Family Friendly Halloween Events (and Not-So-Scary Events!) in Richmond 2019

Family-Friendly Halloween 2019If you’re anything like me, Halloween planning starts on November 1…the year before. In other words, I love Halloween and always try to make the most of it. However, with that being said, I’m not a guts and ghouls kind of girl, which means that a tamer, more family friendly Halloween is more my speed. This has turned out to be a good thing over the years as I’ve raised kids, because as it turns out, not many toddlers like having the living daylights scared out of them. That’s why it’s always good to have a list of local not-so-scary or family friendly Halloween events on hand. After all, raising kids is scary enough – the last thing you need is kids who won’t sleep with the light off until they go to college.

To help you plan your Halloween holiday, we’ve put together a list of some of the best family friendly Halloween and fall-themed activities in and around Richmond. These events cover a range of “scare” levels and include age recommendations so that you’re sure to find something that’s not-so-scary (or at least not-TOO-scary) for everyone in your crew – from toddlers to teens to adults. Best of all, because most of the following events let you and the kids dress up, you’ll be sure to get plenty of use out of those costumes that you’ve spent so long planning!

And while you’re looking for fright-free Halloween activities, be sure to check your local library! Many of libraries offer Halloween-themed story times, craft activities, and more. You can find Greater Richmond area library event calendars here:

Chesterfield County Libraries
Henrico County Libraries
Richmond City Libraries
Pamunkey Regional Libraries (includes Goochland, Hanover, King & Queen, and King William Counties)

In the meantime, take a look at these upcoming events in the Richmond and if there’s a fright-free (or not too scary) event that we might have overlooked, let us know at cs@richmondmom.com!

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Events Throughout October
One-Time Events and Activities for Halloween

Events Throughout October

Ashland Berry Farm

September 28 – October 31

Ashland Berry Farm Pumpkin Patch opens for the season this weekend, September 28 and runs through October 31. Start with a free hayride to the pumpkin patch where you’ll find all-you-can-carry pumpkins for $20. Then head back for family fun including the Pumpkin Patch, Fort Pumpkin Adventure, and the 3D Boo House. Plus, be sure to stop by the donut shop for some FRESH homemade donuts and other delicious treats, or head to the country store for unique gifts. Fort Pumpkin, the 3-D Boo House and the Donut Shop all open on October 5, 2019. Some activities are only available on weekends, so be sure to visit the website for hours.

When: Pumpkin picking from September 28 – October 31; Halloween Activities, October 8 – 31, Monday – Friday: 1 pm – 6 pm and every Saturday, and Sunday (plus, Columbus Day, Monday, October 14): 10 am – 5 pm
Cost: Free general admission; 3D Boo House – $3, Fort Pumpkin Adventure – $7, Unlimited Fun Pass – $10/child and $5/adult
Costumes? Optional
Ages: All ages
Address: 12607 Old Ridge Rd, Beaverdam, Virginia 23015

 

Chesterfield Berry Farm

September 21 – October 31

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. Stop by for special Halloween treats, games and more! Other activities include:

  • Hayrides to the pumpkin patch
  • “Fun Zone”
  • Eight-acre corn maze
  • Farm animals and animal feeding
  • Corn “pool”
  • Hay mazes
  • Scary Fun Barn
  • Corn cannons
  • Wagon and barrel train rides
  • Paintball

When: September 21 – end of October, Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00am – 5pm; call or visit Facebook to confirm hours
Cost: General Admission – $12, includes hay ride to the pumpkin patch, unlimited play in the Fun Zone, corn/hay maze admission, farm animals, and corn pool; Ultimate Farm Fun Pass – $16, includes all General Admission activities, plus the Scary Fun Barn, corn cannons, and paintball target shoot. *Children ages 2 and under are FREE. Discount coupons for admissions will be available at the front gate.
Costumes? Optional
Ages: All ages
Address: 26002 Pear Orchard Road, Moseley, Virginia

 

Cross Creek Garden Center Fall Festival

October 5 – October 31

The Cross Creek Fall Festival is an annual event that is perfect for the whole family. The festival is held every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of October and features pumpkin painting, a “haunted” hayride perfect for all ages, tractor rides, barnyard animals, and a bouncy house. Bring a picnic to enjoy on their newly renovated patio or visit Carytown Burgers & Fries food truck on October 14 and 20-21. And don’t forget to find some fantastic pumpkins to take home!

When: October 5 – October 31, every Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Cost: Free admission; pumpkin painting – $5; “Haunted Hayride” – $4 (children under 2 are free)
Costumes? Optional
Ages: All ages
Address: 501 Courthouse Road, Richmond, VA 23236

 

The Count’s Spooktacular at Busch Gardens

Saturdays and Sundays, October 4 27

Celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun on Saturdays and Sundays in October with all of your favorite Sesame Street characters at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Children (under nine) are invited to come dressed up and join in a costume parade – but don’t worry, there is plenty of fun for the whole family! Other family friendly activities include a newly-themed hay maze, trick-or-treating locations, and an interactive show. Each weekend of The Count’s Spooktacular will have its own special theme. Click here to the themes and plan your visit!

