Ring in Halloween With 18 Chilling Hudson Valley Events

Count down to All Hallows' Eve with haunted houses, ghoulish gatherings, and more.


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The Hudson Valley is home to some of the spookiest and fun-filled events of the season. The best part is that you don't have to wait until Halloween to kick of the festivities. Check out all the parties, ghost stories, parades, festivals, and experiences the area has to offer.


Albany County 

Ghosts of Albany Walking Tours  

Hilton Albany Hotel, Albany 
September 14 - November 3, starts at 8 p.m.  
Cost: $30, $20 children and students

The state capital 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. 


Halloween Cookie Decorating

Bountiful Bread, Albany
October 27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $5/child

A scary delicious event, Bountiful Bread's Halloween decorating party invites the kids of the Capital Region to create the scariest, silliest cookies around. Each child who registers receives a pumpkin-shaped sugar cookie, along with all the icing and supplies needed to customize the sweet.



Halloween Spooktacular

New York State Museum, Albany
October 27, 12-3 p.m.

Treat the kids to a spot of pre-Halloween fun at New York State Museum's spooktacular afternoon. The little ones will love playing games, crafting for the holiday, and showing off their creative costumes at the parade. P.S. This event is candy- and snack-free, so there's no need to worry about extra cavities before the sweetest day of the year.


Columbia County 

Pumpkin Walk

Polish Sportsmen's Club, Hudson
October 19, 4-8 p.m.

Now in its 13th year, Hudson's pumpkin walk is a must for families who want to embrace the spirit of the season. The event begins with entertainment for all ages, then takes visitors on a stroll through a glowing path of jack o' lanterns carved by local artists and children. Proceeds from the afternoon support the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties, Inc.


Ghostly Gallop 5K Race and Kids Fun Run

Hudson Jr/Sr High School, Hudson
October 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

With Halloween just over a week away, Hudson invites kids and their families to take part in a fun run to benefit the Hudson Area Library. Everyone who participates receives a free book, and the top three male and female finishers score varying cash prizes. Come in costume, since prizes for the best getups are available, too. Just don't forget to wear your sneakers!



Trick-or-Treat in the Park

Art Omi, Ghent
October 26, 1-4 p.m.

Kids can go for the candy, while parents savor the art at Art Omi's seasonal trick or treat fest. For a full afternoon, locals can hunt for candy between the sculptures, make arts and crafts, hop on hayrides, and admire the most creative costumes on the grounds. Once the candy scouting wraps, everyone can sip cider and munch on popcorn and apples while admiring the Hudson Valley landscape.


Dutchess County 

The Hocus Pocus Kids Halloween Parade

Polhill Park, Beacon 
October 27, starts at 12 p.m. 

Beacon's annual Halloween Parade lines up at noon from the Visitors Center in town. This year, it has an extended route to Verplanck Avenue. After the spooktacular march concludes, kids can make their way to the storefronts of Main Street for trick or treating in the heart of town. It's the perfect way to get the whole family in the Halloween spirit!


Haunted Mill and Monster’s Ball 

Wassaic Project, Wassaic  
October 26, starts at 3 p.m. 
Cost: $15 Monster Ball, Haunter Mill is free

Costume contests, games, and hayrides are just some of the haunts that kids can frequent at this Halloween event. Later in the evening the ghosts will be out, so kids under 13 won’t be able to attend. Those 13 and over can stay late to wander through the seven flights of terror at Maxon Mills. At 9 p.m., The Lantern kicks off a thrilling afterparty with music by The Jay Vons. Registration in advance is required and, yes, costumes are mandatory.



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Grace Smith House Parade 

Pulaski Park, Poughkeepsie 
October 19, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Grace Smith House's annual Pumpkin Parade is back! Celebrate Halloween by dressing up in your best costume and drinking some local cider. You can even build your own float to launch on the street.  


Greene County 

Catskills Halloween

Blackthorne Resort, East Durham
October 11-14
Cost: $160/person

Head on over to Blackthorne Resort for a whole weekend of Halloween happenings in Greene County. With music from School's Out, an Alice Cooper cover band, plus four gourmet meals, unlimited haunted house access, and candy and cocktails galore, it's bound to be a frightfully good time.


Orange County



Ghosts of Port Jervis Walking Tour

Foundry42, Port Jervis
October 19, 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $25/person

Ready to discover the haunted history of Port Jervis? Sign up for this Orange County walking tour, which kicks off at Foundry42 and strolls through town. We can't promise you'll see any ghosts, but you'll definitely get goosebumps as you discover the most chilling spots in the city.


Putnam County 

Murder Mystery Dinner & Interactive Theater

Putnam County Golf Course, Mahopac
October 11, 6-10 p.m.

Calling all mystery lovers! To celebrate the most thrilling time of the year, Putnam County Golf Course hosts a murder mystery dinner that transports participants back to the Roaring '20s to solve a terrifying whodunit. Come dressed up in your flapper finest, then get ready to dine, drink, and question every character you see.


Rensselaer County



Field of Horrors

100 Farrell Rd, Troy
Weekends in October
Cost: $28

A horrifying attraction in Rensselaer County, Field of Horrors delights with multiple attractions designed bring a scare to everyone. New for this year, the Condemned Manor is a terrifying addition alongside the Return of Mummy's Curse, Trail of Terror Hayride, and Insanity. This one is not recommended for kiddos.


Rockland County

Nyack's Annual Halloween Parade

Downtown Nyack
October 26, 3-8:30 p.m.

Nyack continues its tradition of over-the-top community parades with its 32nd annual march through town. Come early to wander along the Trick-or-Treat Trail from 1-4 p.m., then take a peek at the spooktastic decor in the home decoration competition. The parade steps off from Memorial Park at 5:30 p.m., so arrive on time and in costume to join in on the Halloween fun.


Ulster County 

Zombie Escape 5K

Williams Lake, Rosendale
October 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Now this is how to do a Halloween run! Hosted by UlsterCorps, the 10th annual event transforms Rosendale into a zombie-fied locale for a day of races suited for runners of all fitness levels. During the walks and runs, locals can ogle the fall foliage while dodging zombies and more. Afterward, everyone can stretch their legs and sip hot cocoa while toasting s'mores by the bonfire.



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Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, High Falls
October 26, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $15

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary brings Halloween fun to the farm at its annual Hallowoodstock shindig. Attendees can dress up as their favorite animals or characters, then head to High Falls to say "hello" to more than 400 rescued animals, paint pumpkins, get their faces painted, and hop on a hayride. As for bites to eat, the sanctuary pulls out all the stops with seasonal sweets, veggie dogs, empanadas, and meat-free eats.


Westchester County 


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The Great Jack ‘O Lantern Blaze 

Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson 
Daily through November 3
Cost: $23 adults, $17 minors, children 2 and under are free

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. Gaze at a pumpkin carousel as it spins, watch a star show in the pumpkin planetarium, and look at the pumpkin-ified Statue of Liberty.


Irving's Legend 

Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow 
October 4-6, 11-14, 18-20, 25-27, 31; November 1-3
Cost: $28 adults, $22 children

Hear “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” story like never before. The immersive show features the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones, and Katrina Van Tassel. Led by local storytellers Jonathan Kruk and Jim Keyes, the performances of Washington Irving’s classic tale are sure to captivate everyone in the room.  

Related: Croton's Annual Pumpkin Blaze Is Back and Bigger Than Ever

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