If you've had your fill of fake haunted houses, why not explore some Hudson Valley places that experts believe are really filled with ghosts?

Dutchess Tourism is highlighting five local tours available this fall that take visitors to some of the area's most "haunted" locations. Most tours require tickets or advanced reservations, so be sure to click the links below for more information.

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Ghost stories in the basement of America's oldest inn
The Beekman Arms invites ghost seekers to their basement every Friday night to take in the 18th century environment while listening to true stories of the people who once stayed at the historic inn. Dates and times are available on their website.


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Candlelight ghost tour through Beacon's historic district
Every Saturday night in October, the "Ghost of Matteawan" and other specters take visitors on a  lantern-lit tour of the city that lasts for about an hour. Hosted by the Historical Society, the tour highlights four ghosts that are believed to have haunted Beacon at different times during the past 300 years.


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Graveyard Tour of St. James Church
Although set in a graveyard, this tour focuses less on horror and more on history. The kid-friendly event will let visitors meet up with six different historical figures from the World War I era, depicted by live actors dressed in costume. St. James Church in Hyde Park offers the hour-long tour on Fridays and Saturday through October. Tickets are available by reservation only.



Candlelight ghost tour of the Clermont Mansion
Lit by flickering, hand-crafted jack-o-lanterns, visitors to the Clermont Historical Site will come face to face with ghosts from the mansion's 250-year history. This trip back in time is available to guests on Fridays and Saturdays during select weekends in October. The tour ends with a relaxing fire where guests can roast marshmallows.


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Ghost Train Night
The restored Hyde Park Train Station will open their doors to ghost seekers on Monday, October 29. A family-friendly tour will start at 6 pm, teaching visitors about the Halloween legends of Hyde Park while showing off the train station's history. At 8 pm, adult visitors can participate in a paranormal investigation of the train station. Information on both tours is available on the train station's website.