Here in coastal Virginia we straddle the line between Summer and Fall for what feels like for-ev-er. We send the kids to school in shorts and t-shirts one day, jeans and a jacket the next, while constantly fluctuating between the A/C and the heater, and just generally living a confusing existence until right around Thanksgiving.
We are bombarded with sweaters and scarves in stores when we’re still hitting the beach (try to buy a bathing suit at Target after September 1st. Just try.), home décor in colors that nature has not yet caught up to, and Pumpkin-Flavored Practically Everything.
Only the truly desperate will drink that first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the “season” when it is still 90 degrees in the shade.
On the somewhat less muggy side of things, this means that us Virginians typically have weather that is ideal for festive Fall activities when other parts of the country are already bundling up in snowsuits, and we should take full advantage of all the outdoor fun to be had before we get an inch of snow and they cancel school.
So, here you will find a list of some of the seasonal happenings in Hampton Roads, with an emphasis on the Halloween variety. You will find information on pumpkin patches, haunted hayrides, and Fall festivals below. There are probably some events that we have missed, or have not yet been announced, so if your business or organization is doing something stellar, please email us at (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will update our list.
Now, get to it. Those pumpkins ain’t gonna carve themselves. (But if they did, that would be so awesomely creepy.)
Do things that are both creepy and historic get you stoked? Check out the very first annual Monster Maze, held in the basement of an old post office in Downtown Hampton! Runs October 22nd through the 24th, and October 29th through the 31st, from 7 to 10 pm, $10 cash for admission, suggested age is 11 and up.
If you need to pick up a pumpkin on the Peninsula (whew!), Wood’s Orchards Farm Market has you covered, starting October 1st. Days and times of operation vary, but pumpkins are priced either individually or by the pound, and hay rides are available on weekends. The farm market also has a large selection of locally grown produce.
The Hampton History Museum presents their “Tales of Hampton: Horror Stories” tours Monday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 pm. Tickets $5 in advance, $8 at the door–buy your tickets now–these tours sell out!
The Olde Towne Ghost Walk is one of the gems of Halloween in Hampton Roads. It has been going for over 30 years! Let your guide take you through time for frightening fun in Historic Downtown Portsmouth. The tours leave from the Trinity Church cemetery at 7, 8 and 9 pm time slots, on October 30th only.
Chesapeake Square Mall is holding two events this Fall. Admission to both of these events is free for Kidgits Club members, and non-members can join for a $5 annual fee per child in order to participate in the fun. Mall-O-Ween is on October 24th, from 11 am to 1 pm. It will be held inside the Burlington Court and includes treats, arts and crafts, a costume contest, and more.
Trunk-or-Treat is on October 27th from 6 to 8 pm in the Mall’s eastern parking lot. Businesses will be festively decorating the trunks of their cars and handing out candy to the kids, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
If you are looking for a fright in Chesapeake, you can ride The Ghost Train through the haunted forests of Northwest River Park. The train rolls October 15th through 17th and October 22nd through the 24th, from 7 to 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10 per person on Friday and Saturday and only $9 per person on Thursdays.
Bergey’s Breadbasket has a ton of activities every weekend from now through October 31st from 10 am to 6:30 pm. Visitors can explore the GIANT corn maze, soybean labyrinth and sunflower patch, try their hand at the corn cob shooter and take a tractor-pulled wagon ride. Admission is $8 (goes up to $10 dollars in October) for anyone 5 and over. Your pick in the pumpkin patch and pony rides are also available for an additional price.
The Masquerade in Ghent will be held on October 30th from 6 to 10 pm. The party spans Colley Avenue, between Shirley and Brandon Avenues, and features live music, kid’s activities, a silent auction, and refreshments for all ages. The highlight of the event is the costume contest, which features cash prizes for multiple categories.
The Slover Library is holding a contest to guess the weight of their display pumpkin! Guesses can be given from October 25th through the 31st with prizes awarded for correct answers. Kids and teens only. And on October 31st at 2 pm there will be a kid-friendly tricky haunted maze, with treats handed out at the end.
The Hermitage Museum and Gardens will be featuring frightening flicks for all of October’s YNOT Friday Night Film Series. There will be pizza, lawn games, adult libations, museum admission, and raffles. Admission is free for members and $7 for non-members, gates open at 5:30 pm and the film begins at 7 pm.
Watch Out for Zombies! This Halloween season, explore the depths the Battleship Wisconsin after hours with Haunted Ship: Zombie Pirates! Chemical waste has turned pirates and the Battleship Wisconsin’s crew into zombies—can you escape in time to avoid the same fate?
Hunt Club Farm has events for everyone, ranging from their family-friendly Harvest Festival with a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, pony rides, live entertainment, and the biggest haystack you have ever seen, to their terrifying Haunted Hunt Club nights, which features a Haunted Hayride, Field of Screams Maze, and Zombie Village of the Dead. Admission to the Harvest Festival is free and it runs from 10 am to 6 pm every weekend from September 26th through November 1st. thru Nov. 1st. Haunted Hunt Club runs every weekend from September 25th to October 31st, with added weekday evenings starting in mid-October. Admission varies from $18 to $25 per person.
Starting September 26th, Cullipher Farm Market is open for pumpkin picking and more on Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm until November 1st. Corn, Cotton and Sunflower mazes, tons of activities for the kids (Warning, they WILL get dirty!), and wagon rides on the weekend. Prices vary from $5 to $15 per person, depending on the day and pumpkins are priced per pound.