Top 10 Halloween Events in Hampton Roads VA 2012

Here are a few Spooky Places to Freak You Out in the Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, New Kent, Gloucester VA Beach and Chesapeake areas during the 2012 Halloween Season. Experience thrills at  haunted houses, graveyards and enchanted woods. Please send me an email if I missed any….

Williamsburg –  – Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is imagethe ideal place to be scared silly. Great new haunted houses like Dead Line offer a modern spin on some classic scares. Howl-O-Scream fans suffering from coulrophobia take note that the evil clowns are back and have taken over Festa Italia in Fear Fair and Grin and Scare It. Finally, Fiends is back in the Festhaus by popular demand. Gasparich and his creative team have breathed new life into Busch Gardens’ classic show that debuted during the first Howl-O-Scream in 1999. It is always “Code Pink” in Dr. Weirdstein’s laboratory, and the good doctor is once again feverishly working on his latest and greatest invention. Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Williamsburg continues every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 28, 2012..

Toano/ Williamsburg – At  Pumpkinville! – your family can pick their own pumpkins from the patch, or choose from our large selection in the yard. There are lots of free activities: the hayride runs the perimeter of the field, try the corn maze, or toss bean bags and rings! We have a large selection of pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, flowers, wooden cut-outs, arts and crafts and fall decorations.

Williamsburg -SPOOKY HAYRIDE THROUGH THE WOODS –October 18-.20 and October 25-27, 2012

Join us for this hour long spooky hayride through the woods of the York River State Park. Discover some of its haunted past through storytelling and costumed interpreters. Don’t worry, you can pretend that you are not scared, but no one will really believe you. Not suitable for children under 3. Reservations required.

Fee:   $3/person, $25/group

For more information about these or other programs, please call the park office at (757)566-3036 or visit the website

Charles City – October 12 &October 19 2012  – Berkeley Plantation Autumn Sunset and Spirits Tour – Come early to explore the beautiful October gardens at Berkeley. Meet your costumed guide at the Gazebo on the West Lawn. Relax and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, magnificent panoramic views of sky, field and James River as sunset falls. At twilight marvel at Berkeley’s amazing history as your guide leads you through a candlelight tour of the elegant 1726 mansion. Reservations are required. $

Charles City   James River Plantation Progressive Ghost and Spirit Tour

Experience a unique evening of ghost stories, graveside readings, a reading of the Legend of Rippons Run and a retelling of the Beechwood Tragedy.  In addition you will explore Piney Grove’s collection of antiques, historic buildings (Piney Grove-1790, Ashland-1835, Ladysmith-1857 & Duck Church 1917) and gardens, and enjoy an elegant four-course candlelight dinner. 5 – 9 p.m. $55 per person (plus $2.75 tax). 804-829-2196.

Charles City – Oct , 2012 – Ghostly Tales and a Graveyard Trail – Celebrate the bewitching spirit of Halloween with ghostly stories of “Aunt Pratt,” the legendary ghost of Shirley Plantation and the eleven generations of the same family to live at Shirley. Guided house tours will include the tales of “Aunt Pratt” as featured in Haunted Plantations of Virginia by Beth Brown and Ghosts of Virginia, by L. B. Taylor. Make sure you take a tour of the Great House at Shirley before the cemetery walk so you can see the portrait of Aunt Pratt. Aunt Pratt became so famous for her strange behavior that in the 1974 she was featured in a newspaper cartoon among several other publications.

Charles City  Renwood Fields  Bring your family, church group, company employees,image senior citizens or student field trip for “kernels of fun” in our seasonal Amazing Maze Maize. Admission includes courtyard activities, guided tractor ride, farm museum and picnic area.


2012 Schedule

Oct 6  open from 10am until dusk.
Oct 12, 13, 19, 20 26, 27 and Nov 2 & 3 from 10 am until 10pm
Come after dark on those days for
MOONLIGHT MAZES!!!! One of the most popular!
Bring your own flashlights!

Chesapeake Ghost Train at Northwest River Park – Ride the terrifying train and see the haunts and ghouls of the haunted woods of Northwest River Park. Reservations required) Tickets will be available, however limited, at Northwest River Park during train times on a space available basis. Train times to be announced. $ October 18-20 & 25-27 ,2012

Chesapeake-  Spooky Acres Haunted House  Come celebrate 18 years of haunting with the March of Dimes annual Spooky Acres Haunted. Young and old alike are sure to have a frighteningly good scare or two at Spooky Acres! –

Dates for 2012: October 5,6,12,13,18,19,20,24,25,26,27,29,30 & 31

Chesapeake Corn Maze and pumpkin patch at Bergey’s Breadbasket – The 5-acre maze is a fun and educational activity for your whole family. We also have hay rides and games, and you won’t be able to pass by our family-run bakery without stopping for a treat!

Gloucester  Haunted Trail at Beaverdam Park –  October 26, 27, 2012

This night of fright is held on the Nature Trail at Beaverdam Park. Volunteers turn the woods into a very noisy and scary place! Open to all ages, however youth ages 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $5 – adults & youth 13 or over; $3 – youth 12 and under. Not recommended for children under 8 years old.