* Please use discretion when visiting the park with young children after 5:45 pm when frightening elements come out for Howl-O-Scream!

When: Saturdays and Sundays, October 4 – 27, 2019. Click here for park hours.
Cost: Get 45% off for kids ages 3-9 with a one-day Spooktacular Kids’ Ticket, includes admission from 10am -5pm during The Count’s Spooktacular only. See all other ticket pricing here.
Costumes? Optional, but encouraged!
Ages: All ages (The Count’s Spooktacular is designed for kids 9 and under)
Address: Busch Gardens Williamsburg, 1 Busch Gardens Boulevard, Williamsburg, VA 23185

 

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Dominion

Saturdays and Sundays, September 21 November 2

This much-anticipated annual event is one of the area’s favorite fall festivals. Every weekend from September 21 until November families can participate in a collection of scare-free Halloween activities designed just for kids. Your favorite PEANUTS characters will host special events like treat bags, pumpkin decorating and so much more. The festival is included with park admission.

When: Select weekends from September 21 – November 2, 2019. Click here for park hours.
Cost: Included with general admission tickets. Click here for admission prices
Costumes? Optional, but encouraged!
Ages: All ages (includes rides designed for kids 60” and under)
Address: 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047

 

One-Time Events and Activities for Halloween

(Chronological order)

Halloween Family Classics at the Byrd Theater

October 5, 12, and 19

On most Saturday mornings, the Byrd Theater in Carytown offers a Family Classic movie. For the month of October, the theme will be Halloween, of course! Join the Byrd for the following classic Halloween movies, keeping in mind that some may be a bit scary for younger children! Parental discretion is advised. All Family Classics include a Warner Bros Cartoon and Bob Gulledge on the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Beetlejuice (PG) October 5, 10am – 12pm

Gremlins (PG)October 12, 10am  -12pm 
Hotel Transylvania (PG)October 19, 10am – 12pm
When: Saturdays, October 5, 12, and 19, 2019; 10am – 12pm
Cost: $4/person
Costumes? No
Ages: All films are rated PG, but parental discretion is advised.
Address: Byrd Theater, 2908 W Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221

 

Fall Festival at Chick-fil-A Willow Lawn

October 12

Bring the whole crew to Chick-fil-A at Willow Lawn for their second annual Fall Festival! The day will be packed with fun activities, including bounce houses, a petting zoos, face painting by Miss Sheri the Clown, and much more! Joining them this year is Henrico County Police, Richmond Family Magazine, and Oasis Church Richmond. They will also be collecting supplies for the Reinhart Guest House at St. Mary’s Hospital! Donate a box of individual sized snacks, packs of single serving cereal boxes, household cleaning products, a case of bottled beverages, or paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, etc.) and receive a free offer card from Chick-fil-A Willow Lawn as a thank you!

When: Saturday, October 12, 2019; 10am – 2pm
Cost: Free
Costumes? Optional
Ages: All ages
Address: Chick-fil-A Willow Lawn, 4920 W Broad St, Richmond, Virginia 23230

 

 

October 6

Bring your littles for some super simple and fun Halloween cookie decorating!  This fun, Halloween-themed workshop includes a beverage and a baked treat. Each pair (parent and child) will go home with 12 of their own personally decorated treats. The workshop is limited to 18 Pairs. Sign up now, as spots will fill up fast!

When: Sunday, October 6, 2019; 12pm – 1:45pm
Cost: $30 (includes one adult and one child); Get tickets and register online
Costumes? No
Ages: Ages 7+ (with an adult)
Address: Sugar Sweet Dessert Cafe, 9555 Kings Charter Drive, Suite L, Ashland, VA 23005

 

Halloween in Diagon Alley

October 12

Watch as the Book People transform their parking lot into a magical world of wizarding! On October 12, they will create their own RVA Diagon Alley, complete with a Sorting Hat, free face painting, and Harry Potter-themed raffle prizes. Admission and activities are free.  There will be vendors, a food truck, and other great family friendly activities.

When: Saturday, October 12, 2019; 12pm – 5pm
Cost: Free
Costumes? Optional
Ages: All ages
Address: Book People, 536 Granite Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23226

 

Kids Halloween DIY Apron + Cookie Class

October 12

AR Workshop Richmond invites you to join them for some Halloween DIY Fun creating Youth Aprons & Halloween Sugar Cookies! Drop your child off before class and pick-up them up after and Katie, from Three Sweets to the Wind, will walk your child through this super fun Halloween Cookie decorating process, no prior decorating skill needed! In this class, each child will decorate six kid-friendly Halloween-themed sugar cookies with buttercream frosting. All of the mixing, baking, and prep work has been done. Example cookies will be provided, but creativity is always encouraged! Along with their six delicious and adorably decorated cookies, each child will leave with a sugar cookie and buttercream recipe, a cookie cutter, a Halloween sprinkle mix, AND their very own customized apron so they can test out their new skills at home.

