Ultimate guide to spooky and ghoulish events across the southwest and central Virginia for October

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(WFXR) — Halloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, however you say it, the spirit of Halloween is in the air! From witches to goblins to mummies, frightful events will bring out the thrill-seekers in most of us.

While Halloween is celebrated on Oct. 31, many companies, organizations, and people celebrate the holiday all month long with costume parties, pumpkin carving, haunted houses, or even just watching horror films.

The southwest and central parts of Virginia are getting in the bone-chilling spirit with some spooktacular events. Below is a breakdown of those events, along with trick-or-treating times for your neighborhood.

See what events are happening in your area: Alleghany Highlands, Lynchburg & Central Virginia, New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, and Southside Virginia.

Alleghany Highlands

Alleghany County:

Not only will the members of Iron Gate Volunteer Fire and Rescue follow their tradition of handing out candy on Halloween night, but they will also line up in front of the fire house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 so all the trick-or-treaters who can’t make it out on Sunday, Oct. 31 show off their costumes, get candy, see the fire trucks, and have fun!

The Historic Masonic Theatre will be holding a movie night to celebrate the Halloween spirit. It will have a free showing of “The Addams Family.” The show is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Bath County:

According to Rockbridge Regional Libraries, the Bath County Public Library is holding “The Great Pumpkin Race” for the month of October.
All you have to do is stop by the library, pick up a sheet with author names on it, and find the 13 cardboard pumpkins placed throughout the county on the windows of community businesses.
Then, you match the title and the author on your sheet with where the pumpkins were found, bring the card back to the library, and be entered in a drawing to win a prize!

Covington:

Covington Parks and Recreation plans to kick off “Pumpkins in the Park” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 for kids ages 2-12 at the Jackson River Sports Complex. There will be pumpkins with decorations attached and spread out in front of the River Rock Amphitheatre, ready for kids to take them home. There will also be trunk-or-treating behind the amphitheater.

Later in the day, Covington Parks and Recreation will also host the “Fall in Our Town” Mountain Magic Festival from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the River Rock Amphitheatre. The band “Five Shades of Gray” will perform rock tunes from the 60s to the 90s and beyond.

Despite the impending weather forecast, both Olde Town Covington and the City of Covington say that “Hometown Halloween” will still take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. If there is rain, the festivities will move to the first floor of the Gordman’s Building (Old Peoples at 410 West Main Street). Masks are encouraged for participants.

Highland County:

The Highland County Recreation Commission’s “Trick or Treat Trail” is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 along the Highland County Community Trail in Monterey. There will be a bounce house, a community walking trail for trick-or-treating, a campfire, s’mores, and more.
Businesses and residents are invited to set up along the trail for trick-or-treating.

According to the Highland County Recreation Commission, there will also be a costume contest at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Highland County Community Pool parking lot.

Lynchburg & Central Virginia

Amherst County:

For the 2021 “Spooktacular,” Amherst Parks and Recreation is now working with the Amherst Police Department to host a drive-thru trick-or-treat from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 at the Amherst Elementary School parking lot.

Bedford County:

The Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter, Inc. is holding a “Spooktacular” adoption event on Saturday, Oct. 16, featuring furry friends waiting to find families, rabies vaccinations, and plenty of delicious treats for both pets and people!
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1307 Falling Creek Road in Bedford. Meanwhile, the rabies clinic will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with all vaccine fees donated to the Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter.

In addition, Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter, Inc. plans to hold the “Shelter Friends Fun Frolic” at Johnson’s Orchard in Bedford from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23.
The vent includes a 2.5k walk through the trails, a dog costume contest, raffles for great items, homemade baked goods for sale, and complimentary coffee and apple cider. You are encouraged to bring your whole family — including your vaccinated dogs — and enjoy a frolic through the fall foliage. Registration for the walk costs $10, but kids under the age of 7 get in for free.
There will also be adoptable dogs on site, so if you don’t already have a furry friend, maybe you’ll meet one at the event! Check out the animals available for adoption by clicking here.

