Ghost Tour Guide: From the Yorktown to Cypress Gardens 


It might still feel like summer outside, but it's October, which means most of us are in the mood to be scared silly. Luckily, Charleston offers plenty of ghost tours for the undead-obsessed. Here are a few of our favorites.

Many brave men lost their lives aboard the USS Yorktown, and some say their spirits still haunt the ship. For the month of October, you can go on the tour Thursday-Sundays for $25. The tours are a new offering, and they'll continue throughout the year. More serious ghost hunters can pony up $45 for an in-depth, three-hour tour. Find out more here.

Every year the Confederate Heritage Trust hosts a ghost walk at the beautiful Magnolia Cemetery. Two-hundred-plus reenactors will be on site recreating history by candlelight. Tickets are $15, and the tours take place Oct. 12-13 at 7 p.m. Call (843) 722-8638 to buy tickets, and leave your cameras at home for this one.

Cypress Gardens opens up their swamp the evenings of Oct. 18-20 from 7:30-10:30 p.m. It's $5 to get in, or $15 for the Haunted Swamp Experience, which includes a haunted boat ride and walking trail. Stop by to reserve some tickets.

Bulldog Tours offers popular ghost tours year-round, and they've got some new offerings for October, including a haunted pub crawl ($20), and a paranormal investigation of the Old City Jail ($25). See for details on all of their tours.

Tour Charleston is another year-round company that offers tours like The Ghosts of Charleston and The Pirates of Charleston. According to their website, they have exclusive rights to take guests through the admittedly creepy Unitarian Church Graveyard. See for more.

Because not all ghostly sites can be reached by foot, Sandlapper Tours takes ghost hunters to the sea for an exploration of Charleston's haunted forts, houses, and ships by boat. While sailing on a catamaran around Charleston Harbor, guests will hear about Stede Bonnet, soldiers and fishermen who died in the Harbor, and Charleston's deadliest storms. Find out more at


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