Events are in full swing around the Peninsula and greater Hampton Roads celebrating Halloween, from the spooky and scary to the kid-friendly and everything in between.
This year, Colonial Williamsburg kicks off its inaugural Haunting on DoG Street: Blackbeard's Revenge Friday and Saturday in the city's historic area. There is a free Halloween trick-or-treat festival for children 12 and under from 5-7:30 p.m. each night (registration is closed). "The Pirate's Life for Me" event features pirate shanties, a costume contest and free M&M Mars treats at the historic buildings and homes along Duke of Gloucester Street. Candy for those with allergies will be available at select stops.
In "Under Blackbeard's Flag" at 8 p.m., the undead crew members of the pirate Blackbeard, who were tried and hanged on Williamsburg's streets in 1719, will return to seek their revenge. The ticketed program includes a trial of the undead in the Capitol, an encounter with Blackbeard and a ghostly walk through the tombstones, jail and the gallows. Recommended for guests ages 13 and up. Procession of the undead led by pirate zombies to Chowning's Tavern takes place at 10 p.m.
Colonial Williamsburg has had strong demand for the event, as the children's events and "Under Blackbeard's Flag" are sold out, organizers announced Monday. Tickets are still available for events at the Kimball Theatre and Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. For program tickets, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com/haunting or call 855-296-6627.
For something a little more contemporary, stop by the Hampton Block Party fro
m 6-10:30 p.m. Saturday. The free event includes a live DJ, face-painting, food and drink vendors, and costume contests for humans and pets.
And if neither of those strikes your fancy, there are dozens of Halloween events to choose from this weekend, as listed below.
Monster Maze. 7-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday at the downtown Hampton post office, 132 E. Queen St. For ages 11 and older. Tickets: $10 cash only. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Old Point National Bank (101 E. Queen St.) and Stillwater Tavern (555 Settlers Landing Road). Hosted by Downtown Hampton Exchange Club and m2 Pictures.
Storytelling Spooktacular, 6-9 p.m. Friday at Mill Point Park, 100 Eaton St. Event features experiments by Mad Science, songs by C. Shells, creepy creatures from Sandy Bottom Nature Park, entertainment from Jon the Juggling Ginger, family games and kid-friendly terrifying tales from 7-8 p.m. Free admission, food available to purchase. For more information, call 757-727-8311.
Tales of Hampton: Horror Stories. 55-minute tours depart at 7 p.m. through Friday at the Hampton History Museum. Historian Michael Cobb guides a tour of eerie tales of old Hampton and the Coastal Virginia region that also includes special surprises and a spooky lantern tour of the St. John's graveyard. Tickets are $5 per person in advance, $8 at the door. Tickets are limited and may sell out. Advance purchase is strongly recommended. Purchase at the Hampton History Museum and Visitor Center or reserved by calling 757-727-1102. Proceeds benefit museum's educational programs.
Zombie Contagion Haunted House. 7-11 p.m. through Saturday at Peninsula Town Center, 3420 Von Schilling Drive, Hampton. The Peninsula Jaycees present a zombie haunted house. Tickets: $12. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Guests 15 years and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult (18 and older). No refunds; charity event.
Zombie Survival Ride. Shoot fixed and live zombie targets in the woods on a wagon mounted with paintball guns for up to six people. Participants shoot but won't get shot. The 20-minute ride includes 60 paintballs. The ride is $10, in addition to $12.50 admission to Green Hand Farm Park (5000 Nursery Lane), which includes access to giant corn maze, pedal karts, straw bale maze and castle, jumbo jumper, duck races, spider web and hayride. Open 5-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 8. Discounts and special hours available to groups of 20 or more. For more information about the event or other farm offerings, call 804-761-6188 or visit greenhandfarmpark.com.
An Evening at Endview Plantation, Friday. Guided tours of the site start at 7 p.m. and leave every 20 minutes. Last tour starts at 8:40 p.m. Hear first-person accounts from characters from Endview's history, learn facts about local and national history and experience Endview's nature trail. Admission: $8 per adult, $6 per child ages 6-12. Reservations recommended. Call 757-887-1862. 362 Yorktown Road, Newport News.
Fright Light Laser Show. 5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday at Virginia Living Museum's Abbitt Planetarium. Watch Halloween-themed lasers to the songs of Black Sabbath, Garbage, The Who and others. Program is family friendly. Members $3, non-members $6. Tickets available at thevlm.org/events/planetarium-shows/holiday/.
