SF has a long, dark history with murders, mysteries, and mayhem. All of these events fuel our fun and interesting Ghost Tours in San Francisco.
You can walk through Chinatown to learn about its mysterious past, walk through the Haight to hear its ghost stories, and even head out to Alcatraz at night to visit one of the most ghostly spots in the city.
A picture of the dark cells during the night tour of Alcatraz
You will also find four special Halloween Ghost Tours. One is a tour of the Presidio and it runs the last two weeks of October. The City Hall and Palace Hotel Tours are offered just once a year. The final tour is the famous Vampire Tour which used to run all year long but now only runs twice a year.
Most of these tours are informational and not meant to scare you too much (although the stories are dark and chilling)!
All will help you understand more about the people and places that make this city one of the most haunted in the US!
Let's start with one of my favorites, Alcatraz. This former federal prison housed some of the most notorious criminals in the U.S. including Al Capone, Robert Stroud (the Birdman), and George "Machine Gun" Kelly. Before it was a federal prison, it was a U.S. Military Prison. During both periods, many prisoners died on the island and now there are reports of mysterious noises and occurrences. This isn't technically a ghost tour in San Francisco, but heading over at night is the best way to experience this haunted attraction.
Learn More: Alcatraz Night Tour
This SF walking tour offers you a look behind the scenes at the oldest Chinatown in the US. Walk through its back alleys, after dark, and learn more about the events and people that shaped it. Along the way, you will also hear about ancient Chinese mythology and folklore that are still popular with the people in this SF district today.
Buy Tickets: Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour
Learn More: Other Fun Chinatown Walking Tours
The SF Ghost Hunt is a walking tour that takes you through beautiful tree lined Victorian Streets in SF's Pacific Heights district. As you walk, you will hear ghost stories based on documented research, touch eerie haunted artifacts, and experience the mysteries that surround these gorgeous haunted mansions. The tour runs Wednesday through Sunday nights at 7pm from May to October. It starts at the corner of Octavia and Bush Streets. Reservations are now required.
Learn More: Visit the Official SF Ghost Hunt Website
The Haunted Haight Walking Tour teaches you all about supernatural occurrences and mysterious events reported in SF's Haight Ashbury District. As you tour the neighborhood, you will also walk past the locations where some of SF's most infamous murderers and cult leaders used to live. The tour starts at 7pm and runs several days a week. Click the link below for exact dates and information on how to register.
8pm to 10pm Monday, October 31 in Nob Hill at the Corner of California and Taylor Streets
Walk through one of SF's first and most famous districts, Nob Hill. On this walking tour, you will learn more about the dark events that occurred over time in places such as the Fairmont Hotel, the Pacific Union Club, Grace Cathedral, and the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more.
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October 1 - 31 at 7:30pm starting at 757 Beach Street in Fisherman's Wharf
This journey is part ghost tour, part history tour and all around fun. Your tour begins with a 40 to 45 minute lesson on the Segway so you are comfortable with it before you begin. You will then venture your way around San Francisco. You will explore the back alleys of Chinatown. You will find out more about the fortunes made during the 1849 Goldrush. You will also hear ghost and horror stories from the places you pass by in Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman's Wharf. It will be a night that you will never forget!
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Date: Monday, October 24 at 6:30pm
This is one of my favorite Halloween San Francisco walking tours. From the outside, few realize the history and ghostly stories that lie inside San Francisco's City Hall. From the assassination of Harvey Milk and Mayor Mascone to exhumed remains, the Ghost Walk at City Hall will fill you in on all the jaw dropping tales about this iconic building. You will also hear about some little known facts such as the cemetery that once covered parts of the Civic Center Area and you'll hear chilling stories from those that work the night shift.
Tickets: FREE, just show up and sign in with the City Guides tour guide
*Small service fee at checkout.
Would you prefer to venture out on your own? If so, then check out my list of the 10 most haunted places in San Francisco that are open to the public. They range from the woman that roams around Stow Lake in the evenings to the ghosts of City Hall.
Learn More: Discover 10 Haunted SF Locations