RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Happy haunts are changing this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned many traditional Halloween activities aren’t safe this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the holiday. Many localities are moving forward with their plans, making adjustments in an effort to mitigate the spread of the virus.
We’ve compiled a list of trick-or-treating events that will be updated until the day of Halloween. If your neighborhood is hosting an event we didn’t list email it to us at email@example.com.
- What? Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat!
- When? October 24, 3-6 p.m.
- Where? 15400 Patrick Henry Highway
- Other information? Local Amelia businesses are providing treats to trick-or-treaters in a drive-thru event organized by Radke Insurance. The entrance and exit will be marked.
- What? Socially-distant trick-or-treating
- When? October 31, 5-7 p.m.
- Where? Town of Ashland
- Other information? The Downtown Ashland Association is creating a map of homes that can welcome trick-or-treaters while maintaining social distancing. Neighbors who sign up will be given a yard sign to let families know which houses are open for business, giving out only commercially pre-packaged candy.
- What? Trunk or Treat
- When? October 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Where? Pockets of Time, 4100 W Hundred Road B
- Other information? Pockets of Time is hosting a Trunk or Treat event and sidewalk sale ahead of Halloween. Social distancing and masks are required.
- What? The Witching Hour
- When? October 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Where? 251 Henricus Park Road
- Other information? Henricus Historical Park is hosting a day filled with a variety of activities for all ages. Attendees can try their hand at a craft, have their tarot read, visit the art gallery and exhibit, and experience historical demonstrations and discussions on witch trials. Starting at noon, Dancing Kilt Brewery will be on sit for a pop-up brewery experience for the first installment of Henricus’ History by the Pint series.
- What? Witching Hour Jr.
- When? October 31, 1-3 p.m.
- Where? 251 Henricus Park Road
- Other information? Children can interact with Colonial interpreters and staff at Henricus Historical Park as they trick-or-treat in the recreated Native America village and English settlement, listen to a spook-tacular read-aloud story, and decorate their own miniature pumpkin. The festivities wrap with a children’s costume parade around the fort. Advance registration is required with limited space to allow for social distancing.
- What? Trunk or Treat Free Family Event
- When? October 31, 2-5 p.m.
- Where? Southside Church, 6851 Courthouse Road
- Other information? The Southside Church is hosting a COVID-safe afternoon of trick-or-treating for children. Registration is required for a half-hour time slot to enter. Trunks will be spaced out to allow room for trick-or-treating. Organizers say those who do not pass COVID screening at the event will still received a bag of candy for each child in the group, but will not be allowed to enter.
- What? Contact-less Trunk or Treat at Boulevard Flower Gardens
- When? October 23, 5-6:30 p.m.
- Where? Boulevard Flower Gardens, 2120 Ruffin Mill Road
- Other information? There will be more than 20 cars spaced eight feet apart, allowing trick-or-treaters to walk alongside the decorate trunks in a socially-distanced, Halloween-like parade. In this free event, treaters will collect a candy tote and small pumpkin at the end of the parade, provided by a masked and gloved Boulevard Flower Gardens employee. The event is open for children age 12 and younger.
- What: Halloween in the Heights
- When? October 31, 6 to 8 p.m.
- Where? TBD
- Other information? Local businesses will be giving out free candy and residents won’t need to leave the car for Halloween in the Heights. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Click here to register or call 804-520-9390.
- What? Hanover Patriots Trunk or Treat
- When? October 29, 6-8 p.m.
- Where? Hanover Plaza, 7494 Lee Davis Road, Mechanicsville
- Other information? This is the Patriots’ first trunk or treat event. You can sign up to volunteer online here.
- What? Halloween Trunk-or-Treat
- When? October 31, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
- Where? Tarrant’s West, 11129 Three Chopt Road
- Other information? Tarrant’s West is hosting a trunk-or-treat Halloween celebration, free for all ages to attend. Registration is required. Happy hour will be extended out into the parking lot, while the restaurant offers curbside pizzas. Gloves will be provided and six feet of social distance must be maintained between each car.
- What? Halloween Fun Walk
- When? October 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Where? Tuckahoe Family YMCA, 9211 Patterson Avenue
- Other information? Members of the Tuckahoe Family YMCA are invited to dress up and bring their family to enjoy the Halloween Fun Walk outside in Camp Tuckahoe Forest. Attendees will follow a guided path with stations where you can play socially-distanced games and earn candy. Five families will be allowed along the path per 15-minute time slot.
- What? Halloween Boo Bash
- When? October 30, 4-6 p.m.
- Where? Kiddie Academy of West Creek, 840 Broad Branch Way
- Other information? Kids will have the opportunity to trick-or-treat in a socially distanced way and participate in other Halloween themed activities. The event is open to children under the age of 12. RSVP by calling 804-362-2362 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What? Haunted Hopewell Decorating Contest
- When? October 15-31, 5-8 p.m.
