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Washington, DC Ghost Tours That Are Sure to Spook You

Uncover the haunted and ghastly throughout the dc area with these spooky ghost tours..

This fall, consider a fright-inducing walking ghost tour through Washington, DC. The following tours, many of which are year-round, will have you delightfully spooked as you attempt to walk from haunt to haunt in some of DC's oldest neighborhoods.

Fiat Luxe Tours: Haunted and Historic Georgetown

Fiat Luxe Tours offers comprehensive private expeditions that you can book at your convenience  and the company features a journey that is perfect for getting spooked. The Haunted and Historic Georgetown tour will dive deep into the creepy past of one of DC’s oldest neighborhoods . You’ll see the steps from The Exorcist , the eerie Oak Hill Cemetery, the Old Stone House and much more. There’s a secret souvenir in store at the end of the tour, so you’ll be rewarded for withstanding the scares.

AmeriGhost: Ghosts of Lafayette Park & Capitol Hill Haunts

AmeriGhost  boasts professional tour guides dying to show you the paranormal activity that haunts the nation’s capital. Ghosts of Lafayette Park traverses through “Tragedy Square” (as Lafayette Park is known) and includes stories of conspiracies, crimes of passion, duels and assassinations that have sparked a spooky presence in this historical section of DC. Capitol Hill Haunts dives into the disagreements among ghostly former lawmakers, dancing statues in the Statuary, a demon cat and the ghastly creeps that surround the Lincoln conspiracy trial. Tours run nightly, so there are plenty of chances to let DC's devilish past seep into your dreams. All ages welcome.  

When: Ghosts of Lafayette Park - 8 p.m., nightly | Capitol Hill Haunts - 9 p.m., nightly Ghosts of Lafayette Park: Meet at Dolley Madison House, 1520 H Street NW Capitol Hill Haunts: Meet at Good Stuff Eatery, 303 Pennsylvania Avenue SE

DC By Foot: Ghosts of Georgetown & White House Ghost Tours

Georgetown is perhaps DC’s most storied neighborhood, and DC by Foot brings out the darker side of this history with two awesome tours. Ghosts of Georgetown   takes you behind the symbols of the past that shroud the area, revealing the ghosts and spirits that have called Georgetown home for hundreds of years (there's also True Crimes of Wicked Georgetown  for ages 14 and up). You’ll even get the inside scoop on curses, startling incidents and those infamous Exorcist steps. Reservations are required.  

When: View calendar & purchase tickets Ghosts of Georgetown Tour: Meet at Old Stone House, 3051 M Street NW White House Ghost Tour: Meet  at the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square

Scary DC Tours: Horror on the Hill

Scary DC boasts historically accurate and chilling ghost tours, as founder Dr. Phillip Ernest Schoenberg is both a historian and an American government professor. Horror on the Hill includes scandal-filled tales, stories of mysterious apparitions and more. You’ll hear accounts featuring some of DC’s legendary landmarks, including the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.  

When: View calendar & book tour Horror on the Hill: Meet at Capitol Hill Starbucks, 237 Pennsylvania Avenue SE

Soul Strolls: Twilight Tours at Congressional Cemetery

Historic Congressional Cemetery

Once twilight dawns during Halloween season, you can join a creepy tour of Congressional Cemetery , which holds its own ghostly residents. Soul Strolls will reveal stories of people buried at the cemetery through guided tours led by costumed interpreters. The tours are spread out over four nights, so you’ll have plenty of chances to catch the chills at DC’s most historic resting ground. View the schedule and book your excursion online . Where: Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street SE, Washington, DC 20003

Nightly Spirits: DC & Alexandria Ghost Tours

Nightly Spirits

Nightly Spirits  is a go-to for creepy, alcohol-accented tours, and this edition brings you to an area chock-full of history: Old Town Alexandria . Enjoy the small-town vibe, as stories and anecdotes will be shared at pit stops throughout the city during the 2.5-hour tour. You’ll have time to grab a pint in the quaint, intimate bars and still learn about the haunted places and buildings that populate Old Town. Reserve a spot before another skeleton takes your place. Or try the White House Ghost Tour and b ar crawl like a beast . Each tour includes three to four different stops, and you’ll have plenty of time to swill a drink of your choice while learning about the locale’s chilling past. Over the 2.5-hour tour, expect to hear some distressing ghost stories along the way. Reservations are required, so make sure you’re booked to be spooked.  

