DC-area ghost tours that will terrify locals and tourists alike – The Washington Post | Dauktion

The beginning of October brings everything spooky to the forefront of pop culture, from scary movies to spooky decorations. But in Washington, hundreds of years of political enterprise can also make for some chilling tales of murder, scandal, and—yes—ghosts. These walking tours assume apparitions and ghouls will haunt the streets you walk to work, the bars you stop for a drink, or the monuments that represent this city on far too many T-shirts. And no, they are not just for tourists. Even locals (and non-believers) are sure to enjoy these places.

Haunted History Tour of the National Building Museum

The National Building Museum’s alleged haunting should come as no surprise to those who have entered its grand marble hall – the interior looks so much like a scene from Hogwarts that it would be hard to believe there aren’t ghosts flying around undetected. This after-hours tour, available through October, features stories collected over decades from frightened security guards and others who visited the building at night. Many have claimed to have seen the ghost of a “lady in white” or apparitions of Civil War soldiers, as the building was used to settle pensions for veterans — or for soldiers’ widows and orphans. Learn about the museum’s efforts to ward off unsightly ghosts by burying shoes under floorboards as the tour winds its way through the museum’s moonlit corridors after hours. It is recommended for ages 13+. Tours on October 11, 17, 25, and 29 at 8:00 p.m. $15 for members, $18 for students, $20 for adult non-members. go.nbm.org.

Hill of Haunts by National Nightmares

The fun take on National Nightmares’ most popular tour is captured in their motto, “If you die on the hill, you stay on the hill.” Led by performers in period costume, this 90-minute walking tour lets you see the outside of some of the most visible landmarks of DC, including the Capitol Building and the Library of Congress. Learn the difference between apparitions, ghosts, and poltergeists from guides who have collected alleged ghost stories themselves; Many of the stories come firsthand from federal agency employees tasked with patrolling the buildings at night. An employee of the Janitorial Team at the Cannon House Office Building reported seeing closed doors open and hearing strange, childlike noises from empty rooms. Other stories, like that of Winston Churchill seeing Abraham Lincoln’s ghost in the White House or John Quincy Adams suffering a stroke while speaking in the Senate, have historical origins. Guests are encouraged to dress in traditional costume. While not entirely family-friendly (it does mention violence against children), it’s one of the few locally owned ghost tours available that also gives back to its community: the company donates to the Central Union Mission and runs a free tour for the local branch of best friends. Thursday to Sunday evenings. $19. nationalnightmares.com.

Boos and Booze Haunted Pub Crawl

To enjoy an alcohol-soaked adventure that takes guests to the paranormal hotspots of the nation’s capital and its nightlife, contact Boos and Booze. This fantastic tour covers DC’s own cryptic demon cat and some more offbeat stories about downtown DC’s bars – the sites of backroom shops, famous regulars and sinful histories. Armed with purportedly ghost-detecting EMF meters and — yes — ghost plushies available for purchase, tour guides lead visitors through the former “Rum Row” and “Murder Bay” locations, located on what is now E Street NW between 13th and 13th NW. and 14th street are located . The pub crawl takes about an hour and a half to two hours; During the weekdays it can be a more intimate event with around four to 10 guests, but on some Saturdays it’s in excess of 30 guests. On smaller tours, the guide can tailor the evening to accommodate guests, whether that be adding extra stops and stories or extra time to enjoy a drink. Bars include the Old Ebbitt Grill, one of Washington’s oldest saloons, and the Willard hotel lobby, where 19th-century visitors could watch President Ulysses S. Grant smoke a cigar and sip whiskey. Historical accuracy may be lacking on this tour, but the horrors are not. Tours are available daily, with some cancellations; See website for details. $35, with drinks sold separately. Guests must be at least 21 years old. getyourguide.com.

No Halloween or workout in Georgetown is complete without a detour to the infamous Exorcist Staircase. These steep steps were featured in the 1973 horror film and have become a hotspot for film and ghoul lovers. While the steps may be the attraction, the Georgetown Ghosts Walking Tour has other sights to offer during its roughly two-hour experience. Your journey begins at the Old Stone House, the oldest standing building in DC, where you’ll hear about the spirits said to haunt this relic of the past. The inexplicable phenomena range from an elderly woman in a rocking chair to small children playing. Wear trainers as this is a walkable hike that tries to pack in both history and steps. Daily tours at 8pm $50. viator.com.

Alexandria Ghost and Cemetery Tour

This packed tour lasts one hour and six blocks and takes you through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. Knowledgeable guides with lanterns share spooky tales and explain the area’s morbid history, such as the bride being consumed by flames on her wedding day. This tour mixes facts about the architecture and prominent local figures with fables of the supernatural. It won’t keep you up at night as much as it will get you sharing fun facts with your peers (did you know that President George Washington’s bloodletting doctor, James Craik, lived in Alexandria?). At the end of the hour, you will be deposited in a cemetery to hear your final story. The ending point is a short walk from Dolci Gelati, where you can enjoy a delicious scoop of gelato, or you can continue your spooky adventure at Gadsby’s Tavern. This tour is considered suitable for ghost hunters aged 9 and up, although all ages are welcome with parental permission. Tour times vary, with daily tours through Halloween. Free for kids under 6, $10 for kids 7-17, $15 for adults, $14 for seniors. www.alexcolonialtours.com.

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