Summer may have come to an end, but as quickly as we emptied the sand from our beach bags, we realized that with fall leaves comes one very exciting holiday…HALLOWEEN.
Hampton has not let you down this year as far as our lineup of exciting haunts goes; after all, 400 years of history has left us with quite a few ghost tales to tell.
2017 Hampton Haunts | all events in October
20-21 Fort Monroe Ghost Walk
Come and discover where history meets mystery! Learn the hidden secrets of Fort Monroe’s rich 400 year history during our guided ghost walks. Special priced tickets go on sale in September. Tours are rain or shine. Please be advised that this is a walking tour and most of the areas of the tour are not handicapped accessible. This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Fort Monroe. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 night of tour. 757/690-8061. www.fmauthority.com (Fort Monroe)
23-27 Hampton Horror Tours
These 60-minute tours include eerie tales of Old Hampton and the Coastal Virginia area. The tour will encounter actors portraying the first witch recorded in America, ghosts of Civil War soldiers, pirates from Blackbeard’s Crew, a speakeasy proprietor, escaped prisoners, yellow fever victims, and more characters from the city’s tales of mystery and the macabre. Each tour will include the grisly side of Hampton history; special surprises and a spooky lantern tour of the St. John’s Church graveyard, and other points of fright along Queen Street and around downtown Hampton. Hampton History Museum. 6:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. $10 advance, $12 at the door. 757/727-1610. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org (120 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton, VA 23669)
26 Rocky Horror Picture Show
Grab your fishnets, and pelvic thrust your way to The American Theatre’s creature feature presentation of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! Coming this October, audiences will TIME WARP back to the 1970s and shimmy the night away to the voices of Magenta, Frank-N-Furter & Riff Raff on The American Theatre’s silver screen. Dust off your gold sequin top hat, snap on your rubber gloves and lace up your corset for some harmless musical fun—a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas! The American Theatre. 8:00 p.m. $10. 757/722-2787. www.hamptonarts.net (125 East Mellen Street, Hampton, VA 23663)
28 Bluebird Gap Farm Festival
On Saturday, October 28, check out the return of the Blue Bird Gap Farm Festival! The event, held rain or shine, will include awesome activities and events like punkin’ chunkin’, live entertainment, happy hay rides, and more! There will also be craft beer and food available for purchase. Best of all, the event is free and open to the public. Bluebird Gap Farm. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily. Free. www.hampton.gov/bbgf (60 Pine Chapel Road, Hampton, VA 23666)
28 Downtown Hampton Halloween Block Party
Hampton takes to the streets for a fun-filled street fair including live music by Buck Shot, cold refreshments and plenty of activities for the young and old. Dog Costume Contest at 6:30 p.m. Best Costume Contest at 8:30 p.m. Downtown Hampton. 6:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. Free Admission. 757/727-1271. www.hamptonblockparty.com (Queens Way, Downtown Hampton, 23669)
And don’t forget about pumpkins! Wood’s Orchards Farm Market (where President Obama purchased pumpkins back on October 19, 2011) is the perfect place to find carve-worthy pumpkins this year, offering a selection ranging from $3-$45, and varying from small to very large pumpkins, with a whole field of white pumpkins. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
For a full list of October events in Hampton, visit our website at VisitHampton.com.