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Explore New York’s Most Haunted Hangouts on a Ghost Tour This Fall

posted by Teresa Farrell at 2018-10-28 14:33:00

October is the season for all things spooky—and there’s no better way to take advantage of the scary atmosphere than embarking on a ghost tour. Luckily, thanks to Upstate New York’s long and intricate history, there’s plenty of places where things are said to go bump in the night— and they’re waiting to be explored this season.
It doesn’t matter which part of the state you want to explore on a ghost tour; there are enough haunted sites to go around.

Wherever you are in the state, good starting point is the Haunted History Trail of New York State, with more than 65 haunted locations spanning 25 counties and 400 miles across Upstate New York. But there are plenty of other haunted sites and special events going on off-trail, as well. Cooperstown offers candlelight ghost tours, and a chance to experience things that go bump in the night.  In the Thousand Islands, you can take a walking tour of Alexandria Bay’s haunted buildings and businesses with Thousand Islands Ghost Tours. In the Capital Region, take a haunted tour of the State Capitol Building or head north, where Haunted Saratoga Ghost Tours offers 90-minute walking tours of haunted sites in the Spa City on Friday and Saturday evenings through mid-November. A bit further north, in the Adirondacks, you can take a candlelit ghost tour to visit the spirits still said to roam Fort William Henry in Lake George. And, of course, don’t forget to take a trip out to Western New York for a ghost hunt at Rolling Hills Asylum, a haunted spot so well-known that Haunted North America considers it the second most haunted site in the United States.

Of course, this is only a starting point; there are hundreds of places to experience a little paranormal activity in Upstate New York. Some are open year round, others by appointment only, but many of them are offering special seasonal tours and events as Halloween looms on the horizon. Explore cemeteries, historic inns, mansions and other buildings, abandoned asylums, and dozens of other spooky spots where people swear they seen a ghost. Take an afternoon tour, savor a spooky meal at a haunted restaurant, climb to the top of a haunted lighthouse, enjoy an evening excursion through the cemetery by candlelight, or even spend the night in a haunted locale. The options are endless—now it’s up to you to see how much haunting you can handle. 

Haunted house photo credit Shane Gorski
Creepy cemetery photo credit Michael Button
Haunted History Trail logo photo credit Haunted History Trail of New York State
Doll photo credit R.E. Barber Photography

posted at: 2018-10-28 14:33:00, last updated: 2020-03-17 20:36:51

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