This Week’s Events: October 22-28, 2012

Halloween events are in full swing this week and through the weekend. Check out all of the fun for kids and families. Also, visit our Halloween Events page with ALL of the Halloween events in the area (many are listed below, but there are also more on our special Halloween listing page).

And don’t miss our Fall Festivals and Fun listing for apple festivals, hayrides, fall festivals, and more.

The Pumpkin Lady has some special treats for kids so visit this link.

As you’re planning for Halloween, check out the candy buy-back program from Atkins, Maestrello, Miller & Associates where kids get money for candy — and troops overseas get a nice treat and care package too!

Be sure and check out the Romp n’ Roll 2-day special on October 25-26 ONLY – it’s a scary great deal!

Ongoing Events 

Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World at the Science Museum of Virginia. See our Real Richmond review right here.

Visit the Science Museum of Virginia post for lots of activities this month.

After School Enrichment (times vary – visit website) – at All Fired Up. The second thursdays of the month are now our Adult Technique Class series. This month, on Thursday, October 11th, from 6-8pm, we’ll show you how to paint a swoop server tray with an adorable coffee design (see website for design and details). Tell a friend and reserve your spot today! Cost is only $35!

Young Tom Jefferson at Virginia Rep Children’s Theatre is showing through October 27, 2012.

October 21-27 is Read Aloud to a Child Week. Visit our website:www.readtothem.org  for the Challenge, Suggested Titles, Instructions, Pledge Information and Reading Certificate

If You Love Your City: Prove It October 1-28, 2012

Free movie night at Tom Leonards every Friday in October. Every Friday night in October starting around 7pm, please join Tom Leonards Farmers Market located at 4150 Brookriver Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23060 under the big tent for kids holiday movie night. Will include free movie, popcorn, hot chocolate, apple cider, face painting and hay rides. Bring your chair or sit on hay bales.

Enjoy Madeline’s Christmas and brunch from November 30 – December 30, 2012 at Willow Lawn. It’s all part of the Children’s Theatre of Virginia Season.
Monday, October 22, 2012
InLight Lantern-Making at The Children’s Museum of Richmond. Please join 1708 Gallery for lantern-making workshops throughout the month of October at The Children’s Museum to participate in InLight Richmond! InLight Richmond 2012 is 1708 Gallery’s 5th annual, public exhibition of light-based art and performances.

Tuesday, October 23

St. Catherine’s School Kindergarten Open House – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Call 804.281.7140. Learn about what they have to offer.

DadChat – Commonwealth Parenting. An open, informal group offering helpful ideas and conversation. Facilitated by seasoned dads. Open to all – call 804-504-1110 to register.

How to Alienate Your Teen. Commonwealth Parenting. Look at how the adults in teens’ lives sometimes place stumbling blocks along the way to independence. Register: 804-545-1272.

Book Signing at bbgb. 4:00 p.m. Children’s author Katy Kelly will be in the shop reading and signing her latest book in the Melonhead series, Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster. Katy also writes the popular Lucy Rose series.

Wednesday, October 24

High Risk Pregnancy: Know What to Expect (free) at Lewis Ginter. If you are at risk, you and your baby might need special monitoring or care throughout your pregnancy. VCU Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) will host a panel of experts in neonatal and maternal-fetal medicine as they discuss the causes of high-risk pregnancies, and what you can do to take care of yourself and your baby.

Waggles’ Tricks & Treats Halloween Party at the Richmond SPCA. 5:30pm – 7 pm. Please join Waggles, our humane education spokesdog, and all of his friends for a special Halloween Party! Join us for Tricks & Treats! Our special K-9 guests will perform their fanciest tricks and both guest K9′s and Kids are encouraged to show off their Halloween finest. Please, do not bring dogs to the event. Donations are welcome for this free event. Help us in the lifesaving work of the Richmond SPCA.

Cesarean Birth at Hip to be Round.  Whether you choose to schedule it or it is the last thing you want, take 90 minutes to explore your ideas about it. Practical and emotional preparation will allow you to greet this experience with preparedness, excitement, and on your own terms. Fee: $25. Read about the
YOUR CESAREAN course objectives here.

Nobody Told Me with Commonwealth Parenting. 9:30 am at the Continent Building, 5206 Markel Road, Suite 300. Join our Family Educator for conversation and support. Talk about everything from babies to teens. Share experiences and ideas and gain perspective on the most important job of being a mom.

Thursday, October 25

“Ghouls” Night Out (Ladies Night Out) at All Fired Up – Ladies… Imagine a relaxing night creating your own work of art while gabbing with girlfriends and drinking a glass of wine! Come join us on Thursday, October 25th for our “Ghouls” Night Out! Receive 10% off your piece and snacks will be provided. You and your gal pals provide the beverage of your choice!