When: Saturday, October 12, 2019; 4pm – 6pm
Cost: $49
Costumes? No
Ages: Recommended for ages 7+
Address: AR Workshop Richmond, 9200 Stony Point Parkway, Ste. 192A, Richmond, VA 23235

 

Gourds, Goblets and Ghouls Festival

October 12 & 13

Join the fun at Hanover Vegetable Farm this October 12th and 13th with the annual Gourds, Goblets and Ghouls Festival. There will be live music, wine and beer tastings, food trucks, and fall activities for the whole family, including hay rides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes, a moon bounce, a petting barn, face painting and much more. Please remember that, on Saturday, the family friendly festival ends at 6pm and their scary haunt will open its doors at 7:30 pm.

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13, 2019; 11am – 6pm
Cost: Non-pumpkin ticket: $8 ($10 at the gate); Pumpkin ticket (includes a pumpkin with admission): $12 ($15 at the gate); Children 3 and under are FREE; Haunt and Festival ticket (Saturday only): $35 (online and at the gate) – this ticket includes admission to the Red Vein Haunted House beginning at 7:30 pm. Please note, the Red Vein Haunted House is scary and may not be appropriate for younger children. Get advance tickets online.
Costumes? Optional
Ages: All ages
Address: Hanover Vegetable Farm, 13580 Ashland Rd, Ashland, VA 23005

 

Fall Fest at West Broad Village

October 13

West Broad Village’s annual Fall Fest is back! Bring the whole family (furry family members, too, on a leash of course!) for fun Halloween activities including, pumpkin carving, face painting, live music, an automobile show and more. Plus, be sure to bring your pet dressed up in costume for a pet costume contest. This event is free, but please RSVP online so they know how many people (and pets!) to expect.

When: Sunday, October 13, 2019; 1pm – 4pm
Cost: Free, but please RSVP online
Costumes? Optional, but encouraged!
Ages: All ages
Address: The Pad at West Broad Village, 2301 Old Brick Road, Glen AllenVA 23060

 

Tuckahoe Family YMCA Trunk-or-Treat

October 18

Join Tuckahoe YMCA for a fun-filled evening for the whole family! There will be a DJ, games, hayrides, face painting, balloon artists, and trick-or-treating. This event is FREE and open to the community. No registration required! There will be prizes awarded for the best costume and best trunk – so be sure to bring your Halloween best!

When: Friday, October 18, 2019; 5:30pm – 7pm
Cost: Free
Costumes? Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Tuckahoe Family YMCA, 9211 Patterson Ave, Henrico, Virginia 23229

 

Spooky S’mores & Creepy Campfire

October 18

Celebrate “Owl”-oween with your family at Maymont! Explore the grounds on a night hike and afterwards, make s’mores and enjoy stories around the campfire. Ages 4 and older; one adult must be registered for every four children. Be sure to register soon, because this event will fill up quickly!

When: Friday, October 18, 2019; 7pm – 9:30pm
Cost: $25 per person/$20 for members
Costumes? Optional
Ages: Ages 4+ (one adult must be registered for every four children)
Address: Maymont – Children’s Farm, 1000 Spottswood Rd, Richmond, VA 23220

 

Taylor’s SpookieFUN Fest

October 18 & 19

Get your Halloween costumes ready and plan for a night (or two!) of fun at the annual Taylor’s SpookieFUN Fest hosted by Hanover County Parks and Rec. This family friendly events includes DJ Luke in the Monster Mash Dance area with a special performance by the Richmond Urban Dance group, rides and inflatables (designed for ages 3 – 12), The Game Patrol, Casper’s FUN Area (ages 5 and under), a Flashlight Candy Hunt (ages 6-12), and more. Best of all, you can visit with Taylor, the Hanover Parks and Rec mascot, and his famous character friends.

**Please note that this event will be held at Pole Green Park on Friday, October 18 and Poor Farm Park on Saturday, October 19.

When: Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2019; 5pm – 8:30pm
Cost: Free admission; some activities have fees
Costumes? Yes
Ages: Families and children under 12
Address(es):
Pole Green Park: 8996 Pole Green Park Lane, Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Poor Farm Park: 13400 Liberty School Rd., Ashland, VA 23005

 

Kids’ Spooky Spider Plant Activity

October 19

Kids are invited to Boulevard Flower Gardens to plant their own Spider plant to take home! You’ll also get to decorate your pot with googly eyes and fuzzy legs to resemble the “true Spider nature” of the plant. Join Christine and Millette for this fun filled hands-on class to go over the creative side of houseplants, art and design and seasonal decorating.

