Haunted Brooklyn Heights

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Where genteel brownstones belie subterranean horrors

Take a stroll among the graceful homes of one of Brooklyn’s oldest neighborhoods… but don’t let their sedate charms fool you. Nestled within these dwellings are a wealth of gory, ghastly, haunted, and gruesome tales.

Brooklyn Heights hides surprising secrets: Revolutionary-era bones are buried in gardens; concealed tunnels are rife with ghost trains and poltergeist activity; hidden cemeteries and historic tragedies converge to create the phantoms of the Brooklyn Theatre Fire. Henry Ward Beecher’s ghost keeps his secrets, the Brooklyn Bridge hides its horrors, and apartments and supermarkets overlay the sites of an ancient “ghost-haunted” fort… and the “Gate to Hell!” Oh, and did we mention that horror master H.P. Lovecraft once lived here, too? (Now it’s all falling into place.) These unexpected histories infuse a gothic flavor into urban infrastructure, an occult nature that fires the imagination and makes one wonder what truly lurks beneath the “Borough of Churches.”

Created and launched in 2014, this is Brooklyn’s original ghost tour! We keep group sizes small and the pace leisurely so you can get up close to the neighborhood’s haunted landmarks – the best way to experience these stories.

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Tour at a Glance
Start Location:

Meet at the Henry Ward Beecher statue in Cadman Plaza near Johnson St.

End Location:

Near Clinton Street and Atlantic Ave

Tour Duration:

2 hours


1.3 miles

Tour Run Dates:

May - November

Important Information


Important Information


  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Cash (or your preferred app, i.e. Venmo) if you want to tip your guide


  • Pets
  • Drugs and/or alcohol
  • Film/photography/recording equipment without prior permission


  • Tours run rain or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather! (See our advice here)
  • Wear comfortable shoes! Most of our tours are at least a mile in length.
  • In the event of extreme or severe weather conditions, this tour may be amended or postponed; if postponed you will be given a rain check to take another tour at your convenience.
  • There are no bathroom breaks or rest stops on the tour.
  • Tours start on time, so please try to get to the meeting point 15 minutes early to give yourself time to check in and get comfortable before the tour starts.