Fall in Hampton Roads: 2021 Trick or Treating & Halloween events guide

Halloween

The National Retail Federation said interest in celebrating Halloween is actually nearing “pre-pandemic levels.” (Getty Images)

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — As the weather continues to cool off, many cities and localities in the area are hosting a variety of events and festivals to celebrate fall and Halloween.

Check out the events near you…

Chesapeake

Trick-or-Treating in Chesapeake is for kids up to age 14, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The City’s trick-or-treat ordinance was updated in 2019 when City Council voted to remove the (never before used) penalty of jail time and to raise the age limit to 14, making it one of the least restrictive ordinances in all of Hampton Roads.

Click here for Halloween safety tips from Chesapeake.

  • 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat + Talent Show hosted by Chesapeake Police Department & League of Advocates
    • The event will feature food, fun games, and prizes!
    • Date: Sunday, October 31 from 4 to 8 p.m.
    • Location: Cuffee Center Parking Lot, 2019 Windy Road
  • Health Fair and Trunk or Treat
    • Free, fun, family event. There will be games, worship music, and PLENTY of candy and prizes! Costumes are encouraged!
    • Date: Saturday, October 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Location: Churchland Baptist Church, 3031 Churchland Blvd., Chesapeake
  • Corn Maze Trick-or-Treating
    • Second annual trick or treating in the corn maze event at Mount Pleasant Farms
    • Date: Friday, October 29 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Location: 2201 Mount Pleasant Road, Chesapeake, Va.
    • Cost of admission is $10 a child – 2 adults free per paying child. Need to RSVP in-person or call 757-482-0739.

Elizabeth City

  • College of The Albemarle presents Trunk or Treat!
    • Date: Wednesday, October 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Location: College of The Albemarle – Elizabeth City, 1208 N Road Street
    • Admission: Free

Hampton

Trick-or-Treating for ages 12 and younger from dusk until 8 p.m. Click here to view the city ordinance.

  • Drive-thru Trunk or Treat
    • A safe alternative to walking the neighborhood.
    • Date: Friday, October 29 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Location: Y.H. Thomas Community Center, 1300 Thomas Street
  • Haunted Horse Rides
    • “Trick or Treating with the Headless Horseman” and free candy are part of the fun in store for visitors to “Haunted Horse Rides” with spooky sights and gentle frights at the historic Hampton Carousel.
    • Date: Tuesday, October 5 –Sunday, October 31, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Location: Downtown Hampton at the Hampton Carousel
    • Admission: Candy is free. Rides are just $1.

Isle of Wight

Outer Banks, NC

  • Manteo
    • Dare to Scare 5K and Fun Run 2021
    • Date: Saturday, October 23
    • Location: Dare County Center, 950 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo – or Virtual (any location)
    • Schedule: 6:30-7:15 a.m.: Check-in, race day packet pick up and late
    • In-person Entry Fee: $35 from October 2-21. $40 if registering during packet pick up or on race day. Click here for the registration form.
  • Manteo
    • Elizabeth Gardens Harvest HayDay
    • This daytime event combines all the colors, flavors and fun of fall. In addition to hayrides and a hay bale maze, Harvest Hayday at The Gardens will also feature: a fall piñata, make and take crafts, corn hole toss, face painting, cupcake walk, scarecrow stuffing, bake sale, apple roll, educational stations, a bon fire and concessions of traditional fall foods. NEW FOR 2021! Costume contest!
    • Date: Saturday, October 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Admission: Click here to purchase advance tickets.

Newport News

Trick-or-Treating for ages 12 and under, no later than 8 p.m. Click here to read the city code.

  • Night of the Living Museum at the Virginia Living Museum
    • Enjoy a not-too-spooky Halloween event for families with kids ages 12 and under.Get your costume ready and come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal. Trick-or-treat throughout the Museum as you walk through themed galleries filled with characters and decorations!
    • Date: Choose from 4 nights. October 22, 23, 29 and 30. from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    • Admission: Purchase your timed ticket now.
  • Children’s Fall Festival 2021
    • American Legion Braxton Perkins Post 25 annual children’s fall festival.
    • Date: Sunday, October 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Location:
    • Admission: This Event is Free & Open to the Community for children 12 years old and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Norfolk

Trick-or-Treating for ages 12 and under, no later than 8 p.m. Click here to view the city code.

  • Zoo Boo at the Virginia Zoo
    • With visitor safety as top priority, ZooBoo will provide a safe environment for all ages to enjoy the spirited holiday featuring several activities: • Pumpkin enrichment with the animals• Animal Ambassador pop-ups at the ZooLive! Stage• Pick-your-own pumpkin patch
    • Date: October 23, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Admission: Members $6, Non-members $18 (under 2 is free). Purchase your ZooBoo tickets online.
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden Trick ‘R Trees
    • Join Garden ghouls and goblins for a family-friendly evening of games, crafts, and light trick or treating. Recommended for ages 3+ with caregiver participation. Moderate walking required.
    • Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
    • Admission: Members $10/child & $5/adult. Non-members $15/person. Tickets must be purchased for both children and adults. Click here to purchase tickets online.
  • Masquerade in Ghent
    • Save-the-date for Ghent’s largest Halloween street party and costume contest –  in the heart of Ghent on Colley Avenue between Shirley Avenue and Brandon Avenue.
    • Date: Friday, October 29, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    • Admission: Register for free online at this link.
  • Halloween at the Chrysler Museum
    • Roam the galleries to see how many living works of art you can find. While you’re here, enjoy crafts, stories, and games, and show off your costume. It’s a day of fun for all ages.
    • Date: October 31, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Admission: Free. Supported by the Bunny and Perry Morgan Family Fund. Sponsored by Dominion Energy.