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019; 10am – 11am
Cost: $5/child. Register here. 
Costumes? No
Ages: All ages
Address: Boulevard Flower Gardens, 2120 Ruffin Mill Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

 

Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival

October 19 

Bring the whole family out for fall fun at the Scott’s Addition Pumpkin Festival on the Boulevard. This family friendly festival features live music, festive beverages, delicious seasonally-inspired food, a kids’ area and more. Plus, be sure to start planning your costumes now for the Costume Contest! And remember, there costume contests for kids, adults, and four-legged friends!

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019; 12pm – 6pm
Cost: Free
Costumes: Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Intersection of North Boulevard and West Leigh Street, Richmond, VA

 

Park After Dark

October 19

Get into the Halloween spirit at Pocahontas State Park’s annual Park After Dark event. Don your best Halloween attire and enjoy some after-dark family-fun including hay rides, face painting, raptor and reptile presentations, bouncy houses, trunk-or-treating, a campfire with s’mores, night hikes, and much more. Be sure to bring a flashlight! Meet at the Visitors’ Center to join in on the fun.

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019; 5pm – 9pm
Cost: $5/person (cash or check only); children under 2 are free
Costumes: Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Pocahontas State Park, 10301 State Park Rd, Chesterfield, Virginia 23832

 

Halloween at Bass Pro Shops

October 19 – 31 (Select dates) 

Get ready for Halloween fun at Bass Pro Shops! Their Halloween event features crafts, costumes, giveaways, and photos with the Peanuts gang. Kids can also participate in a costume parade and costume contest on the Saturday before Halloween, as well as the evening of Halloween. Bass Pro will also open up a Trick or Treat on Halloween night from 4pm until 8pm.

All activities will be available October 19 – 20 and 26 – 27, 12pm – 5pm; October 25 and 28-30, 5pm – 7pm; and Thursday, October 31st, 4pm – 8pm, unless otherwise noted. 

Halloween Photos: Kids and families can have their pictures taken with the Peanuts Gang for free, with the option to purchase a photo package for $5. Package includes one 6×8 photo, two 4×6 photos and a digital download.

Halloween Crafts: Crafts include a variety of owl masks, jack-o-lantern and cat signs, as well as a burlap bag design on the day of Halloween.

Halloween Games: Games will be featured on weekends only, with free giveaways from 12pm – 5pm.

Costume Parade: Saturday, October 26 at 3:30pm and Thursday, October 3 at 6pm.
Kids will line up at the Halloween area and parade throughout the store, where they will return to judging area and prizes will be given to the three best costumes.

Trick-or-Treat Stations: October 31, beginning at 4pm and lasting until 8pm.

When: Select dates, October 19-31, 2019; see times above
Cost: Free
Costumes: Optional
Ages: All ages
Address: Bass Pro Shops, 11550 Lakeridge Parkway, Ashland,VA23005

 

Spooky Pooch & Kids’ Parade

October 20

Head to Boulevard Flower Gardens for this fantastically fun pet (and kids!) parade! Let your kids – and your pets – don their Halloween best to parade through the picnic area. There will be treats for all and dog-related vendors and adoption shelters will be on-site with pet-related items and furry friends to take home. Don’t forget to keep your pets on a leash.

When: Sunday, October 20, 2019; 10am – 11am
Cost: Free, but online RSVP/registration is encouraged.
Costumes? Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Boulevard Flower Gardens, 2120 Ruffin Mill Road, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

 

Goblins and Gourds Harvest Celebration

October 20

Lewis Ginter’s Goblins and Gourds Harvest Celebration returns for another year featuring music, storytelling, pumpkin-painting, and “green” fun in the Children’s Garden. In addition to performances by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, kids can choose a pumpkin to paint and take home. New this year, there will be mid-morning bites, coffee, and lunch available! Click here to see a full schedule of events and activities. The festival is included with a regular garden admission.

When: Sunday, October 20, 2019; 10am – 3pm
Cost: Regular Admission: $13/Adults, $11/Seniors (55+), $8/Children (3-12). Children under 3 free. FREE for Members.
Ages: All ages
Costumes: Optional
Address: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228

 

Trick-or-Treat Street

October 20 

Head our for a safe and fantastically fun Halloween experience at Trick-or-Treat Street at the University of Richmond. This beloved Halloween event is back for the 21st year with all of your favorites, and a few new surprises. There will be bouncy houses, a petting zoo, a straw maze, a photo booth, a haunted forest, food trucks, face painting, rides, and as always – plenty of candy! University of Richmond is partnering with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond again this year and requesting a $10 donation per family. All proceeds will go directly to RMHC. Please note that the event will be held at Stern Plaza, located at the Quad in front of Jepson Hall. Follow the signs to lead the way or find directions here!

