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Halloween Screams

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

halloweenWell hello there, October! Haven’t seen you in a few months. Well, 12 really.

Pumpkin Spice flavoring is everywhere around this time of year. Coffeehouses, grocery stores, restaurant seasonal dessert menus, your kitchen… By the time this month rolls around, thoughts about hayrides and Halloween are on your mind more than ever. If you’re taking a trip soon, or looking for a themed adventure in or around your own town, we got a few to choose from.

Here are a few of our favorites.

Charleston Halloween Ghost Sail

On this family-friendly tour, you’ll set sail for a nighttime adventure featuring spooky stories about Charleston’s past. (more…)

Happy Halloween from Alcatraz Media!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Everyone at the Alcatraz Media & Reserve123 Atlanta Headquarters would like to wish you a ghoulishly great and frightfully fun Halloween! We had a pretty sweet lil’ office party and enjoyed candy, cupcakes, and laughs at costume choices throughout the day, and decided why not share a few fun highlights with our awesome travel pals? Here are a few of our favorite costumes!

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Dra and Nicara

Nicara and Dra looking fabulous

First up we have Nicara, one of our lovely Reservations Agents, as Little Red Riding Hood. Don’t let her sweet smile deceive you though – she totally destroyed that Big Bad Wolf, all by herself.

Next to her is Dra, one of our awesome Group & Charter Sales Support agents, as a crossplay of Alex DeLarge from the film “A Clockwork Orange,” a 1971 film that was written, directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, adapted from Anthony Burgess’s 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange about a dystopian, future Britain.


Reserve123's Top 5 Scariest Places on Earth

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Reserve123 and our affiliate website Ghost Tours have put together a delightfully corrupt and terrifying list of our Top 5 Scariest Places on Earth. Sure, next Halloween you could “try” to frighten off the evil spirits by dressing up as a princess, or a dastardly pirate, or a dinosaur… But we think it would be much more chillingly friendly and adventurous to travel and visit our dearly departed at these haunted destinations. Go ahead… we DARE you!! Now, “Look alive…”

5. The Paris Catacombs, France
Take our exclusive Skip the Line Catacombs Tour in Paris and explore a mysterious underground world. This tour will start with a brief visit of Montparnasse Cemetery on the way to the Catacombs, just nearby. The Catacombs contains the bones of over 6 million people. But there’s always room for one more… any volunteers? Learn the history behind the Catacombs, why the labyrinth of tunnels became an underground cemetery, and see the incredible collection of bones within. This small group tour is truly one of the most unique attractions in Paris!

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4. Underground Vaults, Edinburgh, Scotland
Enter the maze of underground vaults and hear irrefutable evidence of ghostly presences and angry spirits on our Paranormal Underground Walking Tour in Edinburgh. Learn how ghosts can manifest themselves. Visit the ghostly “hotspots” in the vaults. Compare the spine-chilling accounts of eyewitnesses with those of professional psychics and the Ghost Project’s findings. Use your senses of sight, sound, smell and touch – and open yourself to the possibility of your own paranormal experience. You will have the opportunity to use hand-held electromagnetic field recorders. At the end of the tour, you will have time to explore using the equipment or perhaps your own psychic senses. Dare to discover the deepest darkness of Edinburgh?

3. St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans, Louisiana
Cemeteries are creepy enough… and especially when the dead are NOT six feet under. New Orleans’ famous above-ground cemeteries, like the St. Louis #1, are a must-see. Our New Orleans Cemetery & Voodoo History Tour is an extremely popular daytime adventure into the legendary St. Louis Cemetery #1, New Orleans’ oldest City of the Dead. We’ll explore the cemetery and visit the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Step back in time with this historically accurate and educational tour. This daytime walking tour combines some of the most fascinating elements in New Orleans – the history of the French Quarter, the oldest and most historic cemetery, and the history of New Orleans’ Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau!

2. The Tower of London, England
One of the most notorious chopping blocks for human heads, the nearly 1,000-year-old Tower of London is claimed to be one of the most haunted sites in all of England. A headless Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, is rumored to be one of the Tower’s most frequent residents. The ghost of Sir Walter Raleigh is also said to haunt the Byward Tower, as well as the cries of Guy Fawkes, who was found guilty of high treason in 1606. If you’re lucky, you might get a glimpse of the two “Little Princes” and help solve their mysterious disappearance. Our Tower of London Admission Tickets include access to the Tower plus Yeoman Warder guided tour and talk, live historical re-enactments, Whiter Tower tour, children’s activity trails, entry to the Henry VII: Dressed to Kill exhibit, Prisoners of the Tower exhibition, and more!

1. Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania
Bram Stoker’s blood-sucking novel “Dracula” was set in the central Romanian region of Transylvania. But the popular horror fiction simply doesn’t compare to the dark legends of the sadistic tyrant that inspired the story of Count Dracula – the real Romanian royal, Vlad Dracula, nicknamed “Vlad the Impaler.” On our Dracula Weekend in Transylvania Tour from Bucharest, you’ll learn the truth and everything that you ever wanted to know about Count Dracula and Vlad the Impaler. It includes the most important historical places related to Dracula such as: Snagov Monastery where Dracula was buried after his assassination; Sighisoara, Dracula’s birth place, Dracula’s Castle in Borgo Pass, built according to Bram Stoker’s imagination and of course the eerie, legendary Bran Castle. Book now for the adventure of a lifetime!

Ghosts of Atlanta Walking Tour

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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No sign of ghosts yet... just a Vampire :[

No sign of ghosts yet… just an innocent Vampire :[

“Are you a Believer?” That was the very first question posed to our group by our Ghosts of Atlanta Walking Tourguide, dressed up as a ghostly host from beyond. She was, of course, referring to believing in Ghosts. Being that this was Halloween Night 2011, I was of course dressed up as a cute, sultry Vampiress. “Discover the history of war, murder, suicide and the tragic spirits who were left behind.” So, did we spy a few spirits still haunting downtown ATL? Why would I spoil the surprise?? ;) Do YOU believe in Ghosts???

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Haunted Victorian House

Haunted Victorian House

I will, however, let you in on a few fun secrets… are you familiar with Ghost Hunting equipment? No, I’m not talking about Ghostbusters Proton Packs. I’m talking about EMF Meters, EVP Equipment, Radars, Temperature “Cold Spot” Gauges, and yes, there are even popular Apps for Ghost Hunting. We all got to try out some of this cool equipment along the way, and saw TONS of creepy old places in downtown Atlanta. One that still haunts my memory is the old abandoned Medical Arts Building on Peachtree Street. It is one of the few remaining oldest structures in Atlanta, and has been vacant for over 20 years… or has it? Find out more tales of mystery and gore on the tour. We also saw a hotel where there was a deadly fire where hauntings still occur, as well as several cemetery sites and haunted Victorian-style houses that have so far survived being renovated or torn down. And that is is only the tip of the iceberg as far as what you will see and learn on the tour.

Guests are also highly encouraged to take photos all along the way. InfraRed cameras may be hard for the average person to feel the need to indulge in for ghost hunting. However, a little brightening in Photoshop for night photos can sometimes do the trick. The photos below are an example. The one of the left is the original photo taken at night of a haunted cemetery on the tour, said to have several ghosts of Civil War soldiers. The one on the right is the same photo, simply brightened up a bit with Photoshop. Is the camera lens suddenly dirty (while all of the other photos were perfectly clear), or are the small “orbs” in the photo more than meets the eye? You be the judge. One thing is certain – you could choose to enjoy some coffee or “spirits” at the nearby Café Intermezzo afterward. Welcome to the Dark Side of Atlanta…

Dirt on the camera lens, or Ghost Orbs?

Dirt on the camera lens, or Ghost Orbs?

Halloween Costume Contest

Friday, November 4th, 2011

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We like to celebrate Halloween as a week long event, at least, in our blog. ;)

Not only did we celebrate the holiday with food, we also dressed up for our costume contest! We had flappers, demons, spies wandering through our office as we worked throughout the day anticipating for 5:00 p.m. to roll around and start our festive office after party! Ha ha, just kidding… or am I?

Allison dressed up as a flapper

Barbara is wearing a witchy disguise in the office.

We have Janice dressed up as… well, I’m not really sure. I think the office narrowed it down to an American patriot, an Occupy Wall Street protestor, and umm… we’re just not sure. 

John dressed up in classic Halloween garb – a demon giving you a thumbs up. 

Kris dressed up as a rocket because there aren’t enough rockets in the world.

Lauren dressed as a seductive vampire (who can resist a girl in a cape?).

Michael dressed as the better half of the Twilight series, Edward.

Michelle wore a pretty cool skeleton costume. Get it?!

Tony dressed up as the suave 007.

We were happy to see people participate in the contest, but there was only one winner and that winner is…


Hooray, I won! *does the happy dance* I win a night in the Hotel Midtown. I have 24 hours in a room to myself that is free from any responsibilities. What shall I do, what shall I do…

Perhaps do a little bed jumping. Make signs for the my window so the people can read it from below. Maybe write my name in lights and see if I can see my name from the ground.  Swim about half a lap in their indoor pool because I’ll get so tired I’m afraid I’ll drown if I try to do a whole lap. Get my shoes shined…

What do you think I should do with my free night in a hotel? Comment below, por favor!

- Kris

Halloween Lunch!

