Welcome to the holiday season where bright pumpkin orange and black are the key colors. So many events in the Richmond area in October usher in fun, festive and sometimes creepy Halloween festivities in so many different ways.
This round up listing festivals and fairs takes you to cultural centers for Day of the Dead celebrations full of dance and art workshops, amusement parks for thrilling rides, drive in cinemas for skin crawling tales, and commercial centers and sports complexes for fall festivals.
Many events are FREE. A lot don’t even involve candy. Check the links to be on top of fees and hours as well as any changes. (Keep checking back as more are announced.)
With this terrific, cool fall weather, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the crunch of leaves underfoot and those slowly changing bright colors all around us but especially at parks, farmers markets, apple orchards and pumpkin patches, corn mazes and fun farms around the region.
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🎃 BOO! Spirit Halloween, specialty retail stores are NOW OPEN at eight locations around Richmond. The most comprehensive one-stop destination for everything shoppers can imagine for Halloween with a vast merchandise assortment and memorable visual presentation. In addition to being a fun and interactive event for shoppers, the locations offer complete selections of costumes and accessories for infants/toddlers, children, ‘tweens, teens and adults. A broad assortment of décor and party goods complete the Halloween story.
-5430 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23230
-9860 West Broad St., Glen Allen, VA 23060
–9840 Brook Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
–4501 S Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23231
–4501 S Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23231
–11500 Midlothian Turnpike
–11861 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23233
–153 Perimeter Dr., Midlothian, VA 23113
🎃 2020 – RED VEIN Haunted House is Richmond’s scariest indoor/outdoor haunted attraction, located at Hanover Vegetable Farm. 13580 Ashland Road Ashland, VA 23005 – RED VEIN: Metamorphosis – Sep 25 – Oct 31, 2021: HAUNTED ATTRACTIONS 4 attractions! Asylum, Corn, Woods, House: The Witch’s Plague opened our eyes. Her relics opened the gateway. Out of the earth they crawl to the surface, leading us to what lies beyond the veil. Awakened by her scourge, new insect-like creatures and winged beasts have been spotted in the area, while human mutations spread throughout the region. A group of missionaries, calling themselves the Eclipse, have taken over the abandoned asylum and invite residents to join their mission to save themselves. Using the symbol of a moth, they speak of death and the mysteries of the afterlife… and an evolution of something new. In this final chapter of The Witch’s Plague, will you be chosen for the metamorphosis?
🎃 2020 – Get scared at Terror on the Farm which offers a plethora of scary situations at Ashland Berry Farm, 12607 Old Ridge Road, Beaverdam, VA 23015 – Oct 1 – Oct 31, 2021 – Four terrifying haunts NEW Haunts: Cresthill Manor, Georgie’s Mortuary, 3D Whispering Walls, and Booger Woods. Meet frightening characters and be prepared for an all-new season! Come enjoy the Food Concessions, Music, DJ, Bonfire, and a Good Scare! Terror on the Farm… don’t come alone!
🎃 Enjoy Halloween fun at Busch Gardens with treats by day and trickery by night at the ALL-NEW Busch Gardens Halloween Harvest limited capacity special event. On select dates
🎃 Kings Dominion: Halloween Haunt on select nights Sept. 25-Oct. 31, 2021: “Monsters and terror are ready for you at our scariest Halloween Haunt. Over 400 monsters will be unleashed making the most terrifying nightmares come alive. Featuring thrilling rides, haunted mazes, terrifying scare zones, and the spookiest live shows, fear is waiting for you around every corner at Halloween Haunt. Thrilling shows, an all-new outdoor maze, and a new scare zone plus the return of some of your favorite and most frightening haunted attractions. Take a journey over the river and through the woods in the all-new outdoor scare maze, Grimm Woods, based on the tales of the Grimm brothers. Encounter Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, Hansel and Gretel, the hungry witches of the woods, and more. Each night of Halloween Haunt will kick off with an opening scaremony featuring Majesty as she summons and casts hundreds of monsters out into the night. A variety of new shows will thrill guests with spine-chilling music and dancing. If you dare, join us for Halloween Haunt on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 PM to 12 AM and Sundays from 6 PM to 10 PM starting WARNING! This Halloween event is too intense for young children. Parental discretion is advised.
🎃 King’s Dominion – The Great Pumpkin Fest – Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 25 – Oct. 31, 2021. Family-friendly, pumpkin painting, hay mazes, ghostly games, not-so-scary live entertainment and more, this scare-free festival makes for the perfect fall and Halloween activity for kids and everyone in the family.
On the big screen: Throughout October – The Byrd Theatre (2908 W Cary St. Richmond, VA) screens scary stories – big screen classics, special events, family classics and annual traditions making Halloween Horror Month come to life.
At Goochland Drive In: SAT 10/30: TRUNK-OR-TREAT 2021 – The annual tradition is back in its original form this year. (The new animated “Addams Family 2” likely will be shown) SAT 10/30: ALL-NIGHT CLASSIC MONSTER MOVIE MARATHON – After the Trunk-or-Treat event, gates open for this late night, all night marathon of classic monster movies.
