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unnamed (12)Halloween is creeping up and the team at Viator.com, the leading resource for researching and booking tours and activities worldwide, has a collection of ghostly goodies for travellers who are tempted by thrills and chills.

Viator’s selection of ghost walking tours, ghoulish explorations and cemetery visits help travellersexplore the darker history of their destination. Some, like New Orleans and London, are well known for their haunted heritage while you may be surprised to learn the ghostly past of others like Las Vegas, the Gold Coast and Rome.

Tours typically operate year-round and all can be booked online at www.viator.com or via theViator Tours and Activities App.

Australia Tours  

  • Melbourne Ghost Tour unnamed (13)

Explore the spooky side of Melbourne on a nighttime walking tour with an entertaining and informative guide. Choose from three different itineraries where you uncover the haunted past of Old Melbourne, Pentridge Prison, or Williamstown. The Old Melbourne and Williamstown tours include the option to have dinner at a haunted pub before the tour.

From $29 per person

  • Port Arthur Ghost Tour

With its ruins, remote location and history as a penal colony, Port Arthur Historic Site is tailor-made for ghost tours. When the gates close to the general public, enter a haunted world on a lamp-lit, after-hours tour of one of Tasmania’s most famous World Heritage Sites. Said to be one of the one of the most haunted locations in Australia, more than 2000 paranormal experiences have been encountered since ghost tours began 25 years ago.

From $25 per person

  • Gold Coast Ghost Walking Tour

Discover the spooky side of the Gold Coast on a choice of two evening ghost tours. Head to Surfers Paradise to encounter the ghosts who still linger around the nightlife district at 16 locations, or wander among the graves of Southport General Cemetery hearing ghost stories of body snatchers and murderers. A local guide leads you on the 1.5-hour walks.

From $29 per person unnamed (14)

North America

  • Salem Witch City Day Trip from Boston

Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the Salem Witch Trials on this sightseeing day trip from Boston. Visit Marblehead – the birthplace of the American Navy – to visit Abbott Hall, listed on the US National Register of Historic Places. As you then explore Salem by coach, your guide will tell you about the infamous witchcraft trials of 1692, as well as the general history of Salem, which was one of the most significant seaports in early America. See Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Custom House and the House of Seven Gables, and then enjoy free time to browse kitschy Halloween shops and Wiccan boutiques, tour witch-themed attractions, and visit the Salem Witch Museum (own expense).

From $44 per person

  • New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour

Discover the haunting and mysterious history of New Orleans. Tour one of the city’s most haunted cemeteries, St Louis Cemetery No. 1 and visit the tomb of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau. Your guide will explain the unique above-ground burial custom and will give you an in-depth overview of the fascinating evolution of voodoo.

From $30 per person

  • Ghost Hunt in Goodsprings from Las Vegas unnamed (15)

Embark on a spooky ghost hunt in Goodsprings, Nevada, a mining town about 40 km from Las Vegas. Enjoy a pizza party at the saloon before your evening of ghost-hunting. Wander through abandoned buildings and a cemetery, listening to your guide tell chilling tales of local spirits. Visit the century-old Pioneer Saloon and Gallery, which legends say is haunted by the ghosts of a gunshot victim and an old miner.

From $115 per person

Europe

  • Skip the Line: Crypts and Roman Catacombs Small Group Walking Tour

Discover Rome’s hidden delights and quirky sites on a 3.5-hour walking tour of the underground catacombs, Capuchin Crypt and the Basilica of San Clemente. The intriguing tour showcases the best of Rome’s underground attractions, such as the crypt made from Capuchin monks’ bones and the Domitilla Catacombs where early Christians worshipped in secret. Finish with a visit to Basilica of San Clemente to see a church like no other, and marvel at the centuries of history displayed through its architecture.

From $91 per person

  • Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Tour of Haunted London

Experience the spook-laden sights and streets of London’s past on this 2.5-hour bus and walking tour. Ride a vintage double-decker bus, stop for two walking tours along the way, and listen to stories at every eerie stop from an expert local guide. Explore the atmospheric hunting grounds of the Ripper, see the former execution site of Smithfield Market and learn about bloodthirsty Sweeney Todd and the Cock Lane ghost. Finish at a cozy London pub to soothe your jangled nerves.

From $47 per person

  • Venice Ghost Walking Tour

Venice by night is a place of romance and mystery – and the ghosts of the past. This ghost walking tour takes you on a journey through the hidden Venice, and tells the tale of six intriguing ghosts that will bring a chill to the night’s air. In addition to hearing ghost stories and legends, you’ll hear little-known facts about Venice and its history, and visit tucked-away backstreets well off the beaten track.

From $37 per person

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