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

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While you were perusing our blog (I hope you were perusing our blog!), we were Halloweening it up at the office.

Allison, chargeback pusher and party planner extraordinaire, decorated the break room with cobwebs and ordered delicious BBQ for lunch. The standard BBQ accouterments were served like macaronic and cheese, green beans, something else that was so good that all I can remember is the empty platter that it was in, and Halloweenies (pigs in a blanket)! Most importantly, we had peach cobbler. I distinctly remember Evonne and Sacki raving about the dessert as I made my way to the baking pan, and I saw it sitting there in all of its warm and gooey glory. The peach cobbler was definitely one of the many highlights of the day.

Allison knew exactly what everyone wanted on Halloween and that was candy! There was a mountain of goodie bags next to the eyeballs in the break room, and it was beautiful.  So what if we’re adults, we still enjoy a couple of sweet tarts and twizzlers in our goodie bags!

Enjoying our lunch buffet

Janice and John posing for Allison. Don’t they  make a lovely pair? 

Thank you Allison and Michelle for coordinating the Halloween lunch!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween! Did you dress up? Did you steal some candy out of the candy bowl? Tell us what you dressed up as and what’s your favorite candy in the comments below!


Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

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The best thing about Halloween is not the candy; it’s not the decorations; it’s not the season 2 premiere of The Walking Dead (gasp); it’s not even the annual over-indulgence of candy corn. It’s the simple fact that everyone can enjoy it and everyone can dress up!

It’s not just for kids, though I have seen some ADORABLE babies dress up as pumpkins, it’s for everyone and everything. I asked the office to submit some of their favorite Halloween pictures.

Kathy submitted this awesome picture of her granddaughter Madison as a vampire. This girl has got skills, just check out her shoes.

Madison as a vampire

Madison as a vampire

Allison shared her picture of Cappie, her golden retriever, wearing his ‘rodeo bull’ costume.

Even dogs get costumes! Cappie in his rodeo costume

Even dogs get costumes! Cappie in his rodeo bull costume

This is a picture of Allison and her husband at an 80’s party. Please note the very well dressed yuppie talking on a cellphone which is about the size of my shoe.

It really should be 80's night every night

It really should be 80′s night every night

Tamesha shared this picture of Tamaya as a pink maid, Princess Kiyah, the bashful vampire Jay, and Lili as a quiet little vampire. Jay is the cutest vampire I have ever seen, and I just want to pinch his little cheeks!

Time to go trick-or-treating!

Sondra shared this picture of a tiny, tiny fireman named Crouton. HA!


Little Crouton

Avery is a marine, Austin is a zombie marine, and Madison is a little princess. Love that Austin took two costume ideas and made it into the coolest costume ever. Picture is by Michelle.

Michelle's nephews and niece

Michelle’s nephews and niece

Last year, I had to make a costume last minute and came up with Mathilda from The Professional.

About half the people at the party knew who I was

About half the people at the party knew who I was dressed up as. 

Do you have any amazing costumes to share with us? Leave a comment and tell us what you were for Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!

- Kris

The Winchester Mystery House

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

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Winchester House

Winchester House

The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion completely built by ghosts. Ok, this is not true, but if you were to sum up the cryptic history behind the house, you might find this statement shockingly as close to the truth as it can get.

If you never heard of the house, you’re in for a treat. Let’s go over some numbers first:

  • Construction on the house continued for 38 years and only ended because of Ms. Winchester’s death.
  • There were so many rooms that were built and remodeled that it is believed that 500 to 600 rooms were built in the house.
  • There are 160 completed rooms.
  • The mansion has seven floors.
  • Mrs. Winchester had 47 fireplaces and 17 chimneys.
  • The Grand Ballroom cost $9,000 to complete when a house at that time would usually cost $1,000 to complete.
  • One craftsman spent 33 years constructing Mrs. Winchester’s parquet floors.
  • There are 13 windows, 13 bathrooms, wall panels, and many staircases had 13 steps.

If you can imagine, the house had a very eerie allure about it. Why was the house constantly under construction; why are there so many rooms; why did she spend so much money; and most importantly, why would anyone build a house like this?

Sarah Winchester was believed to be followed by ghosts.


A window built on the floor.

Her husband was the rifle mogul William Winchester whose rifles were dubbed “The Gun That Won the West”. After her husband’s and daughter’s death, Sarah went to a psychic who told her that the victims of her husband’s rifles will haunt her, and she must build a house for her and her ghosts. If she ever stops building, she will die. Sarah moved west and began construction. Rumors have it that she built the house as a giant maze to hide from the evil ghosts, but she also built extravagant rooms to welcome the good ghosts.

