Here's a Halloween treat: Albany's month-long All-Hallow E'en Festival is full of free & frugal events sure to give you a thrill. For the whole month of October, find haunted happenings, family-friendly frights, and plenty of low-cost ways to raise your spirits throughout Albany County.

All-Hallow E'en Art Path

During the month of October, downtown Albany will transform into an autumn wonderland with fall-themed window displays at several businesses. Explore this art path any time of day and enjoy everything from paintings to sculptures encapsulating all-things autumn.

Dates & Times: October 1 to October 31, on view 24 hours 
Location: Various locations between Albany Center Gallery and the Discover Albany Visitors Center
Price: Free 

Drag Me to Nine Pin: Costume Contest 

Drag Me to Nine Pin Drag Show
Thypoid Mary is back at Nine Pin to host the cidery’s popular, free drag event. October’s event features a costume contest so be sure to dress in your most bewitching ensemble.

Date & Time: October 3 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location: Nine Pin
Price: Free 

New York State Capitol Hauntings Tour

Who is the phantom nightwatchman who still makes his eerie, evening rounds? Which US Presidents have returned to the Capitol building after departing the realm of the living? Explore the haunted past, learn about the strange occurrences, and perhaps even spot some of the lingering spirits in the halls of this historic building – for free!

Dates & Times: Various dates between October 4 and October 31, Tours at 5 PM and 6 PM
Location: New York State Capitol
Price: Free  

Discover the All Hallow E'en Art Path Family Tour

Family Tour

Looking for a family-friendly, frugal event during this day off from school? Join Discover Albany and the Albany Center Gallery for an exploration of the All-Hallow E'en Art Path! On this adventure, young art explorers will be asked to search for clues in the artwork and will learn facts about Albany's history and light, local ghost stories. The journey will end at Albany Center Gallery with snacks and coloring.

Dates & Times: October 9 from 10:30 AM to 12 PM
Location: Discover Albany Visitors Center
Price: $8, Child (3-12) $5, Stroller (0-2) free

Stories and Spirits at the Shaker Cemetery

Shaker Heritage Society Cemetery

The Shakers never saw the spirit world as frightening, instead they embraced visions, dreams, and communication with those who have left the realm of the living. The Shaker Cemetery is a beautiful burial site for a range of remarkable figures who lived in the 18th and 19th century. Join the Shaker Heritage staff for a low-cost cemetery tour and learn some of the stories of the Shakers.

Dates & Times: October 11, October 15, October 19, October 24, various times
Location: Shaker Heritage Society
Price: General Admission: $10, SHS Members: $5

Classic Halloween Movie Series

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. 

Dates & Times: October 11, October 18 and October 25 from 7 PM to 10 PM
Location: Empire State Plaza
Price: Free  

Pumpkin Party on the Hill

Historic Cherry Hill

Join Albany Barn and Historic Cherry Hill for this free, all-ages event. At the Pumpkin Party, the winners of Cherry Hill's pumpkin carving contest will be revealed. Enjoy a fun day amongst jack-o-lantern art and do a little carving of your own.

Dates & Times: October 14 from 12 PM to 3 PM
Location: Historic Cherry Hill
Price: Free 

Elliot and Schlemowitz's Phantasmagoria


Travel back in time at this historic site and experience a magic-lantern show straight from the late 1700's. Elliot and Schlemowitz's Phantasmagoria draws inspiration from Fantasmagorie shows featuring a rear projected image and magic lanterns moved to give the illusion of ghosts, goblins, and other frightening creatures floating in air towards and creeping towards audience members. 

Date & Time: October 14 at 6:30 PM
Location: Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
Price: Free

Cider Monster Mash

The Cider Monster Mash, formerly-known as the pressing party, is usually a smash hit at Nine Pin. Enjoy hands-on experience pressing apples which will be used to craft the cidery's signature Cider Monster '23. While enjoying the release of the Cider Monster '22, take part in fall games like apple stacking and a donut on a string challenge. The Cider Monster Mash is a low-cost event for the whole family! 

