Some of America's oldest haunts, creepiest ghosts and eeriest houses call New York home, so Halloween here is a howl. Family-style shriekers to serious ghost hunters can find screams in every dark corner of the state.
From Western NY to the Capital District and down to the City you can get your ghoul on. Discover New York's new Haunted History Trail - for fun-filled getaways any time of year!
Let's start in the misty Adirondacks region where Lake George's Great Escape Six Flags delivers Thrills by Day, Fright by Night at the Great Escape's Fright Fest every weekend in October.
In perhaps the state's most haunted regions, the Catskill Mountain Railroad Halloween Train will punch your ticket to chills with a ghosts and goblins train crew and it's not too scary for young riders, so bring the little ones. On the other hand, Blackthorne Resort's Massacre Mansion in East Durham is not for the faint of heart. Its haunted graveyard leads to scene after scene of screams. In Saugerties it takes a village to raise a scream at the annual Village Invasion a community-wide zombie apocolypse, horror film reenactment and pub crawl. For a traditional Sleepy Hollow experience, try award-winning Headless Horseman Hayrides.
Want to see something REALLY scary? Get up close and personal with some night creatures in a Nightmare Hayride on Sommerville St. in Ellicottville that leads you through an acre-wide maze of white-knuckle thrills every weekend in October.
Why explore just one haunted house? Fright World offers five, each of them infested
with spirits and carnival freaks. Dark Raven Manor is elbow to elbow with zombies and ghosts, while Buffalo's House of Horrors serves up zombies, demons and an Egyptian tomb for daring adventurers. The dark side of Old Fort Niagara's history comes out at The Haunted Fortress, a bone-chilling tour.
Explore a haunted cave with stories of the Erie Canal that are just, well, eerie at Lockport Haunted Cave. Find a kid-friendly welcome at the Buffalo Zoo's Howl-O-Ween Hay Rides, or Halloween Happenings at the Aquarium of Niagara Falls. Beyond Ghosts brings you into touch with actual paranormal activity at different hosting sites in September and October - better hurry before they are sold out!
Saturday's in Sep-Oct you are invited to the Marble Orchard Ghost Walk, hear true tales as you walk through the Lewiston Historic District and Village Cemetery with the Marble Orchard Players leading this spooky but fun-filled adventure. Maybe an evening locked into The Brick, a sanatorium in Andover, will prove the rumor that paranormal activity exists? Or, join in an official paranormal investigation at the haunted Shanley Hotel through mid-November.
Howe Caverns serves up misty grottos and secret shadows a million years in the making on a winding journey through limestone caverns and underground lakes.
In Sterling, Screamers' Hollow is open Fri-Sat during the month of October. Enter a haunted village like no other with a nerve shattering mix of evil characters, digital sound, live actors and surprising special effects including haunted hayrides, a maddening outdoor maze and an outdoor haunted walk.
Sylvan Beach Halloweekends lures the living dead from their watery graves in Oneida Lake. Screamers' Hollow opens the door to its Village of the Damned, teeming with spirits. You'll know you've found Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester when you spot the glowing red eyes atop the barn silo.
Or mix with some wildlife at Binghamton's Ross Park Zoo during October's family-friendly Howl-O-Weekends and Boo at the Zoo events. Halloween chills are just a trick away at the Fairgrounds in Syracuse at Fright Nights. Enter the Dungeon of Doom, 3D Pirate House or take a Haunted Hayride, but beware when you enter the Mansion and don't let the sleeping Giant get you!
Roadside Haunts: Driving to Onondaga Hill along 13 Curves in Syracuse, is by night a dark and desolate stretch known as Cedarvale Road. A newly married couple traveled the road 60 years ago, their car veered out of control, killing both lovers instantly. Rumor has it that the bride, still in her wedding dress, can be spotted wandering the road looking for her beloved groom. Then there is Split Rock Quarry, a hazardous munitions plant that unexpectedly exploded in 1918, brutally killing more than 50 men. Today the Quarry is nothing but rock with an old piece of machinery left called the Crusher. Legend says that the Crusher can still be heard running, even though the machine has been dead for years. Others have reported the sound of footsteps and voices in the distance. Both can be visited any time - how about the dead of night?
Double M Haunted Hayrides dares you to survive a wagon ride down Psycho Path to The Scare House in their surprise-filled woodland adventure where nothing is what it seems. You can choose your own level of frights here, from kid-safe to utterly terrifying. Liberty Ridge Farms offers their day corn maze with puzzles to clues helping you find your way, but when the sun sets the "Field of Screams" maze opens.
Downstate scares are everywhere. Gateways Haunted Playhouse claims numerous awards for its nightmare maze staffed by professional actors, make-up artists and designers from Long Island's oldest professional theatre. This USA Today "Top Ten Haunted Houses in New York" winner is best for mature audiences.
The dead come out to play every October when Bayville Adventure Park becomes Bayville Scream Park and the doors of the Bay Family Mansion lead to unspeakable terrors.
A less intense experience can be enjoyed at Harbes Family Farms every weekend through October. Adults can take a hayride tour through the vineyard and taste their award-winning chardonnays and merlots and the nighttime corn maze can be just enough scary to make it fun.
As if the stock market isn't scary enough, Wall Street Walks guides you through the darkest corners of New York's Financial District with the restless spirits of those driven to madness after the Great Stock Market crash. Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House introduces you to charming psychopaths like Ted Bundy, Albert Fish and the Zodiac Killer.
In Sep-Oct, haunted happenings abound in the City starting with Killers2, where The Mind of Madness and Serial Killers invites you to enter their world in New York City while mummies will make you scream for your mom at the Bronx Haunted House. Then there is Blood Manor, where among other chills you will need to dodge demons, pass through Hannibal's kitchen of maggots and roaches, experience the new laser spectacular show, and enter the 3D Labrynth.
Some people think Coney Island is a little freaky to start with, so Creepshow at the Freakshow easily earns its rep as one of the best haunted tours in New York City. Tour creepy corners of Coney not usually open to the public, explore a deadly collapsed roller coaster and meet living-dead performers.
Costume-up for the 40th Anniversary NYC Village Halloween Parade on October 31. Only costumed partiers may join the hundreds of puppets, marching bands and dancers at this wild happening that begins on 6th Avenue.
Aquarium of Niagara Falls Halloween Happenings
Bayville Scream Park
Blackthorne Resort Massacre Mansion
Bronx Haunted House
Buffalo's House of Horrors
Buffalo Zoo Howl-O-Ween Hay Rides
Catskill Mountain Railroad Halloween Train
Creepshow at the Freakshow
Dark Raven Manor, Buffalo
Double M Haunted Hayrides
Fort Niagara Haunted Fortress
Fright Nights at the Fair
Fright World Buffalo
Gateways Haunted Playhouse
Great Escape Six Flags Fright Fest
Harbes Family Farms
Haunted Hayrides of Greater Rochester
Haunted Houses of New York directory
Haunted History Trail
Headless Horseman Hayrides
Hudson Valley haunted places
Killers2: A Nightmare Haunted House
Liberty Ridge Farms
Lockport Haunted Cave
Marble Orchard Ghost Walk
Mind of Madness and Serial Killers
NYC Village Halloween Parade
Nightmare Hayride on Sommerville St.
Ross Park Zoo, Binghamton
Saugerties Village Invasion
Sleepy Holloween Events
Sylvan Beach Halloweekends
Wall Street Walks
Most of these events are geared towards adults and older children, so please verify that young children are able to attend if you have kids under 14 in your group.