 

When: Sunday, October 20, 2019; 11am – 3pm
Cost: Free, but with a requested donation of $10/family for Ronald McDonald House Charities
Costumes: Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: University of Richmond, 28 Westhampton Way, RichmondVA 23173

 

Chick-fil-A Tuckernuck Plaza Family Fall Festival

October 24

Join Chick-fil-A Tuckernuck Plaza as they celebrate Fall with pumpkins and paint. Come craft your very own one-of-a-kind design and add it to your pumpkin patch! There will be  prizes for the most creative pumpkin, as well as Best Kid and Family Costume Contest, so be sure to come in costume! The Chick-fil-A Cow Mascot will also make an appearance. FREE event and activities, but please note that a food purchase is required.

When: Thursday, October 4, 2019; 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cost: Free with food purchase
Costumes: Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Chick-fil-A Tuckernuck Plaza, 9100 West Broad St, Richmond, VA 23294

 

Harvest Hayride at Bryan Park

October 25

Join Richmond City Parks and Rec for a spooky good time! The 2019 Harvest Hayride on Friday, October 25 at Bryan Park will feature fun for all ages, including a haunted hayride, games, food, and music. Be sure to come in costume!

When: Friday, October 25, 2019; 5pm – 6pm
Cost: Free
Costumes? Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Bryan Park, 4308 Hermitage Rd, Richmond, VA 23227

 

22nd Annual Gayton Crossing Pumpkin Festival

October 25

Gayton Crossing, a popular shopping center in the far West End, has been hosting this Halloween event for more than 20 years – and it’s guaranteed fun for the whole family. Not only will Gayton Crossing merchants be handing out candy to your eager trick or treaters, but a few local heroes will be on hand, as well. This year’s event includes a special Henrico Police presentation, an Interactive Fire Truck Display, and much, much more! Be sure to stop by vendor tables for special offers and giveaways.

When: Friday, October 25, 2019; 5-pm – 7pm
Cost: Free
Costumes: Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Gayton Crossing, 9782 Gayton Road, Henrico, VA 23238

 

Shady Grove Family YMCA Fall Festival

October 25

The entire community is invited the Shady Grove YMCA’s annual Fall Festival. Kids can dress in their Halloween best for a fun-filled night of Trunk-or-Treating, crafts, inflatables, and a food truck that will run from 5:30pm – 8pm. Plus, be sure to stay for the magic show from 8pm – 8:30pm!

When: Friday, October 25, 2019; 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Cost: Free
Costumes? Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Shady Grove YMCA, 11255 Nuckols Rd, Glen Allen, Virginia 23059

 

Trunk-or-Treat at Midlothian YMCA 

October 25

Head to Midlothian YMCA for a night of spooky fun for the whole family. Come in costume and food trucks, games, inflatables, a costume contest, a best decorated trunk contest, and, of course, trunk-or-treating! Admission is free when you bring two bags of candy to share.

When: Friday, October 25, 2019; 6:30pm – 8pm
Cost: Free when you bring two bags of candy to share
Costumes? Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Midlothian Family YMCA, 737 Coalfield Rd, Midlothian, Virginia 23114

 

Halloween Boo Bash at Romp n’ Roll – West End and Midlothian

October 25 & 26

Parents, bring your little pumpkins either of Romp n’ Roll’s two Richmond area locations this Halloween for a not-so-scary good time! You’ll all have the chance to join in on crafts, games, raffles, activities, and a festive snack. It’s Halloween fun for the whole family…Rompy style! Costumes are encouraged, but please no glitter or restricting costumes. This is a grown-up inclusive event and is for children through five years of age. Three party times are offered, so be sure to check the schedule below to see which one works best for you! Pre-registration required.

When: At both locations: Friday, October 25, 2019, 4pm – 5:30pm; Saturday, October 26, 2019,  9am – 10:30am or 11am – 12:30pm. Register for the West End location here or the Midlothian location here.
Cost: $15 member / $20 non-member
Costumes? Yes
Ages: 5 years and under with a parent
Address(es):
Romp n’ Roll West End, 9677 W Broad Street, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
Romp n’ Roll Midlothian, 11541 Busy Street, Richmond, VA 23236

 

Riverfront Canal Cruises: Special Halloween Cruises

October 25 & 26

This year, Riverfront Canal Cruises is doing Halloween bigger and better than ever by bringing you two nights of haunted boat tours! On Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, board a Riverfront Canal cruise to experience “Camp Kanawha” – a special thrills-filled boat ride geared toward those 12 and older. The event, on the historic Kanawha Canal, features haunting tales from Richmond’s past along with frightening scenes of a summer camping trip gone wrong! This haunted campsite turned gruesome graveyard will be a nightmare come to life in our 20-minute tours.

Then on Saturday, October 26, bring your younger ghouls and goblins (12 and under) to a new daytime family friendly cruise and Halloween celebration. Those attending the daytime cruises can also enjoy Shockoe Slip RVA’s Pumpkin Festival, featuring trolley hay rides with pick-up and drop-off points at the Turning Basin, along with a pumpkin patch offering FREE pumpkins courtesy of Venture Richmond on a first-come, first-served basis (limited quantity available, only one pumpkin per person).

