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9 Spooky Spots & Scary Attractions in the Capital Region

If you're looking for a spooky good time in the Capital Region, check out these Albany area places and attractions that will make your hair stand on end.

NIGHTMARES at Liberty Ridge Farm

a wall of bluish purple skulls

Spook Rating: Extreme

Your worst fears will come alive in the haunted attractions at Liberty Ridge Farm's NIGHTMARES in Schaghticoke. Experience two haunted houses, a haunted corn maze, a wooden stockade fence maze, an underworld tunnel, a trail through a haunted forest, a psychic sideshow, and a haunted trolley ride - wow! NIGHTMARES will be open in 2017 on Friday and Saturday nights from September 30th to October 28th, and also on Sunday, October 8.

Zombie Zip Line

Zombie Zip Line poster

Spook Rating: Extreme

This tour is not for the faint of heart. The nightmare begins with a corpose-guided tour along a serial killer infested forest, to then be hauled into the trees among complete, utter horror. Once in the trees you'll be plunged into complete darkness. Afraid, alone, and vulnerable. You'll make your way along a screaming cable hundreds of feet along Mountain Ridge Adventure's amazing Zip Line Park. The terror happens every Friday and Saturday night in the mont of October, from 7pm to 10pm.

Double M Haunted Hayrides

the entrance to Double M Haunted Hayrides with a giant skullPhoto provided

Spook Rating: Extreme

Double M's Haunted Hayrides has been creating fear in the Capital Region for over 25 years. Experience the walking dead and other frights as you take a horrifying hayride in Ballston Spa. After the hayride, your journey will continue on foot as you make your way through a zombie-infested prison and encounter further haunts, ending your visit at the Museum of Horrors, where the exhibits hate visitors. Reservations are required. The opening date for 2017 is Saturday, September 23rd.

Field of Horrors

a creepy clown beckoning you to come insidePhoto credit: Field of Horrors

Spook Rating: Extreme

Field of Horrors in Brunswick has a variety of terrifying attractions for the price of one: discover ancient spooky history with Return of the Mummy's Curse, dare to take a journey on the Trail of Terror Hayride, make your way through deep catacombs in the Death Trap, feel confused and disoriented with Insanity, and fight zombies paintball-style with the Sector 6 Paintball Game. The sneak peak weekend is September 29th and 30th, with the official opening on October 6th.

Freight Fest at The Great Escape

zombie girl looking creepily at you

Spook Rating: Mild to Extreme

Fright Fest at The Great Escape begins the weekend of September 16th and 17th and is open Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd and 24th; Fridays through Sundays, September 29th through October 29th; plus Monday, October 9th for 2017. During the day, family-friendly festivities take place like trick-or-treating and costume contests. At night, the park transforms into a terrifying place with haunted mazes, scare zones, and horrifying rides.

Corn Mazes

a cornfield with creepy clouds in the sky

Spook Rating: Moderate

Albany has a number of great corn mazes that are perfect for younger children and the whole family during the day. Some are open at night, which brings a new spook element for older visitors. Take a look at our corn maze guide to find the maze that's most appealing to you.

The Spirits of Rensselaer

a creepy old cemetery

Spook Rating: Moderate

Take a 90-minute guided walking tour of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's lower campus and learn about some of the apparitions who haunt the area. Perhaps you'll even be able to meet a few spirited characters along the way! Tours are happening this year on October 13th, 14th, 21st, 27th, and 28th, and cost $5.

Ghosts of Albany

silhouette of a ghost in a gray, dark room

Spook Rating: Moderate

Take the Ghosts of Albany Walking Tours and learn about the city's famous apparitions. Tours can be booked at GhostsOfAlbany.com and they start on Friday, September 22nd. Tickets cost $15 in September and then go up to $30 for October tours.

Capitol Hauntings

a black and white image of the Capitol building

Spook Rating: Moderate

Explore the legends, folklore, and ghost stories connected to the historic state Capitol with Capitol Hauntings. Learn about the watchman who died in the Capitol fire of 1911 who still makes rounds today and more ghostly happenings. The tours happen Monday through Friday at 1pm and 5:30pm, and Saturdays at 12pm, throughout October (with no tours on Columbus Day). Tours are free but have limited spots that fill up quickly.

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