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Celebrate Halloween in the Hudson Valley at These Spooktacular Events

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Count down to All Hallows’ Eve with haunted houses, ghoulish gatherings, and jack-o-lanterns galore throughout the Hudson Valley.

Every October, the Hudson Valley transforms into a hub for chills, thrills, and a little hallowed magic. With events scheduled throughout the month, there’s no better time to celebrate the arrival of Halloween than with haunted walking tours, pumpkin-packed festivals, horror flicks, and so much more. Just remember, reservations are required for many of the attractions.

Albany County 

Ghosts of Albany Walking Tours

Hilton Albany Hotel, Albany
Fridays in October and November, 7 p.m.

The Capitol is haunted! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about sightings of apparitions, folklore and ghostly experiences, ghost stories told by participants, and much more. These spooky tours combine elements of human interest with historical facts over the course of evenings that are both fun and educational. From violent gangster to star-crossed lovers, the spectrum of specters has something for everyone.

Hollowed Harvest

Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
Through October 31

The Altamont Fairgrounds run rampant with more than 7,000 jack-o-lanterns during this year’s Hollowed Harvest spectacular. Go for the larger-than-life displays, some of which tower as tall as three stories and vary from dinosaurs to sea creatures. Tickets must be purchased online in advance to attend. This seasonal event features displays as tall as three stories and as long as 60 ft.  

Murder at Cherry Hill

Historic Cherry Hill, Albany
October 20-30 

There’s been a murder in the Capital Region. This historic retelling immerses guests in the 1820s, on the night of a grisly murder that led to Albany’s last public hanging. An actor brings Jesse Strang to life, and showcases the sensational nature of the trials that had the talk of the town. Get tickets for a nighttime experience Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Columbia County 

Clermont’s Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours

Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown
October 22, 23, 29, & 30, at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. each night

Would you dare bring an Ouija board to a historic site? This annual event brings visitors to Clermont State Historic Site closer to the past than ever before. A horde of ghosts tell their stories of glory and loss. While some aim to spook guests, others are quite the jokesters. Flickering jack-o-lanterns provide light to the performances along the Clermont lawn. Tickets are $12 per person for adults, and $5 for children. Make reservations online to guarantee entry.

The Haunted Barn

Copake Country Club, Copake
October 28 & 29

If you still have some bravery left, head to Copake Country Club for even more scares. Meet your guide at The Greens Restaurant, and embark on a terrifying journey through a dense forest. Danger lurks at every turn in this moon-lit ride. In the heart of the woods sits “the haunted barn,” where your fright-filled quest reaches its end. Gather your friends for this group experience, with ticket options for up to three people for $50 or up to five for $75.

Dutchess County

Beacon HorrorShow

Story Screen, Beacon
October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 29, 8 p.m.

Have you always wanted to see your Halloween horror classics on the big screen again? You’re in luck. Story Screen movie theater in Beacon presents HorrorShow 7, a month-long celebration of scary genre films. Renowned flicks of the past like CarrieLittle Shop of Horrors, and Psycho join more modern fan-favorites like The Witch and Scream 1 & 2. Plus, brand-new additions to the horror lexicon screen this month, including Halloween Kills, Lamb, Last Night in Soho, and Titane.

The Wicked Woods

Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion, Wappingers Falls
Weekends in October, 7:30 p.m.

Do you dare adventure your way through The Wicked Woods? Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion debuted its terrifying outdoor experience last year. This year’s theme is “Deadtime Stories” for the walking trail, and “The Procedure” for the indoor attraction. In the latter, an evil doctor seeks to carry out his diabolical plans on unsuspecting victims. Get ready for one mile of spooky surprises in a socially distant setting. Reservations must be made online and in advance.

A Very Fluffy Halloween

Lilymoore Farm, Pleasant Valley
October 23, 24, 29, 30, 31

Okay, this may possibly be the cutest event on this list. Lilymoore Farm’s adorable family of alpacas don their best Halloween costumes and strut their stuff. Farm tours and craft demonstrations make the weekend extra fun. However, the star of the show has to be sassy alpaca Lady Valentina Von Sparkles, who is the one to beat in the costume contest. Tickets are selling out fast, so get them online asap.

Orange County

Mid-Orange Correctional Facility Ghost Hunt

Mid-Orange Correctional Facility, Warwick
Select weekends in October through November

Unexpected horrors lurk at every corner of the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility. Open for tours on weekends throughout the year, the haunting locale is a Halloween must. Book a tour for exclusive access to the space, with ample time for vigils. Equipment like trigger objects and EMF readers is available for guests…because you never know what you’ll find during a ghost hunt.

Pure Terror Scream Park

Monroe
Weekends in October

Pure Terror is open for the season, promising screams galore. Make your way to Monroe for 10 themed haunted houses with a Halloween-style monster-themed midway. This Orange County destination currently holds the Guinness World Record for longest haunted attraction. In 2021, “Woods of the Dead” is the newest spooky addition.

PYO Pumpkin Spookley Movie Night

Apple Ridge Orchards, Warwick
October 8, 15, 22, 5:30-8 p.m.

Designed with families in mind, Apple Ridge’s movie nights commence with a short walk under the moonlight and through the apple orchards. After throwing blankets onto the field, guests can sit back to watch Spookley the Square Pumpkin, a family-friendly film about the only square pumpkin in the patch and his journey to self-acceptance. Everyone goes home with a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, too.

Halloween Craft Fair/Flea Market

Stewart Airport, New Windsor
October 17, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

This “spooktacular” craft fair showcases the work of Hudson Valley artisans. Shop everything from handmade jewelry and candles to curated gift baskets and decorative henna tattoos. Skincare products range from seasonal-themed bath bombs, bubble bars, and essential oils. Plus, dig into sweet treats like artisanal chocolate, candy apples, cupcakes, and more. Dress up the kiddies in their costumes and take them trick-or-treating from noon to 3 p.m.

