Richmond Offers Spooktacular Halloween Fun











Halloween is quickly approaching, but there is still time to enjoy last-minute festivities! Costumes have been chosen, pumpkins picked and corn mazes conquered; and now it’s time to enjoy the many other Halloween activities Richmond has to offer.

3rd Day of the Dead Festival: Enjoy an authentic celebration of this beloved Mexican holiday at the 17th Street Farmers Market on Oct. 30 from 5 until 9 p.m. Try traditional Mexican dishes like tamales, empanadas and tacos while enjoying spectacular performances from traditional Aztec musicians and dancers. This is a great way for the family to experience a new culture as you learn about the traditions connected with this holiday including Ofrendas, or beautiful altars built to honor deceased family and friends. The event is free to attend, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Eerie Canal Tours: Continue the Halloween fun on Saturday, Nov. 1 with free “Eerie” Canal boat tours! These 30-minute tours will travel along the historic Kanawha Canal through Richmond’s oldest and most haunted districts. The canal is beautifully decorated for Halloween, and all children in attendance will receive a special candy treat. Tours begin at 6 p.m. and every half-hour after, with the last tour leaving at 8:30 p.m. The tours depart from the Canal Turning Basin at 14th and Dock streets.

Poe Goes to the Movies: Nothing says Halloween like a classic Edgar Allen Poe story. Held at the Poe Museum on Oct. 31, a costume contest, Poe Look-Alike Contest and the film screening will be hosted by Victoria Price, Vincent Price’s daughter. Price will be judging the costume contest and Poe Look-Alike Contest along with a panel of judges. Then, she will introduce the film Tales of Terror starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone. The event will be held from 6 until 10 p.m., and admission is $20 per person.

Annual Big Band Halloween Costume Ball: Adults can relive the “Big Band Era” at the historic John Marshall Hotel on Oct. 30. The doors to the Grand Ballroom will open at 5:30 p.m. with Joe Enroughty and His Royal Virginians performing Big Band favorites. Prizes will be given in several categories, so make sure to dress in your best costume! Dinner will be served during the events, and tickets are $58 per person.

Halloween is a fun-filled holiday for the whole family, and many of these events take place just a short drive away from our many new home communities in Richmond. For more information on our communities and available homes, visit