RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — There’s plenty to do in Central Virginia this October, whether you’re looking for spooky scares or family-friendly fall festivals.
Through Nov. 3 -Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
This year, Busch Gardens is taking ‘scary’ to a new level with its six haunted houses, six ‘Terror-tories’, escape rooms and frightening shows.
Tickets start at $46.99. Click here for park hours.
Through Nov. 2- Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion
The 19th season of this event features more than 400 monsters roaming the park, 7 mazes, 6 scare zones, more than 20 thrill rides and coasters. The park opens at 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets start at $39.99. Click here for more.
Oct. 4-5- Richmond Oktoberfest
Friday from 6 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 11 p.m. at the Old Dominion Building at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Click here for more details.
Oct. 5-6- 2nd Street Festival
The free festival in Richmond features four stages of music from Broad Street to Jackson Street in Historic Jackson Ward. Click here for more details.
Oct. 4-31- Petersburg Haunts Walking Tour
A walk through historic Downtown Petersburg featuring nine new stops on High Street. The 90-minute tour covers 400 years of legends, ghosts and more. Tickets are $15 per person. Click here for more details.
Oct. 4-Nov. 2- Eerie Nights Ghost Tours of Richmond
Guides in special makeup and period costume take on the character of a Richmonder from the 1800s or 1920s to lead you around several historic and haunted sites. There are walking or trolley tours for $14 per person. Click here for more details.
Oct. 11-13- Richmond Folk Festival
Enjoy Richmond’s popular three-day music festival on the Riverfront. It’s been voted as the best music festival in Richmond several years in a row. For details on the music lineup and how to get there, click here.
Oct. 12- Richmond Mac & Cheese Festival
Sample more than 30 kinds of mac and cheese at this gooey food festival at the Richmond Raceway Complex. There will also be craft beer, wine, cider and live music. Click here for tickets and other tasty tidbits.
Oct. 12- Pecan Festival at Richard Bland College
Richard Bland College of William and Mary will host its 4th annual Pecan Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be food and drink, more than 150 merchants, music, games, and on-site pet adoptions. No charges for admission or parking. Click here for more details.
Oct. 12-13- Gourds, Goblets and Ghouls Festival
The Hanover Vegetable Farm will host more than 40 vendors, wineries and live music. Plus, enjoy hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze and fun for the whole family. Tickets start at $8. The farm also features the RedVein Haunted House. Click here for the details.
Oct. 14-31- Haunting on DoG Street at Colonial Williamsburg
Ghost tours, family trick-or-treating and more bring Colonial Williamsburg’s annual Haunting to life. Click here to learn more about special evening programs and get tickets.
Oct. 18- Spooky S’mores and Creepy Campfire at Maymont
Explore the Maymont grounds on a night hike and then make s’mores and enjoy stories around a campfire. Tickets start at $20 and one adult must be registered for every four children. Click here to register.
Oct. 18- Spooktacular Fall Festival
This family-friendly festival is organized by the John Tyler Community College Theatre Club and will be held on the college’s Midlothian campus. It goes from 5 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the community. Enjoy trick-or-treating, a haunted house tour, crafts, games and more. Click here for directions to campus. For questions about the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 804-378-1217.
Oct. 18- Sensory-Friendly Fall Festivals
Dominion ABA is hosting two sensory-friendly fall festivals for families of children with all abilities. There will be crafts, indoor trick-or-treating and other sensory-friendly fun. Costumes are encouraged but optional. They ask that you don’t wear anything scary. There will be both candy and non-candy options for trick-or-treaters. The events go from 6 to 8 p.m. at 7353 Whitepine Road in Chesterfield and also at 2601 Willard Road, Suite 105 in Glen Allen.
Oct. 18-19- Trail of Terror at Richard Bland College of William & Mary
Richard Bland College has transformed its nature trail into a “Trail of Terror.” The event runs two nights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. No one under 10 will be admitted. Click here for tickets.
Oct. 19- Midlothian Day Parade
This year’s theme is “Celebrate Midlothian.” The parade starts at the corner of Village Mill Drive and Midlothian Turnpike and heads east until it ends at 13101 Midlothian Turnpike. There will be marching bands, floats, clowns and more. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. Click here for more details.
Oct. 19- Hanover AutumnFest
Enjoy live music, BBQ, craft beer and wine and family activities at Hanover Tavern. Admission is free for the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here to learn more about parking.
Oct. 19- Harvest Parties for Virginia Wine Month
Wineries, restaurants and retailers across the Commonwealth will toast Virginia’s wine and food. Click here for a list of events near you.