Remember My Name – Monument Heights Baptist Church at 7 pm. A nondenominational memorial service to commemorate men, women, and children who lost their lives as a result of domestic violence.

Poe Museum Unhappy Hour – dress in costumes for the Halloween party in Richmond with real ghosts! Live music, costume contest, food, and cash bar.

Boo-Tacular Family Storytime – October 25 @ Glen Allen

Kindergarten Information Fair: Ten Different Area Private Schools – One Evening. Richmond Waldorf is bringing together local private schools to share information with parents who are exploring kindergarten options!

Fine Arts & Flowers at VMFA from October 25-28, 2012. Floral designs inspired by museu masterworks, lectures, demos, luncheons, flower-inspired fashion show, wine tasting, live music, and more. Information and tickets at 804.340.1405 or visit the website.

Friday, October 26

St. Christopher’s Kindergarten – Upcoming Prospective Parent Orientation – Parents interested in learning more about St. Christopher’s School and what they have to offer for pre-K and kindergarten can attend their upcoming Kindergarten Prospective Parent Orientation.

Fourth Fridays with Frank at Children’s Museum. The fourth Friday of each month will feature a book that emphasizes financial literacy. After story time, the educator will stick around to play and answer questions in CMoR’s very own Franklin Federal Branch!

Family Halloween Haunt at the Wilton House Museum from 6-8pm. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to a family-friendly All Hallow’s Eve at Wilton. Enjoy storytelling, a pumpkin hunt and decorating, and costume awards. Guided tours of the exhibit Designed To Perfection: Mark Catesby’s Natural History will be available. Come and enjoy all the spooky fun!

Beyond Stereotypes: The Intrinsic Nature of Domestic Violence. Featuring Susan Singers Beyond Barbie Presentation. 8 am – 4:30 pm at John Tyler Community College. Register here.

Fine Arts & Flowers at VMFA from October 25-28, 2012. Floral designs inspired by museu masterworks, lectures, demos, luncheons, flower-inspired fashion show, wine tasting, live music, and more. Information and tickets at 804.340.1405 or visit the website.

The Richmond Oktoberfest offers two nights of genuine Bavarian Oktoberfest entertainment including both, traditional and modern dance music, Bavarian Folk Dancing, and many other surprises.

Jump-n-Jam Tween Night – Pump it Up – Ages 10-16 can jump and dance the night away at either the Hanover or Midlothian location. Pre-register for a discount 804-550-7867.

Haunted Lantern Tour – Chesterfield Historical Society – held on the Friday before Halloween, 7-10 p.m. Explore the paranormal activity of Magnolia Grange. For ages 8 and older. Registration required. Fee.www.ChesterfieldHistory.com or 804-796-7131.

Virginia Carolina Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic – Get a head start on your holiday shopping at this great show with over 450 artists and craftsmen from around the country. ($, under 6 Free). Richmond Raceway Complex at 600 E. Laburnum Avenue.

Saturday, October 27

Richmond Zombie Bash – Halloween Concert/Dance at the Richmond Convention Center on Oct 27th 2012. Featuring music from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s with the cover band the Deloreans headling. Be a part of Richmond biggest Halloween event as we set the state record for the largest “Thriller Dance” at midnight. 2 bands, 5 bars and dancing.

HopeVoice – Digital storytelling workshop.

Chick-fil-A Charity Sports Challenge at the Siegel Center. VCU Siegel Center/U-Turn Sports Academy – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 5K, dodgeball, table tennis, corn hole and basketball events, proceeds benefit Schools for Niger and Team Up Richmond.

Virginia Carolina Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic – Get a head start on your holiday shopping at this great show with over 450 artists and craftsmen from around the country. ($, under 6 Free). Richmond Raceway Complex at 600 E. Laburnum Avenue.

Fall Festival at Lyndale Baptist Church- 11 am-3 pm. Come for a fun-filled day of FREE games,crafts, face-painting, inflatable slide, petting zoo, food, and much more as we celebrate the many blessings of the season. Also try some tasty treats from our Bake Sale with proceeds benefiting Ladies’ Mission Ministries.

Food Allergy Friendly Trunk or Treat at Cheswick Park at 4:00 p.m. Dress up and decorate your trunk, bring a bowl of allergy-free candy or toys. Email FAFTrunkOrTreat@gmail to register.

Virginia Center Commons is hosting its annual Halloween event on Saturday, October 27 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., offering a variety of fun and frightening seasonal festivities for families. The event will be presented by The Hub TV Network, a destination for kids and their families. The Hub will provide fun activities for attendees, giveaways and trick-or-treat bags (while supplies last). Additionally, during the event, little ones can view some of the network’s fun, kid-friendly, spooky-themed episodes of shows including “My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” and “Transformers Rescue Bots.”  For more information about the Simon Kidgits Club, visit the website.

