Hancock Shaker Village, a living history museum, features twenty historic buildings dating to 1783 and the oldest working farm in the Berkshires with heritage breeds and heirloom gardens. Offering hands-on kids’ activities, meet-and-greets with farm animals, daily tours and demos, exhibitions, and compelling programs including artist lectures, barn concerts, and our annual Country Fair is Sept. 28-29, 2019. Open daily, 10 am-5 pm.

Hancock Shaker Village

1843 West Housatonic St.

Pittsfield MA, 01201

The Schuyler Farms Fall Festival, features our 7-acre self-designed corn maze! There is something to do for everyone in the Fall. In addition to getting lost in our maize maze, you can pan for real fossils and gemstones in our mining sluice, you can take a hayride to pick pumpkins, pet and feed our farm animals, grab a bite to eat (including fresh cider donuts), zoom down the super slide and zip lines and so much more! If you are really brave you can dare to enter our ‘Field of Screams’ Haunted Maze on select October nights!

Schuyler Farms

1124 Route 29 

Schuylerville, NY 12871

When life feels boring, too cozy, or is just missing something, it’s a signal to push at the edges of your comfort zone. Imagine what a little nudge (or a big ‘ol leap) into a new aerial adventure will bring. Fun? Challenge? Adrenaline? At WildPlay, that’s only the beginning. Let your fear out to play.

WildPlay Thacher

830 Thacher Park Rd

VoorheesvilleNY 12186

APPLE PICKING

(PUMPKINS & CIDER DOUGHNUTS AT MOST PLACES TOO!!)

Altamont Orchards Altamont, NY

Bellinger’s Orchard Fultonville, NY

Best Berry Farm East Greenbush, NY

Billy Bob’s Orchard Putnam Station, NY

Bowman Orchards Rexford, NY

Don Baker Farm Hudson, NY

Fix Bros. Fruit Farm Hudson, NY

Hicks Orchards Granville, NY

Hopedale Farm Hudson, NY

Indian Ladder Farms Altamont, NY

Kristy’s Barn Schodack, NY

Love Apple Farm Ghent, NY

McWhorter’s Orchard Argyle, NY

Philip Orchards Claverack, NY

Riverview Orchards Rexford, NY

Rogers Family Orchard Johnstown, NY

Samascott Orchards Kinderhook, NY

Sand Flats Orchards Fonda, NY

Saratoga Apple Schuylerville, NY

Smith Farms, Hudson, NY

Stanton’s Feura Farm Feura Bush, NY

Terrace Mountain Apple Orchard Schoharie, NY

Windy Hill Orchard-East Castleton-on-Hudson, NY

Yonder Fruit Farms Valatie, NY

PUMPKINS

(NO APPLE PICKING)

Ellms Family Farm Ballston Spa, NY

Engelke Farm Troy, NY

Herringtons Pumpkins Buskirk, NY

Liberty Ridge Schaghticoke, NY

Schuyler Farms Schuylerville, NY

Sunnyside Gardens Saratoga Springs, NY

Swartz Dairy and Produce Castleton-on-Hudson, NY

FUN PLACES TO VISIT IN THE FALL

If you are looking to get outside before winter comes, check out these fun places to visit!

 

Dutch Apple Cruises Albany, NY

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center Cropseyville, NY

Field of Horrors Troy, NY

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center Delmar, NY

Hancock Shaker Village Pittsfield, MA

Howe Caverns Howes Cave, NY

Huck Finn’s Playland Albany, NY

Landis Arboretum Esperance, NY

Mountain Ridge Adventure Schenectady, NY

Rail Explorers USA The Catskills, NY

Revolution Rail Co. North Creek, NY

Riverside Maple Farms Glenville, NY

Samascott’s Garden Market Corn Maze Kinderhook, NY

Saratoga National Historical Park Saratoga Springs, NY

Schuyler Farms Schuylerville, NY

The Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center Albany, NY

The Farmers’ Museum Cooperstown, NY

The Great Escape Lake George, NY

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Croton-on-Hudson, NY

The Pine Hollow Arboretum Slingerlands, NY

Utica Zoo Utica, NY

WildPlay Thacher Voorheesville, NY

Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park Gansevoort, NY

 

 

It can also be fun to visit different playgrounds around the Capital District. Click here to check out Capital District Moms’ blog section about playgrounds.

