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Colonial Williamsburg announces dates for this year’s Haunting on DoG Street

(WYDaily/File photo)
(WYDaily/File photo)

A Haunting on DoG Street is back this year for the spooky Halloween season.

Colonial Williamsburg will host its annual two-night trick-or-treating event this Oct. 25 and 26, as well as Halloween-themed evening programs, ghost tours and spooky museum tours from Oct. 14-31, the foundation announced in a news release.

The events throughout the second half of the month will cater to guests of all ages.

This will be the fifth-annual trick-or-treating event through a partnership between the foundation and Mars Wrigley. The event will run from 6-8 p.m., allowing families to collect candy and treats at Historic Area sites. 

“The nighttime atmosphere in the Historic Area during the fall and Halloween season is exciting,” said Robert Currie, Colonial Williamsburg director of entertainment, special events and evening programs. “The cresset-lined streets and historic buildings lend themselves to the mysterious and immersive experience we want guests to enjoy during our ghost tours and evening programs throughout October.”

The trick-or-treating nights also feature a candlelit jack-o-lantern pathway, haunted horsemen on skeleton horses and performances by the Chownings on a “merry scary wagon,” according to the foundation.

On those nights, guests can also visit the Palmer House for ghost stories, meet the Weird Cooke Sisters in their pet cemetery and meet Blackbeard and his crew of buccaneers.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Raleigh Tavern will have a haunted auction and a pumpkin patch dance party with live music. A food and beverage stand on Duke of Gloucester Street will sell chocolate items such as hot chocolate and baked goods. 

Burgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase on the Capitol south lawn. 

Trick-or-treating costs $6 per child and $3 per adult or guardian. A ticketed adult must be with the children during the event.

Other recurring events from Oct. 14-31 include: 

  • “Haunted Williamsburg,” ghost tours inside Colonial Williamsburg buildings at 7 and 8:30 p.m. each night in October.
  • “Cry Witch” Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
  • “To Hang a Pirate” Sundays and Thursdays at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
  • “Colonial Williamsburg Escape Room: Spies & Lies” Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30, 6:45, 8 and 8:15 p.m.
  • “Trial of a Patriot” Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:30 and 9 p.m.
  • “Monsters, Mayhem and Musick” Oct. 15, 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Special tickets are required for Colonial Williamsburg’s evening programs, and most of the programs are not recommended for young children, according to the foundation.

There is an “Official Ghost Walk Junior” that is acceptable for young children between Oct. 14 and 31.

Rain dates for the Haunting on DoG Street are Oct. 27, 28.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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