Push Away the Screen: Haunted Asheville Vampire and Occult Tour

On an overcast Friday evening in July, my family had the opportunity to experience a little known side of Downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Their website described the tour as THE tour for intellectuals. During the 2 hour tour we were going to learn about the local vampire scene, tribal rites in Pritchard Park, dark spirits on Church Street, Native American mysticism, and much more. This tour includes late-night access to the Asheville Mystery Museum where you'll see artifacts Joshua P. Warren brought back from Transylvania, including a sacred crucifix and a piece of Vlad the Impaler's Castle.

Our group of 9, plus our guide Tadd set out just after 8pm. It was a small group since my family was 6 of the 9! The walking ghost tour was MUCH busier.

So off we went. We walked up and down the downtown street, learning stories about the weird things that have happened in Asheville. Tadd was very knowledgeable, friendly, engaging, informative and funny. He was able to keep our group engaged. The tour had creepy stories, but nothing that was too scary for the children. Maybe he toned it down since we had the kids? I don't know, but we enjoyed it.


One of my favorite stories was a story about the creation of the FIRST vampire. He stopped our group and began the story in front of the Central United Methodist Church. He explained some of the legends behind why vampires can't see their reflections, why they dislike garlic, etc...

And then began the story of the first vampire. Why the church? Because his story involves the biblical sons of Adam and Eve: Cain and Abel. I don't want to spoil the story of the vampire, but needless to say if you know the book of Genesis, you know that Cain killed Abel and I will leave it at that. It was quite an interesting theory.

We also visited the "Witches Tree."

There is a TON of history behind this tree, and it was nearly cut down about 10 years ago, but was saved thanks to the local Wiccan community who uses the tree as part of their traditional ceremonies.

There were a few other interesting stories involving the occult and a demon (maybe...no one knows what it was, Ronin thinks that it was a Tasmanian Devil) that terrorized a few inmates in the 1800's.

And then we went back to the Museum.

There was a lot of really cool artifacts to look at!

Overall we really enjoyed this tour. It gave us the opportunity to see a different side of Asheville.

You can find out more information about the tour HERE. Adults are $20, and kids 8 and under are FREE!


Have you ever been on a ghost tour? In what city??

Tampa Theatre presents Family Favorites Series

Disclaimer: My family and I received tickets to the Tampa Theatre’s showing of The Princess Bride in exchange for my review of our experience.  I received no compensation and the opinions shared in this post are my own, or that of my children Wink

On Sunday April 7th my family was invited to the opening performance of the Family Favorites Series presented by the historic Tampa Theatre! My husband is from one of the oldest families in Tampa Bay, and he can trace his Tampa roots back to the 1880's. He has been here many many times, but we've never had the opportunity to take our trio!

The Tampa Theater was built in 1926 (the year my grandfather was born) and it is a simply beautiful theater!  My camera just does not do the theater justice, so rather than focusing on blurry, dark photos, I'll do my best to tell you what a great time we had!

We arrived in time to take the 1:30 tour. During the tour one of my children (Ronin) asked quite loudly "IS THIS PLACE HAUNTED??" And we quickly learned that YES, there is in fact a ghost at the theater. His name is Fink and he was the theater projectionist for 35 years. He did not die in the theater but since he spent the majority of his time there, that is where he chose to "haunt."

Ella and Ronin were both quite excited by the thought of a ghost!! Haley was starting to come down with the cooties, and though she had fun, I can look back at the photos and tell she wasn't feeling herself. Ronin and Ella kept looking around for Fink, but never felt his presence. They'd probably love the 90 minute ghost tour that is offered!

We played "lets find the perfect seat" for quite some time. We went up to the balcony, but all the kids forgot their glasses (or maybe I forgot them???) so we ended up in the 4th row from the front. I got all little people settled with the husband and went up for snacks. The Tampa Theatre has a very reasonably priced snack bar and they serve beer that they allow you to take back to your seat!! This was my LAST beer for a month. And it was good!!

 Popcorn for the kids and husband, check. Beer for me and husband, check. Licorice for Haley, check. Water for the trio, check. One mom with only two arms. Oh my! But I managed to get it all back to our seat!

The Princess Bride came out in 1987. I was 15 years old, and honestly I don't think I've seen it since then, and my kids have certainly never seen it! They loved it!! All 3 of them. At one point during the sword fighting Ronin got very animated, very excited, bouncing up and down in his seat, pretending he was fighting. And both my girls wanted to know "mama back in the old days was Buttercup a common name??"

We had a great time, and we'd certainly love to come back, but with my crazy race schedule and other events we have coming up, there might only be 1 more time we can go! Fingers crossed!

The Family Favorite Classic Movie Series shows start at 2 p.m. on Sundays and run from April 7 – May 19.  Tampa Theatre offers a discounted kids’ ticket price for this series in the hopes to appeal families looking for an affordable weekend outing in downtown Tampa. The films in Family Favorite Classic Movie Series include:

  • Babe (1995) – April 14
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) – April 21
  • Annie (1982) – April 28
  • The Muppet Movie (1979) – May 5
  • The Neverending Story (1984) –  May 12
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – May 19