Halloween Fun in Richmond

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Halloween is fast approaching and there’s plenty of fun for the whole family in the Richmond area this weekend. From haunted houses to all-day fright fests, and from spooky history tours to kid-friendly events, we’ve got you covered on all things Halloween. So, put on your favorite costume and get ready for a weekend full of chills and thrills.

Everyone knows that Halloween is all about scary movies, trick-or-treating, spooky decorations and costumes. But, many may not know about the holiday’s origins as a Celtic holiday and colonial celebration. For just $15 per person ($5 for Valentine members and children under the age of 12), you can learn about the history of this hallowed holiday from a trained master guide from the Valentine history museum on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.richmondhistorytours.com.

If you enjoy getting spooked on Halloween, the Eerie Nights Ghost Tour of Richmond on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 could be right up your alley. Presented by the Capital Creepers, Eerie Nights leads visitors through Shockoe Bottom, Richmond’s oldest neighborhood, in search of restless spirits. A combination of haunt gore and history, this tour recalls the town’s tragic past and paranormal activities that happen to this day. Eerie Nights is for mature audiences only, and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $13, and more information can be found at www.eerienights.com.

If that sounds too scary, more kid-friendly experiences are also available on Halloween day. Get the day started right at the Great Pumpkin Run 5K & Kid’s Mile at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. This first-ever event will take participants on a morning run through the beautiful botanical gardens. Costumes are encouraged, but are asked to be kept mild as there will be children in attendance. More information can be found at www.lewisginter.org. After the race, bring the whole family out to the Children’s Museum of Richmond from 4 until 8 p.m., where you can enjoy the Halloween Hoopla. Kids can trick or treat through the Halloween Village, enjoy Halloween-themed crafts and activities and more! Adult tickets are just $4 and kids get in free. For more information on the Halloween Hoopla, visit www.c-more.org.

Of course, there’s plenty more spooky fun to be had in Richmond and throughout the state. Visit www.virginia.org/Halloween and www.completelykidsrichmond.com to find an event in your area.

Residents of our Richmond-area communities love being just a short drive away from all of these fun Halloween events and downtown Richmond year round. For more information about our new home communities, call 804-708-5127 or visit www.boonehomes.net.