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Beware, October in Albany brews up tales of spooky spirits, historic hauntings and frightening folklore. Whether you desire an immersive walk-through experience or a ghostly guided tour, Albany County offers a variety of spooktacular ways to enjoy the most haunted time of year. Scroll on for the details about how to get in on the hocus pocus.
Stay tuned for more! Check back throughout spooky season for additional haunted tours and eerie experiences as they are announced.
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Thursdays & Fridays from September 30 to October 22
Daily from October 25 to October 29
The popular Capitol Hauntings Tour returns for 13 nights only this Halloween season! If you dare, dive into the urban legends and famous hauntings connected to the historic New York State Capitol Building on this eerie guided tour. Tour guides regale brave guests with spine-chilling tales about the "lost" Capitol murals and their eccentric artist, two United States Presidents who visited the Capitol after they died, and a secret demon carved into stone with a Capitol curse. Keep an ear out for jangling keys and locking doors! These mysterious sounds are often attributed to the spirit of the nightwatchman still making his nightly rounds. The tour is free, but registration is required. Masks are currently required indoors regardless of vaccination status.
Wednesday to Saturday from October 20 to October 30
Trace the footsteps of a murderer at Historic Cherry Hill this October. Murder at Cherry Hill, a popular historic walk-through experience, returns! Step back in time to May 7, 1827 and relive the night of a frightening murder that resulted in Albany's last public hanging and two sensational trials. Murder at Cherry Hill tends sells out faster than you can say "BOO!", so purchase your tickets today! Please note, all attendees are required to show proof of vaccination. Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status.
Eerie Albany Lecture
Searching for a virtual way to experience haunted Albany? Book a private "Eerie Albany" lecture with Discover Albany! Unearth the city of Albany's storied past with a virtual storytelling event that is not made for the faint of heart. From the comfort of home, enjoy spooky stories about the mysteries surrounding the enchanting homes lining Ten Broeck Triangle and the ghostly figure lingering past closing time at the historic Olde English Pub. Email Discover Albany's Community Engagement Manager Maeve McEneny for a private booking.
Fridays & Saturdays through October 30
Creep it real with a guided walking tour from Ghosts of Albany! Departing from the Hilton Albany, the 90-minute guided walking tour explores the ghostly spirits, from gangsters to doomed lovers, rumored to haunt the streets of downtown Albany. Tour guides weave stories of legends and lore of Albany's haunted sites with their own paranormal experiences for a frightfully fascinating tour.