Ohio’s Ghost Tours, Walks, and Haunting Experiences

As fall starts to take it’s grip on Ohio, so do the ghosts. At least it seems that way. Every October Ohio’s ghost haunting season begins. Haunted ghost walks and hunts, tales of tragic events, “real” haunted houses are searched for paranormal activity, ghost busting tours of some of Ohio’s most haunted places and more. Are you ready to explore Ohio’s spookier side?

Bring your flashlight and camera for these ghost and tale walks!
Hidden Marietta Ghost Tours
Hidden Marietta Harmar Ghost Trek

Haunted Marietta offers three ghostly tours, a Downtown Marietta ghost tour, an Anchorage Mansion Ghost tour, the Lafayette Hotel ghost tour, as well as paranormal investigations.




I had the pleasure of taking one of their tours.  Our guide shared various haunting tales as we walked along the streets of Marietta.  An area history lesson combined with haunting tales makes for a fun ghostly night.

To learn more hiddenmarietta.com


Tales of Terror Cleveland Walking Tour


Tours of Cleveland
Tales of Terror

Tales of Terror Walking Tours with Tours of Cleveland
Dates: October 15 -31, 2021
Location: Downtown Cleveland
216.318.3865 | toursofcleveland.com
Reservations are required.

This Tales of Terror guided walking tour discusses some of Cleveland’s most horrific and tragic events throughout our history. From fires & explosions, to a serial killer to accidents, terror (and death) abounds. This is not a ghost story tour and not for the faint of heart. We will cover the tragic deaths of 312 souls here in Cleveland. Not recommended for young children.



Erie Harbor Ghost Walk – Ashtabula

Erie Harbor Ghost Tour Walk
On this walking tour you will visit the historic streets of Ashtabula Harbor and hear tales of brothels, mysterious residents, departed sailors and more.
For more information visit eerieharbor.com
Starting point is at the Habor Perk on Bridge Street.

The 13 Ghosts of Put-in-Bay

Date: October 23, 2021
Information is posted on the Haunted PIB Facebook page.

This tour is based on the book Haunted Put-in-Bay by island author William G. Krejci.


Haunted Lantern Tours
Dates: October 14, 19 (only 10 spots), 21 (sold-out), 28 (sold out), 2021
Time: 8pm-9:30pm
Location: Lake County History Center
415 Riverside Drive – Painesville, OH 4407
440.639.2945 | lakehistorycenter.org

Tickets – $25

Take our haunting evening tour where you’ll be able to experience the Lake County History Center after dark.

Come take a walk through the long dark corridors with nothing but lanterns to illuminate the way. Escape into the past as our guides provide you with an eerie yet fun-filled adventure! You’ll visit all the locations around the Lake County History Center where shadows and ghostly figures are said to have been sighted. You’ll go to off-limits areas where many have reported hearing strange sounds and feeling unseen hands touch them.

Reeves Victorian Museum
Reeves Victorian Museum

Ghost Tours of the Reeves Museum
Dates: October 15-16, 2021
Tours start every half hour from 7:00-10:00pm
Location: Reeves Victorian Home and Museum
325 East Iron Ave., Dover, OH 44622

$13 per person | Special midnight tours $25 per person – includes t-shirt

Hear stories of the strange occurrences that have taken place in the Reeves Museum and Victorian superstitions while traveling with a guide through the dimly lit home.

Please call 330-343-7040 for reservations.

Zanesville Ghost Tour
Zanesville Ghost Tour

Zanesville Ghost Tours
Dates: October 16-17, 29-30, 2021
Time: 6pm-7:30 pm
Location: Begin at Downtown Zanesville Welcome Center

Every Friday and Saturday during the month of October, downtown Zanesville will be hosting Ghost Tours. Zane Trace Players will guide an exploration of supernatural activity and history of downtown. Call 740-455-8282 for reservations and pre-payment of $10 per person.

