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.
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.
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.
By the flickering light of Jack O’ Lanterns, passengers hear the story of Jack and other haunting tales of the season as their carriage or ox cart travels along Duke of Gloucester Street. Look for our special carriage rides on the Blue Carriage, Carter Coach, and Stage Wagon.
As Halloween approaches and the ghosts of Colonial Williamsburg begin to prowl, immerse yourself in a musical realm of strangeness and sorcery.
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
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.
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?
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.