Decatur Ghost Tour
Decatur Ghost Tour: A Haunting Walk
My family and I were excited to get in the spirit of Halloween early with a Decatur Ghost Tour. Our guide, Boo Newell, started the tour in front of the Decatur Courthouse. After giving an overview of the city’s history, the psychic medium and paranormal investigator introduced us to two ghosts who haunt the courthouse.
During the walking tour, there were stops at old buildings and churches in Decatur; Boo told us in-depth stories of the spirits who lurked nearby. The group had the chance to feel the ghosts’ presence when Boo sensed that they were among us. She encouraged photo-taking in hopes of capturing images of the ghosts’ auras.
The tour group included several young people, including my 12-year-old, Philip, and Margaret, who is 15. Boo did a great job of making them feel welcome and answering all their questions. My son loved feeling the freezing auras of two young ghost siblings at one stop along the way.
At the Decatur Cemetery, the group used dousing rods to ask the resident ghosts questions. I didn’t have any luck contacting the spirits but Philip had a conversation with a ghost named Jimmy. Margaret enjoyed the historical aspects of the tour, especially Boo’s stories of Civil War soldiers, lost love and betrayal.
That night, I didn’t glimpse any ghostly orbs or apparitions, but Boo was an entertaining guide and made Decatur’s history come to life.
Know Before You Go: Tours last 2 1/2 hours and involve a lot of walking; wear comfortable shoes. Bring a camera and flashlight. Water is available toward the end of the tour but you may want to bring your own. Tours are usually on Saturday; check the website for dates and times.