Capitol Hauntings Tour 2012

creepy state capitol


Registration is now open for the popular Capitol Hauntings Tour at the state Capitol. From the blurbage:

Does the night watchman who died in the Capitol fire of 1911 still make his rounds? Which two United States Presidents visited the Capitol after they died?
What happened to the "lost" Capitol murals and their eccentric artist?
Does the secret demon carved in stone hold a Capitol curse?
Come to the New York State Capitol for a special tour that explores these questions and other legends connected with this historic building.

Tours start October 9. They're offered Monday-Friday (schedule post jump). You can register online.

The tours -- especially the evening times -- tend to fill up quickly. So if you'd like to go on a tour, head over to the website and sign up sooner rather than later.

And, hey, the tours are free.

Capitol Hauntings Tour 2012 schedule

Schedule via the Office of General Services.

Monday, October 8: Columbus Day--No Tours
Tuesday, October 9: 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 10: 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 11: 12:00 p.m.
Friday, October 12: 12:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 16: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 18: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Friday, October 19: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

Monday, October 22: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 25: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Friday, October 26: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

Monday, October 29: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 1: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.
Friday, November 2: 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

image: NYS Office of General Services


Really? That is something I would find as an interesting thing to do with my child, something different. So I go in to register, and it isn't done on the weekends? I am supposed to take the day off from work, and take him out of school, to be able to do this?? And before you say there is a 5:30 tour, I get out of work at 5, and it takes me 45 minutes to get home to get him, then another 40 minutes to get back to Albany.


Such a fun tour.

I did this with TEA last year and it was amazing. Fun for the whole family!

That is an awesome image of the Capitol! Spooky.

Amen, Lillywhite. I guess this tour is only meant for people who work in or near the Capitol. Jerks.

I wonder if budget cutbacks and other cost-saving measures had something to do with this scheduling? While government budget cuts get a lot of attention (and support from many sectors of the public), the resulting reductions in services and programs seem to get lost in translation.

Great thing I live 5 minutes from the Capital by bus/bike!! How I pity you suburbanites who want it all.

You're right, Bob.

The Capitol Ghost Tour used to be offered in the evening and on weekends. As it is today, it was wildly popular. However, the Capitol is now only open until 7:00 at night to the public. Guides, tourists and security all need to be out of the building then.

I know many of the guides involved in this. They would love nothing more than to bring guests in at later times, especially to enhance that spooky Halloween feeling. Unfortunately, that isn't possible with finances the way they are.

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