Ghost, Witch, Murder and Mayhem Tour. Nightly in Sep & Oct. Fredericksburg is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the country. Join us to see if you can find any of the undead that may still be roaming the streets. Where: Fredericksburg Visitor Center. Cost: $25/Adults and $10/Kids. www.oldetownecarriages.com
The Great Pumpkin Fest. Weekends from Sep 21 – Nov 2, 12 - 5 pm. Join us at Kings Dominion for the ultimate fall festival, The Great Pumpkin Fest! Families and kids can participate in a collection of scare-free Halloween activities for kids presented by the PEANUTS characters like pumpkin decorating and so much more. Best of all, it's all included with your admission to Kings Dominion in the fall! www.kingsdominion.com/play/great-pumpkin-fest
Halloween Haunt at King's Dominion. Fri, Sat, Sun, Sept 21 - Nov 2, 7 pm. Terror lurks around every corner at the annual Halloween Haunt event at Kings Dominion. From the thrilling rides to the frightful attractions, you’re in for some extreme screams. Haunted mazes, terrifying scare zones and thrilling shows. Over 400 monsters will descend upon the park each night of Haunt this fall. www.kingsdominion.com
The Haunted Hill. Fri/Sat Sep 27 - Oct 26, 7:30 -11 pm. The Haunted Hill located in Partlow/Spotsylvania VA is a locally owned haunted attraction (hay wagon ride/trail) and Top Rated by Virginia Haunted Houses several years in a row. Cost: $20. Check them out on FB for more info.
Fright Land @ Fun Land. Thurs – Sat, Sep 27 – Oct 26, 7 pm. With over 18 exciting attractions & TWO new Haunted Mazes, this event will be sure to make you scream! Plus, check out our Escape Room! Team up with your friends, family, co-workers, or even four other random people, and see if you can complete the challenge in time! For the more faint-of-heart, don't worry -- you can still enjoy our awesome activities like go-karts and arcade games and we won't scare you there! Where: Central Park Fun Land funlandfredericksburg.com/frightland
Haunted Hallow. Fri & Sat nights, Sep 27 - Oct 26, 7 - 10 pm. Visit a haunted, abandoned old farm! 8275 Maple Tree Ln, Warrenton, 20188. Cost: $18. www.hauntedhollowva.com
Terror on the Farm. Various dates starting Sept 28 – Nov 2, 6:30 - 11 pm. Terror on the Farm is BACK and more terrifying than ever! New haunts added! Where: Ashland Berry Farm, Beaverdam. Cost: $30.
Jack’s Pumpkin Glow. Select dates/times in Oct. Jack’s Pumpkin Glow, will allow for family and friends to take a leisurely walk and marvel at thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins. Don’t forget to check out our master carver’s as they demonstrate their artistry or to pick up a gourd at the pumpkin patch. Where: Lake Fairfax Park, Reston. Get tickets: glowpumpkin.com/washington-dc/
Zombie Escape. Various dates in Oct. Make your way to Zombie Escape at Dominion Raceway this October and get a ticket to ride one of our escape buses. A paintball marker is hung from each window and it is your job to eliminate the zombies while we drive you to a safe location for extraction. Get ready for the most intense and fun horror thrill ride around. Where: Dominion Raceway, Thornburg. Get tickets: zombieescapeatdr.weebly.com
Halloween Movie Series. Wednesdays in Oct, 6:30 pm. Family-friendly Halloween movies. Bring your own chairs. Popcorn served. Where: Spotsy Towne Centre Library Branch. Free!
