Halloween is the first holiday of the fall season, and we couldn’t be more excited!
Arguably one of the best parts of autumn and the Halloween season are all the attractions and activities that are designed specifically for the holiday. Whether you want a good spook, a bucket full of candy or pumpkins galore, there is something for everyone.
Not sure exactly how to celebrate this year? This list compiles seven different Halloween attractions around New York that are all reachable by train and guaranteed to fill you with Halloween spirit.
Grab your best costume and plan your Halloween fun today.
Jack O’Lantern Blaze
Distance From Croton-Harmon Station (CRT): .6 miles
Address: 525 S Riverside Ave, Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520
Dates: September 18 – October 31; November 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-21
Located at the Van Cortlandt Manor, the Jack O’Lantern Blaze is comprised of over 7,000 carved pumpkin displays. Each pumpkin is hand carved on site by artisans who are assisted by volunteers. They require over 10,000 pumpkins to ensure that the best quality of their artwork is put on display for guests.
These pumpkins have been carved and sculpted into anything you can imagine. The Statue of Liberty, planets, zodiac signs and even some animals, like dogs. There are wizards and skeletons and other mystical beings. In addition to the carvings, there are also paintings done on pumpkins.
Guest can plan to spend up to 90 minutes looking at the mesmerizing artistry. We have previously published a first-hand account of what it is like at the Jack O’Lantern Blaze, which you can check out by clicking here.
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Locust Grove Harvest Hunt
Distance from Poughkeepsie Station (POU): 2.7 miles
Address: 2683 South Road – Poughkeepsie NY 12601
Dates: October 10- November 1
Located just under three miles from Poughkeepsie Station is Locust Grove Estate, which is the former home of Samuel Morse, an American painter. This season it has turned into a Halloween destination. They offer tours and various activities all year round, but for Halloween, they host a Harvest Hunt.
The Harvest Hunt is geared more towards children. The staff hides twenty colored pumpkins around the grounds. They encourage guests to wear their Halloween costumes and they provide maps and other instructions to help find the hidden pumpkins. What’s better than getting outside and exploring a historic site?
The Utica Zoo
Distance from Utica Station (UCA): 2.1 miles
Address: 1 Utica Zoo Way, Utica, NY 13501
Date: October 17
This Halloween season, The Utica Zoo is offering the Beaversprite Haunted Trail. The trail takes guests through the woods around the Beaversprite Conservation Education Center and finishes at the Nature Center. There will be animal themed Halloween stops along the trail to help guide adventurers through the path.
Upon completion, guests are greeted with treats, crafts, snacks, cider and a fire pit for making s’mores and sharing scary stories.
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Field of Horrors
Distance from Albany-Rensselaer Station (ALB): 12.6 miles
Address: 100 Farrell Rd. Troy, NY 12182
Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October
The Field of Horrors is not for the faint of heart. Once the sun goes down, this maze-meets-haunted house crossover offers five different themed attractions guaranteed to scare you. The themes of these mazes vary from traditional haunted houses to catacombs and playing with insanity. There is something for every horror fan to enjoy.
The website recommends that the attraction is not for children under the age of ten. They also are not accessible friendly and use strobe lights as part of the show, so keep all those factors in mind when planning your trip.
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Distance from Buffalo, NY Exchange St. Station (BFX): 6.2 miles
Address: 2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo, NY 14218
Dates: October 17-18
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens dresses up their conservatory and greenhouse to match the spooky season. The conservatory turns into a pumpkin patch while the greenhouse seemingly gets haunted by ghosts overnight.
There are take home craft bags located throughout the botanical gardens for children to work on once they leave and encourage guests to wear their costumes and celebrate the holiday. It’s a great way to marry the holiday festivities and an exploration through some beautiful greenery.
Distance from Yonkers Station (YNY): 10.4 miles
Address: 2300 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY 10460
Dates: Weekends from September 23 – November 3
Every year the Bronx Zoo offers “Boo at the Zoo“. Open to people of all ages, there is a multitude of activities that are designed to ensure a day of spooky fun but also educate guests on animal conservation and to learn more about the animals that call the Bronx Zoo home.
They host magic shows that run every thirty minutes, a live pumpkin carving demonstration and a candy trail where each stop educates patrons about the animals in the zoo. Plus there’s a scavenger hunt!
Make sure to stay for the parade full of people on stilts dressed like your favorite animals and a pumpkin trail full of intricately designed pumpkins. Head over to the extinct animal graveyard to learn about the conservation of some of the worlds most beautiful animals. Similar to the other places on this list, costumes are encouraged to fully get into the Halloween spirit.
Zombie Zips at Mountain Ridge Adventure
Distance from Schenectady Station (SDY): 11 miles
Address: 300 Weatherwax Road, Schenectady, NY 12302
Dates: Fridays & Saturdays in October
Mountain Ridge Adventure takes the traditional haunted house we all know and throws it out the window.
It is not your average fright-inducing attraction either. Nothing like haunted hayrides or anything mild.
It starts out as a walk through the woods. Visitors who dare going on this adventure pass by serial killers before getting hauled 70 feet above the ground. Guests ride down ten different zip lines greeted by zombies at every turn. Completely in the dark, alone and unsuspecting of any surprises that might pop out. They recommend that guests must be over 14 years old to do the attraction.