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Haunted History Trail of New York State

It may surprise you to learn that the region is home to two kinds of spirits. The craft beverage industry is simply boo-ming here… but that’s not where the “boos” end. 

Select your stops carefully, or you may meet the lingering souls of the Finger Lakes. At the Allegiance B&B in Mount Morris, NY stop and chat with spirits Karen and Ray. They are quite friendly and all too willing to make an appearance as you check in for the night. At the Naples Hotel in Naples, NY, six friendly spirits wander the building’s 32 rooms. In Owego, NY, grab a bite behind bars at the Calaboose Grille, and keep an eye out for the inmates who used to call the old jail home. 

Twenty-two places across the region can be found on the Haunted History Trail of New York State. They offer ghost walks, paranormal investigations, hunts, and haunted overnights. They also tell stories of history, tragedy, and unexplained phenomena. If you’re brave enough, explore our spooky stops – they welcome you in year-round. 

For additional details about the Haunted History Trail of New York State, please visit: www.hauntedhistorytrail.com/finger-lakes.html.

Owego Zombie Fest
The Owego Parkview Hotel and Restaurant in Owego, N.Y. has some haunting activities planned for the community this October as they present the first annual “Owego Zombie Fest” on October 26th at its 145 Front Street establishment. From 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., travelers are invited to “Get Your Zombie On.” From 4:45 to 5:15 p.m., students will entertain with a full performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” complimented by a nearby flash mob, who will lead the Zombie Walk. The event will culminate at the Parkview with a performance by “Recycled Zombies” from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. For additional details, please call (607) 972-7027.

Ghost Hunting
William Phelps General Store & Home Museum is the museum “where time stands still,” and has served the needs of Palmyrans and Erie “Canawlers” as a boarding house, tavern, bakery, and general store since its construction in 1826. Ghost hunters can check out some eye-witnessed paranormal activity reports and find out what FLASH, Flower City, New York Paranormal and Scientific Paranormal Investigations and Rochester Phantom Hunters have found. Ghost hunts cost $30 per person with a minimum of four people. For additional information, please direct readers to visit www.historicpalmyrany.com.

Fairground Frights
Syracuse in the Finger Lakes has many options for travelers looking to celebrate Halloween. The Haunted Hayride, the Circus of Horror, the Crypt, Frankenstein’s Mansion and the Insane Asylum are all open to thrill seekers! These scare sites are open Saturday and Sunday nights through the end of October. All events are recommended for travelers nine and above. Rates start at $8 and vary based on attraction, but a ticket to all attractions can be purchased for $20. Additional information can be found at the following link www.frightnightsatthefair.com.

Cemetery Tour
The Evergreen Cemetery in Owego, New York has always been a local attraction, particularly the SaSaNa Loft Monument which shows a beautiful panoramic view of the village. The peaceful yet beautiful setting invites visitors to learn about the history of the 159 year old cemetery and its distinguished inhabitants. A detailed map of the cemetery highlighting all of the notable sites is available for visitors at the Tioga County Tourism office. For more information, please direct readers to visit www.visittioga.com.

7th Annual Ghost Walk
Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th, the 7th Annual Ghost Walk through Woodlawn Cemetery will return with a series of lantern-lit strolls to hear first-hand accounts of history as told by tenants of the cemetery. Reservations can be made by contacting the Chemung Valley History Museum at (607) 734.4167 or by visiting www.chemungvalleymuseum.org.

Flashlight Cemetery Tours at Mark Twain’s Gravesite
Monday evenings in October, Flashlight Cemetery Tours at Mark Twain’s Gravesite will be provided by Mark Delgrosso, of Mark Twain Country Tours. The one-hour twilight tours will depart from the Walnut Street entry to Woodlawn Cemetery and reveal tales of Twain and his family at the author’s final resting place. Reservations can be made by calling (607) 734.9547 or by e-mailing info@christmas-house.com.

Haunted History Tours of Auburn
Travelers are encouraged to stroll through Auburn’s historic South Street to learn of grisly supernatural legends each Friday and Saturday starting October 11th through October 26th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Adult tickets run $10 while children under 12 are $8. To make reservations (which are required) or for additional information, please call 252-1283. This haunted outing is sponsored by the Seward House Museum located at 3 South Street
in Auburn, New York.