and even abandoned hospitals? There are many haunted places in New York. Secret NYC has compiled a list of the best walking tours that will bring you face-to-face with spooky ghosts.
1. Tour “Gangsters and Ghosts of New York”
Learn about the crimes, deals and charisma that made the city what it is today on this creepy tour of New York City. The two-hour walking tour explores the gangsters and ghosts of New York’s past.
As you make your way through Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy, and the West Village, you’ll come face-to-face with places that were once synonymous with shady parties, scary deals, and a number of saloons and secret underground tunnels. Hurry up to buy tickets.
2. Haunted Manhattan Walking Tours
Haunted Manhattan offers several different tour options, divided by neighborhood. There are options for the East and West Villages, Greenwich Village and The Five Points (downtown Manhattan). You will see gloomy buildings, hundred-year-old dens and much more. You can view all excursions here.
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3. Greenwich Village Haunted Ghost Tour
Stroll through one of Manhattan’s most haunted neighborhoods, Greenwich Village, and your guide will tell you chilling stories about celebrity ghosts, lost children, phantoms and more.
You’ll pass Washington Square Park, the New York University campus, West 10th Street, and hear about the souls that still watch over the area. You can buy tickets for the tour here.
4. Boroughs of the Dead Tours
Experience New York City’s haunted history with Boroughs of the Dead, which offers some of the creepiest haunted tours in the city. With customized walking tours of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Roosevelt Island, there’s something for everyone.
From classic haunted tours to fan-favorite fall excursions like “Edgar Allan Poe in Greenwich Village” and “The Haunted Women of Greenwich Village,” you never know what you’ll stumble upon.
5. Haunted Candlelight Tours at Merchant’s House Museum
Prepare for a tour of Merchant’s House, where Gertrude Treadwell and her family are said to maintain their home to this day. By the light of a flickering candle, you will find yourself in a room where paranormal investigations have been carried out for many years and very interesting sounds are heard.
6. Candlelight Ghost Tour at Morris-Jumel Mansion
Visit Manhattan’s oldest surviving house after hours and take a candlelit stroll through the Morris-Jumel Haunted Mansion.
The 1 hour 15 minute tour will give you exclusive access to the third floor attic with its original flooring and learn about the eerie spirits that may still haunt the house. More information about the excursion can be found here.
7. Hard Hat Tour of Ellis Island Hospital
While not technically a haunted tour, the tour of the famous Ellis Island Hospital is sure to terrify you with its history and aura. In the 1930-50s. it was home to a hospital for immigrants, and on this tour you’ll get an up-close look at the laundry building, infectious diseases wards, autopsy rooms, staff room and more. There definitely must be a ghost or two around here. Read more here.