2016 Not-Scary Halloween Activities in Richmond

Not Scary Halloween Activities
Halloween is almost here. And for many of us, it’s the best holiday of the year. We’ve spent the last 10 months scouring Pinterest for the cutest kids’ Halloween costumes EVER. We’ve spent two times more buying supplies at the craft store to make the costume than we would have if we had just ordered it online. We’ve spent 3 weeks convincing our kids they can’t wear their costume before Halloween – then another 4 hours trying to coax them into it when it’s finally time to go out. So when you finally go out to a Halloween event only to discover that 3-year olds DON’T like vampires (who knew?), it can be a little frustrating to head home with a sobbing toddler and a sleepless night ahead of you.  With so many Halloween activities focused around the scarier parts of the holiday, it can be tough to find activities that are fun for everyone, without being overwhelming for the kids. Fortunately, this list of unique, creative and not-scary Halloween activities and events throughout Richmond offers plenty of opportunities to get into the Halloween spirit throughout the month of October, without shedding a single tear – on your part or the kids’.

Quick links:

Events Throughout October
One-Time Events and Activities for Halloween

 

Events Throughout October

Ashland Berry Farm

12607 Old Ridge Rd
Beaverdam, Virginia 23015
(804) 227-3601

When: Every weekend in October; Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Cost: Free admission; Kids’ Pass (includes one parent) for Halloween activities -$8

Costumes? Optional

Ages: All ages

Ashland Berry Farm has officially kicked off the fall season with Halloween activities, including a 3-D Boo House and Fort Pumpkin, available every weekend from now until the end of October. And, of course, you can visit the pumpkin patch, the Country Store or the Halloween-themed Nightmare Gift Shop any day between 1pm – 6pm.

Be sure to bring some muscle with you, because Ashland Berry Farm is also offering All-You-Can-Carry pumpkins for $20 – all season long.


Chesterfield Berry Farm

26002 Pear Orchard Road
Moseley, Virginia
(804) 739-2404

When: Every weekend in October; Saturday and Sunday; 9:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: Free admission; Super Pass (includes all activities) -$19

*Receive $5 off a Super Pass when you donate any amount to the Spirit of Children (benefiting VCU Children’s Hospital) at any Richmond area Spirit of Halloween store. Simply save your receipt and show it to a cashier at the Chesterfield Berry Farm admissions tent to save.

Costumes? Optional

Ages: All ages

This family-owned and -operated farm has been a local favorite for years. And now every weekend in October, you can head to the farm for Halloween fun that will keep kids of all ages entertained (that includes you, mom and dad). Stop by for special Halloween treats like “zombie” paintball and the kid-friendly “Haunted Manor.”

Other activities:

  • Hayrides
  • Paintball
  • Wagon train ride
  • Barrel train ride
  • Corn Maze
  • Corn Cannon
  • Haunted Manor
  • funZone

 

Fall Festival

Cross Creek Garden Center
501 Courthouse Road
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 794-9760

When: Every weekend in October; 10am – 4pm

Cost: FREE admission; pumpkin painting – $5; “Haunted Hayride” – $2

Costumes? Optional

Ages: All ages

The Cross Creek Fall Festival is an annual event that is perfect for kids of all ages. Pick pumpkins to take home, but be sure to stay for other Halloween activities, including pumpkin painting and a “haunted” hayride that is just the right amount of spooky (but not scary) for younger participants. While you’re there, visit the turkeys and goats and enjoy concessions for sale at the outdoor kitchen.

 

Friday Night at the Pumpkin Patch

Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market
The Outdoor Haybale Theater
4150 Tom Leonard Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 364-5800

When: Every Friday night in October (10/7, 10/14, 10/21 and 10/28); 6pm – close (movie starts at 7pm)

Cost: FREE

Costumes? Optional

Ages: All ages

Join the folks at Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market every Friday night in October for some good ol’ fashioned G-rated Halloween fun. With hayrides and face painting starting at 6pm, be sure to stick around for a family-friendly Halloween movie starting around 7pm – 7:15pm. There will be hot chocolate and warm cider, plus plenty of opportunities to pick up a pumpkin at Tom Leonard’s Pumpkin Patch.

October 7: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966); unrated (all ages)
October 14: Sesame Street – A Magical Halloween Adventure (2004); unrated (all ages)
October 21: Disney’s The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949); unrated (all ages)
October 28: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966); unrated (all ages)

 

Great Pumpkin Fest

King’s Dominion
16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell,VA 23047

When: September 24, 2016 – October 30, 2016; Saturdays and Sundays; 12pm – 5pm

Cost: Price of admission

Costumes? Optional, but encouraged!