When:  View calendar & purchase tickets Old Town Alexandria Tour: Meet at Chadwicks, 203 The Strand White House Pub Tour: Meet at Occidental Grill, 1475 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Boos and Booze: DC Ghosts & Haunted Pub Crawl

Join one of The Junket's ghost tours and discover the haunted side of the nation's capital, including fascinating stories behind DC's famous people and landmarks, from presidents to assassins to conspirators to heroes. If you're looking for some liquid courage before your tour, the Boo's and Brews Haunted Pub Crawl makes for a wonderful evening.

When: Tours are held nightly at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Where:  Ghost tours meet behind the US Treasury building and the Haunted Pub Crawl meets at Old Ebbit Grill

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Washington DC Ghost Tours

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This post is about ghost tours in Washington, DC, including our award-winning ghost and scandals tours, as well as adult-only walking tours to expand your trip to DC into dark nights to see the city's most haunted spots.

  • Why take a Ghost Tour?
  • What to Know Before Taking a Ghost Tour?

DC's Most Haunted Locations

  • Ghost & True Crime Walking Tours

Why You Should Take a Ghost or Dark Side Tour

Exploring the haunted side of a new city (or even your own) should be a MUST on everyone's travel bucket list.

These tours are available all year round but are especially fun and maybe an extra bit spooky in the fall.

But if the mere mention of a ghost tour isn't enough to excite you, check out these reasons why you should take a ghost tour with us this fall and a few things you should know before joining.

1. See a different side of a familiar sight .

Ghost Tours are a great way to see some of the city's famous landmarks in a different light.

You may have toured the US Capitol to learn about Congress during day, but let us tell you about the bloodstained steps from a murder in 1890.

2. They really aren't THAT scary.

We are historians, not ghost hunters. We don't have anyone waiting in the bushes to jump out at you.

We aim to share with you the true stories (or as true as the tellers believed them to be) and more often the tours are historic and humorous.

3. It is a fun night out after museums and attractions are closed.

If you are enjoying a trip too much to go back to the hotel, join us - we even have Adults Only versions of some of our true crime tours.

4. You may see a ghost... and won't that be a story for your travel journal?

We make no promises, of course, but it has happened.

In fact, we have a whole collection of photographs from past guests to share with you.

We love coming home after a tour to find a message from a guest who finally went through her photos and ... "OMG, what is THIS?!"

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5. You'll learn a lot more than you expected about American history.

We don't make up stories to spook you.

We're sharing with you true stories from the past of curses, murder, affairs, and eerie coincidences.

They say truth is stranger than fiction after all.

Our tours teach you a different side of historic figures and local culture.

What you NEED to know before taking a Ghost Tour!

We have a few tips from our ghost and scandals guides to make sure you have an enjoyable night out.

  • Make sure you know what kind of tour you booked. There is a difference between a ghost hunt and a ghost tour (and a true crime tour)
  • Come with an open mind. You never what you might see ... or hear... or feel. But mostly, what you might learn.
  •  Share your experiences with your guide or the group. We lead these tours because we love the eerie and macabre!
  • Take a LOT of photos. But don't look at them until daylight.

As the political center of the United States, Washington, DC offers not only a rich history, but also a wealth of paranormal activity that has fascinated both locals and tourists alike.

From strange noises to ghostly apparitions, DC is home to some of the most haunted buildings in the country.

1. The Octagon House

One of the most famous haunted buildings in DC is The Octagon House.

Built in 1800 by Colonel John Tayloe III, it has served as the temporary White House and as the American Institute of Architects headquarters.

The Tayloe family lost their daughter, Anna, due to illness and have reportedly seen her ghostly apparition wandering the halls along with a servant girl who supposedly committed suicide.

Visitors have reported chilly drafts, strange noises and bumps, and an eerie feeling as they explore this historic home.

While we don't enter this building on our White House Ghost tou r, we see its infamous stairs through the windows.

2. The Hay-Adams Hotel

The luxury hotel has hosted famous politicians and celebrities throughout its history.

The hotel is known for its luxurious rooms and prestigious location by the White House.

Yet, guests have reported sightings of Alice Hay, the former owner's mother, and spirits of Civil War soldiers, who died during the conflict.

