Get ready for Spooky Season!

October in Albany has everything from scary fun to family-friendly events. Choose the perfect pumpkin, get lost in a corn maze or press apples for some tangy cider. The crisp weather and colorful leaves invite us to get out and enjoy our beautiful city.
Trolley in front of Monteith House
Trolley of Terror by Amanda Pool


Trolley of Terror is back!  
Get ready for a hauntingly good time at the Monteith House, where history meets Halloween: Trolley Tours will be held at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. on Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28; Put on your walking shoes and journey through the eerie and mysterious history of downtown Albany on Ghost Walking Tours, which take place on Oct. 13 and 14, also at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.; Expect spine-tingling tales and ghostly encounters at the VIP Experience Ghost Hunts on Oct. 21 and 28 from 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m.

Purchase tickets at, or call 541-220-0421. 

Here are some other great October events to put on your list. Be sure to visit the AVA website to get more details on them as well:

1st Friday in Historic Downtown Albany
The theme for Oct. 6 is Fall Kickoff! Join downtown businesses for extended hours, food, drinks, promotions, sales and music. Be sure to stop by the Albany Historic Carousel & Museum where October’s theme is Halloween. So, get your costume ready and have some scary good fun for the whole family!

The Natty Dresser is holding a ladies trunk show with Pendleton Woolens. This will be a one-night-only opportunity to order from the Pendleton Women’s line. Plus, they will also have Pikolinos’ Shoe there offering ladies styles for special order.

Cider Pressing at Thompson’s Mills
Oct. 14 and 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited to help crush and press the apples and watch as golden cider flows from the press. Fresh cider is available for your donation to Thompson’s Mills Preservation Society. They will have storytelling for the younger ones and mill-themed gifts are available. Docents are on hand for mill tours – pack a lunch and make a day of it! Telephone the Mill for additional information at 541-491-3611. 

cider press
Thompson’s Mills Cider Press by Kristi Crawford

Downtown Halloween Character Hunt
Get an early start on Halloween by joining this fun activity for the whole family, put on by the Albany Downtown Association. The hunt begins Saturday, Oct. 14. Entries turned in by Sunday, Oct. 30, will be entered in a drawing to win a Movie Night Prize Basket featuring tickets to The Pix Theatre, theater candy, popcorn and more.

Trick or Treat Cruise Thru
Dress up and get in on the fun 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at Timber-Linn Memorial Park. REGISTRATION is required for this event and is due by Oct. 13. Cost is $5 per child for ages 1-12. There will be candy and goodies to collect along the way and some spooktacular decorations. The event is sponsored by Albany Parks & Recreation.

Loot by Oliver J. Anderson

Downtown Trick-or-Treating & Costume Contest
Celebrate Halloween in Downtown Albany with this FREE family-friendly event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Just look for the orange and black balloons marking participating Albany Downtown Association member businesses. There’s a costume contest for the whole family as well. Enter by stopping by the photo station at the 1st Avenue Parklet near Ferry Street. Winners will be selected on Facebook.

Albany Farmers’ Market
It’s still open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November. Pick up fresh and local produce, baked goods, meat, flowers and more! 

Pumpkin patches and seasonal produce

For seasonal produce, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other treats, here are some local farms you will enjoy:

Blunck Family Produce and Willow will have their pumpkin patch again this year. 4228 Springhill Dr. NW, 541-497-4533.

Bose Family Farm features a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hayrides and harvest decor. 35765 Cyrus Rd. NE. 

Grandpa’s Fresh Market carries pumpkins, melons, gourds, straw bales, cornstalk bundles and has hayrides on the weekends. 36483 Hwy 226, 541-928-8778.

Kenagy Family Farm has pumpkins, gourds, decorative corn, winter squash and corn stalks. 1650 North Nebergall Loop NE, 541-979-1490.

Midway Farms doesn’t have a pumpkin patch, but they do have pumpkins, winter squash and fresh-pressed apple cider. All of the farm’s products are gluten-free, and they have pumpkin bread and apple cake. 6980 Hwy. 20 NW, 541-740-6141. 

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