Ghosts desire attention above all else, which is why they're always rattling chains, moaning loudly, and haunting the apartments of paparazzi. Give otherworldly personages the attention they crave with today's Groupon: for $8, you get a ghost tour from Ghost Hunters of Asheville (up to a $17 value). Without a Groupon, admission is free for children ages 7 and younger and $9 for youth ages 8–14; however, children 10 and younger are not encouraged to attend the Montford tour because of its nature.
Ghost Hunters of Asheville tours guide ghost-seekers on nightly paranormal pursuits, leading them to the most haunted haunts of downtown and Montford. Each 90-minute walking tour enlightens small groups of striders on the habits of Asheville's most ethereal residents, guaranteeing the capture of paranormal photographs and inundating brains with ghost stories, historical facts, and paranormal information—the three pillars of all American education through the 1970s. Downtown tours leave from Battery Park Book Exchange at 9 p.m., ushering tour-takers to more than 12 unearthly destinations, including Asheville's most haunted street and the site of the city's public hangings.
The Montford tour, offered only on weekends, promises enough abnormal activity to startle even the most implacable marble statues. Montford tours gather in front of the Nine Mile Restaurant on Montford Avenue before departing for a dozen spooky destinations, including the old Highland Hospital—site of a fatal fire—and a park where duels used to take place.
Ghost Hunters of Asheville
Ask a census taker and you’ll hear that Asheville is home to more than 85,000 inhabitants. But according to the three “ghost hosts" at Ghost Hunters of Asheville, that number is even higher when the city’s spirits are taken into account. Blending Asheville history with spine-tingling ghost stories, the detectors of all things spectral unveil the apparitions that haunt everything from Riverside Cemetery to the turn-of-the-century inns and dwellings of historic Montford. During their tours, the hosts equip guests with complimentary ghost-hunting tools such as EMF meters and dowsing rods to help attendees make contact with the deceased. Along with its main nightly tours, Ghost Hunters of Asheville also offers “Ghost & Grapes,” which combines wine tastings with hunts for the spirits of squashed grapes.