According to the “Visit Smith Mountain Lake” Facebook page, Little Ponderosa Pet Resort’s Pup-A-Treat is taking place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. In addition, Fabels & Feathers Winery is set to hold “Spooky Sunset & S’mores” from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Then on Saturday, Oct. 30, the “Visit Smith Mountain Lake” Facebook page says the following events will be taking place:

  • One Forest School “Halloween Spooktacular” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • SML Skate Park “Goblins and Goodies” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Eastlake Jamboree from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Anchor Title Trunk or Treat from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • One Forest School “Escape the Forest” from 7 p.m. to midnight

From 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, Bedford County Parks and Recreation will provide a fun night of spooky games, candy bags from community vendors, and a costume contest at Falling Creek Park as part of its “Halloween Spooktacular.”

While the Town of Bedford is not limiting trick-or-treating to a specific date, time, or location, officials are encouraging those taking part in trick-or-treating to plan ahead and be cautious. In addition, motorists driving around town on Sunday, Oct. 31 are asked to be extra careful due to the likely presence of kids on or near neighborhood streets.

Campbell County:

The Campbell County Public Library System is throwing a number of family-friendly “Halloweek” events leading up to Halloween. Those events are listed below:

In addition, the Altavista Journal will provide orange signs for downtown merchants who want to participate in trick-or-treating this year. You can pick up those signs at the Altavista Town Hall or the Altavista Journal office.
Downtown trick-or-treating is set to take place from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29.

Local Brookneal businesses invite community members to decorate your vehicles and join in the “Trunk or Treat on Main Street” (and Rush Street) from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Lynchburg:

Lynchburg Parks and Recreation is gearing up for the Haunted Trail, which will be open along the Blackwater Creek Trail through Hollins Mill Tunnel from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30.

However, because of the rising waters at Blackwater Creek, officials say that Haunted Trail attendees will be loading up on the Big Green Bus rather than walking under the road to get to the hayride back downtown.

In addition, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Lynchburg Nature Zone for “Halloween at the Zone” from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30. You can stop by the Nature Zone for treats, crafts, spooky activities, and more, but all kids under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Fifth & Federal Station in Lynchburg will be throwing a Halloween Jam at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, featuring live music and a costume contest.

The River Ridge Mall will be holding a spook-tacular “Boo Bash” from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. You can collect candy from various retailers, meet special characters, hop around in the bounce house, make Halloween arts and crafts with Blue Mountain Barn, or enjoy a stream of “Hocus Pocus” in the Center Court.

New River Valley

Bland County:

The Bland County Sheriff’s Office and the Bland County Public Library will both be handing out candy to all kids out trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. You can either drive by or walk up at the library on Main Street or the sheriff’s office behind the courthouse.

Carroll County:

Hillsville’s Safe Halloween” celebration will feature hayrides, trick-or-treating, and a costume contest in downtown Hillsville from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Meanwhile, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office provided a list of all the fall and Halloween events happening in the Lambsburg, Cana, and Fancy Gap communities between Wednesday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 31.

Floyd County:

The Town of Floyd has a number of fun Halloween festivities going on through the weekend:

  • The Addams Family” at the June Bug Center at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31
  • Howl O’Ween Pooches on Parade” with the Floyd County Humane Society and Girl Scout Troop 163 on Saturday, Oct. 30
    • Dress up your pet or even make matching costumes for yourself and your pet(s) and join in the parade along town sidewalks
    • Registration costs $5 and begins at 11 a.m.
  • Dread Hill,” the Citizens Telephone Co-Op’s drive-thru Halloween Haunted Road, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30
    • The fun starts at the Floyd Recreation Park at 114 Park Drive NE, but community members are asked to remember to remain in their vehicles throughout the experience
  • Old Time Halloween Dance at the Floyd Country Store at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30
  • 80s Halloween Party at Dogtown Roadhouse at 302 S. Locust Street from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30
  • Halloween Kidfest, featuring free pumpkins and spooky treats at Floyd Center for the Arts from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31
  • Drive-thru trunk-or-treating along east Oxford Street from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31

Galax:

According to the Galax City Tourism Center, traditional trick-or-treating in Galax will still take place on Sunday, Oct. 31.
However, the downtown Halloween celebration will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, followed by the outdoor showing of “Hocus Pocus” at 8 p.m. on the corner of Center Street and Main Street.