- Where? City of Hopewell
- Other information? Hopewell Recreation and Parks is hosting a decorating contest, creating a map of Hopewell’s creepiest homes that will be shared publicly for self-guided driving tours. Entries should be submitted by October 14, and the map will be published the following day. Those who take the tour will have the opportunity to vote for a variety of categories.
- What? Jeepin Creepin Trunk or Treat
- When? October 24, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
- Where? Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Road
- Other information? Off Road Militia and River City Wranglers are hosting Halloween fun at the Virginia Center Commons. All makes and models of Jeeps and 4×4 vehicles are welcome to show off their ride, while children collect candy. There will be a car show for those participating.
- What? Annual Trunk or Treat
- When? October 30, 3:30 p.m.
- Where? 74 Plaza Drive
- Other information? Bundle of Joy is hosting trick-or-treating with masks and social distancing requirements in place. RSVP to Nikki and Christina at 804-784-3581.
- What? Candy, Costumes, & Cops
- When? October 31, 3-5 p.m.
- Where? Goochland Sheriff’s Office, Courthouse Circle, 2938 River Road West
- Other information? The Goochland County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a drive-through Halloween celebration, complete with candy, costumes, and local deputies. All children 12 and under will receive a free bag of candy.
- What? Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat
- When? October 31, 3:30-6 p.m.
- Where? Independence Golf Club, 600 Founders Bridge Boulevard
- Other information? Independence Golf Club is hosting a socially-distanced drive-thru Halloween event, allowing trick-or-treaters to collect candy with their families without leaving the car. Tickets are available online, and they include admission to the event, as well as a family-style meal. Food can be picked up at the Tavern Take-Out Shack at the end of the event.
- What? Trunk-or-Treat
- When? Oct. 31, 6-7 p.m.
- Where? Bon Air Baptist Church, 2440 Hancroft Drive
- Other information? Bon Air Baptist Church is hosting a trunk-or-treat event at its James River Campus. Attendees can volunteer to decorate their trunk, or just come pick up a treat with some little ones. Candy will be packaged carefully to minimize contact, and social distancing must be maintained.
- What? Halloween Candy Hunt and Open House
- When? October 31, 12-3 p.m.
- Where? Hidden Hills Stables, 16120 Genito Road
- Other information? Children’s horseback riding program Hidden Hills is hosting an open house and Halloween candy hunt, after recently moving to the Richmond area from Northern Virginia. Stop by to learn about the riding programs and have children participate in the outdoor, self-guided candy hunt. Ponies will be in the barn for petting and brushing. Costumes are encouraged.
- What? Halloween at the New Kent Farmer’s Market
- When? October 31, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
- Where? New Kent County High School
- Other information? Costumes are encouraged. There will also be a “Trunk or Treating” and “Pumpkin Decorating Contest” for kids. Food and craft vendors will also be on site.
- What? Trunk-or-Treat
- When? October 31, 3-5 p.m.
- Where? St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 110 N Union Street
- Other information? Cars will be decorated festively in the parking lot of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Costumes are encouraged as trick-or-treaters collect candy via safe distribution. All candy is individually wrapped and will be handed out by participants wearing gloves.
- What? Trunk or Treat Halloween Party
- When? October 31, 6-8 p.m.
- Where? Hobson Lodge No. 23 F and A, 801 Robinview Drive
- Other information? Hobson Lodge is hosting its annual kids party on Halloween night, featuring music by DJ KING DRE. Tickets are free for those who want a bag of candy, and $20 to register your trunk. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume and Best Trunk.
- What? Michael & Son RVA Trick-Or-Treat
- When? October 31, 3-5 p.m.
- Where? Michael & Son Services Richmond, 1407 Cummings Drive
- Other information? This is a contactless drive up trick or treat event. They will have 500 buckets full of candy for families in the RVA area.
- What? Haunted Car Wash
- When? October 23-24 & October 30-31, 6-10 p.m.
- Where? Tommy’s Express Car Wash, 7048 Forest Hill Avenue
- Other information? Tommy’s Express Car Wash is hosting a COVID-safe Halloween experience. For $16 per car, attendees can enjoy a unique haunted experience, safe outdoor fun, candy for every car, and a top-quality wash. The even is free for members.
- What? Virtual Costume Contest
- When? October 30
- Where? Virtually
- Other information? The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Virtual Costume Contest in place of its Trunk N Treat event. Costume photos for children up to 12 years old, as well as pets, can be submitted to email@example.com by October 26. Prizes will be awarded for the top three winners, which will be announced October 30.
Is your neighborhood having an event we didn’t list? Email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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