Halloween has come to Virginia Beach, and we’re celebrating all things thrills and chills in style this year. From spooky fun to straight-up frights, we’ve got you covered. Here are some festive places doing Halloween right this year. Try them all, if you dare.
SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 31
The annual Anthem Wicked 10K is a fun, creative and festive race along the beautiful Virginia Beach Boardwalk, that will have you in the Halloween spirit in no time. Runners are encouraged to dress in costumes and compete in a post-race costume contest for a chance to win great prizes. Do the monster mash to celebrate at the huge post-race party on the beach with plenty of live music, food and drinks. For a shorter race, the Old Point National Bank Monster Mile and Mini Monster 1K, presented by Bon Secours In Motion, are available for runners of all experience levels.
Celebrate the new season with the family at the Harvest Festival at Hunt Club with farm animals you can pet, pony rides, farm tours, carnival rides and a huge collection of Pungo pumpkins. When the sun goes down, and the kids are in bed, come back for Haunted Hunt Club’s Wicked Whispers, featuring the Field of Screams, Haunted Hayride, and the Village of the Dead. The popular Halloween Festival has been scaring Virginia Beach locals and visitors for over 30 years.
Located less than an hours’ drive from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s annual Halloween celebration is filled with thrills and chills of the best kind. During the day, the park explores the lighter side of Halloween that is fun for kids of all ages but, once the sun goes down, the screams begin. This year, the park is celebrating 20 years of scares with more horrors than ever before, including immersive haunted houses, themed scare zones, mind-bending escape rooms, and a huge selection of Halloween-themed shows.
Now in it’s 29th Season, Nightmare Mansion, located at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, is Virginia Beach’s longest running haunted house, and they’re not slowing down. Test your bravery in the dark and narrow corridors filled with unspeakable evil around every corner. The unmissable mansion, which you can walk through at your own pace, is filled with live actors and is truly intense and terrifying. This attraction is absolutely not recommended for children.
Located in neighboring Norfolk, Nauticus is a maritime-themed science center and museum that also features and the Battleship Wisconsin, a former active Naval battleship that can be explored by visitors. Each fall, the old battleship takes on a new life of its own - one of the ghostly variety. This year’s Haunted Ship: Three Decks of Darkness is creepier than ever before, as you walk deep into the haul of the massive ship. This attraction is not recommended for children under 12.
October 26, 2018
The Virginia Beach Monster Mash is an adult, costumed dance-off competition with live music from DJ Kevin Warren and Gabe Niles. This fun, festive event will feature a best animal costume contest, corn-hole, Three Ships Coffee-bag races, Halloween selfie stations, food from Aloha Snacks VB and the Coop, and beer from Back Bay Brewing. Bring the family to ViBe Park, in the ViBe Creative District for a family-friendance-off off by the P’s and Q’s from 5:00-6:30 p.m. The Monster Mash runs until 9 p.m.
October 27, 2018
Both located within the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Sky Bar and Catch 31 will each have their own Halloween parties on Saturday, October 27, starting at 9PM. Featuring DJ Mista Nice and DJ Roberto Gonzalez, you won’t want to miss these two parties under one roof for the price of one. Be sure to pull out all the stops on your costume because winners will take home over $1500 in cash and prizes! Get your tickets online today.
October 27, 2018
This year’s Back Bay Brewing Halloween Cider Festival will be releasing six exclusive ciders from their new sister property, Back Bay’s Farmhouse Brewing, and also have additional local ciders on tap and a lineup of craft beer. This festive event will include costume contests, dance-offs, live music, special beer releases, local food trucks, and more. Tickets can be purchased in advance online.