When: “Camp Kanawha” Haunted Cruises – Friday and Saturday, October 25-26, 2019; 5pm – 9pm (last tour leaves at 8:30pm) Canal Walk Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Boat Rides – Saturday, October 26, 2019, 11am – 4pm
Cost: “Camp Kanawha” Haunted Cruises – $8/person; Canal Walk Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Boat Rides  – $10/Adult, $6/Seniors and Kids (5-12 years old). Children 4 are free. Find tickets for both events online.
Costumes? Optional
Ages: “Camp Kanawha” Haunted Cruises – 12+; Canal Walk Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Boat Rides – all ages
Address: Riverfront Canal Cruises, Canal Turning Basin – 14th and Dock Streets, Richmond, Virginia

 

Fall Festival at Dorey Park Farmer’s Market

October 26

On Saturday, October 26, Dorey Park Farmer’s Market transforms into a festival of Halloween fun! Enjoy a morning of great music, hay rides through Dorey Park, trick or treating at vendors’ tents, fun games, POP Club crafts, and more – you can even take a pumpkin home from the pumpkin patch! Best of all, all events are FREE!

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 9am – 1pm
Cost: Free
Costumes? Optional
Ages: All ages
Address: Dorey Park Farmer’s Market, 2999 Darbytown Road, Henrico, VA 23231

 

Just Say BOO! Musical Playdate

October 26

This popular musical playdate at Melody Magic Music Studio 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.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 10am – 10:45am
Cost: $15/child. Register online.
Costumes? Optional
Ages: 0-5 years
Address: Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Dr., Henrico, VA 23233

 

Sensory-Friendly Trick-or-Treating Event

October 26

Early Autism Services is hosting a Sensory Friendly Trick or Treat theme Party for the Grand Opening of their new Richmond ABA Therapy Clinic. The event is free, and is dedicated to children with autism and other sensory needs. There will be candy and games, as well as a chance for children trick-or-treat at the new clinic for a fun, sensory-friendly Halloween experience!

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 10am – 12pm
Cost: Free, but please register online.
Costumes? Optional
Ages: All aged children with autism and other sensory needs
Address: Early Autism Services, 4906 Cutshaw Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230

 

Pumpkin Palooza 2019

October 26

Pumpkin Palooza is back and better than ever! This year, the Innsbrook Foundation is teaming up with the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation to bring you a family friendly fall-themed event. Come out for live music, a rock wall, a petting zoo, a bouncy house, costume contests, pumpkin painting, local food and drink vendors, crafts, art, jewelry and much more. And as always, don’t miss the 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.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free admission; concessions available for sale
Costumes: Optional
Ages: All ages
Address: Innsbrook North Shore Commons, 4951 Lake Brook Dr, Glen Allen, VA 23060

 

Richmond Community Fall Festival

October 26

Monument Heights Baptist Church invites you to bring your family and friends to their annual Community Fall fFestival for a time of fun and fellowship. This family-friendly events features hayrides, train rides, a pumpkin patch, games, a cake walk, bounce houses, face painting, trunk-or-treating, a fire truck, food, and much more!  This event is FREE and open to the public.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 11am – 1pm
Cost: Free
Costumes? Optional
Ages: All ages
Address: Monument Heights Baptist Church, 5716 Monument Ave., Richmond, VA 23226

 

Halloween Comicfest at Richmond Comix

October 26

Bring your comic-loving kids to Richmond Comix on Saturday, October 26 for an afternoon featuring Halloween fun! There will be free comics, free candy, a costume contest, local artists and vendors, and much more! Be sure to check Facebook for updates.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 12pm – 6pm
Cost: Free
Costumes? Optional
Ages: All ages
Address: Richmond Comix, 14249 Midlothian Tpke, Midlothian, Virginia 23113

 

Halloween Carnival Festival

October 26

The 4th Annual Halloween Carnival Festival creeps into Westchester Commons on Saturday, October 26th from 1pm – 4pm. Be sure to come out for carnival-style games, inflatables, Halloween crafts, an amazing bake sale, and more! Plus, be sure to join in the annual costume contest (free to enter) for ages 12 and under and new this year, enjoy a live deejay who will be playing all your spooky favorites! The event is free to attend, however, $5 “All-You-Can-Play” wristbands will benefit Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 1pm – 4pm
Cost: Free admission; some activities have a fee; All-You-Can-Play Wristbands will be available for $5
Costumes? Yes
Ages: All ages; Costume contest is open to ages 12 and under.
Address: Westchester Commons, 15786 WC Main St, Midlothian, Virginia 23113

 

Halloween Hoopla

October 26

Get ready for Halloween Hoopla at the Children’s Museum! Join them at their downtown location for an afternoon of spooky fun that includes trick-or-treating, pumpkin experiments, and MORE!  Be sure to come in your favorite costume (that includes you, too, moms and dads)!  Advanced registration is suggested for Halloween Hoopla! Tickets are FREE for Children and just $4 for adults!

