Seeking a fall fright? Head to Cooperstown/Otsego County for some serious ghost hunting, including a stop along the Haunted History Trail.
Take a spooky, lantern-lit walk through The Farmers' Museum grounds on a ghost tour, where you'll encounter things that go bump in the night. You'll learn about the ghosts that haunt the historic 19th century village, including one that mysteriously strikes the blacksmith's anvil at dawn. End your evening with an old-fashioned séance.
Wander the Hall of Plaques at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, where the restless spirits of baseball greats have almost certainly taken up residence. Visitors have heard voices coming from the walls, and in 2010, the reality show Ghost Hunters came to strike up a conversation with the ghost of renowned Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams. We can't guarantee you'll encounter any all-star specters, but if you go trick-or-treating through the Hall of Plaques on Halloween, we bet our bucket of candy you'll see pee-wee ghost or two.
Light a candle and tiptoe through haunted Hyde Hall, a neoclassical mansion and the site of many a paranormal encounter: the mansion boasts secret tunnels, the piano in the drawing room plays endlessly, and a woman in white has been seen haunting the nursery. You'll learn about the widow's curse and an otherworldly mayday message delivered over the radio.
Take a candlelit ghost tour through the haunted village of Cooperstown. You'll visit Greencrest, the village's haunted house and home to an angry Native American ghost. You'll also stop by Christ Church graveyard, where a ghost toppled a gravestone onto a young girl's legs, and Lake Otsego, also known as the Haunted Lake.