Fall may be one of the most beautiful times of the year, but in October festivals and Halloween activities prevail in Richmond. As one of Virginia’s oldest cities, and one of the most haunted, Richmond is full of memorable fall festivals and Halloween experiences. Some of these Halloween experiences will be fun to share with the little ones, others will be a bit too scary.
In a town full of history and adventure, here are a few things in Richmond to include on your fall and Halloween bucket list:
This Friday and Saturday, join thousands of people at the Richmond International Raceway as the 49th annual Oktoberfest kicks off with authentic food, beer and dancing! With four kinds of German sausages; pork loin and roast chicken; sweet, spicy red cabbage and sauerkraut; potato salad; potato pancakes; pretzels and a truck load of German pastries, you cannot and will not leave hungry. Plus, with endless kegs of beer, both imported from Germany and domestic, leaving thirsty isn’t an option either.
Oystoberfest: October 21
From noon until 6 p.m. come taste the many options of oysters at Oystoberfest! From raw to steamed to fried oysters, there will be a little taste of something for everyone. There will also be kids zones set up and the event is pet friendly.
Harvest Festival: October 21
From noon to 4 p.m. at Meadow Farm/Crump Creek in Glen Allen, enjoy the crisp fall beauty of Meadow Farm while celebrating the harvest season. Explore the farmer’s market, hands-on demonstrations, live music and all the classic favorites: candle dipping, apple pressing, scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating and more.
Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival: October 21
Pumpkin is the favorite flavor of the season and at this event pumpkin is everything! Not to mention great music, food and a fun costume contest. This event is free to attend from noon to 6 p.m. and is located on the Boulevard-on Leigh Street (by Movieland Theater) to Broad Street.
Central VA Celtic Festival & Highland Games: October 28-29
The Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games has an extensive lineup of events of which you might never have heard. The games hold fiddle competitions, bagpipe contests, and sword fights. Those aren’t up your alley? How about the sheepdog competition? Or maybe it’s the whiskey tasting? It’s impossible not to find something for everyone here. Held at the Richmond Raceway Complex , why not come find an event that is a little out of the norm?
Have you ever wanted to walk the street and scare as many unsuspecting passersby as you can? Now is your chance! To join, all you have to do is show up as a zombie or a victim at the walk’s starting point! At 1 p.m. the meet up spot is at Boat Lake at Byrd Park and at 2:30 p.m. the group will gather at Dixie Donuts in Carytown to begin the walk.
Haunted History at Tuckahoe Plantation: October 30
From 4 to 6 p.m. come take a ghost tour of the famously haunted Tuckahoe Plantation grounds. Built in the 1700s, the house and grounds have long been reported as the sites of ghostly scenes, including a murdered peddler, a “Gray Lady,” and a forlorn young bride who is said to haunt the garden walk, now named the “Ghost Walk” in her honor. If ghostly tales and supernatural stories are not your style, there will be plenty of family-friendly games, face painting, a hayride, mazes and more.
Creepy Hollow Scream Park
Located in Glen Allen, Creepy Hollow Scream Park is Richmond’s #1 haunt. With more than 50 live actors, amazing animatronics and terrifying illusions, it’s hard to remember that the terrors that live in “Creepy Hollow” aren’t real. The park’s main attraction is Scream Forest, a haunted hayride that drops you and your fellow explorers off deep in the woods where you are left to find your way back. Along the way, you’ll encounter the many horrors of Dr. Ulysses S. Farrington, including Staple’s Mill, a haunted house of horrifying experiments, and Axl’s Fun House, a clown-filled array of nightmares. Check here for the updated schedule
Dead City Lodge: October 20-22; 27-29 & 31
In the weeks before Halloween, the Sandston Moose Lodge is no longer the friendly gathering place it is known to be throughout the year. Instead, it turns into a nightmare-filled house of terrors. This no-touch haunt is designed for scares, chills, and thrills at every turn, so come prepared! Not intended for children under 10!
Den of Fear: October 20-22 & 26-29
Richmond’s newest haunted attraction is ready to turn downtown Richmond into a scream-fest. Featuring terror at every turn, this haunted house is the stuff of nightmares. Doors open from 6:30pm until 10.
Eerie Nights: Ghost Tours: October 29 & October 31
Experience firsthand the chill of haunted, historical sites and paranormal hotbeds while hearing detailed accounts of what happened to cause these frightful spirits to stick around. Participants should be in good health as there will be up to one and half hours of walking – not to mention more than a few frights. Families are welcome, but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Ghouls Ghost Tours: Ghost Tours by Trolley
Every Saturday night, plus an additional tour on Halloween night, take a tour of Richmond by trolley and learn of the historically haunted past. Your tour guide, a ghastly ghost from the 1920s, will escort you through the city, stopping by many haunted sites and offering chilling tales of wicked deeds and long-forgotten legends. Families are welcome, but are cautioned to use parental discretion. Children 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Haunts of Richmond: Ghost Tours
Join Haunts of Richmond for a guided tour to some of your favorite city streets and historical landmarks, but be prepared to see them in a whole new light – or dark, as it were. Learn about the hundreds of spirits said to lurk in quiet corners and dark alleys with after-dark tours that include Shadows of Shockoe, Church Hill Chillers and Haunted Capitol Hill. There are various departure points in Downtown Richmond.
Halloween on Hanover: October 31st
Halloween on Hanover Avenue is truly special, as the residents of 1800-2200 blocks come together each year to create a larger than life Halloween trick-or-treating experience. Past years have featured a full pirate ship, complete with the characters of Pirates of the Caribbean giving out candy. And the rest of the neighborhood doesn’t like to be outdone, so you know its four blocks of all-out Halloween madness!
Halloween Haunt: October 29
Terror lurks around every corner at the annual Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion. From the thrilling rides to the frightful attractions, you’re in for some extreme screams. Are you brave enough to venture through 8 mazes, 5 scare zones or sit in the fright zone at the thrilling shows? Over 400 monsters will descend upon the park each night of Haunt at 7 p.m. All you fear is waiting at Halloween Haunt.
Entertainment options in the area are just as varied and exciting as the housing option offered by Boone Homes. 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.