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 1pm – 5pm
Cost: Children are free; adult tickets $4/each
Costumes? Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Children’s Museum Downtown, 2626 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220

 

Howl-O-Ween at Stony Point Fashion Park

October 26

Bring the family to Stony Point Fashion Park in Triangle Park on Saturday, October 26 from 1pm to 5pm for a fun Halloween-themed event worth howling over. Activities include a costume contest, crafts, hayrides, and more! This event is free and fun for all ages.

When: Saturday, October 26 2019; 1pm – 5pm
Cost: Free
Costumes: Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Parkway, RichmondVA 23235

 

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

October 26

Head to Henricus Historical Park for a delightfully historic Halloween celebration – designed just for kids. As the companion event to Henricus’ popular Haunted Henricus: Things That Go Bump In The Night, this afternoon of fun is perfect for your younger kids. Join the Henricus education team for stories, a treats tour, and a 17th century make-and-take craft. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required by October 23 by calling (804) 318-8797.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 2pm – 3pm
Cost: $7 per child, $5 per adult / Henricus Patrons: $5 per child, Free for accompanying adults
Costumes? Yes
Ages: 3-10 years old
Address: Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd, Chester, VA 23836

 

Halloween Tea at Pamplin Historical Park

October 26

Add a little history to your Halloween! Learn about the historical importance of 19th century Victorian mourning traditions and mourning attire while enjoying fall-themed refreshments. You’ll hear about some of the many terrifying urban legends from the Victorian era, many of which were loosely based in fact and then propelled into fearful “fact.” This event may not be suitable for very young children, but could be quite fascinating for older kids, tweens, and teens – so use your parental discretion. Due to the popularity of this event, you’ll need to register by October 24, so be sure to call (804) 861-2408 today to reserve your experience beyond the dark veil!

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: $24/person (includes park admission) or $20/members. Call (804) 861-2408 to RSVP or get your tickets online.
Costumes: No
Ages: Children, tweens, teens, and adults, parental discretion advised
Address: Pamplin Historical Park – National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, 6125 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg, VA 23803

 

Pumpkin Carving with Southside Surgeons

October 26

Lean to carve pumpkins like a pro when you join the surgeons of Southside Regional Medical Center for this fun family event. Your kids can carve a pumpkin alongside one of our surgeons. All supplies, including a pumpkin and smock, will be provided! Event will be held in the cafeteria at SRMC. Enter the main lobby, walk down the hall past the main elevators, turn left and the cafeteria will be on your right. Sessions will be held at 2pm – 3pm and 3pm – 4pm. There are limited spots available for each session, so be sure to register today!

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 2pm – 4pm
Cost: Free, but online registration is required and spots are limited.
Costumes: No
Ages: 10 years and under
Address: Southside Regional Medical Center, 200 Medical Park Blvd, Petersburg, VA 23805

 

Autumn Fest at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center 

October 26

Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled festival at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. Activities are designed for kids ages four to twelve and include games, food, contests, and prizes for all! Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite character costumes to get in the Halloween spirit. Email cverp13@gmail.com for more information.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 2pm – 5pm
Cost: Free
Costumes: Yes
Ages: 4-12 years old
Address: Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 North Laburnum Ave, Henrico, VA 23223

 

Trunk-or-Treat at River Road Church

October 26

This West End family favorite is back for another year! Join friends and family at River Road Church for a fantastic (and safe!) night of trick-or-treating from decorated cars in the church parking lot. Plus, enjoy games, treats, and fun for all. This event is free and open to the community.

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019; 4pm – 6pm
Cost: Free
Costumes? Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: River Road Church, 8000 River Road, Richmond, VA 23229

 

Hanover Tavern Ghosts Walk at Night

October 27 – 29

At this spectacularly spooky event, you can decide for yourself if Hanover Tavern haunted!
Tour the haunted Tavern, Old Stone Jail, and Historic Courthouse with Transcend Paranormal and hear ghostly tales of actual events and recorded paranormal activity at each location. While this event is family friendly, it is not recommended for children under 10.

When: Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, October 27-29, 2019; 7pm – 10pm; Guided tours start at 7pm
Cost: $15/person. Purchase tickets online.
Costumes: No
Ages: Children and adults, ages 10 and up
Address: Historic Hanover Tavern, 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover, VA 23069

 

Trunk-or-Treat at Hardywood West Creek

October 27

Bring the kid out for a safe, fun-filled afternoon of candy, costumes and more as they “trunk or treat” from car-to-car at Hardywood West Creek. In addition to trunk or treating, enjoy family friendly fall activities and food trucks, as well as the chance to enter a raffle for a number of awesome prizes! Hardywood West Creek will be donating a percentage of beer sales during the event to Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now) .