Chester Family YMCA Fall Harvest Festival and Haunted House from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm on 3011 W. Hundred Road, Chester, VA. Children’s crafts, family games, cupcake walk, face painting, refreshments, and lots of family-friendly fun. You’ll also enjoy the spooky haunted house.

Chick-fil-A Dodgeball Tournament at Stuart Siegel Center (VCU). 5k run/walk, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, table tennis, corn hole tournament, and dodgeball tournament. Fun, games, food, and more!

Bootleg Shakespeare: Hamlet at November Theatre at 7:30 p.m. One-night only performance!

Peter and the Wolf at the Lollipops Richmond Symphony. 11:00 a.m.

Goosebumps Party – October 27 @ Dumbarton

Scare-O-Thon – October 27 @ North Park

Children’s Halloween Fair  – October 27 @ Tuckahoe

Fine Arts & Flowers at VMFA from October 25-28, 2012. Floral designs inspired by museu masterworks, lectures, demos, luncheons, flower-inspired fashion show, wine tasting, live music, and more. Information and tickets at 804.340.1405 or visit the website.

Spooktacular Halloween Festival – Westchester Commons at Village Green from 1-3 p.m. First 200 kids receive a free pumpkin. Pumpkin decorating, hayrides, games, crafts, treats, and more.

Spooky Saturday on October 27. It is held from 3-7 at Mary Munford Elementary School (211 Westmoreland Avenue, Richmond VA 23226). Spooky Saturday is Mary Munford’s largest community-oriented fundraiser. With Spooky Saturday in it’s 20th year, there will be food and fun for all ages including the hay maze, moon bounce and obstacle course, carnival games, and some new surprises this year. Everyone is welcome to join the fun!

Spooky Party – Come join us on Saturday, October 27th from 10am-4pm for our Spooky Party at all three locations: CMoR Central, CMoR Short Pump and CMoR Chesterfield. Celebrate Halloween a few days early by putting on your Halloween costume, and coming out to any CMoR location for fun Halloween activities, and spooky art projects!

LukeFest: Help Raise Funds and Awareness. During the early morning hours of January 24, 2008, Tim and JoAnn Cockey received a call that no parent ever wants to hear. Their son, Luke Delaney Glen Cockey, had been rushed to the hospital with severe head trauma. After hours of tests and surgeries, Cockey passed away the next day. Every year, Tim and JoAnn honor his memory by helping others in his name. LukeFest is complete with live music, a corn hole tournament, moon bounce, door prizes, oysters, Brunswick stew, Pit Beef, Vegetarian Chili and fun for the entire family.

Cure by Design an American Cancer Society Event from 6pm-10pm. John Marshall Ballroom, 101 North 5th Street, Richmond, VA. Tickest are $125 per person and benefit ACS. Runway fashion and more featuring cancer survivor models. Visit website for more information.

Great Pumpkin Palooza at Innsbrook Picnic Area from 9am – 5 pm. 5K race, pumpkin painting, pumpkin dunkin’ at Lake Rooty, costume contest, face painting, trick-or-treat, music, and more.

El Dia de los Muertos – The Latin Ballet and The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen invite the community to this celebration with live music, dancing, arts & crafts and sweets-and -treats. El Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the U.S. and Canada. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Wear your Halloween costume!

LolliPops Richmond Symphony series – Come early to the pre-concert festival that begins at 10:00 a.m. and enjoy the symphony family-style with a performance of Peter and the Wolf. 804-788-4717

ZooBoo – Virginia Zoo in Norfolk – a short drive for a lot of fun with family fun day 10-3 p.m. and family fun night from 6-9 p.m. Animal pumpkin smashing, costume contests, trick or treat, candy stations, train of terror, haunted hay ride, and costumes and candy.

Make a Difference Day 5k at the Pediatric Connection. The Pediatric Connection is hosting the second annual 5k run/walk and 1/2 mile kids fun run on October 27th at 10:30 benefitting Child Savers. It takes place on 1300 Semmes Ave Richmond, VA 23224. Please come out and run or walk and take part in the festival after the race. There will be music, food, art vendors, and raffle items!

VOLVER – October 26-28 at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen – Based on the real life of the former treasurer of the US. Anna Cabral. A dance theatre work that reflects “Chicano” identity and its culture. October 26-28: Fri. 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM – Sat. 7:30 PM – Sun. 3 PM.