Giles County:

The Giles County Sheriff’s Office needs your help to make Halloween fun for 800 or more trick-or-treaters. Operation Save Halloween 3.0 is underway. All you have to do is pick up a bag of candy at the store and drop it in the donation box at the sheriff’s office front lobby.

If you can’t donate, maybe your organization wants to participate in handing out candy at the sheriff’s office on Friday, Oct. 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. There is also a backup date set in case of rain, which is on Saturday, Oct. 30 from noon to 3 p.m. Those who are interested can find information on how to participate below:

Meanwhile, Narrows Parks and Recreation is hosting its third annual trunk or treat event. It takes place on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. Organizers will reward prizes for favorite costumes and best-decorated trucks. For more information on how you can participate call 540-726-2961.
Thanks to the Narrows Volunteer Fire Department, there will also be hayrides from 4 to 5:45 p.m. during the trunk or treat event. The hayrides will load up at Mill Pond Field, take a route into the neighborhood behind the fire department, and return to the landing zone.

In addition, the Narrows Town Council voted to observe trick-or-treating on Sunday, Oct. 31, but if you prefer to go on Saturday, Oct. 30, that will also be acceptable. Residents are encouraged to turn on their porch lights to let others know you are welcoming trick-or-treaters.

The Rich Creek Town Council has also scheduled trick-or-treating within town limits from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. If you want to participate, you are asked to leave your porch light on so kids know which houses to visit. In addition, police urge drivers to keep an eye out for children, especially on Woodland Road and Mercer Road.

Heritage Hall Rich Creek is also holding a trunk or treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 120 Old Virginia Avenue. There will be cotton candy and s’mores, as well as a tote bag and a cool mask for the first 100 treaters.

Over in Pearisburg, the town’s “Trick or Treat Trail” will allow kids to trick-or-treat throughout the Pearisburg business community from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. All you have to do is check for orange signs on the windows or front doors of participating businesses.

Meanwhile, the Town of Pearisburg’s door-to-door trick-or-treating will take place from dusk until 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Small businesses in Pembroke are also sponsoring a trunk or treat event on Snidow Street from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Grayson County:

The Independence Police Department shared information about a “Safe Halloween Event” at 1908 Courthouse in Independence from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. In the event of inclement weather, though, the activities will reportedly be held in the Independence Elementary School gym.

If traveling door to door isn’t your cauldron of potion, then check out the Fries Fire and Rescue 2021 Halloween trick or treat drive-thru. It will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Fries Fire Department.

In addition, the Twin County Chamber of Commerce says the Eagleview Event Center is holding the “Boo at the View” event from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 639 Wagon Wheel Road in Elk Creek.
There will be an expanded kids play area with a variety of fun activities, as well as a corn cob air cannon, the Bottomley’s Pumpkin Patch, a pie eating contest, a hay ride to Hash Fencing Kids Zone, a Pizza Hut food truck, candy stations, Woods Walk, and shuttle parking.
Tickets are required for this event, but the tickets are free.

Montgomery County:

Do you think you have what it takes to solve a mystery? Then this Halloween murder mystery might just be for you. Jump into Mystery is hosting it at Clay Corner Inn in Blacksburg. It will take place on Sunday, Oct. 3. Tickets range from $99 to $299 depending on the size of the table. Halloween costumes are encouraged but not required. Embrace your character, solve clues, and question everyone.

Heritage Hall Blacksburg will be holding a “Boo Bash” with games, activities, candy, vendors, and more from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22. Costumes are encouraged!