Unfortunately, ghosts not only stay in this magnificent hotel but sometimes, they might even walk through the walls of the bedrooms.

We see this ghostly hotel on our White House Ghost tour.

3. The National Building Museum

The National Building Museum is home to the famous Inaugural Ball. Its stunning architecture hosts some of the most unique exhibits in the country.

Nevertheless, it might not be perfect in terms of ghosts who are said to wander through the basement floor.

The building was used as a quarantine center for soldiers after the Civil War.

Visitors have claimed seeing shadow figures and hearing an unnerving sound of footsteps.

4. The Old Stone House

The Old Stone House stands as the oldest unchanged building in DC.

Built in 1765, it has remained relatively unchanged and now operates as a museum.

The staff has reported seeing a woman and a child dressed in 18th-century fashion wandering around the house.

Additionally, visitors often feel an unwelcoming energy, a feeling of being watched, and footsteps echoing through the house.

Our Ghosts of Georgetown starts in the side yard with guests reporting a face in the window.

5. The U.S. Capitol

The haunted tales of the US Capitol Building go back decades, with some of the most popular ones involving the House and Senate chambers.

John Quincy Adams, who passed away in the building during a heatstroke in 1848, and the ghost of Kentucky's senator, Henry Clay, who died the same year as Adams, are said to haunt the House and Senate chambers, both trying to complete unfinished business.

Numerous other supernatural occurrences pervade the US Capitol, with some of the most well-known ones being the "phantom footsteps" on the Senate stairs.

Another ghost known to haunt the building is the "Demon Cat," a feline ghost known to appear before significant events and national tragedies.

Legend has it that it attacked people who crossed its path, and its appearance was an ominous sign of disaster.

The Crypt is also a popular spot for apparitions, with several eyewitnesses reporting sightings of ghosts wearing 19th-century formal attire.

Visitors report eerie noises, footsteps, and whisperings while navigating the tunnels.

More on these stories are included in our Capitol Hill Ghosts and Scandals tours.

6. Halcyon House

A "legit haunted house" if you ask Canden, this is a stop on our Ghosts of Georgetown tour.

This historic home has an electrifying story and the street lamps often flicker as we walk by.

The Best Ghost Tours in Washington, DC

The best ghost tours in Washington, DC are the ones based on facts.

All of our tours have a bit of truth, a couple of boos, some scares, and always a good time.

  • Ghosts of Georgetown
  • White House Ghost Tours
  • Capitol Hill Ghosts Tour (Adults-Only)

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  These aren't ghost tours, but they are great for a night out (adults only) for scandals, affairs, and murders!

  • True Crimes of Georgetown (private only)
  • White House at Night: Secrets & Scandals
  • Capitol Hill Scandals Tour (adults only)

For such a small city, the capital city has a lot of ghost stories.

In any of the historic neighborhoods, visitors are bound to find an old house that has unexplained bumps in the night or otherworldly sightings of lost souls who suffered tragic ends.

Join us on a journey to the darker side of the historic, humorous, and haunted on one of our Washington DC Ghost Tours.

Don't believe us? Ask about why one of our guides refuses to lead tours past Halcyon House anymore!

Our tours take you based on some of the city's most haunted locations and landmarks to learn about mysteries, conspiracies, heroes, phantoms, and haunted souls in the DC area.

Check out our Tour Schedule for the most up-to-date calendar.

We also offer a Lincoln Assassination Tour on several evenings each week.

While this tour is not a ghost tour, it is a gripping and spooky experience about this tragic event and the conspirators.

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GHOST OF GEORGETOWN WALKING TOUR

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A mong the historic streets, manicured gardens and Victorian row houses of DC's finest neighborhood lie deep, dark secrets about a forgotten past.

Come along to hear about the ghosts and spirits that still haunt these streets...if you dare.

Stories of eerie coincidences, curses, and scenes from the scariest movies.

We'll share the darker side of the history of this pre-revolutionary town on our Ghosts of Georgetown Tour.

Check our Guide to Visiting Georgetown for directions, restaurant recommendations, and self-guided tour options.

Want a taste of the tour? Listen to our podcast (Tour Guide Tell All) episode all about it:

Is the Ghosts of Georgetown Tour family-friendly?

Yes! We share with you stories of curses, eerie coincidences, and of course a few haunted houses.

