Ghosts aren’t usually too concerned about hanging out in accessible areas. That is why wheelchair accessible ghost hunting groups are just the thing, enabling people with disabilities to finally do what we’ve always dreamed of: Hunt ghosts.
Maybe your home is haunted — your very accessible home — which means that hunting ghosts is the last thing you’re interested in. But if your home is not haunted and you’re searching for some spectral excitement, emulating Zak G. from Ghost Adventures may be the dose of adrenaline you need. Most ghost hunting outings open to the public are group bookings that don’t cater to participants who can’t walk. So many haunted places just aren’t accessible, and the few that are usually aren’t well known enough to warrant a ghost hunting group to set up shop there.
But the good news is that there are a handful of ghost hunting tours offering accessible ghost hunting. You just have to know where to look.
In a great blog post by Candy Harrington for Frommer’s, she recommends a number of buildings to check out in Springfield, Ill., that are accessible and have lots of paranormal activity. One of these spots includes the Lincoln family home, which now has a lift installed in the back. According to ghost hunters, activity is frequently seen in the front window.
Another great place to hunt ghosts are outdoor walks in New Orleans. Other big cities with historical roots tend to have ghost walking tours, too. Boston, Philadelphia, Charleston, S.C., and other older towns across the world like York, U.K., all have outdoor tours. Many of these tours tend to stick to the sidewalks, making them perfectly accessible as long as no curb cuts are missing. One of the best walking tours for wheelchair users in New Orleans, by the way, is the well-reviewed New Orleans Walking Tour.
When I was in New Orleans, I was able to tour a haunted slave owner plantation house that was mega-creepy. An elevator was installed because scenes from Interview with a Vampire were filmed there, and it remains the only fully accessible plantation home in the whole New Orleans-area. It was really cool, even if we didn’t see ghosts on our particular day. If interested, the place is called the Destrehan Plantation.
Other random yet accessible haunts in the US include the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas, Gettysburg, Pa., (the entire town is full of haunted locations), The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., (The Shining was filmed here), Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood, Calif., Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pa., (officially shut down, but open to the public for tours), RMS Queen Mary docked in San Diego, Calif., and Mount Rainer National Park in Washington. Here’s an awesome list from Wikipedia highlighting reportedly haunted places in every U.S. state.
Where have you hunted ghosts before?