Relay for Life at Virginia Tech has organized a haunted house at German Club Manor along Southgate Drive in Blacksburg. The haunted house will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 and only charges $5 for entry.

Downtown Blacksburg’s trick-or-treat event is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, featuring a haunted house at The Artful Lawyer, teal pumpkin treats, Halloween games with Blacksburg Parks and Rec, and a costume contest at the Lyric for kids ages 0 to 12.

Montgomery County Parks and Recreation is holding a trick-or-treating event at the Government Center in Christiansburg. Time to break out your favorite costume for the Friday, Oct. 29 spooktacular event. It runs from 3 to 4:30 p.m. If you are planning to go, you must wear a mask.

The Christiansburg Recreation Center will be throwing its annual “Getting Scary on the Huckleberry” event on Saturday, Oct. 30, featuring a “Truck or Treat” from 8 to 11 a.m. and a 5K run/walk at 9 a.m.

Also in Christiansburg, United Way of the New River Valley invites all ghouls, goblins, princesses, superheroes, etc. to trick-or-treat downtown from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. A number of local businesses will be taking part in the festivities.

Meanwhile, Uptown Christiansburg will kick off trick-or-treating at the mall at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. The event will continue while supplies last.

The Moose Lodge in Christiansburg is also doing a trunk or treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

While the Town of Christiansburg does not regulate trick-or-treating, community members are asked to be cautious of residences that choose not to participate in trick-or-treating.

Pulaski County:

Pulaski County, the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, and Pulaski County Parks and Recreation are holding a “Jack-O’-Lantern Spectacular” at Randolph Park from 4 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, featuring a Trick-or-Treat Trail, pumpkin carving, s’mores, and appearances from several food and beverage trucks.
You can even compete for prizes and bring your own carved pumpkin to add to the trail between 9 a.m. and noon.

The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors decided to recognize Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 30, encouraging citizens to participate safely and responsibly in the local events, treat trails, and traditions.

In addition, the Pulaski Town Council voted to move trick-or-treating to Saturday, Oct. 30.

The Pulaski Police Department is hoping to “Boo Hunger Away” with a Halloween food drive. You can help out by dropping off non-perishable food items at the Pulaski New River Community Action Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. There will also be treats available for kids. You can learn more by clicking here.

Radford:

The Radford Public Library is offering a reading challenge all month long: “Hallow-Read with Radford“. If you want to participate, register on the Beanstack website. The challenge: log each day that you read either on the website or app. Those who read 25 days win a prize. All ages are welcome to take part.

According to the Radford Chamber of Commerce, the “Treat Trail” is set to take place in downtwon Radford from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29.
Meanwhile, the “Harvest Fest” by Oasis Church of the New River Valley — which is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday — has been moved to their indoor facility at 1014 Tyler Avenue.

Wythe County:

Wytheville Parks and Rec says the “Mayhem on Main Street 5k and Kids Fun Run” is returning to downtown Wytheville on Saturday, Oct. 23. Local businesses will provide various stations, obstacles, and challenges to test kids’ mental and physical fitness.
Organizers will then give out awards for the best costume and top finishers in each age category.
However, spots are filling up fast, so if you’re interested, make sure to call 276-223-3378 to pre-register for $5 by Thursday, Oct. 21.

Grab your climbing gear and get ready to put your rock wall skills to the test. Wytheville Parks and Rec is hosting a “Climbing Spooktacular Halloween Party“. You will spend the evening with climbing games, there will be challenges, candy, and even costume contests. It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22. For more information or to register, call 276-223-3378.

Numerous Wytheville residents are gearing up for the Church Street Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. Community churches, first responders, small businesses, and families will be handing out treats and candy while cars and trunks are on display along Church Street.

According to the Wytheville Police Department, trick-or-treating is expected to begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. However, according to town ordinance, the curfew on Halloween is 9 p.m., which means nobody should be going door-to-door and trick-or-treating after 9 p.m. on Sunday.