We are not ghost hunters, we're historians - so we'll be taking you through the darker side of Georgetown, but we do not have anyone jump out at you!

More humor than screams, this is fun for all ages!

Our own tour guide Canden has published a book on the wicked side of Georgetown's history!  Wicked Georgetown: Scoundrels, Sinners and Spies and a pictorial history using vintage photographs, Images of Georgetown .

Recommended as a Once in a Lifetime Tour by the BLT!

Tour Information

Where:  Tour begins outside the spooky  Old Stone House  at 3051 M Street NW (near 30th and M St). The tour ends at the Exorcist Steps (36th and Prospect St NW). 

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes. Total walking is about 1.5 miles (2,4km).

When:  View our Calendar - this tour operates daily!

Start : Old Stone House at 3051 M St NW ( map ) Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU (Blue and Orange)

End : 36th and Prospect Street NW ( map ) Closest Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU or Rosslyn (Blue and Orange)

Cost : This is a ticketed tour ($20-35 per person)

White House Ghost Tour

From the lit up Old Post Office Pavilion to the one of the most haunted buildings in DC, the Octagon House, the best place for Washington DC Ghost Tours is downtown DC and the park around the White House, Lafayette Square. Known also as Tragedy Square, there have been more than one violent deaths in the vicinity.

Our historian guides take you around the White House for the true stories of some of the city’s most haunted houses.

Please note that we do not enter into any buildings on this tour.

Is the White House Ghost Tour family-friendly?

Yes! We share with you stories of ghosts and hauntings.

We are not ghosthunters, we're historians - so we'll be taking you through the darker side of the White House area, but we do not have anyone jump out at you!

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Tour information

Where:  Tour begins outside The Evening Star building, what is now Fogo de Chao at 11th and Pennsylvania Ave NW ( map ). The closest Metro is Federal Triangle. 

Duration:  Approximately 1.75 hours. Total distance 1m (1.6k)

When:   View our Calendar  

Capitol Hill Ghost & Scandals Tours (Adults Only)

Our newest addition to the dark side walking tours, explore Capitol Hill with your guide to talk about the scandals that have rocked the nation's capital.

From assassinations to affairs, from impeachment to impropriety, the buildings on Capitol Hill have stories to tell!

Our Capitol Hill Scandals Tour is a walking tour intended to provide guests with the sordid history of politicians, public figures, and more.

The guides will discuss the deaths, misdeeds & often violent figures and events of Capitol Hill.

Want a more haunted tour, let us know and we can do a ghost version of this tour! Our default Capitol Hill evening tour is the scandals tour which is adults only and is not a ghost tour.

You’ll hear about scandals associated with:

  • The United States Capitol Building
  • The House of Representatives
  • United States Senate
  • Library of Congress
  • Old Capitol Prison (Supreme Court)

Please note that we do not enter any buildings on this tour.

Tour information for Capitol Hill Scandals Tour

Where : Meet your guide at the benches at the NW corner of 1st and C St SE, across the street from the Capitol South Metro Station. Look for your guide in the orange!

Purchase a guaranteed parking spot in advance near the tour’s starting point with SpotHero .

End : West side of Capitol complex Closest Metro: Federal Center SW or L'Enfant Plaza

Duration : Approximately 1.5 hours. Total walking is about 1.5 miles (2,4km).

When:   View our Calendar - select dates. Contact us to suggest a date if you're interested in the tour.

White House at Night: Secrets & Scandals (Adults Only)

While this isn't technically a ghost tour, it is the perfect accompaniment to the darker side of history.

A scandalous side of the White House? Who would've thought it?

Join Free Tours by Foot for a walk through the neighborhood around the White House at night to talk about presidential affairs, nearby duels, murders, and scandalous first ladies.

Our historian guides take you through this small park, known as Tragedy Square, for the true stories of some of the city’s darkest secrets and most haunted houses, including the White House.

Disclaimer :

We consider this tour for adults only.

We'll let you decide what adult means but be forewarned we will go into gory details and not gloss over topics of what happened around the White House at night.

If you think your teen can handle it, they are more than welcome but you've been given a heads up.

Reservations:  REQUIRED.  Click here to reserve .

Duration:  Approximately 1.5 hours. Total distance 1m (1.6k)

Where:  Meet at the portico of St. John's Church Lafayette Square at 16th and H St NW ( map ). Look for your guide with the DC by Foot logo.

