Home to Rip Van Winkle and Ichabod Crane, the ghosts of native Americans, early Dutch explorers and revolutionary soldiers haunt these regions. Nowhere is Halloween celebrated in so many ways.
Explore a moonlit Fort Ticonderoga with a Garrison Ghost Tour, or a Haunted Weekend at The Sagamore in Bolton Landing that takes you on a creepy crawl of Fort William Henry. At Fright Fest you'll find a whole amusement park full of chills at Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George. Walk on the dark side with a Marble Orchard Ghost Walk in Lewiston, or lurch over to the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.
At Van Cortlandt Manor's Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, thousands of glowing jack o' lanterns guide a dizzying lantern-lit walk through swooping pumpkin ghosts. Parades and musical hayrides highlight the Bronx Zoo's Boo at the Zoo. Halloweekends turn Sylvan Beach into a Haunted Amusement Park with a Blood Bath Haunted House and Scream Land. The Binghamton Zoo's Howl-O-Weekends provide a kid-friendly scare with crafts, candy and kid's games.
Corn mazes and hayrides haunt every hamlet. On the scarier side, Double M Haunted Hayrides beckon twilight wanderers through dark woods to flesh-eating zombies. Old McDonald's Haymazing Adventure headlines Darien Lake Theme Park's Family FrightFest. Ulster Park's Headless Horseman Hayrides serve plenty of chills for all ages in 45 acres of haunted woodlands and mazes, while talking pumpkins and horse-drawn hayrides lure families to Erie Canal Village.
For bigger chills, there's always Sleepy Hollow and Horseman's Hollow, where Philipsburg Manor becomes a terrifying landscape with elaborate costumes and effects that send scaredy cats running. Scare up some fun at Kevin McCurdy's Haunted Mansion and face your deepest fears with attractions like The Collector, HellBilly Horrors and Zombie Apocalypse. You're almost guaranteed to survive.
Prefer a genuine haunting? New York has legions of ghosts, like the spectral residents of Cooperstown's grand Otesaga Hotel and ask for their Sleep with The Spirits package, where apparitions may be seen walking hand-in-hand in period clothing. Or the spirits of Dunkirk Lighthouse where in October ghost hunters climb 61 spiral stairs to a real paranormal investigation. Gather your courage and your friends if you dare to Explore the Hauntings of New York!