Ghost tours let the living experience a spirit’s history and favorite hangouts without all the drywall scratches that come from walking through walls. Saunter alongside New York’s famed spirits with today's Groupon: for $10, you get one ticket to a ghost tour or haunted pub-crawl from Ghosts of New York (a $25 value).
As one of the city's oldest ghost walking tours, Ghosts of New York illuminates the big apple's dark and haunted corridors through tours from licensed guides. Each 90-mintue tour traffics in folklore, scandalous tales, and mysterious sightings as guests leisurely stroll 1 spirited mile and play leapfrog with lively banshees. Scheduled roughly every week, tours seek out well-read spirits such as Edgar Allen Poe and Mark Twain while visiting the East Village or scan the Upper West Side and cinema-inspired sites from Ghostbusters and Rosemary's Baby. City University of New York professor Dr. Phil Schoenberg takes the lead on select tours, known for his detailed knowledge of local phenomena and for being the only man to successfully thumb-wrestle the headless horseman.
Guests may also seek out well-soused spirits through pub-crawls of the East or West Village, rubbing ectoplasm-stained elbows with Jonathon Swift, Harry Houdini, and Jack Kerouac as they tour local bars and taverns. While imbibing is neither required nor provided at each location, poltergeist-seeking publicans must be 21 years of age or older to participate.
Ghosts of Palm Beach
Groups of tourists walk past the current dwelling places of some of the area’s notable residents, such as Addison Cairns Mizner, Paul Ilyinsky, and Henry Morrison Flagler. Unlike the case with traditional celebrity-sighting tours, however, all of these men died decades ago. Their spooky hauntings frame the path of Ghosts of Palm Beach’s walking tours, during which knowledgeable guides share local folklore and paranormal encounters. Stops can include everything from Palm Beach Town Hall to high-fashion shops such as Gucci, Chanel, and Saks Fifth Avenue, where the ghosts still try to buy handbags for a dollar and two bits.