Updated September 2015
If you don’t consider yourself a believer of Western New York’s greatest ghost stories, you’ve got another thing coming. Get in the mood for Halloween by exploring Downtown Buffalo‘s most haunted locations through these upcoming ghost tours and hunts! From the Central Terminal and the Inner Harbor to Allentown and our very own Theater District, Buffalo’s past may surprise you. And scare you.
Buffalo’s Theater District – Ghost Walks 2015
Haunted History Ghost Walk – Meet at SPoT Coffee
227 Delaware, Buffalo NY | Tour Contact: (716) 655-6663
While the itinerary for this tour is somewhat of a mystery, the first possible stop that comes to mind is Shea’s Performing Arts Center. I’ve heard many stories about Michael Shea, who passed away back in 1934, still sitting in the audience to observe the productions in his theater. According to the book, Haunted Buffalo: The Ghosts of the Queen City by Dwayne Claud and Cassidy O’Connor, actors have reported a man sitting in the balcony of the theater while they’re rehearsing, that looks just like the man in the portraits hanging up on the wall. A volunteer had quite the story, as well. She claimed that while the restoration was taking place, “an older gentleman approached her dressed in an older-style suit with a white mustache.” She expressed that this man glanced around the theater and uttered, “My, how magnificent she is.” When the woman turned to see who was making the comment…no one was there. On Saturday October 3, 17, and 31 at 7pm, travel through Buffalo’s Theater District to throw back the curtain on these main stage mysteries. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 7-11 and can be purchased hauntedhistoryghostwalks.com.
Canalside Pub Crawl – Buffalo’s Haunted Waterfront
Meet at Canalside – 44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202
Every Saturday in October, at 9 pm join Buffalo History Tours as Buffalo’s waterfront comes alive with ghostly stories. Start in Canalside and then make your way through the heart of the Cobblestone District, visiting 2-3 taverns, ending at one of Buffalo’s oldest drinking establishments, Swannie House. There will be a mix of ghost stories, gruesome history and humor. The tour is a 2 – 2.5 hour walk and tickets are $20 per person. Make reservations here.
Canalside Haunted History Ghost Walks
Meet at Canalside – 44 Prime St, Buffalo, NY 14202
On Wednesdays and Fridays at 7pm through October meet at the “Shark Girl” sculpture at Canalside to join the Haunted History Ghost Walk of Buffalo’s revived Canalside district. This crash course in local supernatural history has a heavy dose of material from military history, the Erie Canal-era, the days of the Buffalo Creek Reservation, the War of 1812, and the Old First Ward. Reservations are recommended and tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids ages 7-11. Make reservations here.
Haunted History Ghost Walk: Allentown!
Allen Street Hardware Cafe – 245 Allen St., Buffalo, NY
Tour Contact: (716) 655-6663
On Saturday September 26, October 10 and 24 at 7pm with HHGW founder Mason Winfield as tour guide explore the unique architecture and hear about murders, Native American legends, and ghosts of battles from the past during one of HHGW’s most famous tours since 1999. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 7-11 and can be purchased at hauntedhistoryghostwalks.com.
Ghost Walks 2015 – Larkinville
Meet at Flying Bison Brewing Co. – 840 Seneca St, Buffalo, NY
Tour Contact: (716) 655-6663
Larkin Square is well known around the Queen City for their food truck rodeo on Tuesdays, the Larkin market on Thursdays, and more events throughout the week. However, there’s much more to Larkin Square than a Barb’s Special from Amy’s Place. Every Tuesday in October at 7pm, grab some tasty food then congregate to hear your tour guide explain the thrilling past of Gaslight-Era Buffalo. Mason Winfield is ready to kick start this new (relatively short) tour involving forgotten mysteries and shocking local spirits! Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 7-11 and can be purchased at hauntedhistoryghostwalks.com.
