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Haunted Houses, Ghost Tours, and Halloween Trails


If wandering around haunted manses and spooky pathways is more your style, here are a few walking tours — both indoors and out — that should delight historians and explorers alike.

Editor’s note: Reservations are required for most of these. Please check Web sites for reservation information.

Washington Irving’s Sunnyside’s “The Legend Behind the Legend,” Irvington

Take a tour through Washington Irving’s home, Sunnyside, which showcases numerous objects related to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Visitors can enjoy a puppet show rendition of the story, and experience Irving’s spooky tales on a walk through the woods.
When: October 3-4, 10-12, 17-18, 24-25, 31-November 1
Where: Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, 3 W. Sunnyside Ln., Irvington
Cost: $14, $12 seniors, $8 children 3-17, children under 3 free
Details: www.hudsonvalley.org/events/legend-behind-legend

Haunted Lantern Tours, Howe Caverns

Howe Caverns hosts two-hour haunted lantern tours on Saturdays throughout the month of October. The tours will explore the mysteries in and around the Howe Caverns, including the Woman in White, the Flood of 1928, and more spooky tales. Tour participants must be 12 or older; admission includes treats and surprises.
When: Saturday, October 10, 17, and 24, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Howe Caverns, 255 Discovery Dr., Howes Cave
Cost: $45 (includes treats and surprises)
Details: 518-296-8900; www.howecaverns.com/haunted-tours.php (only two tours per night — reservations required)

“Capitol Hauntings” Tours, Albany

Does the night watchman who died in the Capitol fire of 1911 still make his rounds? Which two United States presidents visited the Capitol after they died? Does the secret demon carved in stone hold a Capitol curse? Come to the New York State Capitol for a special tour that explores these questions and other legends connected with this historic building.
When: October 5-30, 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Where: Senate Staircase, State Capitol, State St. and Washington Ave., Empire State Plaza, Albany
Cost: Free
Details: 518-474-2418; https://online.ogs.ny.gov/ogsEvents/capitolhauntingstours/default.aspx

Albany Ghost Tours, Albany

Each Albany Ghost Tour, lead by professional storytellers, is uniquely customized according to the ages of its guests. Follow a haunting journey across the city, with stops at the Ten Broeck Mansion, the State Capitol, and Graceland Cemetery, to learn about all of Albany’s many apparitions. Each tour lasts about one hour and 30 minutes.
When: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Where: Dutch Apple Cruises, 141 Broadway, Albany
Cost: $30; $150 for a private tour for up to 10 people; includes transportation
Details: www.ghostsofalbany.com/calendar.phpages 14 and up only

Halloween Howl Prowl, Albany

The Discovery Center’s Howl Prowl features hands-on exploration of skulls, bats, spiders and more. Afterward, enjoy a half-mile evening hike and cider and doughnuts.
When: October 26, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission Discovery Center, 195 New Karner Rd., Albany
Cost: $3, $5 per family, children under 5 free
Details: 518-456-0655; www.albanypinebush.orgpre-registration required

Knickerbocker Mansion’s Knick at Night Ghost Tours, Schaghticoke

The Knickerbocker Historical Society presents two “Knick at Night” ghost tours of the 18th-century Knickerbocker mansion. Prior to the tours, guests can enjoy a “Souper Dinner.”
When: Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Knickerbocker Mansion, 132 Knickerbocker Rd., Schaghticoke
Cost: $7, $8 for a Souper Dinner
Details: www.knickmansion.com/Events.html

Haunted Huguenot Street, New Paltz

New Paltz’s Historic Huguenot Street is transformed into the Haunted Huguenot Street as patrons explore the Jean Hasbrouck House and the Deyo House, as well as local art.
When: October 16, 23, 30 and 31, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Historic Huguenot Street, 81 Huguenot St., New Paltz
Cost: $20 for students, seniors, military, and members, $25 with pre-registration, $30 at the door
Details: www.huguenotstreet.org/calendar-of-events/2014/10/24/haunted-huguenot-street

Trick or Treat Nature Trail, Grafton

For those who can’t get enough of nature, Grafton Lakes State Park presents a jack o’lantern-lined Trick or Treat Nature Trial that stretches along the forests and ponds located within the park. Patrons are encouraged to bring costumes and flashlights; enjoy face-painting and other activities will be available on-site.
When: Saturday, October 24, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Grafton Lakes State Park, Shaver Pond Center, 194 Shaver Pond Rd., Grafton
Cost: $3 per person, $10 per family
Details: 518-279-1155; www.nysparks.com/events/event.aspx?e=53-11650.0

Olana’s Folktales from the 1880s in Action, Hudson

Spooky Mary — also known as Bloody Mary — lived deep in the forest in a tiny cottage and sold herbal remedies for a living. (Folks living in the town said she was a witch.) Take a tour to find Spooky Mary, then “meet” two young sisters from western New York who encountered spirit visitors in the spring of 1848.
When: October 25, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Where: Wagon House Education Center, Olana State Historic Site, 5720 Rte. 9G, Hudson
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 night of, $30 per family
Details: 518-828-1872, ext. 109; www.olana.org/calendar/spooky-theatrics-folktales-1880s-action

“I Spy” Halloween Trail, Cornwall

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum hosts its family-friendly “I Spy” Halloween Trail. Seek out all the objects — including animal bones and skulls — cleverly hidden along the trail to win a prize. Kids can also make Halloween crafts and take a peek at the creepy-crawlers, like snakes and spiders.
When: Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall
Cost: $7 per child ages 2-14, adults free
Details: 845-534-5506; www.hhnaturemuseum.org/index.php/i-spy-halloween-nature-trail

Haunted History Trail of New York State

Follow the Haunted History Trail of New York State to locate all that is spooky, scary, and mysterious spanning the entire state, including haunted inns and ghostly happenings.
Details: 585-343-7440; www.hauntedhistorytrail.com

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