Fun Halloween Ideas Around Charlottesville
Although Halloween decorations made their appearance in grocery stores around town back in late August, now is the time when people have started decorating their yards and getting ready for a fun annual tradition in Charlottesville, even though it’s on a Monday evening this year.
Trick or Treating on the Lawn
The best place to take younger children is to the Lawn at UVA the day of Halloween – Oct. 31. 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.
Spooky Organ Music Concert for Children
On Oct. 31, from 3:30-4 pm, the Westminster Presbyterian Church will host a short concert of spooky organ music for Halloween, followed by an up close demonstration of the organ.
Located on Rugby Road near Beta Bridge, this might be a fun place to start off the afternoon on the way to trick or treating the Lawn.
This event is free and all ages are welcome. Special Needs Accommodation: wheelchair-accessible. For more info call: 963-4690.
On Friday, Oct. 28, starting at 5 pm there will be a Doggie Howl-O-Ween, and from 6–7:30pm Discovery Museum will host a Boo Bash. In years past the Pavilion has hosted a Safe Halloween for children the weekend before Halloween.
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 22nd Annual Spirit Walk from 6–9pm on Friday, Oct. 21 & Saturday, Oct. 22 and again onSaturday, Oct. 29.
Meet residents from our community’s past. Come learn their stories as they are vividly brought to life before you.
On Friday, Oct. 21, meet former residents who now rest in Charlottesville’s Maplewood Cemetery. Officially opened in 1827, Maplewood is our oldest public cemetery and houses the remains of many citizens, both well-known and long-forgotten. Maplewood tours will begin at the main cemetery entrance on Maple Street. Guests are encouraged to bring flashlights to the Maplewood Cemetery tours
Step back in time as you are guided through Charlottesville’s historic Court Square on Saturday, Oct. 22. Included in this tour is the courtroom trial of Rosa Ricks Smith, a wife and mother accused of murdering her husband. The tour will begin at the McIntire Building on 200 Second St. NE.
On Oct. 29, meet former inmates of the Old Albemarle Jailhouse. Completed in 1886, the jail served the community until 1974, holding a variety of people behind its bars.
Cost: Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children 10 and younger. Tickets are $15/adults & $10/children at the gate. Purchase tickets online or by calling 434-296-1492.
If you have questions, please email Christina Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tours will take place rain or shine. Please note no refunds will be given.
Truck or Treat
On Saturday, Oct. 23, ACAC invites you to decorate your car or truck trunks. Kids and their families dress up and park and children trick or treat car to car.
Crafts and games in the arena. Registration required. ACAC Adventure Central. Directions: 200 Four Seasons Drive, Charlottesville.3-6pm. $20 non-members per family/car; free to members. All ages welcome. For more info call: 978-7529.
And finally, 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.
Carter Mountain Orchard
Pick your own pumpkins through late October. Enjoy hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts year-round. All ages welcome. For more info call: 977-1833.
Chiles Peach Orchard
Pick your own from the pumpkin patch, or buy them in the market. Chiles Peach Orchard in Crozet. Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sundays10am-5pm. For more info call: 823-1583.
Greenfield Fall Festival
Pumpkins, hayrides, farm animals, toddler play area, giant slide and corn maze. Greenfield Farm. Directions: 2455 Dairy Road, Ruckersville. 10am-6pm, Saturdays; 1-5pm, Sundays. $6 adults, children under 2 free with adult admission. All ages welcome. For more info call: 985-7653.
Liberty Mills Farm Corn Maze
Get lost in Central Virginia’s largest corn maze of over 25-acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities/games. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset. $12 weekend, $10 weekdays, free for 4 & under. For more info call: 882-6293.