When: Sunday, October 27, 2019; 12pm – 4pm
Cost: Free
Costumes: Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Hardywood West Creek, 820 Sanctuary Trail Dr, Richmond, Virginia 23285

 

Haunted History at Tuckahoe Plantation

October 27

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 activities including a hayride, moon bounce, spider web maze, box tunnel maze, scavenger hunt, face painting, and more! Advance tickets are encouraged. Call (804) 774-1614 or email tuckahoeplantationtours@gmail.com with questions.

When: Sunday, October 27, 2019; 4pm – 7pm
Cost:
$10 per person (ages 3+) or $30 per family (max 5 people). Family discounts will not be available at the gate, so get advance tickets online. 
Costumes? 
Optional 
Ages: 
All ages
Address: Tuckahoe Plantation, 12601 River Road, Richmond, VA 23238

 

Halloween Party at Ginter Park Library

October 30

Bring your Halloween spirit to the Ginter Park Library for a Halloween “warm-up” on October 30! There will be tasty treats and fun Halloween-themed games. Come in costume for a special prize!

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019; 5pm – 6pm
Cost: Free
Costumes: Yes
Ages: Recommended for kids 10 and under
Address: Ginter Park Library, 1200 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23227

 

Halloween History on Hanover

October 30

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 family friendly historical walking tour is part of the Valentine’s Richmond History Tours program. Participants should meet at Hanover Avenue and Strawberry Street.

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019; 6pm – 7:30pm
Cost: $15/person, $5/Valentine members; Children 18 and under are free. Registration is required.
Costumes: No
Ages: All ages (but the content may be more interesting for older kids, 10 years and up)
Address: The Valentine, Hanover & Strawberry St, Richmond23220

 

Squirrel-O-Ween 2019

October 31

Come out to The Diamond on Halloween for a spooky good time with Richmond’s favorite hometown team – The Flying Squirrels! Squirrel-O-Ween 2019 promises fun for the whole family with trick-or-treating, hay rides, costume contests, games in the Food Lion Party Den, and much more! This event is free and open to the community. All ages welcome!

When: Thursday, October 31, 2018; 4pm – 7pm
Cost: Free
Costumes: Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: The Diamond, 3001 N Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23230

 

Trunk-or-Treat at Broad Rock Library 

October 31

Hey all you monsters and ghoulies! Make Broad Rock Library one of your trick-or-treating stops! From 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Halloween night, they’ll be giving away free candy to anyone dressed in a Halloween costume.

Grown-ups, would you like to join the staff in giving out candy in the parking lot? Call  804-646-8488 to volunteer.

When: Thursday, October 31, 2019; 6pm – 7pm
Cost: Free
Costumes: Yes
Ages: All ages
Address: Broad Rock Library, 4820 Old Warwick Rd., Richmond, VA 23224

 

Free Halloween Kids Paint Party

October 31

Hobson Lodge is hosting their second annual Free Halloween Kids Paint Party! Kids can come dressed in their costumes and enjoy a night of painting, Halloween candy, and goodies galore! Parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate. Painting spots go fast so sign your child or children up ASAP! This event is free, but donations are appreciated. Sign up and/or donate here.

When: Thursday, October 31, 2019; 6pm – 8pm
Cost: Free, but registration is required and donations are appreciated!
Costumes: Yes
Ages: Elementary age and below
Address: Hobson Lodge, 801 Prince Hall Drive, Richmond, VA 23224

 

Trunk-or-Treat at Southside Church Courthouse

October 31

Spend Halloween in a safe, family friendly environment at Southside Church’s free Trunk-or-Treat event at their Courthouse Road campus. Kids (and parents!) can come out in the favorite costumes for candy, inflatables, food trucks and concessions, games, hay rides, s’mores…and more! Admission is free and open to all.

When: Thursday, October, 31, 2018; 6:30pm – 8pm
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
Costumes: Yes
Address: Southside Church Courthouse, 6851 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832

 

Halloween on Hanover Avenue

October 31

Over the years, this annual trick-or-treat extravaganza has become the stuff of Halloween legend in the Richmond area. Even the Wall Street Journal has recognized Hanover Avenue as one of the nation’s best places to trick-or-treat. Every year, the residents of Hanover Avenue, from about the 1900 block to the 2200 block, try to outdo one another with decorations, effects and all-around Halloween fun. There will be parties. There will be music. There will be a pirate ship. But most importantly, there will be a festive atmosphere, more candy than your kids can carry, and sights and sounds that will entertain everyone in your family – from teens that are too cool to dress up anymore right down to your candy-crazed toddlers who can’t believe you’re actually letting them stay up this late! Keep in mind that people go ALL out, so some of the sights may be a bit much for little ones after dark. If you’re trick-or-treating with a younger crowd, the earlier you can go, the better.

When: Thursday, October, 31, 2019; anytime from around 5pm on!
Cost: Free
Ages: All ages
Costumes: Yes
Address: 1900 Block of Hanover Avenue – 2200 Block of Hanover Avenue, Richmond, VA