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Halloween in the Capital Region is more than just trick-or-treating! It might be the colorful leaves that surround our city, the fresh apples picked from our neighboring orchards, or the knowledge that winter will soon be approaching that makes us so excited about the season. Here is a sampling of some of the fun, family-friendly activities that take place in Albany in late October!
NEW! Haunted History Trail of New York State
New York State is not just a place to play, it's a place that can play to your fears and make you question your belief in ghosts. The Haunted History Trail spans 13 counties from Greater Niagara to the Hudson Valley. The trail offers serious ghost hunter locations that cater to investigative teams, as well as guided tours for the paranomal-curious.
NYS Capitol - "Capitol Hauntings" Tours
Throughout October: Join the "ghost hunting" Capitol Tour Guides as they take you through the "hot spots" of the Capitol. Brave visitors will make their way to the exact spot where Samuel Abbott, the Capitol's night watchman died in the Capitol fire of 1911. Then they will explore the legend of the "Secret Demon" near the Great Western Staircase. Find out which two US Presidents visited the Capitol after they died and learn about the state Assembly Chamber's secret, hidden murals, and the tormented artist who created them.
Albany Ghost Tours
For the 6th season, the original Albany Ghost Tour is back -- with new haunts, scenes and fun-time screams. Join us for many fright-filled nights as we explore the historical ghosts that inhabit New York's Capital City. From Ten Broeck Mansion to the State Capitol and Graceland Cemetery, you'll marvel at the tales of Albany's most famous apparitions. And, you never know who we might encounter along the way! Tours run each Thursday - Sunday starting October 3. All tours depart at 7 p.m. from Ten Broeck Mansion, 9 Ten Broeck Place in Albany. $30. Reservations required. Call 518-238-2233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Private charters are also available for all the scheduled dates posted at www.harmonyhousetours.com.
NYS Museum - Monster Mash and Bash
Various October Dates: Children are invited to the Monster Mash and Bash. Enjoy face painting and take-home crafts, and wear costumes for the spirited holiday parade each day from 1:00 p.m-1:30pm.
Bats: Designed for Darkness at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center
October TBA: This night hike will offer a glimpse into the adaptations of bats to the nocturnal world. We will keep our eyes open for the four species of bats that live in the preserve, as we learn about their unique characteristics.
Halloween Howl Prowl at the Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center
October TBA: Join us for a howling good time at the Discovery Center! Our annual Howl Prowl will begin inside the Center with hands-on exploration of Halloween topics including skulls, bats, spiders, night time sounds and more. We'll continue outside for a hike to discover the Pine Bush at night and conclude the evening with savory sweets of cider and donuts.
Halloween at Howe Caverns
October TBA: This annual charity benefit takes visitors on a journey 156 feet below the earth's surface into the great prehistoric underground cavern six million years in the making for a "haunted cave" adventure filled with monsters and giggles.
Knick at Night at the Knickerbocker Mansion
October TBA: Featuring candlelight visits with Ghosts from Old Schaghticoke at the "haunted" 18th Century Mansion.