All Month Long-
Plant Spooky. King Dominion. On Saturdays and Sundays from September 26 through November 1, bring the little ones to the all-new Planet Spooky for frightful fun and spooky activities the entire family can enjoy together. It’s all fun and no fear. Activities take place each day from 12pm – 5pm.
Visit the bottom of the page for scary fun all month long…
Today – Sunday, November 9th
Charlotte’s Web! Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. Visit the website for show times and fees.
Thursdays, October 2nd thru December 4th 2014
A Fresh Start For Single Mothers And Their Children. Thursday Evenings From 6:00pm -8:00pm. Velocity Church, 3300 Church Road, Henrico, Virginia 23233. Other locations are available. Attention Single Mothers! A Fresh Start Is Designed To Accept, Support and Empower Single Mothers In Their Daily Lives. Some topics covered: Managing Your Budget, Health and Wellness / Stress Management, Effective Employment & Interviewing Strategies, Domestic Violence Awareness/ Child Protection, Parenting On Your Own / Keeping Family Traditions, Car Care Essentials, Beauty Out Of Ashes and much more. Dinner And Childcare / Youth / Teen Mentoring. All Are Provided At No Cost. Weekly meetings consist of dinner for mothers/dinner and snacks for kids, informational guest speaker and small group discussion time, fellowship and fun! Free Goodies and prizes for the moms to take home each week!! Visit the website for registration information. For questions contact email@example.com.
Wednesdays, Oct 15, 22, 29 (3 sessions)
Selfie Studio. 4:30pm-6:30pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Meet in the Pauley Center Lobby. Expand your creativity while shrinking your art . . . literally! Combine portraiture with Shrinky Dinks® art, photography, and graphic design — a mixed-media studio class all about you. Fee.
Thursdays, Oct 16, 23, 30 (3 sessions)
Mosaic Design. 4:15pm-6pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. For ages 9 – 12. Learn techniques for making 3D mosaics by creating a flowerpot. Then create “grout blobs,” using sand and cement, for use as stepping stones. Fee.
Wednesday, October 29th
Young @ Art: Doodle Bug Basics. 11am-Noon. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. For ages 2 ½ – 5. Learn about the parts of art — lines, shapes, colors, and textures — and learn how to make what you imagine! Fee.
Drop in and Dig! 1pm. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. Free with Garden admission.
Halloween Not So Scary Jump. 5:30-8pm. Pump It Up, Hanover, VA. Tickets on sale now or at the door. Fee.
Bullying and the Special Needs Child. 6:30pm. Delivered by Commonwealth Parenting. Fee.
Scare-O-Thon: Escape from Undead Island. 6:30pm. North Park Library, Henrico County. Last year’s victor has gone mad and created a slew of horrific undead mutants. The abominations have escaped their master’s clutches and set off a post-apocalypse apocalypse. If you think zombies are bad news, you aint seen nothin’ yet! Join them for an evening of interactive games, terrifying treats and astounding prizes. Register online or call 290-9700. Free.
Thursday, October 30th
Rompy’s Halloween Bash. 4pm-5:30pm AND 6p-7:30pm. All Richmond Romp n’ Roll Locations. Bring your little pumpkins to Romp n’ Roll for a not-so-scary good time! Join us for a family night of Halloween fun including crafts, games and activities in the gym! We encourage everyone to dress up, but please, no glitter or restricting costumes. No need to be a member; however reservations are required; call 804-364-6363 to register! ($15 per child for members, $20 per child for non-members).
Woven Wonders. 4:15pm-6pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. For ages 5 – 8. Learn about stories depicted in VMFA’s European tapestries and experience the history and technique of this textured art form by weaving an original work of art. Fee.
Monkey Joe’s Spooktacular Fun! 5pm-8pm. Monkey Joe’s, 11304 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23235. Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Constume Contest, Tons of Candy (so bring a bucket), $6 admission.
Thursday, October 30th - Sunday Nov 2nd
Marvel Universe Live. Richmond Coliseum. Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest.
Friday, October 31st
Krispy Skremes. Krispy Kreme Shops. Get a free doughnut when you wear your Halloween costume in store on Oct 31st. No masks please. Free.
Just Say BOO! A Musical Costume Party! 10am-10:40am. Melody Magic Music Studio, 3041 Lauderdale Drive. Come join us for a musical playdate for children ages 0-7 years! This is a perfect fit for this time of year! Feel free to come dressed up as a princess, prince, pirate, superhero, animal, or anything you like! We will move and groove to some favorite Halloween tunes (nothing scary!). Your child will love getting dressed up and using their imagination in this awesome class! Cost is $10/child, and advance registration is required. . Register online at www.melodymagicmusic.com. Fee.
