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Halloween Haunts of New York City

Updated on November 2, 2014

New York Is A Haunted Old City

  The veil between the worlds grows thin now! Tis' the dying time. The Season of the Witch. Harvest, Hallowe'en, Samhain, Sowan, All Hallows Eve no matter how you slice it, its a great time of the year.

In a Graveyard at Midnight
photo © by Judy Ferony

  Yes, New York is a very old town, with many restless spirits roaming around. Samhain in many Wiccan and Pagan Traditions, is a time when a Dumb Supper is held with a special place setting to symbolize those that have gone before us; especially our loved ones that passed during this year, they're the guest of honor.


Most Haunted Places of New York

  1. Algonquin Hotel   59 W 44th St.

      Guests staying at the Algonquin Hotel have claimed to spot members of The Round Table, a group of writers that met at the Algonquin for lunch daily after World War I. Members of The Round Table (also called themselves the Vicious Circle) include:

  2. Robert Benchley
  3. Heywood Broun
  4. Marc Connelly
  5. Edna Ferber
  6. George S. Kaufman
  7. Harpo Marx
  8. Dorothy Parker
  9. Franklin Pierce
  10. Herold Ross
  11. Robert Sherwood
  12. Alexander Woollcott
  13. Bridge Cafe   279 Water St.

      The building dates back to 1794, but the Bridge Cafe's life as a drinking establishment first began in 1847 when it was opened as a porter house, making it New York City's oldest bar.

    Just under the Brooklyn Bridge, rumors of ghosts of the pirates who frequented the bar continue.

  14. Belasco Theatre 111 West 44th Street

      Numerous accounts of haunting at one of New York City's oldest theaters including sightings of the building's builder and namesake, David Belasco, who lived in an apartment at the top of the theater before his death in 1931. His ghost is said to interact with actors, offering kudos and handshakes, and many have reported hearing footsteps and the disconnected elevator running. Sightings of the Blue Lady, possibly Belasco's companion, have been reported numerous times.

  15. Beth Israel Hospital First Ave. at 16th Street

      Many people have reported hearing unexplained footsteps, noises, and voices throughout the hospital.

  16. The Dakota Central Park West at 72nd St.

      In the sixties, the ghost of a young boy/young man was seen by a couple of construction workers at The Dakota. A girl dressed in turn-of-the-century clothing was seen by painters working at the building several years later. John Lennon, who was murdered outside the Dakota in 1980, is also rumored to haunt the area around the undertakers gate. To add to the eerieness, the building was also the setting for Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby.

  17. Chumley's 86 Bedford St.

      This West Village speakeasy claims to be visited by former barmistress and owner, Henrietta Chumley, who comes to drink a Manhattan. The former owner also makes her presence known by messing with the restaurant's jukebox.

  18. Brittany Hotel 55 East 10th Street

      Now an NYU dorm, mysterious music, lights and footsteps have been reported. People have also claimed to feel like someone is "watching them".

  19. Ear Inn 326 Spring St.

      Haunted by Mickey, who was killed when he was hit by a car in front of the Inn, a sailor who lived in the Ear Inn when it was a boarding house.

  20. Empire State Building 350 Fifth Avenue

      Various sightings have been reported of suicide victims who jumped from the Empire State Building's observatory.

  21. Hotel Des Artistes 1 West 67th St.

      Rumors of a ghost that touches people have been circulating for years.

  22. Landmark Tavern 626 11th Ave (46th St)

      Opening in 1868, waiters at the Landmark Tavern believe the restaurant is haunted by an Irish girl and a Confederate soldier.

  23. "The House of Death" 14 West 10th Street (near Fifth Avenue)

      This classic brownstone was constructed in the 19th century and is believed to be haunted by the 22 people who have died in the house, as well as Mark Twain. Twain, who lived there from 1900-1901, is rumored to haunt the stairwell of the house. In addition, attorney Joel Steinberg lived in the house in 1987 when he was accused and later convicted of beating his 6-year-old adopted daughter Jessica Steinberg to death.

  24. Manhattan Bistro 129 Spring Street

      This SoHo building is haunted by a young woman, Elma Sands, who was murdered in December 1799 and dropped in a well which is now in the restaurant's basement. Sands alleged murderer, Levi Weeks, was never convicted despite strong evidence. Evidence of the ghost's presence include ashtrays knocked off tables, plates being broken on the floor, and bottles flying off shelves.

  25. Morris-Jumel Mansion 65 Jumel Terrace (between West 160th and 162nd Streets)

      Built in 1765 as a summer home for British Colonel Roger Morris and his wife, the Morris-Jumel Mansion is the oldest remaining house in Manhattan. Several ghosts are reputed to haunt the mansion: Eliza Jumel, former mistress of the mansion, has been seen wandering the house in a purple dress, rapping on walls and windows; the ghost of a young servant girl who committed suicide by jumping out a window has been seen in the mansion's servants quarters; and a soldier from the American Revolution, who's picture hangs on a wall in the mansion, has also been seen.

  26. New Amsterdam Theatre 214 West 42nd Street
      The ghost of Olive Thomas, a Ziegfeld Follies chorus girl who killed herself by overdosing on her alcoholic, womanizing husband's syphilis medication, has been spotted on stage and in one of the dressing rooms of the theater. She wears her green beaded Follies dress, her beaded headpiece and her sash and holds a blue glass bottle that is supposed to have contained the pills that killed her. Typically, she only appears after audiences have left, though she's rumored to appear when her contemporaries are in the theater.