COSTUMES

Costume Swap at the East Greenbush Library

Swap instead of shop! This is recycling at its most fun! Here’s how it works:

  • Costumes (all sizes: infant to adult) will be accepted in the Children’s room 9/30 – 10/11.
  • For each complete, clean, gently worn costume, you will receive 1 swap ticket to claim a new-to-you costume at this event on Saturday, October 12 from noon – 2pm.
  • No guarantee of fit or selection.
  • Not interested in receiving a swap ticket? Donations of additional costumes will also be accepted!

 

Costume Madness at the Howe Branch (Albany Public Library)

“[Ages 11-17] Every Wednesday in September and October, come get your cosplay on!  Using our sewing machines, hot glue, tools, and a wide range of materials and fabrics, participants can make costumes for upcoming conventions and fairies, Halloween, or anything else!  We will make armor, props, and costumes for manga/anime/videogame characters, superheroes and more.   Registration is required: please register online, in person at any branch or by calling (518) 472-0485.”

 

 

Halloween Costume Swap

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 2:30-4:45pm

Howe Branch (Albany Public Library)

“(All ages) Come to the Howe Branch and trade in your old Halloween costumes for new ones!  We will have costumes here and will also be accepting donations and swaps of clean, gently worn ones, sizes infant to adult.  Any donations are appreciated, and can be dropped off in advance or during the event at the Howe Branch.  Children do not need to bring a costume in order to take one; one costume per child.  We cannot guarantee costume selection and sizes; first come, first served.  All are welcome!”

 

 

Costume Swap at the Voorheesville Public Library

Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 11am-2pm

“Swap what you no longer use for a new-to-you costume. Donations of clean, gently used costumes and accessories will be accepted starting October 7. All leftovers will be donated.” See Facebook event for more details.

 

 

Free Halloween Costume Giveaway

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10am-4pm

Castleton Public Library

“Browse a selection of donated Halloween costumes, wigs, masks, and accessories & pick out costumes to take home! Donations of clean, gently used items accepted from 9/1/19 through 10/18/19.”

 

 

Halloween Costume Swap

Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10am-Noon

RCS Community Library in Ravena, NY

“Bring a gently used costume to the Library to receive a token from October 1-11. Exchange your token for a new-to-you costume at the Costume Swap on Saturday, October 12th from 10-12 or trade it in for a fine waiver. All remaining costumes will be donated to charity. Go green and save money! Refreshments will be served on the 12th”

 

 

Halloween Costume Drive

Franklin Community Center in Saratoga Springs, NY

Franklin Community Center is holding a Halloween Costume Drive.  Drop off new and used costumes between now and October 22, 2019. See their Facebook post on October 5th for details about when you can drop off costumes.

 

 

Places to buy costumes:

Carter’s

Party City Albany, Clifton Park, Latham & Schenectady

Spirit Halloween Albany, Amsterdam, Colonie, Glenmont, Queensbury, Schenectady & The Wilton Mall

Target

The Costumer Albany & Schenectady

Walmart

 

EVENTS

A list of fun activities/festivals until the end of October. I will be adding to the list so make sure to check back!

**Updated October 28th.  Events were taken off that already happened.

 

 

Capitol Hauntings Tours

September 25, 2019 through November 1, 2019

 

 

Friendly’s

“Kids in costume eat FREE with an adult meal purchase from 10/25 – 10/31! That’s what we call a monster deal.” See their Facebook page for details.

 

 

Halloween Craft Graveyard (Registration Required)

The Guilderland Library

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm

“Choose from a variety of seasonal craft supplies and make one of our projects or invent your own. A great hangout for families or groups of friends, with snacks and Halloween music.”

 

 

Family Harvest Party

Schenectady County Public Library (Mont Pleasant Branch)

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 4pm-7pm

 

 

ICARE’s Third Annual Halloween High

Colonie Central High School

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 5-8pm

See Facebook page for more details

 

 

Halloween Hoot

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6:30pm-7:30pm

“Join Diane Payette (aka Grama Tippy Toes) and friends for the annual Halloween Hoot and parade! Costumes encouraged. It will be a “Real Thriller!”

 

 

Trunk or Treat

Bizzy Beez in Colonie, NY

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 6pm-7:30pm

 

 

Pumpkin Palooza Family Festival

Hudson Valley Community College

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 from 5:30pm-8:00pm

“Join us for an evening of caricatures, carnival games, prizes, music, free refreshments and clowns all leading up to a big giveaway! The fall festival is free and open to the public. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.”