Spooktacular Sensations. 10am-11:30am. Hunton Community Center. For ages 3-5 with an adult. Join us for a wonderfully spooktacular adventure through our five senses! Journey through the amazing world of hearing, seeing, tasting, touching and smelling through hands-on activities. Pumpkin ice painting, Halloween GAK, and eyeball treats will help us learn in this fun (but not scary!) program your little ones are sure to love. Information: 501-5135. Free.
Halloween Not So Scary Jump. 2pm-4. Pump It Up, Hanover, VA. Tickets on sale now or at the door. Fee.
Halloween Fun. 3pm-5pm. Main Library, City of Richmond. Have a spooktacular time with us. Games, crafts, contests, and treats. Call to register your little ghoul at 646-4768.
Halloween Hoopla. 4pm-8pm. Children’s Museum of Richmond – Central. Adults and children can come dressed in their Halloween best for an evening full of family fun at the ! Enjoy trick-or-treating in our Spooky Village, play fun games, win prizes, and paint pumpkins in The Backyard! Advance ticket* sales only. Adults: $4.00 (including members) but children are free (must have ticket). Tickets can be purchased at any CMoR location or online! Sales start October 1st.
Fall Festival. 5pm to 9pm. West End Assembly of God Church, 401 N. Parham Rd. Richmond, VA 23229 – Fun family carnival that is great for all ages! Activities include small children’s games, inflatable rides, micro reality racing, gyrosphere, petting zoo, horse rides and LOTS of candy! Wristbands for kids allows unlimited fun. $3 for ages 3 and under and $5 for ages 4 and older. Adults are free! Lots of great food between $1 and $4.
Pumpkin Festival. 5pm-7pm. Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. Treat or Treat with Gayton Crossing Merchants, Costume Parade with Fire Truck at 5:15pm and more!
Mall Wide Trick or Treating. 5pm-7pm. Regency Mall. Dress the kids up and head on over to Regency Square, for a safe, family-friendly mall-wide trick-or-treating! Check the website for a complete list of participating stores. Free.
Kidgits Halloween Spooktacular. 6pm-8pm. Calling all little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses to come have a spooktacular time. Kidgits is teaming up with Captain McFinn to recognize October as Bully Prevention Month. A free app called The Bully Free zone will be available for download and you could win a free iPad Air. Fun activities and giveaways!
Monster Mash. 6pm-9pm. Dorey Recreation Center. Dorey will be transformed into a mad science lab to celebrate the hair-raising fun of fall with Frankenstein and Igor at this year’s Monster Mash event! Watch science come to life with performances by Mad Science of Central VA and feel your way through the creepy crafty “Sensational Laboratory.” Outside, take a trip to the pond for the newly designed “Haunted Trail” and sit around the fire to hear spooky stories and drink cider. Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: 270-2161.
Halloween Open House. 6pm-10pm. Pump It Up, Hanover, VA. Costumes welcome. $5.
Friday, October 31st & Saturday, November 1st
HALLOWEEN WEEKEND SPECIAL EVENT. Goochland Drive-In Theater. 6pm. Trunk-or-Treat * Car Decorating Contest * Triple-Feature. Fee.
Saturday, November 1st
How to build a Pallet Coaster. 9am-Noon. Local Home Depot Stores. FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered at all Home Depot stores. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Register online. Free.
1864 Bermuda Hundred Campaign Van Tour. 10am – 2pm. Henricus Park. Commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial by touring some of Chesterfield County’s Civil War sites that played a major role during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Pre-registration is required. Fee.
Ashland Train Day and Festival. 10am-5pm. 112 N. Railroad Avenue, Ashland, VA. The 12th annual Ashland Train Day is railroad themed event for the whole family. Come to the Ashland Train Station along the tracks for a day of fun and excitement. Railroad music and songs, miniature children’s train rides, children’s hand pedal train, children’s games and activities, lots and lots of model trains (Lego, wooden and electric), model train racing, memorabilia displays, a locomotive moon bounce, antique railroad equipment, a real caboose camper, area railroad organizations, our Train Day mascots, the Engineer Bears, plus new this year our CSX Stage sponsored by CSX Transportation. Real collection of Amtrak and CSX freight trains right out front passing by all day long. Free.
Stories at the Museum. 11am-Noon. Virginia Historical Society. Special educator-led readings of children’s history books and a make-it-and-take-it craft activity related to the text. Open to all ages. This month – Native American Heritage. Free.
Halloween – El Dia de los Muertos. Noon-4pm. Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center. In conjunction with the Latin Ballet of Virginia, The Center invites the community to this celebration with music, dancing, arts & crafts and sweets-and-treats. “Dia de los Muertos” is a Festive Celebration of Life. Join in the festivities by wearing your Halloween costume! This event is free and open to the public. For all ages! Free.
