With Halloween about a week away, many houses around town are already sporting skeletons, cobwebs and other decorations, but there is still time to pick up a pumpkin and candy for the trick or treaters.
It’s time once again for a fun annual tradition in Charlottesville, even though it’s on a Wednesday evening this year. Here are some upcoming events to help you ease into the sugar rush.
On Wednesday, October 24, at 7 pm at Gordon Avenue, adults (and older teens) can come and enjoy “Frankenstein” (1931). For more info call: 296-5544.
On Friday, October 26, come to A GRIMM ESCAPE ROOM at the Crozet Library. Break free from a Grimm fairy tales-themed escape room and experience the creep factor of an empty library after-hours as you play games in the darkened library. Costumes for a contest are encouraged. Snacks will be provided. Register in advance. Grades 7-12. Crozet Library. 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. For more info call: 434-823-4050.
Downtown Mall – Central – On Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 6 pm, there will be an After Hours Haunted House until 8 pm.
Carver Rec Center
On Friday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 pm, there will be a family pumpkin carving contest at Carver Rec Center with carving tools provided, but you must bring your own pumpkin. Carving teams must have at least one adult and one child participating. Pumpkins will be displayed at the Downtown Safe Halloween Festival. An award will be given to the pumpkin that gets the most votes. $5. Reservations are required. For more info call: 970-3053.
Virginia Discovery Museum/Baggby’s – sponsors
On Friday, Oct. 26th from 5:30-8 pm, dress up and enjoy carnival games, activities, face painting and crafts. Concoct kooky potions with the happy ol’ hag in the Showalter Cabin, decorate cookies from Baggby’s, dance in the Monster Mash bubble-wrap dance room, meet the UVA Chemistry LEAD Mad Scientists in their lab as they conduct experiments, stop by the Little Shop of Prizes to trade in all the tickets you’ve earned. $10 advance, $12 at the door. Recommended for ages 2 to 8. Reservations are required. For more info call: 434-977-1025.
Pawprints Boutique – sponsor
Also on Friday, October 26, from 5-8:30 pm, bring your family and pup to the Downtown Mall for a fun-filled Halloween celebration, including trick or treating for dogs and a costume parade and contest. Over 30 businesses will be participating, and there is a suggested $10 donation to benefit local pet charities. The Downtown Mall and Central Place. Free, Suggested $10 donation. All ages welcome. For more info call: 434-964-0133.
The Pavilion will host a Safe Halloween for children on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 2-4:30 pm.
On Saturday, October 27, from 10-8pm, come take part in the Wizarding Fest. Costumes are encouraged. Hop on your broomstick and fly to Scottsville as we transform the library into a famous magical bookstore. Witches and wizards of all ages will enjoy crafts and storytimes. If you’re lucky, you might get to meet a Most Charming Smile award-winning author for a photo and autograph.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6:30-9 pm, come to the 10th Annual Crozet Spirit Walk at the Field School. $10, under 15 free.
Fast becoming a fun tradition for those who like to mix history with a chance for a spiritual encounter, the Albemarle County Historical Society is putting on its 24th Annual Spirit Walk from 6–9pm on Friday, Oct. 26 & Saturday, Oct. 27.
Meet residents from our community’s past. Come learn their stories as they are vividly brought to life before you.
Visit haunts of the past and hear stories from memorable residents of our community’s past. This popular tour typically sells out. Reservations are required. For more info call: 296-1492.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours will take place rain or shine. Please note no refunds will be given.
Halloween at James Monroe’s Highland
James Monroe’s Highland, in partnership with the Albemarle County Fair, will host Halloween at Highland, an afternoon and evening of fall fun, on Sunday, October 28, from 1 to 8 p.m.
Admission to the event includes hayrides through the Highland pastures, walks through the corn maze, and entry in the children’s Halloween costume contest. Food, drink, pumpkins, and face painting will be available for purchase. All proceeds will support agricultural programming and the Albemarle County Fair at Highland.
The costume contest is limited to children age 12 and under and will take place at 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per participant. Children under 6 years old are admitted FREE.
Shop and Treat At Stonefield
Come to the Shops at Stonefield for face painting, giveaways, trick or treating and more on Saturday, October 27, from 11 am-6 pm. – Face painting and MoxBox – The Social Photo Booth – from 11 am-3 pm. Costume Contest for kids 3-12 at 1 pm (Grand Prize sponsored by Whimsies), and Costume Contest for pets at 1:30 pm (Grand Prize sponsored by Crate & Marrow). All ages welcome.
Where is the best place to pick the perfect pumpkin? Our area is host to several farms that offer corn mazes and games for the kids and hot apple cider for the parents while they wait for their little ones to find the best carving pumpkin.
Lays S Ranch Pumpkin Patch – Enjoy fall family fun with hay rides, corn maze, corn pit and slide, hay pyramid, hay maze, giant slides and farm animals. New this year are an AquaPod, tightrope, sky island swing and a 90-foot superslide. From 9 am-1 pm on Saturday, Oct. 27. $7, ages 2 and under free, $25 per family. All ages welcome. For more info call: 591-0898.
Day of Halloween – Children’s Halloween Concert
The 10th iteration of this Children’s Halloween Concert will feature spooky organ music, an up close tour of the pipe organ and endless fun. The event is free, and all are welcome to enjoy it. Westminster Presbyterian Church. 400 Rugby Rd. 3:30-4pm. Free. All ages welcome. Special Needs Accommodation: Wheelchair accessible. For more info call: 434-963-4690.
Trick or Treating on the Lawn
After the spooky concert, head over to the best place to take younger children is to the Lawn at UVA the day of Halloween – Oct. 31, starting at 4 pm. Since the tradition was established in the early 1980s, children from the Charlottesville community have dressed in costumes and visited the 54 lawn rooms where student groups and residents distribute candy.
Students man the doorways of each room on the Lawn and hand out thousands of candy bars and treats to an enthusiastic crowd that starts gathering before the official start time of 4 pm and doesn’t stop until 6 pm, or even later.
As it takes place during daylight hours many parents appreciate the chance to see their friends in a safe environment with no need to worry about traffic.