The time has come again, when the air turns crisp, the nights turn dark, and the veil between this world and the next wears thin. Halloween is almost upon us and Hampton Roads is full of delightfully spooky attractions and events for all ages.
Here’s a guide to some of our favorite local haunted happenings.
The annual block party in the heart of Ghent is back! The Costume Contest Parade starts at 6:30 with cash prizes awarded in a variety of categories (including Best Pet and Best Infant!) Live music by KABOOMBOX.
Friday, October 28th, 6-10pm | Colley Avenue between Shirley Avenue and Brandon Avenue
Featuring local animal non-profits and a pet costume parade around the historic Hague area, this event promises to be one of the most adorable Halloween events around Norfolk. Food trucks, vendors, and kid games will also be on hand.
Saturday, October 24th, 10am-2pm | The Williams School, 419 Colonial Avenue
Bring your flashlights and wander around the Botanical Gardens after the sun sets! Stop by the WOW garden to learn about creepy plants and take a ‘trick or trees’ stroll in the moonlight.
Wednesday, October 26th, 5:30-7:00pm | Norfolk Botanical Gardens, 6700 Azalea Garden Road
The art comes alive to haunt the museum this Halloween weekend! Some say the gallery hosts have traded in their customary blue sweaters for costumes that match the art, but others say the art takes on a life of their own.
Monday, Oct. 31st, 10am-8pm (and expect to see costumes if you come Saturday 29th, or Sunday 30th) | Chrysler Museum of Art, One Memorial Place
Discover Norfolk’s connections to crime, chaos, and infamous murders while walking through a Victorian cemetery. Explore this hauntingly beautiful piece of Norfolk history illuminated by the moonlight.
Friday, October 28th, 5:30pm | Elmwood Cemetery, 238 E. Princess Anne Road
Aliens have invaded and taken over the battleship! Experience the mystery and madness aboard the ship while you figured out if you’re the hunter or the hunted…
October 22nd, 28th, 29th & 30th | Nauticus, One Waterside Drive
Fantasmo Cult Cinema Explosion and Ellie Quinn Present bring you a night of horror themed burlesque featuring Franki Boom Boom, Miss Bliss, and Sindi Ray Boustier.
Sunday, October 30th, 8:30pm | Naro Cinema, 1507 Colley Avenue
Town Center’s annual Halloween event will be themed, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Participate in a scavenger hunt to find the Cat in the Hat and watch the Dr. Seuss Circus! Pumpkin decorating, face painting, caricatures and candy stations will also be set up around Town Center.
Saturday, October 29th, 12-4pm | Town Center, One Columbus Center
When the sun goes down, the Hunt Club transforms from a fun Fall Harvest faire with pumpkins and petting zoos into a dark and twisted nightmare you can’t escape! Take a Haunted Hayride, run terrified through the Field of Screams, or try to escape the Village of the Dead’s Secret Society.
Nightly through October 31st (except Monday 24th and Tues 25th), 6:30-11:30pm | Hunt Club Farm, 2388 London Bridge Road
Teens are invited to enter the world of the absurd at MOCA’s Surrealist Masquerade. Wear a costume inspired by pop surrealism and enjoy an extravaganza of art, music, and mocktails.
Friday, October 21st, 7-9pm | MOCA, 2200 Parks Avenue
Be transported to the magical world of wizardry while listening to John Williams Stunning score.
Saturday, October 29th, 7:30pm | Sandler Center, 201 Market Street
More treat than trick; you’re invited to wear your favorite Halloween costume while the VSO performs a mysterious program of spooky music
Saturday, October 29th, 3pm | Sandler Center, 201 Market Street
Join the Olde Town Civic League on their 35th annual eerie tour around some of Portsmouth’s most haunted homes and mansions. Costumed actors will regale you with the historic area’s ghostly legends.
Friday, October 28th, 3 tour slots: 7pm, 8pm and 9pm | Tours begin in the graveyard of Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 Court Street
Wear your costume and enjoy a Museum Madness Pass to 3 museums filled with different spooky activities including ghost pictures, hunted ships, and creepy crafts.
Saturday, October 29th, 10am-5pm | Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center; and Lightship Portsmouth
Enjoy the fall harvest of this local farm! You can take a trip into the actual pumpkin patch to wait for the Great Pumpkin to appear…or to pick your own pumpkin off the vine! Horse drawn hay rides, local honey and fresh treats are also featured.
Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm | 2133 Mt. Pleasant Road
The Zombie Apocalypse has already begun! The Army has contained the undead into a small area of Virginia…so far. But, more zombie hunters are needed to help eliminate the threat! Armed with a paint ball gun, you can be a hero for the human population…or take out your frustrations about TWD premiere on some zombies.
Fridays and Saturdays, 7pm-Midnight | Chesapeake Paintball, 3064 Yadkin Road *and* Bethal Paintball, 123 Saunders Road in Hampton
Board a wagon and journey deep into the woods where a ghoulish tale unfolds. You’re encouraged to come in costume. The train is a fun-scary and appropriate for kids of all ages. Advanced tickets required.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 7:00-10:30pm | Northwest River Park, 1733 Indian Creek Road
Follow a lantern-wielding guide through the shadows of Suffolk to learn more about the areas dark past and mysterious lore.
Saturdays, October 22nd and 29th | Suffolk Visitor Center, 524 North Main Street
Meet the macabre and mysterious specters’ of Hampton’s past on this 60 minute tour. Encounter the first witch recorded in history, Spanish influenza victims, ghosts of Civil War soldiers, pirates from Blackbeard’s crew, and many more haunting historical figures.
Monday, October 24th through Friday, October 28th, 6:15 and7:30
Hampton History Museum, 120 Old Hampton Lane
History meets mystery in this 45 minute tour through Fort Monroe. Hear about the eerie legends of its 400 year past as you walk through exclusive areas.
Friday, October 21st-Saturday, October 22nd, 6:15-9:15 | Enter the Main Gate at 10 Ruckman Road
Trick or walk-the-plank! Enjoy a pirate themed party with games, tricks, and treats from Chickfila at the Mariners Museum.
Saturday, October 22nd, 5:30-7:30pm | Mariners Museum, 100 Museum Drive
More than just sugar skulls! The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will be celebrating The Day of the Dead. Learn more about the alters, floral decorations, and other customs of this lively celebration of deceased loved ones.
Saturday, November 5th, 11am-2pm | PFAC, 101 Museum Drive
Venture to the Abbitt Planetarium inside the Virginia Living Museum for a unique laser light show set to the ‘terror-ific tunes’ of Garbage, Black Sabbath, The Who, and many more.
Saturdays, October 22nd and 29th Various times | Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Join the Virginia Living Museum for their 17th annual ‘wild’ Halloween celebration. Wild, as in animal, that is…come dressed as your favorite wild animal and enjoy a fun day of trick or treating, pumpkins, and crafts.
Saturday, October 29th, 4:30-8:00pm | Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
A great and powerful Sea Witch has cursed the town and summoned Blackbeard’s ghostly pirate crew back from the dead. In addition to their quest to find Blackbeard’s severed head, you can head over to the Tavern of Terror or dance the night away in the Belly of the Beast.
Friday, October 28th-Monday, October 31st, 8:00-10:00pm | Colonial Williamsburg, Duke of Gloucester Street
About the Sponsor of this Post:
Rose & Womble Realty Co. was born and bred in Hampton Roads – our owners live and work here in the Seven Cities. We are a family-owned and operated business – with multiple generations working at all levels, from agents to managers.The leadership within the company is LOCAL – not out of state – but right here in Hampton Roads.