The Barren Springs Volunteer Fire Department will also offer trick-or-treating from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Roanoke Valley

Botetourt County:

Stoney Brook Vineyards wants you to help solve a murder mystery. Jump into character, solve clues and interrogate all the suspects. The event is on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. Halloween costumes are encouraged, but not required. The event takes place outdoors under a large pavilion. Tickets cost $30. If you would like to purchase tickets, visit the Jump into Mystery website.

In the Town of Fincastle, officials say door-to-door trick-or-treating will take place on Sunday, Oct. 31. Folks are set start gathering around Courthouse Square at 6 p.m. before trick-or-treating starts at 6:30 p.m. Parents are asked to bring a bag of individually-wrapped candy, which will be distributed by volunteers to the open homes that evening.

Buena Vista:

Two different schools in Buena Vista are holding fun fall events.
On Thursday, Oct. 28, Enderly Heights Elementary School will hold its “Trunk-or-Treat Night” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Participants are asked to park on Woodland Avenue or in the surrounding area and then walk to the elementary school’s car circle, which is where the teachers and staff will be waiting with candy!
Then, on Friday, Oct. 29, Parry McCluer Middle School will be hosting its Fall Festival. For just $5, you get snacks, drinks, games, and prizes. You are asked to buy your wristband from your homeroom teacher.

Buena Vista will transform into a downtown spooktacular on Friday, Oct. 29 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. There will be trick-or-treating, games, and a costume contest. Organizers are asking attendees to wear masks to help protect the safety of others.

In addition, Buena Vista Parks and Recreation invites the community to a spooky, spectacular, drive-thru trick-or-treat event at Glen Maury Park at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
“This is a fantastic alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating, put on your costume, pull up in your car, and let the campers fill your bag with treats!” the Facebook event description states.
Organizers say all participants need to come in a vehicle — no walk-ups permitted — and encourage them to dress up and decorate their vehicles.
This event is free and open to the public.

The City of Buena Vista decided not to choose date, time, or other restrictions for Halloween trick-or-treating, but both participants and motorists are urged to use caution.

Franklin County:

The Rocky Mount Fire Department and the Rocky Mount Police Department are holding a drive-thru trunk-or-treat at 1250 North Main Street from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

The Burnt Chimney Volunteer Fire Department and Crosspointe Church are teaming up to hold a trunk-or-treat event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. If you are setting up a trunk to pass out candy to kids, you are asked to wear kid-friendly costumes rather than ghoulish or scary outfits.

The Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department also plans to provide a trick-or-treating opportunity from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at the fire department.

Meanwhile, Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue encourages community members to dress up in costumes for a drive-thru trick-or-treating event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Lexington:

The Lexington Police Department and their community partners will be holding a Halloween Community Walk at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The event is open to the public, and participants will meet at the intersection of Poyntz Place and Donald Street.

In addition, the City of Lexington says the following streets closures will be enforced during the Halloween weekend for various community festivities:

  • The following streets will be closed or have limited passage starting at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 for the Harrington Waddell Elementary School Halloween parade:
    • Starting up Jackson Avenue
    • Left onto Jackson Avenue
    • Left onto White Street
    • Left onto Highland Road
    • Right back onto Jordan Street
  • The following streets will be closed or have limited passage from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 for downtown trick-or-treating, during which time there will be live entertainment lined up in Old Courthouse Square and the corner of Main Street and Nelson Street:
    • Main Street from Preston Street to Henry Street
    • Nelson Street from Randolph Street to Jefferson Street
    • Washington Street from Randolph Street to Jefferson Street
  • Jackson Avenue will be closed between West Preston Street and Ross Road from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 for trick-or-treating
    • A barricade will also be added at McLaughlin Street and Lime Kiln Road to limit traffic
    • Intersecting streets of Preston Street, White Street, Jordan Street, and Road Road will stay open to motorists

The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) Athletic Department is throwing a “Halftime Halloween Costume Contest” for kids age 13 and under during the school’s football game on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Foster Stadium. Participants are allowed to wear masks and headwear into the stadium, but they cannot bring in plastic weapons, props, etc. The fans’ applause will determine the prize winner.

