Here Are Your Top Halloween Happenings and Other October Fun

A county-by-county roundup of some of the best events this month has to offer.


Murder At Cherry Hill, Albany – October 27 & 28
In 1827, a love triangle ended in murder. Two sensational trials were followed by Albany’s last public hanging. Guests are invited to “re-live” that tragic night and follow the murderous events as they are re-created. – $18 non-members/$12 members
Call for reservations: 518.434.4791


Nightmares At Liberty Ridge Farm, Schagticoke – Fridays & Saturdays, September 29 – October 28
Six haunted attractions are sure to scare you: two haunted houses, a haunted corn maze, stockade fence maze, The Underworld Tunnel, and the Haunted Forest trail. – $26


Hunter Mountain Oktoberfest, Hunter – Weekends through October 15
Take a break from Halloween celebrations and find your inner love for schnitzel at the Oktoberfest at Hunter Mountain. Indulge in authentic German food and beer while enjoying German-centric entertainment. – Free

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Legends of Candlelight Ghost Tours, Cleremont State Historical Site, Germantown – October 20, 21, 27, 28
Enjoy candlelight tours of the museum and grounds while learning about the ghosts that have lurked throughout the museum’s history. – $12/adults, $5/children

Photo by Tom Nycz


Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses, Ulster Park – Friday-Sunday, September 16 – November 4
If you like to be scared, enjoy a mile-long hayride, corn maze, and six haunted houses. Adding to the fun: sideshows, live performances, eateries, and shops. Children’s Days: $11.95, Oct 14 & 28, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. – $41.95–$49.95
778 Broadway, Rt 9W, Ulster Park


Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion, Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls – October 6 – 27, 30, 31
The Haunted Mansion has been scaring Dutchess County visitors for 42 years, with a new and unique theme each season. – $14-$28


The Forest of Fear, Tuxedo – Friday-Sunday, October 6 – 29
Seven attractions have been entirely reimagined for 2017. Leave the children at home: psychotic clowns, a city of the dead, and a medical madhouse await! – $20–$30

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Terrordrome Haunted Scream Park/Goblins Hollow, Newburgh – Friday-Sunday, September 30 – October 29
Four hovels of horror: Barn of Terror, The Asylum, Clown House, and Backwoods. – $25.99+


Boscobel Family Bonfire Night, Garrison – October 8
Country/rockabilly band Tenbrooks Molly is playing at this fun event. Admission includes marshmallows and toasting sticks, and Boscobel’s Museum Educator Lisa DiMarzo will assist stargazers (weather permitting). – $3–$15


Halloween Parade, Nyack – October 28
Crowds of 15,000 attend this annual parade, now celebrating its 30th year. Expect marching bands, elaborate floats, decked out fire trucks, and a cacophony of costumes competing for cash awards. – Free

Photo by Tom Nycz


Horseman’s Hollow, Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow – Friday-Sunday through October 22, daily October 26-31
Walk a haunted trail, enter the ruins of Ichabod’s Schoolhouse and its maze of horrors, then end up in the Horseman’s lair. – $20–$25

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Irving’s Legend, Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow – Friday-Sunday through October 22, daily October 26-31

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson – September 29 – November 25
Be amazed by the thousands of carved, brightly lit jack o’lanterns set up in elaborate displays. – $16–$25

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