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I LOVE NY’s Virtual Halloween Spooktacular

by Kimberly Krol Inlander

Oct 28, 2020

Rolling Hills Asylum, East Bethany, New York. Photo: Bratty1206 | Dreamstime.com

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While Halloween might look a bit different this year, I LOVE NY is bringing the state’s spooks to you, sharing some of the creepiest ghost stories from attractions along the Haunted History Trail of New York State. Experience the scares for yourself, from the comfort of your own home, on Friday, Oct. 30, at 6 p.m., live on Facebook.


During the Halloween Spooktacular, Sarah Blackwell, marketing manager, I LOVE NY, will moderate a storytelling panel including Sharon Coyle, proprietress, Rolling Hills Asylum; James Pendal, founder, CasperCops, and creator and host; Bonnie Hays, executive director, Historic Palmyra; and Jonathan Kruk, master storyteller. In addition, there will be a dramatic video reading of Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The story of the headless horseman terrorizing Sleepy Hollow celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, and is known to be one of the earliest ghost stories told.


The Haunted History Trail of New York State features more than 90 creepy, haunted locations across the state, including hotels, restaurants, museums, an amusement park and more.


Rolling Hills Asylum, in East Bethany, New York, was rated the “second-most haunted site in the United States” by Haunted North America. Once the Genesee County Home/Poorhouse, its history of hauntings was featured on The Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventurers.


Another spooky spot is Sylvan Beach Amusement Park in Sylvan Beach. Its classic amusement rides and games are known to be haunted, as seen on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters.


Historic Palmyra, New York, also known as “the most haunted place in the Finger Lakes,” is a collection of historic buildings where ghosts have been known to whisper and touch guests. Historic Hudson Valley is home to the real-life village of Sleepy Hollow, as well as a number of historic sites and events that make the area Halloween headquarters.


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