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8 Great Halloween Happenings Around Fredericksburg
FREDERICKSBURG IS TEEMING with history and horror. The city is built around the Revolutionary and Civil wars, with numerous historical locations, figures and grave sites where it would not be a surprise to see a ghost on All Hallows’ Eve.
As jack-o’-lanterns begin lining doorsteps, the spirits of the past are working their way into events of all kinds. This year’s Halloween festivities mix mystery, mayhem and even charity to provide a good combination of horror and helping.
These are just a sampling of local and regional events to get the pumpkins rolling this October.
1. HALLOWEEN TRICKS AND TREATS
The Rappahannock Pops Orchestra will bring Halloween to life with music from “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Addams Family,” “Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead” from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Cruella de Vil” from “101 Dalmatians” and many other haunting tunes.
The macabre music will continue well into the evening on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Grace Church of Fredericksburg. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students and free for children under 18. 540/373-4496; rappahannockpops.org.
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2. PARTY WITH THE WITCHES
Halloween is about witchery, mystery and disguising true identities, so embrace the traditions of Renaissance Venice this Halloween. Don a cape or dress and live behind the magic of a mask at the annual Fredericksburg Witches Masquerade Ball.
Dance the night away, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and join the silent auction at The Riverside Center in Fredericksburg. Just days before All Hallows’ Eve, the ball offers a night of mystery and charity, as all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
This magical night takes place on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 7 to 11 p.m. and is open to venturers over 18 or ages 14–17 with an adult at $75 a ticket; fredwitchesmasquerade.com.
3. A RIDE THROUGH HISTORY
Witches, ghosts and thieves all make a haunting cameo in Fredericksburg’s deep history of murder, mayhem and war. See if you can spy any undead with this Halloween’s Olde Towne Carriage tours that give a glimpse of the folklore of Fredericksburg with visits to the Woman in White, the ghost of George Washington’s own brother, Fielding Lewis, and more.
Tours are family-friendly and cost $15 for adults and
$7 for children. Search for the ghosts of Fredericksburg every weekend until Nov. 9. For more information, call 540/371-0094; oldetownecarriages. com.
4. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
Dive into a scene from a scary movie as you run for your life a quarter mile into the deeps woods of Virginia and past terrifying scenes, special effects and movie- quality sets of the Wicked Woods.
Returning for its seventh year, the Wicked Woods added three new attractions—the Murder Manor, Insanitarium Asylum and Haunted Forest—that will have visitors running through its sets at a faster pace than usual.
“It’s live, scary, horror entertainment,” said Erik Sayenga, current owner and demented creator of Wicked Woods.
Sayenga tries to improve the level of horror every year with different guests and attractions.
“What you think is going to happen next time, won’t,” he said. “It makes the older ones feel like kids again, and we like to keep the Halloween spirit alive.”
Wicked Woods is open every Friday and Saturday in October and the first weekend of November in Spotsylvania. Prices vary by attraction, but a combo pack is available for $23 for all. Recommended for ages 12 and older. 540/419-6319; wicked-woods.com.
5. A RED WEDDING
This year the undead are getting dressed up for a good cause. In support of The American Cancer Society, wedding, tuxes and bridesmaid dresses are being ripped up and bloodied in the first annual Wedding Zombie Bash.
Promoted by Monster Energy, Pohanka Nissan and others, this crowd of zombie brides and grooms will party at Brock’s Riverside Grill on Friday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 11 p.m.
“Everyone is going to dress up like zombies. We’re going to have a blast,” said Kimberley Morefield, a seven-year breast cancer survivor and manager at I Thee Wed Bridal store, which is running the event.
“I’m here because of the people that support the fundraisers, and the fundraisers are what fund the research,” said Morefield.
Tickets are $40 and may be purchased at I Thee Wed Bridal store in Fredericksburg. Call 540/834-4006 for information.
6. SHOW YOUR SPIRIT
What better way to celebrate Halloween than traditional costume contests and good American food? The Five 40 Roller Girls are hosting a Halloween party at Home Team Grill filled with raffles, games and prizes.
According to Jennifer Munford, the events coordinator and referee for the Five 40 Roller Girls, the party will act as a spirit night for the team to raise money for new uniforms and a charitable donation.
The party will be hosted on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. at the Home Team Grill on Jefferson Davis Highway at Eagle Village. Admission is free. 540/903-0119; five40rg.com.
7. TALES FROM THE CEMETERY
All Hallows’ Eve gets a rise out of the dead, and there is no better place to see ghosts than in the cemetery. In its 11th year, the Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society will once again tell the story of Fredericksburg’s dead.
Three cemeteries will be visited on this haunted trolley tour: St. George’s Cemetery, the Masonic Cemetery and the Gordon Cemetery and Mary Washington monument. RCHS members will be present at each to tell the stories of famous figures and “mostly just plain folk,” according to Trip Wiggins, president of RCHS.
The cemetery tours are held at 11 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. Catch the the trolley at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center.
8. WALK WITH THE UNDEAD
This year’s third annual Zombie Walk gives people an outlet for the new zombie craze. The walk is held on Saturday, Nov. 2, and allows walkers to dress up and act like zombies through downtown Fredericksburg.
Each walker donates nonperishable food items for the Hope House and local food pantries, according to Suzie Grumko, press liaison for the Mean Mommy Club, which hosts the event.
Walkers can register online on the “Fred Zombies” Facebook page and will meet at Hurkamp Park on William Street. Email email@example.com for more information.
Alison Thoet: 540/374-5444