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Halloween ghostly tour explores University of Toronto campuses

Campus secrets and spectres one of four toronto haunted walks.

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By Brittany Whittingham October 12, 2021

Every Thursday to Saturday, plus Sunday, Oct. 31, the Haunted Walk group will be giving ghost story tours around the University of Toronto downtown campuses.

Campus Secrets and Spectres is one of four tours they offer in Toronto. For $25 per adult and $20 per child, families can participate in a 75-minute tour of the campus grounds, learning about secret tunnels and deadly love stories.

One story you will likely hear if you attend is that of Ivan Reznikoff, one of the most famous ghosts at the University of Toronto.

Ahhh a Toronto ghost story! Former U of T students may know the story of Ivan Reznikoff, but you’ve never heard it like this! — ephemera (@ephemeraseries) August 18, 2021

“We cover the story about Ivan Reznikoff learning about what happened to him and how he was mad that someone was trying to steal his finance and how it lead to his death,” tour guide Tori Barrett said.

The walk will be done outside, with a limit of 15 people per group. People must still wear masks and keep two feet apart from those outside their households, if you get sick you can get your tour rescheduled. The company doesn’t currently need proof of vaccination but that rule can change at any moment, so they advise to have it on hand just in case.

Founded for fun by Glen Shackleton in 1995 in Kingston before spreading to other cities, Haunted Walks are now advertised by on Yelp and the Toronto attractions website and have amassed thousands of followers among their multiple social media accounts.

“I would say this is a better experience for those who don’t want the jump scare, to jump and then leave,” Barrett said. “It’s a great way to learn about different places among the city and hidden gems about these places. It’s for people who want to get a little spook and learn more about the city and the things that go untold.”

The company has a little something for everyone for those who want to be scared or learn more about their city. In addition to the walks, they host virtual campfires for people to relax at home and enjoy some scary stories same thing goes for their podcast, they have at home Séance’s.

These tours are one of the many ways Toronto residents can have safe spooky fun during the pandemic. Whether you go with friends or a family, this is something to look forward to this October.

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By: Brittany Whittingham Posted: Oct 12 2021 1:14 pm Edition: Toronto Filed under: News Topics: Halloween • University of Toronto

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It's almost everyone's favourite scary holiday... Halloween. Seeing as it's no longer socially acceptable to go Trick or Treating now that I'm an adult, I was wondering where to go for my fix of fun costumes and free candy. If you're in the same boat, there's no reason to fear (although there may be at some of these events). I've compiled several Halloween events happening between now and the big day so that you can get in the spirit of the (spooky) season.

1. U of T History Collective's Annual Campus Ghost Tour:

Join UTSHC for their 6th annual Campus Ghost Tour! Tours are happening from the 28th to the 30th at 6:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased for $5 through the link in their instagram bio @uthistorycollective.

2. Scary Skate with MoveU

Join the MoveU team for a night of skating, Halloween music, costumes, candy, and more at the Varsity Centre Ice Rink on October 28th! There are two time slots from 6:00-7:00 and from 7:30-8:30. Early access tickets are sold out, but you can drop in starting 15 minutes after the hour! If you have skates, bring them, as rentals are limited.

3. Frightening Free Film Fridays

4. halloween hiit takeover.

Time for something truly terrifying: a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout. These workouts are, as the name suggests, intense. However they can also be super fun, and this Halloween themed one through U of T Sport & Rec sounds incredible. A live D.J. playing Halloween tunes while you sweat it out. Make sure to sign up for the class happening at 3:15 on October 28th!

I hope you get excited about these Halloween events! I know I'll be checking out a few of them, and I hope to see lots of people there

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A woman in a red dress. A man in a brown suit. These mysterious figures have been spotted in the walls of Plant Hall, an imposing building on the campus of The University of  Tampa .

The hall dates back to Victorian times and has a rich history. During its years of operating as a hotel, it collected many tales and stories. In fact, many of its guests and employees may still remain in the beautiful halls.

The hotel was an influential part of the early days of Tampa. It was a premier destination at the time. It’s transformation into an educational institution made way for further growth opportunities. The building that houses Plant Hall is as important to the city of Tampa as the history itself.

If you would like to go on a  ghost story tour in Tampa , check this out.

Henry B. Plant

Henry B. Plant was a successful businessman of the 1800s. Born in Connecticut, he moved to the South to develop and run the railway system. Throughout his time in the Florida area, he would come to play a significant part in the modernization of Tampa.

When Plant set forth on his infrastructure plan for the city, Tampa was basically isolated from the rest of the South. He developed a waterway travel system between Key West and Cuba by steamship. Adding a railway system to the area, he connected Tampa to other southern cities. He also built a resort to draw travelers to the area and boost the economy.

Plant traveled about the United States, Canada, and Europe before returning to the South after the Civil War unrest had died down. He purchased many damaged and war-torn properties at bargain prices. He reconstructed the destroyed railways and restored buildings into hotels to further his investment in travel throughout the state.

Over the years, Plant amassed quite a collection of accommodations. His eight hotels, scattered throughout the area, just added to his impressive wealth. His properties, as stated in his will, had a value of  about ten million dollars .

Plant was even given the honor of Henry Plant Day in 1895 for his contributions in the city of Atlanta. He worked right up until his death in 1899 at the age of 79. His only surviving son, Morton Freeman Plant, would carry on his legacy and made quite a few philanthropic gestures during his lifetime.

The Famous Tampa Bay Hotel’s History

One of Plant’s favorites of his properties was The Tampa Bay Hotel. The property was the most luxurious of his eight hotels. Its size and amenities made it both impressive and attractive to sophisticated travelers.

The 511 room resort was opened in 1891 on a 150-acre campus of sprawling and lush landscape. The construction took nearly three years and cost over three million dollars, an enormous sum at the time. The hotel grounds were comprised of twenty-one buildings and several amenities.

The architecture was specifically designed to thoughtfully appeal to European travelers. The Moorish Revival style featured unique and innovative details. The towering building was made visually interesting by its many arches, towers, and cupolas.

The hotel was the first in Florida to feature an elevator, electric lighting, and in-room telephones. The elevator is actually still operational to this day. The accommodations also boasted private bathrooms and fireproof walls. This gave Plant the justification to charge nearly ten times as much per night as other hotels in the area.

Filled with luxurious decor, the hotel attracted wealthy celebrities and politicians like Babe Ruth and Teddy Roosevelt. These guests were drawn to the hotel’s indoor pool and on-site casino. The ground’s golf course and racetrack provided hours of entertainment.

The Great Depression brought an end to the vibrant life of The Tampa Bay Hotel in 1930. The hotel suffered greatly from the decrease in travel spending and was forced to cease operations. Because of the struggling economy, the hotel was abandoned for three years.

