Halloween may not look the same this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun. Virginia offers plenty of trick-or-treat alternatives, novelty candy shops, wide open corn mazes and pumpkin patches, ghost tours, and other spooky attractions across the state.
Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches
- Located in Central Virginia, Liberty Mills Farm offers a 34 acre corn maze, the largest east of the Mississippi River, separated into four trails for all ages. There is also a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, hay wagon ride, farmers market and more.
- Blue Ridge Mountain Maze is a brand new five-acre corn maze and fall festival coming to Lovingston in Nelson County.
- Every Soul Acres, located in Keezletown, offers a pumpkin patch, a sunflower field, and a corn maze along with breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley.
- For those looking for a more terrifying experience, RED VEIN Haunted House in Ashland offers a truly scary corn maze and haunted attraction.
Family Fun Events
- Pumpkinpalooza is a glass blowing class at the Chrysler Museum of Art’s Perry Glass Studio in Norfolk where guests can create their own blown glass pumpkin.
- Yorktown will host a virtual trick-or-treat map for the kids during its Paws at the River Market on Oct. 31. Children will be able to follow the map to find candy at several area businesses. Don’t miss the Halloween Pet Parade!
- Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement is a Halloween-themed museum night October 23-24 for young children and families featuring trick-or-treating, grisly games, ghostly tales, haunted houses and spooky ships.
- Main Street Lexington is extending its downtown trick-or-treat to be a full day event, which means Main Street will not be shut down and the crowd can be well dispersed over the course of the day.
- Shocktober Haunted House in Leesburg will be hosting virtual experiences including live-streaming celebrity events, online Shocktober Haunt Classes, a “Why We Shock” fundraising campaign, F.E.A.R. Card, and more.
Candy Road Trip
Novelty and vintage candies, oversized old school favorites, and decadent chocolates are just a few sugar-filled treats available at Virginia’s candy stores and chocolate shops. Plan a trick-or-treating road trip and fill your car with goodies while supporting local businesses.
Haunted Virginia and Ghost Tours
The spirits come to life in Virginia as Halloween draws near, with ghost tours, genuine haunted homes, and plenty of spooky special events to scare even the bravest visitors. For more haunted places and ghost tours, click here.
- The Battleship Wisconsin, located in downtown Norfolk, has been recently named one of the Top 7 Most Haunted Military Ships in the Navy and is open for tours. Staff members say the ship is haunted and many have had their own experiences aboard, oftentimes refusing to walk the maze of the decks alone or at night.
- Venture along the haunted streets of Yorktown with Yorktown Ghost Walks, where spirits of the past still cry out from the blood-stained soil. Tours are conducted by real paranormal investigators from Virginia Paranormal Investigations.
- Ashland Haunted History Tours are guided, seasonal walking ghost tours of Downtown Ashland, featuring researched history and ghost stories as related by business owners and residents of this historic town.
- The Exchange Hotel and Civil War Museum in Gordonsville, named one of the most haunted historic locations in Virginia, will now be hosting night tours. Visitors will be taken on a guided tour through the museum and hopefully hear from their resident spirits as they talk about the history of the Exchange Hotel.
For more Halloween sites and activities in Virginia, visit virginia.org/halloween.
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