When the crisp air of fall arrives, the excitement for Halloween follows. In Virginia, we celebrate this spooky holiday with flashlight tours in haunted hospitals, scarecrow festivals, and murder mystery parties. What more could you ask for? Put on your costume and prepare for the ultimate Halloween in Virginia!
Busch Gardens’ annual Howl-O-Scream is back this year with even more hauntingly good frights. Enjoy haunted houses, an escape room, festive food, and much, much more at this Virginia favorite.
The Granby Theater hosts an annual Halloween Bash, complete with “surreal stage designs, state of the art sound, intense light shows and visuals,” and much more. Keep an eye out for LED hoopers and fire breathers, and bring cash for the out-of-this-world cocktails.
Visit George Washington’s estate with your little ones for a scavenger hunt, wagon ride, craft making, chocolate-making, and much more. Learn a little more about our first president while you celebrate.
St. Albans Sanatorium in Radford, Virginia, once housed soldiers, hostages, and the mentally ill. Now, only their ghosts remain, walking the halls and scaring visitors. Make a trip to the sanatorium to see for yourself. Keep up with their website for more information about historical and flashlight tours!
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This fall, enjoy delicious, home-grown hard cider right on the farm at the Bold Rock Cidery in Nellysford, Virginia. Stop by any time in October for fantastic fall goodness, or make a special trip for their annual Fall Foliage Festival. The festival boasts food trucks, hay rides, and much more.
Hop on one of Petersburg Haunts 90-minute ghost tours to experience the city of Petersburg like never before. You’ll visit many of the town’s more historic buildings, following a lantern-holding storyteller while is sure to scare you half to death.
Visit Pearisburg, Virginia, for the Scarecrow Festival, a day featuring a scarecrow contest, shopping, live music, and free pumpkin painting. The festival is for an entire day and is perfect for family members of any age.