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Murder Mystery Dinner

Meadowbrook Catering Hall, New Windsor
October 22, 6:30 p.m.

It’s time to solve a murder. The Meadowbrook Catering Hall hosts Murder Cafe, for an evening of twists and turns. Come in costume to enter a contest. Music, dancing, and dinner precede the whodunnit caper. Can you crack the case?

Trunk or Treat

Fair Oaks Drive-In, Middletown
October 30, 4 p.m.

Calling horror film fans of all ages! Fair Oaks Drive-In is hosting a Halloween movie night just for you. “Trunk or Treat” culminates in a screening of Monster House, a family-friendly fright fest. Pumpkin painting, spooky-themed games, and, of course, tons of candy await. $25 admits a carload of up to 5 people.

Putnam County 

The Dark House

Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison
Through October 31

Do you have what it takes to survive the terror of Garrison’s The Dark House? At this immersive experience, you’ll be plunged into complete darkness, and the unknown that lurks behind it. Depend on your remaining senses to make your way through the haunted home. A story unravels through your audio headset, as you touch, smell, and even taste the environment around you. Only the bravest horror fans will make it to the end. Assemble your team, and get your tickets online now—if you dare.

Rensselaer County 

Nightmares at Liberty Ridge Farm

Liberty Ridge Farm, Schaghticoke
October 2, 9, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30, 7 & 10 p.m.

A field of screams, underground tunnel, forest of fear, terrifying manor, and farmer’s haunted house give new meaning to fright night in Rensselaer County. In addition to the frightful attractions, Liberty Ridge Farm hosts a psychic sideshow, with barnyard barbecue and cabin rentals available for locals who want to extend the chilling experience.

Ulster County 

Halloween. Courtesy of Headless Horseman Haunted Attractions and Ulster County Tourism

Photo courtesy of Headless Horseman Haunted Attractions and Ulster County Tourism

Headless Horseman Haunted Attractions

Headless Horseman Haunted Attractions, Ulster Park
Through October 31

The “#1 Haunted Attraction in America” returns in a big way. This year, spectators will get closer to the horror than ever before. Visitors will walk the haunted woods where the Horseman lurks, without the safety of the typical hayride. Eight other attractions including spooky motels, monster-filled greenhouses, haunted corn mazes, and more bring the scares. Reservations are strongly encouraged. In addition, on October 9 and 23, the park tones down its scare level for Children’s Day. Hayrides, haunted gardens, a dinosaur trail, and the Magic Moon Maze give kids a taste of the spookiness without the frights. Live music and treats make this the perfect outing for young kids.

Fright-ober Outdoor Movies

Starlite Motel, Kerhonkson
Fridays in October

Can’t get enough horror flicks? Head to the atmospheric Starlite Motel in Kerhonkson for drive-in-style screenings. Films like Get Out, Labyrinth, Parasite, and The Shining play each Friday night. Grab snacks from the food truck onsite, as every movie is free to attend.

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Old Dutch Church Cemetery Tours

Old Dutch Church, Kingston
October 2, 9, 16, 24 at 1 p.m.

A little spooky and a lot educational, Old Dutch Church’s cemetery tours take visitors back to the early days of the Hudson Valley to explore the chilling history of the region. Tickets cost $15 per person and must be purchased online in advance. This year’s focus brings visitors back to Kingston in the 1920s.

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Ulster Corps’ Zombie Escape

Williams Lake, Rosendale
October 30, 11 a.m.

Could you use a little motivation when running? Few things get you moving like a horde of hungry zombies. UlsterCorp’s annual fundraiser has 5k and 2k races track around the scenic trails of Williams Lake. Scary surprises lurk in the woods, tunnels, and caves that runners pass. Register by contacting zombies@ulstercorps.org or calling 845.481.0331.

MyKingstonKids Halloween Fest & Parade

YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County, Kingston
October 30, 3-8 p.m.

These family-friendly festivities in Kingston culminate in a wonderfully seasonal parade. Halloween activities include a costume fashion show, trick or treating with vendors, live performances from local musicians, and a special Ghostbusters-themed experience.

Westchester County 

Blaze

Photo by Dave Zucker

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze

Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson
Through October

The Blaze is back! The Hudson Valley’s electrifying Halloween event fills the grounds at Van Cortlandt Manor with more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns in a variety of haunting shapes and sculptures. To ensure social distancing, advance reservations are required. The show burns through the fall season, kicking off Friday, September 17 and wrapping November 21. Check out pumpkin versions of dinosaurs, the Statue of Liberty, and even the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Sleepy Hollow 

Sleepy Hollow
Through October

Chills and thrills run rampant in Westchester County during the Halloween season, and nowhere is this more apparent than at Sleepy Hollow. Visit the hallowed grounds to reminisce upon Washington Irving’s tale of the same name. In the cemetery, spot the grave of the author himself, along with the headstones for Andrew Carnegie, William Rockefeller, and members of the Hamilton family. Events and activities such as The Original Knickerbocker: Washington Irving & “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Evening Lantern Tour and The Good, the Bad and the Unusual are all taking place this month.

Sullivan County 

Peace, Love, and Pumpkins

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
October 15-31

The grounds of Bethel Woods certainly exude a special atmosphere. After the success of Peace, Love, and Lights during the holidays last year, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts introduces a Halloween-themed iteration. Stroll through the scenic garden trails, and past hand-carved jack-o-lanterns and glowing pumpkin art. Displays feature Woodstock festival icons, dinosaurs, mermaids, and even Big Foot.

Related: The Hudson Valley’s Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Is Spooktacular

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