Norfolk is filled with mysteries for those who dare to solve them. If you are looking to add a little fright to your fall getaway, check out a few of these spine-chilling adventures and learn about Norfolk’s haunted past. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
October 6th & October 20th
Norfolk is home to eight historic municipal cemeteries that are full of history and intriguing tales from the past. The Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation offers an array of captivating tours led by NSCC volunteers and knowledgeable local historians. To celebrate Halloween, sign up for the “Series of Unfortunate Deaths Tour (Cedar Grove Cemetery)". Also, it’s not too late to sign up for the “From Here to Eternity Twilight: Run Like a Victorian 5K,” happening at Elmwood Cemetery on October 20.
Masquerade in Ghent
Are you ready for a Ghouling Good Time? Save-the-date for Ghent’s largest Halloween street party and costume contest – Masquerade in Ghent! Masquerade in Ghent will take place Friday, October 26, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm in the heart of Ghent on Colley Avenue between Shirley Avenue and Brandon Avenue. Show off your Halloween costume at the annual Costume Contest Parade. The parade starts at 6:30 pm and judges will award cash prizes for “Best In Show,” “Best Family or Group,” and “Best Adult.” Prize packets will be awarded to “Best Pet Costume,” “Best Young Adult” (male & female ages 13-18 years old), “Best Child” (male & female ages 5-12), “Best Infant.” Register for free online at ghentnorfolk.org by Wednesday, October 24. There will be a $25 registration fee for entries submitted after October 24.
After the parade, there will be a monster mash with live music by Woah. Masquerade in Ghent is free and open to the public!
Haunting at the Hermitage
Celebrate All Hallows Eve at the Hermitage Museum! The Haunting at the Hermitage is an exciting and immersive production where museum members and guests celebrate the darkness with music, dancing and a frighteningly good time! Join the Hermitage for a moonlight ritual deep in the woods of the museum land to drive evil back to its hiding place and restore the positive energy to the hallowed grounds.
Grab your crew of goblins and ghouls, and zombie-walk your way to downtown Norfolk on Saturday, October 27th for Wicked Waterside! Tickets are only $5 in advance and $10 the day of, giving you access to a night of live entertainment, $10,000 in cash & prizes, a costume contest, and plenty of other tricks and treats!
Multiple dates in October
Pumpkinpalooza hosted by the Chrysler Glass Studio is back! Harvest your own fall collectible at the glass studio’s annual pumpkin blow. Select your colors, stem style and inflate the glass bubble with your breath. Your pumpkin will be ready for display for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Seasonal Special Sessions almost always sell out, so book early!
Last but not least, Virginia Zoo’s ZooBoo offers families a safe environment to trick-or-treat and enjoy fall fun. Be sure to check out the animal pumpkin encounters, costume contests, crafts, ZooLive! stage presentations and more! The ZooBoo Choo Choo, Bounce Houses, food and beverage will be available for an additional cost.