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Halloween & Fall Fun in 2021

There’s a LOT Brewing in Newport News!

It’s October, and we’re rolling out the red carpet for people who embrace Halloween events – and for those who just like to have a little fall fun! Most of our events won’t scare the pants off you, so join us for the following (if you dare!)


12th Annual Pumpkin Festival

  • When: 11 am to 4 pm Oct. 16
  • Where: Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, 414 Hiden Blvd.
  • Admission: All-day wrist bands are $10 for ages 3 and up. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets available the day of event.
  •  Enjoy new games, a giant slide, a hay ride, pony rides, a petting zoo, and the very popular Barrel Train Ride. Live music will be provided by The Outcry and The Kirkland Boys. Food from Jessie Lou’s Mobile Food Truck, along with funnel cakes, cotton candy, and candy apples. Click here for more information about the festival. While there, don’t forget to purchase a pumpkin from their Pumpkin Patch, open 12 noon to 6 p.m. daily through Sunday, Oct. 31. Proceeds from the sale of these pumpkins support the Navajo Indian Reservation and Hidenwood's mission outreach programs.


Newport News Greek Festival

  • When: Oct. 21-23 (4 to 9 pm Thursday and 11 am to 9 pm Friday-Saturday) 
  • Where: Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 60 Traverse Road.    
  • Admission: Free
  • Indulge in authentic Greek food, beverages and desserts! Also enjoy Greek dancing, music and vendors. This indoor event will be held inside the Hellenic Center of the church. Dine-in and carry-out meals will be available, as well as online ordering. Call 757-596-6151 or click here for more information.


Walk of Terror Haunted House

  • When: Oct. 21-24 and Oct. 28-31 (open 5-9 pm Thursday; 5-10 pm Friday-Saturday; and 3 to 9 Sunday).
  • Where: Newport News Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 65 Saunders Road  
  • Admission: $15
  •  Includes clowns, operating rooms, and things that go bump in the night! A concession stand will be available for your “last meal” before entering the haunted house … or afterward if you still have an appetite! Call 757-826-1862 or click here for ticket information. Information is also available on Facebook and Eventbrite.

Night of the Living Museum

  • When: 5:30 to 8:30 pm Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30
  • Where: Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
    Admission: $10 for members or $15 for non-members. On day of event, if tickets are not sold out, then members pay $14 and non-members pay $19. Click here to purchase your timed tickets.
  • A “wild” night of Halloween fun for the whole family. Enjoy a not-too-spooky Halloween event for families with kids ages 12 and under. Get your costume ready and come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal. Trick-or-treat throughout the Museum as you walk through themed galleries filled with characters and decorations! Make creepy crafts and play Halloween games. Enjoy live animal shows featuring fierce and not-so-fierce Halloween critters.  Plus, take a nighttime hike along the outdoor boardwalk and see the Dinosaur Discovery Trail by night!

Fright Light Laser Shows

  • When: Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30
  • Where: Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. (Abbott Planetarium)
  • Admission: Fright Light Laser Shows will be offered at 6 pm, 6:45 pm, and 7:30 pm Oct. 22-23 at $3 for members and $6 for non-members (in addition to Night of the Living Museum admission). Click here to purchase your timed tickets.
  • It’s a howling good time in the Abbitt Planetarium with this frightfully awesome mix of terror-ific tunes! Wild and weird laser images accompany songs from Black Sabbath, Garbage, The Who and so many more! Come enjoy this laser spook-tacular!
  • Show Playlist
  • Thriller by Michael Jackson
  • Godzilla by Blue Oyster Cult
  • Monster Medley by Various Artists
  • Close Encounter of the Third Kind by John Williams
  • Enter Sandman by Metallica
  • Men in Black by Will Smith
  • Your Brains by Jonathan Coulton
  • Firestarter by Prodigy
  • Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo
  • Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  • Horror Movie Medley by Various Artists
  • Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd
  • Push It by Garbage
  • Frankenstein by Edgar Winters Group
  • The Devil Went Down to Georgia by Charlie Daniels Band
  • Feed my Frankenstein by Alice Cooper
  • Attack of the Radioactive Hamsters by Weird Al Yankovic

Big Bands, Blues and Brews Crawl

  • When: 5-8 pm Oct. 23
  • Where: The Yard District, 110 23rd Street, Downtown Newport News  
  • Admission: Free
  •  A nod to the speakeasy era, this live music event will include two stages of entertainment, street performers, vintage cars, food trucks, face painters, large outdoor games, costume contest, themed décor, and giveaways. Call 757-926-1400 for more information.