Beyond Ghosts Tours
Buffalo Central Terminal Ghost Hunts
495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY 14212 | (716) 810-3210 | beyond-ghosts.com
After watching TV shows like “Ghost Hunters” or “The Haunting,” have you ever wanted to be involved in a real paranormal investigation? Now’s your chance! On October 17th, 24th, & 31st from 9pm-1am test out your paranormal investigation skills, learn from some of the best investigators in the area, and explore the abandoned Buffalo Central Terminal with Beyond Ghosts. Upon arrival, the participants will be broken into small groups. Each small group will have an assigned area of the terminal like Fedele’s Apartment, the Trolley Lobby, Baggage Claim area, etc. You will have the opportunity to use real spirit communication tools and equipment to hopefully connect with the spirits in the haunted central terminal. Each group will have different starting locations, but will have the chance to shift to all of the locations involved in the ghost hunt! Some of the investigation tools used during the ghost hunt include shadow detectors, Ovilus type communication devices, EVP recorders, dousing rods, emf detectors, and list goes on. During the ghost hunt, we will catch up with special paranormal guests and psychic mediums to aid in our Para-History escapade. Tickets for this experience are limited for each night and are available to purchase now for $35 (general admission pre-sale). Wear comfortable walking shoes and please bring a flashlight!
Buffalo Central Terminal Candlelight Tours
495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY 14212
On October 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th, and 31st Beyond Ghosts starts their series of Para-History Tours around the Central Terminal. Learn about the eerie history behind this deserted terminal and hear about spirits that never left! You will have the opportunity to hear and see evidence that leads witnesses to believe that there are spirits still in the terminal and you will have the chance to stand exactly where evidence was caught. Get your tickets for these hard hat tours today before they sell out! Tickets are $20, visit their site here for purchasing and more information.
Buffalo Naval Park Ghost Hunt
1 Naval Park Cove, Buffalo, NY 14202 | (716) 847-1773
Recreate the episode featured on SyFy’s popular TV show, Ghost Hunters, and explore the two ships and submarine in the historical Naval Park at the Buffalo Harbor with Beyond Ghosts! Beyond Ghosts actually conversed with the team from Ghost Hunters Production and TAPs about their investigation of the Naval Park. Man the paranormal equipment to gather your very own evidence that the five Sullivan brothers still haunt these military vessels to this very day after losing their lives simultaneously when the USS Juneau sank due to a Japanese attack in 1942. This event will be held on October 9th from 8pm-2am with general admission priced at $30. More Info
Ghost Hunt at the Polish Cadets of Buffalo
The Polish Cadets of Buffalo, 927 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Come along with Beyond Ghosts LLC, as they explore paranormal phenomena that is said to continuously roam the halls of this great haunted, and historic location in North Buffalo! The night includes breaking up into small groups as you rotate throughout different locations in the building looking for paranormal activity. This tour takes place on Saturday October 10th from 9pm-1am and tickets are $20 per person. More Info
First Sunday Tour of the Lafayette
391 Washington St, Buffalo, NY 14203 | (716) 853-1505
On the first Sunday of every month, tours throughout the Lafayette Hotel start on the hour from 11:00am-2:00pm at $10 per person. Explore this restored, alluring location while listening to the story behind how whisky saved the hotel and the ghosts that checked in, but have never left. Tours are about an hour in length and leave from the lobby at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm. You can add $15 to the cost of your ticket for the brunch package. More Info
The Iron Island Museum
998 Lovejoy Street, Buffalo, New York 14206 | 716-892-3084 | ironislandmuseum.com
The Iron Island Museum has special hours for self-guided and guided tours. Hours for the museum are Thursday from 6pm – 8:30pm and Friday through Saturday from 10am – 12:30pm. The self-guided tours are $2 per person and the guided ghost tours (reservations recommended) are $5 per person. On Thursday guided tours will be from 6:30pm – 7:30pm and overnight investigations are available Sunday-Saturday by request. If you’re interested in the overnight tours email Linda at [email protected] or check out the website for details. The episode on the Iron Island Museum was one of the most nerve-racking episodes of Ghost Hunters I’ve ever seen. Check out more evidence and hauntings available on their website. It shouldn’t surprise you that a building that went from a church to a funeral home to a museum may have some spiritual presence still lurking around. Ask the tour guides about Tommy Philangelo and his connection with the building that is now The Iron Island Museum.
Paranormal Walks: Creepy Cobblestone District
Meet at Iron Works, 49 Illinois Street, Buffalo NY 14204
The Cobblestone District is one of Buffalo’s oldest neighborhoods with a past that has traversed through nearly every aspect of the paranormal. Tours run every Saturday from September 12 through October 31 at 9:30 p.m. Free parking on non-arena nights in the parking lot directly next to Iron Works on Illinois St. Additional free parking across from Helium on Mississippi St.