Ghosts roam the earth to complete unfinished tasks, such as making peace with a loved one or picking up the dry cleaning. Witness the errands of the undead with today's Groupon to Ghost Tours of Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. Tours run nightly at 8 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $18, you get two tickets to the Olde Town Ghost Walk (up to a $36 value).
- For $34, you get four tickets to the Olde Town Ghost Walk (up to a $72 value).
Ghost Tours of Newport's costumed guides lead thrill seekers on a walking tour through the city's historic haunts in search of local lore and haunted happenings. Lit by the eerie glow of a lone lantern, the 90-minute jaunts initiate walkers to the dark side of Newport's history, discussing true tales concerning ghost ships, graveyard crypts, and crazed inhabitants searching for replacement quill batteries. Evening strolls leisurely make their way through Newport's shady lanes, letting guests snap photos in hopes of capturing spectral images while walking past spooky haunts or tiptoeing through a graveyard's eternal rest stop.
Though Ghost Tours of Newport sometimes offers online specials, this Groupon still provides the best deal around.
Ghost Tours of Newport
No one knows exactly where he came from—perhaps a sailor taking shore leave, or maybe a wayfarer exploring the colonies—but locals think they know what he's waiting for. In the 1720s, two travelers checked into The White Horse Tavern—still functioning today since 1673. One murdered the other, fleeing into the night, never to be heard from again. Ever since, visitors have seen the ghost of the slain traveler, saying that he appears to be waiting the day for his companion returns and he may take his revenge.
This is just one of the tales shared by the guides of Ghost Tours of Newport. Cloaked in flowing black dresses, billowy capes, and top hats, they lead each tour by lantern light through Newport's historic colonial district, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States with buildings dating back to the late 1600s. Leading guests down easily overlooked alleyways still defaced by H.P. Lovecraft's tagging phase, the guides arrive at haunted locations, such as a wrought-iron-gated colonial cemetery neighboring a church constructed in 1726. The stories behind some sightings and locations even intersect with historical figures, such as George Washington and Lizzy Borden. Guides encourage picture taking and receive submissions each week of possible spectral figures caught during a tour, which they post to Ghost Tours of Newport's Facebook albums. These images range from the impression of faces in windows to orbs, believed to represent a spirit with a fondness for bowling.