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Seasonal Fun and Activities


Halloween is a time for ghouls, goblins and fantasy. It is also a time to get out with the family and have fun! If your Halloween agenda is lacking some punch, check out the Top 5 frighteningly fun ways to enjoy Fredericksburg's Scream Scene!

1) Party with Parks and Rec. Each year, Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation ensures that their full and vibrant calendar includes something for the spookiest holiday of the year. This October, check out their Fall Fun Festival and Spooky Stories by the Shore. Both events run the weekend before Halloween and they are ideal for kids of all ages. Visit their website for more details.

2) Celebrate with Spotsylvania Towne Centre. Who would think a local mall could become a Fall Fantasy World, equipped with hayrides and a petting zoo? On October 28, from 3 pm to 6 pm, Spotsylvania Towne Centre will become just that as it holds its Fall Family Festival. This event is absolutely FREE!

3) Trick or Treat in Downtown. Join the Downtown Merchant Association's Trick or Treat Day when stores open their doors to community children. Virginia Wine Experience, whose owner Ed Wyant is President of the Association, plays a large part in this event. Per Mary at Virginia Wine Experience, trick or treat day is "good because people in the vicinity have a place to go [that is a] safe environment." Check our Calendar of Events for dates and times as they become available.

4) Hang Around a Haunted House. The Fredericksburg Jaycees, a local civic organization inspiring youth, holds an annual Haunted House in Downtown. This tradition is strong in Fredericksburg. This year marks its 36th year! The theme and location for this don't-miss event vary, so visit the Jaycees' web site at

5) Glimpse some Ghastly Ghosts. Downtown's family-friendly ghost tours are a great way to learn a different side of Fredericksburg's history. If you want to walk the city, try Mark Nesbitt's Ghosts of Fredericksburg tours ( departing select weekend nights at 8 pm from the Visitor's Center. If traveling in style is your thing, Olde Towne Carriage Tours ( offers ghostly rides also departing from the Visitor's Center.

In Fredericksburg, there is never a lack of something to do to celebrate Halloween. Take the family, have fun, and enjoy this year's "Scream Scene!"

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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.