The Haunt

Ghost Hunting in Old San Francisco

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San Francisco Tour

PLEASE NOTE: This tour regularly sells out. Book as soon as possible to avoid missing out!

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Experience the supernatural with a storyteller-ghost hunter on a nighttime adventure that’s perfect for believers and skeptics alike

At a Glance


  • Gold Rush-era neighborhoods Jackson Square and Chinatown
  • Seek out the paranormal using professional ghost hunting tools
  • Gripping stories of documented hauntings and true crimes 

Departure Times

Nightly at 8pm
See calendar for current schedule

What’s Included

  • EMF meter
  • Collectible sticker
  • Post-tour recommendations

What’s Not Included

Gratuities for your guide


1.5 hours

Meeting & Ending 

Meets near the Transamerica Pyramid
Ends 2.5 blocks away 


Suitable for children
Paid ticket req’d for ages 4+

Max Group Size 

25 people  

What to Bring

  • Warm layers and jacket — San Francisco is very cold and windy

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Book With Confidence

The Lowest Price. Period.

Book directly on or call our office to get the best price on our tours. Find it cheaper? We’ll refund the difference!

Free Cancellations

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a FULL REFUND. We know that plans can change, that’s why we offer one of the most generous cancellation policies in the tour industry.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

If you didn’t have a great time on the tour, email us at and we’ll make it right.

Frequently Asked Questions

We regularly stir up energies and interact with spirits.

The tour ventures through some of the oldest and most haunted streets of Chinatown, where residual ghost impressions are felt, poltergeists heard, and after death after consciousnesses are witnessed.

Using our ghost hunting tools, this tour attempts to contact spirits and invite apparitions.

We’ve had guests report strange sensations (dizziness, feeling pinched, tapped or grabbed), hear shrill sounds and voices, see apparitions, and document unexplainable images in photographs from the tour.

  • Generally no — our tours are led even in rain, unless it is unsafe to do so.

    We will cancel if the air is unhealthy according to the air quality index, due to California wildfire smoke.

Meet us by nightfall in the Jackson Square Historic District — a Gold Rush-era neighborhood of eerie Victorian architecture.

Your tour guide will outfit everyone with an EMF meter that you’ll use throughout the paranormal investigation, and explain the types of hauntings and ghosts that we encounter in San Francisco.

From there we’ll enter the old neighborhood, hearing about the forgotten graves and ships buried beneath us.

Down quiet alleyways, we’ll learn of the destruction of the Great Earthquake of 1906, and the residual hauntings that still plague the neighborhood.

At any point, we might detect EMF activity, and we’ll investigate further using tools such as dowsing rods and a Spirit Box.

In Chinatown, we’ll learn of the tragedies that mark the neighborhood’s past, including the true crimes whose energies still linger, from a mysterious death in a historic theatre, to the city’s biggest massacre at the Golden Dragon.

We’ll end the investigation with a ceremony to honor whatever spirits joined us, with a ritual to ensure that nothing follows you home.

Absolutely! We run tours for corporate teams, friends, families, weddings and more. 

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We think so! The tour does include some talk of violence and the macabre, but is generally considered family-friendly.

There are no shock/scare moments.

Babies in strollers may join for free, but children ages 4 and older must have a paid ticket.

Yes, we allow well-behaved dogs on leashes 🙂

Sure! Have them book for the same date/time, you’ll be in the same group! We only run one tour at a time.

Explore Chinatown! We recommend:

  • Li Po Lounge (old school dive bar with mai tais)
  • Mister Jiu’s/Moongate Lounge (great cocktails)

The tour is entirely outdoors, and you are encouraged to socially-distance to your level of comfort.

You are not required to wear a mask if you are fully vaccinated.

Tour guide will carry hand sanitizer for your use after touching our ghost hunting tools.

In short, yes!

We joke that the most dangerous part of the tour is crossing the street. Please pay attention to your surroundings 🙂

There aren’t many unhoused folks in these neighborhoods, but we have respectful interactions when we do meet any.