Becoming Plant Hall

Finally, in August of 1933, the Tampa Bay Junior College took over the vast, empty space. Previously housed in a local high school, the small college now had much more room to grow. The school quickly transformed  into The University of Tampa .

Plant Hall became the main building of campus operations. The building was carefully evaluated and efforts went underway to restore and preserve the structure. It was modernized to make it more efficient while the original architecture was kept intact. The southeast wing of the building became The Henry B. Plant Museum.

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With its long history, it’s no surprise that Plant Hall has had a significant amount of spiritual sightings. Many students and university employees have encountered unexplainable events in the old building. These happenings have led to The University of Tampa as being known as one of  the most haunted campuses  in the entire country.

Students have reported feeling the presence of others in empty rooms in Plant Hall. They can’t deny the eerie sensation that comes over them when they are in the space. Unexplainable physical energy has been experienced by many in the old building.

Doors have been creaked open and closed with no one touching them. Footprints have been heard from empty floors above. Eerie, cold sensations have also been felt in the indoor space. A man in a brown suit with glowing red eyes has even been spotted standing on the stairs.

Many believe that members of the old Tampa Bay Hotel staff still haunt the place. Suspicious sounds and sightings have occurred in the building’s science wing. Could these servants be unwilling to leave their previous workplace?

One of the most famous ghosts that haunts Plant Hall is that of Bessie, an actress from the heyday of the hotel’s operation. While staying at the hotel, Bessie caught her beloved husband cheating on her with one of her castmates. Heartbroken, Bessie killed herself that night in her hotel room.

Bessie’s ghost still lingers in the rooms at Plant Hall. She’s been seen wearing the same scarlet frock that she took her life in that fateful night. Her spirit, unable to handle the betrayal of her husband, still wanders the halls unsettled.

There’s no doubt that Plant Hall has enough history to cause these unexplainable events. Many students are reluctant to even enter the space at night. The eerie building’s old age and intense past create the perfect storm for supernatural activity.

Visiting the Henry B. Plant Museum

A visit to the Henry B. Plant museum can give you a unique chance to experience the history of The Tampa Bay Hotel. Housed in Plant Hall, the museum features many items original to the property. With historical tours and exhibits, there’s something to appeal to everyone.

Though the museum is open to the public, it’s hours may vary. It offers both guided and self-guided tours. The museum’s docents can provide you with information as you walk the historic halls.

Check out the original, unique pieces that Plant purchased in Europe to decorate his luxurious hotel. Immerse yourself in the history of the building as you stand in the very space that helped transform Tampa. Go back to the time when the hotel was bustling with Victorian travelers from all over the world.

The museum is an awesome chance to learn more about the historic building. Check out the lush Henry B. Plant Park, full of sculptures and beautiful foliage. Keep your eyes peeled toward Plant Hall. You don’t want to miss your own glimpse of supernatural activity.

A Haunted Campus

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Many students at The University of Tampa have gotten more than they’ve bargained for. A visit to Plant Hall can result in an unexpected eerie encounter. The most famous building on campus holds many stories and mysteries within its towering walls.

Visiting this beautiful building is a must-do in the Tampa area. Its rich history is impressive and intriguing. Plus, it’s forever guests might make an appearance for an experience you’ll never forget.

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It's Halloween, and ghosts, ghouls, zombies and other supernatural creatures will be roaming through the streets of Toronto – and, legend has it – some of the buildings at the University of Toronto.

Are there ghosts at U of T? Read on and judge for yourself.

And, if you're really brave, you can take a walking tour of haunted places at U of T through Muddy York walking tours.

The Ghost of UC Quad

Legend has it that two of the stonemasons that worked on the construction of University College – Ivan Reznikoff and Paul Diablos – got into a murderous fight over a woman, which ended with Diablos stabbing Reznikoff and then hiding his body somewhere on site. Two years later, much of University College burned in the Great Fire, but workers digging through the rubble discovered something strange: inside a ventilation shaft a skeleton wearing a belt with a buckle stamped with the stonemason’s emblem. It’s said the ghost of Reznikoff still roams the UC quad at night.

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Feel chills from head to toe on these terrifyingly fun ghost tours in the U.S.—book if you dare!

Every town has a past worth exploring—both pleasant and sinister. If you want to learn about a city’s dark side, consider signing up for a ghost tour. These tours mesh history, mystery, and entertainment all in one evening as guides tell tales of the supernatural, take you by  haunted sites  and often show you mysterious local cemeteries .

In New Orleans, stroll the cobblestone streets of the French Quarter while learning about the world of voodoo, haunted mansions, and even pirate legends. In San Francisco, board a ferry to Alcatraz for a gripping night tour of the former prison to hear tales of daring escapes and those who disappeared without a trace. Other choices include the eerie "Trolley of the Doomed" in Key West, a chilling Chicago bus tour, or a family-friendly tour to hear about the ghosts of Colonial Williamsburg.

No matter which ghost tour experience you choose, be prepared to learn something new, visit sites that will make you shiver—and maybe even encounter a ghost or two.

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French Quarter Phantoms | New Orleans, LA

1.  French Quarter Phantoms | New Orleans, LA

With its colorful history and historic buildings, it’s no surprise that the French Quarter (the oldest and most famous neighborhood in New Orleans) is filled with ghosts, ghouls, and other lingering spirits. There are few better ways to get the inside scoop than with the story-telling skills of French Quarter Phantoms. On the Ghost and Vampire Tour, which aptly departs from the Voodoo Lounge, you’ll hear about real serial killers, plagues, and fires that left death and destruction in their wake, and the other-worldly spirits said to haunt the city’s streets. During the one-mile tour, you’ll also stop at the infamous LaLaurie Mansion, where tales of New Orleans’ most savage murderer, Madame LaLaurie, will leave you scared stiff.

The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg | Williamsburg, VA

2.  The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg | Williamsburg, VA

By day, the shops and houses lining the streets of this quaint Colonial living-history museum are filled with performers reenacting daily life in the 18th century. At night, however, the 300-year-old buildings tell a spookier tale, which you can hear all about on The Original Ghosts of Williamsburg tour. On the second-oldest ghost tour in the United States, a guide armed with a candle-lit lantern takes you on a one-mile walk through the campus of The College of William & Mary and around Colonial Williamsburg, describing otherworldly experiences in a family-friendly way. Those seeking a scarier adventure should opt for the “extreme” tour, where tour guides use various ghost detectors to find paranormal activity—watch your back, folks.

Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour | New York City, NY

3.  Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour | New York City, NY

Though there are dozens of walking tours winding their way through the labyrinth of this storied Manhattan neighborhood, the tour led by Boroughs of the Dead is simply to die for (pun intended). As you wander past buildings New Yorkers have called home for centuries, guides call out murder scenes, secret burial grounds, and spots where modern-day ghost hunters discovered paranormal activity. You’ll also learn how Greenwich Village influenced authors such as Edgar Allen Poe and H.P. Lovecraft to write their famous horror stories.