True Crimes of Wicked Georgetown (Adults Only)

This is a tour of scandals, true crime, and tragedy. It is NOT a ghost tour and does not visit the Exorcist Steps. Check out the Ghosts of Georgetown tour!

Focusing on the tragedy of Georgetown's darker side, we'll explore the oldest neighborhoods in DC with local legends and true crime events from its past.

We'll see old cemeteries, supernatural tales, and the sites of unsolved murders, leaving you at night in an abandoned cemetery.

If you think your teen can handle it, they are more than welcome but you've been given a heads-up .

Want a taste of the tour? Listen to our podcast (Tour Guide Tell All) episode about one of the stops:

This tour is an Adults Only due to mature content. We recommend this tour for ages 14 and above but you choose.

Our own tour guide Canden has published a book on the wicked side of Georgetown's history! 

Wicked Georgetown: Scoundrels, Sinners and Spies and a pictorial history using vintage photographs, Images of Georgetown .

This is a private tour only. Contact us to book

Tour beginning and ending locations are customizable.

Duration : Approximately 2 hours. Total walking is about 1.5 miles (2,4km).  This tour is not wheelchair/stroller friendly.

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Seekers of power have beaten a path here for hundreds of years. Discover the horrifying truth beneath some of DC’s most famous people and landmarks. In Washington, DC, the ghosts of presidents, assassins, conspirators, and heroes haunt the capital’s historic streets. This ghost tour recounts stories of tragedy, despair, and the very real hauntings experienced today.

Discover the horrifying truth hidden behind the legacies of some of D.C.’s most famous people and landmarks. In Washington D.C., the ghosts of presidents, assassins, heroes, and conspirators haunt the capital’s historic streets.

Ghost Tour Meeting Location : Treasury Building at the intersection of 15th Street NW and F Street NW.

Tour Duration : 1hr. across 1 mile

To Order : Press "Get Tickets" for availability.

Ghost tours are held nightly, rain or shine!

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Tours are available daily year-around from the afternoon to late at night. Some are offered throughout the day based on season.

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Deep inside the beltway lurks a different side to the legends you know. This great city is built on the passions of famous Americans. And wherever passion builds, blood is spilled, lives are lost but spirits cling on.

Bold ambition makes for animated ghosts and this tour is full of the characters from our history that live on in our memories and the haunted buildings of this tour.

Presidents, Assassins, and Poltergeists

When you think of Washington, D.C., you might picture the regal monuments that enshrine political giants from history, or the places our laws and customs are battled over or the countless showcases of culture that crowd the National Mall. Many people fail to see the foreboding darkness that lurks at the edges of the city’s tourist-friendly historical sheen.

When reputation is everything, a rumor can kill. Take the tragedy of Stephen Decatur, the victim of a duel started just yards from the White House. The White House itself, the seat of the most powerful job in the world has a supernatural power that is off the charts. Assassinated Presidents and ghostly children still roam the halls, scaring staff and comforting today’s worried politicians.

Kindly ghosts and ghouls

See if you can spot the former First Lady and refined hostess who educated a nation on what elegant entertaining looked like . She still waves invitingly from the porch of her house on Lafayette Square Park.

Many people come to Washington, D.C., with hopes and dreams, even if it is to end the republic by kidnapping and murdering the three most important people in America. But not every wide-eyed idealist finds all that they crave, and those dashed dreams and tragic misfires create fascinating stories that will thrill and astound you.

Your trip through the scandalous past of Washington D.C.’s political elite, as well as a few lesser-known tragedies, will help you understand that even in the District of Columbia, the darkness of human nature will creep into the corners of the most civic-minded human endeavors. When the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, and you feel that familiar flutter in the pit of your stomach, you will know the true terror of the Executive City.

What draws the supernatural to Washington, D.C.?

The assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the death of all involved in the fateful plot have left ghosts at several locations around Washington. The mother who screams her innocence from inside her old lodging house. Will you see Wilkes Booth skulking outside the theatre where his kidnapping attempt went so wrong.

Wherever you stay during your time in Washington D.C., be sure to drop into the Hay-Adams Hotel, take a sly drink at the ‘Off the Record’ bar in the basement and see who is whispering what to whom. Keep an ear out for the ghost of Clover Adams, who met her tragic end on the premises.  Do you smell the almonds?

