With Halloween around the corner we’re ready for all things spooky and ghoulish! With NYC home to many a haunted places, we’ve put together a list of the best walking tours that will put you nose-to-nose with some creepy ghosts. We’re talking neighborhood tours, haunted mansions, and even abandoned hospitals. Check out the best ghost tours in NYC and book your tickets before it’s too late!
Learn about the crimes, deals, and charisma that made the city what it is today with this spooky NYC tour. The 2-hour, 1.2-mile walking guided tour explores the gangsters and ghosts of NYC’s past in the neighborhoods where it all took place! Cutting through The Five Points, Chinatown, Little Italy and The West Village, you’ll be face-to-face with spots that were once synonymous with shady partying, deal-making, and threats…and a few speakeasy saloons and secret underground tunnels too.
2. Haunted Manhattan Walking Tours
Haunted Manhattan offers a few different tour options that are categorized by neighborhood. They have options available for the East and West Villages, Greenwich Village, and The Five Points (Downtown Manhattan). You’ll see macabre buildings, century-old hangouts, and so much more. Check out all of their tours here.
Walk through one of Manhattan’s most haunted neighborhood, Greenwich Village, as a guide tells chilling stories of celebrity ghosts, lost children, phantoms, and more. You’ll pass by Washington Square Park, the New York University campus, and West 10th Street…all while hearing about the souls that allegedly still keep tabs on the area.
4. Boroughs of the Dead Tours
Jump into the haunted history of NYC with Boroughs of the Dead, who’s offering some of the spookiest ghost tours the city has to offer. With specialized walking tours in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Roosevelt Island, there’s something for everyone. From classic ghost tours to fall fan-favorites like the “Edgar Allan Poe in Greenwich Village Tour” and “Ghostly Women of Greenwich Village Tour,” you never know what you may stumble across. Learn more here.
5. Candlelight Ghost Tours at Merchant’s House Museum
Get ready to trek around the Merchant’s House Museum, where many believe Gertrude Tredwell and the rest of her family still keep an eye on her family home to this day. Once you get your flickering candlelight, you’ll be able to enter a mischievous premises with years of paranormal investigations and interesting sights and sounds. Their 50 minute tours run every half hour, 6:30 to 9 pm on select weekend dates trough October. Learn more here.
6. Candlelight Ghost Tour at Morris-Jumel Mansion
Explore Manhattan’s Oldest Surviving House after-hours, where you can walk through the haunted Morris-Jumel Mansion by candlelight. The 1 hour 15 minute tour will grant exclusive access to the third floor attic with original flooring, all while learning about the spooky spirits who may still inhabit the house. Learn more about the tour here.
7. Ellis Island Hospital Hard Hat Tour
While it’s not technically a ghost tour, this exploration of the famous Ellis Island Hospital is sure to creep you out with its history and aura. What as once the hospital for the immigrants during the 1930s-50s, this tour allows you to get up close and personal with the laundry building, contagious disease wards, autopsy rooms, staff house and more. There definitely has to be a few ghosts left in here… Learn more here.