Goodsprings Ghost Hunt | Goodsprings, NV

4.  Goodsprings Ghost Hunt | Goodsprings, NV

While most people travel to Las Vegas for some razzle-dazzle, a short 35-minute trip outside the city to Goodsprings provides plenty of thrills. Mostly abandoned, this early 20th-century mining town, nestled in the foothills of the Spring Mountains, is chock-full of paranormal activity. Vegas Specialty Tours provides round-trip transportation from Sin City, ghost hunting equipment such as EMF meters and temperature guns, and a guide who knows where to find the best signs of the supernatural. This unique experience starts with a meal (included in the price) at the Pioneer Saloon (famous for its Ghost burger). It features stories of truly tragic events, murders, and strange occurrences in the area.

Black Cat Nightly Ghost Tour | Salem, MA

5.  Black Cat Nightly Ghost Tour | Salem, MA

As the site of the infamous witch trials in 1692-1693, Salem will forever be linked with a sordid history and several restless spirits. Black Cat’s Nighty Ghost Tour takes you to some of the country’s most haunted sites and uncovers Salem’s spookiest stories, including witchery and maritime misadventures. Those seeking even more terrifying tales can opt for the late-night tour, where you’ll hear anecdotes involving torture, murder, and the unearthing of graves. Due to its graphic nature, this tour is recommended for ages 16 and over.

L.A. Ghosts | Los Angeles, CA

6.  L.A. Ghosts | Los Angeles, CA

Stories of glamour, greed, and the shady side of Tinseltown’s past are the stars of L.A. Ghosts, the top-rated ghost tour in Los Angeles. Visit Hollywood Boulevard, stopping at the famed locations of grisly murders and decades-old hauntings like the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Roosevelt (one of the most famously haunted hotels in America), and The Magic Castle, where numerous patrons have reported paranormal activity. Tours depart from El Capitan Theatre, and you can choose from a standard one-hour experience that visits eight sites or an extended cut that lasts an hour and forty minutes and includes 12 locations.

Blue Orb Savannah Ghost Tour | Savannah, GA

7.  Blue Orb Savannah Ghost Tour | Savannah, GA

Underneath Savannah’s Spanish Moss and Southern charm lurk dozens of spirits who aren’t exactly keen on hospitality. On the incredibly popular Blue Orb Savannah Ghost Tour, you’ll hear about ghost sightings and eerie happenings at places such as Wright Square (also known as the “Hanging Square.” Adults in a witchy mood should check out the Zombie tour, an excursion that taps into the city’s voodoo connections and the conjurers rumored to bring back the dearly departed.

Bad Wolf San Antonio Ghost Walk | San Antonio, TX

8.  Bad Wolf San Antonio Ghost Walk | San Antonio, TX

You’ll have no trouble remembering the Alamo or its many storied characters (like Davy Crockett) thanks to this 90-minute tour of downtown San Antonio. After seeing the historic battle site lit up at night, walkers will hear devilishly good tales about the city’s tragic past. Get the skinny on true crime stories, spooky rituals, and urban legends as you pass haunted hotels, theaters, and mansions. You can also enjoy a “haunted dinner” experience or try the company’s spirited haunted pub crawl—cheers!

Alcatraz Night Tour | San Francisco, CA

9.  Alcatraz Night Tour | San Francisco, CA

Alcatraz, a small island in the middle of the bay outside of San Francisco, is one of the most famous prisons in the world. From 1934-1963, it served as a maximum security federal penitentiary that housed some of the most dangerous and notorious criminals at the time. Touring Alcatraz is a popular attraction in San Francisco, but most people experience the landmark during the day. The nighttime tour, however, is the way to go—not only are there fewer crowds and stunning sunset views of the bay, but park rangers offer special programming after dark, such as talks on former inmates like Al Capone, and open up limited access rooms. Trust us, there’s something particularly eerie about experiencing this former jail at night and hearing stories of the prisoner’s past, including escape attempts.

Ghosts & Gravestones Key West Frightseeing Tour | Key West, FL

10.  Ghosts & Gravestones Key West Frightseeing Tour | Key West, FL

Hop aboard the Trolley of the Doomed—if you dare. At night, Key West’s charming eccentricities seem stranger while on this Ghosts & Gravestones tour along Old Town’s narrow streets. Many of the wooden houses within the island’s historic district date back to the 19th century – and so do its ghosts. Your costumed guide will tell tragic tales of murder, yellow fever, and freakish accidents in chilling detail (oh, and maybe a few punch lines along the way). Did we mention attendees also meet Robert the Doll, the “most haunted plaything” in the world? Consider yourself warned.

Nightly Spirits: White House Ghost Tour Pub Crawl | Washington, D.C.

11.  Nightly Spirits: White House Ghost Tour Pub Crawl | Washington, D.C.

If you prefer to pair paranormal spirits with liquid spirits, this two-and-a-half-hour White House Ghost Tour Pub Crawl in America's capital should keep you terrified and tipsy. With a costumed guide leading the way, beer-guzzling ghost hunters can expect to see many of the city’s most iconic buildings lit up at night while stopping in a few old taverns and pubs that come with plenty of local flavor. Though the stories are filled with more trivia tidbits than real scares, they’ll make for excellent conversation as you make new friends. Be sure to bring your camera—the White House and the monuments under the moonlight are spectacular.

Spooked in Seattle | Seattle, WA

12.  Spooked in Seattle | Seattle, WA

Since 2004, Spooked in Seattle’s paranormal experts have led locals and visitors on ghost tours and paranormal hunts through the city’s historic neighborhoods. You’ll learn about spirits that haunt Pioneer Square and stop at Smith Tower, a skyscraper from 1914, and the Merchant’s Cafe and Saloon, the city’s oldest restaurant. The grand finale includes a flashlight-powered visit to Seattle’s “underground,” the century-old shops, bars, and hotels abandoned after the city’s 1889 fire and still stand several feet below the city’s modern streets. Wearing comfortable shoes is strongly encouraged!

Haunted San Diego Gaslamp Walking Tour | San Diego, CA

13.  Haunted San Diego Gaslamp Walking Tour | San Diego, CA

San Diego’s famed Gaslamp Quarter is known for its pretty lanterns and buzzing bars, but plenty of spirits are lurking in the shadows. This fast-paced tour mixes stories of the supernatural with bizarre true-crime events and includes stops at the Balboa Theater and the Horton Grand Hotel. In this lavish Victorian building, guests in room 309 have reported rattling beds, flickering lights, and other creepy occurrences. You’ll also have a chance to go inside the Davis-Horton House, which dates back to 1850 and is believed to be one of the most haunted spots in the city.

