Exciting News: State Capitol Revives Free Haunted Tours this October!

The return of the highly anticipated “Capitol Hauntings” tours on October 4th will bring an eerie and macabre experience to visitors of the historic building. Registration for these free tours can be done online through the Empire State Plaza’s website.

According to Jeanette Moy, the Commissioner of the state Office of General Services, these tours will offer a unique blend of history and the supernatural. Participants will be taken on an hour-long walk through the Capitol, where they will learn about the strange legends and ghostly phenomena associated with the site. One of these stories includes the tale of Samuel Abbott, a night watchman who died in a Capitol fire in 1911 and is believed by some to still be keeping watch over the building. Additionally, visitors will discover the accounts of two U.S. presidents who are said to have visited the Capitol after their deaths.

Moy stated, “Our annual Hauntings Tour combines the sensational stories that people crave during Halloween season with the extraordinary history of the New York state Capitol. This makes it one of the most popular themed tours of the Capitol. These tours fill up quickly each year, so I encourage everyone to sign up early and not miss out on this fantastic and fun experience.”

During the tours, participants can expect to learn about the “lost murals” in the Assembly Chamber and the tormented artist behind them, as well as the Capitol’s hidden demon and the curse associated with it.

The tours will be available from Wednesday to Friday at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. starting on October 4th until October 20th. From October 23rd to Halloween, they will be offered from Monday to Friday at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Last year, all tours were fully booked by October 11th, with over 1,500 visitors attending the “Capitol Hauntings” events. Typically, tours during the week leading up to Halloween and on Fridays fill up faster than Wednesday tours.

Georgina Parsons, a spokesperson from the Office of General Services, stated, “The tours are very popular, and we expect the same enthusiasm for the haunting tours.”

Due to limited space, online registration is required for the tours. Groups of 10 or more people should contact the Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418, according to the Office of General Services.

However, the tour organizers warn that participants should be prepared for the chilling and ghostly tales, as they may haunt them forever.


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