Roanoke City:

A giant warehouse is being transformed into a town of horror. Blue Ridge Nightmares is a haunted attraction filled with characters and specific attractions for thrill-seekers each weekend in October.
For those who aren’t into being scared but like the thrill of Halloween, they are offering behind-the-scenes matinees on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. For more information, visit the Center in the Square website.

Throughout the month of October, two places are holding murder mysteries in the Roanoke area. Well Hung Vineyard is one of the backdrops for this murder mystery. Gather your detective gear and help solve the case on Sunday, Oct. 10. Tickets are $30 to participate, you can bundle the ticket with dinner for $65. If that doesn’t work for your schedule, why not solve the murder at Twisted Track Brewpub on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Tickets for the event are $30 per person. Beer, wine, cider, soft drinks, and pub fare will be available for purchase.

Beyond the Crypt and Dj Night Terror want you to hit the dance floor. On Friday, Oct. 8 you can get into the Halloween spirit from the comfort of your own home. Organizers say that the event will be Livestream only due to the weather. It will be from 9 p.m. to midnight.
However, the event on Friday, Oct. 15 will take place at Terror Manor at 805 Norfolk Avenue SE and is available on Twitch. There is a $15 entry that includes a dance area, access to Terror Manor, and a costume contest at 11 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Jamestown Place is holding its trunk or treat event on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1533 Pike Lane SE. This event will feature books, treats, activities, and diaper bag distribution from numer2ous organizations in Roanoke.

From 5 to 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, Market Street will be shut down between Salem Avenue and Campbell Avenue because of Awful Arthur’s “Boo Bash,” according to the City of Roanoke. There will be more than $1,300 in prizes for the costume contest, as well as DJ FLEX and DJ Bobby Hash providing the music.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 30, Macaroni Kid will host Roanoke’s “Downtown Candy Crawl” where businesses will hand out candy and other fun items to trick-or-treaters. The event is free, but you are encouraged to pre-register.

The Virginia Museum of Transportation will also host the “Candy Corn Express” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. On both days, attendees will be able to ridge the Candy Corn Express, and then there will be a free trunk-or-treat in front of the museum on Sunday.

Another Roanoke museum — the Science Museum of Western Virginia — will hold their annual “Spooktacular” event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, featuring trick-or-treating, Virginia Tech exhibits, snacks, drinks, and contests with prizes.

The animals at Mill Mountain Zoo are getting in the Halloween spirit. The annual “Zoo Boo” is the perfect backdrop for trick-or-treating, art activities, and costume contests. Magician Mark Fuller will perform. All these activities are included with Zoo admission on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Melrose Branch Library of Roanoke Public Libraries will offer a festive book and a sweet treat as part of their drive-thru trick-or-treating starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

In southeast Roanoke, community members are throwing the “Southeast Trunk or Treat Block Party” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Belmont Park baseball field parking lot. This will be a safe, free, and fun event with games, crafts, and trick-or-treating.

On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Out of Body Burlesque will celebrate a Halloween bash with glitter, gore, and shimmies. There will be costume contests, raffles, tricks, treats, and new routines. General seating is $15 in advance or $20 day of show. Seating ranges from $20 to $30.

You can also rock out at the annual Halloween costume party at Dead Reckoning Halloween. There will be prizes awarded for best costumes and creepiest characters. It takes place on Saturday, Oct. 30 and general admissions are $23, seating ranges from $30 to $40.

The City of Roanoke says that “Martins Halloween Street Party” will lead to road closures on Luck Avenue between 1st Street and Jefferson Street; on Luck Avenue between 2nd Street and 1st Street, but only to thru traffic; and on 1st Street between Church Avenue and Luck Avenue from 5 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
According to Martin’s Downtown, the event starts at 8 p.m. and will feature performances by The Mantras, Kentucky Ruckus, and WAR Chile.