Walking Ghost Tours. Fri & Sat nights through Oct 31. We offer a family friendly, outdoor, walking ghost tour on the streets of Downtown F’burg. Local history combines with tales of the paranormal narrated by guides dressed in period attire. Call 540-226-8378 to schedule a tour. Where: F'burg Visitor Center Parking lot, 706 Caroline St. www.fredericksburghauntings.com
The Great Pumpkin Derby Workshop. Oct 3, 6 - 7:30 pm. Prizes for best decorated and race winners! Race will be during the Fall Family Festival on Oct 5. Where: Rowser Building, Stafford. Register: staffordparks.com. Cost: $20
Shocktober. Every Fri, Sat, Sun: Oct 4 - Nov 2, 7 - 10 pm. The Paxton Manor opens its doors to those who are brave enough to walk her halls and descend into the basement. At Shocktober you can visit The Paxton Manor & The Haunted Well of Souls (basement of Paxton Manor). Cost: $40. Where: 601 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg. www.shocktober.org
Rappahannock Pops: Fall Fantasy Concert: Summon the Heroes! Oct 5, 7 pm. Kids wear costumes and meet super heroes, Music by Beethoven, Strauss, and more! Where: James Monroe High School. Cost: $20/Adults. Under 18 are free! Tickets: rappahannockpops.org/product/pops-fall-fantasy
Preschool Playdate: Chesty's Halloween Party. Oct 8, 10 – 11:30 am. Preschool students are invited to a Halloween party including games, treats, and a spook-tacular costume contest! Free! Where: National Museum of the Marine Corps. www.usmcmuseum.com
Ron Rosner YMCA Creepy Crawly Carnival. Oct 11 & 12, 7 - 9 pm. Activities include: Carnival Games with Treats, Prizes and Dancing, Costume Contest, Face Painting, Moon Bounce, Children’s Maze, Haunted House, Non-Scary Hayride, and Haunted Trail! Don’t forget to wear your favorite costume! Cost: $3/Carnival; $3/Hayride; and $3/Haunted Trail and $3/Haunted House. www.family-ymca.org
Gourds, Goblets, and Ghouls. Oct 12 & 13. Come on out for two days of fun at the farm! We will have Beer, Wineries, DJ, Live Music, food, hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn maze, corn sling shots, animals, bounce houses, corn sling shots, pallet maze, Charlotte's web hide and seek, pony rides and more! Haunted Trail at night! Where: Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Rd, Ashland, VA. www.hanovervegetablefarm.com
Pumpkin Carving Contest. Oct 13, 12 – 8 pm. Bring your pumpkin carving skills for our pumpkin carving contest! We supply the pumpkin, locally grown from Miller Farms and carving tools. We will have lots of pumpkin craft beer! Kids welcome! Cost $5. Where: Lake Anna Taphouse
Boo at the Zoo. Oct 18 – 20, 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Kids can go trick-or-treating at the wildest spot in town during Boo at the Zoo. Celebrate Halloween early with more than 40 treat stations, a dance party and kids' karaoke. This frightfully fun evening is a magical time for the whole family. Don’t forget your costume! Cost: $30. Where: National Zoo, Washington DC. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/events/boo-zoo
The Death Trail. Fri & Sat nights, Oct 18 – Nov 2, and on Oct 31. 7 - 10 pm. The scariest creatures imaginable are eager to see you as you walk through the deep dark woods! Escape rooms too! Cost: $15/Trail only. $30/Trail & Escape room. Where: 16120 Dumfries Rd, Dumfries. http://thedeathtrail.com
Haunted Trail @ Wilderness Resort. Oct 18, 19, 25, 26 & Nov 1, 2. Come start of Halloween season with us. Enjoy the thrill of our haunted maze. Can you make it through? Come enjoy the amazing puppet show. How well do you remember the five D’s? come join us for a fun game of Dodgeball. Where: 9220 Plank Rd, Spotsy. www.wpresort.com
Hocus Pocus Festive Flick. Oct 18, 7 – 9 pm. Cozy up with a warm blanket while enjoying a Halloween classic! Make your way into the vineyard to sip wine under the stars with the Sanderson Sisters. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chair for your viewing pleasure. Come early to begin your evening with a delectable dinner from Le Grand Cru Bistro. Where: Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery, Stafford. Cost: $15 via Eventbrite. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Trunk or Treat @ Goochland Drive In. Oct 18 & 19. Gather up your family & friends for a fun time for all ages! Great new movies this year for young kids and older kids! Trunk or treating, car decorating contest, and choose from 2 movies: Maleficent or The Addams Family! Cost: $7.50/Adults & $3.50/Kids. www.goochlanddriveintheater.com
Halloween Costume Swap. Oct 19, 10 am. Exchange your child's gently used costume for one that's new to you. When you drop off your clean, intact, stain-free donated costume, you will receive a swap voucher. Costumes remaining after the swap will be donated. Where: Salem Church Library
Stratford After Dark. Oct 19, 4 - 8:30 pm. Fun for the whole family including trick-or-treating, seasonal crafts, fortune telling, face painting, and more! Join us for hayrides around the Oval, enjoy cider and ginger cookies or stop by the bonfire to roast the perfect marshmallow. Family-friendly costumes are welcome! Ghost tours will be offered through the Great House with flashlights lighting the way! Where: Stratford Hall Cost: Adults (ages 12 and up) – $15. Children (ages 6-11) – $10. Children (5 and under)- Free! www.stratfordhall.org
Halloween @ Bass Pro Shops. Oct 19, 20 and Oct 25 – 31. Bass Pro’s Halloween Event offers a fun and festive experience for families during the holiday week. Crafts, costumes, giveaways and photos with the peanuts gang. Costume parade/contest and more! Cost: Free!
