This close to Halloween, it’s hard to resist peeking at a few of North Carolina’s legends, spooky haunts, ghost walks and inexplicable mysteries.
And there’s no better time to strike up a conversation with your innkeeper. Oh, the stories, legends and secrets they might know about the local area where you’re staying. Be sure to ask — and not just during Halloween. Ghost stories aren’t seasonal, which means many of the guided ghost walking tours and other activities are offered year-round.
Halloween Fun In Western North Carolina
Tweetsie’s Ghost Train Halloween Festival through the Blue Ridge Parkway is in full swing through October 31st. This evening ride is full of family-friendly frights and scary surprises around every bend. It is such a popular annual event, tickets go on sale in July! Innkeepers in the area advise visitors to check right now and be sure tickets are still available for your desired night’s ride. Get all the details and ticket info here
Ghosts Haunts Biltmore House in Asheville, NC
It is said that George Vanderbilt, Biltmore House’s inspiration and first resident, would retreat into the library whenever he saw a storm approaching. Nowdays, many workers and visitors to the estate tell of seeing a shadowy figure in the library, typically as dark skies loom and you can feel a storm coming.
And George’s wife, Edith, who used to trek down to the library to tell him when it was time to join dinner and party guests, has also been “heard” in the library. Visitors and workers have said they hear the sound of a female voice whispering “George. George.”
There are many NC B&B Association members in and around Asheville. Be sure to ask them what urban legends and ghost stories they’ve heard about Biltmore House.
Ghost Walks in NC’s Piedmont Area
We asked NC B&B Association members what Halloween-inspired activities they recommend for guests. Hands down, Ghost Walks and Haunted Pub Crawls top the list. What’s better – most tours are held year-round. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Google and Bing are your online friends when looking for guided “haunted” tours, but here are a few to get you started:
Raleigh and Durham
Tobacco Road Tours isn’t the only tour company in the Raleigh-Durham area, but they’re a guest favorite and recommended by many of our NCBBI member innkeepers. Tobacco Road Tours offer tours of all types (haunted and otherwise), so check their website to see which strike your fancy. But check out their Halloween Peg-Legged Haunted House Special Edition Tour for seasonal fun.
Ever thought about taking a city ghost tour via Segway? Or a Haunted Bike Pub Crawl? Now you can!
Learn why some say Winston-Salem is North Carolina’s most haunted city.
Learn about legends, ghost stories and the results of paranormal investigations that have been completed by professional paranormal societies in Salisbury homes and historic buildings.
To find a NC Bed and Breakfast Association Inn member in the center of the state, use our handy directory.
Haunts In Eastern North Carolina
Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, the infamous murdering, marauding pirate, made his favorite hideaway – Teach’s Hole off Ocracoke Island – a tourist favorite. Legend has it that after being beheaded and tossed into the Ocracoke Inlet, Blackbeard’s ghost lingered around Teach’s Hole where he has been seen searching for his head ever since.
Beaufort is the 3rd oldest town in NC, and the 12th oldest town in North America. Pirate guides lead this late evening walking tour, filled with chilling stories, ghost ships, haunted houses and interesting histories of the Beaufort area.
Terry Rollins leads Washington Haunts: The Historic Ghost Walk and past B&B guests give an enthusiastic “thumbs up.”
Roanoke Island and The Lost Colony
One of the longest-running mysteries in the U.S. centers around the 117 pioneers who settled on Roanoke Island. They arrived in 1587 and disappeared without a trace in 1590, leaving behind only two clues: “Cro” etched into a tree and the words “Croatoan” carved into a fort’s gatepost. Spooky? Indeed!
On this guided ghost tour, you’ll hear tales of strange occurrences and unusual happenings, as well as ghosts that haunt many of New Bern’s homes and buildings.
Use the directory to find a member NC Bed and Breakfast Inn Association in Eastern NC and along the Outer Banks.
Have fun exploring North Carolina’s best haunts!