Ghost tours seem like a cheesy, but necessary experience around Halloween, but over at The Verge, Kaitlyn Tiffany argues that they’re a surprisingly useful means to learn more about your city.
Photo by Rusty Clark.
Depending on where you live, you may or may not know much about the history of your city as a whole. While you could dig in and do some legitimate research, or go on any variety of historical tours throughout the year, a haunted tour has potential to show you a weird world you’d otherwise not know about. Regardless, at least in Tiffany’s case, a ghost tour reinvigorated her appreciation for her city:
In fact, the whole experience of the ghost tour made me feel like a youthful little butterfly, come to be part of New York’s history for however long until I get crushed under its wheels. All of the dead people I heard about had lived big, interesting lives (though some of them were sex criminals, and those stories were distinctly non-fun). The best and maybe only good thing about New York is how easy it is to get excited about it all over again at the merest suggestion. I want you to experience that in relation to whatever place you live this Halloween!
We’ve talked before about the benefits of a staycation and just exploring your city in general.
A ghost tour is certainly a means for doing just that. Silly? Sure, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be a worthwhile way to spark creativity and get you excited about your town again. If nothing else, there’s a good chance simply hitting the streets and walking around your town will expose you to some new places you’d otherwise miss.