The Ultimate Guide to Hampton Roads Halloween Events
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Pumpkins, festivals and delicious fall treats make their return to Coastal Virginia just in time for Halloween. Also arriving to our foggy shores are the sinister spirits of witches, soldiers and forgotten pirates who once called our region home.
Whether you’re looking for autumn fun or terrifying fright night experiences, we’ve discovered the top Halloween attractions throughout Charles City, Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Yorktown.
Encounter the colonial spirits and paranormal activities that haunt the halls of three historic plantations in Charles City. Enjoy two-and-a-half hours of spine-chilling ghost stories as you wander the grounds of Berkeley, Edgewood and Shirley Plantations. Tours begin promptly at 2:30 p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. Select tour dates include Oct. 6, 8, 13 and 28. Admission is $38.
Shirley Plantation opens its doors for after-hour guests to experience the paranormal thrills and mysteries of the 17th century estate. Beware, ghosts may join you on your hour-long tour of the Great House as you delve into the disturbing history of colonial-era funeral practices and mourning customs. Tours begin promptly at 4:45 p.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. Select tour dates include Oct. 12 and Oct. 26. Reservations required; $14.50 for adults, $9.50 for children 7 to 16.
Killer clowns, zombies and the like return to the 100-year-old farmhouse at Greenbrier Farms to terrorize nightly visitors. These sinister creatures appear at the farm’s five haunted attractions including Dr. Eason’s Horror Chambers, The Killing Corn, The Burial Grounds, Your Last Hayride and El Camino de Los Diablos. Experience fright-night from 7–11 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday from now until Oct. 31. Cost is $20 per person or $30 for an all-night pass. Discounts available for active duty military and groups of 6 or more.
Looking for a family-friendly Halloween outing? Head on over to Bergey’s Breadbasket in Chesapeake for an afternoon of hayrides, corn maze challenges, a petting zoo and more. Until Oct. 27, Bergey’s Corn Maze will be open every Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for guests ages 5 and up.
Experience ghoulish tales and spooky sightings during this 30-minute train ride through the dark woods of Chesapeake’s Northwest River Park. The Ghost Train makes several runs from 7–11 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 18–20 and Oct. 25–27. Rides cost $9 on Thursdays and $10 on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Pile into a wagon and help Green Hand Farm Park fend off the zombies lurking through their pumpkin patch. Each wagon is equipped with six mounted paintball guns that allow guests to shoot at the zombies along the Road of the Dead, but not at one another. Green Hand also offers a handful of family-friendly attractions like a corn maze, cow train, hayride and pumpkin patch.
The superstitious schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, arrives to The American Theater along with his spooky counterpart, the Headless Horseman. The lively adaptation of Washington Irving’s literary classic will be performed at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster for $10.
Learn the hidden haunts and secrets of Fort Monroe’s 400-year-old grounds on this one-hour walking tour. Ghost walks depart every 15 minutes from 6:15–9:15 p.m. from Friday, Oct. 19 to Sunday, Oct. 21. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door.
Celebrate autumn at Bluebird Gap Farm’s annual fall festival. Enjoy a Saturday full of Halloween games, hayrides, live entertainment, storytelling, pumpkin picking and more. Food, craft libations and handmade goods will also be available for purchase. The festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Just outside the main doors of the Hampton History Museum await the ghosts of fallen Civil War soldiers, the spirit of America’s first witch, swashbuckling pirates of Blackbeard’s Crew and a handful of other historic figures whose souls still stalk the museum grounds. The 60-minute walking tour leads visitors though the St. John’s graveyard and down the haunted Queen’s Way in historic Hampton. Tours depart at both 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. from Monday, Oct. 22 through Friday, Oct. 26. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
Outer space meets Halloween at Downtown Hampton’s annual October block party. This free event invites unearthly aliens and their furry friends to enjoy an evening of fall fun on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Children’s Area opens at 6 p.m., followed by live musical performances at 7 p.m. and a costume contest at 8 p.m.
Time warp back to the 1970s and experience a beloved holiday show full of gaudy costumes, outrageous dance moves and musical fun. The American Theater’s annual rendition will be performed Halloween night at 8 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster for $10.
Returning to the Virginia Living Museum for its 19th consecutive year is the family-friendly Night of the Living Museum event. Children 12 and under are invited to explore the “Forest of Friends” and “Monster Lab” in Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat down the museum’s halls. Don’t miss the spook-tacular “Fright Light” show at 8:30 p.m. Night at the Living Museum will take place on both Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. Admission prices vary for members and nonmembers and additional fees are required for admission into the Fright Light laser performance.
This year, Hilton Village celebrated its centennial and the festivities continue on Saturday, Oct. 27 with the Historic Hilton Fall Festival. Newport News visitors can splurge on local vendors and enjoy delicious eats from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wander the Norfolk Botanical Garden with horticulturist Perry-Lee West and learn about the 13 spooky plants of Halloween. The Thursday morning tour on Oct. 18 is included with garden admission. The garden walk and talk commences at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m.
The Virginia Zoo’s highly anticipated Halloween event will now be hosted for not just one day, but a full weekend of family-friendly fun. Hop into one of the zoo’s many bounce houses or embark on a ride along the ZooBoo Choo Choo. The two-day event will take place rain or shine on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Costumes are encouraged.
Play your hand at an art-inspired scavenger hunt through the Chrysler Museum of Art and enjoy several of other family-friendly activities during the museum’s annual Halloween Costume Bash. The event is free and open to the public and will be held from 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.