On the surface, Boston may not seem to be a city with a past tinged with the sinister and macabre… especially around Halloween. After all, nearby Salem, MA gets most the infamous glory and attention during the month of October for it’s creepy history that centers on it’s witches, witchcraft and connected ghostly folklore.
However, Boston has it’s own share of ghoulish delights and stories that are certain to send shivers down the spines of the even the most brave souls. The best way to indulge your inquisitive interest in the city’s most bone-chilling facts and historic hysteria is to embark on a night time excursion on Boston’s best “fright-seeing tour” called Ghosts and Gravestones.
This fiendishly entertaining tour is like few others with it’s uniquely heady mix of ghoulish dark humor, darker historic facts and eerie landmarks that are sure to chill your bones more effectively than any of New England’s celebrated winter freezes.
Your tour guides on this fright fest are an eclectic mix of dark and fiendishly friendly characters that include a cursed privateer, a pyromaniacal circus ringmaster, a horrific demon and much, much more. These morbid guides take unsuspecting tourists throughout Boston on a night-time combination bus and walking tour through some of Boston’s most frightening spots that, in the light of day, seem far more benign than they truly are… after dark.
Examiner writer and TV host, Tim Estiloz takes you on a video tour of this excruciatingly scary excursion as part of this article. See the video about this tour to the left of this column.
The ghoulish guides on the Ghosts and Gravestones tour regale their willing tourist victims with stories that few have ever heard about Boston town. Forget about Paul Revere and tales of the original Boston Tea Party. On this tour, you’ll be spellbound by blood-curdling stories of the Boston Strangler and his hapless victims, plus the murderous Dr. John Webster, Jolly Jane, Cotton Mather and many more real life characters that have lent a sinister edge to the history of one of America’s oldest cities.
Visitors on this tour will also walk above Boston’s largest unmarked burying ground where thousands of bodies may still lay buried beneath the feet unsuspecting tourists during the daylight hours.
Imagine a book bound in human flesh. Seems horrific doesn’t it ? Yet, such a vile volume truly exists in the center of the city in the most unexpected of places.
Boston’s famous Omni Parker House Hotel is not exempt from possessing it’s own frightful history where many of the unseen, permanent tenants in the building seem to be from the land of the haunted undead. It’s stories like these, and so many more, that abound on this tour.
Halloween in Boston will take on a whole new meaning after you take this chilling 90-minute tour of terror. You’ll never walk the celebrated Boston Common area again, without feeling a certain uneasy dread in your stomach.
However, there’s no better way to enjoy Halloween in Boston than to steel yourself for some frightful fun and take the celebrated Ghosts and Gravestones tour. For more information and to make reservations, call (617) 269-3626.
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