The Most Haunted Houses: the original Washington, D.C. ghost tour!

Violent quarrels, vicious attacks, murder, suicide — why is it such turbulent events in Washington history seem concentrated around the seven acres of Lafayette Park? During the day, it bustles with White House staff, visitors and office workers. As evening descends, however, so does an almost tangible drape of stillness; it’s not hard to imagine the park’s inky expanse of yesteryear. Indeed, it is the most haunted site in the city. How the ghosts and spirits came into being is the subject of this eerie perambulation. You’ll see the home of Navy hero Stephen Decatur, hear about man of letters Henry Adams and his troubled wife Clover, and relive the night of April 14, 1865, when the Grim Reaper stalked more than Abraham Lincoln. (Could the White House be enshrouded by “the Presidential Circle of Death”?) You’ll begin this walk at the house considered the most haunted home in the city: The Octagon.


Please note that this walk does not include interior visits to any of the buildings featured.


Led by Laura.


"We took a light-hearted and informative ghost tour with Washington Walks to get us in the mood for Halloween. Our guide was a true Washington local. There are a lot of ghost tours in DC, but go with an established company like WW. Their guides are passionate and knowledgeable." - TripAdvisor reviewer


If you like this Washington walking tour, you might also like: Capitol Hauntings and The White House and Lafayette Park


Stay tuned for 2022 public tour dates.


Also available for group and private tour bookings. Email for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants on public tours.

$35 per person for public tours. 

Please email us for a private or group tour quote.

Book Now
Embarks from "The Octagon" sign located at 1799 New York Avenue, NW (corner of New York Avenue and 18th Street, NW). (Please note: Google Maps will take you to the wrong location if you put in the address. Use "Octagon Museum.")
Questions? Answers here.