It's another week of eeks and treats in Albany County! As the All-Hallow E'en Festival continues, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season, explore Albany's scariest sites, and ways for even the tiniest of Halloween fans to get in the spirit. Scroll on for events taking place during the third week of Albany's All-Hallow E'en Festival.
Note: Due to inclement weather on October 21 and October 22, some events have been postponed. Please check the organizer's event page or social media for the latest updates.
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.
Fall Finds: Family Scavenger Hunt at Ten Broeck
October 21 | 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM | Ten Broeck Mansion
Explore the beautiful trees and discover fuzzy and feathered creatures who call the Ten Broeck gardens their home. Scavenger hunts are broken into two age groups: 3 to 7 and 8 to 14. Scavengers can win prizes such as free art and school supplies, snacks and take-home discovery kits.
Hounds of Halloween
**POST-PONED due to inclement weather. New date is October 28
11 AM to 3 PM | Start at Olde English Pub or Olde English Downtown Dog Park
This dog trick-or-treat event is fun for the whole family! Litters of dressed-up dogs will roam the streets of downtown Albany sniffing out treats at a multitude of participating businesses. Dog costumes are a must, but human pals are encouraged to dress up too!
Autumn in the Arboretum
**Moved Indoors due to inclement weather
Saturday, October 21 | 11 AM to 3 PM | Pine Hollow Arboretum
Traverse the trees of the Pine Hollow Arboretum and enjoy fall fun from pumpkin painting to nature crafts to enjoying some cider and doughnuts. This family-friendly event will also include a photo station and live music.
Cider Monster Mash
October 21 | 1 PM to 7 PM | Nine Pin Cider
At this smash hit Nine Pin event, formerly known as the pressing party, help Nine Pin create their Cider Monster '23. Get firsthand pressing experience using apples that will be made into the cidery's signature drink. Enjoy the release of Cider Monster '22 which was pressed by the community last year. Enjoy family-friendly fall games and treats.
Family Crafting: Origami at the Myers Residence
October 21 | 1 PM to 2:30 PM | Underground Railroad Education Center
Make an origami box to take home and share in some origami read alouds! Suggested age for participating is 10 years old and up.
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City Séance Ghost Tour
Tuesday, October 17, Wednesday, October 18 and Saturday, October 21 (Tours run through Oct. 27) | 7 PM to 9 PM | Meet at Discover Albany Visitors Center
Who are the famous spirits that 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!
Dark Side of Downtown
Tuesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 19 (Tours run through Oct. 26) | Tours at 5:30 PM, 6 PM, 6:30 PM & 7 PM | 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.
Murder at Cherry Hill
Wednesday, October 18, Thursday, October 19, Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21 (Tours run through Oct. 28) | Tours at 5:30 PM & 7 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.
New York State Capitol Hauntings Tours
Wednesday, October 18, Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20 (Tours run through 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
Thursday, October 19 | 12 PM | Final tour Oct. 24 | Shaker Heritage Society
The Shakers never saw the spirit world as threatening, instead they embraced visions, dreams, and communication with the spirits. Learn the stories of some of the revolutionary figures who are laid to rest at the Shaker Cemetery.
Haunted Tales from the Crow’s Wood
**Moved indoors due to inclement weather
Saturday, October 21 | 6:30 PM to 8 PM | Crailo State Historic Site
Tell tales of ghostly spirits and mysterious occurrences just as those of 18th century Albany County did. Warm up by the campfire at Crailo's Riverside park as you hear these spine-chilling stories. Younger children and those of the faint of heart are welcome to attend and paint pumpkins at a set aside station.
Eerie Albany Historic Ghost Tour
Sunday, October 22 | 11 AM to 12:30 PM | Final tour 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.
Psychic-Medium Michele Lyons Polito
Sunday, October 22 | 2 PM | Albany Rural Cemetery
Explore the local history, hauntings, and stories of those laid to rest at Albany Rural Cemetery with local psychic Michele Lyons Polito. Michele will connect with the interred so they can tell their own tales.
Classic Halloween Movie Series
Wednesday, October 18 | Final screening 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. This Wednesday, enjoy a double feature starring Frankenstein's creature: Frankenstein followed by The Bride of Frankenstein.
A Villainous Affair at Nine Pin
Friday, October 20 | 7:30 PM | Nine Pin
Party with your favorite villains at Nine Pin! Enjoy trivia, sing-alongs, meet-and-greets, photo opportunities and more hosted by these frightening favorites. Villain-inspired and Halloween-themed wear is encouraged but attendees are politely asked to not arrive in full costume. Event is 18+.
Murder Mystery Dinner Show
Saturday, October 21 | 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.
Tarot and Pumpkin Carving
Sunday, October 22 | 12 PM to 4 PM | Nine Pin
At this mystical Nine Pin event, have your tarot cards read, enjoy some cider, and carve your own pumpkin just in time for Halloween.
Culture Series: Italian American Heritage Month
Thursday, October 19 | 7 PM | American Italian Heritage Museum
October is Italian American Heritage Month! At this culture series, learn about the recent projects and ventures of the American Italian Heritage Association. Peter Soprano of Schenectady Sons of Italy will present "Out of Italy" followed by a reception.
Fall Birding with Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC)
Saturday, October 21 | 7 AM to 10 AM | Basic Creek Reservoir
Join MHLC for a morning birding adventure at the Basic Creek Reservoir. Meet some of the diving ducks and waterfowl that call the reservoir their autumn home.
Seed Swap and Winter Sowing Workshop
Saturday, October 21 | 10 AM to 12 PM | Shaker Heritage Society
Before the chill of winter settles, visit the Shaker Heritage Society for a winter sowing workshop and trade seeds with fellow gardeners!
Fall Foliage Hike
Saturday, October 21 | 11 AM | Pine Bush Preserve
Travel through the changing leaves on a mid-morning hike at the beautiful Pine Bush Preserve.
Autumn Blues: Cyanotype & Garden Journal Workshop
Saturday, October 21 | 12 PM to 1:30 PM | Ten Broeck Mansion
Capture the beauty of autumn gardens with this cyanotype workshop. Create a garden journal to document your own garden or a garden that you visit. The program will include a tour of the beautiful Ten Broeck garden.
Overlooking the Geology
Saturday, October 21 | 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | Thacher Park
Take in the views at the breathtaking Thacher Park Overlook where four different landscape regions can be seen. Learn how and why they formed and the different types of rocks they are formed by.
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