Goblins & Gourds. Oct 20, 10 am – 3 pm. A harvest celebration featuring live music from the Sweet Potatoes and Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin-painting and good green fun in the Children’s Garden. Also-pumpkin painting, storytelling and good green fun in the Children’s Garden. We have over 500 pumpkins — kids can choose one, paint it, and take it home. Join us for demos in gourd carving, pumpkin carving and more! Where: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond. Cost: Included in regular admission.
Stafford Gymnastics Spookover. Oct 25. Wear your costume and prepare for a whole night of food, fun, gymnastics, games and movies! Cost: $40/pre-registration required. Where: Stafford Gymnastics & Rec Ctr. www.staffordparks.com
Massad YMCA Creepy Crawly Carnival. Oct 25 & 26, 7 - 9 pm. Join us for our annual Halloween carnival! This year’s event will feature an indoor carnival (games, crafts, inflatables), haunted house, trunk or treat and hay ride. Cost: $3/activity or $9/wristband
Halloween @ Westmoreland State Park. Oct 25, 26. Join us for a ghoulish good time at our Halloweekend programs including a campfire with scary stories and an owl prowl on Friday Night. Hay rides, trick or treating, and pumpkin carving and costume contests on Saturday! Cost: Free except pumpkin carving/painting is $8/pumpkin. 804-493-8821.
Creepy Crawly Carnival @ King George YMCA. Oct 25 & 26, 6 - 9 pm. Join us for spooky fun for everyone! Featuring our twisted tails haunted trail and carnival will have a variety of games, maze, Inflatable obstacle course, craft and treat station. Tickets: $3/carnival; $3/hayride, $5/haunted trail, or $10/fun pass.
Air and Scare. Oct 26, 12 - 5 pm. See the spooky side of air and space at our annual Halloween event! Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Cost: $15 for parking. https://airandspace.si.edu/events/air-scare-11
One Eyed Zed’s Zombie Games. Oct 26, 4 – 5:30 pm. Prepare to run for your life. Zombies will guard a military style obstacle course. You, the survivor, must navigate the course and avoid being tagged by a zombie. Cost: $15/survivor, $25/team of 2. Where: Caledon State Park, King George.
Halloween Campfire. Oct 26, 5:30 – 8 pm. Join us for a spooky evening while enjoying the crackle of a campfire and s'mores. Wear your costumes and join in the fun as we Trunk-or-Treat before settling in by the fire to listen to a storyteller. Cost: Free but register by calling 540-663-3861. Where: Caledon State Park, King George.
Garden Glow. Oct 26 - Nov 10, 6 - 10 pm nightly. Brighten your autumn nights on a wondrous journey through the Japanese Garden at Maymont. Admire colorful sparkles and shimmers within the cascading waterfall, stroll among towering trees that stand aglow, and marvel at the breathtaking illuminations of winding waterways, rolling hills, bridges and lanterns. Where: Maymont, Richmond. Cost: $5-$12. maymont.org
Family Day: Halloween Party! Oct 26. 12 - 2 pm. Celebrate Halloween at the National Museum of the Marine Corps with games, and spooktacular puppet show, reptile show and more! Costumes encouraged but not required. Age range: 12 years old and under. FREE! Where: National Museum of the Marine Corps. www.usmcmuseum.com
Trick or Treating @ Mt. Vernon. Oct 26, 3:30 - 6:30 pm. The estate will again open its gates for Halloween fun and spook-tacular activities. Cost: $16/Adult & $8/Child. Buy tickets at www.mountvernon.org
Not So Wicked Witch's Tea Party. Oct 26, 1 pm. Dress in your favorite witch’s hat and take a sip from our cauldron! Enjoy the trick or treats we will have in store for you! Enjoy Ghostly Stories of Belle Grove and a few other special surprises. Tickets: squareup.com/store/belle-grove-plantation-bed-and-breakfast. Where: Belle Grove Plantation, King George.
Stafford Trunk or Treat. Oct 26, 4 – 7 pm. Live DJ, crafts. Disney theme! Rain Date: Oct 27. Where: Stafford County Government Center Parking lot. Free! www.staffordparks.com
Haunting Halloween Madness. Oct 26, 6 - 10 pm. It’s a costume contest, music, food extravaganza. Benefits Louisa Humane Society. There will be pet and humane costume contests, auction items to bid on, raffles, and lots of fun. The “UFO Food Truck” will be on hand to supply “out of this world” food. “Reunion” will be providing the music and be in charge of the festivities on the dance floor. Cost: $20. The $20 fee helps out the pets and covers some of the costs. Where: Lake Anna Winery, 5621 Courthouse Rd, Spotsy. www.lawinery.net/events
Goblins & Goodies. Oct 26, 2 - 4 pm. Looking for family fun filled way to celebrate Halloween? Get your costume ready for our Costume Contest! We'll have an afternoon of crafts and candy while we discover some cool facts about some not-so spooky critters. Free! Lake Anna State Park. 540-854-5503.
