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 BreeLaura, or Vinny.


"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


Available for group and private tour bookings in fall 2021 and beyond. Email for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
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Embarks from "The Octagon" sign located at 1799 New York Avenue, NW (corner of New York Avenue and 18th Street, NW).
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