Celebrate Halloween at Martin’s – Come dressed in your favorite costume and receive a free bag & treats (while supplies last). Saturday October 27 from 12 noon until 4 pm.

Dia de Los Muertos – October 27th – Family Festival – at The Cultural Arts center at Glen Allen.- – Celebrate Halloween with us a Hispanic way. Saturday from 12 noon to 4 PM.

Fitness, Food, FAMIS – In celebration of Virginia’s Teen Health Week, join teens from around the Richmond area for ‘Fitness, Food, FAMIS’. This exciting teen health event will include a fun-filled afternoon of games, sports activities, demonstrations and healthy snacks. Teens will have an opportunity to take a turn on the inflatable obstacle course, visit with local celebrities, take pictures in the photo booth, play soccer with the pros, take in a performance by the VCU Dance Team, and win fabulous prizes, including a VCU Basketball signed by Coach Shaka Smart! All teens will receive a free FAMIS Sportbag, filled with cool freebies. Sponsored by FAMIS and the Robert Wood Johnson Maximizing Enrollment Grant.

Paint Treat at Spirited Art – wear your costume and enjoy lots of fun with your little one.

Halloween Storytime – Storytime at Barnes & Noble (Short Pump) – Join us for our special Halloween Storytime in the Children’s Department. We’ll read The Monster’s Monster by Patrick McDonnell and have an arts and crafts activity. Kids, be sure to wear your Halloween costume! Saturday October 27, 2012 11:00 AM.

Boot Camp for New Dads at Henrico Doctors Hospital. All Boot Camps are on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. – 12 noon. and are $25 (with the exception of Richmond Community Hospital). Scholarships are available.

Spooktacular Halloween Festival – Westchester Commons at Village Green from 1-3 p.m. First 200 kids receive a free pumpkin. Pumpkin decorating, hayrides, games, crafts, treats, and more.

Scarytown is Saturday October 27, 2012 in Carytown. Look for the “pumpkin” in the merchant’s window that says “come in for Scarytown treats”. They have agreed to participate in Scarytown safe trick or treating. The Kid’s contest will be at 3:30pm at Premiere Costumes. The Pet contest begins at 3pm. Registration is from 2-3pm at Dogma. There is no entry fee or entry forms for the contests. Trick or Treating will officially be from 12-5pm, though some merchants may continue after that.

Sunday, October 28

Romp n’ Roll Halloween Bash – Head out to Romp n’ Roll this Halloween for a ‘not-so-scary good time’. Join them for crafts, games, raffles, and gym play.  There is plenty of fun for thewhole family. You are encouraged to dress up but, please, no glitter or restricting costumes – you don’t want to restrict the fun! Sunday, October 28 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at all 3 Romp n’ Roll Richmond-area locations.

Virginia Carolina Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic – Get a head start on your holiday shopping at this great show with over 450 artists and craftsmen from around the country. Richmond Raceway Complex at 600 E. Laburnum Avenue.

Squirreloween – The Diamond. From 2-6PM, come trick-or-treat through the Diamond for candy, crafts and pictures with your favorite mascots! In addition, there will be a petting zoo, hayrides and face painting! Do not forget to wear your costume for our costume contest!

Trunk or Treat – Trinity United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited for a community Halloween celebration will feature treats, prizes, a jumphouse, free hot dogs, games, contests and loads of fun for the entire family. 903 Forest Avenue, Richmond, VA. 804.317.7706. 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.

VOLVER – October 26-28 at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen – Based on the real life of the former treasurer of the US. Anna Cabral. A dance theatre work that reflects “Chicano” identity and its culture. October 26-28: Fri. 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM – Sat. 7:30 PM – Sun. 3 PM.

Graze on Grace – Occupies two blocks on Grace from 4th to 7th Streets. The public can taste signature dishes from over 25 of Richmond’s finest sustainable restaurants.for only $3 a sample. The event will also offer fresh Virginia produce, meats, cheeses, herbs, artisan breads and confections straight from local organic farms and specialty food providers. Beverages will be provided by several of Virginia’s finest wineries and all local brews provided by Taste the Local program from Brown Distributing.

30% off Halloween-themed Bisque at All Fired Up. Through October 30.

Goblins & Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. 1:00 p.m. – Celebrate harvest-time in the Children’s Garden with a live concert by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin painting, costumes and fun for the whole family.

VHBG Trunk or Treat – 2pm – 5 pm – Bring your kids to the campus of Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG) for an exciting afternoon of trunk-or-treating in a safe family environment. This unique event allows children to fetch Halloween candy from the backs of vehicles gathered in the campus parking lot. Dozens of cars will sport fun decorations and themes to entertain children in this special Halloween tailgating event. Join us for trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, clowns, an inflatable rock wall and arts projects.