Updated 10/31/2011 02:40 AM
Albany Ghost Tour brings city's history back to life
Our Matt Hunter reports on the historic Albany Ghost Tour, which attempts to scare trolley riders with tales of the city's haunted past.
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ALBANY, N.Y. – With gangsters, show girls and Revolutionary War soldiers, the historic Albany Ghost Tour isn’t your average haunted Halloween ride, despite plenty of zombies at every turn.
In its fourth year, the tour takes anyone who’s looking for a fright on a 90-minute trolley ride through the city. What separates the journey from others is that its ghosts, ghouls and goblins are based on real figures from the city’s past.
“I couldn’t believe some of the stuff out there. It was wonderful,” said Troy resident Terri Martone, who took the tour Sunday night. “I want to go back and see some of the spooky places again.”
These ghosts that we talk about are of real people, people that lived here in Albany, worked here in Albany and they still “live” here today, that’s the way we kind of put it on the tour,” tour guide Paul Nooney said.
Along the way, the trolley stops at numerous Albany historical landmarks, all of which are believed to be haunted; including the State Capitol, Graceland Cemetery and the Ten Broeck Mansion.
Maeve McEneny, daughter of current Assemblyman and former city historian Jack McEneny, came up with the idea as a child after her father would incorporate ghost stories into family tours around Albany.
“As a 10-year-old, I would say ‘Wow! Somebody should do a tour about his.’ And now I’m 27-years-old and doing what I wanted to do when I was 10,” McEneny said.
The fact that McEneny’s spooky creation combines history with horror seems to be enough to give thrill seekers reason to come back for more.
“I thought it was great,” one young girl said following the tour.
“The ghost in the back of Ten Broeck Mansion was probably my favorite, it was pretty cool,” Albany resident Tara Shellard said.
“It was a hoot, so much fun! I thought they did a great job, very entertaining and educational,” Martone said.
Halloween night is the last night the tour will run. It starts at 7:00 PM and leaves from Quackenbush Square.