The Haunted History Trail of New York State is home to the largest collection of haunted and Halloween events statewide. Over 500 events, from ghost hunts and paranormal investigations to staged haunted houses and Halloween hayrides can be found on the Haunted History Trail’s online event calendar, offered now through the end of October.
The Haunted History Trail features more than 90 locations across the state offering investigations, ghost hunts, guided tours, and other experiences that allow visitors to interact with the haunted side and seek out spirits during a dining experience, special event, or overnight stay. But, during the “spooky season” in the months leading up to Halloween, the trail opens its offerings to all form of haunted events – from the serious spirits right down to the spirited pretenders.
“We see a lot of attention this time of year due to the season and the nature of our trail,” says Kelly Rapone, administrator of the Haunted History Trail in an announcement sent to the press. “People are seeking out opportunities to be scared – whether that’s on a guided tour that tells them about ghost sightings and the history behind them or experiencing a jump-scare as they go through a haunted house. We want to be their resource for all things haunted.”
While many of the trail events lead up to Halloween as the major fall holiday, September 28 also marks a holiday celebrated by select Haunted History Trail partners. “National Ghost Hunting Day,” established in 2016, “recognizes and celebrates the novice, curious and expert execution of ghost hunting methods,” according to the National Ghost Hunting Day website.
Several trail locations, including Historic Palmyra’s Museums and the WM. Phelps General Store in Palmrya, N.Y., Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany, N.Y., and the Haunted Hinsdale House in Hinsdale, N.Y. will participate in the “World’s Largest Ghost Hunt” – an international phenomenon that brings people together from across the globe to take part in a night of paranormal investigations. Themes for the 2019 event will include historic preservation, celebrating haunted towns, and exploring cultural diversity within the ghost hunting field around the world.
To browse, learn more, or purchase tickets for a haunted event, visit the Haunted History Trail of New York State’s website.
The Haunted History Trail of New York State is the only state-wide ghost tourism initiative in the United States. It was created in 2013 by the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with tourism promotion agencies across the state and with support provided by Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program under the Market NY initiative.
The Haunted History Trail of New York State features over 90 haunted locations found within almost every region of New York State. Guided ghost tours, paranormal investigations, haunted dining and overnights are available on the trail, with many of the attractions tying back to New York’s local history. For more information, visit: www.hauntedhistorytrail.com.
Photo of WM. Phelps General Store provided.