The Original Chicago Hauntings Bus Tour | Chicago, IL

14.  The Original Chicago Hauntings Bus Tour | Chicago, IL

Hop aboard for a three-hour bus ride on Chicago’s oldest and most acclaimed ghost tour. Paranormal researcher and Chicago Hauntings founder Ursula Bielski and her expert guides uncover the Windy City’s dark and bloody past while whisking you around town on a luxury coach. You’ll visit the tragic sites of the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, the original City Cemetery, and the infamous Hull House, which is said to have inspired Rosemary’s Baby . Along the way, you may even encounter Chicago’s most famous ghost, “Resurrection Mary.” When it’s time to stretch your legs, you can opt for a stroll in “Death Alley”—though we won’t judge you for staying on the bus.

Pleasing Terrors Ghost Tour | Charleston, SC

15.  Pleasing Terrors Ghost Tour | Charleston, SC

“Some stories were never supposed to be told,” says Mike Brown, creator of this acclaimed ghost tour and the Pleasing Terrors podcast host. On this 90-minute walk, Brown tells the stories of the Holy City’s greatest hauntings at sites such as the Charleston Library Society (known for its “blood book'') and Poogan’s Porch, a restaurant where ghost sightings are often on the menu. You’ll also hear the tale of Lavinia Fisher, the country’s first alleged female serial killer, who was executed in 1820 (in her wedding dress, ouch) and continues to haunt the residents of Charleston.

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While scary movies and spooky decorations are great ways to celebrate Halloween at home, there's something thrilling about getting close to the paranormal. The best ghost tours in the United States—and there are a lot of them—take you to the sites of actual historical events. Fact is somehow even scarier than fiction in these haunted tours. Whether you're strolling under the live oaks in Savannah, Georgia, or being guided through New Orleans' French Quarter, you'll find yourself in the very places where real-life scary stories unfolded. Plus, a ghost tour can be a great way to discover more about your town's history and get your friends together to enjoy the fall weather—especially if it includes a pub crawl.

The southeast and northeast may be known for their haunted history, but they're not the only parts of the United States that are rich in haunted history. In fact, ghosts are known to roam out west, and Texas actually is considered the most haunted state . However, California is a close runner-up, which isn't surprising considering that it's home to the Winchester Mystery House and many legendary (and allegedly haunted) Old Hollywood landmarks . You can find ghostly historians in all 50 states, be they Civil War soldiers, lost cowboys, or victims of the Salem Witch Trials.

If you've never gone on a ghost tour, and aren't even sure if you believe in ghosts, we've got you covered. Read on for the 35 best ghost tours in the United States to get you in the Halloween spirit.

Looking for even more spooky inspiration? Listen to our haunted house podcast, Dark House , on Apple Podcasts , Spotify , or wherever you get your podcasts.

Gangsters & Ghosts Tour - New York, New York

Travel back in time to the heyday of gangs and gangsters with this New York City walking tour. It cuts through all the famous gang neighborhoods such as the Five Points as seen in Gangs of New York , Chinatown, the "once" gangster-ridden Little Italy, and the haunted old mansions of the West Village, ending at Washington Square Park.

The Ghosts of Newport - Newport, Rhode Island

Fun and friendly for kids of all ages, this lantern-lit seasonal ghost tour wanders the harbor telling stories of sunken ships, Gilded Age ghosts, and tavern brawls that didn't end well. You can buy tickets from May through Christmas to hear haunting tales before, during, or after Halloween.

Tour Charleston - Charleston, South Carolina

Each night is different during this 90-minute walking tour that traverses downtown Charleston and the Unitarian Church Graveyard. Pulling from the book The Ghosts of Charleston , the tour guides switch up stories so that even repeat guests will be spooked.

Mysteries of Hawaii - Honolulu, Hawaii

This spooky walking tour is packed with historical facts, urban myths, and ghost stories—all in a tropical setting. According to host and owner Lopaka Kapanui, what he takes you on are more like "experiences" than "tours": He identifies as a medium, which just about guarantees some ghostly encounters along the way.

Listen to " The Kasha House of Kaimuki (Honolulu, Hawaii) ," an episode of our haunted house podcast, Dark House , to hear an exclusive interview with Kapanui.

Walking Ghost Tours of St. Augustine - St. Augustine, Florida

According to Trip Advisor reviews and ratings, this is easily the best ghost tour offered in St. Augustine, Florida (and arguably the entire state!). You'll learn about the city's history as well as local legends surrounding the paranormal activity that takes place there.

Santa Fe, Ghost and History Tours - Santa Fe, New Mexico

This tour takes place at the plaza, which has been the center of Santa Fe for centuries and centuries and centuries—and which makes it the ideal ghost-hunting destination. You'll walk through the downtown with a guide who'll teach you all about the city's past and present and offer paranormal musings.

Haunted San Diego Ghost Tours - San Diego, California

There are plenty of old haunts in San Diego, and this tour will take you to all the best ones. "I consider myself somewhat of a skeptic, but I did experience a few things that couldn't quite be explained," one Yelp review reads. "I had a few videos that had what looked like moving light spots, but there were no flashlights or headlights that could have caused it. No matter what you believe, this was such a wonderful, informative, and spooky experience!"

French Quarter Phantoms - New Orleans, Louisiana

French Quarter Phantom Tours offers a ton of guided journeys for whatever you're into, be it true crime, ghosts, vampires, or cemeteries. Thanks to the unique architecture and long, twisted history, New Orleans is a paranormal mecca.

New Orleans Ghost Adventures Tour - New Orleans, Louisiana

Here's another popular New Orleans ghost tour with great reviews if the former is all booked up. "This is a two-hour walking tour through the streets of New Orleans where you stop at certain buildings and hear stories," one Yelp reviewer said. "It's a great welcome to the city." Pro tip: Book the 8 p.m. tour for maximum spookiness.

Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours - Salem, Massachusetts

This Massachusetts walking tour takes you where the witch trials of 1692 and 1693 actually went down, from the jail where the accused witches were imprisoned to the site where they were hanged. "I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone looking for a more historical and informational tour and not one that is gimmicky or cheesy," one Yelp review reads. It's even better if you go during the fall!

Genteel & Bard Savannah History & Ghost Tours - Savannah, Georgia

This ghost tour of Savannah is the perfect blend of creepy history and fun paranormal stories. According to one Yelp reviewer, there's a lot of walking involved, so wear some comfy shoes.

Dark Side of Denver Ghost Tours - Denver, Colorado

According to its website, the Dark Side of Denver Ghost Tours combines storytelling and research to create a spooky walking tour of Denver. You'll be able to explore haunted sites, hear some scary stories, and learn even more about the city's history.

