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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 2018 on Friday and Saturday nights from September 29th to October 27th.

Zombie Zip Line

Zombie Zip Line poster

Spook Rating: Extreme

This tour is not for the faint of heart. The nightmare begins with a corpse-guided tour along a serial killer infested forest, where you'll 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 from October 5th through the 27th.

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 2018 is Saturday, September 29th.

Field of Horrors

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

Spook Rating: Extreme

Field of Horrors in Troy 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 check out a new Toxic Terror for 2018. The sneak peek weekend is September 28th and 29th, with the official opening on October 5th.

Fright 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 29th and 30th and is open Saturdays and Sundays through October, plus Monday, October 8th. You can expect a slew of horrors from haunted attractions to rides to shows to scare zones. Even if you're not attending a particular show, attraction, or ride, terror lurks in every corner of the park.

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! The 2018 dates are October 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th, all at 7:30pm.

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 are happening in 2018 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 8pm from September 21st through November 3rd.

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.

Tours are happening September 17th through November 2nd, weekdays at 1pm and at 5:30pm, and Saturdays at 1pm; there are no tours on Columbus Day.

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