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Haunted Haunts tour to feature city's historic, ghoulish stops

PLATTSBURGH Theres no better way to enjoy the Halloween season than to get a first-hand look at the haunts of Plattsburgh. The fourth annual Haunted Haunts Tour, provided by the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, will you give a fun, informative and somewhat eerie look at the mysteries in our very own backyards. The idea for the tour originally came from the BOPs former director who had seen cemetery tours in other places and chose to modify it for this area, explained museum manager Kristina Parker-Wingler. We wanted to focus a little bit on the Battle of Plattsburgh, since we are the Battle of Plattsburgh Association, said Parker-Wingler. There are a variety of stories relating to the War of 1812, but then there is so much haunted history around Plattsburgh, so we kind of branched out. The tour, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 has limited seating. Tours will take place at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. each night, and can only allow 13 passengers on each tour. Participants will travel on a bus provided by the YMCA, but there will be stopping points, so remember to dress warm and bring a flashlight! One stop will be at the Riverside Cemetery, where American and British soldiers of the Battle of Plattsburgh are buried. Cemeteries have always attracted people, said tourguide Gordie Little, a local ghost storyteller. We come [to the Riverside Cemetery] every year with the tours ... and people have seen things and taken strange pictures in this cemetery over the years. Little, who has been the tourguide for the last two years, said he has been interested in the paranormal since he was a child. Im interested in people and history, said Little. And if I can tie the spirits of these dead sailors with enough stories to perpetuate it so that young people are interested in the old ghost stories of the Battle of Plattsburgh and what it means for the history of this area. Some people are afraid, only because they are afraid of what we dont understand, Little added. However, there is more in store for those on the tour, than just some cemeteries. If you watch, there are always different ghosts we see throughout the evening, said Parker-Wingler. Its not just riding on a bus and looking at a bunch of old houses. Theres exciting things that happen every year. We travel all around town and stop to different places, Little said. Because there are a lot of haunted buildings in downtown Plattsburgh. Thats just a tiny fraction of the buildings that have spirits in them. Tickets for the tour are $12 per person and reservations are required by calling 566-1814. Seats fill up quickly. Tours will depart from the Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center, 31 Washington Road.

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