Ages: All ages, with rides designed for kids 60” and under

Head out to King’s Dominion for an afternoon of fearless Halloween fun and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Charlie Brown’s “The Great Pumpkin.” The event takes place from 12pm-5pm at Planet Snoopy and includes rides, games and Halloween-themed activities for the whole family.

The cost is the price of admission, but visit King’s Dominion Great Pumpkin Fest to find out how you can get special event-priced tickets as low as $40.

 

“HOWL-O-WEEN” Meadows of Mayhem

Varina Library
1875 New Market Rd
Henrico, VA 23231
(804) 501-1980

When: Wednesday, October 5, 12 and 19 and Monday, October 31, 2016; 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Cost: FREE

Costumes? No

Ages: Check movie listings below for age appropriateness

The Varina Library presents their mini-movie festival featuring Halloween-themed movies throughout the month of October. On select Wednesday evenings and on Halloween night, Monday, October 31, bring the family out for some semi-spooky fun at this free movie series. The event is intended for all ages, but be sure to check the movies first to make sure they are appropriate for your family.

October 5: The Haunted Mansion (2003); PG
October 12: Beetlejuice (1988); PG
October 19: Ghostbusters (1984); PG
October 31: Monsters, Inc. (2001); G

 

One-Time Events and Activities for Halloween

(Chronological order)

Twilight Tales

Twin Hickory Library
5001 Twin Hickory Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 501-1920

When: Wednesday, October 05, 2016; 7pm

Cost: FREE

Costumes? Optional

Ages: All ages

Head to Twin Hickory Library for an evening of fun stories and tales that are appropriate for all ages. Be sure to call ahead if you would like to bring a group as space is limited.

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Cultural Arts Center
Sara Belle November Stage
2880 Mountain Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23060 (804) 261-ARTS

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016; 10am and 1pm

Cost: $12

Costumes? No

Ages: All ages

See the “legend” come alive on stage in this theatrical production of the timeless classic “Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” Offering plenty of thrills, without being too scary, the show is presented by Theatre IV and VA Rep. Order tickets here.

 

Paranormal Workshop: Halloween Symbolism and Superstition

Magnolia Grange Museum House
10020 Iron Bridge Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832
(804) 751-4946

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016; 7pm – 9pm

Cost: $10

Costumes? No

Ages: 8 and up

The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia takes you on a chilling educational journey through the history and folklore surrounding Halloween. Learn about common symbols, the evolution of costumes and the history of popular beliefs and superstitions that have made Halloween the holiday we know today.

 

60 Seconds to Win It

Montpelier Library
17205 Sycamore Tavern Lane
Montpelier, VA 23192
(804) 883-7116

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016; 6:30pm – 8pm

Cost: FREE

Costumes? No

Ages: Teens (middle school and high school)

Test your skills with Halloween-themed games set to a 60-second timer. See how fast you can win and enjoy snacks, fun and friends. Hosted by the Friends of the Montpelier Library.

 

Teen Art Guild: Halloween Edition

Libbie Mill Library
2100 Libbie Lake E Street
Henrico, VA 23230
(804) 501-1940

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016; 7pm

Cost: FREE

Costumes? No

Ages: Teens (middle school and high school)

As part of the Teen Art Guild, a program that helps teen artists of any level hone their creative skills, the Libbie Mill Library will be offering a special Halloween edition where teens can come out and help make “spooky” crafts for the Teen Room. This event is a perfect chance to meet new people and have some fun this Halloween – artistic expertise is not required! But registration is, so be sure to call (804) 501-1940 to sign up.

 

Twilight Tales

Glen Allen Branch Library
10501 Staples Mill Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 501-1950

When: Thursday, October 13, 2016; 6:30pm

Cost: FREE

Costumes? Optional

Ages: All ages – ideal for preschool (3-5 years) and elementary (grades K-5)

Enjoy an evening of stories about pumpkins, then make a special Halloween pumpkin craft to take home!

 

We Haunt Harlie & Friends Night

Master Cho’s Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts in Short Pump
4386 Pouncey Tract Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 364-0101

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016; 6pm – 9pm

Cost: $10

Costumes? Yes

Ages: All ages

For a Halloween event that is loads of fun and helps a good cause, join the Master Cho’s Tae Kwon Do and Martial Arts studio in Short Pump for We Haunt Harlie & Friends Night. This annual event features a haunted house, costume contests, live music, juggling, a magic show and plenty of tricks and treats. All proceeds go to offset the financial strain of families with medically fragile children. For more information, visit the We Haunt Harlie and Friends events’ page on Facebook.

