Strolling through Central Phoenix on an evening lighted by a full moon just gets better when you join a tour with Phoenix Ghost Tours. And, for ghost lovers of Phoenix, the month of October is the perfect opportunity to mark your calendar with this unique Halloween activity to partake in.
If you are looking for a ghost hunt where you will need recording devices, meters, and gadgets to attract spirits—this is not the tour for you. But, if you want to learn a little bit of Arizona history, see some historic locations, and learn WHY a ghost has been seen or heard at these spots—this is one tour you want to book on the weekends. After all, a crafty paranormal investigator can always come back and explore these locations themselves.
The evening tour begins near the historic Orpheum Theatre on 3rd Avenue and Adams. Our tour was led by Joe Altredies who was energetic, humorous, and had great knowledge of the history of Phoenix.
Altredies quickly introduced the tour to the ghost of the Orpheum, a mysterious woman who is only known by the name of “Maddie.” Why Maddie haunts the ornate theatre we do not know. But she has been often seen in the theatre balcony and strolling about the second floor during rehearsals and productions.
The tour group, populated by a several women in pointy witches’ caps celebrating a birthday gal, walked on down to Central Avenue and learned about two mysterious deaths in the Heard Building. Just a couple blocks down the street stands the famous San Carlos Hotel. Almost everyone knows the tale of Leone Jensen who ended her life by jumping from the roof, but you can also learn about other guests who have made a dive from grand hotel.
Learn about the doomed Professional Building and reasons why it has remained abandoned for over forty years. You will be at awe when you learn what happened in the back rooms of the old Heard Building and why ghostly activity happens there. Next door to the San Carlos Hotel stands the Security Building built in 1928. Learn what was happening on the upper floors to help earn money to finish construction on the building. Did you know that Phoenix once had a series of underground tunnels? You will learn where some of these passages once led—and why they were there.
The Westward Ho was once a grand resort and home to movie stars, dignitaries, and the underworld. There were murders, accidental deaths, and suicide. Learn about some of the departed guests and what went on in the hotels basement. Current residents of the hotel often share their apartments with former ghostly occupants.
Learn why some of the guests at the YMCA do not stay long. An unhappy decapitated man is often seen in the building and creates an uneasy stay for the members. Who is the dark shadow guests have seen in their rooms?
The cost of the Phoenix Ghost Tours is $18 per guest. Guests will walk to, and talk about up to ten different haunted buildings in the Phoenix downtown area. Phoenix Ghost Tours strives to get the tour group inside one of the haunted locations for a more hands on experience. The entire walk is less than one mile. You will travel on sidewalks and crosswalks of downtown Phoenix. There are frequent stops and often places to sit. Bring your good walking shoes. Celebrate your special occasion with the Phoenix Ghost Tours!
Phoenix Ghost Tours is designed for entertainment purposes only. For tour dates and time check the web site www.phoenixghosttours.com and have a spooktacular evening.
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