The Castle Marietta
The Castle Marietta

Date; October 22 -23 and 29 2021
Time:  7pm-8:45 pm
Location: The Castle, 418 4th St., Marietta, OH 45750

Take a guided lantern tour of The Castle to hear, and maybe even experience, the ghostly apparitions, sounds, and strange occurrences that are reported to have impacted the staff, volunteers, and guests of The Castle in the past. Tours begin every 15 minutes and last approximately 45 minutes.

Limit of 8 per group. (Recommended ages 8 and up.) Masks are required for those attending this indoor tour. Attendees are asked to maintain social distancing throughout the tour between unfamiliar persons. $12 per person. Learn more at mariettacastle.org/events/.



Kent State Haunted Theatre Tour
Date: October 22, 2021
Times: 6:30 pm | 8pm | 9:30 pm
Location: The Kent State
175 E. Main St. Kent, Ohio
Join Richele and Debbie for a one hour and 15 min flashlight tour through the historic and haunted Kent Stage. Visit paranormal hotspots and hear about ominous experiences! * We will be going up stairs * Please wear walking shoes * bring a flashlight.



Trumbull County Historical Society Ghost Walk


Warren Ghost Walk
Dates: October 15-16, 22-23, 2021
Tours leave 6:30-9pm
Parking and Ghost Walk located at First Presbyterian Church of Warren – 256 Mahoning Ave, Warren, OH 44483


Ghost Walk is a historic walking tour which begins each night at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave., N.W. Guided tours leave every 15 minutes from the church parking lot and will include stops along Warren’s historic Millionaire’s Row, where actors will portray the restless spirits of people who once lived in Trumbull County. The last tour departs the church parking lot at 9 p.m.

Cookies and refreshments will be offered as upon your return to the church.


Fort Meigs Historic Site
Photo credit: Fort Meigs Historic Site

Garrison Ghost Walk
Dates: October 22-23, 29-30, 2021
Location: Location: Fort Meigs
29100 W. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551
419.874.4121 | fortmeigs.org

Advanced time tickets required. No tickets sold at the door.


Walking Tours of the Historic Athens Asylum
Dates: October 23, 29 & 30, 2021
Time: 10/23 2pm, 10/29 5pm | 10/30 1pm
Location: Meet in front of the Kennedy Museum of Art
100 Ridges Cir, Athens, OH 45701

Two hour outdoor walking tours.

Call SOHC at 740-592-2280 ext.100 to reserve your spot. Space will be limited.

Steele Mansion
Photo from the archives of the Steele Mansion.

Spooky Stories by The Haunted Housewives
Dates: Thursday, October 28, 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Steele Mansion Inn & Gathering Hub – 348 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, OH 44077
(440) 639-7948 steelemansion.com

Admission: $15 per person, pre-paid.

Join your favorite ghost hunters at Ohio’s most beautiful, haunted location!
Hear ghostly tales of Steele Mansion and other historic buildings!

Afterwards, you’ll have the chance to explore the mansion and see why we think it’s a historic haunted treasure.  What kind of paranormal activity will we find???

*Reservations Required*
$15 per person, pre-paid. Limited Space.


Para-X: Paranormal Experience with the Haunted Housewives
Date: Fri, Nov 5, 2021 (13 spots left)
Time: 9:00 PM Sat thru Nov 6 1:00 AM
Location: Lake County History Center
415 Riverside Drive – Painesville, OH 44077


The Most Haunted Places in Ohio

Want to spend a night with a few ghosts? 

Punderson Manor
Punderson Manor | Photo credit: Diane Rock MyOhioFun.com

Punderson Manor Lodge
11755  Kinsman Road, Newbury, OH 44065
440.564.9144 | pundersonmanor.com

Stories include: coldness in hallways, fires going out, children laughing, tugs on bedding, and for those who really want exposure, supposedly the Windsor Suite has active paranormal.

The Buxton Inn
313 East Broadway St., Granville, OH 43023
740.587.0001 | buxtoninn.com

Stories include : “…Rooms 7 and 9 at the Buxton Inn in their “Top 50 Most Haunted Hotels in the US”. – Click here to learn more. 

