Halloween Family Fun

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Here is a list of Halloween fun that the whole family can enjoy! This post has been updated for 2014.

All of these events (and many more) can also be found on our Website calendar. This list will be updated as more events are announced and publicized. If you know of an event we should add to this list please email charlotte@myactivechild.com

Pumpkin Palooza in the Glass Studio

Address: Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, VA 23510
Date: September 27 & 28, and October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2014
Cost: $45 Museum Members, $60 Non-Members, registration is required
Activity: Come fall for glassblowing by creating your own 4” glass pumpkin. Choose your favorite colors, inflate the glass bubble with your breath, and our Studio Team will help you personalize your work. You’ll have the perfect autumn decoration, just in time for Halloween or Thanksgiving. Sign up for several sessions to grow your own pumpkin patch. Ages 5+
More Information: Visit their website.


Lynnhaven Mall's Mall-O-Ween Adventure!

Address: Lynnhaven Mall 701 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Virginia Beach, VA
Date: Saturdays in October 2014 from 11am-2pm
Cost: Free
Activity: Every Saturday in October for free activities, entertainment and Halloween family fun. Trick-or-treating will be 5-7pm at participating retailers on October 31st.
More information: Visit their website.

Literary Pumpkin Contest

Address:  Bayside Special Services Library, 936 Independence Blvd, Virginia Beach. VA
Date: October 4, 2014 from 10am-12pm
Cost: Free, but registration is required
Activity: Paint and decorate a pumpkin based on your favorite book. Pumpkins and supplies provided.
More information: Visit their website.

Let's Get Ready for Zombies: Prep Workshop

Address:  South Morrison Family Education Center, 746 Adams Dr., Rm. #9, Newport News, VA 23601
Date: October 6, 2014 from 3:30-4:30pm
Cost: Free
Activity: Participants can get ideas, use creativity and explore Pinterest to prepare for the Zombie Fashion Show to be held on Oct. 31 at South Morrison Family Education Center.
More information: Visit their website.

Port Norfolk BOO-yah! 5K and Little Monsters Fun Run

Address: Fountain Park 601 Broad Street Portsmouth, VA 23707
Dates: October 11, 2014 at 8-10am
Cost: The 5k Run is $35. Little Monsters Fun Run is $5.
Description: The Port Norfolk Civic League invites all Halloween loving fun time peeps to come run or walk in this race. This events is open to everyone…witches, ghosts and goblins…and their little dogs, too!
More information:  Visit their website.


Harvest Fair at the VB Farmer's Market

Address: Virginia Beach Farmer's Market - corner of Dam Neck Rd and Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach VA
Dates: October 11, 2014 from 10am-4pm
Cost: Free admission, small fee for some activities
Activity: Pumpkin decorating, pie eating contest, children's activities
More information:  Visit their Facebook page.

Scarecrow Workshop

Address: Great Neck Area Library, 1251 Bayne Drive, Virginia Beach, VA
Date: October 11, 2014 from 2-4pm
Cost: Free, but registration is required
Activity: Build a scarecrow with your family.
More information: Visit their website.

Spooky Garden Stroll

Address: Norfolk Botanical Garden 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk VA
Date: October 17 & 24, 2014 from 6-8pm, rain or shine
Cost: $8 for members; $10 for non-members
Activity: Wear costumes and enjoy all things spooky in the Garden. Follow trail signs through WOW pathways to learn about carnivorous plants, pollinating bats, owls & more!
More information:  Visit their website.

Ghost Train of Northwest River Park 

Address: Northwest River Park, 1733 Indian Creek Rd., Chesapeake, VA
Dates: October 16-18 & 23-25, 2014 from 7-10:30pm
Cost: $9 (Thursdays), $10 (Fridays & Saturdays) Tickets must be purchased in advance. Purchase Tickets Online
Activity: Join in the spine chilling fun as we venture through the spooky woods of Northwest River Park in Chesapeake. This haunted hay ride is appropriate for families and children.
Additional Information: Visit their website.

More.... Gore!

