What words come to your mind when you think about Halloween? Ghosts? Goblins? Costumes? Candy? Those words probably work for you! However, when I think about Halloween in Virginia, I think of words like Howl-O-Scream, Halloween Haunt, Halloween Madness, Fright Light Laser Show, and even NASCAR. You see, my words are actually events.
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays here in Richmond. Kings Dominion is about 30 miles north and it constructs a Halloween Haunt every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. There are haunted mazes and shows and all of the rides are “thrilling.” They do have a non-scary atmosphere during the day but the atmos-fear definitely changes at night! Sixty miles east of Richmond, there is Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Again, this is on weekend nights but it is amazing. Along with shows, mazes, and lurking creatures, the rides are also open, weather-permitting. See the fright come to life! It’s worth the scare.
If you’re looking for a smaller-scale scare, there are plenty of options around the state. At Big Gem Park in Page County, there’s the Terror Trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult on this tour since it is one of the scariest you will go on. There are more than 20 acres at the aptly named Fields of Fear at Cox Farm in Centreville. This also isn’t recommended for children under the age of 12.
Looking for family-friendly? How about a laser show? The Virginia Living Museum has the Fright Light Laser Show that includes music from the likes of Garbage, The Who, and Black Sabbath set to an eclectic mix of terror-istic images. Historic Marion has a trick-or-treat fest all during the day before the “Halloween Madness” begins at night At Oatlands Historic House and Gardens, the Oatlands after Five Paranormal Tours begin at 5:00pm. These evening tours feature different ghost tales and unexplained happenings fit for the whole family.
Talk about some scary stuff … high speeds and fast cars! Martinsville Speedway even has a NASCAR race, the TUMS Fast Relief 500, on Sunday, October 30. The track is the only short-track stop in the Chase! NASCAR and scary-yes, they pretty much fit right together.
So between the large amusement parks and the small town events, this Halloween is sure to be spooktacular around our great state! For additional events, check out the entire listing here: www.Virginia.org/Halloween Happy hunting for a haunting Halloween!!!
Jane Govoruhk is the Assistant International Marketing Manager at Virginia Tourism Corporation, avid Hokie and Steelers fan, NASCAR enthusiast, music junkie, and author of this post.