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7 Scary Finds on New York's Haunted History Trail

Monday Sep 24, 2018
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Are you ready for a Halloween adventure? New York State is packed with creepy crawly activities sure to entertain those who like to be spooked. These seven chilling experiences from New York's Haunted History Trail will give you a real jump.

1. Stay overnight at the Haunted Hinsdale House
Explore the Haunted Hinsdale House in the dark of night when the apparitions come out to play. Make sure to pack a flashlight and sleeping bag (or air mattress if you wish) when you join Para Expeditions as they attempt to contact the other side and search the house for its hiding residents.

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2. Ghost-hunting in an asylum
Rolling Hills Asylum is widely known to be bursting with paranormal activity, particularly from the abandoned inhabitants that died of disease, poverty and mental illness and were left to be forgotten in this 19th century institution. Search for evidence of the spirits that stayed behind and who knows -- you may even make friends with some friendly ghosts.

Rolling Hills Asylum (Photo: AntiquityEchoes)

3. An old jail with a vengeful spirit
"Haunted Jail/Cellblock Terror and Blood Curdling Barn" may be a Halloween attraction at the Museum of Wayne County History's Old Jail, but the fact is William Fee was the only man hung in all of Wayne County for the murder of an unknown woman and was locked within those walls before his death. Look around and see if William Fee is still lurking in the shadows.

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4. Relive the Murder at Cherry Hill
On May 7, 1827, a notorious murder occurred at Cherry Hill that resulted in Albany's last hanging. For a mix of history and thrill, meet all the parties involved, walk in the footsteps of the murderer and relive the chilling night of the murder for yourself.

5. A castle filled with mystic guests
Why are trick-or-treaters reluctant to venture past the entrance? This spookified castle (featured on HGTV's "Exteme Homes") is packed with memorabilia and collectibles. And that's what you can see. Take a tour or dare to stay overnight to see who (or what) lurks in Wing Castle's halls.

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6. Make it out of the corn maze alive!
Find out what comes out at night in the Schuyler Farms Haunted Corn Maze. As you enter the field and find your way through every twist and turn, demons and ghouls appear at every bend and masked men with chainsaws spring up behind you! Try not to get lost in the maze... and be ready to run for your life!

7. Dining in the afterlife
There's more than chicken parmigiana on the menu at Silvio's Villa. The structure dates back to the late 1700s but it was a 1972 unsolved murder followed by a family suicide in the house that has been haunting the establishment ever since. The house was later converted to a restaurant where strange occurrences continue to this day -- ghostly shapes, unexplained footsteps and sounds, disappearing items, and a basement that brings on chills.

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