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September 10, 2019 Destination New York No Comments Email Email

Halloween will be upon us before you know it and there will be plenty of ghost stories to go around. Read on for a few spooky fun tales from throughout the state and grab some inspiration for your October adventures!

“The Lady in the Lake” – Pulpit Rock, Lake Placid, ADIRONDACKS

The story goes that Mabel disappeared while rowing on Lake Placid and wasn’t seen again for 30 years. When her body was eventually found near Pulpit Rock by scuba divers, her neck was attached to an anchor, but her body was perfectly preserved due to the depths and cold of the water.

Though she was buried in Brooklyn, her spirit may have never left the watery grave. Many people, especially campers and boaters, have reported seeing a ghostly figure of a woman hovering near Pulpit Rock. These sightings keep the legend of “the Lady in the Lake” alive to this day.

Join Lake Placid Boat Tours in season and visit Pulpit Rock on Lake Placid to see “the Lady in the Lake” for yourself.

Horseman’s Hollow” – Sleepy Hollow, HUDSON VALLEY

To remind you of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, the town is renowned to be bewitched during the early days of the Dutch settlement, housing ghosts, dark magic and most famously the Headless Horseman – the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had has head shot off by a stray cannonball. They say he rides through the night in search of his head.

Horseman’s Hollow takes the tale to its darkest extremes for 15 terrifying evenings. For the month of October, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor transforms into a fearsome landscape ruled by vampires, witches, undead soldiers, ghouls, and ghosts, all serving the Headless Horseman himself! Visitors begin walking a haunted trail and will stumble upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman – its unfortunate inhabitants eager to keep visitors from ever leaving.

As Sleepy Hollow’s premiere haunted attraction, the event is stocked with professional actors and state-of-the-art special effects that produce a high fear factor and not suitable for children. Tickets must be purchased in advance online or on the phone.

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze – Croton-on-Hudson, HUDSON VALLEY

Not a haunting tale of dark times, but a tale of Hudson Valley’s biggest, most exciting, most electrifying Halloween event! For an astounding 45 nights, discover a breathtaking display amongst more than 10,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns.

In this elaborate walk-through experience, meander through an 18th-century riverside landscape or along our main street Pumpkin Promenade and stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. In this world of wonder, you’ll be sure to see various swimming aquatic creatures, slithering ground snakes, a giant spider web, a collection of shrunken Little Monsters and gasp at the sight of a giant Sea Serpent surfacing next to the Croton River. Then, gather together around a towering pumpkin bonfire – all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Join in this year’s Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze and expect original, atmospheric music, sound effects, and professional lighting at the tri-state area’s largest and most innovative Halloween attraction.

“Murder At The Hotel” – Broadalbin, CAPITAL-SARATOGA

The Historic Hotel Broadalbin started as glove factory in 1854, then a Keeley Cure inebriate hospital, where in the summer of 1898, a sanatorium conducted by Dr. H. C. Finch. His miracle cure, called the “gold cure” by locals, ended as a scam at the hospital. At one point there were more than 200 of these operations with treatments that were more than questionable. Some patients suffered blindness and pain… and even death. Do these unfortunate souls still haunt the building?

Some say they’ve seen soldiers standing at the top of the staircase, figures in the windows, and felt something poke them in the middle of the night. Visit the Historic Hotel Broadalbin and find out for yourself.

The Hotel also hosts “Murder At The Hotel,” a three-course dinner and cash bar mystery show that invites you to dinner in the year 1898 with hotel and sanatorium owner Doctor H.C. Finch. Katherine Kerry, a society reporter is on the scene when she witnesses a murder. Figure out who the killer is and win a prize!

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