 

 

Halloween Parades

East Greenbush Library

Tuesday, October 29th at 10am Wednesday, October 30th at 10am Thursday, October 31st at 10am

“Dress in your costume for our annual Halloween Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers with treat bag craft and Trick-or-Treat parade through the library.”

 

 

Halloween Party (Registration Required)

The Guilderland Library

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6:30pm-7:30pm

“Come dressed in your best Halloween Costume and be ready to celebrate Halloween with creepy snacks and terrifying activities!”

 

 

Boo! Halloween Party at the Library

Watervliet Public Library

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6pm-7:30pm

“Join us for a Halloween Party at the library! We’ll share scary stories, make some crafts and do some light trick or treating. Come in costume! We’ll have a contest to see who has the best one! Registration is not required but an RSVP is greatly appreciated! Message or call 518-274-4471.”

 

 

Halloween at the Farmers’ Market

Saratoga Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 3pm-6pm

“Join us on Wednesday, October 30, 3-6pm for a very special Halloween market! It’s our last outdoor market of the season and we’re going out with a bang. Kids can come trick or treating in costume, we’ll have a spooky Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos craft hosted by Saratoga Springs Public Library and a mini pumpkin painting activity, and we’re offering complimentary hot beverages and fall market samples. Like always, we’ll be bringing the best local foods and artisan products, plus some great live tunes. Don’t miss us at High Rock Park!”

 

 

Pumpkin Painting (Registration Required)

Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6:30pm-7:30pm

“Paint a small pumpkin to celebrate Halloween!”

 

 

Halloween Hauntings

Albany Public Library (Bach Branch)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 4-5pm

“[Ages 4-10] Creepy stories, creepy activities, come to the library in your creepy or not-so-creepy costume.”

 

 

Trunk or Treat

UAlbany Downtown Campus Lawn hosted by the School of Social Welfare University of Albany

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 4pm-6:30pm

“Join the Baccalaureate Social Welfare Association, the UAlbany Liberty Partnership Program, and the SSW for the Trunk-or-Treat! Ice cream, music, games, coloring, candy, costume contest, and more! Join us for a community event for Albany families and kids of all ages! FREE!” See Facebook event for full details

 

 

Halloween Crafts

Albany Public Library (Washington Ave Branch – Albany Made Makerspace)

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 5:30pm-7:00pm

“[For Ages 10+] Located in the Albany Made Creative Lab. Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Join our quilling expert for a special Halloween craft. All supplies provided by the library.”

 

 

Toddler Halloween Party

East Greenbush Town Hall

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 10am – Noon

“Come on out for games and activities in Town Hall. Come in Costume and trick-or-treat through the Town Hall Offices.” See Facebook event for more details

 

 

Jack O Lantern Contest

East Greenbush Town Park

Thursday, October 31, 2019

“Get your creativity brewing! Official Rules can be found on our website eastgreenbush.org All Pumpkins need to be delivered to Town Park no later than 5PM on 10/31. Voting takes place during the Party in the Park event from 6-8PM Prizes will be awarded” See Facebook event for more details

 

 

Candy with a Cop Party

East Greenbush Town Park

Thursday, October 31, 2019 form 6pm-8pm

 

 

Trick or Read

Cohoes Public Library

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 11:00am – 4:30pm

“Join us on Halloween for Trick or Read! What’s Trick or Read? Come in costume to the Library and get 1 book for free from our book sale area! While supplies last. All ages welcome!”

 

 

Happy Halloween!

The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in Troy, NY

October 31, 2019 from 9am to 4pm

“All of our activities today will have something to do with the fun, spooky, sparkly holiday we celebrate on October 31st. Any child who comes in costume will receive a pass for a free future admission to the museum. Check our website for a full schedule of the day’s events.”

 

 

City of Cohoes Halloween Parade

Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 6pm

“Our Halloween Parade will begin in front of the Knights of Columbus on Remsen Street at 6:00 pm on Halloween! Come in a costume and have some Halloween Fun! March down Remsen Street to the Cohoes Senior Center for a party sponsored by the Cohoes Rotary Club.”

 

 

Halloween Party

Albany Public Library (Delaware Branch)

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 3:30pm-5:00pm

“[Ages 5-14] Drop in on our annual Halloween party, featuring a variety of games and activities for ages 5-14. All participants can also pick up a piece of trick-or-treat candy and play Poke-a-Pumpkin for prizes. No registration required.”

 

 

Halloween Trick or Treat

South Schenectady Fire Department

Thursday October 31, 2019 from 5:30pm-8:00pm

“The Fire Department Members will be going throughout our Fire District handing Out Treats to little Ghosts and Goblins who will be out
We also have Treats for them at the Firehouse.”

