RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Fall is upon us, and with the decreasing temperatures, shorter days, longer nights and death of most vegetation — comes a time of year commonly referred to as “spooky season.”

According to Merriam-Webster, spooky, an adjective suggesting “spooks,” is any one thing that causes one to be frightened or frantic — and we can all agree the Halloween season is full of spooks and spooky happenings galore.

While Halloween has always been celebrated and enjoyed en masse, the spook-filled holiday has steadily gained a type of cult following throughout the years with the rise of pop culture movies and tv shows, and the romanticism of some of the darker things that go bump in the night, right alongside the unaware.

Whether you’re a fan of the sudden increase of Snickers bars in your home, dressing up as your most revered Disney movie character, the rush of adrenaline from a good Halloween haunted house scare, or are an Edgar Allen Poe and Addams Family aficionado, spooky season has activities for everyone.

Continue reading below for a list of activities featuring the fan-favorite season of frights and ghouls.

Richmond: ‘Spooky bus’ offers Halloween light tours

Friday, Oct. 28 – Sunday, Oct. 30

Kings Dominion: Halloween Haunt and Great Pumpkin Fest

Kings dominion halloween haunt
Halloween Haunt features several mazes and scare zones along with hundreds of terrifying monsters roaming the area. (Photo courtesy of Kings Dominion)

Saturday, Sept. 24 through Friday, Oct. 30

Busch Gardens: Howl-O-Scream

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Photo: Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Friday, Sept. 9 through Monday, Oct. 31

  • The annual Howl-O-Scream will return to the park on Friday, Sept. 9. This year’s event includes five haunted houses, four live performances, and themed areas around the park. Nighttime rides will also be available on eight attractions, including the all-new Pantheon roller coaster.

Mount Rouge Farm: The Sleepy Hollow Experience

Thursday, Oct. 6 to Monday, Oct. 31

  • The Sleepy Hollow Experience is an immersive, family-friendly theatre performance that allows audiences to explore the Mount Rouge Farm in Roseland alongside actors every Thursday through Sunday in October.
  • Tickets range from $39 to $54, depending on the day and availability. VIP packages with a special haunted graveyard tour are also available for $99.

Richmond: GWAR performing at The National Halloween weekend

Sunday, Oct. 30

  • If you’re looking for a way to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, look no further, the world-renowned Richmond-formed metal band GWAR is performing at The National in Richmond Halloween weekend.
  • The show will take place Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6. Tickets for the performance are now on sale and can be bought at the box office or online here.

Richmond Halloween Bar Crawl

Saturday, Oct. 22 through Monday, Oct. 31

  • If you’re over 21 and looking for a non-stop night of Halloween fun grab your tickets to one of the Richmond Halloween Bar Crawls. A ticket to the event waives cover charges to seven participating local venues.
  • Bar crawls will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, Friday, Oct. 28, Saturday, Oct. 29 and Monday, Oct. 31. Each crawl will kick off at Frozay RVA at 14 N. 18th Street.

Hampton History Museum Horror Tours

Tuesday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 30

Credit: Hampton History Museum
  • The Hampton History Museum’s Hampton Horror Tours are back after a two year hiatus! Each hour-long, lantern-lit tour welcomes visitors to explore Downtown Hampton and experience stories of the darker history of the city.
  • Tours will take place twice a night, at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., every night from Tuesday, Oct. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 30. Tours will begin at the Hampton History Museum, located at 120 Old Hampton Lane.
  • Adult tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door, and $12 for children under 12. The museum notes that these tours are not recommended for children under 8.

Squirrel-O-Ween at the Diamond

Friday, Oct. 28

  • The Richmond Flying Squirrels will be hosting “Squirrel-O-Ween,” the Diamond’s annual Halloween celebration. Children will be able to trick or treat in the stadium and guests can also enjoy hay rides and a costume contest.
  • The event will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Diamond, located at 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond.

‘Scarytown’ Carytown Halloween

annual richmond zombie walk halloween zombies

Saturday, Oct. 29

  • Carytown will transform into “Scarytown” at the end of the month for an annual Halloween celebration, featuring pumpkin decorating, trick or treating, and real, live zombies — sort of.
  • The day begin at noon and multiple merchants will participant in trick or treating throughout the afternoon.

Richmond: 2022 Halloween Capital Trail 10-mile & 5K

Saturday, Oct. 29

  • The Fourth Annual Halloween-themed 10-mile and 5k run along the James River will take place in the morning on Saturday, Oct. 29, and will feature scenic views along the river, top-finisher prizes, costume contests, music, a beverage ticket and more.

Richmond Riverfront Canal Cruises: Eerie Canal tours

Saturday, Oct. 29

Riverfront Canal Cruises (Photo: Venture Richmond)
  • Riverfront Canal Cruises, part of Venture Richmond, is hosting “Eerie Canal” tours through downtown Richmond on the historic Kanawha Canal for one night only.
  • The tours will begin at the Canal Walk’s Turning Basin at 139 Virginia Street and go through “the spooky sights and sounds of Richmond’s oldest and most historically haunted districts.”

Downtown Ashland Halloween Celebration

Scenes from previous Ashland Halloween events. (Photo credit: Downtown Ashland Association)

Friday, Oct. 28 through Monday, Oct. 31

  • Halloween activities in Downtown Ashland this year feature four days of scary and seasonal family-fun events.
  • Activities include trick-or-treating for kids in all Ashland neighborhoods, a scavenger hunt for prizes, adult trick-or-treating with a bar crawl and music concerts and lantern-lit ghost tours.

Hanover Hollowed Harvest

Friday, Sept. 23 through Oct. 30

  • “The Hollowed Harvest” will take place at Camp Hanover, 3163 Parsleys Mill Road, Mechanicsville. Guests can expect to see thousands of intricately carved organic pumpkins, towering Jack-O’-Lantern sculptures and a large pumpkin tunnel to walk through.
  • Tickets are now available, and the attraction will be open Friday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 30.

Petersburg: An alternative to trick-or-treating? Trunk-a-Treat

Saturday, Oct. 29

  • Trunk-a-Treat serves as a safe and secure way for kids to get their trick-or-treating in. The free event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Petersburg Sports Complex located at 100 Ball Park Rd.
  • Participating organizations will decorate their vehicles and give wrapped candy to all trunk-a-treaters.