Portsmouth

In Portsmouth, Trick-or-Treating happens from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. for children 12 years old or younger. Click her to see the city code.

  • Safe Trunk or Treat at Atlantic Union Bank Pavilion
    • Wear your best costume and get your candy bags ready! Children’s games, crafts, and fun for the whole family. Come out as we pass out candy the safe way. This is a partnership with the Portsmouth Police Dept.
    • Date: Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    • Location: 16 Crawford Circle
  • Bike Night at Bayside Harley-Davidson
    • A spooktacular bike night. All ages welcome. Free food, live music by Sundawg, free raffle, free costume contest for prizes, bike contests and more!
    • Date: Thursday, Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Location: 2211 Frederick Boulevard
  • Trunk or Treat at Bayside Harley-Davidson
    • Kids, wear your costumes, and go from saddlebag, car trunk and all the Bayside departments to collect candy. Live music, food trucks, games and activities for the kids. Family-friendly and FREE!
    • Date: Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Location: 2211 Frederick Boulevard
  • Trunk or Treat in the Hampton Roads Community Health Center parking lot
    • Live music; treats; prizes for best costume, best decorated and trunk prizes; gift card giveaways; and more.
    • Thursday, October 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • HRCHC parking lot, 664 Lincoln Street in Portsmouth.

Suffolk

In Suffolk, trick-or-treating is for children 12 and younger. Trick-or-treating ends at 8 p.m. Click here to view the city code.

  • Touch A Truck, Train & Trick or Treat
    • Enjoy food, candy, games, trucks, trains and more! Children can see, touch, and explore their favorite big trucks and vehicles.
    • Date: Saturday, October 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Location: Seaboard Station Railroad Museum. 326 North Main Street
    • Admission: Tickets are $5 each or four for $15.
  • Drive-thru Fright Night at East Suffolk Recreation Center
    • Drive through the parking while you and your family are dressed in your best costumes and enjoy seeing festive trunk decorations. Feel free to decorate your vehicle, too. Goodies will be handed out while supplies last.
    • Date: October 23, 6 to 7 p.m.
    • Location: East Suffolk Recreation Center, 138 S. Sixth Street, Suffolk
    • Admission: Free
  • Drive-thru Fright Night at Creekside Recreation Center
    • Drive through the parking while you and your family are dressed in your best costumes and enjoy seeing festive trunk decorations. Feel free to decorate your vehicle, too. Goodies will be handed out while supplies last.
    • Date: October 23, 6 to 7 p.m.
    • Location: Creekside Recreation Center, 1000 Bennetts Creek Park Road, Suffolk
    • Admission: Free
  • Drive-thru Fright Night at Whaleyville Recreation Center
    • Drive through the parking while you and your family are dressed in your best costumes and enjoy seeing festive trunk decorations. Feel free to decorate your vehicle, too. Goodies will be handed out while supplies last.
    • Date: October 23, 6 to 7 p.m.
    • Location: Whaleyville Recreation Center, 132 Robertson Street, Suffolk
    • Admission: Free
  • 2021 Haunted Trail in the Driver area of Suffolk
    • The 2021 Haunted Trail is in Suffolk waiting to bring out the screams from the whole family
    • Date: October 22, 23, 29, 30
    • Location: 3156 Kings Highway, Suffolk
    • Recommended age is 13 and above or with adult supervision.
    • Admission: $10 per person

Virginia Beach

Trick-or-Treating begins at dusk on October 31 and ends at 8 p.m. for children 12 years of age and younger. Click here to view the city code.

  • Halloween Movie Nights at Chicho’s
    • All Locations: 11th St VB, 29th St VB, Granby Street Norfolk, Greenbrier Chesapeake, Hickory Chesapeake, Little Neck VB, Shore Drive VB, Strawbridge VB
    • Showings, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.:
      • 10/5 – Hocus Pocus,
      • 10/12 – The Addams Family,
      • 10/19 – Ghostbusters
      • 10/25 – Beetlejuice
  • Town Center ‘Town and Treat’ celebration
    • The event will feature trick or treating throughout Town Center, as well as live music, face painting and live music.
    • Date: October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Trick-or-treating location maps will be available at the Town Center Information Station on the day of the event or sign-up here to receive a digital copy on Friday, Oct. 22.

James City County/Williamsburg

Trick-or-treat hours in James City County are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 31 for children 12 and under. Click here for Halloween safety tips from the JCC Police Dept.

  • October 16: Boo Bash at the Beach – at Jamestown Beach Event Park
    • Boo Bash is a family-friendly Halloween event for all ages featuring activities, pumpkin carving and decorating ($5/pumpkin), music, games, food for purchase and more! Trick-or-treating is available onsite for ages 12 and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pumpkin-carving and decorating are first-come, first-served while supplies last.
    • Preregistration is required by Oct. 13; $5/family. NEW this year, please select your visit time – either 1-2:30 p.m. or 2:30-4 p.m. to ensure social distancing. To register, visit us online or call 757-259-4200 or 757-259-5372 for more information.
  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg – The Count’s Spooktacular
    • Celebrate Halloween with your favorite Sesame  Street® friends with trick-or-treating and more!
    • Date: Now through Oct. 31
    • Cost: Event included with park admission
  • Movies in the Park
    • Date: October 29
    • Movie: Abominable
    • Location: New Quarter Park, 1000 Lakeshead Dr, Williamsburg

York County

Trick-or-treat hours in York County are from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Halloween night. Children age 12 or younger may trick-or-treat and should be accompanied by an adult

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