Oct 122015

My husband, Christian, and I have been to Mystic, CT numerous times.  In fact, you have probably seen me write about our trips down there a few times in the last year alone. We only live about an hour and fifteen minutes away, so while it’s still relatively close to where we live, it’s just far enough that it makes for a perfect weekend getaway spot.

Last weekend we found ourselves in Mystic yet again and had a chance to go on the Seaside Shadows Haunted Tour one of the nights. If you are a regular around here, you know that I am obsessed with love walking ghost tours.  They combine two of my favorite things in one – history and paranormal activity.  Seriously, as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get much better than that.

**Disclosure:  My husband and I received complimentary tickets to this tour thanks to my friends at Mystic Country.  All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way!

As I said, I have been in Mystic many times, but I had no idea that this community had such a dark past.  I loved hearing the spooky stories as we strolled through downtown Mystic by lantern light.


The tour met on the sidewalk by the Mystic River Park (near the drawbridge). Once the tour started at 7 pm, we all headed over to the Park’s boardwalk to start the tour.  It was there that the tour guide, Courtney McInvale Reardon, told us a little bit about herself.  In addition to being a Connecticut native herself, she is a sensitive and has been connecting with the other side for many years.  She also told us about her experiences growing up in a haunted house which was actually investigated by the famous Warren family.

All the stories on the Seaside Shadows Haunted Tour are factual and were researched thoroughly by Courtney and her team.  While many of the stories we were told were based on historic events or even in some cases folklore, a few of the stories that she told us took place in recent times at several local eating establishments and can be verified by the staff that works there presently.

Like I mentioned earlier, Mystic has seen its share of tragic events over the years. One story that really stuck me was about the “Mystic Massacre.” During this horrific event, 700 Pequot Indians (mostly women and children) were burned alive by white settlers who wanted their land.

Along the tour we learned about the Mystic Pig Man and we stopped outside several buildings (Factory Square) which house a few popular restaurants hearing accounts of ghostly encounters that the staff and customers have had.  Courtney also told us the story of the giggling ghost of Mystic which restaurant she visits….


And she told the story of local ghost who left footprints on the floor of a well known establishment…


If you’re concerned about the fact that this is a walking tour, fret not.  The 90-ish minute tour is under a mile and it’s not a tough walk by any means. The tour didn’t end where it began, but it was not far from the starting point.

It was pretty obvious from the get go that Courtney really loves what she does.  I have been on many of these kinds of tours over the years and you can tell when the guide is just giving the tour because it’s their job.  Totally not the case with Courtney. In addition to being a great speaker, she provided us with an extremely informative tour, she was funny and was not shy at all about sharing her own personal experiences with the paranormal as well as other’s she knew of.  I really enjoyed hearing her stories.


Robert, who is a Revolutionary War re-enactor, is also a tour guide with Seaside Shadows, and he was with our group the night we took the tour.

Tours run from April through November and start at 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. I mentioned earlier that the tour met at the Mystic River Park, but you will find Courtney on the Cottrell St. side. Tickets can be purchased through the website, www.seasideshadows.com or if you decide to go spur of the moment, there are walk up tickets available, but on a limited basis. Trust me, it’s no fun when there are 432,533 people on a tour like this, so they try to keep it manageable.

Tickets are $18 purchased  in advance April through September and $20 at walk-up April through September. October tickets for high season are a bit higher and are $20 purchased in advance and $22 at walk-up. After November 1st — for the remainder of November prices resume to be $18 per person in advance and $20 per person at walk-up.

FYI, this tour is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, or just want to hear some history of the area, the Seaside Shadows Haunted Tour is a great way to spend some time while you’re in Mystic. Bring your camera because photographs are highly encouraged.  And if you do take the tour, just remember to show up with an open mind and your walking shoes.