At Ashland Theatre: 205 England St Ashland, VA 23005
•OCT 28 & 30 AT 7 – Hocus Pocus
•FRI, OCT 29 AT 5 PM – Ashland Adult Trick-or-Treating Origin Beer Lab – S Railroad Ave, Ashland, VA 23005, United States
•SAT, OCT 30 AT 8 PM – Rocky Horror Picture Show
Henrico Theatre: 305 E. Nine Mile Rd Highland Springs, VA 23075 all films $1
The Addams Family – Oct. 10, 22, 23, 24
A Quiet Place – Oct. 15, 16 & 17
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Oct. 29, 30 & 31
🎃 Creepy Hollow Scream Park, 14437 Stone Horse Creek Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059 – A series of attractions take you into the depths of Creepy Hollow. Creepy Hollow Scream Park is filled with spooky scenery, amazing illusions and scary surprises. It’s a unique experience designed to entertain you at every turn. This is scary entertainment and may not be appropriate for small children or those faint of heart. Scream Forest an intense walking adventure. We take you out to the woods…leave you…with nothing between you and the creatures of the night…where no one cares if you Scream!
🎃Colonial Williamsburg, the world’s largest living history museum, brings visitors back into time showcasing the people and their stories from centuries ago – and their ghosts are ready to share their tales. Please find below the haunted activities you can find this Halloween season.
- Haunted Williamsburg Tours: From authentic 18th-century colonial ghost stories to creepy modern-day encounters, Haunted Williamsburg is the only tour with exclusive access to historic outdoor spaces, featuring costumed storytellers who share their unnerving tales. This one-hour candlelit walking ghost tour takes you strolling through town, into gardens, and beyond the barriers to our most haunted sites. Haunted Williamsburg is the official ghost tour experience of Colonial Williamsburg.
- Ghost Walk Junior This experience is returning to the Historic Area to bring an exciting new interactive storytelling experience for those seeking less fright and more fun! Enjoy this 45-minute ghost tour of traditional spooky stories with a Colonial Williamsburg flavor. Appropriate for ages 4+
- Cry Witch: You decide! Is Grace Sherwood a witch? Question witnesses. Weigh evidence. Finally, cast your vote for the guilt or innocence of “the Virginia Witch.” Not appropriate for young children due to subject matter and intense emotion.
In addition, Colonial Williamsburg Resorts is making it easier to experience the season’s offering with the Fall Weekday Savings package (valid now-Nov 21, 2021), where beyond nightly accommodations, you will receive up to two complimentary length-of-stay admission tickets to explore the spooky happenings in the Historic Area and the newly expanded Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, $50 resort credit, and up to $350 in resort outlet savings coupon when you book directly through Colonial Williamsburg Resorts. Additionally, Stays at Colonial Williamsburg Resorts directly support the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and mission.
👻If you like haunts and you like history, or better yet, haunted tales in historic settings, come join the John Marshall House and the Center for Paranormal Research & Investigation on October 22 and 23 from 6pm-9pm, for their Haunted History Tours. Spaces are limited, so we suggest signing up in advance. https://www.eventbrite.com/…/john-marshall-house…
🐶Sat, Oct. 23, 2021 AT 2 PM – 5 PM Growl-O-Ween 2021 Center of the Universe Brewing. Dog-themed event. We’re teaming up with the Hanover Humane society to raise money to fund their mission of educating the people of Hanover County about the proper treatment of animals and rescuing animals and caring for them until they find their forever home. FLKL will be rocking out, and Legendary Provisions is going to be serving up some hot dogs (pun intended) from 2-5. We’ll also have a ton of dog themed events going on such as doggy nail trims, vendors, dog baked goods, costume competitions, and trick competitions! A silent auction to benefit Hanover Humane Society will be going on from 2:00 to 5:30.
🎃CANCELLED-Sat., Oct. 30, 2021 from 10 AM – 4 PM Pumpkin Palooza at Innsbrook, 4951 Lake Brook Dr, Glen Allen, VA 23060 – CANCELLED
🎃Sat., Oct. 30, 2021 from 12 pm – 4 pm Goochland Fall Festival 2021, Goochland Sports Complex Goochland Parks and Recreation
🎃Sat., Oct. 30, 2021 Rocketts Landing Cap Trail 10M & 5k Presented by Dominion Energy on the Virginia Capital Trail. Enjoy a Halloween-themed run on the Cap Trail. Prizes for best costume. Join the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation and the Richmond Road Runners Club for a 10-mile or 5K race, run or walk on the Capital Trail. Registration includes a Halloween-themed t-shirt and a beverage ticket for a celebratory beer/soda at Stone Brewing Tap Room in Richmond. Race Day Schedule: Packet Pickup starts at 8:00 AM, 10 Miler Race starts at 9:00 AM, 5k Race starts at 9:45 AM
🎃 Sun., Oct. 31, 2021 from 5 – 8 PM Ashland Halloween: Trick-or-Treat – Downtown Ashland Association create a map of Halloween Hosts who agree to maintain safety guidelines. We encourage all Trick-or-Treaters to use the map and yard signs for a fun and safe Halloween Night!
Related post: See Halloween Food Deals as we learn updates.
Sunday, October 31, 2021
To learn about discounts to fun October shows and events, sign up for deals through Goldstar. Learn about more Richmond, October festivals, entertainment and arts events. And don’t forget to check the list of the Top FREE Things to Do in Richmond for more good ideas.
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