There’s nothing better than putting a little howl into your Halloween celebration, and taking your pup on a pet friendly ghost tour could be fiendishly perfect!
Many older cities throughout the United States offer ghost tours year round, and walking tours conducted exclusively outdoors are more likely to welcome your furry partner in crime. Some tour operators even believe dogs are especially sensitive to the paranormal, and are happy to have small dogs accompany you inside building or on buses, as long as they are carried.
Naturally, October is a very busy month for pet friendly ghost tours. Expect to book your place in advance because few tour operators allow walk-ins … but if they do, we noted it below. Check the company’s website carefully for information on how to make reservations and where to join the tour. keep in mind that many tour companies offer non-spooky tours as well, if you have small kids or scaredy cats.
Huntsville – Huntsville Ghost Walk
These seasonal ghost walks happen every Friday and Saturday night in September and October. You can choose one of three guided tours through the Twickenham District, the Old Town District, or the Downtown District and leashed dogs are welcome on the walking tours.
Bisbee – Old Bisbee Ghost Tour
The Old Bisbee Ghost Tour happens 7 nights a week between October and May and 5 nights a week between June and September. The tours last about ninety minutes and has been joined by dogs, cats, and pigs! Pets are welcome as long as they are well-behaved and can be carried or are leashed for the duration of the tour. (Only service animals are permitted to join the Ghost Hunts or Haunted Pub Crawls.)
Eureka – Old Town Haunted History Tours
Discover the spooky side of Eureka’s history in this two-hour walking tour! Pets are welcome with one limitation: the tour stops at an inn where dogs are allowed inside, but only in the hallways; someone must stay in the hall with the dog when the rest of the tour goes into various hotel rooms.
San Francisco – Haunted Haight Walking Tour
This ghost tour lasts two hours and does not include any hills. Well-behaved, leashed pets may join the walk and there are two public parks on the tour.
St. Augustine – St. Augustine Ghost Walking Tour
This 90 minute walking tour through old St Augustine is offered 7 days a week, and welcomes well-behaved pets on leash at no additional charge.
St. Petersburg – Ghost Tour of St. Petersburg
Explore St. Petersburg’s quaint streets and lovely waterfront while hearing true ghost stories! Open year round and leashed pets are welcome.
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Decatur – Decatur Ghost Tour
Ghost tours are available year round, and the schedule varies by season. This tour company loves having dogs on the tour, as long as they are leashed and well-behaved.
Savannah – Blue Orb Savannah Ghost Tours
Blue Orb offers both zombie (focusing on voodoo practitioners and other conjurers) and ghost tours. Well-behaved, leashed pets can join Savannah ghost tours but only service animals are allowed on the motorized Bonaventure Cemetery Tours.
Savannah – Ghost City Tours of Savannah
At Ghost City Tours, dogs are welcome to join all walking tours, except the pub crawl.
Savannah – Haunted Savannah Ghost Tours
Haunted Savannah does tours 7 nights a week all year round, and dogs are welcome on walking tours.
Topeka, North Topeka, and Leavenworth – Walking Ghost Tours of Kansas
Ninety minute walking tours of the most haunted spots in Kansas! Well-behaved pets are welcome to join the tour, they just ask that you call ahead to let the guide know you will be bringing your pet.
Louisville – Louisville Ghost Tours
This is a 90-minute tour of historic (and haunted?) tour of Old Louisville, which has a reputation of being the spookiest neighborhood in the country. Leashed pets are welcome and last-minute reservations are no problem.
New Orleans – Haunted History Tours
Haunted History offers a wide range of options, and pets are welcome on all tours except for the cemetery tour, the voodoo tour, the five in one tour, and the pub crawl. Dogs must be leashed and well-behaved, and owners are responsible for them at all times.
New Orleans – French Quarter Phantoms
French Quarter Phantoms allows small dogs to join tours under the following conditions:
Bar Harbor Area – Red Cloak Haunted History Tours
Walking tours are offered in several towns in the Bar Harbor Area, including Camden, Damariscotta, Wiscasset, Boothbay Harbor, Bath, Hallowell, Bar Harbor and Rockland from May through October. Friendly dogs are welcome on all walking tours.
Baltimore – Baltimore Ghost Tours
Join one of several ghost tours through Baltimore’s historic neighborhoods. Dogs are welcome on walking tours but not on pub crawls.
Frederick – Ghost Tours of Frederick
The ninety minute tour covers about a mile, and pets are welcome on the ghost tours, but not the cemetery tours.
Provincetown – Provincetown Ghost Tours
This 90-minute walking tour departs nightly at 9pm and pets are always welcome. They recommend purchasing your ticket at least ten minutes before the tour beings, but walk-ins are occasionally accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
For more than twenty seasons, Haunted Footsteps walking tours have explored the macabre and spooky side of Salem Massachusetts.
From the tour staff: “Pets are definitely allowed. We enjoy seeing how some of the animals react at different locations and we have had a few incidents that were very spooky. We just ask that if the dog starts barking uncontrollably that you walk him away until he/she settles down and then return. And also that you clean up after your pet.”
Note: Pets must be carried in the cemetery, or wait outside for that portion of the tour.
Ocean City – Ghost Tour of Ocean City
Tour days and times vary by season from summer through Halloween. Well-behaved dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed and you clean up after them.
