With October upon us and Halloween just around the corner, more and more people are drawn to all things scary.  Or at least mysterious.  In Downtown Flagstaff, locals and tourists alike have the opportunity to come face to face with some of the areas poltergeists, or at least their stories.  From now through October 31st, ghost tours are being offered in Downtown Flagstaff through a program sponsored by the Pioneer Museum and the Arizona Historical Society.

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October, guests will meet at the Flagstaff Visitors Center (which is Flagstaff’s historic train station) at 7:00PM. The cost is $8 per person for the walking tour of some of Flagstaff’s oldest, most haunted buildings. You can hear tales of local history and the citizens of yesteryear that are possibly still walking among us.

John Wayne claimed to have seen a ghost in Flagstaff’s historic Monte Vista hotel while he was visiting Flagstaff during a movie shoot.  As a frequent visitor to Flagstaff, he was a fairly familiar sight particularly in the 1930’s and 1940’s when the western was at its heyday.

For the historic information only, these tours are fun.  But throw in a good ghost story, and it really becomes special. I took my 2 daughters on the tour in 2010 and will be taking the family again this year.  Our guide was a local storyteller that seemed to be channeling a lady from Flagstaff’s colorful past.  I would highly recommend this individual and she will be giving tours on the 27th through the 31st at 7:30PM.  Information can be found here:


or, you can call The Pioneer Museum directly at 928-774-6272.

You can make a night of it by having dinner at one of Downtown Flagstaff’s great restaurants and then stroll over to the train station. Make sure you dress warmly.  Late October nights in Flagstaff can be quite brisk and there are periods where you will be standing listening to stories and get a bit chilled. Afterward, how about a nice hot cocoa by the fire at:


Or…for something with a bit more kick, why not a cocktail or one of the many draft beers or single malt scotches at:



Happy Haunting!