Founder and Guide
Courtney McInvale Reardon is the founder of Seaside Shadows based out of Mystic, Connecticut and offering walking tours and boat tours throughout the southern New England region.. She is a licensed tour guide, published author and actual descendant of accused witches. She is a Connecticut native and Courtney spent 5 years in DC after completing her studies at Catholic University of America and the University College Dublin where she studied abroad, majoring in International Relations. After earning her degree, she worked for the FBI as an analyst -- having been influenced by her time interning at NCIS for the Cold Case Homicide Unit-- She then spent 2 years in Vermont working for Dept of Homeland Security and honing her investigative skills. Courtney also spent many months in Ireland in study and visiting, a place rich with histories and hauntings alike! She avidly studies histories of Celtic cultures, specifically Ireland and Scotland, specializing in rebellions. Courtney is an empathic spirit medium -- able to feel, see and communicate with spirits. She has frequently had experiences involving the paranormal. In Courtney's childhood home in central Connecticut, in a town called East Hampton numerous paranormal occurrences happened. The events were so extreme that the Warren family came to investigate and exorcise the house during her teenage years there. Due to her haunting past, and ability to see and communicate with spirit, she has always taken an interest in the unknown and has now put her sensitivities, investigative skills, love of history, and writing aspirations to work. Courtney is also a realist amongst all things. That means you will get an excited, thought-provoking and spooky tour while at the same time being inundated with historical facts to corroborate all the haunting occurrences surrounding the Mystic, New London and Salem areas. Courtney has written three books for Arcadia Publishing and the History Press including Haunted Mystic (2014), Revolutionary War Ghosts of Connecticut (2016) and Civil War Ghosts of Connecticut (2021). Courtney has been featured as a historian and medium on Travel Channel’s Portals to Hell and as a medium on Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures. She hosts paranormal investigations and historical site fundraisers annually.
Courtney is available to provide private tours and perform at speaking engagements (Growing up Haunted, Haunted Mystic, Revolutionary War Ghosts of Connecticut and Seaside Haunts of Salem) per request. Please use the Contact page or call us at 860-754-8923 for further details and inquiries.
Marty Reardon Jr.
Co-Owner, Security & Investigator
Marty Reardon, Jr. is both Courtney's husband and the co-owner of Seaside Shadows. As a direct descendant of Bridget Bishop, Marty has always been drawn to Salem's historic past and honoring his ancestors with their true tales. You will often see him at our Seaside Shadows Tours and Events. He is our Director of Security -- making sure that our guests have a safe and enjoyable journey each and every night. Marty also provides technical expertise to all of our paranormal investigations and evidence review. He will be there lantern in hand taking your tickets and helping escort you through your spooktacular journey. After a love for the paranormal and television's Sons of Anarchy Marty has named the security group for Seaside Shadows -- "Reaper Crew." Be sure to say a big hello and thanks next time you see the Reaper Crew at your tour or events.
Lead Tour Guide
Andrew Hill is the Lead tour guide at Seaside Shadows. He is a Connecticut native who has had a deep love and appreciation of history for his entire life, even double majoring in history during his college studies. However, there are two sides to Haunted history and Andrew was actually a skeptic for a long while! Though he always had an appreciation for the otherworldly and the paranormal his entire life, like a lot of people he was questioning what to really believe. One evening Andrew had an event that changed his life, one witnessed by his twin brother as well. Suddenly thrust into the paranormal, Andrew knew he could only turn to one company. Seaside Shadows. After doing investigations and tours it was clear that this was what he was meant to be doing, and all who take his tours agree! If Andrew’s reviews say anything, it’s that he is a masterful storyteller, a large personality, and looks the part to boot!
Evan Brown is a tour guide with Seaside Shadows. Originally from California, he partly grew up in Connecticut, and has been “bicoastal” for the better part of his life. An avid student of humanity, Evan graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School, where he concentrated in writing and social theory, and concomitantly studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of San Francisco. He has worked as a journalist, teacher, actor, campaign consultant, and a bunch of other gigs to make ends meet (including as a deckhand on a riverboat, which was his favorite). As a consequence of his studies and adventures, he is a feared and respected bar trivia competitor.
Evan’s connection to history and the supernatural runs deep: His Dane family ancestors hold the record for most accused witches in a single family during the Salem Witch Trials (thankfully, no executions!), and his own experiences have left him a true believer in the paranormal. A natural raconteur and performer, Evan is thrilled to bring his passion and skills to Seaside Shadows and its wonderful guests!
Sunshine Estar began her journey with Seaside Shadows in the fall of 2020 where she worked alongside Courtney at special events and paranormal investigations for Seaside Shadows using her mediumship skills to help guests find and communicate with the spirits. From there it was a natural progression into becoming a tour guide with Seaside Shadows as the spirits seem to respond favorably to her.
7 years ago when Sunshine moved to Mystic from Fairfield CT, she noticed right away that there was something 'different' about the spirits in Mystic. You see, an event (that you'll learn about on tour) happened in Mystic that created a vortex in which the living and the dead live together in the same time space.
Sunshine was born from a psychic bloodline that goes back 7 generations to Scotland, on a full moon in the caul.
Sunshine aptly named by her hippie parents began her psychic and paranormal training at the tender age of 2yrs old when she raised her arms continually for her passed away grandfather to pick her up. This was the first spirit she was documented as seeing.
A practicing psychic, medium and 'Wicked' (cool) Witch.
Sunshine combines her love of the macabre and gift of story telling in which you’re SURE to get a thrill and a chill out of every tour.
Social Media Specialist
Riley Ward is the Social Media Specialist for Seaside Shadows based out of Nashville, TN. She grew up in South Carolina where she frequented Charleston’s walking ghost tours with her family. She began a large appreciation for history and the paranormal, even developing some of her own personal experiences with spirits in her home. Riley’s expertise is in video content and graphic design. She loves working with Seaside Shadows’ weekly video series and being able to use Mystic’s rich history in her designs. Riley loves connecting with the loyal followers of Seaside Shadows so don’t hesitate to say hello!
Jaeson provides Security for Seaside Shadows. He is a native of Connecticut and drawn to the shadows of eerily un-nerving places. His favorite places to wander are Fort Griswold, Seaside Sanitarium and Norwich State Hospital. He's not only there to show you the best picture taking hotspots on the tour but he is also there to protect you from the ghosts and the ghosts from you. Jaeson will ensure that you have a safe and fun experience during your travels with us.