Frequently Asked Questions
Ghost Tour Frequently Asked Questions – do you have a question about Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours™? Then look for the answer here!
Who is behind Adelaide's Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours™ (H.H.)
The first Ghost Tour frequently asked question would be, who is behind Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons. Alison Oborn owns and runs H.H. Alison has been seriously investigating the paranormal since 1989 (or ¼ of a century as her team mates kindly like to point out!). Over the years, she has become well respected as an author (Ghosts of the Past), lecturer, paranormal investigator and now in the tourism industry, as a tour operator. That respect meant that she became the only paranormal investigator ever, to be interviewed on the ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler and also to be interviewed as a guest on an American TV show Ghosts R NEAR. Alison also joined FIVEaa Radio, to co-host on the Twilight Hour with Liz McCaskill and Brad Aldridge.
Although having appeared on TV many times, Alison makes it clear that she is not a ‘TV Investigator’, and has in fact turned down opportunities for this. Instead she has continued to seriously research the subject for well over half of her lifetime, if not all of it.
Now she wants to share that wealth of experience with you!
Alison is often present on these tours, if not taking them herself, and is available for questions or book signings. Alison is also available for any other lectures or interviews.
Do we enter haunted buildings?
A point of difference with our ‘ghost tours’ to other tours in SA, is that we don’t just stand around and tell you a few stories, we allow you to experience them yourself and hopefully go home with a story of your own.
Haunted Horizons™ has been granted exclusive access to some of our most haunted, historical icons of our State, including the Adelaide Arcade. At these venues, you can either do a 2hr Ghost Tour or arm yourself with all that equipment you have seen on the shows, before setting off to discover for yourself if ghosts are real.
These are more than just a tour, they are an experience (although we can’t always promise it will be one of a ghostly kind!).
With our ‘Dark History Tours’ street tours, these relate history in a fun and very different way. For this reason we do not enter any buildings, except occasionally the Arcade. Our Murder & Madness tours are conducted in the Adelaide Gaol or Z Ward.
Will we see a ghost?
Sadly we cannot promise you this every time you come on our tours… although it would make our job so much easier! It is not like the TV shows which need something to happen every time for ratings. In reality, the paranormal does not happen every time you walk into a haunted location, instead it is very random.
If it did there would be no sceptics in the world.
It also does not perform like a circus animal on command.
This is part of ‘Keeping it Real’… we refuse to put anything on, for you to think you have had an experience.
Do you take private groups?
Yes we do. We have taken everything from Charity Groups, Hens Nights through to Corporate, as our ghost tours and ghost hunts, help with team bonding.
For Corporate we can offer a spot of Ghost Hunting in one of our dark and creepy locations, including the Adelaide Gaol, Tailem Town, Z Ward or the National Railway Museum.
Groups become very bonded when sharing the experience of fear and working together to overcome it.
Maybe, you just want to take a group of employees for a night out and would like to include a short tour in which case we can cater for these too with a 2hr Ghost, Dark History or Murder & Madness tour.
To truly keep the tour private, maximum numbers would be needed or we reserve the right to add the public.
How many do I need to come on a ghost tour?
If you come on our public advertised nights, you can come alone or with up to 20 people.
Do you only do tours on advertised nights?
No we can organise tours on other nights on request. We would need a minimum amount of people to do these away from public nights and reserve the right to add others if full numbers aren’t reached.
How many do I need to make it private?
If on a Thurs/Fri/Sat we would need a full complement of 20 for our ghost tours, 15 for our Ghost Hunts and 20 for our Street Tours as these are our busy nights, otherwise we reserve the right to add the public.
For our specials at Burra and Moonta we would need 15 to consider it private on these nights.
On nights away from Fri/Sat we can relax this to fewer in number.
Do you do charity work?
We are very community minded and like to help where we can.
One way we can help is to run a special tour and donate 50% of the takings back to the Charity organising it (only available for our street tours).
If you are looking to raise money then contact us and see what we can do for you. Be aware due to the number of requests each week for ticket donations to quiz nights etc, we have had to stop doing this.
We are proud supporters of beyondblue and are raising money for the CFS Foundation.
Unlike others, we do not ask you to donate – we choose to donate from our own profits that come from ghost tours, ghost hunts, or special events.
Do you provide transport?
We encourage guests to make their own way to our venues. Local pick up from hotels and drop off is available as a courtesy for some tours run in Adelaide, but only if the driver and the bus is available on the night.
This courtesy, is for local City Tours only and from Hotels situated in Adelaide itself. Any other destination will incur a cost.
Feel free to contact us for more information on your needs and our transport.
Do you allow alcohol on your tours?
No alcohol or illegal substances will be allowed on any of our tours or venues.
Neither Haunted Horizons™ nor our venues have liquor licenses, therefore to allow drinking and the consumption of alcohol would be breaching laws.
We are also working in darkened areas with uneven surfaces so the consumption of alcohol or the use of drugs would constitute a safety hazard.
Those who arrive under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be refused entry for safety reasons and no refund will be given. Those who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and are ruining the tour for other guests, will be asked to leave and no refund given.
Are children allowed on your ghost tours?
We state our tours are 18+ for most of our tours. Dark History Tours are 15+ because of the content. However, some venues we will relax this a little, but only if parents contact us first.
The reason for this is that we keep our tours very real. These are not your ‘ghost train’ type tour for entertainment or thrills. We often do have activity and on occasion it can be very challenging, as can the subject matter.
It is for this reason that we have set an age limit and even then it is on the parents understanding that these tours can get very real sometimes. Any person under 18 should be accompanied by a supervising adult.
This will only be allowed once I have spoken to the parents on the type of activity we experience and only with their acknowledgement and understanding that should anything happen, they take full responsibility for their child (and any ongoing therapy afterwards!).
We do on occasionally on school holidays, organise a ghost tour for a younger audience at the Adelaide Gaol or National Railway Museum.
We do NOT relax the age limit for the Ghost Hunts unless it is privately booked. These are strictly 18+.
Will you be discounting your tours on voucher sites?
People ask all the time “we have seen other ghost tours on Scoopon, Living Social etc… will you be doing this?”
The only time you will see our tours on these sites, will be the street tours and, only in times where there is a traditional seasonal drop In numbers. After all… we need to keep those facts fresh in our heads!
We never discount our ghost tours or ghost hunts on these voucher sites. We don’t need to.
Our tours speak for themselves by being popular and booked out most of the time.
We believe in giving you a quality experience in the most exciting venues we can find.
To achieve this for you, it costs money with venue costs, wages for the best guides we can find, insurance etc.
Although we strive to keep our prices as low as we can, we would prefer to bring you a quality, professionally run tour and not a budget tour.
We believe our guests appreciate this more.
Will our ghost tour be cancelled?
We run these tours throughout the year and one will only be cancelled if there is sickness with a guide, numbers aren’t reached, or some unforseen circumstance.
With weather, we will go ahead with the tour unless there is a severe weather warning and it would be too risky or dangerous to travel or be out in the open. If it is simply raining then we will go ahead. After all, it is what brollies were invented for 🙂
These are just some of the questions I am asked about our Ghost Tours. If you have any further questions that I have missed here… feel free to email me and I will add it to this list.
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