Halloween events happening soon in Southwest, Central Virginia

It’ll be a ghoulishly good time

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From the Highlands all the way down to Southside, these are some events you can mark down on your calendars:

Oct. 28:

Slasher Weekend at the Academy Center of the Arts: Friday the 13th double feature in Lynchburg, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.: At 7 p.m., the center will play the 1980 version of the film, and at 9 p.m., the center will play the 2009 version of the film. Admission is $15 plus taxes.

Kazim Shriner’s Trunk or Treat at the Salem Civic Center in Salem 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: The Kazim Clowns will be handing out candy at their free event.

Hometown Halloween in Olde Town Covington from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Local businesses will be handing out candy and other performances, free to the public.

Pumpkinfest at Salem Farmers Market from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m: Featuring a costume contest and pumpkin giveaway. Attendees can walk through a Jack O’ Lantern patch, vote for their favorite carved pumpkin, and later bid on it in a pumpkin auction. Children can buy tickets for carnival games and inflatables, walk through the trick-or-treat zone, get their face painted and enjoy sand art and a bake sale. Admission for adults is just $5 a person, but children 15-and-under will be admitted free.

Oct. 29:

Slasher Weekend at the Academy Center of the Arts: Nightmare on Elm Street, Candyman double features in Lynchburg, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., & 8 p.m.: At 11 a.m., the center will play the 1984 version of the Nightmare on Elm Street, and at 1 p.m., the center will play the 2010 version of Nightmare on Elm Street. At 5 p.m., the center will play the 1992 version of Candyman, and at 8 p.m., the center will play the 2021 version of candyman. Admission is $15 plus taxes.

Slash Bash at the Academy Center of the Arts: Nightmare on Elm Street, Candyman double features in Lynchburg, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.: The center will host a costume dance party featuring DJ KILLGXXD. Admission is $15 plus taxes.

Spooky Spectacular at Wasena Park in Roanoke 9 a.m.: The West End Center for Youth, Inc. is hosting a day of family fun. They’ll have a 5K run, costume contest, children’s activities, wellness information, and food at the event. Preregister for the Spooky Sprint 5k here. See a preview of the event in 10 News coverage here.

Halloween Party at Big Lick Brewing Co. in Roanoke, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Big Lick Brewing Co. is throwing a costume party with a costume contest. Judging will take place from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and winners will be announced at 9 p.m.

Downtown Candy Crawl in Roanoke, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Participating businesses in downtown Roanoke will hand out candy and other treats to trick-or-treaters. Families are asked to register so there are enough sweets and treats available here.

Trick-or-Treating at Downtown Merchants in Salem, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Children can travel up and down Main Street from Academy St. to College Ave. Businesses that have a pumpkin sticker on their storefront window are participating.

Trunk or Treat at the Salem Church of Christ in Salem, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Salem Church of Christ will be hosting a trunk or treat activity, rain or shine.

Trunk or Treat at Cave Spring High School, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Cave Spring High School teachers, students, clubs, organizations and athletes will be competing for “Best Trunk Decor.”

Candy Corn Express & Trunk or Treat at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: The museum will be hosting a kid-friendly event with games, face painting, vendors, and lots of candy. Regular museum admission rates apply.

Trunk or Treat and Teach! at YouthHQ @Goodwill, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Ages K-12 are welcome, join us for Trunk or Treat and other Halloween activities.

Roanoke Ballet Theatre presents Dracula at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.: The contemporary performance features RBT’s company and the school is choreographed by Norbert Nirewicz. You can buy tickets here.

Zoo Boo at Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Trick-or-treating, costume contests, performances, and art activities at the zoo, all included with zoo admission.

Spooky Spectacular at Explore Park in Roanoke County, 11 a.m. to 8:40 p.m.: The event features several family-friendly activities, including pumpkin carving, Treetop Quest, and environmental education. Some events require registration, and others are free. Learn more here.

Bonez & Booz 2022 at the Virginia Museum of Natual History in Martinsville, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: There will be Fire performances, magic shows, stilt walkers, carnival games, food trucks, a beer garden, live music, and more at the event, and costumes are encouraged.

Scuffle Hills Halloween Bash and Costume Contest at Scuffle Hill Brewing Company in Martinsville, 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: The brewing company will host a Halloween bash featuring live shows and a costume contest.

Fall Festival at the Fort Trial Baptist Church in Stanleytown 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: There will be candy, games, food, and giveaways for the whole family at this event.

Oct. 30:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg starting at 7:30 p.m.: Head to the Academy Center of the Arts for a screening of the original, unedited film, featuring Barry Bostwick. There will also be artifacts at the center. You can learn more and purchase tickets here.

Oct. 31:

Market Monster Mash at the Danville Community Market in Danville from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: A free event that includes trunk-or-treating, face painting, caricatures, inflatables, and more.

Terror Manor on Norfolk Avenue from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Roanoke. On Nov. 4-5, the haunted attraction will also have Blackout Nights where you will have to find your way through the Terror Manor with only one glow stick per group.

Trunk or Treat at the Floyd Church of the Nazarene from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Candy will be given out and there will be hot dogs and cupcakes available for free.

Operation Save Halloween 4.0 at the Giles County Sheriff’s Office in Giles County, 3 p.m.: The Giles County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a trick-or-treating event supported by several local businesses, organizations, and individuals in Giles.

Trunk or Treat at Alleghany High School in Alleghany County 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Head to AHS for a trunk or treat event hosted by the student clubs and organizations.


Other events last longer than a day at a time. You can see more of those below:

Blue Ridge Nightmares on 9th Street in the Roanoke Industrial Center open Thursdays & Sundays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.: An artistic haunted house inside of a Downtown Roanoke warehouse. Learn more and buy tickets here.

Layman Family Farms in Blue Ridge open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Nov. 5: Head to the 83-acre farm to explore a 10-acre corn maze and one of the largest pumpkin patches in the area. Kids can enjoy the cow train, gemstone mining, hay rides, the jumping pillow, and more. Learn more here.

Jeter Farm Fall Festival in Bonsack open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. until Oct. 30: Explore the corn maze, visit farm animals, and enjoy more fall activities, like hay rides, slides, a barnyard zoo, and more. Learn more here.


Is there an event we missed? Send an email to agraham@wsls.com and we can add it to our list.


About the Author

Alli Graham came aboard the digital team as an evening digital content producer in June 2022.

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