Ghost Stories in Eureka Springs

ESP Weekend 2016

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January 8th, 9th, 10th & January 15th, 16th, 17th

Same event now offered on 2 different weekends!

ESP weekend at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas has grown to become one of the largest ghost hunts in the United States – so popular that we have added a second weekend to accommodate americas most haunted hoteldemand while offering our loyal friends and newcomers a choice of dates for their hands-on, independent, nocturnal investigations.

ESP Weekends feature an expertly guided behind the scenes quest for evidence in the famed Crescent Hotel, and also an investigation our of sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park -which will be fully closed off and empty but for event participants.

This is a weekend of serious investigation of “the most haunted hotel in America” on a IMG_1383-editedhilltop overlooking beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and the majestic Basin park Hotel, “the people’s Hotel” just steps from the famous healing spring.  The spaces known to be the most active at the Crescent Hotel will be open for investigation from midnight to dawn.  On Saturday nights, the ghost hunts will be orchestrated and led by Crescent hotel resident investigator, author of seven books about the supernatural and founder of ARPAST, the awesome Larry Flaxman!

Activities include:

  • Crescent Ghost tours – highly recommended before conducting your own investigation – hear the stories of recurrent sightings, identify active locations, learn the fascinating history of the 1886 Crescent Hotel.
  • Spirits of the Basin Tour – hear about the spirited people who made Eureka Springs what it is today, the spirits that are said to linger in the halls and ballrooms, and the sample the contraband  that was available during the “Chicago years”, when the Basin Park Hotel was a notorious – and very popular – speakeasy!
  • ESP testing – expanded in 2016 to include more and longer tests, more hours. Come check out your own psi potential!
  • The Psychomanteum – an ancient Greek form of deprivation chamber, where the spirits of the dead were contacted.
  • Not Really a Door – a one-hour, two-actress, supernatural-comedy-murder-mystery-thriller, commissioned by the Crescent Hotel for our guests.
  • Flickering Tales – a collection of authentic Ozark stories of witches, monsters and of course ghosts, told by our trained team of storytellers in the shadowy barefoot ballroom at the Basin Park Hotel.
  • Psychics Salon – our resident mediums will be on hand throughout the events, to divine your future through a variety of means!

Snacks and beverages available in the small hours at both hotels.

Shuttles available certain hours

Discounted rate for  ESP participants Mon-Thur Jan 11-14 at both hotels

2016 Package Rates

Friday & Saturday 2 Night Packages ($395.00) Include :

  • 2 Night Stay on the BEST Available Room (based on availability)
  • Nightly Reception
  • Spirits of the Basin Tour (offered F, Sat, & Sun)
  • Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
  • “Active Space” pass to Rooms 218, 419, 3500 and THE MORGUE.  (NOTE 101?)
  • $30 per day Food Credit
  • ESP Weekend t-shirts (2)
  • Team review of evidence gathered.
  • 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a door, Flickering Tales)

*Sunday there will be a Basin Park Ghost Hunt (hotel will be closed off and vacated exclusively for ESP participants.) Room Night Deal: Plan a Stayover Sunday at the Crescent Hotel for just $89 in the BEST Available Room (based on availability.) Please call the hotel for this added arrangement: 877-342-9766.  

Saturday 1 Night Package ($239.00) Include:

  • Premium Guest Room
  • Ghost Tour
  • “Active Space” pass
  • ESP Weekend t-shirts
  • Saturday Night Ghost Tour & Hunt with Larry Flaxman
  • Team review of evidence gathered.
  • 2 for 1 tickets to hotel attractions (i.e. Not really a Door, Flickering Tales)

*Sunday there will be a Basin Park Ghost Hunt (hotel will be closed off and vacated exclusively for ESP participants.) Room Night Deal: Plan a Stayover Sunday at the Crescent Hotel for just $89 in the BEST Available Room (based on availability.) Please call the hotel for this added arrangement: 877-342-9766.  



Halloween Show

Intrigue Theater presents, “Asylum Dolls & Walking through Walls!”970377_644400075594942_660437743_n

Tickets are selling out-BUY HERE

The Halloween show has been A SELL OUT for the last 3 years!  With demand for tickets out-growing the seating capacity of the Crescent Hotel Ballroom, we are moving the 2015 Halloween show to the Eureka Springs City Auditorium in Downtown.  36 S. Main St.