From culture to bureaucracy, few landmarks leave a spotless record behind them. For example, The Smithsonian’s absent benefactor still wanders the grounds. Will you see the absent-minded scientists and his cat through a window, desperate to find someone to talk to about the latest paleontological discoveries?

Reel in horror at the terrible tale of the first person to be executed by the federal government. Her ghost protests her innocence across several sites of the tour. Will you hear her banging on the door the old supreme court begging for her life?

Experiencing the horrifying truth of this gleaming city in person and at night will make you feel like you are a part of the city’s strange and ghastly history. Reserve your tour today, and experience the side of Washington, D.C., that rarely makes the news.

The D.C. Ghosts walking route is a great way to see the amazing sites of the Capital City while getting your fill of the ghostly and atmospheric history of the city’s most haunted locations. This tour is perfect for first-time visitors to Washington, D.C., and seasoned locals alike!

With so many tours and activities to choose from DC, how do you choose which ones to book?

7 reasons you should book the dc ghosts tour now:.

An Authentic Ghost Tour Based on Facts from our nation’s capital.

The well researched historical accounts of events surrounding these horrible hauntings have been extensively researched and are updated as new scholarship come to light. Even if you take the ghost stories with a pinch of salt, you will have a new way of seeing the torrid and tumultuous history of our nation’s capital.

For instance, you’ll note the Madison’s feature in several of our stories, such an impactful and energetic they really left their mark on Washington society, then and now. Dolly Madison was renowned for hosting elegant and cordial soirees with members of both political parties in attendance, she was convinced that just because people disagreed on how the country should be run it was no reason to not be able to engage in civil discourse with on another.

She pioneered the spirit of bipartisan cooperation, long before the term was in use.

That her ghost continues to wander the streets of Washington today is a timely reminder that such an attitude would be welcome today. Perhaps if any tour members see her ghost they can encourage her to haunt the capitol!

Entertainment with a historical twist

The knowledgeable and entertaining guides on DC ghosts will hold your attention in the palm of their hands as they tell you about the latter half of Dolly Madison’s life. Her financial ruin after her husband’s death. The worry caused by the need to manage two properties. Her name being added to a brand of ice-cream, among many other products and trinkets, all bearing her name. All opportunities et up by a circle of caring friends.

Imagine the sorrow and loss of pride as friends passed by with even more thin and transparent reasons to give her cash. A former slave even visited regularly, pretending to still be buying his freedom, even though he had paid for it many years ago.

Dolly Madison’s ghost was often seen just after her death, on the porch that Dolly Madison used to greet passersby from. The subsequent owner of the house tried to discourage the ghost by blocking in the porch with a window. But still, her ghost would appear. Waving at people passing by.

As you stand outside the Cutts-Madison house and stare at where the porch used to be, maybe you will see her ghost. Feel your heart race as you learn more about the ghosts at each tour stop, perhaps even seeing movement in the dark as you walk along the guided route.

Entertainment for All Ages

The stories of historical hauntings will grip you with fear, we don’t want you or any young people to lose sleep. So while entertaining and full of historical fact our ghost stories will haunt your memories, but not your dreams.

Ghost enthusiasts of all ages are welcome, and our tours are fully accessible. All tour guides are professionals and locals with insight into the city.

If you focus on the hauntings you will not be dissatisfied with the stories from first-hand accounts, written historical documents, and careful research. For example, the White House has been written about since the day it was built. It has hosted events of national importance and every single president (except George Washington) has expended energy in varying amounts within those walls. The later presidents all reported feeling or seeing ghosts, but some felt comforted by the watchful spirits of their predecessors.

Learn New Stories about the Capital City.

The DC Ghosts tour is packed with in-depth and fascinating information about the capital city of the United States, and that’s without the ghosts! You’ll have new facts about the famous stories of Washington D.C. to tell as well as some surprising lesser-known stories that you will learn during the tour.

For example, the National Theatre at 1321 on Pennsylvania Avenue has a fascinating ghost story hidden in its basement under the stage. Join us to hear about the actor whose career was cut short but just can’t leave the stage. His ghost continues to haunt new productions, especially around opening night. It’s as if his ghost feels the excitement and energy a new production brings to the theatre, which wakes his spirit to return to the place he loved.

