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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.
Weekdays 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.
October 17 & 29: Unearth Albany's past this Halloween season with haunted tales inspired by our wicked history. Huddle under the twinkling lights in the Henry Hudson Planetarium as a storyteller weaves tales of the strange and supernatural. Discover thousand year old stories in the night sky, passed down through generations. In the end, you're invited to enjoy a frightful feast of cider and donuts.
October 24th & 25th: 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 at 2 PM.
October 29 & 31: Join the Albany Pine Bush for their spooky educational events. First, take part in a Sensory Night Hike on the 29th to explore nocturnal adaptations through hands on activities. Next, learn all about aracnids at Spectacular Spiders on the 31st. Learn more by clicking the link above.
October 10, 17, & 24: Experience the thrill of the Howe Haunted Lantern Tour and explore the mysteries of the Woman in White, the Flood of 1928, Christina and Seth's Henry and other legends while our ghost hosts lead you on a special 2-hour lantern tour. It's a haunting adventure and good time!
October 23 & 24: Tour the mansion that was home to the Kinickbocker family for over 250 years, Featuring candlelight visits with Ghosts from Old Schaghticoke at the "haunted" 18th Century Mansion.
October 30: Celebrate Halloween with a special overnight at miSci! Spend a night at the museum...sleep over at the science center! Enjoy a planetarium show, dinner, a costume parade, creepy activities, spooky experiments, breakfast & more!
October 23 & 24: A rifle shot, a scream and the Cherry Hill household erupts in chaos! On May 7, 1827 a notorius murder occurred at Cherry Hill that resulted in two sensational trials and Albany's last public hanging. Join us to investigate the scene of the crime and the differing perspectives of those who were there on that fateful evening.
October 22: Begin your ghost hunt with a tour of Ten Broeck Mansion, one of the most haunted public sites in Albany. If you survive the Mansion, your tour guide will lead you to McGeary's and The Hollow Bar. Along the way, you can look forward to supernatural tales regarding Albany's history and our rich folklore.