Spine-tingling ghost tours of supernatural delight
By Kathleen Curry and Geoff Griffin
Every October, it seems, we’re asked, “Do you believe in ghosts?” Even the most rational among us will sense a spike in blood pressure and adrenaline upon visiting a haunted house.
A journey to one of Utah’s many ghost towns (see “Gone But Not Forgotten,” p. 10) helps you connect with Utah’s colorful past. But to actually seek a paranormal experience, your best option is to take one of the many ghost tours available this autumn. Nothing can send a chill up your spine like hearing about a ghost who’s known to haunt the very place you’re standing in. Check out these options available in northern Utah.
Grimm Ghost Tours
(Tours leave from multiple locations, 801-508-4746, GrimmGhostTours.com)
In 2019, Grimm will add to its popular Salt Lake tours, with stops at the old Portland Cement Works, which is now the site of the Fear Factory (FearFactorySLC.com) haunted house.
On Monday nights from Oct. 1 to Oct. 29, Grimm will conduct one-hour tours of the haunted site, going back to its days as a manufacturing facility.
Other walking tours offered by Grimm include those of Fort Douglas Cemetery and a Salt Lake City Cemetery tour through the largest municipal cemetery in the United States, visiting the gravesites of legendary figures such as Porter Rockwell and the Sundance Kid. If you’d rather hop on a bus, try the Old Town or Outer Reaches tours, both of which take 90 minutes and visit numerous purportedly haunted spots around the city.
Story Tours in Salt Lake City and Ogden
(Tours leave from multiple locations, 801-888-8551, StoryTours.com/slc and StoryTours.com/ogden)
Story Tours has bus and walking tours available in both SLC and the “Hub City” of Ogden that Al Capone once declared was, “too rough of a town for me.” In Salt Lake City, there’s a walking tour that lets you stroll down historic Whiskey Street, or you can take a walk through the city cemetery. There is also a bus tour that explores various haunted grounds. In Ogden, there is a bus tour along with two walking tours of Historic 25th Street. One heads to the “Eerie East,” while the other explores the “Wicked West.”
Pedal Provo Ghost Tours
(Two different meeting locations in Provo, 385-312-0456, PedalProvo.com)
Pedal Provo Ghost Tours claims to be the country’s only cycling ghost tour. Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike or don’t want to haul one to Provo; you can rent one from them for the tour. The nighttime tours and direct you to various haunted sites where guides explain who might be haunting the spot and why. There are two different versions of the tour, and since this is Utah County, you’ll get to hear about an LDS prophet who said that ghosts still haunt us, along with tales of ancient Nephites.
The Original Provo Utah Ghost Tour With Danny B. Stewart
This tour lets you explore Provo on foot with a guide whose LinkedIn profile includes tradition bearer, historian, educator, lecturer, entertainer, and, most importantly for this adventure, storyteller with knowledge of folklore, legends and myths.
Park City Ghost Tours
(415 Main St., Park City, 435-615-7673, ParkCityGhostTours.com)
Work your way up and down Main Street in a town known for its skiing and film festival but which was once a Wild West mining town. The guides have collected and researched local ghost stories for more than a decade, sharing the best ones to get your imagination racing on a fall evening.
Logan Historic Downtown Ghost Tour
(64 E. Federal Ave., LoganDowntown.org/ghost-tour)
This tour, based in downtown Logan, is offering new locations and stories for the 2019 season. The two-hour, half-mile walking tour runs nightly on Fridays and Saturdays leading up to Halloween. Every guest gets a paranormal light stick. If you want to hunt ghosts past midnight, check out the “Other Realm” paranormal investigation tour that runs from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m.