State Capitol Offering Haunted Tours

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By Hasani Gittens
|  Monday, Oct 5, 2009  |  Updated 12:30 PM EDT
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State Capitol Offering Haunted Tours

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The New York State Capitol building is seen March 2008

The political climate in Albany has long been thought of as a circus, full of clowns and dancing monkeys , but who knew that it was actually a different kind of sideshow -- a haunted house.

Visitors to the historic State Capitol building in downtown Albany will be able to sign up for haunted tours starting later this month.

The state Office of General Services is kicking off the special tours of the Capitol that will explore the legends, folklore and "ghost stories" connected to the building.

The "Capitol Hauntings Tours" beginning Monday are free and open to the public, and they run through Halloween on Oct. 31. Weekday afternoon tours are being offered daily until Oct. 30, with evening tours available Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 27-30. Saturday tours are being offered Oct. 17, 24 and 31.

Visitors will hear stories about the 1911 fire that killed the Capitol's night watchman as well as the legend of the "Secret Demon" near the Great Western Staircase.

Reservations are required.

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