2017 Guide to Scary Halloween Haunts, Houses and Attractions in Richmond

Complete Guide to Scary Halloween EventsI want to like scary movies and haunted houses…I mean, everyone else does. Of course, by “everyone else,” I mainly mean my kids. I actually had my 11-year old ask me if she could go see the movie, “It.” For the record, I said, “no.” I don’t even let Stephen King books into my house for fear of what will happen if I turn my back. But, despite my reticence, the fascination with hauntings, ghosts, and titillating terrors remains for many people. And with Halloween just around the corner, many of you are looking for scary Halloween attractions that will push your adrenaline to new levels.

If your fascination with fear leads you to creepy cornfields and haunted trails, then you’re in luck. The following haunted houses, fear-filled farms, and ghoulish ghost tours will have your spine-tingling in no time. And, of course, if you have a favorite scary Halloween haunt that’s not on our list, be sure to let us know at cs@richmondmom.com.

Special Events

(Chronological order)

The Woman in Black

Swift Creek Mill Theatre
17401 Jefferson Davis Highway
Chesterfield, VA 23834
(804) 748-5203

When: September 14 – October 21, 2017; click here for showtimes.
Cost: Theatre only – $38; Buffet & Theatre – $55
Costumes? No
Ages: Content may not be suitable for young children.

In this long-running British play, a mysterious woman in black is said to haunt the neighborhood where her child was killed. The only catch is that anyone who sees her dies. The play has been running in London theatres for nearly three decades, evoking chills for audiences and critics alike. Few American theatres have had the privilege of producing it, but Swift Creek Mill is one of the lucky few. Be sure to join them for dinner and a show – and be prepared to have your courage tested. Learn more about the show and showtimes or purchase tickets online.


Double “Psycho”: Halloween Horror Side-by-Side

Varina Library
1875 New Market Rd
Henrico, VA 23231
(804) 501-1980, ext. 4

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017; 6pm – 8pm
Cost: Free
Costumes? Optional
Ages: Adults

See both the original 1960 version of Hitchcock’s famous thriller, Psycho (R), and its more modern 1998 remake, directed by Gus Van Sant, as they play side-by-side, scene-for-scene. The audience will hear the original 1960 soundtrack as both movies play.


A Chilling Candlelight Tour at Magnolia Grange House Museum

Magnolia Grange House Museum
10020 Iron Bridge Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
(804) 796-7121

When: Saturday, October 14, 2017; 8pm – 10pm
Cost: $10; Register here.
Costumes? No
Ages: Content may not be suitable for young children.

Join Spirited History as they take you by candlelight throughout Magnolia Grange. Listen to the ghostly tales and hear the spectral voices that have been captured in EVPS, electronic voice phenomena, some of which may surprise and shock you. After the tour, participants can join in a paranormal investigation with Spirited History to see if they have ghostly encounters of their own. Contact LeeAnne Ball at (804) 748-1498 for more information.


Fancy Me Mad: Graveyard Tour and Tales from Edgar Allen Poe

St. John’s Church
2401 E. Broad St
Richmond, VA 23223
(804) 648-5015

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017; 5:30pm – 8pm
Cost: $5
Costumes? No
Ages: May not be ideal for younger participants.

Join The St. John’s Church Foundation and members of the Poe Museum for a walk through the hauntingly historic St. John’s graveyard just in time for Halloween. You’ll be paid a visit by the spirits of Eliza Poe (Edgar Allan Poe’s mother); George Wythe and his murderous nephew; a long-dead Confederate Soldier; a victim of the 1811 Theater Fire; and more. At 7pm, head inside the church for spine-tingling stories from Poe himself. Purchase tickets online here.


Voices from the Shadows: A Walk Through Hallowed Ground

Pamplin Historical Park
6125 Boydton Plank Road
Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 861-2408 or 1(877) PAMPLIN (877-726-7546)

When: Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, 2017; 7pm – 9pm
Cost: $10/adults; $5/children (ages 6-12); Free to park members
Costumes? No
Ages: Family-friendly

Walk the hallowed, and notoriously haunted, grounds of Pamplin Historical Park for a thrilling look at the park like you’ve never seen it before. Join costumed interpreters as they guide you by lantern in this after-dark tour. See historical sites and Civil War landmarks as you hear chilling stories of characters and deeds from the past. Reservations are required, so be sure to book soon. Click here for more details or call (804) 861-2408 for reservations.


