Hear ghost stories and tales of spooky events in Covington, Georgia, home of The Vampire Diaries.
The Haunted Georgia Halloween Road Trip
Halloween is just around the corner, and for those who prefer the paranormal and supernatural over pumpkin spice lattes, buckle your seatbelts. We have curated the ultimate Haunted Georgia Halloween Road Trip that takes you from the Atlanta area all the way to the coast, while hitting up small towns in between in search of ghosts, spirits, apparitions, and even a banshee!
Set out on an adventure like no other, discovering Georgia’s ghost stories from those who know and tell them best.
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Take a Decatur Ghost Tour led by a professional psychic medium and paranormal investigator, giving the experience a spooky twist. Every stop is said to be a place where paranormal activity has taken place.
Join a Roswell Ghost Tour led by active paranormal investigators who promise to thrill, educate and enlighten. The 2.5-hour tours lead through the historic district of Roswell, where supernatural activity occurs thanks to the bodies buried beneath modern streets and houses.
Marietta Ghost Tours are lantern-led walks that are a compelling blend of history, storytelling, and the supernatural and paranormal. The company also offers a Fright at the Museum Tour, which explores one of the most haunted buildings in Marietta, complete with a paranormal investigator, and a spiritual psychic and medium. Or, join the 90-minute Scaryetta Trolley Tour, which takes guests around Historic Marietta to explore the city’s haunted history.
In Atlanta, Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours bring to life the stories of some of the cemetery’s most notorious residents. Designed to enlighten rather than frighten, the tours allow visitors to experience Oakland Cemetery after dark with a costumed docent who guides visitors through the cemetery’s beautifully lit Victorian gardens. Guests are encouraged to arrive in costume to set the mood.
The town of Covington, which has been featured in dozens of movies and TV shows like "The Vampire Diaries," offers multiple walking tours around the town visiting sites that have been investigated by experts from The Atlantic Paranormal Society. Covington Ghost Tours are led by experienced ghost guides, and guests will also witness actual accounts from people who have experienced paranormal activity first-hand at various tour stops.
Madison is called the “Town Too Pretty to Burn” in reference to Gen. Sherman’s March to the Sea. Indeed, this picturesque Southern town is chock full of gorgeous pre-war homes and mansions. Madison has been the backdrop for Halloween and horror movies like the "Friday the 13th" franchise and "Goosebumps." Local resident Melissa Piche with North Georgia Tours also offers a Haunted History Tour that uncovers spine-tingling stories about the town’s haunted history that have passed down through generations.
Milledgeville, founded in 1804, has a rich history that comes with a side of spooky and sinister ghost sightings. The Ghosts of Milledgeville Walking Tour is the best way to learn about the town’s haunted tales and local legends. The city’s historic district is known for ghostly encounters at places like Memory Hill Cemetery and the infamous Homestead House, which was home to the Williams family and has a documented history of ghost sightings, including a banshee – a Welsh spirit that appears at the death of family members and, according to legend, followed the Williams’ when they emigrated from Wales.
In Dublin, Georgia, check out Haunted Montrose, a haunted house experience that isn’t for the faint of heart. Haunted Montrose sits in a remote cornfield, silently waiting for nightfall when the terror starts. An old house, cemetery, and cornfield appear normal at first glance, but the Slaughters’ collection of skins and eclectic tools of destruction makes you wonder about the family who lived here and what still may be lurking inside.
Statesboro is a picturesque college town filled with great restaurants and bars, and an interesting history. While the town has a number of fun haunted houses, like the Haunted Forest, a 45-year-old Statesboro tradition, there are also locations that are reportedly haunted, like The Harville House, where the deaths of two women went unnoticed and their possessions remained. It is said that the two women can be seen in their rocking chairs from the front porch, guarding the house. In one of the most infamous stories in the town’s history, the owner of a now former meatpacking plant set fire to the building, trapping 23 employees inside, before committing suicide.
Travelers flock to Savannah, the Most Haunted City in the U.S., for Halloween. Visit Savannah has curated a list of the spookiest ghost tours in the city, including tours by trolley, on foot, and in an actual hearse, where you can learn about the most bone-chilling stories in Savannah's history. The Savannah Underground, one of the newest attractions in the city, places guests front and center on a 360-degree set immersed in some of Savannah's darkest tales reenacted right before your eyes.
Georgia's coast sees travelers flock to its gorgeous beaches in the summer. In October, when the beachgoers are long gone, places like Brunswick and The Golden Isles see visitors looking for spooky experiences.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Brunswick Old Town Tours leads bike tours to explore the paranormal encounters that are believed to haunt Brunswick’s homes and businesses. Like Savannah, Brunswick is an old city dating back to the 1800s and there's a lot of paranormal activity in Historic Downtown Brunswick and in the town's residential areas.
On Friday evenings in October, nearby Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation takes guests beneath centuries-old live oak trees to explore out-buildings and the house on lantern-led tours. Hear tales of recent ghostly encounters, folklore and the rich but tragic history of the land.
On select nights in October, the Gilded Age Ghosts and Ghouls tour on Jekyll Island shares tales of real paranormal experiences in the Historic District. Guests ride a trolley to one of the island's historic homes, learn about traditions of All Hallow's Eve and enjoy seasonal treats.