For a Spooky Good Time: 5 Haunted Adventures
By Cat Kessler
Tours & Celebrations to Give You Goosebumps... All Year Round
A city that has as much history as Asheville is sure to have a few mysteries, and exploring the unknown can sometimes lead down strange and even spooky paths. But do not fear! All of Asheville's haunted and mysterious adventures are fully guided.
Phantoms by Foot
The Haunted Asheville Tours were developed by renowned paranormal expert and TV personality Joshua P. Warren and are the only tours to include admission to the Asheville Mystery Museum, located in the basement of the Asheville Masonic Temple. Haunted Asheville also offers a 21+ haunted pub crawl.
Mysteries on the Move
Gray Line of Asheville's Haunted History & Murder Mystery Tour offers more than an hour of ghoulish delights across Asheville, all from the comfort (or protection?) of their iconic red trolleys. The tours are offered Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through November 12.
Or for a more intimate experience, hop aboard Lenore, the haunted 1970s-ers hearse that is the spooky centerpiece of the new Dark Ride Tours. None other that Charon himself chauffeurs these tours around Riverside Cemetery and the French Broad River. And lookout--Lenore is known to turn up at Asheville's pubs for special, impromptu rides. There will be a special treat on the Halloween night tours.
For a look at Asheville after dark as you've never seen it before, climb on the odd purple bus and join hosts like Thomas Wolfeman, Hellena Handbasket and Ghoulish Gary for a hilarious and hair-raising LaZoom Haunted Comedy Tour. These tours are only for those 17 years of age or older.
For the month of October 2017, the Haunted Comedy Tour gets a retro Halloween makeover. The tour will feature classic movie monsters made famous by Universial Studios in the 1930s and 1940s. The bus will follow the usual route downtown, but riders will be treated to Frankenstein's Monster, Wolfman and other classic horror creatures as they try to plan a Monster's Ball in Asheville. Riders are encouraged to dress up as their favorite movie monster for these limited edition tours. If you arrive in costume, you'll receive a $10 gift card to be used for future LaZoom Tours! Tickets are $23 (must be age 17 or older to ride).
After the final tour on Halloween, the LaZoom Room will be transformed into a real Monster's Ball! There will be a costume contest, drink specials, and a DJ spinning spooky grooves from 8 p.m. to Midnight. Admission to the party is just $5.
Most of Asheville's haunted excursions run year-round, but as Halloween draws near, some other Asheville attractions get in on the fun, too. For non-scary, family-friendly celebrations, check our calendar for special events at the WNC Nature Center, Grandfather Mountain and Chimney Rock Park, among others.
LaZoom Haunted Comedy Tour photo by AshevilleChannel.com.