  126 Responses to “The Seaside Shadows Haunted Tour in Mystic, CT”

  1. We love Mystic, too, but haven’t been there for in awhile, but this sounds like so much fun and thanks for sharing with us! 🙂

  2. This was a great tour. The guide was a real physic and was very knowledgeable.

  3. Sounds like a fun time. I love the historical stories that go along with the tour.

  4. That’s so neat when you learn about the spooky parts of towns and places you’ve been. I love ghost tours as well.

  5. Ooh this sounds so scary. I’ve been to Mystic Port as a tourist in summer but this sounds really fun so would love to check it out in the fall.

  6. That sounds like so much fun. I love a little bit of spooky, but even apart from the haunted element it’d be a fun tour.

  7. We have a similar tour here in SoCal near the pier that lets you walk about while you listen to ghost stories. I’ve also stayed in Lizzie Borden’s house (not sure if they still let people do that or not.) This sort of event is right up our alley!

  8. Now that looks fun, I love anything that has haunted in it. I’ll add it to my list.

  9. Ive never done a walking ghost tour and I totally want to!! This looks like so much fun and my husband would be so scared!

  10. Another cool Halloween spot! theres nothing like that down here in FL.

  11. You have been busy checking out all things scary! This sounds like a fun tour and I love the costumes!

  12. This looks like lots of fun! I love seeing all of the cool, spooky things you do.

  13. How fun and spooky! My husband would love this.

  14. The last haunted tour I went on was in New Orleans. Very cool, especially the guide through one of the above-ground cemeteries.

  15. I’ve never heard of Mystic but it sounds like a fun tour. I’d love to go on it with my husband.

  16. I’ve visited Mystic once or twice and know there’s still a lot more that I’d like to do in the area. This sounds like it’s be perfectly spooky for the Halloween season.

  17. I went on a ghost tour in New Orleans but I thought they were exclusive to the area. I had no idea other parts of the US also did similar tours. It sounds like you had a fun time, and it’s cool that you’re sharing the experience with others!

  18. I have loved seeing all your tours lately! This looks like so much fun to do for a date night!

  19. The Mystic Massacre is really sad! It’s no wonder there are hauntings after that.

  20. I have yet to visit a spooky place this year but it is on my bucket list! I want to go to New Hampshire and check out some of their attractions.

  21. I’ve never done a haunted house, we are gonna do it this year, the older two kids are definitely ready.

  22. I love that you are checking out all these places! I’m so into the creepy scene!

  23. I wonder if there is something like that around here ? It looks like a fun date night.
    you can pretend you are scared and hang on to your hubbys arms.
    I wonder if there is something like that around here in Michigan?

  24. That is spooky cool! I love stuff like this. But only in a group setting!

  25. Tours like this are so much fun. I love them so much, because, while I’ve never seen a ghost, I have to assume that at least some of these places are actually haunted.

  26. I love doing stuff like this! I have always been interested in haunting, ghosts, spirits and so forth!

  27. I think walking history tours are a great way to learn and exercise at the same time. Even cooler that it’s a spooky theme!

  28. Sounds like a good reason for me to visit Connecticut. I love ghost tours like this too.

  29. I have never been up that way, I would love to check out the historical side but not the scary side (I’m a big chicken LOL). It looks like it would be a lot of fun though!

  30. I love me some haunted tours. i am hoping to get to St. Augustine for a haunted tour this weekend. I will definitely check this one out when I finally make it north again.

  31. This sounds like a lot of fun. I always try to do a ghost tour when I travel.

    • Omg! I swear you have been ever haunted place imaginable this past month!!!! This haunted your sounds like a spooky good time!

  32. I love history but paranormal stuff freaks me out a bit. I think the Seaside Shadows Haunted Tour could be fun, though!

  33. The price of this tour is a good price. I would love to do a ghost tour.

  34. This haunted tour sounds like it’s so fun!

  35. Even with the spooky parts, I think Mystic sounds like a charming town. I would love to visit all of it some day!

  36. This sounds like another awesome ghost tour that you have take this month! I love all of these hauntingly fun tours!!

  37. Wow what a place – so many sad stories – I bet it was a great tour though. x

  38. I have never been on a walking tour like this before. I think it would be a great way to learn about the history of a place. This tour would have made me sad, I am super sensitive 😉

  39. Looks like a great time! You guys do the best things, especially for little outings together! So awesome. I’d love to do a haunted tour, although I’m a chicken!