It’s amazing what Sarah went through to ensure her immortality and safety from these ghoulish spirits. It’s not only the size of the house, but the nonsensical construction of this mansion is what’s truly chilling. There are stairways that lead to ceilings, doorways that lead to nowhere or even a straight drop the lawn below. The Switchback Staircase has seven flights of stairs with forty two steps but only rises about nine feet. There’s another staircase that descends seven steps then rises eleven. There are countless examples of her deathly fear of evil spirits and her absolute taste for extravagance.


The ‘Spider Web’ window that was created specifically for Sarah or created by her.  

Along with hallways and stairways zigzagging around her mansion, she also bought the finest materials such as exquisite woods for her cabinets and floors, imported glass windows from Austria and Tiffany’s of New York, rare satin and silks that adorned her rooms, and German silver and bronze inlaid doors just to name a few examples.

Mrs. Winchester, herself, was an interesting character (no surprise, really). She used to hold a séance every night to consult spirits on upcoming building plans and to protect herself from the evil spirits. She would also sleep in a different room every night to confuse ghosts. There are stories of her protecting her privacy; she once refused a visit from President Theodore Roosevelt. She also appeased her money-hungry nephew by presenting him with a check on a silver platter at her front door. He never set one foot inside the house.



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Whether for the Winchester lore or for its architectural feat, the Winchester House is filled with oddities, stories, and charm and is well worth a visit. You can purchase tickets on our website here.

To see a complete listing of tours about hauntings and ghosts, click here.

Announcing our new twitter contest – #boohaiku

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Announcing our new Twitter Contest – #BooHaiku! All the information you need to know is in the video, but just in case, here’s the contest details again.

Write your best #boohaiku and submit it via Twitter by adding the hashtag – #boohaiku. If you need more room for your poem, you don’t have to add the @reserve123, just make sure you add #BOOHAIKU, please!

The contest starts today and ends this Thursday at 6 p.m. (EST). The grand prize is two tickets to or $50 off any of our ghost tours around the world! To see all of our ghost tours, just head right over here.

So there, my little Edgar Allan Poe or Shakespeare (whatever floats your boat), go forth and start brainstorming. We want your funniest, scariest, or weirdest haikus that are Halloween related. You’re only 17 syllables away from going on any ghost tour in the world!

Need a little incentive? Here are our Top Ten Ghost Tours:

1. Savannah, Georgia -Savannah Scary Ghost Tour
2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -
Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour Philadelphia
3. Salem, Massachusetts -
Salem Haunted Footsteps Walking Tour
4.Charleston, South Carolina -
Haunted Old City Jail Waling Tour
5. New Orleans, Louisiana -
Vampire Tour
Las Vegas, Nevada –Haunted Vegas Ghost Tour & Show
7. London, England -
Jack the Ripper Whitechapel Walking Tour
8. Prague, Czech Republic -
Prague Walking Ghost Tour
9. Paris, France -
Private Catacombs Walking Tour
10. Bucharest, Romania –
Dracula Weekend Transylvania

If you need some inspiration, here’s another haiku we wrote:

“Fat Cat”

Poor fat cat
Too fat
Fast car on the road
Slow cat
So sad…
Poor fat cat

:) I wrote that one! *bows* Thank you.

Write your #boohaiku and submit it today for your chance to win Ghost Tour tickets!

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Fall Food, Festivals, & VooDoo in the Big Easy

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

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In New Orleans, you can never get too much of a good thing. Think all there is to the Big Easy is Mardi Gras? Now is actually the best time of the year for TONS of festivals, special events, and fun-filled tours! Check out these cool things to do.

We have the famous New Orleans Seafood Festival only a few days away (September 9-11), for everything from crawfish broils to seafood gumbo to fish tacos. Then, get ready to rock out at Ponderosa Stomp (September 15-17), and then savor a slice of Germany at Oktoberfest (September 23-October 22 on Weekends)! Inspire your creative side at the New Orleans Film Festival (October 14-20). And submissions are still open for the 2011 Vampire Film Festival! ;[

Enjoy delicious food, visual art, and the top performers from southern Louisiana & Mississippi at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival (October 14-16). Then, get spell-bound at the Voodoo Music Experience (October 28-30) for great music, food, crafts and culture. Speaking of witchcraft, Halloween in New Orleans (October 28-November 1) would be frightful to miss out on. Experience the incredible Halloween parade, music festival, cemeteries, and plenty of voodoo magic.

If you’re a fan of fangs like me, I dare you to discover the Vampires lurking in the French Quarter on our Vampire Tour in New Orleans. Visit sights and locations associated with these creatures of the night, including a visit to a noted Vampire tavern! Learn the REAL secrets of the Vampires of New Orleans. For more Blues, Boos, and fantastic tours, explore all of our popular activities at Big Easy Tours!

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