  27. Old Merchant's House 29 East 4th Street
      Gertrude Tredwell, the daughter of wealthy merchant Seabury Treadwell, is believed to haunt the home built by her father in 1832 (it is now a museum). She never married and died in an upstairs bedroom in the house in 1933, shortly after the birth of an unwanted baby of which her family strongly disapproved. Gertrude's ghost is most often spotted in the kitchen, though she's also been seen in her bedroom, appearing as an elegant, petite woman dressed in mid-19th century style.

  28. Old St. Patrick's Cathedral 263 Mulberry

      The cemetery of city's oldest Catholic Church is haunted by Pierre Toussaint, a slave who became a hairdresser in the early 19th century. The ghost of Bishop Dubois, who is buried below the entrance to the cathedral, has been seen frequently in the church.

  29. One If By Land, Two If By Sea Restaurant   17 Barrow Street

      The ghost of Aaron Burr, vice president of the United States who is famous for killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel, haunts this restaurant located in what was once his carriage house. Many visitors and restaurant employees have observed flying dishes and chairs being pulled out from under patrons. Burr's daughter, Theodosia Burr Alston, who vanished off the coast of North Carolina en route to visit her father in New York, is also rumored to haunt the carriage house. Female patrons at the bar are rumored to have had their earrings removed by Theodosia.

  30. The Palace Theatre  1564 Broadway

      Vaudeville acts dreamed of a chance to "play the Palace" and over 100 ghosts are supposed to haunt the Palace Theatre, including a while gowned cellist playing in the pit, a young girl looking down from the balcony, and Judy Garland, who is sensed near the rear orchestra door built for her. The one ghost you don't want to run into at the Palace is that of the acrobat who died when he broke his neck there -- legend claims that those who see him will soon die.

  31. Radio City Music Hall   1260 6th Avenue

      On opening nights, Radio City Music Hall's builder, S.L. "Roxy" Rothafel, accompanied by a glamorous female companion, have been seen.

  32. St. Marks-in-the-Bowery Church   131 E. 10th St.

      The ghost of Peter Stuyvesant, the 17th-century Dutch Governor, is rumored to roam around the chapel. Stuyvesant was buried in a vault under the chapel in 1678.

  33. St. Paul's Chapel Burial Ground   Broadway and Fulton Street

      The burial ground of this Episcopal Church is haunted by the headless ghost of English actor George Frederick Cooke. Cooke died in September 1811 and was buried headless after donating his head to science to pay for doctor's bills, and his skull was used in numerous productions of Hamlet.

  34. Trinity Church   Broadway and Wall Street

      There's a tombstone in the graveyard that many people claim to have heard laughter when they pass.

  35. Washington Square Park West 4th Street and MacDougal

      Used as a hanging ground during the American Revolution, Washington Square Park was also a burial ground and 15,000 bodies remained buried there today.

  36. Ye Waverly Inn 16 Bank St.

      Employees claim to have seen ghostly figures and blame the ghosts for starting fires.

  37. Wollman Rink in Central Park

      Apparitions of two young girls skating figure 8s have been reported.

  38. White Horse Tavern   567 Hudson Street at West 11th Street

      Dylan Thomas died in New York City after consuming 18 shots of whiskey at the White Horse Tavern in November 1953. His ghost is believed to appear from time to time and rotate his favorite corner table, as Thomas did when he patronized the bar.

  39. 21 Club

    21 West 52nd Street

      Once a glamorous speakeasy, today '21' is one of the most celebrated restaurants in New York City. In addition to its two restaurants, the Bar Room and 'Upstairs', this four-story townhouse features quite a few spirited guests from the Prohibition Era.

  40. The Conference House   298 Satterlee Street

    Also known as The Billop House and Bentley Manor it is one of the most historically significant (and oldest) sights in the country; and it is also the most haunted. Almost from the beginning there have been reports of apparitions of a Revolutionary War soldier, one of the owners sons use to describe this specter to his parents; the ghost gave the lad a glass of water in the middle of the night, this happened in our lifetime. The house sits on a Lanape Indian Burial Ground, also a young lady thought to be a British spy was murdered in the home as well; there's a lot of ghostly activity to be found here.

Edgar Allen Poe, A Bronx Homeboy

The Grandfather of Gothic

This Module is Under Reconstruction.

Perhaps one of the most famous Bronxites, Edgar Allen Poe penned the Bells at his Fordham cottage; allegedly due to the fact that there were quite a few churches in the neighborhood and the constant ringing of "The Bells" would drive him nuts (among other things). He must be a very confused ghost though, at some point in time his house was actually moved 1/2 block over so the roadway could be built; I can actually see him scratching his head saying "I could could have sworn it was over here".

There are so many rumors swirling around his death; most people say he drank himself to death, a recent show I watched "Mysteries at the Museum" actually did a test on a lock of his hair and no alcohol was present in the hair sample.

Time is the 2012 Greenwich Village Halloween Parade Theme - The 2013 Theme Will Be Announced In March

                        photo © by Judy Ferony

Village Halloween Parade Theme 2012

The Mayan Clock is ticking, so you better live it up and visit NYC for the Halloween Village Parade; on 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street from 7:00pm - 10:30pm.

I'm now a licensed New York City Tour Guide and you can arrange a personalized tour with me; I can show you where all the ghosties are.

Vintage Halloween Postcards - I Use To Collect Ellen Clapsaddle Postcards

In better times I use to go up to the Catskill Mountains and go antiquing with friends; the only thing I could really afford was Vintage Halloween Postcards and I really loved the imagery on them. When my mother took ill, I came into hard times and had to sell them; that really killed me. One of the cards turned out to be a real sleeper; I sold it for $200. and pretty much made my money back. Good thing I'm not into stocks, for the most part I bought high and sold low. eBay is a fantastic source for these cards; just make sure the person you buy from has a 100% feedback rating; there are people out there selling fakes.

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