Address: Joint Use Library: Corner of Rosemont Road and Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA
Date: October 18, 2014 from 10am-12pm
Cost: Free, but registration is required
Activity: Get creative and gross your friends out with Halloween props made out of ordinary things found around the house. Grades 9-12
More information: Visit their website.

Pumpkin Painting

Address: Pungo-Blackwater Library, 916 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA
Date: October 18, 2014 from 10:30am-12pm
Cost:  Free, but registration is required
Activity: Join us at the library to paint a pumpkin for Halloween. Pumpkins and supplies provided. One per child.
More information: Visit their website.

Chesapeake Square Halloween Kidgets Event

Address: Chesapeake Square 4200 Portsmouth Blvd, Chesapeake VA 23321
Date: October 18, 2014 from 11am-1pm.
Cost: Free for Kidgits Members ($5 annual membership fee)
Activity: Kids come dressed in your Halloween costume for our Costume Contest! We will decorate cupcakes, pumpkins, and play festive games! Each Kidgit member will receive a special gift (while supplies last).
More information:  Visit their page.

Pumpkin Decorating

Address: Kempsville Area Library, 832 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA
Date: October 18, 2014 from 2:30-4:30pm
Cost:  Free
Activity: Decorate a pumpkin!  Will it be scary?  Will it be funny?  Make your creation to share. Designs will be voted on during the fall season. Grades 6 -12
More information: Visit their website.

Twilight 5k for Norfolk Historic Cemeteries Preservation

Address: Elmwood & West Point Cemeteries, Norfolk, VA
Date: October 18, 2014. Registration begins at 3:30pm.  Run/Walk at 5pm.
Cost: $25 Adults, $15 Children through 9/15/14; $30 Adults, $20 Children 9/16/14 - 9/30/14; $40 Adults, $25 Children 10/1/14 - 10/16/14; Online Registration closes at midnight on 10/16/14.  Adults & Children $50 on event day.
More information: Visit their website.

Night Of The Living Museum

Address: Virginia Living Museum 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601
Date: October 18, 2014 from 5-8pm
Cost: $9 members, $12 non-members NOTE: Purchase tickets in advance and save $1. Full price day of event
Activity: Enjoy this evening of non-scary Halloween fun for families with kids ages 12 and under!
More information:  Visit their website.

Kids Halloween Party at Hunt Club Farm

Date: October 19, 2014 from 11am-2pm
Cost: $15 per child, $8 per adult. Pre-paid admission required.
Activity: This year’s party includes petting farm admission, one 3-5lb Pie Pumpkin, Party DJ with Games and Dancing, Bounce House Inflatables, Cupcake and Pumpkin Decorating and Costumed Characters!
More information: Visit their website.

Pumpkin Painting

Address: Barron F. Black Branch Library, 6700 East Tanners Creek Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23513
Date: October 23, 2014 from 4-5pm
Cost:  Free, but registration is required
Activity: Join us at the library to paint a pumpkin for Halloween. Pumpkins and supplies provided. One per child.
More information: Visit their website.


Teen No-Carve Pumpkin Challenge

Address:  Grissom Public Library, 366 DeShazor Drive, Newport News, VA 23608
Date: October 23, 2014 from 5:30-7pm
Cost: Free, but registration is required beginning October 9th
Activity: Teens ages 12-18 are invited to decorate a pumpkin with paint, sequins, thumbtacks and other craft supplies. Pumpkins and other supplies provided. Teens can take home their creations, and an extra prize will be awarded for the most creative pumpkin.
More information: Visit their website.

Halloween Bootacular Fair

Address: Red Wing Park 700 Ruffian Rd.Virginia Beach, VA
Dates: October 24, 2014 (11am-8pm), October 25-26, 2014 (10am-8pm)
Cost: Free admission to the Fair. Attractions, exhibits and games $1 - $5
Activity: Carnival games, trackless barrel train, toddler hay bale maze, pumpkin illumination trail, haunted house maze, live music, crafts & story time, food, baby play area, face painting, vendors & more!
More information:  Visit their website.