In addition, city officials say that “Fork a Ween” — presented by Fork in the Market — will close down Market Street between Salem Avenue and Campbell Avenue from 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 until 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.

The VCA Valley Animal Hospital will also be holding a drive-thru Halloween trick-or-treating event where dogs and cats are welcome from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.
“There will be homemade dog treats provided and tricks (aka toys) for feline friends! There will be people treats as well!” the animal hospital wrote on Facebook.
However, these treats are made with peanut butter, so if you have peanut allergies, let the staff know so they can provide treats without peanut butter.

Roanoke County:

“Fill their buckets with fun,” the Firehouse Skate ‘N Play posted on Facebook. This trick-or-treat event is happening in Vinton. People can pre-order Halloween Cards to hand out to trick-or-treaters. Cards will be available to pick up after Monday, Oct. 25.

In addition, Vinton town officials say that the downtown trick-or-treating has been postponed until 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1 due to impending rain on Thursday, Oct. 28.

Rockbridge County:

The Town of Glasgow plans to hold its “Fall Spook-Tacular” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Locher Pavilion. This event will feature Trunk or Treat, including a prize for the best-decorated vehicle; s’mores at the fire pit; pumpkin painting and carving; music; a costume contest; and more.

Meanwhile, the Glasgow Town Council voted for trick or treating to take place on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Another Rockbridge County town, the Town of Goshen, will also be hosting trick-or-treating for kids on Sunday, Oct. 31.

In addition, the Goshen Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their annual Halloween Cakewalk at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, featuring a costume contest for all ages, kids goodie bags, door prizes, a silent auction, a raffle drawing with 20 prizes, food, and more!

On Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31, the Natural Bridge Zoo will hold a costume contest, with kids in costume receiving a free bag of animal feed.

Salem:

Salem Memorial Ballpark is also partnering up with Branch Group to hold the Salem Red Sox Spooktacular from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23, complete with trick-or-treating, a costume contest, and festive fall games.

The Salem Red Sox also plan to hold a free screening of “Hocus Pocus” at the Salem Memorial Ballpark on Friday, Oct. 29, with the gates opening at 6 p.m. and the movie starting at 7 p.m. If the weather poses a problem on Friday, organizers say it will be postponed until Saturday, Oct. 30.

The 21st annual Q99 Pumpkinfest will bring extra energy to the Salem Farmer’s Market from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. There will be live music, food and beer trucks, games, a trick-or-treat zone, a costume contest with prizes for kids, and the Chefs vs. Surgeons Pumpkin Carving Contest.
Admission costs $5 for adults and is free for kids 15 and under, with the proceeds benefitting the Special Olympics.

Then, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 30, community members are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes because a number of small businesses are set to participate in “Main Street Trick-or-Treating.” The businesses taking part in the fun will have a pumpkin place in their window to signify trick-or-treating approval.

Riverside Evangelical Methodist Church in Salem is throwing a fall festival combined with a trunk-or-treat event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31. Costumes are encouraged as community members enjoy the games, candy, bounce houses, obstacle course, and fake axe throwing.

According to Salem city officials, traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating is still scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 31.

Southside Virginia

Charlotte County:

Drakes Branch Fire and Rescue says the Drakes Branch Farmer’s Market will hold a Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 16. This event will have vendors and crafters available offering décor items, craft items, vegetables, and homemade baked goods. This harvest festival will take place at the pavilion in Drakes Branch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Town of Drakes Branch will only allow children age 12 and under to trick-or-treat around town on Sunday, Oct. 31, but no later than 9 p.m., according to Drakes Branch Fire and Rescue.

Meanwhile, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office plans to give out candy at the sheriff’s office on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Danville:

The Danville Otterbots are ready to celebrate “BOTS-oween” on Friday, Oct. 29 with their inaugural Ballpark Trunk-or-Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is open to kids of all ages. Not only can they get a picture with Scotter, but the best costume of the night will receive a signed 2021 team ball.

