What to Do This Weekend: Halloween Edition

From wine parties to 5K zombie runs, your weekend is about to get spooky


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PHOTOGRAPH BY DEBORAH GROSMARK / COURTESY OF The Nyack Chamber of Commerce

It’s Halloweekend in the Valley and even if you don’t have your costume just yet, we’re giving you 12 reasons to get out there and celebrate. Happy Halloween!

 

Albany

BOO-jolais Wine Celebration
What: The adult equivalent to a kiddie candy fest, you’ll sip and sample from Albany’s finest restaurants during an evening of food, wine, dancing, and friendly frights.
When: Friday, Oct 28, 6:00 pm
Where: The Washington Avenue Armory, Albany

 

Halloween Bike Ride
What: Gear up and get out for the spookiest bike ride of your life. Visit Albany area legends, like haunted mansions, murder sites, and historic cemeteries along this 16-mile terror trek.
When: Sunday, Oct 30, 10:30 am
Where: Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Albany

 

Columbia

Trick or Treat: The Best of the Spooky Shorts
What: The final FilmColumbia cinematic showing, this one’s just for the kids with special screenings of age-appropriate Halloween shorts. Afterwards, head to Warren Street for early trick-or-treating and stay back for the annual Hudson Halloween Parade at 4:00 pm.
When: Sunday, Oct 30, 1:00 pm
Where: Hudson Opera House, Hudson

 

Dutchess

Haunted Mill & Monster's Ball
What: Sweet by day turns spooky by night with family-friendly hay rides, carnival fun, and face painting for the kids from 3-5, and a seven-floor haunted house for fearless adults from 6:00-9:00 pm. After 9:00 pm, the dance floor will light up until late with electro vibes from Brooklyn DJ Prince Rama.
When: Saturday, Oct 29, 3:00 pm
Where: Wassaic Community Farm, Wassaic

 

Swingin' Halloween Masquerade Ball  
What: Here, your biggest fear will be tripping on your Halloween costume mid-swing. Nope, no thrills and chills here – just lots of dancing. Groove to tunes both spirited and spooky, and learn a new step or two.  
When: Saturday, Oct 29, 8:00 pm
Where: Hudson Valley Dance Depot, LaGrangeville

 

Greene

Halloween Brunch
What: So let’s be real. You’re anyway going to ruin your healthy diet on Monday with sugar and candy, so go ahead and dig into some apple pancakes, bacon, and grits at this fall-festive brunch.
When: Sunday, Oct 30, 10:00 am
Where: Community Hall, West Kill

 

Orange

Monster Mash
What: A cider-filled scare bash featuring apple bobbing, lawn games, live music, and plenty of good drinks.
When: Saturday, Oct 29, 11:00 am
Where: Angry Orchard, Walden

 

Putnam

Monster Bash Halloween Party
What: Between the games, prizes, fun crafts, and more, don’t be surprised if your skin starts to crawl.
When: Saturday, Oct 29, 6:00 pm
Where: Patterson Library, Patterson

 

Rensselaer

Halloween Science and Crafts
What: Get sticky and icky as your kiddo creates slimy science experiments and creepy crawly crafts, all in an educational environment.
When: Sunday, Oct 30, 10:00 am
Where: SUNY Poly's Children's Museum of Science and Technology, Troy

 

Rockland

Halloween Parade
What: The biggest Halloween parade in the Hudson Valley, Nyack draws in 300 costumed marchers annually, with many Rockland County reps and 10 full size floats.
When: Saturday, Oct 29, 5:00 pm
Where: Main Street & Broadway, Nyack

 

Ulster

HalloWoodstock
What: Vegans, rejoice. All candy, hot chocolate, and desserts at this “not-so-spooky” Halloween fest are vegan and veg friendly. Join in for the trick-or-treating fun, or hop on a hayride and enjoy the farm and wildlife.
When: Sunday, Oct 30, 11:00 am
Where: Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, High Falls

 

Zombie Escape Run
What: Whether you’re a seasoned runner, or are just looking to get in on the fun, the 5K Zombie Escape is sure to have you sprinting through spooks. Hope sneakers are part of your Halloween costume!
When: Saturday, Oct 29, 11:00 am
Where: Williams Lake, Rosendale

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