Richmond’s Eerie Canal Tours. 6pm-9pm. Canal Turning Basin – Dock and 14th Streets. Venture Richmond hosts a very special night of FREE hauntingly-narrated canal boat tours complete with free candy for the little ones! Special 30-minute tours leave every half hour (on the hour and half hour) from 6:00-9:00 p.m., with the last boat departing at 8:30 p.m. Boats depart from the Canal Turning Basin at 14th and Dock Streets. The Eerie Canal Tours feature haunting tales of Richmond’s past as passengers travel down the historic Kanawha Canal, drifting through the spooky sights and sounds of Richmond’s oldest and most historically haunted districts. The canal is decorated for Halloween like you’ve never seen before, and little ghouls and ghosts in attendance will receive a special candy treat. It’s a Halloween event for the whole family! For more information call 804-788-6466. Free Admission.
Romp n’ Roll Mechanicsville Kids Night Out. 6pm-9pm. 6300 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville VA 23111. Every kid deserves a special night out…and so do you! Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run and play with our energetic instructors and enjoy a pizza party dinner at Romp n’ Roll! No need to be a member; register by calling 804-730-2060. ($20 for one child, $35 for two siblings, $40 for three siblings; no discounts apply)
Saturday, November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd
Pumpkin Madness Weekend. Chesterfield Berry Farm. A grand finale to the pumpkim season. Bring your old jack-o-lanterns and drop them in the Drop Zone, smash them with the Dozer, impale them on the Spike Wall and squish them with the Squash Squisher. All other fal activities will be offered as well. Fee.
Saxon Shoes for the Needy Kickoff Weekend. Saxon Shoes, Short Pump Town Center: 11800 W Broad St #2750, Richmond, VA 23233 and Spotsylvania Towne Centre: 1 Towne Centre Blvd #4500, Fredericksburg, VA 22407. Celebrate the Kickoff of the 2014 Saxon Shoes for the Needy collection to benefit The Salvation Army – Saturday 11/1 from 10am-9pm and Sunday, 11/2 from Noon-6pm. Visit either Saxon Shoes location to drop off your donation of new and gently-used shoes to receive 10% off regular-price merchandise (November 1st & 2nd ONLY). Plus enjoy music, giveaways and more. Saxon Shoes for the Needy donations will be accepted from 11/1 – 12/24/14.
Sunday, November 2nd
Open Studio Sundays. 1pm-4pm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Art Education Center. Go by the studios anytime between Noon and 4 pm to enjoy “make-it, take-it” art activities inspired by objects from the VMFA collection. A new art project offered every month, with assistance from VMFA volunteers! (For groups of eight or more children, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.) Free, no registration required.
More November Calendar Dates Coming Soon!
Scary stuff all month long…
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through October 26th
Howl-o-Scream. 6pm-10pm. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA. Navigate through Wendigo Woods™, one of five Terror-tories™; brave a darkly entertaining show like Monster Stomp™ on Ripper Row™ or explore six haunted houses waiting for those daring enough to enter the park after dark. Fee.
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through November 2nd
Halloween Haunt. King Dominion. Each weekend night, Kings Dominion transforms into a horror-filled nightmare. Lots of new attractions for 2014. From mazes with terrifying creatures around every corner to thrill rides that’ll haunt your dreams, it’s everything you fear and can’t wait to experience. Not for anyone under 13. Fee.
Every Friday and Saturday Night through November 22nd
Petersburg Haunts Tour. 7pm. Petersburg Courthouse, Petersburg, VA. Meet at the Courthouse, 7 Courthouse Ave., 15 minutes before the tour starts at 7pm. Find out why Petersburg is such a “spirited” city and visit some of the town’s most historic buildings. 90 minute tours are led by costumed, lantern-carrying storytellers. 804-943-8635. Fee.
Most Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights through October and a few additional select dates
Creepy Hollow Scream Park. Opens at 7pm. Creepy Hollow Scream Park is Richmond’s Ultimate Halloween destination, with more monsters, more frights and more fun! Each night we have well over 50 live actors monsters, incredible animatronics, amazing illusions and acres of screams. Join us for Richmond’s legendary Creepy Hollow Hayride and dare to venture into Scream Forest, the most intense haunt in Virginia! Located just 10 minutes from Short Pump and open select nights in October.804.346.FEAR.
Friday & Saturday nights through November 1st
Eerie Nights Ghost Tour. 8pm & 10pm. Main Street Side of the 17th Street Farmers Market. Eerie Nights is a theatrical story telling experience where guides in character, special effects make-up and costume tell you the history and paranormal activity associated with several historical and haunted locations. Fee.
Saturday nights through October
Ghouls Ghost Tours. 9pm. A Trolley Tour. Main Street Side of the 17th Street Farmers Market (with Eerie Nights Tours). Tours are geared towards a mature audience but families are welcome. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Begins October 3rd
Haunted Evenings. Ashland Berry Farm. 4 all new haunts: Booger Woods, Morbid Manor, Old Ridge Asylum, and Sinister Sideshow. Haunted events all month long. Fee.