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.
Make creepy crafts and play Halloween games.
Peter Pan themed ship at Jamestown Settlement.
Official Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walk.
All Hallow's Eve at Historic Jamestowne.
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. It runs from Sept. 22 to Oct. 28.

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. 13. 

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. 14 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. 

A Starry Spectacle:

Enjoy a family-friendly Night at the Living Museum — the Virginia Living Museum — on Oct. 19 and 20. Learn the ways of spiders, take a nighttime hike along the outdoor boardwalk and dino trail, and rock to Fright Light laser shows in the planetarium.

Family Frights:

Jamestown Settlement hosts a Halloween-themed program for elementary-age children on Oct. 26 and 27 featuring trick-or-treating, ghostly tales, haunted houses and ships, and grisly games.  

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. 

A Historic Haunted Evening:

For a look back at haunted nights of yore, Historic Jamestowne will host "The Devill, the Witches, & the Enchanters" on Oct. 27, a look into the world of what scared people in the 17th century. Characters will regale the audience with eyewitness accounts of conjurations and witchcraft. It’s a Colonial American Horror Story.

Masked Riders:

Haunting on DoG Street, a Williamsburg tradition, runs from Oct. 15 through Oct. 31 with ghost tours, skeleton horses, creepy carriage rides, and a family-friendly evening program.

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.