Kids' Night Out Halloween Party at Color Me Mine

Address: Color Me Mine locations in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA
Dates: October 24, 2014 from 6-8pm
Cost: $25 per child (ages 8 and up)
Activity: "Along Came A Spider" and includes canvas, materials, instruction and pizza! This is a drop-off event.
More information: Visit their Facebook page.

Russell Memorial Goosebumps In The Night!

Address: Major Hillard Library 824 Old George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake, VA
Date: October 24, 2014 at 6:30pm
Cost: Free
Activity: Scary Fun based on your favorite Goosebumps books. Join us if you dare! Tweens ages 7-11. Registration required.
More Information: Visit their website

HalloQUEEN Party

Address: The Klumsy Moose Kids Spa & Party Boutique 1400 Kempsville Road #123, Chesapeake, VA 23320
Date: October 24, 2014 from 6:30-8pm
Cost: $25 per child prior to October 8th, $35 per child after October 8th.
Activity: Girls will enjoy face painting, glitter tattoos, pumpkin painting, candied apple bar, take-home treats, dinner and a movie!
More information:  Visit their Facebook page.

Monster Madness at the Aquarium

Cost: $10 each for adult and children. A paying adult must accompany children.
Dates: October 24, 2014 from 6-9pm
Activity: This event includes storytelling, a puppet show, live animal encounters, games and prizes. Although Monster Madness is geared toward children ages 7 and younger, it is a great outing for the entire family.  A paying adult must accompany children: $7 for members; $10 for non-members.
More information:  Visit their website.

Boobird Spooktacular

Address: Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Rd, Hampton, VA 23666
Date: October 25, 2014 from 10am-3pm
Cost: $1 contribution per person (under 2 free)
Activity: Take a horrifying hayride, trick or treat among our animal exhibits (ages 2-13), participate in several scary and educational kids’ activities from our Master Gardeners in the Arboretum, be amazed by spooky science experiments with Mad Science of Hampton Roads. Be eerily entertained and enjoy our Halloween Hospitality. Great family fun for ALL ages! 
More information:  Visit their website.

Zoo Boo Family Fun Day at The Virginia Zoo

Address: Virginia Zoo 3500 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23504
Date: October 25, 2014 from 10am-6pm
Cost: Zoo Members: $6, Non-Members: $11, all children under age 2: FREE. Haunted Hayride $1, Zoo Boo Choo Choo $3.
Activity: The animals will be receiving visitors in their habitats and there will also be animal pumpkin smashing, costume contests and, of course, trick or treat candy stations.
More information:  Visit their website.

Pumpkin Pal Workshop for Kids

Address: McDonald's Garden Center locations in Chesapeake, Hampton & Virginia Beach
Date: October 25, 2014 from 10am-5pm
Cost: Cost $12 and includes instructions and materials.
Activity: Kids will love creating their very own pumpkin pal. Brief workshop designed for ages 3 and up. Parental assistance required. While supplies last.
More information:  Visit their website.

Town and Treat Celebration

Dates: October 25, 2014 from 12-4pm
Cost: Free
Activity: This family friendly event includes Trick or Treating with participating merchants, a Howl-O-Ween contest for your leashed and vaccinated pets, pumpkin decorating, balloon artist, photoboards and more!
More information: Visit their website.

MUSEUM MADNESS at the Portsmouth Museums

Address: Portsmouth Museums (Children's Museum, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, Lightship PORTSMOUTH, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center)
Date: October 25, 2014 from 12-6pm
Cost: All activities are included with paid admission to the Portsmouth Museums.
Activity:  Celebrate Halloween with a variety of monsters and frightfully fun activities. The Olde Towne Safe Trick or Treat follows this event from 6-8pm.
More information:  Visit their website.

Children's Halloween Day

Where: Paradise Creek Nature Park, 1141 Victory Blvd, Portsmouth, VA 23702
Date: October 25, 2014 from 1-3pm
Cost: $5 per child.  Free for members.  Registration required.
Activity: Join us for a story about the nighttime creatures found in our park, take an adventure through the woods to find where these animals live, then decorate a re-usable bag for all your trick-or-treating goodies! Recommended for children under 12
More information: Visit their website.

