Discover Atlanta’s Ghostly Past

Halloween Marsh Mausoleum at Historic Oakland Cemetery
Halloween Marsh Mausoleum at Historic Oakland Cemetery

October is the perfect month for ghost hunters to visit Atlanta. The city’s paranormal history dates back even before the American Civil War, lending to stories of hauntings throughout the city. Visit Atlanta this month and you may meet the ghosts and ghouls that have chosen Atlanta as their final resting place.

Sleep with the Spirits: Today, The Ellis Hotel is ranked the No. 2 “Best Hotel in Downtown Atlanta” by U.S. News and World Report. However, this site of this local landmark has a storied past. The former 15-story Winecoff Hotel was built in 1913, and in 1946 became the site of the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history. The fire consumed 119 lives and is known as “The Titanic of Peachtree.” Make The Ellis your home base for the weekend and don’t be surprised to hear phantom footsteps throughout the hotel. 

Ghost Hunt: Less than one mile from Downtown Atlanta sits Historic Oakland Cemetery, the final resting place for many of Atlanta’s most prominent residents. During the Civil War, seven Union spies were hung near Oakland’s southeast corner and interred in the cemetery. Hear their stories and others during Oakland’s “Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours.”

The Fox Theatre, ©2014, Kevin C. Rose/

Next, visit The Fox Theatre, Atlanta’s only remaining movie palace and home of Roosevelt, the boiler room phantom. Tour the Fabulous Fox after dark and discover spaces haunted by those who love the theatre so much that they never left, including Roosevelt, during the 2nd Annual Ghost Tours.

Mingle with the Departed: Take a trip back to the 16th century at The New American Shakespeare Tavern. Actors have reported apparitions throughout the building and voices in uninhabited areas. Beginning Oct. 10 through Nov. 2, the famous unforgettable saga, Macbeth, takes the stage just in time for the haunting season.

Jeff Watkins in The New Shakespeare Tavern's "Macbeth"

Then, dance away the evening at The Masquerade Nightclub, one of the city’s oldest music venues. Legend has it that unusual and tragic accidents took place at this former mill. Club-goers have reported hearing footsteps, strange screams and odd sensations on the stairwell leading up to ‘Heaven,’ the third floor of the nightclub.

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