Hampton Roads Halloween Happenings
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Harvest festivals, spooky ghost tours, haunted houses and more are popping up across the state in celebration of all things Halloween. We’ve found the most terrifying fright-night experiences and family-friendly events happening throughout Coastal Virginia for the month of October. See below for details about events taking place in Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg.
Prepare yourself for 20 minutes of nonstop terror on the guided walking tour through the 100-year-old farmhouse and grounds of the historic Greenbrier Farms. The tour leads you through five haunted attractions—Dr. Easton’s Horror Chambers, The Killing Corn, The Burial Grounds, Your Last Hayride and El Camino de los Diablos. Greenbrier Farm’s fright-night experience runs every Thursday through Sunday from through Oct. 31 from 7–11 p.m. Purchase an all-night pass for $30 or a general admission ticket for $20. Discounted rates for active duty military and groups of six or more are available.
Embark on a spooky adventure through the haunted woods of Chesapeake’s Northwest River Park. This 30-minute train ride explores the park in the dark and exposes the eerie ghost stories of Northwest River Park visitors from the past. The Ghost Train will make several runs from 7–10:30 p.m., Thursday through Friday, Oct. 19–21 and 26–28. Rides cost $9 on Thursday and $10 on Friday and Saturday. While this is a family-friendly event, a ride on the Ghost Train is not recommended for younger audiences.
Ghouls, demons, zombies and other dark creatures lurk through the dark woods of Beaverdam Park. Tours of the Beaverdam Haunted Trail begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. Tours are not recommended for children ages 8 and under. Admission for guests ages 13 and up is $8. Guests ages 12 and under are $5.
Union Baptist Church will host a free, family-friendly Trunk or Treat Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 5–7 p.m. Fall Festival activities will include an inflatable obstacle course, cake walk, face painting and lots of candy. Costumes are encouraged and a $1 donation to benefit Operation Christmas Child is strongly suggested.
Take a ride on the century-old, wooden Hampton Carousel with ghosts, goblins and the famous Headless Horseman. Enjoy trick-or-treating with costumed staff members after your ride on the merry-go-round. Entry into the pavilion is free and carousel rides cost $1. Through Nov. 5, the pavilion will be open every Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Hampton History Museum, Hampton Carousel or Hampton Visitors Center.
Learn the hidden haunts and secrets of Fort Monroe’s 400-year-old grounds on this guided walking tour. Book your tour now for Friday, Oct. 20 or Saturday, Oct. 21. Ghost Walks occur continuously from 6–10 p.m., rain or shine, and are recommended for guests ages 12 and older. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the night-of.
Experience the mystery and macabre of Old Hampton during a guided lantern tour. Witness the scary stories of America’s first witch, Civil War soldiers, escaped prisoners and members of Blackbeard’s crew from the crooked headstones of St. John Church’s graveyard. Tours occur nightly at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. from Oct. 23–27. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
Time warp back to the 1970s and experience a beloved holiday show full of gaudy costumes, outrageous dance moves and musical fun. The American Theatre’s rendition of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" will be performed at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. Admission is $10. Tickets are sold through Ticketmaster.
Bring your friends and family out for a free harvest celebration at Bluebird Gap Farm in Hampton. Enjoy live music, hayrides, food, craft beer and the highly anticipated Punkin’ Chunkin’. The Bluebird Gap Farm Festival will take place rain or shine from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Oct. 28.
On Oct. 28 from 5–8 p.m., a real-life zombie apocalypse is happening at Mill Point Park in Hampton. Participants in the Zombie Rush Hunt must run for their lives as they try to complete the Zombie Rush Hunt scavenger hunt. Runners beware, zombies haunt each of the five scavenger hunt locations and can snatch a life line from your flag belt, determining whether you finish the race “alive” or “contaminated.” Proceeds from the event will benefit the United States Air Force 17th Intelligence Squadron. Individual and group registration fees are listed online. Admission into the Downtown Hampton Block Party is included for all Zombie Rush Hunt participants.
Celebrate Halloween in a street-fair style block party on Queens Way in Downtown Hampton. Sign yourself, or your dog, up for a costume contest and enjoy live music performed by several local bands including Buckshot. The event is free for all guests and will take place from 6–10:30 p.m. on Oct. 28.
The Virginia Living Museum invites children ages 12 and under to explore the famous “Forest Land” and “Monster Lab” at the museum’s 17th annual Night of the Living Museum. During this two-night event, kids can meet the Spider Lady, watch live animal shows, make creepy crafts, carve pumpkins and compete in a variety of Halloween games. After watching the Fright Light laser show, taking a nighttime hike along the “Dinosaur Discovery Trail” is the perfect ending to an evening full of Halloween celebrations. Activities will take place from 5:30–8:30 p.m. on Oct. 20–21. Prices vary for members and non-members and additional fees are required for admission into the Fright Light laser show.
Commemorate the season of spirits in traditional Mexican fashion with an authentic Día de los Muertos celebration. From 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Oct. 28, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center will host a series of talks about several Day of the Dead artistic traditions like the preparation of an altar, sugar skull decorating, paper garland how-to’s and face painting. Guests will also have the opportunity to prepare an altar in memory of two of Mexico’s most notable artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $4 for children ages 6–12 and free for children 5 and under.
ZooBoo is an annual, all-day Halloween event hosted by the Virginia Zoo. This year’s event will take place rain or shine from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. on Oct. 21. Come dressed in your best costume for trick-or-treating and be amazed by the zoo animals’ pumpkin encounters. Admission is $6 for members and $15 for non-members.
Come dressed in your most creative costume and test your investigative skills with the Chrysler Museum of Art’s Halloween scavenger hunt. Enjoy a Ghoulish Gallery Flashlight Tour of the museum’s grounds. This all-day Halloween bash will also feature spooky crafts, lawn games and music. Admission is free to all guests.