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Spooky Stuff

Out There

A Ghoulish Tour

While most visitors enjoy New York’s spectacles both old (the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ellis Island) and new (One World Trade, the Oculus), its Civil War history often comes as a surprise. Yet, the city boasts former fortresses that served as defensive structures during the era, from Fort Jay on Governors Island to Fort Schuyler in the Bronx.

In Queens, check out Fort Totten, which was built in 1862 to help defend the New York Harbor. Now, the Fort is an off-the-beaten-path destination, particularly for those seeking a fun Halloween experience. Visit the Gothic Revival-style castle, which served as an Officers’ Mess Hall and Club for the army after it was completed in 1887.

If you want to hear some good ghost stories, join the Haunted Lantern Tour on October 27 and 28 at 6:30PM. A park ranger offers some frights along with a little history.