Haunted Henricus: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Rd
Chester, VA 23836
(804) 748-1611

When: Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017; 7pm – 8:30am
Cost: $8/adults; $6/children (ages 6-12); Henricus Patrons free
Costumes? No
Ages: Not recommended for children under the age of 6.

As the sun goes down and darkness falls, gather around the fire at Henricus Historical Park for an evening of thrilling tales of old English and Native American myth, lore, and legend. Hear spine-tingling accounts just as the original colonists of Henricus might have told them. Be prepared for chills as the shadows grow longer and danger lurks in the dark. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. Call (804) 748-1611 to reserve your spot today.


Haunted Henricus Overnight Event

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

When: Saturday, October 28 – Sunday, October 29, 2017; 9pm – 9am
Cost: $25/person
Costumes? No
Ages: Not recommended for young children. Call for more details.

Summon your courage for a spook-filled night in the second oldest English settlement in America. Along with fellow campers, you’ll take part in a real-life paranormal investigation that will test your nerves and challenge your investigative skills. All participants must register by calling (804) 748-1611. Be sure to reserve your place soon because spots fill up quickly!


Richmond Zombie Walk

Meeting Point: 1pm – Boat Lake in Byrd Park (Boat Lake Drive)
Starting Point: 2:30pm2901 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221 (in front of Dixie Donuts)

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017; Meet at 1pm, walk begins at 2:30
Cost: Free to participate, but there is a suggested $5 donation to the American Cancer Society
Costumes? Oh…ABSOLUTELY…the more undead-like the better!
Ages: Family-friendly (at your discretion)

This increasingly popular event is back for its 13th year. Gear up with your creepiest “undead” finery and join other walkers at Boat Lake in Byrd Park around 1pm for rules, photos and prizes. This year’s costume contests include Most Disgusting, Best Couple/Group Theme, Best Pop Culture Theme, Best Zombie Kid and Best Overall. The walk will begin in front of Dixie Donuts in Carytown between 2:30pm and 3pm. From there, you’ll limp, lurch or otherwise drag yourself through Carytown, ending at the Byrd Theater. Just remember, this zombie extravaganza is all about having fun, so stay in character, but please don’t scare anyone who doesn’t want to participate. The Richmond Zombie Walk benefits the American Cancer Society. Learn more online at Richmond Zombie Walk.


Haunted History at Tuckahoe Plantation

Tuckahoe Plantation
12601 River Road
Richmond, VA 23238
(804) 774-1614

When: Monday, October 30, 2017; 4pm – 6pm
Cost: $5/person or $20/family (up to 7 people); add a ghost tour for $5/person or $10/family
Costumes? No
Ages: Family-friendly

Join the friends and staff of Tuckahoe Plantation for a fun-filled Halloween celebration – and if you dare, 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 spectral apparitions, 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, don’t worry. There will be plenty of family-friendly games, face painting, a hayride, mazes and more. Reservations are not required, simply click “interested” on Tuckahoe’s Facebook page. Call (804) 774-1614 or email tuckahoeplantationtours@gmail.com with questions.


Ongoing Events

(Alphabetical order)

Ashland Berry Farm: Terror on the Farm

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

When: Sat, September 30; Fri-Sun, October 6-8; Fri-Dun, October 13-15; Th-Sun, October 19-22; Thu-Sun, October 26-29; and Tues, October 31, 2017 @ 7pm
Cost: $10-$20 for individual events or $30 for an all-inclusive Scream Pass
Costumes? No
Ages: Recommended for adults, but left to parents’ discretion for children.

A family-friendly farm and garden center by day, Ashland Berry Farm transforms into a world of terror on the nights leading up to Halloween. Gates open after dark, admitting anyone who is brave enough to encounter the Laser Swamp, Pneumatics Lights Out, Scream Contests, and more. Purchase tickets for individual events or get an-inclusive “Scream Pass” and take on as many haunts as you can handle. Check back at Ashland Berry Farm to confirm 2017 events and pricing.

