Richmond knows how to do Halloween. From festive, spook-filled city streets to toddler-friendly trunk or treats, there are options for everyone all over the city. So, whether you have toddlers or preteens, use our guide and you’ll find a trick-or-treating spot that is perfect for your family.
Children’s Museum Halloween Hoopla
When: Saturday, Oct. 27 (2-6 p.m.)
Where: Children’s Museum Downtown, 2626 W. Broad St.
What: If daytime indoor Halloween events are more your family’s speed, get everyone in costumes (parents, too!) and head downtown this Saturday for trick-or-treating, pumpkin experiments, monster puppet shows, games, prizes and more. Children get in free; adult admission is $4. Pre-registration is required and can be done at c-mor.org.
Trunk or Treat at Hardywood West Creek
When: Sunday, Oct. 28 (2-4 p.m.)
Where: Hardywood West Creek, 820 Sanctuary Trail Drive
What: Benefiting Greater Richmond SCAN, kids can trunk or treat from car to car and the whole family can look forward to fall activities, food trucks, a raffle and adults can enjoy some great local beer . Organizations, businesses and community members who wish to participate can register their cars online, and the trunk with the best décor will win a Hardywood gift card.
Neighborhood trick-or-treating (times vary, but generally 5-8 p.m.):
Broad and Grace streets — Church Hill
Church Hill is a favorite when it comes to big candy hauls in a spooky, historic setting. There are plenty of decked-out trick-or-treating spots throughout the Church Hill neighborhood, but Broad and Grace between 25th and 29th streets tend to draw the biggest crowds and some of the coolest decorations.
Hanover Avenue — The Fan
If you’re looking for trick-or-treating on steroids, look no further than a Fan institution so popular it got props from The Wall Street Journal. Every year, the stretch of Hanover Avenue from the 2200 block to Lombardy turns into a giant Halloween-themed block party. From pirate ships to foggy graveyards, there’s nowhere else in town with better decorations or higher candy opportunities. This is a great place to take older kids, but with massive crowds, it may not be the best choice for tiny trick-or-treaters.
Seminary Avenue — North Side
If you’re looking for city trick-or-treating that offers a little more space for kids to roam, this is a great spot. The fun starts around 5 p.m. And if your kids don’t fill their candy quota, stroll over to the nearby Bellevue neighborhood, another popular but slightly more relaxed take on urban trick-or-treating.
This annual Richmond Flying Squirrels-hosted Halloween spectacular is a great organized alternative to traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating. If you want to avoid the stress of navigating traffic and crossing busy streets, head to The Diamond instead for trick-or-treating, hayrides, games, costume contests, and more. All ages are welcome, and admission is free.
West Avenue — The Fan
Think of this spot as the toddler-friendly alternative to Hanover Avenue. With a quaint village feel and three dedicated trick-or-treating blocks closed to traffic (between Lombardy and Harrison streets), this is the perfect spot to bring little ones. The street is closed to traffic between 4 and 7 p.m., and trick-or-treating festivities kick into full gear around 5 p.m.