Who knew that when the sun sets on the town known for blue skies, hot air balloons, and green chile that a multitude of ghosts would be lurking around the corner?
Apparently as a result of horrific accidents, murders, and other frightful tragedies, paranormal activity has taken up residence in what looks to be, on the surface at least, the quiet night streets of downtown Albuquerque.
Head out for a 90 minute lantern-lit stroll on the Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk and those seemingly empty alleys and buildings may have your skin crawling with otherworldliness.
An evening of ghost hunting in Albuquerque
Our Albucreepy evening began at the Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory, which is located in the old First National Bank Building near the Hotel Andaluz in downtown Albuquerque. Year-round, Albucreepy takes guests on a 1.3 mile / 2.1 km walking tour, stopping at buildings that are thought to be haunted, and weaving in historic tales of the area along the way.
Before the tour started, one of our guides for the evening, Jordan Jonas, entertained the group with skillful slight of hand, then it was down the stairs to the creepy old haunted basement.
Led by paranormal investigators, Blake and Jordan, we headed out through the dark streets on our paranormal adventure. At each stop, Blake or Jordan provided the history of the location, the associated folklore, and then left it to the group to draw their own conclusions.
What ghosts linger in Albuquerque’s haunted and historic locations?
Well, that would spoil the tour, now wouldn’t it? Let’s just say the tour covers…
The location of a shootout near the convention center…
The Wool Warehouse theatre…
A commercial laundry where a female seems to never get the laundry finished (now that is really scary)…
The old Bernalillo County courthouse…
The KiMo Theatre where a little boy named Bobby was killed when a hot water heater exploded…
The mysterious light that comes on in a building with no electricity…
and Hell’s Half Acre, Albuquerque’s former red light district.
At each location along the way, Blake and Jordan share stories that will be sure to send a chill down your spine.
Creepy good times
Albucreepy tour participants are encouraged to bring their cameras and are even provided some pointers to assist with photographing orbs and apparitions to create that ever-so unique Facebook post. (No, we didn’t capture any images of those who have passed over to the other side).
They also point out how to spot fake ghosts in photos.
Additionally, Albucreepy attendees are educated on the methods that paranormal investigators employ in their hunt for ghosts, such as electronic voice phenomenon, or EVP, and they explain why most reported spirits are a result of traumatic endings.
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, it’s makes for an entertaining evening where you’ll learn about Albuquerque’s history – so booook a tour today!
Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk: Know before you go
Tickets and additional information are available on the Albucreepy website.
Wear comfortable shoes. The tour is 1.3 miles / 2.1 km of walking and takes about 90 minutes, so comfortable shoes will make the experience more enjoyable.
Ghosts don’t mind a bit of weather. The tour occurs year-round in all types of weather unless the sidewalks are not walkable. The majority of the tour is outside on the streets of downtown Albuquerque, so dress appropriately for the conditions and temperature.
Not for children. The tour contains discussion of murders, suicides and gruesome deaths, so it is probably too frightening for children and Albucreepy strongly suggests that young children do not attend and rates the tour PG-13.
Fido is welcome to join the group. Well-behaved, friendly pets and service animals are welcome on the tour.
Arrive a little early. If you’ve purchased a ticket online, arrive 15 minutes early. Allow for 30 minutes if you plan to buy your ticket on site.