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, exhibits, and so much more. But remember! Due to social distancing precautions, reservations are required for many of the attractions.
Hilton Albany Hotel, Albany
Fridays in October, 8:30 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.
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont
Through November 1
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.
Cedar Park Cemetery, Hudson
October 24, 12-1:30 p.m.
Give into the goosebumps during a tour of Cedar Park Cemetery with guide Kelly Drahushuk. Along the way, attendees can learn about the history of the cemetery while making stops at noteworthy graves.
Catamount Mountain Resort, Hillsdale
October 30-31, 6-9 p.m.
Head to Catamount Mountain Resort for spooky storytelling during an interactive, socially distant hayride. With actors along for the ride, the narrative tale comes to life over the course of the 30-minute ramble around the mountainside.
Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion, Wappingers Falls
Weekends in October, 7:30 p.m.
Dare you to make it all the way through The Wicked Woods! In Wappingers Falls, Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion unveils its spooktastic outdoor experience during its 44th season. Prepare for one mile of spooky surprises in a socially distant setting. Masks are a must, as are reservations in advance.
Mid-Orange Correctional Facility, Warwick
Weekends in October to December
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.
Weekends in October
Although admission is scaled down in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Pure Terror is open for the season. Make your way to Monroe for 10 themed haunted houses with a Halloween-style monster-themed midway. We promise there will be screams galore.
Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor
October 2, 7 p.m.
Is there any Halloween film quite as iconic as Hocus Pocus? Anthony’s Pier 9 doesn’t think so. That’s why the New Windsor hotspot invites Hudson Valleyites for an al fresco movie night complete with a cash bar and culinary concessions. Tickets run $50 per vehicle, with a prize awarded for the best car decorations.
Apple Ridge Orchards, Warwick
October 9, 16, 23, 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. Everyone goes home with a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, too.
The Meadowbrook, New Windsor
October 16, 6:30-9 p.m.
Like your dinner with a little mystery? Reserve a table at The Meadowbrook for a murder mystery dinner that follows along with Dr. Frankenstein and Igor as they uncover clues to a chilling whodunit.
Woodbury Common Premium Outlet, Central Valley
October 16-18, 23-25, 30-31 and November 1
Do you dare adventure to the drive-in for chills and thrills? It’s worth a drive to Woodbury Common to find out! Just for the season, the Hudson Valley’s beloved outlet center hosts three Halloween-themed movie weekends. With flicks ranging from Tim Burton classics and family phantom fun to ‘80s spooks, there’s something for everyone.
Fair Oaks Drive-In, Middletown
October 31, 6-11:30 p.m.
Calling all horror film fans! Fair Oaks Drive-In is hosting a Halloween movie night just for you. The lineup is stacked with back-to-back Halloween flicks, along with music by Alan Howarth. Tickets run $50 per carload (max four people per car) and $15 for each additional person.
Liberty Ridge Farm, Schaghticoke
October 3, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 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.
Weekends in October
The Hudson Valley’s very own nightmare of a destination is back to terrify this year. In lieu of the hayride, the Ulster Park attraction offers a new drive-thru haunted experience to maintain social distancing with all the scares. The corn maze, haunted houses, and additional attractions will be open on the grounds as well. For little ones, special children’s days are perfect for exploring the Magic Moon Maze, Haunted Gardens, and Witch Hazel’s Halloween House.
Old Dutch Church, Kingston
October 3, 10, 17, 24 at 7 p.m.
Anyone who adores the Valley’s haunted history will want to adventure along the Old Dutch Church’s cemetery tours, which take visitors back to the early days of the region. Tickets cost $10 per person and must be purchased online in advance.
The Starlite Motel, Kerhonkson
October 31, 7:30 p.m.
Cult horror classic flick The Stuff is the movie of the night during The Starlite Motel’s first-ever drive-in experience. The event goes down on Halloween, with rooms available at the motel for viewers who would like to stay the night. Baba Truck will be onsite with treats to pair with the horrific flick, which just so happens to have filmed at The Starlite itself (and around the Accord region).
Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson
Through November 21
If you want to see amazing displays of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns carved and crafted by their team of artists, this is the place to go. Watch in awe as witches gather around a bubbling cauldron, the headless horseman surveys his terrain, and a frightened cat is rescued by firefighters. To ensure social distancing, reservations and designated time slots are part of the experience this year.
Don’t let the possibility of a headless horseman sighting prevent you from exploring the grounds at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery this October. The hallowed destination is a haunting connection to Washington Irving’s most thrilling tale. For history buffs, it’s also the resting place for the author himself, along with Andrew Carnegie, William Rockefeller, and members of the Hamilton family.