We’ll end with a ceremony to ensure that no evil ghosts/spirits follow you after our tour concludes.

Yes, the tour is wheelchair- and stroller-friendly.

  • Refunds must be requested at least 24 hours before the tour.

    If you didn’t have a great time on the tour, email us at and we’ll make it right.

  • Are there bathrooms? Nope, please do this before the tour.
  • Can we drink? This ain’t New Orleans! We will remove guests who are noticeably drunk and disruptive.
  • Is this the best ghost tour ever? Probably.

Learn more if you dare…

The Haunt is San Francisco’s #1-rated, real ghost hunting excursion, with engaging storyteller guides sharing dark tales of the city’s haunted past.
  • Explore the eerie Victorian architecture of the Gold Rush-era Jackson Square under the cover of night.
  • Investigate ghostly phenomena with several tools and learn about the different types of hauntings in San Francisco.
  • Uncover the hidden history of forgotten graves and buried ships as you navigate the old neighborhood.
  • Delve into Chinatown’s dark past, uncovering true crime and tragedies that still haunt the are
  • Participate in a closing ceremony to honor the spirits encountered and ensure a safe departure without any lingering entities.

Why you’ll love this tour…

Escape The Mortal World

Break free from the monotony of everyday life with an immersive ghostly experience that will leave you wide-eyed and wondrous.

Real Paranormal Experiences 

Feel your heart race as we seek to communicate with the city’s otherworldly residents, open our minds and open the portal to the other side.

See San Francisco Like Never Before

Explore the lesser-known, macabre side of San Francisco’s past, as we reveal chilling tales of tragedy and mystery beneath the city’s beautiful surface.

Enriching Cultural Insights 

Our tour takes you on an illuminating journey from the Gold Rush and Great Earthquake of 1906 to today, offering you valuable insights into the city’s rich heritage and the captivating legends that have shaped it.

Hauntingly Unforgettable Memories 

Share the thrill of exploring the city’s most mysterious sites with your loved ones, while conquering your fears and reveling in the excitement of the supernatural.

Group-Friendly Fun 

Unite your group with an unforgettable experience, as The Haunt creates a captivating, mysterious, and entertaining adventure that caters to everyone’s interests, leaving lasting memories for all.

Award-Winning Guides 

Your tour guide, a skilled storyteller and friendly host, is a wealth of knowledge, able to answer any questions you have throughout the tour.

Armed With Ghost Hunting Tools

Enhance your supernatural adventure with cutting-edge paranormal investigation equipment, as you seek out spirits and mysterious energies throughout the tour.

Safe Nighttime Exploration 

The Haunt ensures the safety and well-being of our guests, providing a carefully planned journey through San Francisco’s eerie streets. Put your mind at ease knowing that your safety is our top priority.


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San Francisco Private Tours

Enjoy an exclusive private haunted tour of San Francisco with your group. Perfect for team activities, entertaining clients, celebrating birthdays, and more.

  • Pick your preferred date and time
  • Applicable for all group sizes
  • Personal guide dedicated to your group

Private Tour FAQ

Possibly…call or email us, and we can reach out to our tour guides about a last-minute event.

Yep — we have flexibility, as long as the tour doesn’t start at the exact same time as a public tour. Email us before booking, if you want a different time.

The tour meets at the Transamerica building, and ends outside of Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown.

We can adapt the tour to include a bar. The easiest way is starting and/or ending the tour at a bar, which allows ample time for both ghost stories and ghost hunting adventures (and our tour lasts the standard length).

If you choose to include a mid-tour bar stop, keep in mind that this often takes up to 45 minutes, which is approximately half the duration of our tour. This will reduce the time we have for storytelling and exploring.

For a more customized experience or to discuss specific options, feel free to reach out to us at We’re more than happy to accommodate your group’s needs and make your ghost tour experience both spooky and enjoyable!

We will refund 75% of the cost of your tour, for requests 24 hours or more in advance of the tour.

Within 24 hours of the tour, no refund is possible

If you didn’t have a great time on the tour, email us at and we’ll make it right.


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