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Halloween in Albany & the Capital Region: The Capital Region’s Best, Not to Be Missed Halloween Events

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Things to Do on Halloween in Albany & the Capital Region

Albany Halloween Events 2011: Ghosts, Goblins and Parties Galore

Thank goodness it’s fall. With the crisp air and vibrant colors comes that day that many look forward to all year: Snap Apple Night.  A.K.A. Halloween. In honor of All Hallows Eve, here are some Horrorable Mentions of a few things not to miss this year in the Capital Region.

1. Haunted History: The Dark Side of Center Square

Get some historical perspective on the history of Albany’s Center Square, which has included murders, kidnapping and untimely deaths through a guided walking tour that explores the sinister deeds of a bygone era, while also learning about the area’s architecture. Taking place all this week (Oct 24th through Oct 28th) from 6pm-7:30pm, the tours start at the University Club of Albany, located at 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required. Call the Historic Albany Foundation at 518-465-0876 for more information.

2. 4th Annual Halloween Freak Out at Valentine’s

SwordPaw Music and The B3nson Recording Company have joined forces once again to bring the Halloween Freak Out to the Valentine’s stage, featuring local bands Disposable Rocket Band, The Loom, Goldtooth, Sea of Trees, Cosmonaunts, and Walking X-Ray. Admission is only $7 for an entire night of rocking out, and costumes are most definitely encouraged. Doors open at 7pm with the bands starting at 7:30pm. Call 518-432-6572 for more info.

The New York State Capitol3.  Hauntings Tours

Happening now through October 31, the New York State Capitol is giving special tours and answering questions such as, “Does the secret demon carved in stone hold a Capitol curse?” and “Does the night watchman who died in the Capitol fire of 1911 still make his rounds?” You’ll also find out which two presidents are alleged to have visited the State Capitol after their deaths and learn some info on the state Assembly Chamber’s secret, hidden murals and the tortured artist who created them. Tours take place at 12pm and at 5:30pm through October 31, starting at the Plaza Visitor Center, North Concourse at Empire State Plaza. Visit to schedule a free tour.

4. Albany Trolley’s Ghost Tour

This spooky one-hour tour of Albany at night gives passengers on the Albany Trolley Ghost Tour an opportunity to learn of ghosts that haunt the area. Hear tales of murder, hangings and even a mutiny in the Capital City, while learning facts about The Dungeon in the NYS Education Building and who can be found lurking on the fourth floor of the State Capitol. You may even catch a glimpse of ‘The Union,’ an old-fashioned train making its way through the city. Tours run throughout the week until October 31st. More information can be found at

5. 29th Annual Halloween at Howe Caverns

Traveling 156 feet underground in May would freak many out. Now add the suspense that Halloween brings, and you have Howe Caverns’Haunted Cave,” a self-guided tour on Friday, October 28 at 5:30pm. Your admission is donated to various charities in Schoharie County so you can have fun and feel good about doing so. If going beneath the Earth’s surface really isn’t your thing, there is still plenty to do above ground. For more info, visit

6. The Ballston Spa Witch Walk 2011

170 witches roamed the streets last Halloween. Will you be among them this year? Don a costume and get your witch on this Friday, October 28th at the Ballston Spa Elks Cub. What could be better that walking around town dressed as a witch? Knowing that you’re supporting the Saratoga County Animal Shelter. Witch you will be. The fun starts at 6:30pm. Register by October 22nd by contacting Carol at 518-884-9352.

7. Spooktacular Halloween Bash

Back by popular demand, this bash features live music and a costume contest, featuring live performances by the popular party band Jay and the Audio Stars. Last year’s event sold out, so you’ll want to get on board for this year’s event at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy on Friday, October 28th, starting at 9pm. There’ll be plenty of dancing, food, costumes and cupcakes, courtesy of CoccaDotts Cake Shop. Tickets are $20; contact CoccaDotts at 518-438-4937 for more information.

Zombies8. Haunted Mansion 2011 at the Ten Broeck

The Albany County Historical Association and Tri-City New York Paranormal Society are teaming up to bring the haunted into the 213-year-old Ten Broeck Mansion. This may appear to be pretty much what it seems, but the Ten Broeck is providing three nights of guts and gore in a battle against the zombie apocalypse. Two floors of the mansion will be orchestrated into a battle zone for die-hard zombie hunters as a plague of the undead invade Albany. The event is very affordable (adults are just $5, group of four gets in for $15) and it’ll be in operation on October 28th, 29th and 30th. Visit for hours.

9. Knick at Night at the Knickerbocker Mansion

Located in Schaghticoke, the Knickerbocker Mansion was constructed by Johannes Knickerbacker III in 1780. This week, go back in time with a celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Kittle Family Massacre, which took place near the Mansion and will give participants a look at early 18th Century life in the upper Hudson Valley. Ghosts from Old Schagticoke will make a special appearance, including Anna Quakenbush Knickerbocker, the family’s matriarch, Maria Kittle, who will describe the massacre of her family, a Knickerbocker slave will elaborate on his life lived in bondage, as well as members of Indian tribes related with the Massacre. Knick at Night will take place on October 28 – 29, from 6 – 9pm, and October 30th at 12pm. Visit for more details.

10. Halloween Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Schoharie County Flood Relief

On Sunday, October 30th from 9am – 12pm, the Rotary Club of Latham will host a Halloween Pancake Breakfast at the Beltrone Living Center in Colonie, with all proceeds ($7 per person) to benefit the Schoharie County Flood Relief, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. There will be a costume contest for kids, with alive performance by magician Jim Snack. Call 518-459-2857, ext. 303.

Halley Ofner is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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