  40. My hubby would totally love this tour! What a fun Halloween activity!

  41. The Spooky gets to me but I would really still like to see this! Great post

  42. I am loving these haunted tours posts!
    Also, I love Mystic. We try to go every summer, but maybe I need to go in the fall too.

  43. Mystic just sounds like an intriguing place! I love how affordable the tour is as well!

  44. That sounds like a fun time. I know my boyfriend loves the scary stuff but I get sooo freaked out.

  45. What a great spooky adventure! I’m not sure I could handle the scary stuff!!!

  46. I had no idea Mystic had any walking tours. This looks like so much fun!

  47. I’ve never been on a ghost tour but have always wanted to go on one! I’ll have to check and see if there are any close by.

  48. Again, I’m jealous of your tours! haha This one looks great but I’m sure I’d be a scaredy cat!

  49. I have always wanted to go to Mystic. It is such a charming experience!

  50. You do the best tours! You need to start a haunted everything blog, LOL! I’m glad I can live vicariously through your adventures on the ghosty front. My only knowledge of Mystic CT is the movie Mystic Pizza. I wonder if that was a real place, the pizza place?

  51. How spooky. I’m not sure if I can survive these walks while hearing the stories behind them.

  52. That looks so fun. We have scary houses but nothing that has real historical significance.

  53. This looks like a lot of fun. I know my husband would be all for this!

  54. Okay, footprints would be super-creepy. HA! But also kinda-cool. I love mystery towns like this. I am all for getting spooked.

  55. This looks like so much fun! I’ve always wanted to go on a haunted tour.

  56. That looks like a ton of fun! I love doing fun things like this when Halloween get closer and closer!

  57. Sounds like you had fun!! We were there last year, my niece loved it.

  58. Of all the haunted tours you and your husband went to, I think this looks the scariest. Sounds like you had so much fun though.

  59. This sounds fabulously scary! Perfect for Halloween!

  60. Sounds scary but i love this kind of tour. I always wanted to go in haunted house

  61. Very cool. I am only 45 min from Mystic. My family will have to check this out! THANKS!

  62. Love that kind of stuff. I think my husband actually enjoys it more than I do though… he totally gets into spooky things. Will have to put this on our list of places to visit sometime.

  63. LOVE this one! And it’s so close to home- I am going to see if Dave wants to do a date night in Mystic!

  64. I would love to go to a real haunted house. I think it would be so cool.

  65. I love haunted tours! This one seems especially fun and spooky.

  66. Its quite interesting that the Tour started at 7 p.m. I would have thought morning but it makes sense. Its great the Tour was led by not only a native but a sensitive. CT sure has a dark history

  67. It sounds like you have a lot of fun! I love haunted tours like that!

  68. How fun! My husband and I watch Ghost Advevtures every week, but we’ve only done one walking tour. I’m down for more!!

  69. I think I’d be too chicken to do such a thing….I get scared of not even scary movies lol…then I tell my husband he better not fall asleep on the couch because I won’t be able to sleep alone lol

  70. Sounds super spooky. I don’t know if I could go for that but definitely sounds awesome for anyone who likes a good scare!

  71. I love your posts about these kinds of tours! I could never do this, but love reading about it.

  72. I’d love to do a haunted tour! Sounds like a spooky time!

  73. I love going on historical tours. Looks like you all had a great time.

  74. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Fall night. That’s awesome that you had such a great tour guide too.

  75. Girl, I can;t even do children’s haunted houses with out damn near having a coronary!

  76. Mystic CT always reminds me of that Julia Roberts movie, Mystic Pizza!! I bet it’s a gorgeous, haunted city, your ghost tour seems awesome!!

  77. That sounds like an amazing tour. I think I could handle it though I spook easily! Glad you were able to have a weekend getaway that combined your love of paranormal and history!

  78. Seaside Shadows Haunted Tour sounds fabulous. I would love to do some of these on the east coast one of these next Halloween season. There are so many more cool ones on the east coast then anywhere else.