Dates & Times: October 21, 1 PM to 7 PM
Location: Nine Pin
Price: $10

Cider and a Pumpkin

Nine Pin

Carve out some time in your day for Nine Pin's Cider and a Pumpkin event! For just $10, enjoy a 12 oz cider and create a jack-o-lantern masterpiece. Nine Pin will have carving tools for use.

Dates & Times: October 23 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Pine Hollow Arboretum
Price: $5 per person, ages 2 and under are free

Mystic Fair 

Empire State Plaza

I see a trip to the Empire State Plaza in your future — stop by for the free, Mystic Fair featuring intuitive readings, spirit guides, craft vendors and more.

Dates & Times: October 25 & October 26 from 10 AM to 3 PM
Location: Empire State Plaza
Price: Free

Bram Stoker's Dracula with Professor Jarlath Killeen (Online Talk)

Irish American Heritage Museum Bram Stoker's Dracula Online Talk

Join the Irish American Heritage Museum and Dublin's Trinity College professor of Victorian Literature, Jarlath Killeen, for this online talk discussing Bram Stoker's Dracula. Learn about this famous Irish author, shrouded in mystery, despite the enormous impact Dracula has had on our culture.

Date & Time: October 26 at 5:30 PM
Location: Online
Price: Free

Van Schaick Mansion Annual Halloween Party

Van Schaick Mansion

Visit Van Schaick Mansion on October 27 and you may encounter the spirits of Revolutionary War Soldiers roaming this former military headquarters. Hear eerie tales and walk the mansion's floating candle-lit haunted path. But this family-friendly party isn't all things ghostly, enjoy treats from Stewarts and a bit of trick-or-treating!

Date & Time: October 27 from 6 PM to 8 PM
Location: Van Schaick Mansion
Price: $5 per child, $7 per adult

Spooky Lantern Walk

Pine Hollow Arboretum

Visit the Pine Hollow Arboretum for this family-friendly venture through the trees. On this lantern-lit tour of the arboretum, learn about nocturnal animals such as bats and owls who often represent the Halloween season.

Dates & Times: October 27 from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Pine Hollow Arboretum
Price: $5 per person, ages 2 and under are free

Music for the Masses - 80s New Wave Halloween Party

City Beer Hall

Dance til you drop to 80s New Wave favorites from Duran Duran to David Bowie all night long at City Beer Hall's Halloween party.

Date & Time: October 27 from 10:30 PM to 1:30 AM
Location: City Beer Hall
Price: Free 

Family Day | Happenin' Halloween

Celebrate Halloween at the Albany Institute with spooky tours of the gallery and Halloween-themed crafts and activities for the whole family! The studio is open all day for children to drop in and make hand-traced spiders and puff paint webs. Come and sit a spell for a Halloween-themed children's book reading at the Rice House. The 28th is free admission day at the Institute! 

Date & Time: October 28 from 10:00 AM to 4 PM
Location: Albany Institute of History and Art
Price: Free 

Halloween Ride! Albany Rural Cemetery

Albany Rural Cemetery Fall

Enjoy a Halloween bicycling adventure through the gorgeous Albany Rural Cemtery. Stops will be made along the way to learn some of the stories of those laid to rest there.

Date & Time: October 28 at 11:15 AM
Location: Albany Rural Cemetery
Price: Free 

Trunk or Treat at Albany Rural Cemetery

Albany Rural Cemetery

This annual sweet and safe trunk or treat experience is full of family fun. While collecting candy, children will be able to explore firetrucks and parents will have the opportunity to join in on a 50/50 raffle. Spoiler: There will also be a chance to win a 5-pound Hershey's chocolate bar!

Date & Time: October 28 from 4 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Albany Rural Cemetery
Price: Free 

Hounds of Halloween

Hounds of Halloween

Everyone’s favorite howlin’ good time returns to Downtown Albany for the All-Hallow E’en Festival. This low-cost trick-or-treat event is sure to be pawsitively fun for you and your four-legged friend.

Dates & Times: October 28 from 11 AM to 2 PM
Location: Downtown Albany
Price: $15 advance registration, $20 at the event

In Our Own Voices Halloween Unity House Ball

Witness the very first Halloween House Ball in Albany! This event calls upon 1980s ballroom culture where POC LGBTQ+ youth participated in competitive dance, lip-syncing, and runway walks. 

