The Haunt
SF Ghost Tour

Ready for real ghost hunting?

The Haunt is San Francisco’s only real ghost hunting excursion. You will travel through Gold Rush-era neighborhoods after dark, seeking out paranormal activity while learning of the city’s haunted past.

Plus, you get access to ghost hunting gear! Every Ghost Hunter ticket includes use of an EMF detector during the tour. The host will carry other modern ghost hunting tools, which will be used throughout the tour.

Our 5 Star Rated walking tour is a macabre and murderous tour through the streets of downtown San Francisco.

Not “just a ghost tour,” this night tour includes tales of unexplained deaths, scandalous murders, the old red light district, famed spirits, Chinatown assassins, and much more.

Chinatown at night

Tour Overview

Meet us on the edge of the Jackson Square Historic District — a little-known Gold Rush-era neighborhood with eerie, well-preserved 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 music, a candle, and a few rituals to ensure that nothing follows you home.

Learn How to Be a Ghost Hunter

We’ll carry real ghost hunting equipment including:

  • EMF Ghost Meters
  • Dowsing Rods
  • SBox Spirit Scanner for Electronic Voice Phenomena
  • Infrared Temperature Detectors*

*We use this to debunk false positives and find sources of “cold spots”

At the end of your adventure, you will walk away with the knowledge of what it is to be a real ghost hunter.

Included 

FAQ

We regularly stir up energies and interact with spirits.

The tour ventures through some of the oldest and most haunted streets of San Francisco, 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.

Reservations are required, and you must book online. Our haunted ghost walking tour is our most popular tour and regularly sells out. Guarantee yourself a spot by booking online today.

Note: Our tour guides only bring enough gear for those who have booked, and we have a firm group size limit of 26.

You will be turned away if you arrive without a paid ticket.

Absolutely! We run tours for corporate teams, friends, family, weddings and funerals.

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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.

Everyone, including children, 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.

The tour starts near the Transamerica Pyramid (exact meeting location is provided upon booking).

It ends 3.5 blocks away in Chinatown, close to Mister Jiu's restaurant.

Explore Chinatown! We recommend:

  • Li Po Lounge for Anthony Bourdain's favorite Chinese mai tais
  • Moongate Lounge (Thu-Sat) for fancy cocktails and DJs
  • Red's and Buddha Lounge for classic Chinatown dive bars
  • Late night grub in North Beach: Buster's cheese steaks, Golden Boy Pizza

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.

The tour is wheelchair/stroller-friendly. There are two moderate hills -- these are okay for most people, but some elderly guests struggle with these.

We must keep a fairly brisk pace, as we run 2 tours back-to-back. Please inquire if this is a concern.

Portsmouth Square Garage is our top bet, located at 733 Kearny St.

There are other garages in the area, including 750 Kearny St (at the Hilton hotel) and 555 Jackson St.

  • 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.

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.

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 info@thehauntghosttours.com and we'll make it right.

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