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: for $10, you get a city ghost tour from Ghosts of New York (a $25 value).
Ghosts of New York's yarn-spinning guides marry the city's storied history with spine-tingling tidbits on 14 different indoor and outdoor tours. Between 20 and 25 intrepid spook seekers embark on a 90-minute walking tale, which casts the city in a ghostly pallor and Frank Sinatra as the Ghost of Christmas Awesome. One-mile treks retread the familiar ground of neighborhoods such as the East Village, the West Village, or Times Square.
A particular personality or location themes each tour, whether travelers hunt for the source of Edgar Allan Poe's mournful poetry through Greenwich or feel for pop-culture phantasms during the Ghost Busters walk. A post-tour contest, judged by paranormal professionals, offers a reward of $100 for actual photos of the supernatural or for anybody riding a privately owned segway.
Ghosts of New York
New York City has plenty of ghost stories carved right into its concrete bones, and the guides at Ghosts of New York want to share them all. They offer 14 different year-round tours, ranging from tracing the steps of historic figures such as George Washington, to searching out the film locations where movies spirits came to un-life. They even lead phantom pub crawls in the East and West Village, touring establishments where customers have spotted the horrifying specters of empty pint glasses.