As December 23, 2012, approaches, many Americans eagerly await the moment when Hades will emerge from the Underworld to recklessly devour raw egg. Until then, experience man-made terror with today's Groupon: for $7, you get admission to a general tour with Eerie Nights Ghost Tours (a $13 value). All tours depart from the 17th Street Farmer’s Market.
Shockoe Bottom, one of Richmond’s oldest neighborhoods, is also home to some of Richmond’s scariest ghosts and classiest haunting scenes. During the Capital Creepers Eerie Nights tour, which is guided by ghastly ghouls dressed in historical duds and painted with Hollywood-quality makeup that would fool even the deadest ghost, fright fanatics will discover all the dark and gory details about the haunts of Richmond’s past, present, and future, which are much more thrilling than the commonly known tales of the still-warm ketchup on Colonel William Mayo’s 1737 city plan and the guy on the corner who screams “I’m a ghost” every 15 minutes.
Tours at Eerie Nights last up to an hour and a half and depart from the farmer’s market regardless of the weather, although rainy nights aren’t always as horrific, due to a shortage of haunted umbrellas for the water-intolerant ghosts. These enchanted excursions are intended for mature audiences, but children are still welcome; however, those younger than 16 must be accompanied by a jinx-free adult. Check the tour schedule, pull on your comfortable walking shoes, and prepare for a history lesson that’s more frightening than a pop quiz in Cemetery Maintenance 101.
Pets are not allowed on tours. Sunday tours require 24-hour advance reservations.
Eerie Nights Ghost Tours
Eerie Nights Ghost Tours aren't only eerie because they stop at historic, plausibly haunted Richmond locales on its walking and 1920s-themed trolley-ride tours. There's another creepy component—the guides. They look undead, thanks to their special-effects makeup and spooky costumes. They act it, too, showcasing their theater chops as they share their suspenseful supernatural stories about the city, like the time a local coffee shop passed off decaf as regular coffee.
100 N 17th St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219Get Directions