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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW MUCH DO THE TOURS COST?

Online tickets are only $21.25 for the Hunt and $18.70 for the Tour when you enter the code: SPECTER15 at check-out. Regular prices are $25 for the Hunt and $22 for the Tour. These prices are per person plus sales tax.

DO YOUR TOURS GO INSIDE THE HAUNTED HOUSES?

Yes and no. The Ghost Tour and Ghost Hunt depart from and (usually) finish inside haunted locations. Most stops are outside, but so are the ghosts. On the Ghost Hunt we visit a spirit portal and go inside a haunted hotel. We also use trigger objects to lure the ghosts out. On the Ghost Tour, every location that we do not enter has activity on the exterior of the property.

WHAT MAKES YOUR TOUR THE BEST?

Smaller groups (we will never go above 24 guests on our tours), more experience, better guides and exclusive access. We are the original ghost tours in Key West and were started (in 1996) by the guy who introduced ghost tours and ghost hunts to Key West, wrote all the ghost books and consults with television productions and media when they come to town on a ghost mission. There are other tours that use Sloan’s name and stories, but these are the only haunted attractions he owns and operates. We are Paranormal Investigators and have over 100 years of combined experience in the paranormal.

DO WE HAVE TO WALK?

Yes, on our tours and hunts. No, if you take one of the trolleys (we are not associated with them), but they cost about $35 and are more of a theatrical tour. If you want the real deal, stick with us. Our tours are only about 7 blocks with between 6 and 10 stops on them.

WHAT KIND OF GHOST HUNTING EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE ON THE GHOST HUNT?

Everybody on the hunt gets either an EMF Detector or an IR Laser Temperature Gun and a spirit dowsing rod to use during the hunt. The guide also brings along trigger objects, EM Pumps, SB-7 Spirit Box, Pendulum Board, and other equipment we test from time to time. We encourage guests to download Ghost Radar or the M2 Ghost Hunter app on their phone to track spirits during the hunt.

DO I HAVE TO BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?

We welcome skeptics and believers. Our tours mix in enough history with the hauntings to keep anyone entertained. Drunks and sourpusses are encouraged to stay home.

ARE YOUR TOURS WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

To a degree. 90% of our routes are accessible, but some buildings we finish up in are are not equipped with lifts. Our guides will do everything possible to accommodate guests in wheelchairs. Give us a call so we can make the tour route work for you.

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS?

Yes. Book online and save 15% per person when you enter the code SPECTER15 at check-out. Military discounts are available through the MWR Office on Sigsbee or at Beach Patio.

WILL WE SEE A GHOST?

No one can guarantee a ghost sighting, but we do actively engage the spirits and sightings are common. Individuals report something almost every night. We have group sightings several times a month.

WHAT KINDS OF THINGS DO PEOPLE EXPERIENCE ON THE HUNT?

We’ve had people get bloody noses, break down crying for no apparent reason and get kicked, scratched or grabbed – but those are very rare occurrences. More often we feel cold chills, get very low readings on our gauges, smell a strong perfume pass through the group, capture photos of strange objects or see a figure pass somewhere we know is vacant. Our ghost are pretty touchy too – playing with hair or poking legs. Draining of electronics is common, and we’ve had spirits take over cell phones briefly to show photos or speak through Siri. No one has ever been injured by a ghost on our tour.

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH HITCHHIKERS ON THE GHOST HUNT?

One possibility when we actively engage the spirits is one of them will latch on to you and try to follow you home. We call them hitchhikers. We have a cleansing process at the end of the hunt to make sure this doesn’t happen, so be sure to tell your guide if you need to leave early so they can give you instructions.

CAN I BRING A CHILD?

Yes. The The Ghost Hunt is not frightening, but we do actively engage the spirits and are using electronic devices, so you must be at least 7 years old to go on the Hunt. We ask that you, as parents, control your children while on the hunt or tour. If anyone is disruptive to the entire tour or hunt, we will ask you to leave and there will be no refund. Children and infants are more prone to attract hitchhikers (see above) and less likely to know how to deal with them. We suggest anyone with kids go on our Ghost Tour (family friendly and all ages welcome). Feel free to call (305) 395-1435 and speak with Michael regarding bringing your child on the Hunt. Please keep in mind, our Ghost Tour includes stories of death, murder and suicide, so parental discretion is advised. If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by an adult.

CAN I BRING A DOG?

We love dogs, but city code won’t allow them in most of the buildings we start or finish in. This being said, service animals are always allowed.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

We understand that life happens. That’s why, for groups of 5 or more, Haunted Key West extends a 72-hour cancellation policy prior to the tour without penalties. Once within the 72 hours, there will be no refund, but we will email a gift certificate for you to use on a future tour. And, for groups of 4 or less, Haunted Key West extends a 24-hour cancellation policy prior to the tour without penalties. Once within the 24 hours, there will be no refund, but we will email a gift certificate for you to use on a future tour. We are unable to delay the start of the tours if you are running late. We are not responsible for traffic related delays if you are arriving from off the island of Key West. We will attempt to rebook you on the next available tour or hunt. If unable to, then our cancellation policy above will take effect.

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?

We go out rain or shine (umbrellas provided). If we cancel due to weather, you will receive a 100% refund. If you cancel due to weather, you will receive a gift card by email to be used on a future tour. Please remember, we are in the sub-tropics and receive rain all year.

WHERE CAN I PARK?

We don’t suggest bringing a car into Old Town. If you do, there is metered parking or pay lots near most of our departure locations. Lyft (our preference), Uber, and RideKW as well as taxi services are available in Key West. We also have a decent public transport system including a free circulator bus system around old town called the Duval Loop.

WHO IS SLOAN?

David Sloan started the first ghost tours in Key West back in 1996. He also authored Haunted Key West, Ghosts of Key West & the biography of Robert The Doll. He curates the largest collection of haunted items in South Florida & every ghost tour in Key West today is based on Sloan’s research. Sloan co-authored Quit Your Job & Move to Key West. He is also known as The Godfather of Key Lime Pie and holds a world record for the world’s largest Key lime pie, but ghosts are his main passion.

DO YOU GUARANTEE A GOOD TIME?

Yes. We pride ourselves on providing a damn good experience and we know the dead better than anyone. When it comes to the living, there are a lot of variables at play, so if by any chance you don’t have a good time, call or email us so we can make things better. We don’t want your money if you don’t have a good time, but you need to contact us directly. E-mail Michael or call (305) 395-1435.

Locally Owned — Community Driven

We have donated to Relay For Life, Sister Season Fund, Monroe County Sheriff’s Animal Farm, The Key West Firehouse Museum, AIDS Help, Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, The Studios of Key West and many more.