Poochapalooza Howl'Oween

When: October 25, 2014 from 1-4pm.
Cost: Free admission, vendors on-site.
Activities: Pet costume contest, entertainment and more.
More information:  Visit their website.

4th Annual Autism Bootacular Fall Social

Dates: October 25, 2014 from 1-4:45pm (every hour for 45 minutes)
Cost: RSVP is required. 757-461-4474 or email tidewaterasa@verizon.net
Activity: Families living with Autism are invited to join us as we enjoy candy, snacks, art, crafts, music, face painting, and more! Space is limited.
More Information: Visit their website.


Adopt A Monster

Address: Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA
Date: October 25, 2014 from 2-4pm
Cost: Free
Activity: Make and adopt you very own! Then share stories, games, and songs with your new pal!
More information: Visit their website.

Teen Advisory Group Presents: FrightFest!

Address: Princess Anne Area Library, 1444 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA
Date: October 25, 2014 from 2-4pm
Cost:  Free, but registration is required
Activity: Work up the courage to check out the tunnel of fright! Enjoy face painting with our teen volunteers and a make & take craft.
More information: Visit their website.

VASC Annual Halloween Bash

Address: Virginia Air & Space Center, 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton VA
Dates: October 25, 2014 from 4-7pm
Cost: $6 in advance & $8 the day of the event.
Activity: Trick-or-Treating, costume contest, crafts, haunted house, scavenger hunt and more.
More information:  Visit their website.


Sea Monster Bash

Address: The Mariners' Museum, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA
Date: October 25, 2014 from 5-8pm
Cost: $5 for Members, $7 for non-Members (per person, 1 & under are free).
Activity: Enjoy safe trick-or-treating, make-n-take activities and more!
More information: Visit their website.


Ghostly Tales of Virginia Beach

Address: Princess Anne Area Library, 1444 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA
Date: October 25, 2014 from 7-8:30pm
Cost:  Free, but registration is required
Activity: Is the Cavalier Hotel really haunted? Hear stories of mystery and mayhem in Virginia Beach told by Al Chewning, local author and storyteller. Afterwards, stay and tell a story of your own.
More information: Visit their website.


The GREAT Pumpkin Lighting

Address: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 400 High St, Portsmouth VA
Dates: Pumpkins will be lit at dusk on October 25, 2014 for the Olde Towne Ghost Walk and Safe Trick-or-Treat
Cost: N/A
Activity: Pumpkin drop off: Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th
More information:  Visit their website.


Portsmouth Annual Safe Trick or Treat

Date: October 25, 2014 from 6-8pm
Cost: Free
Activity: For children up to age 12. Located on the seven historic blocks of High Street corridor between Effingham Street and Water Street.
More information:  View their website.


Hurrahloween Bash

Address: 485 St. Paul's Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23510
Date: October 25, 2014 from 6-9pm
Cost: $15. Buy tickets online.
Activity: Come dressed in costume and shake your bones. There will also be a costume contest with lots of fun prizes. This event is for monsters of all ages.
More information:  Visit their website.


Annual Military Family Festival

Address: Virginia Beach Convention Center 1000 19th St, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Date: October 26, 2014 11am-5pm
Cost: FREE to all military, military dependents, retired and Reserve. General Public Admission is $5 adults, $1 for children ages 3-17 (cash only). Free parking.
Activity: Activities and games, face painting, puppet show, Bricks4Kidz, Mad Science, haunted house maze, bounce house, crafts, giveaways and more. Rain or shine.
More information: Visit their website.


Paint-Me-A-Story Halloween Party at Color Me Mine

Address: Norfolk and Virginia Beach Color Me Mine locations
Date: October 26, 2014 from 12-2pm
Cost: $25 per child
Activity: Read a spooky story and then make a Halloween handprint plate. Ages 7 and younger. Wear your costume!
More information: Visit their Facebook.


