Yeah, Halloween’s great, but who wants to wait until October to appreciate the spookier side of life? Savannah, Georgia is considered one of America’s most haunted cities, and with its antebellum mansions, canopies of Spanish moss, and eerily beautiful cemeteries, you can enjoy the spook factor here all year long.

Take a horse-drawn carriage ride at night to learn more about some of Savannah’s creepiest characters, enjoy a “frightseeing” tour around town, or join a waterfront party near one of its many haunted riverside mansions. One way or another, prepare to be terrified!

Bonaventure Cemetery

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This graveyard, though not Savannah’s oldest, became one of the city’s most famous and frequently visited after the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was filmed there. Originally a plantation with a private cemetery, the land changed hands shortly after the Civil War. History repeated itself when it was purchased by the City of Savannah in 1907, becoming a public cemetery with meticulous, lush gardens. Available only during the day, Bonaventure Cemetery Tours are great to admire the beautifully carved gravestones of the regional dignitaries, military officers, poets, and Savannah’s wealthiest residents that are buried here.

Dine at 1790

Want to eat fried green tomatoes while sharing ghost stories? Then head over to the 17Hundred90 Inn and Restaurant on East President Street! Most of the alleged paranormal activity reported here takes place in room 204, where the specter of a girl named Anne Powell is said to make frequent appearances. Legend has it that she was a lovelorn teenager who fell from the window to her death. There have also been reports of an African-American girl in the kitchen who practices voodoo. Whether you’re brave enough to spend the night or not, the food is fantastic, so stopping by is a must!

 

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Lucas Theater

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First opened in 1921, the legendary Lucas Theatre was a popular entertainment venue throughout the 1920s and 1930s. The ornate theater combines a variety of architectural influences, including Greek revival and Art Deco, making it a truly notable building.

Haunted reports have ranged from folks seeing “shadow people” to hearing the sound of applause when the building’s empty. Freaky! If you want to experience the ghostly show by yourself, hop on a theater guided tour. You’ll have to book in advance though, but it costs less than $5 per person and takes less than half an hour to finish it. Oh, and if you happen to book flights to Georgia for October, the Lucas Theatre also features scary movies and blockbusters like Silence of the Lambs to celebrate Halloween.

The Hampton Lillibridge House

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Eighteenth-century boarding houses are bound to have their fair share of ghost stories too, and the Hampton Lillibridge House on East Saint Julian Street is no exception. As the story goes, it was a successful building until the 1960s, when it was purchased for restoration. Construction workers soon started reporting strange experiences. Some claimed to have heard footsteps and voices, as well as witnessed strange shadows. It is said that the roof collapsed, killing one person! Paranormal investigators have toured the building since then, and rumor has it that unsuccessful exorcisms were performed to cleanse the cursed house. Unfortunately, Hampton Lillibridge House is privately owned and, therefore, not open for tours.

Savannah really sounds like the perfect place to be spooked! Do you know any other haunts in this town? Let us know in the comments section below!

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