2 New Segments added to the 2015 Halloween Show:

Through the Brick WALL – Ghosts and Spirits have been know to pass through walls effortlessly.trapped-in-a-brick-wall-223x300
Sean-Paul the Illusionist has been practicing a form of Meditation similar to the trance Shaolin Monks enter when they have been rumored to walk through walls.  Using 30 lb Cinder Blocks – the Intrigue Team will Build a structure for Sean-Paul to attempt to PASS THROUGH.

ASYLUM DOLLS – Alice and Ashley were identical twins.   As most Twins they were “connected” in unexplained ways. When Ashley died in a car accident with her father, Alice would still talk on behalf of her sister.  In the early 1900’s they Asylum-Dolls-1didn’t know how to deal with that and Alice ended up in the Willard Asylum.   Sean-Paul has acquired the DOLLS that belonged to the two little girls.  What will happen when Juliana Fay the Medium enters the Spirit Cabinet with these two little dolls?

Tickets are $29.95 for General Seating.

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A Must See Video!

We recently came upon a video from a couple who had recently stayed in room 318 at the Crescent Hotel and captured something we just couldn’t believe.  Please note, the hotel does not have central heat/air but instead has ac window units which are located at the opposite end of this room.  Whether this was a hoax or not, you be the judge!


America’s Most Haunted Hotel: An October Oasis

Every October here in Eureka Springs, a historic village of 2,000 in the Arkansas Ozarks, USA Today-haunted26x-largethe 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa becomes the epicenter of heightened paranormal activity.  Even though encounters with hotel “guests who check out but never leave” are experienced the year-round in this mountaintop spa resort, experiences not easily explained in this Historic Hotel of America seem to increase exponentially during the weeks just prior to Halloween.

Empirical experiences disclosed to the hotel’s nightly ghost tour guides might tend to legitimize The Crescent’s claim of being “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.  Here are six of those recently reported experiences in the guide’s own words:

o   “Of late, some people on my ghost tours are getting touched, poked, and pinched.  Nothing harsh, mind you, just gentle touches and nudges.  One of the most extraordinary recent happenings took place when one tour was being seated in the morgue (a leftover from when the hotel was purchased and utilized as an alleged cancer curing hospital by a charlatan named Norman Baker in the late 1930s).  We heard a loud squeaking sound and the large, heavy, sliding door behind the seating area moved several inches ‘on its own’ on the rusty track from which it was suspended.  We all practically jumped out of our skins!  We all wondered which ghost in the morgue did that!”

o    “A three-year-old girl who came on the tour with her family started saying, ‘Bye-bye, baby.  Bye-bye, baby’ and waving goodbye in one certain direction as we exited the morgue.  No one could see to whom she was speaking.  She had been silent the entire tour until that point and then she kept looking directly at one ‘empty’ point in the room saying ‘Bye-bye, baby.’ over and over again.  Her father, the one carrying her, was impressed since he already believed in ghosts.”

o    “Apparently some girls in the morgue during one of my recent tours asked the EMF 442b0ee4afc877c2f630c55ed542b041meter (electromagnetic field reader used by many as a ‘ghost meter’) if Michael (an Irish stonemason who fell to his death during hotel construction) was listening.  The meter responded in the affirmative.  Their next question involved whether Michael preferred brunettes, blondes or gingers.  At the mention of ginger hair the EMF reader went crazy-fast.  So, in the minds of those witnesses, it is official that Michael, said to be a well-known ladies’ man even in his ghostly state, likes red heads the best!”

o   “My sister-in-law stayed at The Crescent about a year ago and the Jacuzzi and tub water kept turning itself on and off even after getting out of the tub.  It happened about three times, coincidentally each and every time she would post ‘This better not happen again’ on her Facebook page.  The timing of it was almost comical.  She called the bellman and asked him about it and he said it doesn’t usually happen in her room but has happened in several other rooms.  She joked that The Crescent must be an ‘equal ghost room visitation opportunity’ hotel since you never know where things will happen when a spirit’s energy starts moving around.”

o    “Recently, I got a rather unexpected reaction from a couple on my tour.  It was during my explanation of Norman Baker’s suite, the one he used while operating his hospital.  I mentioned that he had two giant St. Bernard dogs for protection.  The lady next to me snapped her head in my direction with wide and startled eyes.  She then looked at her husband pointedly as if in silent communication.  I smiled and stopped and asked if she had a question.  She said that they stayed in that room the night before and that they kept hearing scratching noises in the stairwell outside the door all night.  They kept telling themselves that it was nothing, nothing.  But, when she heard about those huge dogs she said that she was afraid to stay in their same room again that evening.  I assured her that nothing bad has ever happened to any of our hotel guests, only that they sometimes hear or see odd things.”

o    “ “One night, right after our tours had ended, a young woman who had been on one of my tours came running out of the bathroom telling me, ‘I just went in the bathroom and as soon as the door shut behind me I proclaimed out loud that I didn’t believe any of this!  And immediately after I had said that water started pouring out of the ceiling!  I couldn’t get out of there fast enough!’  I investigated to find the sprinkler head and the floor were both wet but no flowing water.  Maintenance could not explain how or why it happened.  Needless to say, she had turned from cynic to ghost believer in the space of just a few short moments.”

