I remember when I was little, and my friends and I would have sleepover, prank call random numbers, play truth or dare, spend some time playing Girl Talk and then right before we lay our heads down, we would tell ghost stories. I remember the anticipation of what is coming next, the feeling of the hair raising up on the back of your neck during the stories and the fear to close my eyes. 😉 I’m still good for hearing a ghost story, which is why I was ecstatic to get invited to downtown Lawrenceville, GA to hear some spooky tales.
Edit: we visited in 2017, below you can find updated information for their tours for 2018
I received tickets to facilitate a review, as always, my opinions are my own
Aurora Theatre puts on the ghost tours in downtown Lawrenceville. Your guide will take you on the walking tour, making several stops along the way to tell you a tale of stories that happen in downtown Lawrenceville. Our guide stayed in character the whole time, didn’t miss a beat. The stories weren’t too scary and very suitable for children. It really was family friendly. Through the stories, we learned history of the area that I didn’t expect and found it very interesting. Our guide made our tour fun, keeping us laughing, engaged and always interested. He even made it fun for the kids. For instance, whenever we had to cross the street he would tell everyone to wait for the Spirit of Passage (or the walking signal). If we came to the signal sign to wait (the hand), he would tell us to wait for it is the Demon Hand. My son got a kick out of it, and now calls them accordingly.
One of the most interesting parts of our tour was viewing the old jail. I had no idea it was even there and I’ve literally walked past it before. Behind McCray’s is a little build, and looks like it is attached to the gun shop. Within are 3 cells. He told us a story of how a slave, who fought back for his life was prisoner there, and how to this day you can still hear him singing, just as he did prior to his execution.
The tour itself begins at Aurora Theatre and last approximately 90 minutes. I would suggest wearing comfortable shoes. Here is more information about Lawrenceville Ghost Tour, the Cemetery Tour and Brews & Boos:
For years, Lawrenceville Ghost Tours have told tales about the eeriest place in Gwinnett. Now, guests can take a fear-inspiring guided tour of the haunted cemetery to witness this supernatural phenomenon firsthand. LawrencevilleHaunted Cemetery Tours takes the thrill straight to the source: the cemetery. All guests to the Haunted Cemetery Tours are required to wear closed-toe shoes, bring a flashlight, sign a release form and must be at least 13 years old.
Brews & Boos: Lawrenceville Haunted Pub Crawl gives patrons a wicked and wild take on haunted history walks. Attendees will enjoy tall tales with no holds barred and bawdy songs performed in some of the finest establishments in Lawrenceville, accompanied by a frosty cold libation. This all-inclusive experience includes entertainment and drinks at La Cazuela, Universal Joint and McCray’s Tavern on the Square on select dates throughout the month!
For the first time ever, guests can be guided on a Spanish-speaking tour of ghosts, history and terror that possesses downtown Lawrenceville. Performed entirely in Spanish, Equentro Fantasmal de Lawrenceville brings the stories behind the strangest events to life by roaming through some of Gwinnett’s spookiest spots.
Lawrenceville Ghost Tours is presented every night in October and Haunted Cemetery Tours occur on weekends throughout the entire month. Reservations can be made by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222 or online at tickets.auroratheatre.com. Tickets for Sunday through Thursday ghost tours are $12 (adults) and $9 (children); Friday and Saturday ghost tour tickets are $15 (adults) and $12 (children). Tickets for the cemetery tours are $25. For more information and ticket purchase, please visit scarystroll.com.
Brews & Boos: Lawrenceville Haunted Pub Crawl tours are happening October 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 27 and 30. Ticket reservations can be made by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222 or online at bit.ly/BoosandBrews. Tickets for Tuesdays are $30; weekend tickets are $40. Ticket purchase includes the following beverages: a signature margarita at La Cazuela, a Blue Point Toasted Lager at Universal Joint and The Howlin’ Curtis—the signature drink of Haunted Lawrenceville—at McCray’s Tavern on the Square. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.
Equentro Fantasmal de Lawrenceville commences on October 6, and will also take place October 13 and 20. Reservations can be made by calling the Box Office at 678-226-6222 or online at tickets.auroratheatre.com. Tickets are $15 (adults) and $12 (children).
The schedule for Lawrenceville Ghost Tours is as follows:
- Sunday – Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
*Tours are also offered year-round, May through September
The schedule for Haunted Cemetery Tours is as follows:
- Friday – Saturday: 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
*Reservations highly recommended, spots are limited
Brews & Boos: Lawrenceville Haunted Pub Crawl tours are as follows:
- Tuesday, October 9, 16, 23, 30: 8:30 p.m.
- Friday, October 5, 12, 19: 9 p.m.
- Saturday, October 27: 9 p.m.
Equentro Fantasmal de Lawrenceville tours are as follows:
- Saturday, October 6: 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, October 13 and 20: 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at 678.226.6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.
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