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Frequently Asked Questions


When are the tours?

Ghost hunts will be every Friday and Saturday night starting Labor Day Weekend
Start time:  8:45 pm  End Time: Around 11pm (Maybe a little longer)

Check the website or signup for newsletter for Special Events announcements

How much does the tour cost?

Haunted Hangtown Ghost Hunts are $25 per person.

Group rates may be available.  Call for booking information.

Note:  If we will actually be visiting inside a location, it is possible the fee may be more.

Special Event Investigations prices vary depending on the location

Do I need to buy tickets in advance?

Tours may sell out. Advance purchase is recommended to reserve your spot so that you don’t miss out on the hunt.  Also this will let us know how much equipment will be needed for the ghost hunts, especially in October.

Is tipping or gratuity allowed?

While gratuity is never expected, if you think that your guide provided exceptional customer service, we hope you will show your appreciation at the end of the tour.

Where is the tour departure point?

Starting location: Ivy House Parking lot.
just across the street from Main Street Melters)
Address: 589 Main St, Placerville, CA 95667 (corner of Main and Clay Street)

End Location:
  The Cary House – 300 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667

Ghost Hunt special event locations will be announced on our Event Page and Facebook events. 

Is there parking near the tour?

There will be parking available in the Ivy House Parking Lot, our starting location, but there is also parking lots along Main Street closer to our final destination, and a parking structure on Center street, just off of Main Street that will leave you closer to your car at the end of the tour. The Hangtown Ghost Tour crew will be able to walk you to your car if you have to walk back to the starting location.

Does the tour happen rain or shine?

Yes, the tour runs in all weather unless it is dangerous for our visitors. If we cancel the tour due to dangerous weather, guests can reschedule for another night.

Haunted Hangtown Ghost Tours, reserves the right to cancel a tour if there are not enough participants or if weather doesn’t permit. 

Refunds will not be issued but instead we will grant you a raincheck and work with you to reschedule.

I am running late for the tour. Will you wait for me?

Unfortunately, not. We must start the tour on time because our other guests do not want to wait. The tour leaves promptly. No refunds will be issued to people who are late and miss the tour. Please give yourself plenty of time to get to the tour and find parking!

What is a ghost hunt?

Ghost hunts utilize paranormal equipment and although you will learn history of the haunts during the hunt, they are about the paranormal investigation experience! You will get a first hand participation in an actual mini-investigation.  The hunt offers the greatest potential for a paranormal experience because devices will be used during hunts that will not be used during the walks.

It’s no guarantee you will have that experience, but there’s no guarantee you won’t.  Keep your eyes, ears, and senses wide open.

What is a ghost walk?

A ghost walk is a walking tour of Haunted Hangtown’s main street.  Although you will get to utilize paranormal investigative equipment, we will not hold a mini investigation.  Guides will take you to locations which have a history of paranormal activity, you will learn of the myths, lores and legends of those haunts as well as the haunted history of Placerville.  We will also share with you what our group has found while investigating various locations along main street.

How long is the tour?

The Ghost Hunt is between is a little longer than 2 hours, possible 2 1/2 hours.

The distance is usually between a mile to a mile and half. 

The hunt can go a little long depending on the activity and willingness of the spirits to communicate

The Ghost Walk is approximately 1 hour and 15 mins. 

What should I bring with me?

Comfortable shoes are a must! Summer tours can get a bit toasty and humid.  Bring fluid.  Winter tours can get chilly and damp.  Bring appropriate clothing and an umbrella if there is a hint of rain.

Also, bring your phone camera and take as many pictures and video as you want.  Flash photography or lights from your video cameras can be disruptive.  We will have flashlights available to assist with your picture taking. Remember, steady hand and patience. Darker pictures require more time to focus. 

What  equipment do you use on the Ghost Hunt?

Each tour group will use some of the latest equipment to possibly collect paranormal evidence. We will utilize EVP recorders to capture disembodied voices, MEL Meters and EMF devices to identify changes in the environment, and REM pods with triboelectric tools to detect energy presence in our midst.  Temperature guns and dowsing rods may be used.  ITC Devices such as Spirit Boxes, Ovilus and communication apps will be utilized during the hunts.