“October is a wonderful and crazy month for The Crescent,” said Bill Ott, the hotel’s PACmay-236director of communications.  “People love the dual reason for a visit at this time:  awesome fall color and a chance to have a close encounter with one or more of our previous guests who have ‘crossed over’.”

“Interest around the world in our paranormality seems to grow during October.  Numerous international and national radio and television stations call or come by the hotel for an October interview.  For that same reason, many of the nationally-released television network programs like ‘Ghost Hunters’ seem to replay their Crescent episodes more often during the tenth month of the year,” Ott concluded.

This may be why the thousands of guests who step inside the 129 year old five-story limestone structure during the 30 days leading up to Halloween will inevitably inquire at check-in, “Is the Crescent really haunted?”  Desk clerks reply with, “Please let us know when you check out.”

For more information on the paranormal aspect of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa, go to

Haunted Room Specials

This Fall Season visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel and explore the hallways and experience lights out in the “morgue.” Some venture to this five story historic hotel with eagerness or skepticism, but we’ll let you be the judge of your own experience.

Nightly ghost tours lead groups through the halls and down to the morgue sharing the many stories that have famed why the Crescent has become America’s Most Haunted Hotel.    Daily, visitors share their images of orbs or strange reflections in the pictures they take.  On numerous accounts a visitor will take a picture of the hallway or staircase, then take another photo directly after which will have something odd that appears in the photo that the visitor can’t explain nor remembers seeing.  Others share their stories of feeling some type of energy around them, a poke or feeling light headed.  Now its your turn to visit America’s Most Haunted Hotel!

We’ve put together 2 popular ghostly hotel packages that will spark your interest.
Weekends in the Fall Season sell out, so book a weekday stay over and actually save money on the pkg.

Paranormal Pair
Stay 2 nights at the Crescent Hotel
2 Tickets to the Crescent Ghost Tour
2 Tickets to the Spirits of the Basin Tour
2 Tickets to Flickering Tales (Available for Friday & Saturday stays.)

$324 plus tax Sunday-Thursday.
$480 plus tax Friday & Saturday.  (Includes Flickering Tales)
Check Availability.



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Share a hotel with “guests who checked out but never left.” America’s Most Haunted Hotel is waiting for you.

1 night stay in a Premium Room
Breakfast for 2 in the Crystal Dining Room
2 Tickets to the Ghost Tour
1 Ghost Squeezie
1 Ghost Coffee Mug
2 Ghost T Shirts

$229 plus taxes and fees, Sunday-Thursday
$309 plus taxes and fees, Friday
*Saturday night only is based on availability.
Check Availability.



A Tale of Two Hotels

Eureka Springs boasts many historic hotels, two of which dominate the city skyamericas most haunted hotelline: the famous 1886 Crescent, “the most haunted hotel in America”; and the 1905 Basin Park, built just steps from the magic healing spring around which Eureka Springs exploded into being. Both hotels offer tours of the premises.

The Crescent offers one of the best-attended ghost tours in the United States. You will start on the top floor and wind down to the notorious Norman Baker’s morgue. On the way, experienced guides in period costume relate events from the hotel’s strange and colorful history, and tell the stories that have come down to us over decades of ghostly sightings and experiences. Few people visit Eureka Springs without taking the ghost tour at the atmospheric Crescent Hotel!

The Spirits of the Basin tour is one of newest attractions in Eureka Springs, and rapidly Spirits of the Basin Tourbecoming another “must-do” activity while in town.  Guests explore the tallest building in Eureka Springs – “eight stories high and every floor a ground floor” according to Ripley’s Believe it or Not – from the primal underground cave to the specially-built safety deck on the roof, while knowledgeable storytellers evoke the years gone by.

What do we mean by “Spirits?” Firstly, this is a tour about people – the rich parade of fascinating individuals who lived and worked (and perhaps also linger) at “the people’s hotel, the beating heart and soul of Eureka Springs.”  Secondly, spirits of the basin tourwhile nowhere can compare with the Crescent for tales of the supernatural, the Basin Park has its own stories of ghostly Spirits. And since the Basin Park functioned as a popular speakeasy during the “Chicago years” of the 1940s and ‘50s, “Spirits” also refers to contraband liquor… The tour concludes with a complimentary shot of Arkansas rye whisky for interested guests.

