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A Spooktacular Halloween Experience

If you’ve ever been to Williamsburg, Virginia, in the fall, you know all about how there is a spooktacular Halloween experience to be had here. For seasoned Halloween enthusiasts and budding trick-or-treaters alike, Williamsburg delivers an amazing experience you’ll remember forever. Here are four amazing Halloween events that cater to every type of Halloween palate. 

Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens

Virginia’s premier Halloween event has been raising our hair for over 20 years! Starting September 9, the terrors of Howl-O-Scream start at 6 p.m., when the park transforms into a Halloween lover’s dream—but be warned, the entertainment is truly terrifying and not meant for young children.

This year’s theme is a ghoulish game show with an evil host. Every guest is a contestant that is led to their destiny by the master of scare-monies. Your fate awaits with five haunted houses, five terror-tories™, four sinister shows, and two party zones—and of course, scares wait in every shadow. Take horror to new heights with nighttime rides on eight world-class coasters, including the all-new Pantheon. This year’s event takes screams to the extreme with three new haunted houses and three new terror-tories, six menacing BOOze bars and bites to get you through the night! Learn more and get your tickets here.

The Count’s Spooktacular

Celebrate not-too-spooky family fun during the day at The Count’s Spooktacular at Busch Gardens! From September 24-October 30, come to the Sesame Street Forest of Fun on Saturdays & Sundays. Kids under nine are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes and enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the entire park, dance parties, a festive hay maze and costume parade alongside their favorite Sesame Street friends. The theme changes every weekend to offer unique activities and special photo opportunities for a different experience with every visit. Learn more here.

Colonial Ghosts
Do you believe in the supernatural? Colonial Ghosts is one of the Top 10 Ghost Tours in America, and has made a believer out of many a naysayer! This ghost tour is the real deal, and enjoys the support of renowned psychics, investigators, and guests who claim to have come into contact with ghosts in the area. Not really surprising when you live in a place with over 300 years of history! Besides  giving you goosebumps, Colonial Ghosts prides itself on being genuine, informative, and completely mesmerizing. With up to 18 stories dealing with Colonial History, the Civil War, the Spanish Flu, and other historical events that are often glanced over when discussing the history of Williamsburg, you’ll be possessed by a need to learn more. Get your tickets here!

Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement

This Halloween-themed museum night for children and families returns with a spooky good time on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2022. 

This year Family Frights celebrates its ninth year offering frightful fun for families with opportunities to explore themed houses and trick-or-treat from a safe social distance starting at either the fort, riverfront or ships as designated upon arrival. As the sun goes down, the outdoor areas transform into sci-fi and fantastical Halloween themes offering a night of trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, decorated houses and spooky ships. Costume-clad youngsters will meet princesses and pirates and witches and ghouls in themed outdoor areas of the museum transformed into spooky settings. Kids can receive candy served safely from cauldrons and treasure chests with lengthy ladles and spoons and prepackaged crafts to take home! 

Separate evening sessions will be held each night at 6-7:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. Admission is available online only, so check in closer to the date to get yours! Tickets are $10 per child (ages 4-12), $5 per adult and free for children ages 3 and under.

Ghost Trail Hayrides

Grab the family and enjoy a haunted hayride through the woods of York River State Park. You’ll hear all about the spooky past of the region, including tales of local witches, pirates and more. This unique Halloween experience is offered on Oct. 25, Oct. 26 and Nov. 1 from 6:30-10 p.m. Admission is just $4 per person. Learn more here!


Head to Toano, Virginia, for Pumpkinville, a local family farm that features a pumpkin patch, gourds, seasonal vegetables and fall crafts. The kids will enjoy hayrides, corn mazes, games and more. You can catch some fun at this beautiful farm all throughout the month of October Sunday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Learn more here!


We hope you enjoy having a Spooktacular Halloween Experience here in Williamsburg, VA! After all the scares, cozy up at King’s Creek, your home away from home!

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