Albuquerque – Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk
This 90 minute walking tour covers about 1 1/2 miles at a leisurely pace. Tour guides attempt to detect paranormal activity using equipment, and friendly pets are welcome to join the walk.
New York – Haunted Broadway Theaters Walking Tour
Learn the mysterious side of Broadway in this two-hour tour that covers about half a mile. Tours begin in Times Square and friendly dogs are welcome.
New York – Ghosts, Murder and Mayhem Tours
Choose from two-hour walking tours in Greenwich Village, Lower Manhattan, or Hell’s Kitchen. Dogs on a leash are welcome, as long as they aren’t disruptive and you clean up after them.
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Beaufort – Beaufort Ghost Tours
Explore over 300 years of haunted history. The tour covers 8-10 blocks of fairly brisk walking and well-behaved pets are welcome to join you.
Gettysburg – Gettysburg Ghost Tours
These family-friendly, year round tours emphasize great storytelling with “less walking and more talking.” Tours last one hour and reservations are not required, but many tours fill up and they will not accept more guests once they meet their limit. Friendly dogs are welcome to join the walk.
Lancaster – Ghost Tour of Lancaster
Tours take place in downtown Lancaster city where you can explore the long-forgotten mysteries of one of America’s oldest cities. Pet friendly and open year round; the tour times change with the seasons.
Philadelphia – Ghost Tours of Philadelphia Candlelight Walking Tour
The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia offers a pet friendly, candlelight walking tour along the back streets and secret gardens of the Independence Park, Society Hill, and Old City neighborhoods year round. In December, January, and February, tours are only available on weekends.
Strasburg – Ghost Tour of Strasburg
Learn about the ghostly happenings in this quaint town in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Open April through November, and tours depart at 7:30 pm.
Providence – Providence Ghost Tour
This 90-minute tour starts at dusk and well-behaved dogs are welcome. However, you will be asked to leave if your pet disturbs others on the tour.
Charleston – Chilling Charleston Ghost Tour
Chilling Charleston tours are offered every day, all year around. Pets are welcome, but please be aware that Charleston is very hot and humid in the summer and may be uncomfortable for some dogs.
Charleston – Old Charleston Ghost Tours
Two tours are offered every night, year round, and you can book online to receive a discount on each adult ticket. The tour is pet-friendly, and please keep dogs on short leashes so they don’t distract the other guests during the tour.
Chattanooga – Chattanooga Ghost Tours
Well-behaved pets are welcome on both the tour and the downtown hunt. However, the tour does not end where it starts, and pets other than service animals are not allowed on Chattanooga’s free electric shuttle, which many guests use to return to their cars after the tour. The walk back to the starting point is about 6 blocks.
Reservations made on the website will receive a small discount, and walk-ups will be accepted if there is room.
Note that pets are not allowed on hunts that go into the cemetery.
Gatlinburg – Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg
Meet the spooky side of Gatlinburg on this leisurely tour of downtown. Tours are available every night of the week, and friendly, well-behaved dogs are allowed on leashes. Owners are responsible for keeping the pet under control and refunds will not be granted because a pet is having a bad night.
Nashville – Nashville Ghost Tours
Hear tales of spirits that haunt notable Nashville landmarks such as the Tennessee State Capital, President Polk’s Tomb, the Ryman Auditorium, and Printer’s Alley. Dogs are welcome on all outdoor tours. Pets must be friendly, on a leash, and you must clean up after them.
Austin – Austin Ghost Tours
This 90-minute tour of downtown Austin covers about one mile. Tours are offered every weekend year round, and dogs are welcome on of these family-friendly tours.
San Antonio – Alamo City Ghost Tour
On this walking tour of haunted spots in San Antonio, guests are provided ghost hunting equipment to detect paranormal activity. Dogs on leash are welcome.
San Antonio – Bad Wolf Ghost Tours
Explore the grounds of the Alamo and walk along the River Walk to view some of San Antonio’s oldest and most haunted buildings. Leashed dogs are welcome on walking ghost tours but not in the Black Swan Inn or pub crawl.
San Antonio – Sisters Grimm Ghost Tour
This 90 minute walking tour will take you by the Alamo, Spanish Governor’s Mansion, and Menger Hotel. The Ghost Walk is dog friendly, however “The Dinner and Ghost Tour” and “Haunted Ghost Bus Tour” are not.
Williamsburg – Spooks and Legends Haunted Tours
Besides the ghost tour, you also have the option to take a Witches and Pirates tour! Reserve tours in advance to receive a discount. Dogs are welcome all outdoor tours. Pets must be friendly, on a leash, and you must clean up after them.
Washington, DC – Washington DC Ghost Tours
Choose either the Ghosts of Lafayette or Capitol Hill Haunts tours. Tours are available March through mid-November, and dogs are welcome as long as they are on leash, well-behaved, and you clean up after them.
Harpers Ferry – Ghost Tours of Harper’s Ferry
Explore the haunted sites of Harper’s Ferry in this hour and 45 minute tour – friendly pets are welcome to join you. Credit cards are not accepted, so bring checks or cash.
This is not a complete list of all the pet friendly ghost tours, so if you know of another, please share their information below. Happy ghost hunting!
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