Updated: Oct 7, 2021
Looking for top recommendations on the region’s best attractions for the upcoming autumn season and the scares, frights, and treats of Halloween? The Hudson Valley has an array of activities that will ensure a safe, enjoyable, and memorable experience.
SCARY PLACES & HAUNTED DESTINATIONS
Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Irvington, New York offers a glimpse into the history of notable author Washington Irving who has published the great American horror story aka “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. Fun fact is that the property is said to be haunted by Mr. Irving himself and the legend of the Headless Horseman continues captivating audiences today at the Old Dutch Reformed Church in Sleepy Hollow. Mr. Irving’s grave site can be visited to this day at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where you can take photographs and have a look at what life was like during his era.
Head to Sparta Cemetery in Ossining, New York, one of the region’s most haunted cemeteries where graves and burial sites date back all the way to the 18th century in 1764 where deceased Revolutionary War soldiers have been buried. Fun fact is that during cloudy and gloomy weather days, a peculiar mist forms over the cemetery setting the backdrop for spooks and scares of Halloween or for those who have a keen interest in the paranormal. Be sure to visit before dark!
If you’re looking for a bite to eat and maybe an encounter with an infamous ghost, visit The Bird & Bottle in Garrison, New York where they serve American comfort food, a traditionall tavern menu of cheeseburgers, sandwiches, and craft beers in an 18th century Revolutionary style building dating back to 1761. The property has been said to be haunted by Emily Warren, a former occupant who has been known to wander the halls and even move objects in the tavern from time to time after closing. Food and a possible ghost encounter, an adventure awaits!
Historic Huguenot Street & Cemetery located in New Paltz, New York is a staple of historical preservation and hauntings. Stroll and wander the grounds of this former French settlement dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries. Admire colonial, revolutionary, and even Victorian architecture of former homes, markets, and even a former inn. Be sure to make a visit to Haunted Huguenot Street which provides tours of the grounds and you will get the chance to learn about what put this unique town on the map of historical prominence and the emergence of the paranormal. Make sure you book in advance as this event sells out very quickly! You can make your reservation on www.historichuguenotstreet.org