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. 

Hallowed Harvest

Until October 30th

Hallowed Harvest brings to life thousands of Jack-O-Lanterns to create life size displays that will leave you amazed! Hallowed Harvest is at the Altamont Fairgrounds until October 30th! Make sure to bring your family and friends to get in the spooky spirit!

Downtown Albany BID's Hounds of Halloween

October 22

Creepy canines, hair-raising hounds and petrifying pooches will gather for the Downtown Albany BID's 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. Be sure to stick around once trick-or-treating is over for Yappy Hour, taking place 3:00-6:00 PM!

Happenin' Halloween 

October 30

Join the Albany Institute of History and Art for Happenin' Halloween on October 30th! There will be plenty of activities going on including sidewalk chalk painting and making recycled plastic bottle lanterns. This event is free and open to the public.

Halloween Party at Van Schaick Mansion

October 28

Head to the Van Schaick Mansion for a spooktacular Halloween party! The party will have ghosts from the Revolutionary War, spooky story tellers, sweet treats, and haunted woods. Admission fees are $5 per child and $7 per adult.


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!

Trick or Treating 

Various Dates

Looking for a spot to bring your family trick or treating? Well lucky for you, there's plenty of events to choose from! WildPlay is hosting their first annual Trunk or Treat on October 28th! Stop by for a fall climb and some delicious treats! Join Colonie Center for a Trunk or Treat on Monday October 31st! The first 200 guests will receive a Trick or Treat bag with goodies! There will also be giveaways, selfie stations, yummy candy, and more! You can also Trick or Treat Aboard the USS Slater! Come in costume and take a tour of the Slater on October 29th. The $5 admission includes giveaways, activities, candy, and more!