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Here’s What to Do in the Hudson Valley This Week


A pre-Halloween hike at Sam’s Point, a pumpkin carving party in Albany, and more from this week’s picks for Hudson Valley events.

Homeschoolers’ Halloween

Sam’s Point Visitor Center, Cragsmoor
October 29, 1-3 p.m.

Little ones can embrace nature and get into the Halloween spirit during this educational walk at Sam’s Point. Kids have the opportunity to craft imaginary animals before trekking on a two-mile hike around the spooky forest. The cost is $10 per participant.


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Watch Phantasmagoria’s PLAGUE TALES for a Phantastic Halloween adventure.

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Phantasmagoria XI: Plague Tales

Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill
October 30 – November 1

What’s phantasmagoria, you ask? It’s Victorian horror with a steampunk, vaudeville twist, and it’s coming to Catskill this weekend. Purchase a household ticket for $22 to check out the stage combat, puppetry, fire dancing, and aerial arts during the stunning show. 

Ashokan Halloween

The Ashokan Center, Olivebridge
October 31, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

For families in search of a safe, festive space to celebrate Halloween, there’s no better spot than The Ashokan Center. Throughout the day, the Olivebridge venue hosts self-guided nature walks, a costume parade, and live music, with scrumptious lunch options available. Bring a blanket and lawn chairs to spend the afternoon here.


Wylde Market

Warren Street, Hudson
October 31, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; November 1, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hudson embraces its wylde side during a street fair and market this weekend. Shop local to support area brands and retailers, which offer everything from furniture and clothing to specialty food products. Costumes are optional, but masks are required.

Outdoor Orchard Trick or Treat

Twin Star Orchards, New Paltz
October 31, 12-7 p.m.

Halloween is happening at the Hudson Valley’s very own Twin Star Orchards. Come for candy stations at every register, then stay for the free cider tasting, special Halloween cocktail, and live music all day. P.S. Anyone who comes in costume can enter to win a $150 gift card to the Orchards. Not a bad excuse to craft a cool costume, right?


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Squash goals 🎃 Marvel at fall foliage and explore a pumpkin patch before October ends! 🍁 #DiscoverAlbany 📷: @saratogawithkids

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The Spooktacular Pumpkin Carving Meet-up

Washington Park, Albany
October 31, 1-3 p.m.

Spend Saturday afternoon perfecting your pumpkin carving technique before Halloween evening arrives. Costumes are highly recommended, and participants of all ages are welcome to attend. Register online in advance, then pay $5 upon entry for carving tools and light refreshments.

Looking for more Hudson Valley happenings this week? Our apple picking guide and our pumpkin picking guide are musts for family fun, while our drive-in movie theater guide has the top places to catch an al fresco flick. Plus, take a peek at our monthly insider guide for Halloween happenings, historic tours, and harvest festivals.

If you’re craving a jaunt outdoors, our sculpture park, stargazing, and corn maze guides are must-reads. On the adventure front, local explorers won’t want to pass up a scroll through our camping, kayaking, and rail trail guides. For foodies, our recipe index has everything from beautiful breakfasts and lunches to divine desserts straight from Hudson Valley chefs. You won’t want to miss any of it!

Want even more? Check out our Hudson Valley event calendar guide.