Seaside Shadows - Mystic, Connecticut

The founder of Seaside Shadows actually grew up in a haunted house in Connecticut that was investigated by the famous ghost hunters Lorraine and Ed Warren, the real-life inspiration for The Conjuring movies . Hear the spooky stories of Connecticut and tales of paranormal activity from storyteller guides who've experienced it themselves.

Spooked In Seattle Ghost Tours - Seattle, Washington

Spooked In Seattle offers lots of different ways to experience the city's haunted hot spots: walking tours, haunted pub tours, bus tours, and even ghost hunts. "We've done countless ghost tours, but this has to be one of the most entertaining, informing, and—yes—spooky," one Yelp review reads.

San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour, San Francisco, California

The Ghost Hunt Walking tour is a much-loved spooky season staple for the city. One San Franciscan even commented, "I have gone on the Ghost Hunt twice, and the next time I've got a friend in from out of town I'll happily go for a third time."

Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours - San Antonio, Texas

This San Antonio company offers two types of tours: a regular ghost tour and one that comes with a dinner and a ghost tour. Yes, the Alamo is on the itinerary, but there's lots more to see. San Antonio is a pretty paranormal-packed place, so you'll want to book this tour if you're headed to the Lone Star state.

Salem Black Cat Tours, Salem, Massachusetts

There are a ton of ghost and witch tours in Salem, but this one is very highly rated on Yelp. "It's easy to get overwhelmed with the number of tours Salem has to offer, but if you were to do just one this should be it," one reviewer said.

Madame Morbid's Trolley Tours, Brooklyn, New York

Arguably the greatest part of this New York ghost tour is that it includes sitting in a chic spooky trolley the whole time. You'll hear tales from the borough and tour it from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Navy Yards.

Hollywood's Haunted Tours, Los Angeles, California

This tour takes a spin on your average Hollywood tour—by making it haunted, of course. If you get too spooked, the tour also stops at a bar for a quick bite or a drink (to calm the nerves, of course).

Haunted History Ghost Tours of Seattle - Seattle, Washington

"We found the tour to be highly informative and entertaining," one Yelp review reads. "I was constantly being surprised by the stories and facts that [our guide] was able to share with us throughout our whole tour in regards to ghosts, paranormal activity, and Seattle in general."

Chicago Gangsters and Ghosts Tours, Chicago, Illinois

This tour highlights—as its name suggests—famous locations that were frequented by Chicago's very own gangsters (and may still be, if you believe its highly informative tour guides).

Ghosts of Denton - Denton, Texas

This year-round haunted history tour is a must-see if you ever find yourself in this Dallas suburb. There are so many different ghost stories based there that the Ghosts of Denton tour guides tell different ones every night!

Colonial Ghosts Tours - Williamsburg, Virginia

If you're looking for real scares, this is a ghost tour you should definitely take. Colonial Ghost Tours says its particular stories are taken from its own research and interviews with people who have had firsthand haunting experiences, not from folklore.

Historical Haunts - Memphis, Tennessee

Historical Haunts offers a ton of options for spooky tourists: a haunted pub crawl, a Haunted Memphis Bus Tour, a Memphis Ghost Walk, and more!

Nightly Spirits - Dallas, Texas

Nightly Spirits Historic Haunted Pub Tours takes you to four supposedly haunted pubs and lets you enjoy some "spirits" along the way. Bonus: Your ticket includes a commemorative koozie or cup (but not beverages).

Preston Castle - Ione, California

You can book a tour to check out the haunted Preston Castle any time of year, but every October it puts on a haunted house that gives the 1890 Romanesque Revival building an even spookier vibe. Built as a rehabilitation center for juvenile offenders (including Merle Haggard), the historic landmark is being renovated and is definitely worth a visit if you're in nearby Sacramento.

Old Bisbee Ghost Tour - Bisbee, Arizona

This is the only ghost tour available in this 125-year-old former mining town, and its guides get rave reviews for their storytelling abilities. If you find yourself in Tucson, be sure to snag a spot ASAP. It's an easy hour-and-a-half drive south.

Dead of Night Ghost Tours - Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower replica aren't the only sights to see in this colonial town—especially if you're looking for. "Jan and Bob were excellent guides," one reviewer said. "Passionate about what they do, enthusiastic, educated, very informed on the history and stories of this town rich in history and story. They led us on a lantern-lit tour and were clear and concise in relaying stories about Burial Hill Cemetery, the streets, certain 'haunted' homes, and ancient townfolk."

Bar Harbor Ghost Tours - Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor Ghost Tours is a Native American– and woman-owned company in Maine, and the company bases its spooky stories on Wabanaki Indigenous American spirit tales to give you a different look at the seaport village.

Haunted Orange County - Orange County, California

You can choose from many different Haunted Orange County experiences in this spirited part of California. On its Black Star Canyon tour, guests have reportedly seen dark figures or "shadow people" moving alongside the trail beside them—and some have even said they've been touched. Spooky!

Sorrel Weed House, Savannah, Georgia

If you're not into walking all over a city, a tour of the haunted Sorrel Weed House is perfect for you. You'll get an in-depth look at the history of the house, and the mysterious things that went on there.

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, Kentucky

One Yelp reviewer had quite the paranormal visit to The Waverly Hills Sanatorium. "While in the body chute, my husband and I were the last people in the group and we were all listening to the guide," the reviewer wrote. "On my left side where there is nothing but a brick wall, I distinctly felt/heard someone loudly sigh into my ear in an out-of-breath tone. I thought it was the other guide standing too close to me that stays at the back of the group to prevent people from splitting up, but when I looked back he was YARDS behind us."

New Braunfels Ghost Tours, New Braunfels, Texas

"This tour is legit. If you want a good dose of history, and believable ghost stories with a lively storyteller then this is the tour for you. I didn’t want to go and ended up having a blast," a review on the New Braunfels Ghost Tours website reads.

Nightly Spirits, Washington, D.C.

This tour is the perfect blend of boos and booze. You'll head to four different pubs and six different haunted locations, which sounds like a great night during the spooky season.

Carolina History & Haunts, Charlotte, North Carolina

Carolina History & Haunts is perfect for those to learn a little bit more about the history (and haunts) of Charlotte—even those who live in the area!

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Believing in paranormal activity isn’t a requirement for having fun on a ghost tour. Though it certainly helps to get in the spirit. From former sanitariums and graveyards to cursed hotels and Civil War hospitals where the souls of the deceased still roam (or so we’re told), you’ll find tons of spooky sites across the country . Down to explore some historic and reportedly haunted places? Scroll on for 16 ghost tours that according to reviewers will send chills down your spine.

