Ghouls, ghosts and good, clean family fun. Experience Halloween in one of the most haunted cities in the world. Over the centuries, Savannah has borne witness to both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, leaving behind a history steeped in mystery, tragedy, death and catastrophe. Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, you cannot deny the eerie energy and abundance of reported spiritual happenings around the area. However, if you’d like to leave the ghosts on the other side, this beautiful Southern city is full of family friendly activities guaranteed to raise your spirits.
“Where death and beauty meet.” As one of the most famous, beautiful and hauntingly historic cemeteries in Georgia, Bonaventure Cemetery is a must visit. The scenic, southern-gothic 100-acre park offers free self-guided tours, guided tours on the second weekend of every month and access to 150+ years of spooky folklore. Follow the old tree-lined paths to the graves of famous people, like Conrad Aiken and Johnny Mercer, and experience the romantic chill that has inspired writers, poets, photographers and filmmakers alike.
Visit the Southern-gothic park
A costume contest for both kids and dogs, Wag-O-Ween is a family and pet friendly event everyone will enjoy. Held in Downtown Savannah October 23-24, this annual trick-or-treat fundraiser attracts over 1,000 participants with over 100 businesses giving out dog treats and goodies. Join in the fun for a Happy Howl-o-ween.
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in spirits, Escape the Haunted Room offers murder, mystery and mind-bending riddles. Enter the eerie Victorian room of a child and sift through a long-dead daughter’s belongings. As you discover the tragedy that befell her, you must also quickly escape the wrath of her spiteful and cruel mother before you suffer a similar fate.
Escape the Haunted Room
Colonial Park Cemetery
In the heart of Savannah’s Historic District, you’ll find a cemetery as old as our country itself. Established in 1750 during the British colonization, Colonial Park Cemetery has a haunted history riddled with tragedy, fear, destruction and desecration. Not only a graveyard, the cemetery was a popular site for dueling to resolve conflict, including the famous duel between Button Gwinnett and Lachlan McIntosh. Haunted by the ghost of Rene Rondelier, a troubled behemoth of a man covered in a layer of fur, the grounds also feature graves of nearly 700 yellow fever victims and tombstones desecrated by Sherman’s Union Army.
Nightly Spirits await
Graveface Museum of Oddities
Love all things weird and eccentric? Experience the bizarre side of Halloween with a visit to Graveface. Full of oddities and curiosities, museum goers can peruse macabre taxidermies, haunted dolls, alien artifacts and paraphernalia from cults and true crime events.
Sorrel-Weed House Ghost Tours and Paranormal Investigations
Featured on The Travel Channel’s “Most Terrifying Places in America,” Sorrel-Weed House is believed to be one of the most actively haunted locations in America. Tour the history and architecture of the 183-year-old Greek Revival-style mansion by day, and contact the spirits within at night. Supervised by an experienced paranormal investigator, explore the mansion and carriage house with your very own ghost-hunting equipment to make contact with the other side.
Explore Sorrel-Weed House
An immersive theatrical horror performance, Savannah Underground is often described as “one of the scariest things to do in Historic Savannah.” Enjoy three historical horror-fantasy reenactments in a 360-degree set and try not to be spooked by the haunting scene unfolding all around you.
Ready to explore the spiritual underbelly of hauntingly beautiful Savannah? Book your stay today!