Halloween in the Area

Halloween is almost upon us and Albany, NY and all of the Capital Region is filled with spooky tours, ghost walks, and haunted hay rides. The Capitol Haunted Tour is a highlight of the October wealth of frights. More than the seat of government, the Capitol is host to many stories and rich history.

The Tour

My husband and I took the tour on a bright, sunny day and felt the creepy delights even at 1pm.  It’s a long tour (good!) because there are so many stories that our Guide must tell. I hate to give away any of the stories but I will say that they are filled with murder, Abraham Lincoln, and The Great Fire of 1911. There’s even a tie to Native American lore. I loved every minute of the tour- a knowledgeable guide, curious audience, and goosebumps made for a pleasant 90+ minutes.

The bright exterior of the Capitol Haunted Tour

The bright exterior of the Capitol

 

Capitol Haunted Tour Guide

Capitol Haunted Tour Guide

Architecture of the Capitol

The chills you feel at the Capitol may owe, in part, to the chill in the air- it’s a cool building that feels like a castle.  Built in varying styles, the overall look isn’t classical but Medieval, Romanesque, Victorian, and even a little Gothic in some corners.

Take a look at some of the things that took our breath away:

Medieval looking corner of the Capitol

Medieval looking corner of the Capitol

 

Medieval looking floors at The Capitol in Albany, NY

Medieval looking floors at The Capitol in Albany, NY

 

Million Dollar Staircase

Immensely expensive in its time, the million dollar staircase is a wonder of red stone. It is vibrant and beautiful, with delicate lighting.  The carvings reveal dozens of hidden faces as well.  You can lose yourself staring.  But be careful- no bannister!

Albany Capitol Haunted Tour - Million Dollar Staircase

Albany Capitol Haunted Tour – Million Dollar Staircase

 

Albany Capitol Haunted Tour - Million Dollar Staircase-

Albany Capitol Haunted Tour – Million Dollar Staircase

The Capitol Has Harry Potter-esque Elements

Since it looks like a castle, there were moments on the tour I had visions of Hogwarts. The carvings, hidden nooks, and the library are all reminiscent of Hogwarts.

Fireplace with Gargoyles

Fireplace with Gargoyles

 

Albany Capitol Haunted Tour

Looking out at a staircase

 

Capitol Library

Capitol Library

 

The Capitol Haunted Tour

While I didn’t see a ghost, we experienced some of the rich and slightly terrifying highlights of Albany, NY history.

Definitely see if for yourself.