The Lafayette
The Lafayette Marietta | Photo credit: Diane Rock | MyOhioFun.com

The Lafayette
101 Front Street, Marietta, OH 45750
800.331.9336 | lafayettehotel.com

Stories include: A Mr. Hoag is said to frequent the 3rd floor.  Spirits are said to roam the halls.

I stayed on the 5th floor and the light bulb in my room was acting really suspicious. Like still on when the switch was off?  Just saying.

Are you ready to visit one or all of Ohio’s most haunted places?

Here are a few of our followers favorite haunted stops:

Bellaire House
Photo courtesy of Bellaire House

The Bellaire House
1699 Belmont Street, Bellaire, OH 43906
740-579-1841 | bellairehousetours.com

According to their website, this houses hauntings are up there with the Amityville and Rampart Street Murder Houses.  Some consider it the most haunted house in America.

If you are brave enough and want to spend time in this home, you may want to do so with a few of your closer friends. Information can be found here.

Canton Palace Theatre
Photo credit: Canton Palace Theatre

Canton Palace Theatre 
605 Market Ave., N. Canton, OH 44702
330.454.8172 | cantonpalacetheatre.org

They say ghosts can be seen on the balcony and roaming other areas of the theatre. Throughout the year ghost hunts are held at the theatre.  Check their website for any upcoming events.

Franklin Castle
Franklin Castle, Cleveland | Photo credit Diane Rock, MyOhioFun.com

Franklin Castle – Cleveland
4308 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland
Considered by some to be the most haunted house in Cleveland, this privately owned property is not open to the public. Whether haunted or note, the home from the outside will make you believe.


Gray's Armory
Gray’s Armory, Cleveland | Photo credit: Diane Rock, MyOhioFun.com

Gray’s Armory 
1234 Bolivar Rd., Cleveland, OH
“Per visitors and staff at the Armory have claimed to hear footsteps when no one was present as well as seeing Civil War era apparitions.”


Malabar State Farm
Malabar Farm | Photo courtesy of Destination Mansfield

Malabar Farm State Park
4050 Bromfield Rd., Luca, OH 44843
419.892.2784 | malabarfarm.org

Celia “Ceeley” Rose is said to haunt the barn.  Ceeley, was committed after poisoning family members.


Try to escape the paranormal tales at these Ohio haunted prisons.

Ohio State Reformatory Night | Photo credit Scott Sukel

The Ohio State Reformatory 
100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield, OH 44905
419.522.2644 |mrps.org

What can we say. Haunted! Public & private ghost tours are available. And for those really into tracking the paranormal the Reformatory also hosts overnight events. Please visit their website for event information.

I would also like to let you know that Mansfield Ohio is considered to be the Haunted Capital of Ohio. To learn more click here.

Sandusky County Jail
Sandusky County Jail | photo credit Sandusky County CVB

Sandusky County Jail
622 Croghan Street, Fremont, OH 43420

Tickets to the 2021, 4+ hour paranormal investigation facilitated by O.R.B.S. are all sold -out, however you can buy your tickets for next year!

Historical tours and flashlight tours are still available.  Visit their website to purchase tickets.


The Licking Jail 
465 3rd St., Newark, OH
740.345.5245 | lcjail.org

Currently in 2021 the jail is not hosting public ghost hunts. But if you want to learn more about the paranormal activity that has been captured at the jail, click here.


I hope you find time this fall to enjoy Ohio’s ghostly side.  And please, reach out if you encounter any paranormal activity.

Diane Rock My Ohio Fun

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Diane Rock is the owner and editor of MyOhioFun.com, NorthernOhioTourism.com and the Tea Cup Rescue Society. She is an avid baker, gardener, Little Free Library owner, who loves to read and travel.  She spends most of her days sharing her love of things to do in Ohio, as well as creating destinations and itineraries for group tours and individual travelers.

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