Friday, February 21, 2014

Boston Haunts' historical-based tour returns for 2014 season

With a nod to Charles Dickens and Boston's bevy of literary giants like Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, explore the ghosts of Boston's past with a lantern-led walk through the city's historic haunts based on the internationally famous author's spirited stay in the 1800s.

What historic hot spot made Dickens scream with delight? What Victorian-era murder oddly inspired him? Which historic hotel and Dickens hangout is Boston's most haunted?

The 90-minute long Boston Haunts walking tour kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21 starting at at the Irish Famine Memorial (24 School Street) near the State Street "T" Stop and the new Walgreens running Fridays-Saturdays at 7 p.m. and will expand in September.

Click here for tickets.

As far as haunted sites, the information was pulled directly from the "Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub" book. In addition to the ghost lore, the Boston Haunts walking tour boasts spooky tales from the crypt pulled from the darker side of the city's history.

Contact us via email at info@cambridgehaunts.com. Our tour hotline is 617-505-9866.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Groupon reservation hub for Boston Haunts tour


Scored a Groupon? Cheers! However, you need to schedule your tour ASAP. Follow these simple steps to redeem your deal. Each tour has a limited number of slots so we strongly recommend scheduling your tour sooner rather than later:

1). Click on the "Enter promotional code" link at the bottom of the registration form.

2). Enter your unique eight-digit alpha code next to the barcode and without the hyphen, hit "apply" and either Groupon-2 or Groupon-4 will pop up based on your deal.
Tour guide Nick C. conjures spirits

3). Then, go to the "select date" pull-down menu. Also, you need to specify the size of your party based on the Groupon purchased (quantity is either 2 or 4).

4). Hit the "register" button and then enter your information on the next screen. You will automatically receive an email with tickets to the event.

5). Show up 15-minutes before the tour coming from State Street of the MBTA's Orange or Blue Lines and dress accordingly for the colder weather. Enjoy!

Click here for a step-by-step tutorial on how to schedule your tour. Or, contact us via email at info@cambridgehaunts.com.

IMPORTANT: When entering your 8-digit Groupon code into the scheduling system, don't use the hyphen (so it's ABCDEFGH and not ABCD-EFGH). Also, it's the 8-digit number on your Groupon next to the barcode and is all letters and not numbers. Email us at info@cambridgehaunts.com with any questions.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Q&A: Interview with Nick Groff from 'Ghost Adventures'

Nick posing with the old hospital behind himDealing with real-life tragedy and overcoming a few negative spirit attachments including an on-camera possession, Nick Groff from the Travel Channel's “Ghost Adventures” somehow got his groove back.

 “The wheels of my mind are always spinning and I feel like I'm in such a positive place in my life right now from everything I experienced in the paranormal world,” he says backstage during his Groff Entertainment “Drinks On Me” event with rapper extraordinaire Less-On at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston.“The show is successful now going into season nine. It just flew by. I had no idea it would be what it is now.”
NickGroff
After nine seasons chasing ghosts on national TV, Groff says he's learned one important lesson: “Positive and negative energies really do exist and they can have a major effect on you and your well being,” he says, minutes before going onstage to introduce a series of acts on the Hard Rock Cafe stage. Groff, currently based in nearby New Hampshire and returning to the Travel Channel on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m., says he doesn't feel pigeonholed as the alpha male investigator known for his ballsy and sometimes confrontational approach to lockdowns with on-air pals Zak Bagans and Aaron Goodwin .

“I've always had a passion for music, films and, obviously, TV and other stuff that sparks a fire within me. It's inspired me to look further.” Armed with a successful gym project in Metheun called Drive Health and Fitness and his new Groff Entertainment record label, Groff chats about his close encounters with the paranormal kind, his experiences in the Boston area including the infamous lockdown at Salem's Witch House and reflects on his less confrontational, yet still edgy, approach to chasing spirits.

Click here for the complete interview with Nick Groff on Cambridge Uncommon.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Boston Haunts Holiday: Spirited Charles Dickens Ghost Tour

With a nod to Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol," explore the ghosts of Boston's past with a lantern-led walk through the city's historic haunts based on the internationally famous author's spirited stay in the 1800s.