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1. New Orleans #1 Haunted Ghost, Voodoo & Vampire Tour, Louisiana

The birthplace of Louisiana Voodoo, New Orleans is a city where tales of vampires, ghosts and witches swirl around. Needless to say, an evening walking tour of the Big Easy promises to make you feel a bit queasy or rather uneasy. But remember it’s all in good (and ghoulish) fun.

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2. Gangsters And Ghosts Tour In Chicago, Illinois

Ghosts and gangsters...where do we sign up!? Travel with a guide to some of the creepiest destinations in the the Windy City—including Prohibition-era speakeasies where bootleggers and mob bosses ran the show, criminal hangouts and the infamous Death Alley, which was used as a morgue after the mysterious 1903 fire at the Iroquois Theatre.

3. Ghosts Of Charleston Night-time Walking Tour With Unitarian Church Graveyard, South Carolina

Few things are more spine-tingling than a stroll through a cemetery. But it’s even spookier if you’re granted after-dark access to a notoriously haunted burial ground and hotbed of paranormal activity—ahem, the Unitarian Church Graveyard. Scared of getting lost amongst the maze of headstones? Don’t worry, there’s a guide to lead the way.

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4. Savannah's Ghost City "dead Of Night" Walking Night Tour, Georgia

Savannah has more haunted spots than almost any other city in the United States. While wandering the cobblestone streets, lined with Antebellum homes and Spanish moss-draped trees, remember you’re not alone. From Johnson Square and Colonial Park Cemetery to the Savannah Historic District, souls (some of which have unfinished business) are everywhere.

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5. Walking Ghost Tour Of St. Augustine, Florida

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6. Boston Ghosts & Gravestones Night-time Trolley Tour, Massachusetts

Boston goes way back to the days of yore. So you best believe there are a lot of historic and hair-raising sites worth checking out in Beantown. Two of the oldest burying grounds obviously top the list. Touring around on the “Trolley of the Doomed” with a costumed host…we’ll that’s just icing on the creepy cake.

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7. History & Hauntings Of Salem Guided Walking Tour, Massachusetts

Arguably the most obvious pick, Salem is infamous for its witch trials in which 19 people were sentenced to death. You don’t have to look far to come across a place with some connection to supernatural phenomena. This top-rated guided walking tour packs a plethora of eerie enticements into one evening.

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8. Haunted Pub Crawl In New Orleans, Louisiana

Because the Big Easy is equally famous for its partying (hello, Mardi Gras ) and spooky happenings, a haunted pub crawl just feels like the perfect way to spend the evening. The tour description—"explore the intoxicatingly haunted side of the New Orleans French Quarter"—really just says it all. You're in for a bewitching and boozy night.

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9. Haunted Evening Horse And Carriage Tour Of Charleston, South Carolina

Not in the mood to hoof it to the various haunted sites in Charleston ? We’ve got a great option for you! A horse and carriage tour of downtown’s most creepy corners. Enjoy a beguiling blend of haunted and historic all while kicking back on a charming mode of transport as it meanders through the cobblestone streets of Holy City.

10. Savannah Ghosts & Gravestones Trolley Tour, Georgia

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11. Asheville Night-time Walking Ghost Tour, North Carolina

There are a bunch of things to do in Asheville , North Carolina. If you tend to gravitate towards graveyards and spine-chilling attractions of that sort, don’t miss the chance to do an after-dark walking tour of the city’s most macabre venues. Besides visiting the Basilica of St. Lawrence and Pritchard Park, participants learn to use ghost-hunting equipment.

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12. Old Louisville Ghost Tour, Kentucky

This tour of Old Louisville hits the trifecta of history, architecture and eerie attractions. What was the stomping ground of high society, bourbon barons, titans of the river trade, prostitutes and mobsters in its heyday is now known as America's most haunted neighborhood. Myths, legends, true tales and impressively preserved Victorian mansions with a dark past are just the beginning...

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13. Haunted Austin Walking History Tour, Texas

Austin keeps it weird—and that extends to its tours. Want to see a different (dare we say darker) side of the city? A storyteller-led evening excursion to experience all the tales of ghosts, spirits and shady characters IRL will certainly do the trick. An otherworldly encounter might even be in your future.

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14. Gettysburg History And Haunts Ghost Walking Tour, Pennsylvania

In a historic haven, there’s bound to be some good old-timey attractions and oddities to discover. Gettysburg has way more spooky stuff (ahem, reports of paranormal activity) to unpack than most places. As you walk through battlefields, basements where civilians hid during the war and shadowy alleyways, that fact becomes glaringly obvious.

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15. Twilight Denver Ghost Tour, Colorado

Love a good scare (or, maybe the altitude is just making you extra brave)? Book a twilight ghost tour of the Mile High City, specifically the notoriously spooky Capitol Hill neighborhood. Muster up some courage as you trot between Sheedy Mansion and Poets Row while listening to tales of scandals, unsolved mysteries and murders.

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16. The Ghosts Of Nashville Walking Tour, Tennessee

Besides music and food, Nashville has a slew of historical—and haunted—locations linked to the Civil War. And you get to see and hear about ‘em on this slightly spooky tour. If you’re not into super scary stuff, this is a great choice since it’s only a little freaky and totally family-friendly.

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Thank you for your interest in the OU Ghost Tour! GHOST TOURS The tours are typically offered once a month March-November, except during the Halloween season, when extra tours are added due to higher demand.  ON-CAMPUS GHOST TOURS   We are now able to offer a few select on-campus ghost tour dates.

  • Tuesday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m. CT 
  • Wednesday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. CT
  • Thursday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. CT 
  • Tuesday, October 31 at 8:00 p.m. CT
  • Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. CT 
  • Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT 

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You can  watch our pre-recorded virtual ghost tour  at your convenience. 

If you are interested, you can contact Jeff Provine at  [email protected]  for a virtual Q&A for your group via Zoom. Check back at a later date for additional ghost tour experiences.  ______________________________________________________________________________ DETAILS FOR ON-CAMPUS GHOST TOURS Guests will be escorted to selected points of OU lore, legend, and unexplained events, where they will discover the mysterious side of the University of Oklahoma campus, as researched by author and Freshman Programs Instructor, Jeff Provine. This nighttime walking tour of the main campus will pique curiosity and add intrigue to existing knowledge of Oklahoma’s iconic institution for higher learning. The tour is free, but donations are accepted and support the Boys & Girls Club of Norman.

  • Advanced registration is required, and group size limited for enjoyment and safety.
  • All Ghost Tours are after dark, which will vary month to month.
  • Ghost tours are free to the public. Donations are accepted and are placed into a scholarship fund for current OU students.
  • Ghost tours last approximately 75 minutes. 
  • Parking is free after 5pm on Fridays. Visitor lots with payment kiosks are available, and can be located here .
  • The same campus lighting exists as for any after-dark game, concert or activity. If you feel the need for extra lighting at your feet while walking, feel free to bring a flashlight. 
  • Mobility equipment is not provided by OU and is the responsibility of individuals. 
  • If tour is cancelled due to inclement weather, you may be contacted about a make-up tour. Otherwise, you may register for another tour. 

