It’s the most wonderful time of the year for some of us! Halloween is just a few weeks away and we’re wrapped up in the ghoulish holiday spirit. If you’re looking for some guided ghost tours in the city, we’ve rounded up a few to get you into the holiday spirit, check out some architectural landmarks, and learn more about Detroit's spookier past.
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a great place to see the early history of automobiles here in Detroit. On Sunday, October 23 and 30, they’re leading guided ghost tours of the plant. From the Facebook event, "This tour will explore the darker corners of the Plant. You'll visit the places where not many are allowed. And, if you listen closely, you just might catch the sounds of footsteps on the creaking floorboards." Tours leave every 20 minutes starting at 3 and you’ll get donuts and cider. Cost: $18 per person.
Preservation Detroit is leading a number of cemetery tours throughout the city in October and November. The Woodmere Tour is sold out, but Mt. Elliot, Elmwood, and Woodlawn are all available. They take place Saturdays at 2, last about 3 hours, and cost $16 for members, $20 for non members. More info on each tour (and ticket ordering details) can be found here.
Historic Fort Wayne has their Tours After Dark Ghost Tours this month, but according to their site, they look to be sold out. Might be worth calling or stopping by during the day. It can be a pretty spooky place anyway.
Detroit History Tours is hosting many bus tours this month celebrating Halloween in Detroit. These are 21 and up tours (booze maybe helps the fear). From their site, " So you don’t have to go it alone, we willingly offer ourselves as your guides on this macabre journey through the Motor City. Mobsters, ghost, cemeteries, murder, pranks, devil's night, assassinations, hauntings, disappearances, tricks and treats await you on our Halloween in Detroit: A Ride on the Scary Side Tour." Tickets are $52 and tours last over 5 hours. Enjoy!
The Detroit Bus Company is hosting Haunted 3: The Dark History Of Detroit bus tours. Tickets are $45-48 and there are still some Sunday and Friday tickets left in October. For this tour, "Some stories were meant to stay locked away forever. We’re uncovering the past and unearthing sordid tales at real places on an unforgettable journey"
Maybe you want to see some haunted places on bike? Wheelhouse Detroit also offers haunted tours of the city for $30 ($40 if you need to rent a bike). These tours are in the earlier afternoon and cover places like the Masonic Temple and the Leland Hotel. Full schedule and information can be found here.
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- Inside the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant [Curbed Detroit]
- Ghosts of Piquette Tour [Facebook]
- October Historic Cemetery Walking Tours [Preservation Detroit]
- Historic Fort Wayne Tours After Dark
- Detroit History Tours
- Detroit Bus Company Haunted 3: the Dark History of Detroit
- Wheelhouse Detroit Haunted Tours