What historic hot spot made the author scream with delight? What Victorian-era murder oddly inspired him? Which historic hotel and Dickens hangout is Boston's most haunted?

The 90-minute long Boston Haunts Holiday walking tour kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 starting at at the Irish Famine Memorial (24 School Street) near the State Street "T" Stop and the new Walgreens running Thursday-Saturdays at 7 p.m.

Click here for tickets.

As far as haunted sites, the information was pulled directly from the "Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub" book. In addition to the ghostlore, the Boston Haunts holiday tour boasts spooky tales from the crypt pulled from the darker side of the city's history.

Contact us via email at info@cambridgehaunts.com. Our tour hotline is 617-505-9866.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

"Ghosts of Cambridge" at the Somerville Public Library

"Ghosts of Cambridge: Haunts of Harvard Square and Beyond" is currently in book stores. Order here.

"Ghosts of Cambridge" will be at the Somerville Public Library 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. The guys from Paranormal Hood will be there plus free treats from Union Square Donuts. Click here for details.

As per your request, here's the kick-off radio interview with the team from Paranormal Hood.

Check out my list of upcoming Halloween-themed events.


Explore the chilling history that has made this city a playground for restless spirits. 


Cover copy: 
As one of the nation's oldest cities, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has a tumultuous history filled with Revolutionary War beginnings, religious persecutions and centuries of debate between Ivy League intelligentsia. It should come as no surprise that the city is also home to spirits that are entangled with the past and now inhabit the dormitories, local watering holes and even military structures of the present. Discover the apparitions that frighten freshmen in Harvard's Weld Hall, the Revolutionary War ghosts that haunt the estates of Tory Row and the flapper who is said to roam the seats of Somerville Theatre. Using careful research and firsthand accounts, author Sam Baltrusis delves into ghastly tales of murder, crime and the bizarre happenings in the early days of Cambridge to uncover the truth behind some of the city's most historic haunts.

Author's bio: 
Journalist Sam Baltrusis, author of Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub, freelances for various publications including Boston Spirit magazine and is the managing editor of Scout Magazines in Somerville and Cambridge. He has been featured as Boston's paranormal expert on the Biography Channel's Haunted Encounters and Paranormal State’s Ryan Buell's Paranormal Insider Radio. As a side gig, he moonlights as a tour guide and produces Harvard Square's Cambridge Haunts ghost tour, highlighting the city's historical haunts. He's also a sought-after lecturer who speaks at dozens of paranormal-related events scattered throughout New England. In the past, he's worked for VH1, MTV.com, Newsweek, WHDH.com, ABC Radio and as a regional stringer for The New York Times.

Friday, May 17, 2013

'Ghosts of Boston' author featured on Paranormal Hood


Sam Baltrusis, author of "Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub" and the upcoming "Ghosts of Cambridge," chats with Joey "Jiggy" Webb and Marlon Oo from the Paranormal Hood about their investigation at Somerville's historic Prospect Hill.

Also, the Paranormal Hood team interviewed the author on their weekly radio show here.

Baltrusis is relaunching his popular Harvard Square ghost tour called Cambridge Haunts. Book your spot here.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

'Ghosts of Boston' author on Paranormal Insider Radio

I'm scheduled to speak on Ryan Buell's (from "Paranormal State") Paranormal Insider Radio on Monday, Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. ET. Click here for the lowdown.

Here's the "Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub" promo for the radio show:

Join your host, Alex Matsuo, as she talks to author and journalist, Sam Baltrusis, about the ghostly haunts and tales of historic Boston, MA.  Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States and one of the hottest spots for paranormal activity.  Join Alex as she talks to Sam about the most active spots in Boston, why the city is so haunted, and why the residual hauntings are still as active as ever, hundreds of years later.

Join the conversation at http://forums.pennstateprs.com

Click here to purchase "Ghosts of Boston: Haunts of the Hub" on Amazon and here for Paranormal Insider Radio.