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Take the monthly nighttime ghost tour to walk through haunted campus spots and learn more about unexplained OU lore and legend! Pay attention for organ music in Holmberg Hall, where a music professor is said to play in the night; listen for the Library Ghost’s footsteps on the glass-plated floors of the Decks; and keep an eye out for a little boy roller skating through the third floor of Ellison Hall, the first hospital on campus.

Tour Information

OU Ghost Tours are led by Mr. Jeff Provine, Freshman Programs Instructor. Mr. Provine will guide guests to selected points of OU lore and legend and other unexplained events, presenting his ongoing research into the mysterious side of the University of Oklahoma campus. This nighttime walking tour of the main campus will pique curiosity and add intrigue to existing knowledge of Oklahoma’s iconic institution of higher learning. Ghost Tours are free, but donations are accepted to fund OU scholarships for current OU students. 

  • Advanced registration is required, and group size limited for enjoyment and safety.
  • All Ghost Tours are after dark, which will vary month to month.
  • Ghost tours last approximately 75 minutes. 
  • Parking is free after 5pm on Fridays. Visitor lots with payment kiosks (pdf)  are available.
  • The same campus lighting exists as for any after-dark game, concert or activity. If you feel the need for extra lighting at your feet while walking, feel free to bring a flashlight. 
  • Mobility equipment is not provided by OU and is the responsibility of individuals. 
  • If tour is cancelled due to inclement weather, you may be contacted about a make-up tour. Otherwise, you may register for another tour.

On-Campus Ghost Tours

The tours are typically offered once a month March-November, except during the Halloween season, when extra tours are added due to higher demand. To view the current schedule, check out our ghost tour registration webpage.   

Ghost Tour Registration

Virtual Ghost Tour

You can watch our pre-recorded virtual ghost tour at your convenience. If you are interested, you can contact Jeff Provine at  [email protected]   for a virtual Q&A for your group via Zoom.   

Pre-Recorded Virtual Ghost Tour

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States set to enact new laws in 2024 on guns, fuzzy dice and taxes

Updated on: December 30, 2023 / 8:10 AM EST / CBS/AP

Fuzzy dice finally will be free to dangle in Illinois.

Starting Monday, police there no longer will be allowed to pull over motorists solely because they have something hanging from the rearview mirror of the windshield. That means air fresheners, parking placards and, yes, even those dice are fair game to hang.

The revised Illinois windshield rule is one of hundreds of new laws taking effect with the new year in states across the U.S. While some may seem a bit pedestrian, others have real practical effects or touch on controversial issues such as restrictions on weapons and medical treatments for transgender people.

Though the original Illinois windshield law was meant to improve roadway safety, it came to be seen by some as an excuse for pulling over drivers. The new law still prohibits objects that obstruct a driver's view but forbids law enforcement officers from conducting stops or searches solely because of suspected violations.

"With this new law, we are sending a powerful message that the state does not tolerate racial profiling or other forms of discrimination," said Democratic state Sen. Christopher Belt, one of the bill's sponsors.

Another new Illinois law seeks to stifle a more modern form of distracted driving by prohibiting people from  participating in video conferences  or scanning social media while behind the wheel.

Regulating guns and online activity

A Minnesota law will allow authorities to ask courts for extreme risk protection orders to temporarily take guns from people deemed to be an imminent threat to others or themselves. Minnesota will be at least the 20th state with such a red-flag law.

Colorado will become one of a dozen states banning so-called ghost guns . The new law prohibits firearms that are assembled at home or 3D-printed without serial numbers, practices that have allowed owners to evade background checks.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to block an Illinois law from taking effect Monday that bans high-powered semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines. But a federal judge recently  blocked a California law  that would have banned carrying concealed guns in many public places.

Several state laws delve into acceptable online activities. A  new Connecticut law  requires online dating operators to adopt policies for handling harassment reports by or between users.

A North Carolina law will require pornographic website operators to confirm viewers are at least 18 years old by using a commercially available database. The law lets parents sue companies if their children were allowed to access the pornography. Another new Illinois law will allow lawsuits from victims of deepfake pornography, in which videos or images are manipulated without their consent.

Gender restrictions and book bans

Over the past few years, there has been a major push by conservatives to restrict access to gender-affirming treatments for transgender minors. Bans are on the books in 22 states, including some where judges have paused enforcement as they consider challenges to the policies.

New bans on access for minors to puberty blockers, hormone therapy and surgery, which is rare, are scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 in Idaho, Louisiana and West Virginia. The West Virginia law contains an exception: Teens could still access treatment with parental consent and a diagnosis of severe gender dysphoria from two doctors.

While many Republican-led legislatures have imposed restrictions, many Democrat-dominated states have responded with transgender protections. A law taking effect Monday in Hawaii requires new  marriage certificates  to be issued to people who request to change how their sex is listed. The state also is  replacing gender-specific terms  in state law; "mother" is being replaced with "birthing parent" and "father" with "non-birthing parent."

In Colorado,  new buildings  wholly or partly owned by government entities will be required to have on every floor where there are public restrooms at least one that does not specify the gender of the users.

The conservative push on LGBTQ+ policies also has come with efforts to keep certain books out of school or public libraries.  An Indiana law  taking effect makes it easier for parents and others to challenge books in school libraries. By contrast,  a new Illinois law  would block state funding for public libraries that ban or restrict books.

Minimum wage and tax rate changes

The new year brings a variety of new laws on taxes and wages — perennial issues for state governments.

More than 20 states will raise minimum wages for workers, further widening the gap between state requirements and the federal minimum, which has been static at $7.25 an hour since July 2009. In several states, the new minimum wage will more than double that rate.

Maryland's minimum wage will be set at $15 an hour. In New Jersey, it will be $15.13 an hour for most employees. In Connecticut, $15.69 per hour. In New York City, $16 an hour, though it will be $15 in most of the rest of the state. California's statewide minimum wage also will rise to $16 per hour. And in Washington, the minimum rate will be $16.28.

Residents in some states will gain money by paying less in taxes, continuing a three-year trend in which nearly every state has reduced, rebated or suspended some type of broad-based tax.

In Kansas, the  sales tax on groceries  will drop from 4% to 2% in its next step toward eventual elimination, producing a savings of $208 annually for a family spending an average of $200 weekly on groceries.

About 1 million tax filers are expected to benefit from Connecticut's first  income tax rate reduction  since the mid-1990s. Lower-income workers and retirees also stand to benefit from expanded tax breaks.