Oct. 19- Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival
The annual festival takes over Arthur Ashe Boulevard from Leigh to Broad Streets. Expect live music from local bands, delicious fall treats and a popular costume contest for kids, adults and pups. The free event runs from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for details.
Oct. 19- Virginia Czech and Slovak Folklife Festival
Join the Prince George Historical Society for traditional food and beer, music, games and agricultural exhibits. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more details.
Oct. 20- Goblins and Gourds
This family-friendly event features music, pumpkin painting, storytelling and fun in the Children’s Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. The event comes with regular garden admission and goes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here to check out a tentative menu for the event.
Oct. 20- CANCELED- Trick or Treat Street at UR
University of Richmond’s 21st annual Trick or Treat Street is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children from the community can safely trick or treat at UR’s Stern Plaza between Ryland Hall and Jepson Hall. About 50 student organizations will have booths, plus food trucks, bounce houses, a petting zoo and more. All proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Richmond. Click here for more details.
Oct. 25-26- Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement
It’s a Halloween-themed museum night for children and families, including friendly and frightful haunted houses, trick-or-treating, stories and games. From 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $7 per child and $3 per adult. Click here for details.
Oct. 25-26- Voices from the Shadows
Costumed guides lead you on a lantern tour of Pamplin Historical Park. You’ll hear ghostly stories from the 19th century as you tour battlefield trails, an old plantation home and a cemetery. Tours are $6 for children and $12 for adults. Click here sign up.
Oct. 26- Innsbrook Pumpkin Palooza
The 10th annual festival features face painting, a rock wall, battle of the bands, pony rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin bowling, a costume contest and more. Admission is free and you pay as you go for Games and attractions. There will also be food and drinks. Click here for details.
Oct. 26- Halloween Tea at Pamplin Park
Petersburg’s Pamplin Historical Park and The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier are hosting their first-ever Halloween Tea. Learn about 19th-century Victorian traditions and mourning attire and enjoy fall refreshments. For tour event times and tickets, click here.
Oct. 26- Fancy Me Mad
This fall event honors the spirits of the season and master storyteller Edgar Allen Poe. You’ll go on a ghostly graveyard tour followed by tales from Mr. Poe himself. Tickets start at $6 for children and $12 for adults. Click here to sign up.
Oct. 26- Spooky Saturday at Mary Mundford Elementary School
The fall festival and fundraiser benefits the Mary Munford PTA. Enjoy food, games, inflatables and more. The event is from 12 to 4 p.m. and is rain or shine.
Oct. 26-27- Celtic Festival and Highland Games
The annual festival takes over the Richmond Raceway Complex from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Enjoy a fiddle competition, harp competition, piping and drumming, highland dance, food, whiskey and more. Click here for a full list of events and activities as well as tickets.
Oct. 27-29- Ghosts Walk at Night Tour
Tour the haunted Hanover Tavern, Old Stone Jail and Historic Courthouse. Hear ghostly tales of actual events and paranormal activity. Tickets are $15 per person, and this tour is not recommended for children under 10. Click here to get your tickets.
Oct. 28- Chesterfield Trunk or Treat
Chesterfield County will host Trunk or Treat at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds from 6 to 9 p.m. The family-friendly event features hayrides, inflatables, food, and of course, costumes and trick-or-treating. There will also be a showing of Hocus Pocus on the inflatable movie screen at 7:30 p.m. Blankets, chairs and flashlights are welcome at the free event. Children must be accompanied by adults. Parking will be at L.C. Bird High School, Chesterfield Technical Center, and Gates Elementary School. No glass, alcohol or pets allowed.
Oct. 31- Squirrel-O-Ween
The Flying Squirrels are getting spooky with their annual Squirrel-O-Ween from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Diamond. This free event provides a safe and fun environment for kids to trick-or-treat through The Diamond. There will also be hayrides, costume contests, games, free food and more. Plus, there will be a Pet Costume Contest from 4 to 6 p.m.
Oct. 31- CANCELED–Halloween in the Park
This family-friendly event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Flora Hill Park in Colonial Heights. It includes trick-or-treating, games, face painting, refreshments and, of course, candy. Don’t forget your costumes. Click here to learn more.
Oct. 31- Wag-O-Ween and Doggie Costume Contest
Event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on the patio at Casa del Barco Canal Walk. Each dog participant in the costume contest will receive a treat bag and a toy. Winners will receive more prizes. Registration is from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and judging takes place at 6:20 p.m.
Nov. 10- Harvest Stew and Stout Festival. (NEW DATE)
You’ll find all kinds of stews at Dorey Park for this year’s festival. Lawn chairs are welcome so you can enjoy live music. Pets are also welcome. There is a suggested $1 donation. Click here for more information.
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