The All-Hallow E'en Festival lives on! See what eerie experiences, not-so-scary family friendly events, and fall fun festivities are on the calendar for this week including ways to get in the spirit for Friday the 13th! Scroll on for things to do during the second week of Albany's All-Hallow E'en Festival. 

Family Friendly Events 

Art Path

All Hallow E’en Art Path
On view 24/7, all October long! | Downtown Albany

Inspired by the original 1904 & 1905 All-Hallow E’en Festival in which local businesses helped support the event with window displays, Albany Center Gallery worked with local artists and businesses to create a range of fall-inspired window art. Explore this colorful art path featuring everything from cats on a trick-or-treat promenade displayed near Albany Center Gallery to cookies celebrating the season in the windows of Nocturnal Cookies

Smokey Bear Day
Saturday, October 14 | 10 AM to 2 PM | Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Meet Smokey Bear! On Saturday, the famous bear will pay a visit to the fire dependent Pine Bush Preserve to teach visitors about prescribed fire for special habitats and wildfire prevention. Enjoy games, interactive exhibits, fire trucks, and Smokey goody bags.

Toddler Time Halloween Theme
Saturday, October 12 | 11 AM to 12:30 PM | Nelly's Treats

Bakers between ages 2 and 5 are invited to this special class at Nelly's Treats. Toddlers will learn how to make a Halloween treat and listen to seasonal tunes.

Pumpkin Party on the Hill
Saturday, October 14 | 12 PM to 3 PM | Historic Cherry Hill

It's time for a pumpkin party! Historic Cherry Hill will reveal the winners of their pumpkin carving contest, host a pumpkin carving demo, and party attendees will be able to do a little pumpkin decorating of their own. Carve out some time on your Saturday for this free, all-ages event!

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Haunted & Eerie Events 

Shaker Heritage Society Cemetery

City Seance Ghost Tour 
Wednesday, October 11 and Saturday, October 14 (Tours run from Oct. 4 to Oct. 27) | 7 PM to 9 PM | Meet at Discover Albany Visitors Center

Who are the famous spirits who linger around in the capital city? Will you be able to conjure these spirits as you journey through downtown Albany? Find out during this theatrical tour!

New York State Capitol Hauntings Tours
Wednesday, October 11, Thursday, October 12 and Friday, October 13 (Tours run from Oct. 4 to Oct. 31) | Tours at 5 PM & 6 PM | New York State Capitol

The historic New York State Capitol is known for strange or supernatural occurrences, what spirits still roam this state landmark? Find out during a free, Capitol Hauntings tour!

Stories and Spirits at the Shaker Cemetery
Wednesday, October 11 at 5:30 PM | Sunday, October 15 at 1 PM | Tours run from Oct. 11 to Oct. 24 | Shaker Heritage Society
The Shakers never saw the spirit world as threatening, instead they embraced visions, dreams, and communication with them. Learn the stories of some of the revolutionary figures who are laid to rest at the Shaker Cemetery.

Murder at Cherry Hill
Thursday, October 12, Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 (Tours run from Oct. 12 to Oct. 28) | Tours at 5:30 PM & 7:00 PM | Historic Cherry Hill

Follow the footsteps of an infamous murderer who's harrowing story took place at Cherry Hill in 1827. This murder resulted in two sensational trials and Albany's final public hanging. Relive that night during one of Cherry Hill's popular October tours.

Dark Side of Downtown
Friday, October 13 | 6 PM | Tours run from Oct. 6 to Oct. 26 | Meet outside McGeary's Irish Pub
Unearth the dark side of Albany during this true crime tour and find out what mysteries, conspiracies, and local lore lay within the unassuming buildings on the streets of downtown.

Elliot and Schlemowitz's Phantasmagoria
Saturday, October 14 | 6:30 PM | Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Travel back in time at this thrilling show inspired by late 18th century Fantasmagorie shows. During this show, magic lanterns are used to create the illusion of ghouls, goblins, and other creatures from the other world floating above and creeping towards audience members.

Eerie Albany Historic Ghost Tour
Sunday, October 15 at 11 AM | Tours every Sunday from Oct. 15 to Oct. 29 | Meet at Discover Albany Visitors Center
Uncover the haunted buildings and shadowy past of the capital city during this ghost tour. Your guide will regale you with spine-chilling stories at locations like the 200-year-old Quackenbush House where the Olde English Pub now resides and mysteries surrounding the homes of Ten Broeck Triangle.