Danville Parks and Recreation has organized a Costume Glow Run for the whole family as part of the “Market Monster Mash Dash” on Friday, Oct. 29. Runners are encouraged to wear a costume during the run so they can participate in the costume contest at the end of the race. The top finishers and the costume contest winners will each be awarded a trophy and a pumpkin pie.
Registration is $25 for each runner ahead of race day and $30 the day of the race. You can also get the group rate of four entries for $80 if you all 434-793-4636 and add all four runners to your registration when you pay.

The “Market Monster Mash” will then take place at the Community Market from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, complete with trunk-or-treating, pumpkin painting, caricatures, a photo booth, and more.

Halifax County:

The Downtown South Boston Farmers Market is throwing its “Big Halloween Harvest Jubilee” from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 23. There will be a costume contest, the Market Trail of Treats, live music by Red Bank Revival, vendors, and an appearance by Miss Sue and Pip Squeak at 10 a.m.

Meanwhile, the Town of South Boston is officially observing Halloween on Sunday, Oct. 31, with trick-or-treating scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. throughout the town. According to the South Boston Police Department, Town Code says that trick-or-treaters must be age 13 or younger.
You can read more tips about Halloween in South Boston in the statement below:

The Town of Halifax’s “Halloween Treat Trail” along Main Street — which was originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30 — has been canceled because of safety concerns. However, the Halifax Police Department says community members can still take part in trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Henry County and Martinsville:

According to the “VisitMartinsville” Facebook page, the following tourism-related “Halloween Happenings” are taking place in Martinsville and Henry County over the weekend:

  • Friday, Oct. 29:
    • Trunk or Treat at Jack Dalton Park with the Southside Survivor Response Center, Inc. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
    • Halloween costume contest at Wild Magnolias from 9 p.m. to midnight
  • Saturday, Oct. 30:
    • Halloween goodie boxes at the Uptown Farmers’ Market from 7 a.m. to noon
    • Trick-or-treat at the MHC Visitor Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Halloween costume contest at Shindig from 9 p.m. to midnight
    • Trick-or-treat at the Philpott Marina from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Mayo River Corn Maze from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Halloween Hayride at Jack Dalton Park from 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Costume party at Scuffle Hill Brewing Company from 6 to 10 p.m.
    • Boos and Brews at Mountain Valley Brewing from 7 to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 31:
    • Trick-or-treat at the Philpott Marina from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Mayo River Corn Maze from noon to 6 p.m.
    • Halloween Zombie Walk at Mountain Valley Brewing from 2 to 7 p.m.

The Fieldale-Collinsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc. invites the community to “Trucks and Treats” on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Marshall Way in Fieldale. There will be treats, games, and prizes, all sponsored by the Fieldale Volunteer Fire Company.

The Axton Community Volunteer Fire Department will also be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters and letting them check out the trucks starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

In the City of Martinsville, Halloween will be observed on Sunday, Oct. 31, which means that “typical house-to-house trick or treating activities are not approved for Saturday night,” according to city officials.
Communities, neighborhoods, and parents are also encourages to observe Halloween on Sunday.

Pittsylvania County:

The Pittsylvania Pet Center and the SPCA of Pittsylvania County are teaming up for their annual “Howling Halloween Dance and Gala” event from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Chatham Community Center. There will be prizes, dancing, raffles, a costume contest, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a performance by The Laura Ellis Group.
Tickets cost $25 per person and you can pick them up at the door of the community center of at the Doggie Bag Thrift Store in Chatham Wednesday through Saturday.

Also in Chatham, Town Councilman Matt Bell says trick-or-treating will take place the evening of Saturday, Oct. 31.

According to Blairs Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the Blairs Haunted House — which, according to organizers, is the oldest haunted house in Pittsylvania County and has been scaring people for more than 30 years — will be open three weekends during the month of October at 7100 U.S. Highway 29. That includes Friday, Oct. 15; Saturday, Oct. 16; Friday, Oct. 22; Saturday, Oct. 23; Friday, Oct. 29; and Saturday, Oct. 30. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

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