Richmond Halloween Events Guide

richmond halloween events

The sweetest and scariest night of the year is almost here! That’s right, Halloween is next weekend. This year should be extra fun since the holiday falls on a Saturday. There’s no need to wait until the 31st for some ghoulish fun, though. Richmond has rolled out the orange carpet with a wide variety of spooky events for all ages. Check out our Richmond Halloween events guide for ideas!

Family Fun

Trick or Treat Street

If you and your kids want to get a head start on the Halloween fun, check out the 17th Annual Trick or Treat Street at the University of Richmond. The event features moon bounces, costume contests and other kid friendly activities. It’s free to the public and takes place this Sunday the 25th from 11 AM to 3 PM on Westhampton Green on Keller Road at the university.

Richmond Symphony: Halloween Spooktacular

Start the day on Halloween with some holiday themed music from the Richmond Symphony. The concert will feature music from Frozen, Harry Potter, and more. Costumes are encouraged. October 31, 11 AM at the Carpenter Theatre.

Halloween Comicfest 2015

If you like to add a geeky twist to any holiday, try the Halloween Comicfest at Richmond Comix in Midlothian. There will be comic book giveaways, video games, and costume contests. The event takes place October 31st from 1-6 PM.

Growl-O-Ween

If you want your pet to feel included in the Halloween festivities, head on down to Growl-O-Ween. This dog friendly festival features a canine costume contest and lots of fun, festival activities for dogs and owners. The event takes place at Center of the Universe Brewing Company in Ashland this Saturday the 24th from 1-9 PM.

Fright Night

If you like your holidays with a musical accompaniment, the Firehouse Theatre has just the thing for you. Fright Night is a Halloween themed musical revue featuring tunes from the ‘70s and ‘80s. The show runs October 23, 24, and 31 at 8 PM, and October 30 at 10 PM. Get more details and buy tickets at the Firehouse Theatre website.

Scary

skull

If you or your older children are looking for a good scare this Halloween, the Richmond area has got you covered.

Blood Lake at Windy Hill Sports Complex features three themed attractions sure to give you a good fright. Blood Lake is open Friday and Saturday nights through the 31st.

Ashland Berry Farm’s Terror on the Farm offers four terrifying attractions, and is a longstanding area Halloween tradition. And don’t forget they also offer pumpkin picking and family friendly activities during the day. Days and hours for both attractions are listed on the website.

For those on the Southside, Chesterfield Berry Farm also offers day and nighttime attractions. Adventurous Halloween spirits might particularly enjoy their zombie paintball.

And of course, if your scares just aren’t complete without a roller coaster or two, you can head on up to Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion.

Historical

Hollywood Cemetery

Richmond has a rich history, and you can be sure some of that history is still hanging around, especially on All Hallows Eve. Learn just how haunted our town is with these historical offerings.

Voices from the Shadows: a Walk Through Hallowed Ground

This Halloween themed tour at Pamplin Historical Park features costumed guides and will guide you through the park by lamplight and share chilling tales from the 19th century. October 29 and 30, 7-9 PM. Reservations required.

Eerie Nights Ghost Tours

Eerie Nights offers walking and trolley tours departing from the 17th Street Farmers Market. Each tour visits different sites, and private group tours are available. Details and times are available on the Eerie Nights website.

Highlights of Hollywood Cemetery

If you prefer to visit your haunts during the day, the Hollywood Cemetery tour is for you. You can choose to tour the cemetery on foot, or by Segway, trolley, or electric car. Visit the Hollywood Cemetery website for more information on times and reservations.

Edgar Allen Poe Museum

Perhaps Richmond’s creepiest resident, Edgar Allen Poe’s sense of the weird and macabre is kept alive at the Poe Museum. The museum will feature several events sure to give you the shivers this Halloween season. Try the Strange Stories Walking Tour, an interactive retelling of the Cask of Amontillado, or a children’s event in the Enchanted Garden. Times and details available at the museum website.

Whatever you choose to do this Halloween, we hope you have spooktacular time!

Photos: Nana B Agyei, David RussoTom Woodward

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