Thrills and Chills: A Williamsburg Halloween

Haunted houses, ghost walks, pumpkin patches, and creepy carriage rides. Get your spook on in Greater Williamsburg.

Sea witch of DoG Street.
Pumpkin patch at Pumpkinville.
Fall Festival at Riverwalk Landing!
Busch Gardens, "Gardens of Souls".
The Mariners' ARRRtober Festival features pirate themed events.
Halloween Themed Weekends at the Cannon.
Family Fright Nights at Jamestown Settlement.
Official Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walk.
Halloween costume contests
Riders on Skeleton Horses in Colonial Williamsburg.

Tired of that ho-hum Halloween? Bored of tricks, treats, and super-scary feats?

Greater Williamsburg will make you take a second look at the holiday. Here you'll find a few sideways takes and some straight-on celebrations for everyone from the drama-queen teen to the super shy guy. This is a place where the celebration can be friendly ghostly or utterly ghastly. Here's what awaits during the orange month. Who ya gonna call to join you?

An Orange Celebration:

There really is a great pumpkin for everyone at Pumpkinville, the family farm with a hayride, a maze, and more orange orbs than Charlie Brown and Snoopy could count. 

Family Fun:

Face painting, hay rides, a maze, pumpkins, and musical entertainment highlight the annual Yorktown Market Days Fall Festival at Riverwalk Landing on Oct. 12. 

Let it All Out:

Screaming is an Olympic sport during Halloween and the international renowned scene of blood-curdling horror happens at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream. You've been warned. 

Pirate Play:

How about a little cross-history Halloweening, a little arrrr with you aieee? Check out the Arrrtober Festival on Oct. 13 at The Mariners’ Museum and Park featuring pirate play all day. There's music, craft beer tastings, food trucks, pirate storytelling, pumpkin painting, hayrides, and a Scallywag School for that added bit of education, matey. 


The Cannon Tap Room at Brass Cannon Brewery will host Halloween-inspired events taking place the entire month of October and will entail Halloween-themed weekends and fun with dedicated small spooky batch beer releases, additional music nights and discounts for folks who show up in costume.

Family Frights:

Family Fright Nights at Jamestown Settlement is a Halloween-themed museum nights for children and families on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26. Trick-or-treating, ghostly tales and grisly games will be among the activities offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on both dates. This scary good time for the entire family begins along the Forest of Frights boardwalk heading towards the 1607 ships’ pier, where ghostly specters dot the landscape, children can compete in ghostly games like pumpkin bowling, crafts, freaky face painting, etc.!

Ghost Tales:

Wander the streets and gardens of Colonial Williamsburg's historic area on a Ghost Walk and hear true ghost stories gathered from employees, residents, and guests about lost love, murder, betrayal, and other specters nightly beginning at 7 p.m. 

Halloween Bash: 

October 19, Yankee Candle Village – features costume contests, games and more.

Masked Riders:

Haunting on DoG Street, a Williamsburg tradition, runs from Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 with ghost tours, skeleton horses, creepy carriage rides, and a family-friendly evening program.

History & Chills

"Colonial Ghosts" walking tour is an authentic trek through the haunted history of Colonial Williamsburg. Sharing historical fact and chilling legend, Colonial Ghosts provides guests with accurate and intensively researched ghost stories. 

Looking for more to do? Explore all outdoor activities in the area or check out family fun things to do.  Then plan your visit to Greater Williamsburg today.

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