Night at the Army Transportation Museum

  • When: 4:30 to 8 pm Oct. 25
  • Where: U.S. Army Transportation Museum, 300 Washington Blvd. at Fort Eustis
  • Admission: Free, but $2 suggested donation. Timed entry tickets will be required for this in-person event, limited to 400 participants. For those who cannot attend, join virtually on Facebook LIVE at 4:30 p.m. (for roughly 30 minutes).
  • See the museum’s exhibits come alive! Enjoy fun activities and come in costume to trick-or-treat through the museum. For children ages 12 and under. Call 878-1115 for registration and ticket information.

Museum Mixer: Boos & Brews

  • When: 5:30 to 8:30 pm Oct. 28
  • Where: Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
    Admission: $12 per person; $15 day of event.  Click here to purchase tickets.
  • A Halloween costume party for ages 21 and up. Enjoy an evening of drinks, food, music and more at the Boos & Brews Museum Mixer. There will be food from Boyd’s Tasty Dogs, along with Flame and Pie Mobile Pizzeria food trucks. There will also be games, wine tasting, and extra animal encounters. Costumes for guests encouraged!



  • When: 12 noon to 2 pm Oct. 30
  • Where: Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Ave. (a drive-through and walk-up event); along with the following drive-through-only locations: Brittingham Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive; Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Blvd.; and Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road.
  • Admission: Free
    Join us for free candy (while supplies last) and entertaining costumes! Call 757-926-1400 or visit www.redefiningplay.com for more information.


Historic Hilton Village Fall Festival

  • When: 11 am to 5 pm Oct. 30
  • Where: Historic Hilton Village, Main Street at Warwick Boulevard
  • Admission: Free
  • Includes arts-and-craft vendors, children’s activities, food, prizes and fun! Email hiltonvillageevents@gmail.com for questions or visit Hilton Village Events on Facebook or click here for event information.   


City Center Fall Festival

  • When: 12 noon to 6 pm Oct. 30
  • Where: City Center at Oyster Point, 702 Mariners Row  
  • Admission: Tasting tickets are $35 in advance or $40 day of
  • The City Center Fall Festival will feature an abundance of fall fun, including an interactive kids’ zone with meet-and-greet Spiderman and Elsa. Paint your own free pumpkin and other children’s crafts. Enjoy stilt walkers, pop-up entertainment, food trucks, local arts-and-craft vendors, along with cider, craft beer, wine and seltzer tastings. Proceeds from the tastings will go to the Center for Child and Family Services. The Joe Gosman will perform from 12 noon to 2 p.m., while the Tidewater Drive Band is scheduled to perform from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Click here or visit Facebook or the City Center website for additional details. Rain date Oct. 31.


Fall Festival

  • When: 1-3 pm Oct. 30
  • Where: Mennowood Retirement Community, 13030 Warwick Blvd.  
  • Admission: Free.
  • A free and fun outdoor event for the family! The event includes a petting zoo, face painting, hay rides and fall treats. Children are encouraged to wear costumes for a special treat! Email ebartgis@mennowood.com or call 757-249-0355 for more information.


Grand Opening of the Night Light Exhibition and CNU’s Torggler Fine Arts Center

  • When: 1 to 5 pm Oct. 31
  • Where: Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center, Christopher Newport University, 1 Avenue of the Arts
  • Admission: Free.
  • Coinciding with the grand opening of the Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center at CNU is its inaugural exhibition, called Night Light. Night Light brings together the work of five artists who use light and shadow to “take visitors from land to sky and back,” showing us “how plants grow and sway in the wind, how forests look under the surface, how birds swarm under threat, how jackals watch over their territory, how storms brew above mountain tops.” The grand opening at 1 p.m. will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside, followed by tours of the center’s interior. Call 757-594-8905 for more information or visit thetorggler.org.


Children’s Fall Festival

  • When: 5-8 pm Oct. 31
  • Where: American Legion Braxton-Perkins Post 25, 7609 Marshall Ave.
  • Admission: Free.
  • For children 12 and under, escorted by an adult, this annual children’s fall festival is free and open to the community. Click here for more information.