Gloucester Green Hand Farm Park – The Green Hand Farm Park is open in the fall September 28th through November 11th, 2012

Green Hand Farm Park boasts a GIANT 4+ acre Corn Maze & a smaller one for younger children 🙂 A 3+ acre Pumpkin Patch ! Fun Activities for children of all ages! Hayrides, campfires w/a group, Friday & Saturday ‘Flash Light’ Nights – go through the maze in the dark!

 New Kent Journey Haunted Trails Are you looking for a great scare this Halloween Season?
Look no farther than the deep, dark, woods of New Kent where we scare you mind, body and soul.

Journey Haunted Trails offers four terrifying trails for you to experience, plus an all new Journey to the Past Gross Museum that contains the grossest things found in the ancient pages of Scripture, spilled out on display, for the first time for all to see!

Exit 211 on I 64 – Fridays and Saturdays, Oct 2012 –

Newport News – Night of the Living Museum – Saturday Oct. 20 2012 at the Virginia Living Museum – Enjoy non-scary Halloween fun for families with children ages 12 and under. See live animal shows featuring Halloween critters. Meet the Pumpkin Lady, Storytelling Witch, Spider Lady and Magic Wizard. Dig for ancient shark teeth. Visit the enchanted lagoon, pirate cove, and magical waterfall. Take a nighttime hike. Hunt for aliens in the planetarium ($2+ adm.). Creepy crafts and Halloween games.

PortsmouthMUSEUM MADNESS: Calling all Ghosts, Goblins, Princesses & Superheroes!

Put on your costume and come to the four Portsmouth Museums for a haunting day of Halloween fun! Enjoy magic shows, a variety of crafts, pumpkin decorating, storytelling, and face painting. In addition, the Lightship Portsmouth is transformed into a haunted vessel for Museum Madness, where visitors can meet the ghosts of sailors & pirates past! For more information on Museum Madness, contact Katie Barnes at (757) 393-8591.

Portsmouth -Olde Towne Ghost Walk : Friday, October 26, 2012

Take a guided walking tour past the haunted houses and mysterious creaking mansions of Olde Towne.Guides take spectators on a walk past haunted houses and mansions of Olde Towne, a 20-square block, 500 building area on the National Register of Historic Places.At each house on the tour, actors in appropriate costume will retell the legends of ghostly visitations and things that go bump in the night. Cameras are welcome. Houses are private properties and not open to the public. admission. For more information

VA Beach  NightMare Mansion

Located on the resort strip of Virginia Beach. Walk at your own pace through the narrow hallways. Enter at your own risk!

imageVirginia Beach Haunted Hunt Club Farm & Halloween Fest – Come for the Haunted Hayride, Village of the Dead & Field of Screams. Grab some friends and come on out to the farm for an evening of good old Halloween fun. $

Virginia Beach Midnight Manor Haunted Attraction

Friday and Saturday  October 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, & 28-2012

At Midnight Manor Haunted Attraction, a trio of ghoul-infested haunts inspires nightmares in covens of two or six with Hollywood-style and 3-D special effects. The gnarled beckon of a skeletal grim reaper lures in brave souls and paleontology majors to the Midnight Manor castle, where they tread cautiously through supernatural frights, including a bloodthirsty mummy and desecrated gravesite. Cobwebs lace the lairs of a vengeful pharaoh while a slaughtered skeleton drips blood behind bars. Then thrill seekers hightail it to the Trail of Terror, where they face off against the woodsy demons and overworked lumberjacks that dwell in the forest’s foreboding darkness. Finally, the Maniac Maze breathes life into horror stories as murderous clowns sneak up on unsuspecting wanderers ogling 3-D effects and devouring on-site snacks.

Not recommended for children under 8 years.


If I missed any in the area please add them in the comments field. Let me and the readers know what you thought of these attractions. Share in the comments below or on my Facebook Page.



Trick-or-treating hours for each city are as follows:

  • Norfolk, until 8 p.m.
  • Virginia Beach, dusk to 8 p.m.
  • Portsmouth, dusk to 8 p.m.
  • Chesapeake, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Suffolk, until  8 p.m.
  • Hampton, dusk to 8 p.m.
  • Newport News, until 8 p.m.


Like what you are reading ? Want to receive updates by email in the future ? Sign up here  banner psst … I’m a Realtor! Thanks for stopping by my website. I have no connections to these attractions. Please contact then directly for dates/ times/ info. I  would love to help you find your dream home and community in the Hampton Roads or Williamsburg area or to sell your existing home. This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of Hampton Roads and the historic triangle, and his expertise in the local real estate market. His websites,  and Mr were created as a resource for folks who are exploring a move to  Williamsburg, VA , Hampton Roads VA and the  surrounding areas of the Virginia Peninsula. On his website you can search homes for sale , foreclosures, 55+ active adult communities,   condos and town homes , land and commercial property for sale in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New KentPoquoson, and Gloucester, VA as well as surrounding markets of Carrolton,  Chesapeake,Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth  Mathews, Newport News Norfolk, Poquoson, Smithfield, , Suffolk, Surry,  Va Beach, Yorktown  and York County Virginia You can reach John by email [email protected] or phone @  757-254-8136

Discover more from Mr. Williamsburg

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading