Halloween Events for Spooktacular Fun in the Hudson Valley

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, spooky ghost stories, horror flicks, and so much more. Just remember, reservations are required for many of the attractions.

Albany County 

Ghosts of Albany Walking Tours

Begins at Hilton Albany Hotel, Albany
Fridays and Saturdays, October – 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.

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Candlelight: A Haunted Evening of Halloween Classics

The Kenmore Ballroom, Albany
October 13, 14, 27

Enjoy three concerts that bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to Albany this October. Discover Halloween-inspired music at The Kenmore Ballroom under the gentle glow of candlelight, including classics like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the theme from Beetlejuice.

Columbia County 

Clermont’s Legends by Candlelight Ghost Tours

Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown
October 20, 21, 27, & 28, at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, and 8 p.m.

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.

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Dutchess County

The Wicked Woods

Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion, Wappingers Falls
September 30 – October 31, 7 p.m.

Do you dare adventure your way through The Wicked Woods? This year, Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion challenges you to find the root of evil in “The Asylum.” Stop at The Grumpy Pumpkin for food, drinks, and mini donuts before or after hunting for tortured spirits (whichever your stomach can handle). Reservations must be made online and in advance.

A Very Fluffy Halloween

Lilymoore Farm, Pleasant Valley
Weekends in October


Alpacas, goats, and llamas, oh my! 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

Pure Terror Scream Park

Monroe
Weekends in October, 7 p.m.

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Pure Terror is open for the season, promising screams galore. Make your way to Monroe for 13 themed haunted houses with a Halloween-style monster-themed midway. Challenge yourself to enter houses such as Psycho Circus, Resurrection Cemetery, Camp Killmore, and The Nightmare Factory. This Orange County destination currently holds the Guinness World Record for longest haunted attraction. Be sure to visit the new “Bedlam State Asylum” to see if you’re the next patient to never make it out.

PYO Pumpkin Spookley Movie Night

Apple Ridge Orchards, Warwick
October 13 & 20, 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. You’ll be able to purchase movie snacks at the farm market, and everyone goes home with a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

Trunk or Treat

Fair Oaks Drive-In, Middletown
October 28, 4:30 p.m.

Calling spooky film fans of all ages! Fair Oaks Drive-In hosts a Halloween movie night just for you. “Trunk or Treat” culminates in a screening of Transylvania, a family-friendly fright fest. Pumpkin painting, themed games, and, of course, tons of candy await. A fee of $30 admits a carload of up to five people. Be sure to show up right on time to decorate your trunk as there are limited spots this year.

Brick-or-Treat

Legoland, Goshen
September 16 – October 29

 

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Take the time to finally visit Goshen’s Legoland park during its second annual Brick-or-Treat event. Check out the new monster shows, munch on candy, take pictures with the new bricktastic minifigures, and see what it takes to be a VIM (that stands for “very important monster,” of course).

Putnam County

Halloween on Hill Street

Putnam County Golf Course, Mahopac
October 27, 6:30 p.m.

Nothing tops the classic Halloween party. Bring your best moves and best friends for Disco with the Dancin’ Machine, enjoy a buffet dinner, and be sure to don your scariest attire for the costume contest.

Rockland County

Nyack Halloween Parade

Downtown Nyack
October 28, 5:30 p.m.

 

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Put on your favorite costume and head to Downtown Nyack for the largest Halloween event outside New York City. Drawing over 10,000 visitors each year, Nyack’s parade has been voted by the Travel Channel as one of the “Top 10 Halloween Parades in America.” Don your best look to win in categories like best couples costume, best group costume, best pet costume, or design a float to win a cash prize.

Nyack Official Halloween Bar Crawl

Main Street, Nyack
October 28, 4 – 10 p.m.

This event combines drinking, costumes, and spooky fun as you crawl the bars of Nyack’s Main Street all day long. The scariest and most creative costumes have a shot at winning the costume contest, and adult trick-or-treating will be featured at each bar. A ticket gets you two free drinks, access to more than four participating bars, an exclusive after party, and live DJs at each venue.

Sullivan County 

Peace, Love, and Pumpkins

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
October 13-29

Hope, hippies, and Halloween! If you missed out on Bethel Woods Peace, Love, and Lights event last Christmas, enjoy this seasonal trip through the scenic garden trails and past hand-carved jack-o-lanterns. Check out glowing pumpkin art, live music, and displays featuring Woodstock festival icons, dinosaurs, mermaids, and even Big Foot.

Ulster County 

Headless Horseman Haunted Attractions

Headless Horseman Haunted Attractions, Ulster Park
Through October 30


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. Other attractions including spooky motels, monster-filled greenhouses, haunted corn mazes, and more bring the scares. Reservations are strongly encouraged. In addition, on October 7 and 21, 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.

Old Dutch Church Cemetery Tours

Old Dutch Church, Kingston
Saturdays in October, 7 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. This year’s focus has visitors meeting notable figures that put Kingston on the map. Tickets cost $15 per person.

Ulster Corps’ Zombie Escape

Williams Lake, Rosendale
October 28

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.

MyKingstonKids Halloween Fest & Parade

YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County, Kingston
October 28, 2-7 p.m.

It’s time to get your best bridezilla and finest witch robes out for the Monster Ball. Start at Kings Plaza to watch the festivities kick off with the sixth annual Halloween Parade before the ball begins. Hosted by DJ Frankie Bones, expect costumes, singing, dancing, music, and, of course, sweet treats.

Westchester County 

Dinner in the Dark

Red Horse by David Burke, White Plains
October 18, 6:15 p.m.

Just in time for the spooky season, Chef David Burke invites guests to embrace their senses in a new way with this special “dinner in the dark” event. This is a blindfolded experience that includes a five-course dinner with wine and cocktail pairings. Who knows what will appear on your plate with each course?

The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze

Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson
September – November

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. Advance reservations are required. The show burns through the fall season, kicking off Friday, September 15 and wrapping November 19. Keep your eyes peeled for glowing bees and the animated “Jack” Smith Shop.

Sleepy Hollow 

Sleepy Hollow
Through October

 

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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 Haunted Hayride are all taking place this coming month.

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