5 Things for Families: lots of costumes, lots of candy, lots and lots of fun

Boo-tiful selection of events this weekend, Richmond. Just boo-tiful.

Photo by: katebartnik

1. Libbie Mill Library Grand Opening

I know what you’re thinking: “A library opening? You must be the mayor of Snoozeville, USA.” Well, good sirs and madams, you’ll be eating those words when you feast your eyes on this little baby–or big, huge baby because, seriously, it’s kind of ridiculous.

  • Friday, October 30th • 9:00 AM1
  • Libbie Mill Library, Libbie Lake East Street
  • Free! (because it’s a library)

2. Squirreloween 2015

The photo on this event’s Facebook page shows Nutzy dressed up as Raph, but come on! If Richmond’s favorite flying squirrel were a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, he’d totally be Mikey. Have they even met Nutzy? Anyway, costume-errors aside, this sounds pretty awesome: trick-or-treating, hayrides around the field, games, crafts, and costume contests–all for free! Carytown Burgers & Fries, Joey’s Hot Dogs, and Stuffed Bunz RVA will also have food trucks on-site should your trick-or-treaters want to consume anything of relative substance.

  • Friday, October 30th • 5:00 – 8:00 PM
  • The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard
  • Free!

3. Union Bank & Trust Lollipops Halloween Spooktacular

Come in costume to hear the Richmond Symphony Orchestra perform music from Frozen, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and more. Be sure to bring your little ghouls and goblins to the free pre-concert festival for the Instrument Petting Zoo and fun Halloween treats.

  • Saturday, October 31st • 11:00 AM
  • Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace Street
  • $11 – $17

4. Mourning Obsessions

Oh man, I get so excited when I find an activity that my teenage self would’ve loved–or when I find an activity that my teenage self would’ve pretended to love just to freak my parents out. Filled with “macabre beliefs and memorabilia,” this tour explores details of the lives and deaths of Major and Mrs. Dooley, the one-time residents of Maymont Mansion, and lets visitors in on the Victorian rituals associated with death and mourning.

  • Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st • tours offering 1:00 – 2:00 PM and 3:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Maymont Manson, 1700 Hampton Street
  • $7 general admission; $4 for members (registration required)

5. El Dia De Los Muertos

Join the Latin Ballet of Virginia in this festive celebration of life, including live performances, dancing, music, sweet treats, art activities, and (I’m guessing) more sugar skulls than you can shake a stick at. Costumes are encouraged!

  • Sunday, November 1st • 1:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road
  • Free!

  1. Or come from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday to take a peek–no check-outs until Friday though. 
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Valerie Catrow

Valerie Catrow is editor of RVAFamily, mother to a mop-topped first grader, and always really excited to go to bed.

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