Blood Lake Haunted Trail

Windy Hill Sports Complex
16500 Midlothian Turnpike
Midlothian, VA 23113

When: Trail opens October 7, 2017 from 7:30pm – 10pm; both events will be open October 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28, 2017 from 7:30pm – 11pm.
Cost: Trail only: $15/adults and $13/child (9-14); Dark Duo (trail plus airsoft): $2/adults and $17/child (10-14)
Costumes? No
Ages: Children under 9 are not admitted on the trail, children under 10 are not admitted to the Z-Alamo Zombie Airsoft Experience; and children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Walking a haunted trail in the dead of night doesn’t seem like a good idea to me, but to many, it’s frighteningly enticing, which has made Blood Lake Haunted Trail one of the area’s most popular Halloween events for 10 years running. Blood Lake Trail winds through the dark forest surrounding Windy Hill Sports Complex, transforming it from a fun, family sports park to a terror-filled terrain that will haunt your nightmares. If the trail doesn’t do you in, be sure to try the Z-Alamo Zombie Airsoft Experience, a target range that pits you against the zombie apocalypse. Visit Blood Lake Haunted Trail to learn more or purchase tickets online.


Creepy Hollow Scream Park

14437 Stone Horse Creek Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 346-FEAR

When: Check here for the updated 2017 schedule.
Cost: $24 (Scream Forest, Staple’s Mill and Axl’s Fun House) or $34 (all events + Speed Pass)
Costumes? No
Ages: Not recommended for small children.

There’s a reason 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…or are they? 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…if you can. 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. Learn more and purchase tickets at Creepy Hollow Scream Park.


Dead City Lodge

Sandston Moose Lodge
4505 Oakleys Lane
Richmond, Virginia

When:  October 13-15; 20-22; 27-29; and 31, 2017. Check here for updated times.
Cost: Check the Dead City Lodge Facebook page for updates.
Costumes? No
Ages: Not intended for children under 10.

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. Head to the lodge starting on Friday, October 13th (yes, that would be Friday the 13th), for spooks, ghouls and ghosts galore in their haunted house and forest trail. This no-touch haunt is designed for scares, chills, and thrills at every turn, so come prepared! Visit them on Facebook for more information.


Den of Fear

Dogtown Dance Theatre
109 W 15th St
Richmond, VA 23224

When: October 20-22 and 26-29, 2017. Doors open from 6:30pm until 10pm.
Cost: $15/person
Costumes? No
Ages: Intended to be scary. Parental discretion is advised.

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. Be sure to visit them on Facebook for your chance to win free tickets!


Eerie Nights: Ghost Tours

100 N 17th St. (Main St. Side of the 17th St. Farmer’s Market)
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 833-1845

When: Friday nights in October at 8pm; Saturday nights in October at 8pm and 10pm; Special tours are available on Friday, October 13 at 8pm and 10pm; Sunday, October 29 at 8pm; and Tuesday, October 31 at 8pm.
Cost: $14/person; $12/seniors (60+); $12/military (with ID); $10/person for group of 10+
Costumes? No
Ages: Families are welcome, but anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The “ghoul guides” at Eerie Nights Ghost Tours will take you on a theatrically thrilling walk through the streets of Richmond. 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. Click here for a detailed list of tour times, to book a private tour or to purchase advance tickets.


Ghouls Ghost Tours: Ghost Tours by Trolley

100 N 17th St. (Main St. Side of the 17th St. Farmer’s Market)
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 833-1845

When: Every Saturday night, from now until November 4, 2017 @ 9pm. An additional tour will be offered on Halloween night, Tuesday, October 31. 2017 at 9pm.
Cost: $28/person
Costumes? No
Ages: Families are welcome, but are cautioned to use parental discretion. 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Take a tour of Richmond by trolley and learn of her 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. As the sister tour company of Eerie Nights, Richmond Ghouls offers a fully interactive experience from the comfort of a trolley car…that is assuming you can call dark streets and paranormal terrors “comfortable.” Click here to book a private tour or to purchase advance tickets.


HAUNT at King’s Dominion

16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047

When: September 23, 7pm – 12am; September 29-30, 7pm – 12am; October 6-8, 7pm – 12pm; October 12-14, 7pm – 12am; October 15, 7pm – 10pm; October 20-21, 7pm – 12am; October 22, 7pm – 10pm; October 27-28, 7pm – 12am; October 29, 7pm – 10pm.
Cost: Click here for regular admission, HAUNT only admission, and special all day/night passes.
Costumes? No
Ages: Not recommended for young children.

