Best time to go to Virginia

Halloween 2024

Check out how scary colonial Virginian towns can become

Dates: early September–early November


Virginia, with its rich history, legends and traditions, is a perfect place to celebrate Halloween. Every fall, dozens of family-friendly festivals, pumpkin patches, haunted tours, costumed parties, hayrides, and concerts are sure to keep everyone in the best Halloween spirit.

The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Dominion (September 23–October 29, 2023)

The Great Pumpkin Fest is the annual seasonal celebration at Kings Dominion, an amusement park located in Doswell, Virginia, 20 mi (32 km) from Richmond. The best fall festival of the area offers many scare-free Halloween activities for the whole family. The little ones can enjoy pumpkin decorating, the park’s Planet Snoopy kids’ area, Halloween-themed live shows, Sally’s Pumpkin Painting Patch, Franklin’s Scarecrow Hollow, Pig Pen’s People Washer, a petting zoo, and more. Trick or Treating Prizes await kids at the Great Pumpkin Fest Headquarters. A Costume Parade with Snoopy and all his friends takes place daily at 2 pm and 5 pm.

Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream in Williamsburg (September 8–October 31, 2023)

Howl-O-Scream is a seasonal attraction held at Busch Gardens Blvd in Williamsburg, VA, open from 10 am to 11 pm. Every day at 6 pm, some creepy creatures take over the park. There are elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed Terror-tories, and terrifying shows. Howl-O-Scream may be inappropriate for young children.

When in Williamsburg, you may also join the Ultimate and Bone-Chilling Ghost Tour and discover a lot about the dark past of the city.

Cox Farms Fields of Fear (September 22–November 4, 2023, on selected dates)

Cox Farms' Fields of Fear is one of the best Halloween attractions in Virginia. The haunted night-time destination features Dark Side Hayride, The Forest: Back 40, and the Cornightmare™ haunted cornfield walk. The farm also has bonfires, excellent food, plenty of music and entertainment, a six-lane slide, and other rides. The attraction is not recommended for children under 12 years old.

The Haunted Hill in Spotsylvania/Partlow (canceled in 2023)

Haunted Hill is probably Virginia's scariest attraction. Located in the woods of Spotsylvania County near Partlow, Haunted Hills is designed to scare grown-ups, not kids. It includes a scary haywagon ride, dropping riders off deep in the woods. Then you will have to find your way through a mile haunted by zombies, ghouls, and clowns, find the exit in mazes, and survive other scares.

For the tickets and latest updates, please check with the official websites (see External Resources below.) Also, take a look at the map suggesting the best accommodations nearby.

Last updated: by Dari Vasiljeva