Flashlights will also be provided for dark areas and to assist with picture taking.

Can we bring our own ghost hunting equipment?

Heck yes.  We don’t have everything and there is some great gear that we would love to see used during the hunts and the walks.  We are a team hunting down spirits.  Please don’t bring large video cameras. 

Hunts and tours take place in locations which have a high number of reports of paranormal activity, the tour offers the opportunity for both paranormal enthusiasts and experienced paranormal investigators to use their own equipment to seek out hauntings.

We do ask that you please let us know what equipment you have brought so that it would not get mixed in with any equipment we may be using on either our tour or ghost hunt.

Do you go inside buildings on the tour?

Most of Hangtown’s businesses are still active and open and the majority close rather early.  The greater part of our ghost hunts will take place outside at the locations that have been designated as an active paranormal hotspot by our investigation team.

On special occasions we may be able to enter a location and have a mini investigation inside.  This requires gracious owners of locations to have employees or themselves come back after their locations have closed.  In some cases, the cost of entering the location will be passed on to the cost of that night’s tour.

We will be working on special events where investigations will take place with a short tour with an exclusive paranormal investigation inside.

We expect visitors to have paranormal experiences at the outside stops on the tour, as well.

Can you guarantee we will see a ghost?

As we all know, spirits are very unpredictable and nobody can ever guarantee you will see a ghost or even experience paranormal activity, but we will have investigated the paranormal hotspots and will share with you those spots. 

We have reports from locals and visitors, books, and stories passed down through generations of seeing shadows, figures in windows, feeling their clothing tugged by invisible forces, and hearing disembodied voices, as well as having captured orbs, mists, and even full-bodied apparitions in photographs.

Check your pictures and videos very close after the tour has ended.  Most paranormal evidence is found after the fact.  And of course, as part of the hunting expedition, we welcome you to share any of your findings with us at or Facebook or Instagram.

Are pets allowed on the tour.

No, please leave all pets at home for the tour.

Can I take pictures on the tour?

We welcome picture taking, but ask that the use of flash be minimized while the guide is telling a story. If picture taking during a story becomes distracting, the guide will ask you to wait until they have finished the story.

It will be recommended to put your phones into airplane mode so that there will be less chance of any contamination or interference from phone signals with the investigating equipment. 

If you capture any paranormal phenomena on your camera, we would appreciate it if you email your photo to or share on social media; Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Is it all right for me to text or use a cell phone during the tour?

Not really.  It’s really disruptive to the tour guide and your fellow visitors.

Again, it will be recommended to put your phones into airplane mode so that there will be less chance of any contamination or interference from phone signals with the investigating equipment. 

What happens if guests are disruptive?

If a guest is being disruptive to the guide or other guests, the guide will ask them to refrain from continuing their disruptive behavior. If the guest continues to be disruptive, it is the guide’s discretion to ask the guest to leave the tour, in which case, the ticket will not be refunded.

What if I have to use the bathroom during the tour?

Please try to use the rest room before the tour.  There are several locations to use the bathroom, but most of them are bars and have an age requirement as well as being a customer.  There is a bathroom at Mel’s Diner that is family friendly that you can use before or after the tour, but it is highly recommended to use the restrooms before the tour. 

We can direct you in case of emergency, but due to time constraints the tour must go on.

Is this tour suitable for children?

Both the Ghost Walk and the Ghost Hunt are geared toward the paranormal.  If you feel that your child can handle talking about ghosts, spirits, and what goes bump in the night…that’s your decision. We don’t require ID, so please to adhere to the age limits.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Yes, our route is fully accessible to wheelchair, scooters and strollers.  The sidewalks are not wide and there is a bit of an incline during part of the walk.  Be prepared.

Where is a good place to eat before/after the tour?

Downtown Placerville, Haunted Hangtown, is full of wonderful places to eat, drink and shop.  Check out or the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce business section for recommendations.

Do you offer group rates?

Yes, group rates are available for groups of 8 people or more. Groups may also schedule private tours outside of our usual schedule. To schedule a group, contact us via email or Facebook Messenger.

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