Come to Eureka Springs and take both tours. Meet the ghosts who have lingered for decades in the halls of the majestic Crescent Hotel, and delve into the past at the Basin Park to hear the stories of the folks who made Eureka Springs what it is today!

We recommend you book your tours in advance through

PS: look for weekly articles about the tours, containing interesting tidbits of information you will not hear from the guides on our Facebook pages!

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Paranormal Pair Pkg is Back!

Back by popular demand, Paranormal Pair takes you to America’s Most Haunted Hotel for a 2 night stay experience. Explore the haunted hallways and stories that have stuck around the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel’s past, venture to the morgue and grab a seat around the campfire during Flickering Tales. On your second night, visit the sister hotel downtown, 1905 Basin Park Hotel, where you can explore the rooftop of the hotel and into the underground cave.

  • Stay 2 nights at the Crescent Hotel
  • 2 Tickets to the Crescent Ghost Tour
  • 2 Tickets to the Spirits of the Basin Tour
  • 2 Tickets to Flickering Tales (available for Friday & Saturday stays.)

$324 plus tax Sunday -Thursday
$480 plus tax Friday or Saturday (includes Flickering Tales)

Valid 9/1-12/13.  Check Availability.

Spirits of the Basin

America’s Most Haunted tour guides have begun investigation of the Basin Park Hotel in downtown Eureka Springs with a launch of the Spirits of the Basin Tour.  Our tour guides run daily investigations of the long rumored spirits within this 1905 landmark hotel that has already uncovered evidence of the paranormal.

Video of Energy (orbs) in Basin Speakeasy Cave:



“Guests in room 309 reported they awoke at 4am to see a 6 foot tall man wearing boots, spurs, and a duster standing at the foot of their bed.”

“I stopped by my room to put some powder in my shoes.  I distinctly remembered the powder being the last thing I packed before leaving my home. However, the powder was nowhere to be found.  I left the room to go shopping downtown.  I purchased a simple silver ring and placed it on the nightstand along with my watch, glasses and loose change, then went to sleep.  The next morning the ring was nowhere to be found.  After searching everywhere around the bed and shifting through the luggage items I gave up.  I raised my arms up into the air and said aloud, “When you finish playing with the ring, please return it to me.” Two weeks later, while sweeping my home, the ring appeared in the path of the floor that I was sweeping.”

“Last winter I was doing room checks on the second floor, no guests were around.  I had checked the north hall and turned the corner into the hall, towards the front of the hotel, when I heard a door slam behind me down the north hall. I checked the hall again but there wasn’t any unlocked doors nor anyone there. I proceeded to the South hall, as I started walking down the hall I heard what sounded like someone jiggling a door knob. This is the only time I have ever been unnerved in the Basin.”

It is important to know that while the America’s most haunted tour guides continue to investigate the Basin Park Hotel, the spirits tour covers more than just the ghostly experiences.  The tour captures all of the history and colorful characters who stayed, worked and died at the 1905 historic property. Tours are TuesdaySunday throughout the year (tours will only be offered Th-Sun from 8/16-9/6)– inviting guest to explore the legendary Basin Park Hotel, from the Crow’s Nest to the underground cave, and experience the spirits – living, dead and 92 proof .

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Strange Experience in the Morgue

“My last experience was in the morgue at the very end of the tour when the ghost tour americas most haunted hotel ghost storiesguide was trying to contact a young man. I stood at the very edge of the freezer and my friend stood right next to me with her back to an empty hall that we all had just came through. While the guide was trying to communicate, my friend whispered to me asking if I had heard “that.” I turned to her and let her know that I only heard a child say something that I couldn’t make out. I then turned back around to listen to the guide. A few moments had only passed when my friend ask me again if I could hear “that.” I asked her what she had heard, and she had stated she was hearing breathing in her ear right between us. I bent a little and tried to listen but heard nothing so I just shook my head and turned back around. She then told me to hold my breath so she could listen and I did so for about 20 seconds. After a few more moments had passed, she told me again, “You don’t hear that?!.” This time, the look on her face was of horror, and her eyes were teary. I then shook my head, then turned back to listen to the guide. Suddenly, it felt as if someone took both their hands and slowly expanded their finger tips widely on the back of my head. I turned around but nothing was there, plus, my head was against the freezer so no one could have done that.”