Yes and no. The Ghost Hunt departs from and (usually) finishes 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.
WHAT MAKES YOUR TOUR THE BEST?
Smaller groups (we will never go above 30 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. We are Paranormal Investigators and have over 100 years of combined experience in the paranormal./p>
ARE YOUR TOURS SCARY?
We are not out to scare you on our hunt and we do not dress in costume or do anything fake. No one is going to jump out at you and there are no set-ups to shock or scare you. This doesn’t mean that the hunt is never scary. Some people get scared when listening to the spirits on the spirit box or when a spirit runs their fingers through their hair or down their arms. If you are looking for an amusement park style tour that is not us. We are the real deal and hope to assist you in engaging the spirits.
DO WE HAVE TO WALK?
Yes, on our hunt. 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 about 10 stops.
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?
Yes they are. 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.
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 seriously 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 and No. 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. Feel free to call (305) 395-1435 and speak with Michael regarding bringing your child on the Hunt. If you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by an adult.
CAN I BRING A DOG (or a pet)?
We love dogs, but city code won’t allow them in most of the buildings we visit. Also, there may be someone else on the tour that is allergic. Therefor, pets are not allowed on our tours. This being said, service animals (as per the ADA guidelines) 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 Tours 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 card for you to use on a future tour. And, for groups of 4 or less, Haunted Key West Tours 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 card 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. 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, there will be no refund. 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.
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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.