Join us from October 15 through October 31 as we celebrate the Halloween season with new evening programs, ghost tours, spooky carriage rides, museum talks, and special events.
The Haunting on DoG Street programing is presented in partnership with Mars Wrigley Confectionery and AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate.
Named one of the "11 Top Places to Celebrate Halloween Across the U.S." by U.S. News and World Report
As Halloween approaches and the ghosts of Colonial Williamsburg begin to prowl, immerse yourself in a musical realm of strangeness and sorcery.
Everyone loves a haunted tale! Bring your whole family for all of the phantom fun with none of the nightmares. Enjoy this 45-minute tour of traditional ghost stories with a Colonial Williamsburg flavor.
In the eighteenth century, the haunted tale of Jack of the Lanterns (and the origin of our Jack O'Lantern) brought a tingle to the spines of young and old alike. This Halloween, the glow of over two-hundred-fifty jack-o-lanterns on Historic Area porches and steps along Duke of Gloucester Street will feed the imagination.
It’s a world turned upside down. In this colonial capital, the British have put down the American rebellion of 1776, and the blood of the traitors is on their hands. Be a part of an immersive experience through the halls and grounds of the Capitol where you step inside the King’s mind chasing an alternate reality as you face a descent into darkness. Separate ticket required. Price $25. Libations available for purchase. Capitol gates will open at 6:30 p.m.
This program is not appropriate for children under the age of 13.
For the safety of our guests and performers, no costumes, please.
A long-lost manuscript has been discovered in a musty attic. Its contents, as related in this little book, The Magical American Revolutionary Society, The Secret History, tell of C. Thaddeus Forrest, a mysterious figure who in 1775 invited the youth of Revolutionary Williamsburg to join a secret society. The story is filled with traitors and spies and maybe even magic and will delight fans of fantasy and historical fiction ... and anyone who loves to trick or treat.
After sundown, Williamsburg's haunted history comes out! During this one-hour walking tour, enter haunted properties and meet people who lived to tell of their experiences with the supernatural.... You may even meet ghostly inhabitants themselves! Each tour involves a different cast of characters. This program is not appropriate for young children.Learn More
Wander the streets and gardens of Colonial Williamsburg's historic area while our guide conjures stories of spirits who still call Williamsburg home. For an engaging hour, listen to true tales of unnerving experiences shared by employees, residents, and guests: modern ghost stories featuring lost love, murder, betrayal, and things that go bump in the night!Learn More
Many people have a fear of something. Even George Washington! (We can’t reveal it here, you will have to come and find out). During the month of October, visit the museums and, if you are not triskaidekaphobic, discover 13 common and not so common phobias represented by objects rarely exhibited. Throughout the museums you will encounter specially draped cases that dare you to lift the cover and face what lies inside. Will it be your fear?
The poetic world of Edgar Allan Poe is paired with historic music sure to send shivers down your spine! Gabe Stone, Barry Trott, David Gardner, and Jan Tilley present Poe's works and period music in this show for all ages.
Historian Carson Hudson discusses how colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their northern neighbors. Throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries, they conducted several witchcraft inquiries. Copies of his book "These Detestable Slaves of the Devill" will be available in the Museum Store with a booksigning to follow the lecture.
Halloween in the Highlands (or Samhain to the Gaels) is a time for the harvest and the beginning of the winter months. What better way to usher in “the Dark Time” then with tales of things that go bump in the night. Join Master Storytellers Shel Browder and Donna Wolf for tales that have spooked the Gaels for centuries.
In June 1766, Virginia merchant Robert Routledge was stabbed in public by Colonel John Chiswell. Or was he? Was it murder or was it a tragic misfortune? Join historian Carson Hudson and storyteller Donna Wolf for an interactive recreation of the most controversial crime in 18th-century Virginia.
What really is the thing that lives under your bed? Is it just a shadow or something more sinister lurking in the dark? Join Master Storytellers Shel Browder and Donna Wolf as they give a peek behind the curtain to the "other side."
Join Henley Fork for a spooky Halloween concert of songs and tales about ghosts, hauntings, and other uncanny happenings from Jamestown's early days to today! Henley Fork features Brian Forsman on fiddle; Doug Austin, mandolin; Barry Trott, guitar and banjo; and Lynn Trott, bass viol.