 

Zombiefied!

West Point Library
721 Main Street
West Point, VA 23181
(804) 843-3244

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016; 12pm – 1pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? No…but be ready to make one!

Ages: Teens (high school and middle school)

Design your very own zombie t-shirt, then join the undead, complete with full zombie make-up! Be sure to bring an old, light-colored t-shirt to decorate and enjoy a fun night with friends. Snacks are provided by the Friends of the West Point Library as part of Teen Read Week.

 

acac Halloween Festival

acac Fitness and Wellness Center – Midlothian
11621 Robius Road
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 378-1600

When: Friday, October 21, 2016; 6pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes

Ages: All ages

Consider this your Halloween warm-up! Head out to acac in full costume for a night of trick-or-treating, crafts and Halloween activities. Take a stroll through acac’s Walking Dead and be sure to stick around for funnel cakes, pretzels, hot chocolate and cider from the café. Best of all, the event is open to the public, so members, be sure to invite family and friends along for the fun.

 

SpookieFUN Fest

Pole Green Park
8996 Pole Green Park Lane
Mechanicsville, VA 23116

When: Friday, October 21, 2016; 5pm – 9pm

Cost: Free admission; candy is $1/bag; concession for sale

Costumes? Most definitely!

Ages: Children under 12

Come to the park in your best Halloween costume for a night of flashlight toy and candy hunting, trick-or-treat booths, rides, games, photos op and much more. Best of all, you can visit with Taylor and his superhero friends: Captain America, Spiderman and the Ninja Turtles. Rides and games are designed for kids under 12, so you might want to leave your older kids at home.

 

Goblins and Gourds 

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens – The Children’s Garden
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228
(804) 262-9887

When: Sunday, October 23, 2016; 1pm – 4pm

Cost: Regular Admission: $13/Adults, $11/Seniors (55+), $8/Children (3-12). Children under 3 free. FREE for Members.

Costumes? No

Ages: All ages

While Goblins and Gourds isn’t, strictly speaking, a Halloween event, it is a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the beauty of Lewis Ginter’s gardens in a harvest celebration atmosphere. The event is perfect for kids of all ages and features live music from the Indigenous Gourds Orchestra, demonstrations, tasty treats from Relay Foods and Edible Education, pumpkin painting, “Scarecrow Quest” and more.

 

Halloween Story Time and Parade

Atlee Library
9161 Atlee Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
(804) 559-0654

When: Monday, October 24, 2016; 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes

Ages: Ages 0-6   Get ready for Halloween at The Atlee Library. Join them for a fun-filled evening of stories, crafts and a parade that is just right for little ones. Be sure to bring your kiddies in full costume and enjoy treats provided by the Friends of the Atlee Library.

 

SPOOK-TACULAR Magic Show

Fairfield Library
1001 N Laburnum Ave
Richmond, VA 23223
(804) 501-1930

When: Tuesday, October 25, 2016; 7pm

Cost: FREE

Costumes? Optional

Ages: Elementary (Grades K-5)

Add a little magic to your Halloween this year with Fairfield Library’s SPOOK-TACULAR Magic Show. The show stars the Amazing Mr. B and promises a fun-filled evening, complete with Halloween treats.

 

Paranormal Investigation

Bon Air Library
9103 Rattlesnake Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23235
(804) 318-8966

When: Tuesday, October 25; 7pm – 8pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? No

Ages: Teens (high school and middle school)

Learn the real secrets behind ghost hunting with Spirited History’s LeeAnne Ball. Teens can see the tools of the trade and learn how to trigger paranormal activity. Since this kind of activity can get a bit spooky, it is not recommended for younger children. Be sure to register as spaces will fill up and registration is required. Registration begins October 11.

 

Twilight Tales

Twin Hickory Library
5001 Twin Hickory Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 501-1920

When: Wednesday, October 26, 2016; 7pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Optional

Ages: All ages

Head to Twin Hickory Library for an evening of fun stories and tales that are appropriate for all ages. Be sure to call ahead if you would like to bring a group as space is limited.

 

Halloween ‘n’ Read

Richmond Public Library–Hull Street
1400 Hull St
Richmond, VA 23224

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016; 4pm – 5pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes

Ages: K-5th Grade     Join your friends at the Richmond Public Library for an afternoon of stories, treats and crafts. Be sure to wear your best costume!

