Horrifying creatures from your worst nightmares are making their way back to the midways of Kings Dominion for the not-so-sweet 16th season of Halloween Haunt, which begins this weekend.
The fun kicks off on Friday, September 30th at the park in Doswell. This year guests can enjoy nine mazes, six scare zones, and several live shows. More than 20 rides will also be open across the theme park.
This year’s features and attractions, per a news release, include:
Trick-or-Treat: It’s always Halloween on Hemlock Lane. The story picks up where the Fairy Tales ended – this clan of distraught witches were given a new start in this very special halfway house for wayward souls. Throughout the years the residents have worked to make their new home a welcoming place for their next victims. It’s time to find out if a treat is in your future or if it’s all just an evil trick.
Blackout: Are you frightened of the monster that lurks under your bed? Do you ever have the feeling that something bad is about to happen? Are you worried that there is a boogie man in the closet? The things that go bump in the night are waiting for you in this darkness filled realm of nightmares. Will anyone be there to hear you scream? What you can’t see might hurt you…and in this case it will!
The Bone Collectors: Get a taste of the French Quarter with our New Orleans-inspired brass band. The Bone Collectors are leading our last rites in this unique ceremony for the newly departed. Presented nightly on the Grande Bandstand, we will also have special appearances throughout the park.
The Overlord’s Resurrection: The Overlord is back and spookier than ever in this new rendition of his resurrection that is sure to send shivers down your spine! Each evening as the clock strikes 7:00, he will summon his minions from the shadows and unleash them into the night to terrorize the most unsuspecting guests. Presented nightly at the Grande Bandstand on International Street.
This year the park will also feature “Skeleton Key experiences,” in which guests can unlock a room located within five scare zones where they will come face to face with terror in tight spaces, uncomfortable situations, and dark encounters. These rooms are designed to test the boundaries of their worst fears. There is an additional fee for this experience.
Monsters descend upon the park each night of Haunt at 7:00 PM. Halloween Haunt attractions operate every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from September 30th through October 30th.
Kings Dominion will host more family friendly fall attractions during the day on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 – 5:00 PM. The Great Pumpkin Fest, a daytime Halloween event, includes everything from a petting zoo to a pumpkin painting patch. It’s trick or treat, with just the treats. The Great Pumpkin Fest runs Saturdays and Sundays from September 24th through October 30th.
Free Trees from the Community Roots Program
Trees are a great addition to any yard and you can get one for free from the Richmond Tree Stewards.
Richmond Tree Stewards are offering up around 100 to homeowners to plant on their property in Richmond, through Community Roots. The goal is to expand the urban canopy providing shade, habitat, watershed protection, and beauty all around town.
This year most of the trees will come from our gravel bed. These trees will be smaller than those we have given away in previous years and are bare root – there will be no soil on them. They may have many fewer leaves that the trees in pots. Gravel beds are not for growing trees; they grow roots. These trees should have actively growing root systems with a greater volume of roots than trees grown in pots. Studies show that there is less transplant shock and a better chance of survival for these trees.
- There is a limit of 2 trees per homeowner
- This program provides trees for private propery in the City of Richmond only. We are not providing trees to be planted in tree wells or along the street.
- You must pick up the trees on either Saturday, November 4 between 9 a.m. to 12 noon or Sunday, November 5 between 12 noon to 3 p.m. at our gravel bed on Forest Lawn Drive. (Note: This is behind John Marshall HighSchool, not the Forest Lawn Drive at a cemetery). Applicants will receive specific directions to the gravel beds in an e-mail.
- Trees from the gravel bed should be the same day they are picked up.
The list of trees offered is on the application below, but before applying for your tree please review the links below.
InLight 2016 to light up the night in Scott’s Addition this Friday
The annual art event will bring together more than 20 artists for unique and interactive illuminated exhibits throughout the neighborhood.
The streets of Scott’s Addition will come alive with a variety of light-based art and performances Friday night. It’s all part of InLight, an annual event that invites artists to take over a particular neighborhood, attracting audiences to unique areas of Richmond.
The event will feature performances, sculpture, video, and interactive projects that will illuminate pathways, walls, sidewalks, green spaces, trees, benches, building facades, and more, in Scott’s Addition. InLight 2016 will kick off with the Community Lantern Parade.
Created in 2008 on the occasion of 1708 Gallery’s 30th birthday, this free public art exhibition that offers Richmond the opportunity to engage with contemporary art outside the gallery walls and to experience the city in all new ways.
InLight 2016 will kick off with a Community Lantern Parade, which will travel the length of Clay Street from Altamont Avenue to Roseneath Road. The parade begins at 7:30 pm from the corner of Altamont Avenue and Clay Street. Join in at 6:00 PM make your own lantern or bring a lantern you made–it’s your choice.
Food trucks and beverages will be available throughout Scott’s Addition including at Ardent Craft Ales, Blue Bee Cider, Buskey Cider, Isley Brewing Company, The Veil Brewing Co., and 1708’s own Wine & Beer Garden. A special brew, the 1708 ACDC IPA, was also created for InLight 2016 by Isley Brewing Company. A portion of proceeds from the special beer’s sales will support the event.
Free parking will be available at the Children’s Museum of Richmond and Science Museum of Virginia, with a shuttle running to InLight every 15 minutes from 6:30 – 11:30 PM. Parking and shuttle pick up will also be available at The Diamond beginning at 9:00 PM. Additional parking will be available on the street and in surface lots in and around Scott’s Addition.
The event runs Friday, November 11th from 7:00 PM until midnight in Scott’s Addition. A full map of the event is below.
For more information including a list of participating artists, visit 1708 Gallery’s website.
Nightmare of a party on Plum
There is no shortage of Halloween fun this weekend. Here is what Bellytimber has in store.