For the wee goblins

Got little ones who aren’t quite ready for activities of the spooky-scary variety? Fear not, Richmond’s all over it.

Got little ones who aren’t quite ready for activities of the spooky-scary variety? Fear not, Richmond’s all over it.

Haunted Henricus: Things That Go Bump in the Night

Sit by the fire and listen to European stories early Colonists told as they recounted tales from their homeland. Be sure to bring a blanket!
Date: October 22nd and 23rd
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Henricus Historical Park, Henricus Park Road (Chester)
Cost: $8 for adults and $6 for children


Puppies! In costume! Yay!!!
Date: October 23rd
Time: 11am-2pm
Location: Rockwood Park, 3401 Courthouse Road
Cost: Free

Fall Festival

Learn about the area’s local sustainable food movement while you take in the sights at the Science Museum of Virginia’s very own Green Acre Farm. Also: games!
Date: October 23rd
Time: 12pm–4pm
Location: Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street
Cost: Free with museum admission (see website for details)

Fall Family Fun Day

Play traditional Victorian games, enjoy arts and crafts, and listen to stories that will answer such Halloween-related questions as “What is the story behind that glowing jack-o-lantern?” Be sure to come in your best spooky, silly, or historical costume!
Date: October 23rd
Time: 2pm
Location: The Museum of the Confederacy, 1201 E. Clay Street
Cost: $5

Spooky Saturday

All are welcome to come by Mary Munford Elementary for an afternoon of Halloween fun, including the Disco of Doom, Silly String Graveyard, Water Balloon Drop, and more!
Date: October 23rd
Time: 3pm-7pm
Location: Mary Munford Elementary, 211 Westmoreland Street
Cost: Free

Goblins and Gourds

Enjoy a concert from Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pick out and paint a pumpkin, stuff a scarecrow, and more!
Date: October 24th
Time: 1pm–4pm
Location: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue
Cost: Regular garden admission ($10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $6 for kids ages 3 to 12, kids under $3 are free)


Halloween in Carytown, get it? Safe trick-or-treating, costume contests, and cash prizes — fun for the whole fam!
Date: October 30th
Time: Sales and specials all day; costume contest starts at 3pm; trick-or-treating from 4pm to 6pm
Location: Carytown
Cost: Free!

Spooky Party

Celebrate Halloween a day early! Put on your costume and enjoy some fun Halloween games!
Date: October 30th
Time: 10am–4pm
Location: Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 W. Broad Street
Cost: Regular admission ($8 for adults and children 1 and up, $7 for seniors)

Rockin’ with Renew Crew Fall Festival

Costume contests for pets and kids, a moon bounce, face painters, pumpkin painting, an appearance by Nutzy, and so! much! more!
Date: October 30th
Time: 10am–2pm
Location: Carillon Grounds at Byrd Park, Blanton Avenue and Garrett Street
Cost: Free

Phantoms of the Orchestra with Magic Circle Mime Company

Every Halloween the “phantoms of the orchestra” return to haunt the concert hall. The maestro must use the power of the baton to lead this ghoulish orchestra.
Date: October 30th
Time: 11am
Location: Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage, 600 E. Grace Street
Cost: $17

Trick-or-Treat Street

Activities include a moon bounce, inflatable slide, basketball game, haunted house, straw maze, costume contest, and more! Magic show starts at 1pm!
Date: October 30
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Old Fraternity Row, 28 Westhampton Way (University of Richmond)
Cost: $8

Movie: “Its the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”

Required Halloween-season viewing (also a great post-nap activity).
Date: October 30th
Time: 3pm
Location: Richmond Public Library (West End), 5420 Patterson Avenue
Cost: Free

Southern Barton Heights Halloween Party

Pinatas, bobbing for apples, pin the tale on the black cat, mask making, face painting, and other spooky surprises. There will also be a potluck dinner, so bring a dish to share!
Date: October 30th
Time: 3pm–7pm
Location: Yancey Street Park at North Avenue and Poe Street Richmond
Cost: Free

Halloween Hoopla

Come dressed in your Halloween best for an evening full of family fun, including trick-or-treating in the Spooky Village, fun games, and pumpkin painting.
Date: October 31st
Time: 4pm–8pm
Location: Children’s Museum of Richmond, 2626 W. Broad Street Richmond
Cost: $4 for adults (including members), kids are free (advanced tickets only)

Richmond’s “Eerie” Canal Boat Rides

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

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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