 

Monster Bash

Libbie Mill Library
2100 Libbie Lake E Street
Henrico, VA 23230
(804) 501-1940

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016; 6:30pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes

Ages: All ages

Give your costumes a trial run as you get ready for Halloween at the Libbie Mill Library. There will be Halloween-themed crafts and activities that are perfect for the whole family, including your little ones.

 

Rompy’s Halloween Bash

Romp n’ Roll – all locations

Midlothian
11541 Busy St (off Courthouse Rd, next to CiCi’s Pizza)
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 893-3142

Richmond- West End
9677 W Broad St (Westpark Shopping Center)
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 249-5001

Mechanicsville
6300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Ste 3
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
(804) 730-2060

When: Friday, October 28, 2016; 4:00pm – 5:30pm and 6pm – 7:30pm

Cost: $15

Costumes? Yes

Ages: 0-5

Come out for an afternoon or evening of exciting Halloween crafts, games, raffles, activities, a bounce house and pizza. Costumes are encouraged, but please no glitter or restricting costumes – you’ll want plenty of room to move around!

 

4th Fridays at ArtWorks: Pre-Halloween Party

ArtWorks
320 Hull St
Richmond, VA 23224
(804) 291-1400

When: Friday, October 28, 2016; 7pm – 10pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes

Ages: All ages

Join ArtWorks for their 13th anniversary and celebrate with a pre-Halloween party. Come in your best costume and you’ll have the chance to win prizes, including 2 passes to EscapeRoomRVA. There will be trick-or-treating, live music, a costume parade and an ongoing All-Media art show with a special prize for the “Scared-the-bejeezus-out-of-Me” category. The all-media show include works by Linda Bronski and other local artists and will be on display through November 20, 2016.

 

Haunted Henricus: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Rd
Chester, VA 23836
(804) 318-8797

When: Friday, October 28, 2016 and Saturday, October 29, 2016; 7pm – 8:30pm

Cost: $6/child (ages 6 – 12), $8/adult (Henricus Patrons free)

Costumes? No

Ages: 6 years and up (tours not appropriate for 6 and under)

Take a spooky step back in time and hear haunting accounts and mystical tales by the fireside. Join the Henricus Education Team as they recount old English and Virginia Indian legends and folklore. Take tours of this living history park after dark and learn about life in Colonial Virginia in the early 1600s. Light refreshments will be available. Be sure to register by October 24 by calling (804) 748-1611.

 

Haunted Henricus, Jr.: Things That Go Bump in the Afternoon

Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Rd
Chester, VA 23836
(804) 318-8797

When: Friday, October 28, 2016; 3pm – 4pm

Cost: $5/child, $5/adult (Henricus Patrons – $3/child, adults free)

Costumes? No

Ages: 2-8 years

Join the Education Team at Henricus Historical Park for a festive look back at Halloweens gone by. This kid-friendly version of Henricus’ “Things That Go Bump in the Night” is a perfect activity for your younger history buffs and includes stories, a “treats tour,” and a chance to make a 17th century craft. Be sure to register by October 26 by calling (804) 318-8797.

 

Spooky Spectacular Family Camp Out

Maymont
1700 Hampton St
Richmond, VA 23220
(804) 358-7166

When: Friday, October 28, 2016; 6pm until Saturday, October 29, 2016; 9am

Cost: $30/person (members); $40/person (non-members)

Costumes? No

Ages: 4 years and up (must have one adult for every 4 children)

Bring the whole family to Maymont to celebrate “Owl”-oween. Take a lantern-lit hike through the Maymont grounds to meet some of the parks spookier creatures, followed by stories and s’mores by the campfire. After spending the night in your tent on the Maymont grounds, you’ll enjoy a continental breakfast and a group hike. Be sure to register online by October 25!

 

“Monster House” Movie Night

Sandston Library
23 E Williamsburg Rd
Sandston, VA 23150
(804) 501-1990

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016; 10:30am

Cost: Free

Costumes? No

Ages: Tween (Grade 4-6) and Elementary (Grade K-5)

Come by for a morning of fun as the Sandston Library presents “Monster House” on their big screen. This animated “scary” movie is perfect for your older elementary kids and tweens. Space is limited so be sure to call (804) 501-1990 for more information.

 

Halloween Celebration

Twin Hickory Library
5001 Twin Hickory Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 501-1920, ext. 4

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016; 3pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes

Ages: Preschool

This Halloween celebration gives toddlers and preschoolers a fun, festive experience – without any spooks!  Be sure to come in costume and enjoy an afternoon with crafts, stories, “fortune telling” and other special treats.