  79. What a great tour sounds like it was fun and the city was the perfect setting. Thanks for sharing.

  80. This sounds like a really scary and fun tour. A community with a dark past; I’m sure there are a lot of scary stories you can hear there.

  81. You found another cool halloween spot! Thats wonderful. Sounds like a great tour!

  82. You’re having so many scary adventures lately! It’s a good thing you really enjoy creepy events!

  83. This sounds like a fun tour to do for Halloween. There is something similar in San Diego that I’ve wanted to try.

  84. The giggling ghost sounds interesting. What an exciting tour.

  85. Courtney sounds like a great guide. What an fun and exciting tour! I would love to do something like this with my husband too.

  86. I hate that so many people were burned alive. How tragic, I can’t even imagine.

  87. I’m sure you had a great fun experience! That is what I wanted to go to this coming Halloween.

  88. Sounds like such a fun and spooky tour, just in time for Halloween!

  89. This sounds incredibly creepy. My best friend will love it!

  90. I need to find some haunted places in Colorado to visit. Seems like they can be lots of fun. I’ve never been to any on the East Coast but if I ever make it to Mystic CT, I’ll be sure to check them out.

  91. Wow, you have really been on a rampage lately with ghosts. Which one has been your favorite tour?

  92. If I ever get over to CT I am going to have to check this out. I love ghost tours!

  93. I would love to do something like this some time soon. What a fun tour! I am easily scared though!

  94. Nothing scares me more than learning frightening yet factual details about a location. This tour seems to be filled with that type of haunting information!

  95. This sounds like a great tour. I personally haven’t had any experiences with paranormal activity. It does sound interesting though. That is sad that the Indians were burned alive. I could imagine how that felt. 🙁

  96. What is it that interests you about paranormal activity? I can hardly handle the shows…. they are so scary! All that said, the tours you’ve shared are interested. I am just not brave enough. lol

  97. Hell no…LOL…I don’t think so…but more power to those who have the guts

  98. I’m a wimp, but I think it’s so cool that you and your husband have this hobby together! I do love learning about the history of places, just not always the ghostly parts. 😉

  99. That breaks my heart about the Indian women and children. Greed turns people evil. Poor poor children.

  100. This looks really fun and interesting. I love to attend these types of things.

  101. I have always wanted to go on a tour like this. I am such a chicken i would have to have someone with me to make me actually go threw with it.

  102. I’ve been to CT but not in Mystic. Mystic sounds more of mysterious so yeah, the ghostly adventures fit it perfectly. Wish I could go there some day to experience it too!

  103. I did a local ghost walk and it was so interesting. I learned a lot of history about my town i did not know.

  104. I mentioned this ghost tour to my daughter and she said “Can we do it?” lol.

  105. Sounds like it was a very historical tour! If I lived closer I would love to go check it out.

  106. I love that this tour is offered at night. It adds a sense of mystery and spookiness to it.

  107. Thanks for sharing! Very interesting details. I’m not a fan of spooky stuff, but the history aspect sounds intriguing.

  108. I am not sure that I would be brave enough to do this but it does sound like it would be fun!

  109. This sounds fun! I love anything paranormal or “haunted”. We’ve done a haunted Seattle tour before and are actually going to Victoria, BC next weekend and taking a haunted tour there as well!

  110. What a fun idea! I’ve done something similar and it was a blast!

  111. I just found out about one of these tours in our area. they kinda fess up that the “spook factor” is a bit embellished; but it is still a wealth of information about local history and some really old families, so I definitely want to do it.

  112. That sounds like a cool experience. I like the historical aspect of it.

  113. I love the idea of a haunted tour. I think my husband and I would both enjoy this. I need to see if there is something similar where we live.

  114. This sounds like my kind of fun! My family always said I was weird because I enjoy being scared but its a great thrill.

  115. I love these type of tours also. The history mixed with a good story is fantastic. Looks like a nice tour to take.

  116. That looks like so much fun! I’ve been watching a lot of Supernatural lately so a place like this would be fun. 🙂

  117. That sounds like an interesting tour! I would have loved to join it.