Trick or treat! October in Albany County is filled with kid-friendly Halloween activities such as trick-or-treating, spooky parties, hauntingly fun parades and more. The not-so-scary events happen all month long, so you don't have to wait until October 31 to join in on the hocus pocus. Keep scrolling for the details on Halloween festivities perfect for kids. 

Spooky Science

October 12

Spooky Science at miSci guarantees to be an afternoon of "hair-raising family fun." Bring your little ones dressed in costume for trick or treating, spook-tacular science demonstrations, star shows in the planetarium and Halloween-inspired STEAM activities. This spellbinding event is perfect for kids with a budding interest in science. 

Downtown Albany BID's Hounds of Halloween 3

October 19

Creepy canines, hair-raising hounds and petrifying pooches will gather for the Downtown Albany BID's third annual Hounds of Halloween, a puppy trick-or-treating event. Dress up your pup for the Costumed Canine Contest for a chance to win special prizes. The Howl-o-ween fun begins at the Olde English Pub and continues throughout downtown at various local businesses. 

Colonie Creepy Craze

October 26

Treat your little ones to a dash of Halloween fun a few days early at Colonie Center's Colonie Creepy Craze! Break out the costumes for a trial-run before the big day so your kids can strut in the Costume Catwalk Contest. The celebration includes face painting, crafts, giveaways and a "Monster Mash" dance party! Families can embrace the Halloween spirit all month long at Colonie Center with Boo Fest on October 20 and Trunk or Treat on October 31. 

Halloween Spooktacular

October 27

Head to the New York State Museum for creepy art projects, ghoulish games and spooky science experiments. The annual Halloween Spooktacular is fun for the whole family! The festivities are capped off with a children's costume parade throughout the museum. Please note that this spooktacular event promises oodles of fun, but no candy or snacks. 

Lark Street Halloween Parade and Fall Market

October 27

Adults, pups and kids (in costume!) are invited to participate in the Lark Street BID's annual Lark Street Halloween Parade. The spooktacular march begins at the Albany County Lot at 208 Washington Ave and continues down Lark Street. The parade will end in Washington Park at a fall festival, hosted by the Washington Park Farmer's Market, featuring kid-friendly activities, seasonal produce, cider doughnuts and more! 


October 31

Spend the spookiest night of the year at Crossgates for Mall-O-Ween! Dress to impress for the costume contest, play ghoulish games, embark on an eerie scavenger hunt and visit cauldrons throughout the halls for a trick or a treat. The Halloween celebration is entirely indoors, so parents won't have nightmares about chilling weather. Happy Halloween!