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Fall Festivities Abound in Albany

By Aedan Perry | October 17, 2022

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Whether you're new to the area or a life-long resident, there is always lots to do in the Albany Area, and October is no exception to that. There are many public events that can get students off campus for an evening or two and give a sense of what Albany has to offer.

For instance, Empire Plaza Welcome Center is holding Capitol Hauntings Tours all through the month of October. This tour of the New York Capitol Building adds a halloween inspired twist, as one is taken through the history of the capitol, and learn about some of the unusual events that have occurred there in the past. Did you know that a fire destroyed much of the building in 1911? What about the hidden carvings in the assembly chamber? There are a vast array of architectural oddities in the capitol building, and this tour allows you to both view the splendor of the past and see the interesting history of the area.

Those interested in running might want to take part in the annual Trick or Trot 5k race, which will take place on Oct. 29. The race is hosted by Albany's Office of Cultural Affairs, and will begin with a fireworks display in Downtown Albany. This will be followed by a race that will take participants through Washington Park and to and from the State Capitol Building. The course is themed for the season, and people have been known to run this race in Halloween costumes! Registration and an entry fee are required to participate, and there will be prize money for the top finishers in each age group.

Not all of the season's activities are about Halloween, however. Albany's 16th annual Comic Con, taking place in the Polish Community Center on Oct. 30, is an annual convention focused on spreading the love of comic books. Comic conventions have become increasingly prominent in recent years, and are nowadays found in almost every major city, and both experienced attendees and newcomers alike would feel right at home with the array of comics and special guests that will be found right here in Albany.

While there has not been much announced by the university for Halloween, the University Libraries are currently running a two-sentence horror story contest, which will continue accepting submissions until Monday, Oct. 24.

These are just a few of the events the area has to offer. Many local businesses and organizations in the Albany area host events that attempt to enhance the Halloween experience, and although many of these are smaller events, they are not to be forgotten. Students who want to find out more in the area are encouraged to look at local events calendars for additional information.


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