A limestone mansion towers over the sandy beach at Glimmerglass State Park at the northern end of Otsego Lake. And come Halloween, ghosts come out to play.
Hyde Hall was built in the 19th century by George Clarke. After his death, the legend goes, his children banished their mother Anne from the house. She left a curse behind that promises unhappiness to any woman who resides in the classic home. And the misery the curse has caused has filled Hyde Hall with haunted spirits, who make their presence known with echoing footsteps, mysterious shapes and shadows, and ghostly messages from the beyond delivered with tinkling piano keys, scratchy radio messages, and eerie whispers. And for the doubters, the paranormal occurrences were documented by the Syfy channel show Ghost Hunters in 2013.
Wander the halls—if you dare—on October weekends with Hyde & Shriek! The candlelight ghost tours of Hyde Hall run every half hour between 6 and 7:30 p.m., and cost $20 per person. Just beware the haunted crypt!
Can't make it to Hyde Hall? Visit the Farmers' Museum for Things That Go Bump in the Night Ghost Tours, and hear spooky stories and unsolved mysteries on a lantern-led tour of the grounds..
Prefer a fright-free Halloween?
For classic Halloween fun, visit the Cullen Pumpkin Farm. Kids roam 20 acres to find the perfect pumpkin—just $7, no matter the size. This October, take the family on a wagon wide to see beehives and hay fields, and find your way through the corn maze.
Get aboard the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad for Halloween treats. Train rides leave from the town of Milford in the days before Halloween with Pumpkin Patch and Costume Party themes.
Join runners at the Clark Sports Center for the annual Coop Loop 5K & 10K run on a course that loops through Cooperstown. With prizes for age-group finishers—and scariest, funniest, and most creative costumes—this is the perfect warm-up for trick or treaters.