DJ Bobby D! & Mixxstar DJs sponsor the fourth annual "Monsters Ball" Halloween Costume Party. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. Celebrations, 9712 Warwick Blvd. Music, dancing and a costume contest at midnight. Adults only. Cash bar. Donation is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Proceeds support the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. For more info, contact Bobby Dunston at 757-344-0852 or email email@example.com.
Ham-o-Ween. Events begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Smithfield. Safe trick-or-treating along Main and Grace streets and party at the Smithfield Times, 228 Main St. from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Costume judging at 6:30 p.m. with prizes for all ages. Carved pumpkins may be brought to the Smithfield Times between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Pumpkins must include the carver's name and contact information. For more information call 757-357-3288.
Howl-O-Scream. Starts at 6 p.m. weekends through Sunday. Check out "Unearthed: Scarlett's Revenge," a new themed maze in the much-anticipated Halloween event at Busch Gardens Williamsburg made connection with the producer of "The Blair Witch Project." Also look for mazes "Lumberhack" and "Cornered." Tickets $77 for a one-day pass. Contact 800-343-7946 or buschgardens.com for more information.
Pirates and Mermaids Costume Party. Adult-only event from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Watermen's Museum in Yorktown, with ticket sales going to museum's educational programs. Music, light food and beverages will be provided, and prizes will be awarded for best costume and other categories. Tickets $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Call 757-887-2641 or visit watermens.org for details.
Creepy, Crawly, Create! 2:45-4:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Art Museum of Colonial Williamsburg. Make Halloween art inspired by the creatures on display in "Birds, Bugs, and Blooms: Observing the Natural World in the 18th Century." Visitors admitted with Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket.
Kimball Theatre presents "Nosferatu" at 7:30 p.m. and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 11 p.m. Saturday. The theater is also showing "Alien" through Saturday. 428 West Duke of Gloucester. For tickets and complete showtimes, visit kimballtheatre.com.
Colonial Ghost Tours. Tours leave at 8, 9 and 11 p.m. most nights. Extended tours available. One-hour historic ghost walk tour through Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary. Tours groups meet in front of the Kimball Theater. Tickets: $13, $10 (child). Extended tours: $18, $15 (child), and $19.99 for 11 p.m. tours (may vary by demand and season). Check calendar online for availability at colonialghosts.com.
Haunted Ship: Zombie Pirates. Battleship Wisconsin. 6:30-10 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $9 for groups of 15 or more, who must book and pay in advance. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $10. Not recommended for children under age 13, the claustrophobic, or faint of heart. Participants must be able to climb steep ladders and navigate tight, dark spaces. For more information, call 757-664-1000 or visit nauticus.org.
YNOT Friday Night Frights: "The Goonies" outdoors at the Hermitage Museum in Norfolk. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for pizza, lawn games with the 96X FM team, a wine and beer bar, the opportunity to look at museum exhibit "roberley bell: [un]natural landscapes" and more. Movie starts at 7 p.m. Members free, non-members $7. For more information, visit thehermitagemuseum.org.
The Annual Olde Towne Ghost Walk. 45-minute tours leave at 7, 8, and 9 p.m. Friday from the graveyard at Trinity Episcopal Church, 500 Court St., Portsmouth. Tours end at Middle Street Park, where there will be cider, entertainment and more. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 757-805-1526.
Spooky Acres Haunted House. 6:30-10 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Event starts at 7 p.m. Annual haunted house hosted by the March of Dimes. 2340 East Little Creek Road, Norfolk. $12 per person. Visit spookyacres.com for more information.
"The Rocky Horror Picture Show." 11:30 p.m. Friday and 9:15 and 11:45 p.m. Saturday. All shows feature performance's by Norfolk's Fishnet Inc. Tickets go on sale half an hour before the show. Regular ticket prices apply. The Naro Expanded Cinema, 1507 Colley Ave., Norfolk. For information, call 757-625-6276.
Haunted Hunt Club Farm. Events start at 7 p.m. Box office opens at 6:30 p.m. $25 admission includes entry to the Haunted Hayride, Village of the Dead and Field of Screams, entry into the farm, nightly entertainment and more. Children 7 and under free with paying adult. Group rates available. 2388 London Bridge Road, Virginia Beach. Check hauntedhuntclubfarm.com for calendar and more details.
Fantastic Planet Halloween and costume contest featuring Va$htie, RBLE, Sunny + Gabe, Fake Uzumi and Opal. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Norva. Ages 18 and older. Tickets $20 in advance, $28 at the door. Tickets available at bitly.com/fanplanhalloween or the Norva's box office.
Halloween the Chrysler Way. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk. Gallery hosts dress up as works of art, and the museum will host Halloween activities, including a scavenger hunt. Visit chrysler.org for details.