Even if you are a Non-Believer – fun is guaranteed.

DC Ghosts promises you a fun tour, even if your imagination does not extend to the possibility of the powerful energies of the spirit living on after the death of the body.

We understand that different people have different opinions on ghosts and their role in this world. The DC Ghosts ghost tour is open to everyone, and even if you don’t find the stories convincing, we know you will still have a great time and learn a lot about Washington D.C.

But if you have just a small glimmer of belief or a strange experience from your childhood that you still can’t quite explain, then we will provide you ample evidence of the supernatural ghosts who haunt Washington D.C today.

In Town and Not Sure of What to Do.

You could visit a small part of one of the great museums in DC, or take a tour of one of the houses on our Ghost Tour, but you won’t find such depth and variety in the historical aspects or the locations selected or the chances of seeing a ghost yourself anywhere but the DC Ghosts haunted tour of Washington D.C.

Selecting and researching the stunning historical and haunted locations on just the standard DC Ghosts tour would take you weeks of research, it took that long just to develop the very first tour, let alone all the iterations and extra research since then.

On D.C. Ghosts you will have a fascinating insight into the history of this city, and save you time and energy, all with the guarantee of an entertaining evening walking the atmospheric streets of Washington D.C. enthralled by our stories of haunted history and the terrifying truth that lurks behind the elegant facades of our capital city.

A Memorable Experience.

They say a story is more memorable than a fact, and we have eight or twelve fascinating stories carefully plucked from the history books and designed to be memorable and repeatable to your friends and family.

Add to these expert stories of haunting and historical ghosts the darkness on the streets of Washington D.C. in the very places where these unbelievable incidents took place. We will stop outside the president’s church and might hear the bell that, when rung on the occasion of a notable person’s death, summons six ghostly figures in white cloaks to a special pew in the church. You can’t help but feel the hairs on the back of your neck tingle when you are standing within the sound of that bell, cast by the Revere Company of Boston , and weighing over 1000 pounds.

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Washington DC Ghost Tours

Our Washington DC ghost tours & haunted pub crawls will take you on a journey to visit the most historic, and haunted, bars in the area. This is the place where everything started for Nightly Spirits in 2012. This DC haunted ghost tour pub crawl combines the best things about a ghost tour and couples it with the benefits of a pub crawl. Hear stories of the Civil War era souls that still venture around the White House and Alexandria, Virginia.

Why Nightly Spirits?

Hauntingly good service, spooktacular for all ages, affordable prices, explore washington dc's top-rated ghost tours, white house ghost tour pub crawl.

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Washington D.C. Private Ghost Tour Pub Crawl

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Washington DC Private Nightmares And Nightcaps Tour

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Nightly Spirits Haunted History Field Trips

The history of our nation’s capital is an important part of any student’s curriculum. Nightly Spirits has a way to extend that lesson beyond the classroom and bring your students to the place where it all began.

*These tours are only offered to school groups and other youth organizations.

  • Age: 9 and up

Washington DC Private Spooktacular Ghost Walk

Want to make sure your next event is a scary good time? Our Washington DC Spooktacular Ghost Walk will cover even more of the spooky side of our nations capitol! With non-stop stories and spooky landmarks, this tour is perfect for the entire family.

  • Age: All Ages

Top Washington, DC Hauntings

In addition to its historic location, Washington, DC., has several haunted places. Some of the most famous hauntings in Washington, DC, including Old Ebbet’s Grill where the spirits of a little boy who was killed out front in a tragic  wagon accident still lurks around every corner, and the White House itself is said to be haunted by fomer Presidents, First Ladies, and even a cat! Are you ready for who or what you will encounter on your upcoming spirited adventure?

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is Nightly Spirits?

Washington, DC, is one of the most iconic cities in the world, full of a legendary historical past. Explore our nation’s capital with the best tour company in the city. We specialize in providing only the best and most authentic ghost tours in the United States. There is a reason we were voted as a top 3 ghost tour in America by USA Today two years in a row, so come experience the best ghost tour in Washington DC.

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What to Expect

One of the most haunted destinations in America is Washington, DC. Here, politicians aren’t the only ones governing things in the nation’s capital. Do you dare explore this city’s legendary tales? Do you like a bit of history with your scares? Then Nightly Spirits Ghost Tour is perfect for you!