Spotsy Sheriff’s Office Trunk N Treat. Oct 26, 6 – 8 pm. Please join us for this year's Trunk~N~Treat event! Where: Public Safety Building, 9119 Dean Ridings Ln, Spotsy
Oktoberfest. Oct 26, 11 am - 4 pm. Celebrate fall, nature’s grand finale, with Oktoberfest at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond! Join us for a day filled with live music, games and prizes, all included in Garden admission. www.lewisginter.org
Halloween 5K & Monster Mile. Oct 26, 7:45 - 10 am. Join us for a spooky good time and race with other runners in the community. Where: Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center. Sign up at racetimingunlimited.com
Trick or Treating with Dogs. Oct 27, 9 am - 5 pm. Bring your dog to Mount Vernon for howl-o-ween fun. Enjoy a great photo opportunity in front of the Mansion, meet people from Washington’s world, and enjoy treats for your pup while supplies last. This event is for pups and their humans only! Where: George Washington's Mount Vernon. Cost: Included in regular admission.
UMW Pumpkin Palooza. Oct 27, 1 - 4 pm. COAR provides local children with a safe place to trick-or-treat in groups on campus. Themed games, crafts, snacks and costumes make for a fun way to spend an autumn day! Mary Washington students are invited to help with trick-or-treating, games and crafts. Where: UMW, University Center & Ball Circle. Free!
Halloween Happyfest Parade. Oct 27, 2 – 4 pm. Children and pets of all ages are welcome to wear a costume and join the Halloween Happyfest Parade in Old Town Warrenton. The line-up for the parade starts at 1:45pm with the parade beginning at 2pm. After the parade stop by participating businesses for trick-or-treating in Old Town. Where: Warrenton, Old Town
Halloween Harbor. Oct 27, 1 - 4 pm. Join us for our annual Harbor Halloween. Bring kids 12 and under to this free event with Trick-or-treating, National Harbor chefs pumpkin carving contest, movie Hocus Pocus, and more! www.nationalharbor.com/events/harborhalloween Where: National Harbor
Kids Night @ The Death Trail. Oct 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. For this event we make everything less scary. It's still pretty spooky but the sounds change to create a more whimsical atmosphere and the characters are all dressed in kid friendly costumes. Candy, inflatables and more! Where: 16120 Dumfries Rd, Dumfries. Cost: $5/child. Parents free! http://thedeathtrail.com
Spooky Stories. Oct 28. Scaredy-cats beware, these spine-tingling tales are not for the faint of heart! If haunted happenings, ghastly ghouls, and unexplained phenomena pique your interest, then listen as librarians use their storytelling magic to spin their scary (and sometimes silly scary) tales that will have you on the edge of your seat. Sing along to spooky songs, enjoy the creepy ambiance, and leave your littlest siblings at home! Where: Salem Church Library, HQ Branch Library, Porter Library (6:30 pm) & Howell Branch Library (7 pm).
Halloween Spooktacular Preschool Party. Oct 29, 10:30 - 11:30 am. Ages 2 - 5: Celebrate Halloween with a story, games and a snack! Don't forget your costume! Where: Rowser Building, Stafford. Cost: $10. Pre-registration required. www.staffordparks.com
Squirrel-O-Ween! Oct 31, 4 - 7 pm. Join the Squirrels for our annual Squirrel-O-Ween! Hayrides, trick or treating, games, costume contests and MORE! Where: The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard St., Richmond. Cost: FREE, all ages welcome.
Preschool Halloween Pizza Party. Oct 31, 10:30 am- 12:30 pm. Gymnastics, parachute games, costume parade and more! Where: Stafford Gymnastics & Rec Ctr. Cost: $15. www.staffordparks.com
Spooky Un-family Friendly Family Feud. Oct 31, 7 – 10 pm. Halloween Brews, Costume Contests and trivia! Prizes given to the winning teams and individual costume! Where: Adventure Brewing Company, F'burg.
Halloween Skate Night. Oct 31, 6 – 9 pm. For ages 12 – 16: Join us for a Halloween Skate Night at our new Fredericksburg Roller Hockey Rink! Bring your own skates if you wish to skate. We'll have some interactive fun for those wearing tennis shoes too! We’ll have a great time with candy, glow in the dark items, scary movie (rated G) on the inflatable screen, black lights, etc. Cost: $3/person by October 24. $5 per person after Oct. 24th and at the gate. Where: 1300 Dixon St, F'burg. 540-372-1086