BOO! Halloween is right around the corner and the Capital Region is getting in on the fun, fright-filled festivities. You won’t have to wait for October 31 to get in the spirit of the season. Here’s six local Halloween activities to experience before the holiday arrives.

Double M Haunted Hayrides
This Ballston Spa attraction offers a lot more to thrill visitors than just a hay ride. Make your way through the “Walking Undead” prison (at your own risk; don’t get bitten!). Navigate the “Brutality” compound in the woods. Check in at “The Last Inn.” Or if you’re a fan of the macabre, check out the “Schadenfreude Circus.”

Atrocious attractions abound in Troy, as you can choose from the underground tunnels of “Toxic Terror,” the “Return of Mummy’s Curse” tomb, the “Trail ofTerror” hayride and more. General admission tickets are $27, and the Field is open from 6-11 p.m.

Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Palace Theatre
Fans of this 1975 cult film are shivering in antici … pation for the chance to do the Time Warp again on October 22 in Albany. The Kids of Albany, a RHPS-dedicated performance group, will host the show for one night only, with the doors of the Palace Theatre opening at 6 and the ‘Science Fiction Double Feature’ starting at 7. If you’re just there to quietly watch the movie, though, this isn’t for you. If you enjoy cosplay and props, “come up to the lab and see what’s on the slab.”
Samascott Orchards Corn Maze
It’s a new design every year at the Kinderhook market and orchard. This year, you can get caught in the spider web maze, which is open weekends and holidays until October 31. You’re advised to wear tough sneakers or mud boots, and pets and strollers aren’t recommended. It’s an outdoor cornfield, after all. The orchard also recommends bringing water. Admission is $7 and tax per person, with children 4 and younger getting in free.
Halloween Party at Washington Park Lakehouse
Don’t feel like getting scared? Navigating corn not your thing? Find your way to Washington Park at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 27. The Lark Street Business Improvement District hosts the annual event, which includes a DJ, craft drinks, a photo booth — and prizes for the best costumes. Early-bird ticket sales end Oct. 15, though, so get ‘em fast.
Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont has plenty of pumpkins right now, and mid-October is a prime time for picking. Indian Ladder has at least 15 different varieties in its pick-your-own section, in all sizes. Important tip, though: Don't grab the pumpkin by the stem. It might break off. Pick up the pumpkin by its bottom, because they're heavy.