In this one-of-a-kind experience, you’ll learn about Washington, DC’s past, forgotten secrets, and the city’s rich cultural heritage. Our most popular tour combines a ghost walk through iconic downtown with a pub crawl, so you enjoy some delicious drinks while learning about the city’s spookiest tales. Along the way, our guides, who are professional storytellers, will take you to some of the most haunted spots in town.

It is important to note that while the tours focus on the haunted side of Washington, DC, we do offer a version that is perfect for guests of any age with our all-ages ghost tour. It’s not a super frightening tour. Instead, guests of all ages will be able to enjoy this entertaining and informative experience.

If you are looking for a fun and unique way to explore the city, Nightly Spirits is definitely worth considering.

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In the mood for something spooky? Check out our blog post about Washington, DC’s most haunted destinations, ghost stories, forgotten secrets, and things to do. But beware, you might be in for quite a scare.

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DC Ghost Tour: The Haunted Side of The Capitol

DC Ghost Tour: The Haunted Side of The Capitol

Tickets for DC Ghost Tour: The Haunted Side of The Capitol in Washington DC 🎫 1 hour DC Walking Ghost Tour for 1 person 🎫 90-minute DC Walking Ghost Tour for 1 person Highlights 👻 Explore a haunted side of DC you’ve never seen before 📚 Hear strange and unique stories behind the ghosts witnessed in DC 🏛️ Visit 8 different historically spooky locations General Info 📅 Date: various dates (select when making your purchase) 🕒 Time: 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. ⏳ Duration: 1 hour or 1 hour 30 minutes ♿ Accessibility: wheelchair accessible ⚠️ Please note: not suitable for travelers with back problems, heart problems or other serious medical conditions. This tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately ❓ For this event, all sales are final and tickets can’t be refunded, changed or modified. For more information, please refer to our T&Cs

Meeting point information

  • 15th Street Northwest & F Street Northwest 15th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20222, USA

Tours meet on the steps behind the Treasury Building (NOT the Treasury Annex) at the intersection of 15th Street NW and F Street NW. Look for your tour guide, who will be standing with a lantern.

Description Are you ready to experience DC Ghosts, DC's newest Walking Ghost Tour? Our historical hauntings offer perspective on the real events behind the ghosts and hauntings witnessed in The Capitol. We focus on authenticity in order to explain the strange and unique stories found only in DC. We welcome you to take a historic look at the haunted past of DC where our knowledgeable guides will take you on an adventure to eight locations in DC. Get your tickets for DC Ghost Tour: The Haunted Side of The Capitol in Washington DC!

User reviews

  • V D. Oct 2022 So interesting! Loved hearing about the ghost and the stories! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable! Doug was great!
  • Chris U. Dec 2022 Amazing experience! Dena was very nice and knowledgeable about the haunted side of DC.
  • 5s2wv2zm8p Aug 2022 Wonderful tour guide
  • Caroline C. Sep 2022 Great!!
  • Ryne H. Oct 2022 Stockton was a great tour guide. Provided lots of info and kept the your interactive
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15th Street Northwest & F Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20222, USA, 20222

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Ghosts of Lafayette Park

Tour pricing:.

Adult (Ages 12 & up): $20.00

Children( 12 and under): $15.00

Child (Ages 6 & under): FREE

Duration: 90 Minutes

Distance: 1/4 Mile 

Tour Times: 8:00 PM Nightly

Ghosts of Lafayette Park: Explore the glorious and haunting past of our nation’s capitol.

Our nation’s capital is rich in history and monumental democratic achievements, but behind its gates and within its corridors, a darker past is hidden. Conspiracies, crimes of passion, duels, and assassinations are just a few reasons Washington’s Lafayette Park is known as “Tragedy Square.” Washington DC Ghost Tours features professional tour guides who will show you a Washington DC road map of the paranormal.

  • Starting Location:
  • In front of the Dolley Madison House 1520 H Street Northwest Washington, DC (615) 884-3999
  • Tour Dates:
  • March-November (Mid)
  • Closed: Thanksgiving, Easter & July 4th
  • Bring along a camera for ghost hunting with photography
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Dress for the weather
  • If it looks like rain, bring a poncho or umbrella
  • In the summer, bottled water is recommended

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