Missouri also will  reduce its income tax rate while expanding tax exemptions for Social Security benefits and military training pay. Businesses will be able to claim tax credits for hiring interns or apprentices.

Alabama will  exempt overtime pay  from the state's income tax, though that lasts only until June 2025 unless renewed by lawmakers.

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Blink-182's 'One More Time' Concert Tour Set For 2024 - Setlist & Ticket Info

Posted: December 30, 2023 | Last updated: December 31, 2023

Blink-182 will be rocking the summer of 2024.

The early 90s rock band, which consists of Mark Hoppus , Tom Delonge and Travis Barker, released their ninth album, One More Time… in October and announced their supporting tour shortly after.

Blink-182 is currently on their massive World Tour 2023/2024, which began in May this year. The current World Tour will have a break in the middle to give way for their upcoming One More Time Tour .

After finishing up their Mexico shows in April, Blink-182 will begin preparing for their summer tour, which is scheduled to begin on June 20 in Orlando. Other major cities the band is set to stop in are Los Angeles, New York City and Boston.

They won’t be traveling alone as they have also planned to have pop-punk band Pierce the Veil as their special guest, as well as Alexisonfire.

In November, Barker and his wife, Kourtney Kardashian , welcomed a baby boy , Rocky Thirteen .

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One More Time North American Tour Dates:

06-20 Orlando, FL — Amway Center

06-21 Miami, FL — Kaseya Center

06-24 San Antonio, TX — Frost Bank Center

06-25 Fort Worth, TX — Dickies Arena

06-27 Denver, CO — Ball Arena

06-30 San Diego, CA — Petco Park

07-02 Glendale, AZ — Desert Diamond Arena

07-03 Las Vegas, NV — T-Mobile Arena

07-06 Inglewood, CA — Sofi Stadium

07-08 Fresno, CA — Save Mart Center

07-09 San Francisco, CA — Chase Center

07-11 Salt Lake City, UT — Delta Center

07-13 Portland, OR — Moda Center

07-14 Quincy, WA — Gorge Amphitheatre

07-21 Queens, NY — Citi Field

07-23 Boston, MA — Fenway Park

07-24 Hartford, CT — Xfinity Theatre

07-26 Philadelphia, PA — Wells Fargo Center

07-29 Greenville, SC — Bon Secours Wellness Arena

07-30 Raleigh, NC — PNC Arena

08-01 Lexington, KY — Rupp Arena

08-02 Indianapolis, IN — Gainbridge FIeldhouse

08-06 Minneapolis, MN — Target Center

08-07 Milwaukee, WI — Fiserv Forum

08-09 Kansas City, MO — T-Moblie Center

08-10 St. Louis, MO — Enterprise Center

08-12 Detroit, MI — Little Ceasars Arena

08-13 Columbus, OH — Schottenstein Center

08-15 Toronto, CAN — Rogers Centre

As the tour has not begun, a setlist has not yet been released. Below is the tracklist to their supporting album, One More Time …:

BLINK-182 ‘ONE MORE TIME’ CONCERT SETLIST

  • “Anthem Part 3”
  • “Dance With Me”
  • “Fell in Love”
  • “Terrified”
  • “One More Time”
  • “More Than You Know”
  • “Turn This Off!”
  • “When We Were Young”
  • “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got”
  • “Blink Wave”
  • “Hurt (Interlude)”
  • “Turpentine”
  • “Other Side”
  • “Childhood”

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They won't be traveling alone as they have also planned to have pop-punk band Pierce the Veil as their special guest, as well as Alexisonfire.

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Ghost tours bring UofSC’s haunted history to life

University ambassadors to host annual tours on oct. 28..

It’s about to get spooky at the University of South Carolina. Fall is here, and it brings the 10 th annual University Ambassador ghost tours. Later this month , ambassadors will create characters in crazy makeup and costumes to guide students and community members around the most haunted areas of campus.

The ghost tour s run only one night a year , 7-9 p.m. Oct. 28, and are an ambassador favorite. Scripts are passed down from year to year, and the ambassadors embrace the tradition by dressing up as zombie students and ghosts from the stories.

“We have scripts that we use for ghost tours, but many of us like to make it our own, and ad lib some of the lines to make them more fun and scary , ” says Wade Lewis, a class of 2020 University Ambassador.

Ambassadors — who are required to participate in two semesters of tests and training about the university — provide assistance to thousands of p eople a year. Typically they volunteer at the Visitor Center and lead campus tours for potential new students and families, but they get to take on different role s for the ghost tours. For example, g uides interact with visitors and lead them to each stop where a mbassadors who are actors may jump out to enhance the scare factor.

“My favorite ghost story is the story of James McKissick haunting the McKissick Museum at night. His grave is fairly close to the building,” says Michaela Reilly, a class of 2021 University Ambassador. “There are rumors that you can hear footsteps at night when no one else is around and that you’ll hear objects moving and feel cool breezes. It’s a lively building during the day, but when all the lights are off at night, it does look pretty spooky . ”

Building community is what University Ambassadors really strive to do so we are happy to see this event continue every year. Natalie Lewis, Class of 2021 University Ambassador

Ghost stories and haunted houses increase in popularity in the fall. With Halloween around the corner, people look for ways to get in the spirit. National polls show that one in three U.S. adults believe in ghosts and hauntings.

“People find ghost stories and ghost tours to be titillating and entertaining,” says Barry Markovsky, a sociology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. “For some, they play into beliefs that evoke feelings of pleasure – that our ‘souls’ exist separate from our bodies and can live on indefinitely, reunite with departed loved ones and stay in touch with loved ones after we depart. They also cause sensations of excitement and fear but in contexts that are safe and controllable.”

Many of the ghost stories, such as those about DeSaussure College, Longstreet Theatre and S outh Caroliniana Library, can be traced back to a person or event that made up the story. Some can be traced to The   Gamecock in the 1980s. Some of the stories are recent and the origins are unknown.

“The third-eye man tale stems from a creative writing class at USC in the 1990s. The student who wrote the story posted it online, and people believed it was true ,” says Elizabeth West, university archivist . “ A story in The Gamecock claimed that Longstreet was haunted because it was built on the graves of U . S .   soldiers killed during the Civil War. The building was actually constructed in 1855, six years before the start of the war . ”

The ambassador ghost tours provide a safe and fun way for community members of all ages to get in the Halloween s pirit. Tours can be scheduled online through the Visitor Center beginning Oct. 1 4. While it is recommended you reserve a spot, last minute walk-ins to the tours are welcomed.

“University 101 classes and families from the community come, and it really is a great event . Building community is what University Ambassadors really strive to do so we are happy to see this event continue every year,” says Natalie Lewis, a class of 2021 University Ambassador.

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