Fall Festival at Hoffler Creek

Address: Hoffler Creek Wildlife Refuge 4510 Twin Pines Road, Portsmouth VA 23703
Dates: October 26, 2014 from 1-4pm
Cost: Free admission, there will be a small fee for crafts and food for purchase.
Activity: Through crafts, games, and a scavenger hunt, come learn about the creepy crawlies and spooky animals that live at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve. Festival goers are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes or to dress up as native animals. (No masks please)
More information: Visit their Facebook page.


Sack-O-Lantern Halloween Craft

Address: Windsor Woods Area Library, 3612 South Plaza Trail, Virginia Beach, VA
Date: October 27, 2014 from 4:30-5:30pm
Cost:  Free, but registration is required
Activity: Is carving a real pumpkin too messy? Come create your very own “Sack-O-Lantern” just in time for Halloween.
More information: Visit their website.


Eye-catching Halloween Makeup

Address: Princess Anne Area Library, 1444 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA
Date: October 27, 2014 from 5:30-6:30pm
Cost:  Free, but registration is required
Activity: Searching for that perfect Halloween look? Create haunting eyes that will make you the apple of any ghoul or goblin’s eye! Make up provided, but feel free to bring your favorite colors. Grades 9 - 12
More information: Visit their website.


Make-It, Take-It Halloween Puppet

Address:  Grissom Public Library, 366 DeShazor Drive, Newport News, VA 23608
Date: October 28, 2014 from 4:30-5:30pm
Cost: Free, but registration is required beginning October 14th
Activity: Children ages 6-11 can decorate their own spooky puppet friend
More information: Visit their website.


Halloween Storytime

Address:  Grissom Public Library, 366 DeShazor Drive, Newport News, VA 23608
Date: October 29, 2014 from 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: Free, but registration is required beginning October 15th
Activity: Children ages 2-6 and their families can give their costumes a test run before the big day by enjoying a not-so-spooky storytime and mini trick-or-treat with library staff
More information: Visit their website.

Not So Scary Halloween at Major Hillard Library

Address: Major Hillard Library 824 Old George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake, VA
Date: October 30, 2014 at 11am
Cost: Free
Activity: Children, 2-5 years old, are invited to celebrate Halloween with pumpkins and giggling ghosts. Costumes are welcome. Registration begins October 1st
More Information: Visit their website.

Costume Parade at Greenbrier Library

Address: Greenbrier Library 1214 Volvo Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA
Date: October 30, 2014 at 11:15am OR 4:30pm
Cost: Free
Activity: Children ages 5 and under are invited to the library to hear stories, songs, flannels and show off their costumes as they parade through the library. Please register for either the morning OR afternoon event only.
More Information: Visit their website

DIY Pumpkin Halloween Craft

Address:  Pearl Bailey Library, 2510 Wickham Ave., Newport News, VA 23607
Date: October 30, 2014 from 4:30pm
Cost: Free, but registration is required beginning October 1st
Activity: Children ages 6-11 can decorate their own pumpkin, without cutting
More information: Visit their website.

South Norfolk Library Halloween Party
Address: South Norfolk Library 801 Poindexter Street Chesapeake, VA
Date: October 30, 2014 at 5pm
Cost: Free
Activity:  Wear your costume for games, crafts, and Trick-OR-Treat at the South Norfolk Library for ages 8 and under. Registration is required one week before the event 
More Information: Visit their website

Children Trick-or-Treat at Indian River Library
Address: Indian River Library
Date: October 31, 2014 all day
Cost: Free
Activity: Children 12 and under can wear their costume, visit each desk, and get a piece of candy for saying “Trick or Treat”.

More Information: Visit their website

HALLOWEEN, The Chrysler Way

Date: October 31, 2014 from 12-5pm
Cost: Free
Description: Halloween is a special day at the Chrysler as staffers bring works of art to life by way of some truly amazing costumes.
More information: Visit their website.

Halloween Spooktakular, Zombie Fashion Show at South Morrison

Address:  South Morrison Family Education Center, 746 Adams Dr., Rm. #9, Newport News, VA 23601
Date: October 31, 2014 from 5-7pm
Cost: Free
Activity: All ages are invited to a haunted walk, Zombie Fashion Show, games, and plenty of candy
More information: Visit their website.

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