Boston Ghost Walks

Sally Painter
Ghost walk through Boston

One of the best ways to tour Boston is a walking ghost tour. Treading over cobblestone streets, alleyways, and cemeteries can transport you back to Colonial times and with the right tour guide, give you a feel for the ghostly history of the city. You can choose from a few ghost walk tours; some are family-friendly.

#1. Ghosts and Gravestones Tour, Boston

Ghosts and Gravestones Tour Boston is a combination walking and bus tour. The tour begins with a ride on the Trolley of the Doomed and arrives at a 400-year-old cemetery. The guide shares the stories of the Boston Strangler and several ghostly ones about grave robbers and the unfortunate souls who were executed for their crimes. The website has a special note about accessibility. The overall tour has "a moderate amount of walking (approx. 1 mile)." The terrain is a mix of cobblestone pathways and uneven brick and isn't wheelchair accessible.

  • Tour dates: Thursday - Sunday (March 30 - May 24) and 7 nights a week (May 30 - mid-November)
  • Time: 7 PM, 8 PM, and 9 PM (depending on season and demand, other tour times may be offered)
  • Tour duration: 90 minutes
  • E-ticket price: $33.08 (Seniors, students, military), $35.91 Adults (13+), $22.68 Child (6-12)
  • Regular ticket price: $36.75 (Seniors, students, military), #39.90 Adults (13+) $25.20 Child (6-12)
  • Tour info: Tour may not be suitable for children under 13. Children under 6 not allowed due to loud noises

Reservations Required

Reservations are required. E-Ticket online purchase discount is given or call (866) 754-9136. For Groups of 20 or more, complete the online contact form.

Reviews and Customer Comments

Google reviews by customers reveal they are very pleased with the tour, and customers leave glowing reports on the website page. Most comment on their tour guides and how thorough and entertaining they were. Having after hours access to the two cemeteries was novel and exciting for customers.

#2. Haunted Boston Ghost Tours

Walk by lantern light led by the Haunted Boston Ghost Tours. This family-friendly stroll takes you along the ghostly haunts of the historic and haunted streets stretching from Colonial time to present day. Your guides recount famous ghostly tales, as well stories from the downtown public park, Boston Common's Great Elm Tree, known for gruesome hangings. Participants will also visit the famous Boston Athenaeum, one of the oldest US independent libraries, as well as haunted hotels and other noteworthy sites.

Meet up with your tour guide at the Boston Common's entrance of the Central Burying Ground Cemetery on Boylston Street. Your tour ends at the Omni Parker Hotel. The tour is wheelchair and stroller accessible; however, you should keep in mind the streets and sidewalks are uneven, and you will need to maneuver hills and inclines.

  • Tour dates: April 8 - November 13
  • Time: 8 PM (Nightly)
  • Tour duration: 90 minutes
  • Ticket prices: $18.00 (Adults), $15.00 (Seniors ages 62+), $13 (children under 16) $3.00 discount via website code

Reservations Required

Advanced ticket purchase is required and can be made online or phone. Private group tours are available year round. The website states it is the, "…only ghost tour in Boston that can accommodate groups of all sizes."

  • Look for $3 off coupon on website.
  • Call for information at 800-979-3370 or 617-605-3635.
  • EzTix (617) 401-0520

Reviews and Customer Comments

TripAdvisor reviews are favorable ranging from excellent to very good. A few rate the tour as average and a handful were not pleased with it. The company website features several lengthy positive reviews about the tour. Another page offers a place for participants to leave comments. Those comments applaud the guides for documented historical information mixed in with the ghost stories that provided an entertaining evening. Commenters from Boston were excited to learn things about their city.

#3. Boston Haunts

Skull gravestone

Boston Haunts' walking tour is advertised as historical-based and starts out at the Irish Famine Memorial (24 School Street). This lantern-guided ghost walk highlights Charles Dickens's 1800s stay in the city, as well as other well-known authors, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. The tour also features stories about the most haunted Boston hotels and many ghost stories, such as the ghost choir and the 2,000 victims of the Great Pandemic of 1918 (Spanish Flu).

  • Tour dates: May 20 - November 4 only on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Time: 7 PM
  • Tour duration: 90 minutes
  • Ticket prices: $15 (Student/Senior) and $20 (Adult)

Reviews and Customer Comments

Groupon customer reviews by those who took advantage of a special discount rated the ghost walk tour as entertaining and fun. Many commented that tour guide, Horrible Hank, was informative and humorous with lots of haunted history stories.

#4. Cambridge Historical Tours

Just across the river from Boston is Harvard, located in the town of Cambridge. There's also a great walking ghost tour presented by the Cambridge Historical Tours. The Haunted Harvard Square Ghost Tour is a group-style tour, so collect your friends and sign-up. Participants will meet up with their costumed tour guide in front of the Harvard Coop, directly across from the Harvard Square. The tour will then continue through the square and the campus, ending at the Cambridge Burying Yard. The nightly ghost walks are family-friendly with tales of campus murders and unexplained deaths. The tour starts in front of Bank of America on the corner of State and Congress streets.

  • Tour dates: Every day/night
  • Time: Accommodates group preference when available
  • Tour duration: 90 minutes
  • Ticket prices: 115 (1-4 people), $150 (5-20 people), $250 (bus tours up to 40 people)
  • Additional tour info: info@cambridgehaunts.com or 617-505-9866.

The tours are currently only available for group bookings, but are booked according to your schedule and availability. Once you fill out the tour booking form, confirmation of availability for the requested time is sent via email.

Reviews and Customer Comments

TripAdvisor reviews place this as an excellent choice for a ghost walk tour. Customers stated the costumed tour guide was entertaining and informative. Some of the website reviews praise the tour as offering "great historical facts about Harvard Square," and how great the costumed guide was at intriguing with many "spine-tingling tales of ghosts and hauntings…"

#5. Boston Night Tour

Boston Night Tour offers a leisurely stroll filled with a mix of history story telling along with local ghost stories. The company has been conducting tours for over a decade. Participants are encouraged to bring a camera since the tour boasts, "… we catch great paranormal photographs on almost every tour." The tour is family-friendly and also designed for handicapped accessibility.

  • Tour dates: Friday, Saturday and Sunday (all seasons)
  • Time: 8 PM
  • Tour duration: 90 minutes
  • Ticket prices: $15 (Adult), $13 (Senior/Student) and $10 (Child)
  • Group rates: Minimum 10 guests. Rates start at $9.00 each. Book months in advance.

Reservations Required

Reservations are required and purchased via the website or phone 978-741-1170. Group tour reservations are also required.

Reviews and Customer Comments

TripAdvisor reviews are widely positive with excellent to very good ratings. There are a handful of average ratings and a few less favorable ratings. Participants remark how entertaining it was, and they learned a great deal with the historical overview of Boston.

Ghost Walks When Visiting Boston

A night time ghost walk around Boston can be a mix of discovering American history and encountering a ghost or two. There are many talented storytellers just waiting to share the richness of the city's ghostly past with Boston visitors. Be sure to take time out of your schedule to book one.

Boston Ghost Walks