 

Halloween Fair 

Gayton Library
10600 Gayton Rd
Henrico, VA 23238
(804) 501-1960

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016; 3pm – 4pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes

Ages: Preschool, Elementary and Tweens

Join your friends at the Gayton Library for a safe, indoor Halloween celebration featuring storytelling, games, face painting, crafts and much more. The event is hosted by the West End TAB and sponsored by the Friends of the Gayton Library.


Innsbrook’s Great Pumpkin Palooza

North Shore Commons Lawn at Innsbrook
4951 Lake Brook Dr
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 217-8804

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016; 10am – 4pm

Cost: Free admission; select food, drink, crafts and activities will be available for purchase

Costumes? Optional

Ages: All ages

The Innsbrook Foundation has teamed up with the American Cancer Society once again to bring you the annual Great Pumpkin Palooza. This family-friendly fall-themed event features a battle of the bands, a petting zoo, a bouncy house, costume contests, pumpkin painting, local food and drink vendors, crafts, art, jewelry and much more. Among this year’s top events is the annual Punkin Dunkin. See teams from around Richmond test their engineering skills as they attempt to launch pumpkins up to 700 feet to earn the title of Punkin Dunkin Champion.

 

The Maker’s Lab: Candy Making

Varina Library
1875 New Market Rd
Henrico, VA 23231
(804) 501-1980

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016; 2:30pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? No

Ages: Tweens (Grades 4-16) and Teens (Grades 6-12)

Forget about store bought treats this Halloween. Come by the Varina Library Maker’s Lab and learn how to make your own trick-or-treat goodies! Space is limited, so be sure to register by calling (804) 501-1980.

 

Just Say BOO! Musical Playdate

Melody Magic Music Studio
3041 Lauderdale Dr
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 334-6241

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 (10am – 10:40am); Sunday, October 30, 2016 (4pm – 4:40pm); and Monday, October 31, 2016 (12:30pm – 1:10pm)

Cost: $15/child; $10/sibling

Costumes? Yes

Ages: 0-5 years

This popular musical playdate is back for even more fun this Halloween. Offering instruments, music and more, your little ones can work out their Halloween wiggles in full costume at this musical dance party. Be sure to grab your spot online because space is limited.

 

Halloween Carnival Festival

The Village Green at Westchester Commons Shopping Center
(At the corner of Rt. 288 and Midlothian Turnpike)
15786 WC Main St
Midlothian, VA 23113
(804) 893-5115

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016; 1pm – 4pm

Cost: Free admission; ride tickets $.25/ea or all-you-can-ride wristband for $5

Costumes? Yes

Ages: All ages

Bring the whole family for a day of Halloween festivities featuring bounce houses, carnival games, Halloween crafts and a costume contest for kids AND adults! Plus, local merchants will provide trick-or-treating for the kids. Concession sales will benefit Blessed Sacrament Hugenot Catholic School in Powhatan.

Halloween – Fright Night

Regency Square Mall
1420 North Parham Road
Richmond, 23229
(804) 740-7467

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016; 3pm – 7pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes

Ages: All ages

Get the night started with trick-or-treating from 3pm – 5pm. Be sure to wear your most creative costume because a few lucky kids under 10 will earn prizes from roaming judges. Then, from 5pm – 7pm stick around for a special showing of Pixar’s “Monster’s University” (PG).

 

Trunk or Treat

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
1706 St. Matthew’s Lane
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 784-3176

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016; 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes (nothing scary, please)

Ages: All ages

Enjoy a night out with the family at St. Matthew’s Trunk or Treat festivities. Enjoy a bounce house, “trunk”-or-treating, games, hayrides, an outdoor movie, crafts and treats for all. Wear a costume, but just nothing scary, please!

 

Halloween History on Hanover

The Valentine Museum
1015 East Clay St.
Richmond, VA 23219-1527
804-649-0711 x301

 When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 and Sunday, October 30, 2016; 6pm – 7:30 pm

Cost: $15/person, $5/Valentine members

Costumes? Yes

Ages: All ages (but the content may be more interesting for older kids, 10 years and up)

While we know Halloween as a time of costumes and candy, the origins of the holiday are actually rooted in ancient Celtic and Catholic traditions. The Valentine Museum offers a chance to explore how history has evolved from early colonial practices and “play parties” post-American Revolution, to practices of immigrants in the mid-1800s that influenced how Richmonders experience the holiday today. This historical walking tour is part of the Valentine’s Richmond History Tours program. Participants should meet at Hanover Avenue and Strawberry Street.


