October in Asheville can be a chilling experience, and not just from the cooler fall weather and changing leaves. Asheville’s Haunted Tours top the list of things to do in Asheville during the month of October.
If you want a hair-raising experience, while learning some of Asheville’s dark history, here is our intriguing round up tours you’ll want to experience.
Haunted Asheville Ghost Tours
The Classic Walking Tour
The Classic Tour is a family-friendly, 2 hour walking tour that lets you inhabit the haunted stories of Asheville while strolling through the streets of downtown. You’ll hear of the haunted stories that color Asheville’s rich history. This tour concludes at the Asheville Mystery Museum, in the old Masonic Temple and here you can explore old relics that are connected to the stories you’ve just heard.
The Supernatural Tour
If you’re looking for a more chilling tour, The Supernatural Tour is perfect. This 2 hour walking tour is more geared for adults with an interest in Asheville’s supernatural past. You’ll hear about tragic events occurring in the alleyways and buildings of downtown Asheville. Perhaps even tales of vampires? The final stop gives you late night access to Asheville’s Mystery Museum. www.hauntedasheville.com
Dark Ride Tours
The Haunted Graveyard Tour
Virgil Nightshade (your guide and hearse driver) will be your chaperone to the Riverside Cemetery on the Haunted Graveyard Tour. You’ll arrive just before the sun set, as the graveyard gates close at dusk. Riverside Cemetery is where two prominent writers, Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, are buried among ancient crypts and tombstones. Virgil will guide you through the graveyard with stories of spooky and supernatural occurrences.
All Friday and Saturday Tours depart from The Conundrum at 1 Battle Square.
All Sunday through Thursday Tours depart from and return to The Lexington Avenue Brewery at 39 N. Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville.
Virgil will be there waiting for you to arrive. You’ll recognize him, alongside his hearse, dressed in a bone-trimmed hat and a skull cane. www.darkridetours.com
Spirits on the River Ghost Tour
The Spirits on the River Ghost Tour takes you to the botanical gardens, situated between the banks of the French Broad River and the UNCA campus. Here, it is rumored that more recent supernatural spirits interact and blend with the somber spirits from the civil war era. If you’re lucky (or unlucky?), you may experience a visual of the mystical woman in a white dress who appears from the steps of the Church of the Redeemer and descends into the French Broad River under moonlit nights.
Ideal for groups of 4-6 people, this tour is perfect for cruising downtown Asheville. Bring your own beverages and enjoy a hearse party with black lights. Placed on a real casket is a flat screen TV, playing spooky films and music. For the spontaneous crew, this dark ride can grab you and your entourage for a 20 minute quick trip around town for $10. It’s a fun excursion between dinner and drinks, or even a girls’ night out!
LaZoom Haunted Comedy Tours
This year LaZoom has multiple ways to scare you silly during Halloween!
LaZoom’s year round Haunted Comedy Tour is getting an injection of slasher movie tropes just in time for Halloween. Introducing Slashville!
Things might get scary! Or at least funny scary. A masked killer is on the loose, wreaking havoc on the passengers and crew. Or maybe he’s just on a fall foliage vacation? Freddy Krueger is in town, but he’s not killing dreamy teens anymore, and a certain young lady who crawls out of TVs is hanging around the Grove Arcade.
This adult’s only comedy tour is hosted by a funny-scary tour guide (Ghoulish Gary, Dr. Vladimir Cutupandropoff XIV, Bones Boudreaux, and Count Doug Jugular) and showcases Asheville’s seedy underbelly and bloody past. Along the way, riders hear stories of Asheville’s murders, hangings, and unsolved mysteries.
The tour is 1 hour and tickets are $26 (plus tax). Must be 17 years old or older to ride. Reservations are strongly encouraged. www.lazoomtours.com
Then the good ol’ Haunted Comedy Tour!
If you haven’t experienced the ghoulishness and silliness of LaZoom’s Haunted Comedy Tour, then you are missing out! Hop on board the purple bus and cruise around downtown Asheville while your guides offer haunted stories with a side of comic relief. The tour is 1 hour and you win a $10 a gift card for dressing up like Classic Movie Monster! $23 for adults, $22 for locals. www.lazoomtours.com
Gray Line Haunted Trolley Tours
Full narrated 75 minute tour
The Gray Line Haunted Trolley Tour is a fun way to get into the haunted spirit. This fully narrated, 75 minute tour illuminates tales of murder and mayhem in historic Asheville. Whether you’re interested in learning more about Asheville’s history or of local hauntings like the legendary Pink Lady Ghost that haunts the Grove Park Inn, this trolley ride will keep you on the edge of your seat. www.graylinetours.com
Ghost Hunters of Asheville
Downtown Spirits Tour
The Ghost Hunters of Asheville offer a little different experience. This fun walking tour is a mix of ghost stories, history and use of EMF meters and rods to detect paranormal activity. Yes, that’s right, you’ll be a ghostbuster! They encourage you to bring a camera other than your smart phone so that you can detect the spirits that are hanging around town. Meanwhile, you are learning about tragic events that occurred in various buildings downtown.
The Haunted Montford Stroll
The Montford stroll is a walking tour of the historic Montford neighborhood. During your stroll, your guide will highlight distinct homes and buildings, with a stop in Montford Park. The most chilling part is at the crossing of Montford Ave. and Zillicoa Ave, home to the famous mental hospital where Zelda Fitzgerald once stayed.
Black Mountain Tour
Early settlers called Black Mountain, “The Dark City.” This walking tour will transform this sweet, little mountain town into a paranormal hunting ground. The rich history of Black Mountain comes alive on the quiet, dark streets at night. Witness ghostly characters, stumble into the world of the living.
Feature Photo: Dark Ride Tours