Colonial Williamsburg announces Halloween programming

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image005 (1)Ghosts, ghouls and goblins will return to Williamsburg this October for Colonial Williamsburg’s second annual Halloween festival.

The event, titled “A Haunting on DoG Street: Curse of the Sea Witch,” will take over the Historic Area for four nights from Oct. 28-31.

According to a CW press release, this year’s event follows Colonial Williamsburg’s first-ever “Haunting on DoG Street” program, which drew more than 10,000 guests to the Historic Area.

“Our first Halloween spectacular was a success,” Robert Currie, Colonial Williamsburg director of entertainment said in the release. “Thanks to the community’s enthusiastic response.”

Kid friendly programming and trick-or-treating will be available for pre-registered guests ages 12-and-under from 5 to 7:30 p.m. nightly. Young guests with food allergies may claim a special trick-or-treat bag and collect allergen-free treats at designated Historic Area sites, the release stated.

According to the release, highlights from the nightly 8 to 10 p.m. programming — recommended for guests ages 13 and older — include a Tavern of Terror, an interactive experience at the Gaol and a macabre Dance with the Dead at the Capitol, featuring live music.

Charlton Stage will also screen the 1926 classic silent film “The Black Pirate,” starring Douglas Fairbanks, accompanied by live commentary by Colonial Williamsburg’s undead pirates.

Free parking is available at the Visitor Center and free “spooky bus” rides to and from the “Haunting on DoG Street” events are available until 11 p.m. Costumes are not permitted after 7:30 p.m. Program tickets and trick-or-treating registration are available online at colonialwilliamsburg.com/haunting or by calling 855-296-6627.