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.
Calling all trick-or-treaters! Join us for the 4th annual Haunting on DoG Street, our family-friendly Halloween celebration, supported by Mars Wrigley Confectionery and AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate. Fun-filled spooky delights include the popular haunting horsemen astride their skeleton steeds, the rousing return of Blackbeard and his merry band of pirates, a haunted auction at the Raleigh Tavern, the Pumpkin Patch Dance Party with live music, and AMERICAN HERITAGE hot chocolate and baked goods available for purchase.Learn More
Here be pirates! On Halloween night, October 31, guests are invited to don their best buccaneer gear and head to Shields Tavern for Blackbeard's Feast, a buffet dinner theater experience marking the 300th anniversary of the infamous pirate's death, complete with a pig roast and pirate punch. $65.00 (includes tax and gratuity). It's a raucous celebration in the tavern garden of swashbuckling adventure, as the legendary pirate himself and his motley band of marauders thrill & chill their honorary shipmates through spell-binding story, bawdy song, and energetic sword play. Heads may roll!
Must be 18 or older to attend, 21 or older to consume alcohol.Learn More
The Governor’s Musick, Colonial Williamsburg’s resident baroque ensemble, presents a concert of the darker side of baroque music. Spooky thematic material often gives composers dramatic license to break away from traditional conventions of harmony and musical form. Instrumental pieces might evoke images of darkness and death, while theatrical works allow supernatural beings to take a concrete form. Witches, furies, and monsters abound in even the earliest operas. In this concert, such music is presented as a series of nightmares. Not appropriate for children 6 and under.
The ONLY Colonial Williamsburg ghost tour that takes you inside the historic buildings! This unique storytelling experience brings the past to life (and death) with ghostly tales of hauntings and horrors spun directly from 18th century sources. Wear your walking shoes! This one-hour walking tour is not recommended for young children.
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! Recommended for families with children ages 8 and up.
Everyone loves a haunted tale! Bring the entire 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. Recommended for families with children ages 4 – 7.
Take the challenge! Locked in a room with other suspected patriots, you must all work together to find clues and solve riddles to escape the King’s wrath. You have only one hour before a British officer will interrogate you!
It’s the night before the wedding and the groom will forfeit his bride’s dowry if he doesn’t learn to dance. Give the happy—and nervous—couple some moral support, pick up some real 18th-century moves, and learn how colonial Virginians really danced in this fast-paced, interactive comedy in the historic Raleigh Tavern.
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.
Longing, joy, fulfillment, regret and the occasional nightmare! Join guitarist/vocalist Kent La Rue for love songs, presented with a Halloween twist of ghosts and lovers who have gone on before us. Some died of broken hearts, and some of misplaced arrows while others just disappeared. Love will be in the air; don't miss it - if you dare!
During this interactive program learn about King George III and his bouts of illnesses, the commemorative objects that were created to celebrate his recovery and learn what recent scientific findings have revealed.
Chisman Creek Band performs a spooky variety of musical genres, featuring bluegrass, classic rock, and country. A premier band in Hampton Roads and beyond, Chisman Creek Band is known for its tight, spell-binding harmonies and quality entertainment. Songs of ghosts and ghouls are a Halloween extra!
In 1609 a fleet of nine English ships was sailing to the New World. Investors in the Virginia Company had financed the largest, grandest ship ever made in her day. Find out what happened when the skies turned dark and the seas grew fierce. The Wreck of the Sea Venture is considered one of the most famous shipwreck stories in the World. Witness this exciting true tale - told with light and shadow on an ingenious moving background. After the performance, discover the technology behind this unique form of storytelling.
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.
If you love historically-inspired haunted history, this glow in the dark T-shirt - Haunting on DoG Street is the perfect way to commemorate Halloween. The back reads, Colonial Williamsburg “HAUNTING ON DoG ST" along with a skelton wearing a three cornered hat and carrying a lantern and the front label has the same without an image of the skeleton.