If you’re looking for a properly haunted Halloween, head to King’s Dominion on select weekends in October to see the park transform into a fully immersive horror experience as soon as the sun goes down. This year’s event includes eight mazes, five scare zones and many new live shows, along with more than 20 thrill rides throughout the park. Enjoy a day at King’s Dominion as you know it and love it, but remember – at 7pm when the sun goes down – all bets are off. Get discounted tickets as low as $41/person when you purchase online.

Haunts of Richmond: Ghost Tours

Various departure points in Downtown Richmond
Click here for locations
(866) RVA-BOO1 (or 1-866-782-2661)

When: Friday-Saturdays October 6-7 at 9pm; Thursday-Saturday all other weekends in October at 7:30pm and 9pm; special tour dates offered Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, October 29-31, 2017 t 8pm. Click here for the complete schedule.
Cost: $14/adult and $10/child online or $16/$10 at the door.
Costumes? No
Ages: May not be ideal for younger participants. Use parental discretion.

Richmond is one of Virginia’s oldest cities…and one of the most haunted. 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. To learn about private tours and special events or to book in advance (recommended), visit Haunts of Richmond. Please note that tours require up to 75 minutes of walking and may be scary for young children.


Oak Lane Cemetery

3002 Oak Lane
Hopewell, VA 23860

When: Early October through Halloween night; drive-by viewing from sundown until 11pm all nights; close-up viewing and trick-or-treating on October 31.
Cost: Free
Costumes? Only on Halloween.
Ages: May have some startling scenes for very young children, but appropriate for most age groups.

This annual “event” is run by local Hopewell homeowners who go all out to turn their yard into a haunted Halloween delight every year. For a decade now, Oak Lane Cemetery has been providing spooky scenes for local friends and families, growing and becoming more entertaining with each year. While this is not a large commercial endeavor, they certainly do their best to pack the yard full of unique, detailed props, foggers, ghost projections, and just a few startling surprises for good measure. The “cemetery” is only for drive-by viewing before Halloween but is open for trick-or-treating on Halloween night.

Petersburg Haunts: Ghost Tours

Tours depart from the Petersburg Courthouse
7 Courthouse Ave
Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 943-8653

When: Fridays and Saturdays, September 29 – October 28, 2017 @ 7pm. Special October 31, 2017 tour @ 7pm.
Cost: $15/person
Costumes? Only on Halloween when costumes will be judged for a prize!
Ages: Families are welcome, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

With your path lit only by lantern lights, embark on a guided walking tour through the hauntingly rich streets of Petersburg. Costumed guides will take you to historic sites such as the Centre Hill Mansion, The Black Swan, Dodson’s Tavern, the Trapezium House, The Siege Museum and many others, while divulging the dark, and sometimes mysterious, past of historic figures that decided not to leave – even after death. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and flashlights are encouraged. Please note, reservations are required. Visit Petersburg Haunts to learn more or to purchase advance tickets. Join the tour on Halloween might in your best costume and you might just win a free tour!


Red Vein Haunted House 

Hanover Vegetable Farm
13580 Ashland Rd
Ashland, VA 23005
(804) 829-FEAR

When: October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-29, and 31, 2017; gates open at 7:30pm
Cost: $20/person; includes the Red Vein Haunted House, Providence Haunted Corn Maze and Providence Home for Wayward Children; a three-minute escape room is available for $5 extra.
Costumes? No
Ages: Not recommended for children under 13

The legend of Red Vein began when Lord Thomas Redvyn and his wife, Emily, came to Massachusetts from Europe in 1690. After mysterious deaths and disappearances occurred in their Puritan community, Emily became a suspect and the Redvyns vanished…only to appear in Virginia years later. In 1781, The Providence Home for Wayward Children in Hanover County was founded by someone bearing the name Emily Redvyn, and despite the years that had passed, she was described as young and vibrant. Soon, children began disappearing and Emily Redvyn was convicted and executed as a witch. A local scientific research group discovered her sordid story while investigating a cult called The Order of Red Vein, and eventually uncovered her final resting place on the present-day site of Hanover Vegetable Farm. Unfortunately, the group disappeared under mysterious circumstances and have only recently been heard from on social media. Join others at the Red Vein site this Halloween and discover the truth of Emily Redvyn’s malevolent past. Read the full legend, including excerpts from Thomas Redvyn’s long lost diary here. In the meantime, visit Red Vein Haunt to purchase tickets and learn more…if you have the nerve.