The Rathbones of Albany: John Wilkes Booth's Latest Victims
Sunday, October 15 | 2 PM to 3 PM | Albany Rural Cemetery 
Learn the tragic story of Clara and Henry Rathbone, figures from prominent Albany families of long-ago. The couple were guests of Abraham Lincoln's at the Ford Theatre on the night of his assassination. Friends of the Albany Rural Cemetry will tell their tale this Sunday at the Cemetery's chapel.

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All-Hallow E'en Arts & Entertainment 

Kenmore at night

Classic Halloween Movie Series
Wednesday October 11 | Additional screenings Oct. 18 and Oct. 25 | 7 PM to 10 PM | Cornerstone Restaurant at Empire State Plaza

Get ready for a scarily good time at Empire State Plaza! The Plaza will be showing favorites of the season each Wednesday night in October starting on the 11th. They've brewed up a wickedly exciting event for the first showing: a Hocus Pocus costume party! On Wednesday night dress up as your favorite Hocus Pocus character and enjoy a showing of this fall favorite film. Click on the event for a full lineup of features.

Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics
Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 | 6 PM and 8:30 PM | Additional performance Oct. 27 | The Kenmore Ballroom
Experience your favorite Halloween classics performed by a string quartet under the glow of candlelight at this historic venue. Tentative selections include music from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Halloween, The Addams Family and Stranger Things, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and classical pieces.

FUSION Anti-Gala
Friday, October 13 | 6 PM to 9 PM | Albany Barn
Spine-chillingly creative pieces come to life at Albany Barn's FUSION Anti-Gala. Attend this Friday the 13th event and enjoy "wickedly fun" art installations, delicious food, music, and even temporary tattoos and tarot readings.

Night of 1,000 Typhoids
Friday, October 13 | 7 PM to 11 PM | Nine Pin
Head over to Nine Pin for this Typhoid takeover, birthday bash, drag event. Drag artists will do their very best Typhoid Mary impressions as a birthday celebration on this Friday the 13th.

Murder Mystery Dinner Show
Saturday, October 14 | 6 PM to 9 PM | Hilton Garden Inn, Albany Medical Center

Do you have what it takes to solve the case during this dinner detective mystery event? Can you trust those you dine with? Put your sleuthing skills to the test during this interactive comedy murder mystery dinner.

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General Fall Events 

Nine Pin Cider Mural

Empire State Plaza Harvest Fest 
Wednesday, October 11 | 10 AM to 2 PM | Empire State Plaza

Stop by the Empire State Plaza Harvest Fest for delicious food, vendors, music and more.

Hispanic Heritage Month Exhibition
On view Monday to Friday through October 13 | 7 AM to 7 PM | New York State Capitol
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this exhibit highlighting individuals within the Hispanic and Latino communities of New York with distinct accomplishments in the arts, entertainment, journalism, and academia. The exhibit focuses on how "their originality has helped shape and redefine the cultural mosaic of New York." 

Schoharie County Harvest Fair
Saturday, October 14 | 10 AM to 5 PM | Old Stone Fort Museum

Venture out to the Old Stone Fort Museum for a fun day with food, vendors and history.

Autumn Fest
Saturday, October 14 | 12 PM to 3 PM | Stuyvesant Plaza

Shop til' you drop at Stuyvesant Plaza's Autumn Fest. Enjoy character appearances from Disney's Frozen and The Little Mermaid, live music, a puppy costume parade with adoptable puppies, oversized games, shopping booths, fall photo ops and more!

Mohawk Towpath Byway Duathlon
Sunday, October 15 | 8:30 AM | Riverview Orchards
Enjoy a running/cycling duathlon amongst beautiful fall foliage along the Mohawk Towpath Byway. The annual duathlon is welcome to both multi-sport athletes and recreational runners and cyclists.

The Great Cider Cycle
Sunday, October 15 | Arrive at Nine Pin Cider any time between 11 AM and 1:30 PM
Take on the great cider cycle between Nine Pin in Downtown Albany and Jacob Alejandro in Troy, New York! Arrive at Nine Pin any time between 11 AM and 1:30 PM to get your token from the tasting room, then cycle along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail until you reach Jacob Alejandro for dessert. Ride back to Nine Pin for a refreshing glass of cider.

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*This project is made possible in part by the City of Albany’s Albany for All funding program and President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
*This project is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP1752 awarded to the City of Albany, New York, by the U.S. Department of Treasury.