The house ball brings a modern twist to the 1904 & 1905 All-Hallow E'en Festival. During the original festival a Halloween Queen Titania was crowned. At the House Ball, a pageant participator will be chosen as a winner and named as an ambassador. The ambassador will serve as a leader in our community and advocate for the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ POC throughout the region. 

Date & Time: October 28 at 9 PM
Location: Albany Hilton
Price: Free

City Fear Hall

City Beer Hall

At this thrilling party, be sure to dress in your Halloween best, winners of City Beer Hall's costume contest win free beer for a year. Dance the night away and create lasting memories at the photo booth. Enjoy a free personal pizza with every drink! 

Date & Time: October 28 at 10 PM
Location: City Beer Hall
Price: Free 

9th Annual HOLLOWeen Bash

Bash the night away at The Hollow's 9th annual Halloween party. Make sure to dress your best for a costume contest and win a thrilling grand prize.

Date & Time: October 28 at 10 PM
Location: The Hollow Bar + Kitchen
Price: Free 

Spooky Zumba 

Join the Honest Weight Food Co-op for a fun and festive, family-friendly Zumba class! Costumes that you can easily move around in are encouraged. Gift cards will be given out to winners of three different categories: Most Creative Costume, Silliest Costume, and Best Overall.

 Date & Time: October 29 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Honest Weight Food Co-op
Price: Free

Community Trunk or Treat

Come in costume for this exciting family trunk or treat! Kids of all ages are invited to collect sweet treats and find Halloween-themed games and activities. Make sure to dress in your Halloween best for a costume contest.

Date & Time: October 29 from 4 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: Shaker Heritage Society
Price: Free  

Hallowe'en Film Club - You Are Not My Mother

Irish American Heritage Museum

As the birthplace of Samhain, a festival that laid the roots for modern-day Halloween, Ireland is known for its dark folklore surrounding the holiday. Katie Dolan's horror film You Are Not My Mother taps into Irish folk history specifically of faery doppelgangers. In this film a young girl encounters her mother who had inexplicably disappeared a week before Halloween, but this figure is not the mother she remembers. Join the Irish American Heritage Museum for a showing of You Are Not My Mother on the night before Halloween! 

Date & Time: October 30 at 6 PM
Location: Irish American Heritage Museum
Price: $5

Crossgates Malloween

Each year Crossgates Mall transforms into a Halloween dreamland complete with a mysterious costume contest and candy cauldrons at the doors of various stores. Stop by the Capital photo booth early to capture your Malloween memory. Photos are free and open for the first 100 families that drop by.

Date & Time: October 31 from 3 PM to 6 PM
Location: Crossgates Mall
Price: Free  

Trick or Treating at Honest Weight

Honest Weight Food Co-Op

There's no tricks just treats at Honest Weight's annual trick-or-treating event. Children of all ages are invited to come in costume and visit each department of the co-op for a special treat! 

 Date & Time: October 31 rom 3:30 PM to 6 PM
Location: Honest Weight Food Co-op
Price: Free


All the young scarers are invited to participate in this fangtastic event. As you trick-or-treat throughout the mall, make sure to grab a goodie bag filled with Halloween treats, capture your Mall-O-Ween memories at the phot booth and participate in Halloween themed arts and crafts! 

Date & Time: October 31 from 4 PM to 6 PM
Location: Colonie Center Mall
Price: Free 

Trick or Treat at the Palace

 While trick-or-treating this Tuesday, make sure to stop by The Palace for treats, tricks, music, a children's costume contest and more! 

Date & Time: October 31 from 5 PM to 8 PM
Location: The Palace
Price: Free

The Haunted Hall presented by The Cohoes Paranormal Society

Cohoes Music Hall

This Halloween learn what spirits and paranormal creatures have been detected within the walls of this historic building famously known to be haunted by Eva Tanguay. For the past year, the Cohoes Paranormal Society have investigated this location; on the 31st they will share their findings followed by a screening of the iconic Paranormal Activity.

Date & Time: October 31 at 7 PM
Location: Cohoes Music Hall
Price: $10

Albany's Hallow E'en Festival Partner Organizations:

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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.