To really enjoy a spooky and spellbinding experience in New York this year, some of the best spooky places to visit include:
- Bushwick occult store Catland
The “go-to” place for anyone visiting the Big Apple, looking for a taste of witches and wizards. The establishment attracts a large and growing number of people from the occult community. They all come to soak in the supernatural ambiance of the store. The deliberately dim and dusty interior, and skull-dotted walls, gives visitors that spooky, eerie feel one gets when walking into a graveyard
If it’s an experience of vintage New York witchcraft that your after, then this is a place where you can even have your fortune told by a “witch” that reads tarot cards. You can get your supply of magic oil mixtures, and even pick up your favourite Hallows Eve supplies. If your lucky, you might even chance upon a group of magic-making ladies, all members of the Bushwick-based Moon Church.
- Merchant’s House Museum:
One of New York’s lone well-preserved family home from the 19th century is elegantly maintained, bearing the exact décor and furnishings that existed when the family of hardware tycoon Seabury Treadwell owned it. But the property, that was in the possession of generations of the Treadwell family since 1835, has a spooky history.
The Tredwell family, former owners of the historic Noho townhouse, are no longer living there. The family line ended in 1933 with the passing away of the last surviving member – Gertrude Tredwell. Or…so everyone thought! It appears that Gertrude is so attached to Noho, that she just refuses to move on to her new heavenly mansion in the great beyond, choosing instead to haunt her old home.
Three years after Gertrude’s death, staff at the house began witnessing strange sounds, sights and even smells. Worth checking out!
- Morris-Jumel Mansion
And, speaking of New York witchcraft and spooky places, one home in Manhattan, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, also happens to be the oldest houses in the borough. Built by a British army officer, Roger Morris, in 1765, the Mansion acquired historical significance due to the fact that it served as the war headquarters for both sides in the conflict during the American Revolution.
The mansion was acquired by a rich French merchant, Stephen Jumel, in 1810. He and his former mistress Eliza Bowen Jumel moved in with their young adopted daughter. Except, it is believed the young girl was really the daughter of Eliza’s stepsister – not Eliza’s biological child. Still, Eliza loved the mansion and devoted a lot of attention to it.
Authorities in New York and France suspected Eliza of involvement in the “unpleasant” death of her ex-husband Stephen. By the time of her death in 1865, the mistress of the mansion became very eccentric, and some say she was insane.
But the spookiness lives on. Visitors to the Mansion today report seeing a woman (presumably Eliza) lurking around. Some say the seen a soldier loitering around (presumed to be Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father whom Burr shot and killed in a duel). There have even been sightings of a young girl wandering the corridors and grounds.