As Halloween approaches, visitors seek Halloween-themed activities in New York. This state boasts numerous haunted locations with reports of ghost sightings from both ghost hunters and those unaware of the supernatural. Visit some of the most haunted spots in New York during your next haunted trip in America.
The Dakota, NYC
John Lennon was assassinated near The Dakota, a NYC apartment building. Despite this tragedy, the building's ghostly sightings are not of Lennon but instead, recurring reports of a boy and girl walking together. These ghostly images have been seen by both residents and guests.
Location: 1 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023
Goodleburg Cemetery, South Wales, New York
Goodleburg Cemetery operated from 1811 to 1927 and remains open to visitors from 8 AM to dusk. It's named after Dr. Goodleburg, who, according to local legend, conducted illegal operations and buried the victims who didn't survive in the cemetery. In 2003, the site was the location of a fatal car accident involving a ghost hunter at night.
Visitors report encountering the ghost of a white-clad woman, a supposed patient of Dr. Goodleburg, roaming the cemetery. Colored orbs appear in nighttime photos, and whispers and disembodied sounds have been heard. A pond in the cemetery's back is known for strong winds and the cries of a child.
Location: South Wales, NY 14139, United States
Jumel Mansion, NYC
Multiple ghosts have been seen, but Eliza Jumel is the most common. Legend claims Eliza had an affair with VP Aaron Burr while married to Stephen, who died mysteriously. She married Burr but they later divorced, and she spent her remaining days alone in the mansion. Some believe she's restless due to her suspected involvement in Stephen's death, and haunts the mansion searching for peace.
Location: 65 Jumel Terrace New York, NY 10032
Belasco Theater, NYC
David Belasco built the theatre in 1907 and is rumored to never have left. The ghost of a man, possibly Belasco, is reported in various locations such as the stage, backstage, and audience. He may love the theatre or be attached to the Blue Lady, another ghost seen by workers and visitors.
Location: 111 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036
The Merchant's House, NYC
The Tredwell family home is now a National Historic Landmark and NY Museum showcasing daily life in the mid-1800s. It features the Tredwell's furniture and possessions. Some believe the ghost of Gertrude Tredwell, who lived in the house her entire life as a spinster, still inhabits the home.
Location: 29 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003
Rolling Hills Asylum
Rolling Hills Asylum, a decaying former asylum in East Bethany, NY, is a popular dark tourism site known for its creepy interior filled with hospital beds, children's toys, and old medical equipment. It's been a filming location for TV shows and movies, including the infamous Shadow People Hallway. Rolling Hills Asylum offers ghost tours and rents paranormal investigation kits.
Location: 11001 Bethany Center Rd, East Bethany, NY 14054, United States
Hotel Chelsea, NYC
The Hotel Chelsea in New York is famous for its celebrity guests and ghost sightings. Notable guests who have passed away include Dylan Thomas who died of pneumonia in 1953 and Sid Vicious whose girlfriend was killed in 1978. Other ghosts reported to haunt the hotel include Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Tennessee Williams, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. Guests often report sightings, particularly in room 205 where Dylan Thomas became ill before his death.
Location: 222 West 23rd Street, Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City, NY 10011, United States
The Amityville Horror House
The Amityville Horror house became infamous for its alleged haunting, popularized by the 1979 film. In 1974, Ronald DeFeo Jr. killed his family in the Colonial-style house. The Lutz family, who later moved in, claimed to experience strange occurrences such as visions, noises, and odors, prompting them to leave after a month.
A well-known photo from the Amityville Horror house is believed to show a ghost. The photo was taken by Gene Campbell in 1976 during an investigation led by Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Warrens claimed that no one was present at the time, but some believe the figure is a ghost of murdered DeFeo child John Mathew DeFeo or a disguised demon. Skeptics, however, suggest the "boy" is actually Paul Bartz from the Warrens' investigation team.
Location: 112 Ocean Drive, Amityville, Long Island, NY
The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building, iconic NY skyline symbol, is known for its beauty and recognition, but also rumored to be haunted by many. There have been reports of people falling from its viewing platforms, and 5 workers who died during its construction and were supposedly buried in the foundations. Despite this, the building remains a must-visit even for non-believers.
The Empire State Building is also said to be haunted by Evelyn McHale, who took her own life by jumping from the 86th-floor Observation Deck on May 1, 1947. Her ghost is believed to still roam the building, but with its high volume of tourists, spotting a ghost might prove challenging.
Location: 20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001, United States
Evergreen Cemetery, Wynantskill, NY
Evergreen Cemetery is rumored to be haunted by the "Lady in Black Grab," known for appearing near the graves at the top of the hill. Legend says she will stare back at you if seen, but disappears when you turn your head.
Location: Wynantskill, Rensselaer County, New York 12198, US
The House Of Death, New York
The bustling city of New York is rumored to be haunted by the House of Death, a famous brownstone off Fifth Ave. This location is reportedly haunted by 22 ghosts, with the most famous being writer Mark Twain who lived there in 1900-1901. The tragic ghost of a six-year-old girl who was beaten to death by her father is also said to roam the house. Residents have reported sightings of the girl, Twain, a lady in white, and even a gray cat.
Location: 14 West 10th Street, NYC, NY 1011
New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC
Olive Thomas rose to fame in New York as "The Most Beautiful Girl in the City" and joined the iconic Ziegfeld Follies. Tragically, she died at 25 from mercury poisoning. Her ghost has been seen backstage at the New Amsterdam Theater in her Follies attire, clutching a blue pill bottle. She's mostly seen by men and the theater staff greets her portraits hung backstage.
Location: 214 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036, United States
Forest Park Cemetery, Troy
Forest Park Cemetery, or Pinewoods Cemetery, dates back to at least the mid-1800s and was officially established in 1897. It's infamous for paranormal activity, including a headless angel statue, said to bleed from the neck and an empty mausoleum.
Visitors to Forest Park Cemetery report seeing the ghost of Harold Hubbard Horne, a young man who committed suicide there in 1916. Harold was a Buffalo native, student, and veteran with family troubles. Those driving by at night claim to see his spirit walking among the graves, and legend says that calling his name three times at the cemetery's front gates (dubbed the "gates of hell") will prompt Harold to appear.
The ghost of Harold Hubbard Horne is said to bring comfort to those in mental distress. Some believe he only appears to those in extreme anxiety, spreading warm and positive energy. Unlike many other ghosts that create a chill, Harold is known for his soothing presence.
Location: 387 Pinewoods Ave, Troy, NY 12180, United States
Oakland Cemetery, Yonkers
Oakland Cemetery, founded in 1783 for Revolutionary War soldiers and later renamed in 1875, is rumored to be haunted due to rampant vandalism. Three ghostly women are said to chase off potential vandals, coming from the hill towards the cemetery's center. In 2006, a photo was taken of the three apparitions.
Location: 2 Saw Mill River Rd, Yonkers, NY 10701, United States
Cherry Hill Estate, Albany
Cherry Hill Estate is a late 18th-century farm manor in southern Albany. It was the site of an 1827 murder that led to Albany's last public hanging after a controversial trial. A ghost, yet to be identified, is said to haunt the property.
Location: South Pearl Street, New York State Route 32, Albany, New York 12202, US
Il Buco Restaurant, NYC
It's rumored that the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe haunts this Italian restaurant in New York. Some claim it's where he got the inspiration for "The Cask of Amontillado." Regardless, there have been multiple reported sightings.
Location: 47 Bond Street New York, NY 10012