One doesn’t have to wait until Halloween to enjoy ghastly good times or a frighteningly fun outing in a city like Atlanta. With a history that spans more than 175 since she was established, Atlanta has been the site of countless bloody battles, gruesome murders, and terrible tragedies – making her the stomping ground for a bevy of ghosts and purveyors of the paranormal who hunt them. You simply need to keep an open mind and know where to look, and just in case you don’t – we’ve lined up the following list of four fearsome ways to scare up some frightful fun year-round in Atlanta:
1) Take a Ghost Hunting 101 Class from the Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research: Open to brave souls aged 18 and older, these 2 to 3 hour classes are often followed by a bone-chilling bona fide paranormal investigation at a local historic site that is a hotbed for paranormal activity. For more information about class schedules, contact SIPR at (678) 267-0542, become a fan of their Facebook page, or visit them online at www.siprinvestigations.com.
2) Brave a Tour with the Ghosts of Marietta: Guests are welcome to pick their poison with a menu of tour experiences that run the gamut from walking tours of Marietta’s historic square to a hop aboard the Scaryetta Trolley. For those who require a little liquid courage, there’s even an opportunity to mix some “spirits” in with the spirits thanks to a tour that sets out from the Marietta Wine Market and another that is aptly titled the Haunted Pub Crawl. All tours are guided by talented and knowledgeable storytellers. To learn more, visit them online at www.ghostsofmarietta.com.
3) Step Out After Dark with the Roswell Ghost Tour: As a popular part of the offerings of Roswell Georgia Paranormal Investigations, the group provides year-round outdoor 2 ½ hour tours of some of the city’s most haunted sites. Rather than rely on conjecture, costumes and the crafty use of creative license, the Roswell Ghost Tour features reports of actual paranormal activity throughout a historic village that boasts antebellum mansions, an ancient cemetery and the mills that burned when Sherman marched to the sea. To learn more about regularly scheduled tours, visit www.roswellghosttour.com.
4) Go Zombie Hunting with Atlanta Movie Tours: For those who prefer fictional to factual frights, you might enjoy the Big Zombie Tours that focus on shoot locations for The Walking Dead series. Take a tour of sites in Atlanta and Senoia where the show is filmed to see the spots where some of your favorite characters met their fates. Big Zombie Tours take place on either Saturdays or Sundays, as well as custom tour days. For more information, visit www.atlantamovietours.com.
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