For the grown-ups

Not everyone needs to worry about keeping Halloween kid-friendly. Take a look at some events going on around Richmond that will be tons of fun for grownups.

Not everyone needs to worry about keeping Halloween kid-friendly. Take a look at some events going on around Richmond that will be tons of fun for grown-ups.

Death, Mourning and Religion in the 19th Century: A Themed Tour of the White House of the Confederacy

A tour focusing on the common societal views of death, mourning, religion and superstition in the 19th century, especially as they pertained to the Davis and Lincoln families.
Date: Thursdays October 14th–28th
Time: 11:30am
Location: The Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 E. Clay Street
Cost: $5-$9

Hat Factory’s Fear Factory Festival

Thirteen nights jammed-packed with Halloween-related riff-raff. Events include a performance from the Zombie String Band, Bollyween (as in Bollywood), a MASSACRE-ADE BALL with the guys over at RVAMag, and more.
Date: October 19th-31st
Time: Times vary, see website for details
Location: Hat Factory, 140 Virginia Street
Cost: Full festival passes are available for $69. Tickets to individual events can be purchased online.

3rd Annual WRIR Monster Mashquerade

Featuring performances by Tyrannosaurus Awesome, Les La Britanica, and The Green Hearts, plus the Turnstyle Soundsystem DJs, DJ Michael Murphy, and DJ Futch Cassidy spinning live. Masks are required, and prizes will be awarded for the best mask and best costume.
Date: October 22nd
Time: 9pm
Location: The Camel, 1621 W. Broad Street
Cost: Recommended donation of $5-$10 per person


Ok, the kids would probably be ok with this one, but little ones are not required. Three words for you: Puppies in costumes.
Date: October 23rd
Time: 11am–2pm
Location: Rockwood Park, 3401 Courthouse Road
Cost: Free

Movies & Mimosas: Ghostbusters

Who wouldn’t want to spend a fall afternoon watching Peter, Egon, and Ray on the big screen?
Date: October 23rd-24th
Time: 11am
Location: Movieland (Richmond), 1301 N. Boulevard
Cost: $5.50 ($4.50 with your Criterion Club card)

Dark and Wicked Halloween Reading

Authors from the notorious Richmond Noir will team up with Beth Brown, author of Wicked Richmond, to bring you a delightfully eerie evening of true and fictional stories of the underbelly of Richmond
Date: October 24th
Time: 6pm
Location: Gallery 5, 200 W. Marshall Street
Cost: Free

Unhappy Hour: “The Fall of the House of Usher”

October’s Unhappy Hour theme is “The Fall of the House of Usher. Stop by for live music by Naughty Dynamic and the Design, games, and activities. Costumes are a must.
Date: October 28th
Time: 6pm–9pm
Location: Edgar Allan Poe Museum, 1914 E. Main Street
Cost: Free (cash bar)

Gallery Walk: Witches, Ghosts, and Ghastly Objects: Oddities Revisited

Lead curator William M. S. Rasmussen will take you through an exhibit featuring peculiar, perplexing, or even grotesque objects that provide insight into the hopes, fears, assumptions, and practices of the past.
Date: October 29th
Time: 10am
Location: Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard
Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors; $4 for students

Monster Mash Fridays on the Patio

Come in costume and enjoy fun dance music, light food, best costume contest, ghostly tours and a special wine tasting.
Date: October 29th
Time: 6pm–10pm
Location: James River Cellars, 11008 Washington Highway (Glen Allen)
Cost: $14

Cat Tales & Cocktails

This pet-friendly Howl-O-Ween party will feature music from Cherry Bomb, Richmond’s all vinyl, all female DJ collective.
Date: October 29th
Time: 7pm–10pm
Location: Richmond SPCA, 2519 Hermitage Road
Cost: $20 in advance and $30 at the door

Hallow’s Eve at the Manor House: Living History House Tour

Listen as the Daunteseys and their servants tell you the stories, songs and superstitions of this spooky time of year.
Date: October 29th
Time: 8pm-9pm
Location: Agecroft Hall, 4305 Sulgrave Road
Cost: $5

Malignant Humor

The Richmond Comedy Coalition brings to you a night of live (or, undead rather) improv comedy. Featuring a completely IMPROVISED HORROR MOVIE fueled by your suggestions and a costume contest to win a guest-starring role in the improvised action.
Date: October 29th
Time: 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm)
Location: Gallery5 (200 W. Marshall Street)
Cost: $7 ($5 for students)

Vampires vs. Zombies vs. Vixens

Turn up Halloween to 11 with this wild adventure race throughout the city. Whether you’re a brain eating zombie, blood sucking vamp or just a naughty nurse, nun or Neanderthal looking for a good time, this is the event for you. Gather your team and bring your most outlandish costume to this combination of Amazing Race, Scary Movie, and Animal House.
Date: October 30th
Time: 7pm
Location: TBD
Cost: $50 per player

Movies & Mimosas: Rosemary’s Baby

Yeah, this one should sufficiently creep you out.
Date: October 30th-31st
Time: 11am
Location: Movieland (Richmond), 1301 N. Boulevard
Cost: $5.50 ($4.50 with your Criterion Club card)

2010 Richmond Zombie Walk

Come in your most disgusting zombie gear andGLUGGHGHGHG UHHNNNNNN BRAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIINS.
Date: October 30th
Time: 1pm
Location: Meet in Byrd Park
Cost: Free, but $5 donations are suggested from those taking part (benefits the American Cancer Society)

Dias de los Muertos

Running from October 30th through November 13th, Dias de los Muertos will be a multi-cultural experience, featuring musical and dance performance, a food and craft festival, film screening, and more. Stop by Gallery5’s website for details.
Date: October 30th-November 13th
Time: Times vary, see website for details
Location: Gallery5, 200 W. Marshall Street
Cost: Varies


Head over to Balliceaux for an evening with live dancers (capoeira, in fact), tarot readings, and a costume contest (prizes include $300, a night at The Jefferson, or free shows for a year).
Date: October 31st
Time: 10pm
Location: Balliceaux, 203 N. Lombardy Street
Cost: Free!

1784: Death Comes to Wilton

Did you ever wonder why people wear black or gray at funerals? or why caskets sometimes had handles on the inside? Tour Wilton and find out these answers and more as we celebrate the life of Peyton Randolph, who died a mysterious death at Wilton in 1784.
Date: October 31st
Time: 1pm–5pm
Location: Wilton House Museum, 215 S. Wilton Rd
Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students

Richmond’s “Eerie” Canal Boat Rides

This one would be fun with or without the kids. Take a canal boat ride with a historic narrator telling a daunting tale of Richmond’s past as you travel down the Kanawha Canal. Kids get free candy!
Date: October 31st
Time: 6pm-9pm
Canal Turning Basin, Dock and 14th Street

(Photo by Christophile Konstas. Be sure to check back on RVANews on Halloween to see her images from this year’s Zombie Walk.)

Know of any other events that should be added to this list? Email them to our editor Valerie Catrow at For more fun spooky festivities going on in and around Richmond, be sure to check out the RVANews Halloween Guide.

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