 

 

Trunk or Treat

Faith U M C Schenectady

Thursday, October 31, 2019

“Join us for some parking lot fun of trunk or treating.” See Facebook event for full details

 

 

Trick or Treating in the Mall

Viaport Rotterdam

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 5pm-7pm

“Take your family around the mall to show off their costumes and, of course, collect candy! We want to see the most creative, scary and awesome costumes!
Open to the public. ***A pumpkin in the window means the store is participating.***”

 

 

 

Ghosts & Goblins Face Painting with SUNY Albany

Albany Public Library (Pine Hills Branch)

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 4-7pm

“Stop by the library for face painting, trick or treating, and other fun Halloween activities! For kids of all ages. In partnership with the University at Albany.”

 

 

HOWE-loween Party and Costume Contest

Albany Public Library (Howe Branch)

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 4-6pm

“[For Ages 0-17] Come trick-or-treat at Howe, play Halloween party games, and show off your costume.  Prizes will be given for the funniest and most realistic co”

 

 

Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party

The Guilderland Library

Wednesday, October 31, 2019 from 10:30am-11:30am

“Children 19 months and up (with a caregiver) are invited to a special costume party and storytime full of songs, stories, and dancing! We’ll end our party with a costume parade around the library.”

 

 

Library Trick or Treat

Bethlehem Public Library

Wednesday, October 31, 2019 from 10:15-10:45am OR 2:15-2:45pm

For ages 0-6 and families. Our annual trick-or-treat parade! Stop by the Children’s Place any time from 10:15-10:45am OR 2:15-2:45pm to trick or treat in a safe, dry place. Costumes are optional, but fun is not! Treat bags will be provided.”

 

 

Trunk or Treat – Albany Campus

Redeemer Church – Albany

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 6pm-8pm

“We will be hosting our annual Trunk or Treat community event on October 31st from 6:00-8:00PM. This safe, fun, event is great for the whole family and best of all, it is completely free! Whether you enjoy the cold October night air or you prefer the warmth of being indoors, this holiday event has the best of both worlds!” See Facebook event for full details

 

 

 

Mall-O-Ween

Crossgates Mall

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 3-6pm

 

 

Trunk or Treat

Colonie Center

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 4pm-6pm

 

 

Trick or Treat Street

Albany Law School

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 5pm-7pm

 

 

Truck or Treat (Stanford Heights Fire Department)

See Facebook page for locations/times

Thursday, October 31, 2019

“Keep a look out for us! We’ll be setting up at various intersections to give out treats to all the trick or treaters! Make sure to show us your costumes!”

 

 

Haunted House Fun

Slingerlands Fire Department

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 6-9pm

See Facebook page for more info

 

 

Aviation Mall-O-Ween Trick or Treating

Aviation Mall in Queensbury, NY

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 5pm-7pm

“Visit Aviation Mall on October 31st from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a Spook-tacular time! Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the mall as well as children’s costume contests, free face painting and much, much more.”

 

 

City of Albany to Host “Safe Stop” Trick or Treating on Halloween

Thursday, October 31, 2019

“The City of Albany is pleased to announce that it will be hosting “Safe Stop” Trick-or-Treating at City of Albany offices and at two neighborhood police stations on Halloween (Thursday, October 31) from 3 to 5 p.m. Treats, as in candy, will be provided. Many of the staff will be in costume.” “The Hoffman & Arbor Hill Community Centers will be hosting Halloween Parties from 5-8:30 p.m. At these two Community Center events, there will be games, food, candy, as well as costume contests and prizes.” See website for full details.

 

 

Scotia Fire Department Halloween Cider & Donut Route

See website for various locations/times

Thursday, October 31, 2019

“The Scotia Fire Department will continue its annual tradition of serving free cider and donuts to the residents of the Village of Scotia and surrounding Town of Glenville on Halloween night.  All residents are encouraged to come out and join the fun.”

 

 

Trick-or-Treating

Schenectady Center

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 3:30pm-5:00pm

 

 

 

Halloween: Trick & Treat

Cohoes Visitor Center

Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 2:30pm-6:30pm

“This Halloween the Cohoes Visitor Center will trick our little trick-or-treaters in learning something about Cohoes’ history, while they receive their treats! It will be fun for the whole family. Come see our exciting new exhibits. Special Halloween hours 2:30 – 6:30 pm. Stop by if you dare! It really won’t be that scary!”

 

 

 

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