by Karl Kurtz
Hawaii House director Georgette Deemer is at it again with a new ghost story about creepy happenings in the women's restroom near the House chamber. (See "Halloween Ghost Stories from the Hawaii House" for stories from previous years.)
And yesterday's New York Times has a story, "Spending a Night with Ghosts Where Legislators Roam," about haunted house tours that Stuart Lehman, education coordinator for the New York Capitol has been leading for the last eight years. The story begins:
In a black bowler hat and flowing frock coat, Stuart Lehman stands out at the Capitol. It is just past 5 o’clock, and around him state workers hustle toward the doors.
Phones pressed against ears, white sneakers over stockings, the day is done, but their eyes linger briefly on this man who seems of another time. The gold chain on his pocket watch swings as he walks toward the empty hallways they leave behind, toward an evening filled with ghosts.
Eight years ago, Mr. Lehman, who works in state government, started the Hauntings Tour, a walk through the Capitol, which rises like a Gothic castle off the Hudson River and brims with enough spooky back story to rival the modern-day foibles of wayward governors and law-breaking legislators.
Happy Halloween! And be sure to give the candy to the kids instead of eating it yourself.
Photo credit: Nathaniel Brooks, New York Times