Prepare for the Scare: Missouri Ghost Tours

Missouri is filled with historic places – some of which just might be haunted. From the oldest prison west of the Mississippi River to Mark Twain’s stomping grounds, it seems that ghosts have taken up residence in some of the state’s most famous spots. Come see for yourself during one of these spirited adventures:

Missouri State Penitentiary

By day, take a history tour to learn about the oldest continuously operating prison west of the Mississippi. The facility, located in Jefferson City, housed inmates for 168 years until it was decommissioned in 2004. By night, experience the otherworldly side of the prison during a two-hour ghost tour, a three-hour ghost hunt or an overnight paranormal investigation. Explore the grounds and dungeon cells and hear about inmates who some say still roam the prison halls.

Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours

Climb aboard a shuttle for an after-dark driving tour of Hannibal’s most haunted places – past and present. Listen to stories about murder and mischief from Mark Twain’s boyhood days. Meet present-day ghosts lurking in the mansions on Millionaire’s Row. Walk among the graves of slaves and Civil War soldiers in the Old Baptist Cemetery.

STL Haunted History

Explore the most historic and haunted parts of St. Louis with a master storyteller whose family has lived in the city for more than 180 years. Hear spooky tales steeped in the city’s history, including the Great St. Louis Fire, the exorcism that inspired a famous movie, a cholera epidemic, Bloody Island and more.

Beattie Mansion

Take a paranormal tour of the Beattie Mansion, one of St. Joseph’s grand Victorian residences. The original owner, a wealthy businessman and the first mayor of the city, died mysteriously in 1878 after a “sudden bout of cholera.” His wife passed away two years later. Contractors attempting to renovate the mansion experienced paranormal activity.

St. Charles Ghost Tours

Experience unexplained lights, sights, sounds and smells during a ghost tour on historic Main Street in St. Charles. Learn about the city’s history, ghosts and local legends. You might catch a glimpse of a roaming spirit that was a victim of a tragic death, see the spirits of two ghostly dogs, and feel the presence of a soul from the “lost graveyard.”

Pythian Castle

Hear ghostly tales on a night-time tour of Springfield’s Pythian Castle where strange noises, unexplained voices and floating orbs have been reported. Built by the Knights of Pythias as an orphanage in 1913, the structure was later owned by the U.S. Military for more than 50 years.

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