Boo Fest with Curious George

Community Idea Station’s IdeaKids Club
23 Sesame Street
Richmond, VA 23235

When: Sunday, October 30, 2016; 10am – 12:30pm

Cost: Free for Ideakids Club members ($25/year) or $5/person

Costumes? Very much encouraged

Ages: All ages, ideal for ages 2 – 8

Join your local Community Idea Station for a fun-filled Halloween festival complete with games, creepy crawly bugs from VCU’s Bug Club, spooky stories, treats and, of course, everyone’s favorite PBS KIDS troublemaker, Curious George. Find tickets online at www.eventbrite or learn more at the Boo Fest Facebook page.

Day of the Dead Halloween Festival

The Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen
2880 Mountain Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

When: Sunday, October 30, 2016; 1pm – 5pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes

Ages: All ages

Join us on Sunday, October 30 from 1-5pm at The Cultural Arts Center for our Annual Day of the Dead Festival! In conjunction with the Latin Ballet of Virginia, “Dia de los Muertos” is a festive celebration of life with live performances by the Latin Ballet of Virginia and the Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion Team XXL featuring dancing, music, sweets, treats, and fun art activities for everyone! Feed the whole family with food available for sale by Chuy’s. Plus, wear your Halloween costume to join in the fun at this community tradition!

 

Spooky Party at CMOR

ALL Children’s Museum Locations
CMoR Central: 2626 West Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220  Phone: (804) 474-7062
CMoR Short Pump: 11800 West Broad St, Richmond, VA 23233  Phone: (804) 474-7070
CMoR Chesterfield: 6629 Lake Harbour Dr, Midlothian, VA 23112  Phone: (804) 474-7075
CMoR Fredericksburg: 1275 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22401  Phone: (540) 656-2233

When: Sunday, October 30, 2016; 10am – 4pm

Cost: Free with museum admission ($9/ages 1-59; $8/seniors 60+; free/12 months and under)

Costumes? Yes

Ages: All ages

Head out in costume for pre-Halloween festivities at your local CMOR. Every CMOR location will be hosting their own Spooky Party from 10am- 4pm, with a costume parade, Halloween-themed activities, games, arts and crafts, face painting, performances and, of course, trick-or-treating! Click here to see what special events will be featured at the CMOR nearest you.

 

Harvest Festival on Halloween Night

House of Prayer
10500 Newbys Bridge Rd
Chesterfield, VA 23832
(804) 796-2828

When: Monday, October 31, 2016; 6pm – 8:30pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes (but non-scary costumes only, please)

Ages: All ages

This year marks House of Prayer’s 40th annual Harvest Festival. This community event offers a safe, fun-filled alternative for families who don’t have neighborhoods conducive to trick-or-treating – and offers a whole lot more to boot! Come out in non-scary costumes for a night of games, inflatable slides, a bouncy house, pony rides and holiday treats.

 

Halloween Hoopla

Children’s Museum of Richmond, Central
2626 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220 (804) 474-7000

When: Monday, October 31, 2016; 4pm – 8pm

Cost: Children are FREE; adult tickets $4/each

Costumes? Yes

Ages: All ages

CMOR Central invites you to join them for a safe, fun-filled Halloween experience at their annual Halloween Hoopla. Featuring decorations, crafts and “real-life” trick-or-treating at the museum’s kid-size neighborhood, the event is open to everyone. Other activities include Halloween art projects, reptiles from Reptile Adventure and plenty of games. Purchases your tickets here or at the door.

 

Costume Party

Chick-fil-A at Westchester Commons
132 Schofield Drive
Midlothian , VA 23113
(804) 378-4232

When: Monday, October 31, 2016; 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Costumes? Yes

Ages: All ages

Chick-fil-A is great any day of the year, but on Halloween, they take it up a notch. Head out to Chick-fil-A at Westchester Commons on Halloween night and enjoy prizes for costumes, crafts, games, and free Icedream Sundaes for kids 12 and under. Even the famous Chick-fil-A Cow will be dressed up for the holiday!

 

These Not-Scary Halloween activities give you a wide range of options, times and events to suit every one – and every age. Best of all, you can sleep easy knowing that with so many costume-wearing opportunities, all that time you spent on Pinterest and at the craft store will NOT go to waste!

Let us know if you’ve experienced any of these Not-Scary Halloween activities – or tell us about one that we may have overlooked!