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Halloween Haunt returns to Kings Dominion for not-so-sweet 16th season this weekend

The scary fun begins nightly at 7:00 PM at the park in Doswell.

Trevor Dickerson



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.

Learn more about Halloween Haunt here.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.