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See haunted Charleston this Halloween

Posted 10/12/2012 10:37:00 AM

South Carolina is famed for its ghost stories and legends from Colonial to Civil War to the early 20th century, from lonely girls forever taking that ill-fated ride home from the prom to shadowy figures warning of hurricanes.

Some of the back alleyways of the state’s oldest city harbor some of the best tales of tragic death and haint sightings. (Why do you think all the porch ceilings are painted that pale blue color? To keep the bad spirits away, of course.)

Charleston’s Bulldog Tours is celebrating that history all this month with a series of Halloween-inspired treks around the Holy City. The tours run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in October, with special tours on Halloween.

There’s the Haunted Pub Crawl, which will teach you all about Charleston ghostly past while you enjoy food and drink at several of the city’s best-known bars and taverns. Tour is $20 per person and runs from 6-8:30 p.m.

A Paranormal Investigation of the Old City Jail looks for evidence of otherworldly spirits by measuring cold spots with an infrared thermometer, taking photos and using special audio equipment to pick up sounds the human ear might miss. A special “ghost meter” will help unearth paranormal energy. This program is for ages 13 and older and those younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This tour is $25 per person and runs from midnight to 2 a.m.

The final tour is held in conjunction with the local production of “Nevermore” and focuses on the hauntings of Edgar Allen Poe and the city. This tour runs from Oct. 19 to Nov. 4 and costs $80 per couple, which includes tickets to see “Nevermore” at the Dock Street Theatre. You can reserve your spot for this tour through Charleston Stage, (843) 647-7365.