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Kings Dominion adds terrifying new activities, shows as part of upcoming Halloween Haunt event

New thrills and chills–and hundreds of monsters–will spook guests at the park beginning September 23rd. Here’s a look at what’s new at the annual Halloween event this year.

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Kings Dominion will debut three gruesome new experiences as the dreadful fun of Halloween Haunt returns for its 17th season on Saturday, September 23rd. The Great Pumpkin Fest also returns the same day with family-friendly Halloween fun in the park’s Planet Snoopy section.

New Halloween Haunt highlights include a bayou-themed maze and two new roving performances.

  • Blood on the Bayou: The park’s newest maze is themed after a haunted bayou where the swamps once ran red with blood, with whispers of curses and unnamed voodoo priests. Guests will wind their way through a swamp, past a half-sunken ship where the evil that lies in wait hungers for new visitors.
  • The Grave Walkers: Take a stroll with these twisted interactive street performers as they bring the best of the French Quarter to the Commonwealth. Listen for the blare of an approaching trumpet or the blast of a tuba as they take to the streets with a Halloween party like no other.
  • The Coven: In this roaming performance, a troupe of witches are wreaking havoc on the midways with their bizarre rituals. Beware because they are looking for their next victim as they prepare for the coming solstice.

In total, those who dare can brave eight mazes, five scare zones and a variety of live shows during Halloween Haunt, which features the largest “scare force,” as the park calls their Halloween Haunt employees, in the region with hundreds of monsters roaming the midways. During the nighttime event, guests can also get their adrenaline fix on more than 20 rides, including Intimidator 305 and Dominator, as fog and darkness blanket the park.

You can also test your limits and experience your worst nightmares with Skeleton Key rooms. Guests face extra terror as they unlock chambers and complete sinister tasks in order to escape. The rooms are part of “Fright Lane,” a premium feature that gives guests front-of-the-line access to mazes and rides and must be purchased separate from a park ticket.

For daytime Halloween fun with no fear, The Great Pumpkin Fest in Planet Snoopy features family friendly activities, from a petting zoo to a pumpkin painting patch. The little ones can take part in educational and interactive shows such as Mad Science: Halloween Edition, too.

The Great Pumpkin Fest has activities for the whole family to enjoy together; as an added benefit, children three to five years of age are eligible for free admission when their parent or guardian registers and activates their 2018 Pre-K Pass.

Halloween Haunt is being held select nights September 23rd through October 29th. Entry tickets plus Fright Lane passes can be purchased online. Monsters descend upon the park at 7:00 PM during the Overlord’s Resurrection as he calls forth all of his minions and sends them out into the night.

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Ukrop’s Monument 10K Shows Off this Year’s Shirt

If your New Year’s resolutions included running in the Ukrop’s 10K today would be a good day to register.

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Your first look at the 2022 Ukrop’s participant shirt, designed by Hamilton Glass. Register here to get yours. The price goes up tomorrow January 4th so don’t hesitate if you want to save a few bucks.

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Glen Allen mosque hoping to clear misconception about Islam at community open house this Saturday

“Muslims are opening the doors of our Mosques to our neighbors to provide them with an opportunity to get to know the Muslim community,” said GainPeace Director Dr. Sabeel Ahmed.

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On Saturday, December 4th, a Glen Allen mosque is inviting the community to a Mosque Open House. The purpose of the open house, says the Islamic Center of Richmond, is to address the increase in Islamophobia and to provide an opportunity for the neighbors to get acquainted with Muslim neighbors while at the same time deepening their understanding of the Islamic faith.

Two Muslim organizations are hosting this event: GainPeace and the Islamic center of Richmond Mosque. GainPeace is a national Islamic organization that conducts several educational forums and provides literature and opportunity for our fellow Americans to learn the facts about Islam.

“Muslims are opening the doors of our Mosques to our neighbors to provide them with an opportunity to get to know the Muslim community,” said GainPeace Director Dr. Sabeel Ahmed. “The current political climate has created an environment of mistrust, and also a curiosity in public to learn more about Islam and these Mosque Open Houses will educate them and take any questions on Islam.” Dr. Ahmed added, “The open house will also create opportunities to form alliances between the Muslim-Americans and their neighbors to better the community.”

The Mosques will serve lunch to guests.

The Islamic Center of Richmond is located at 8481 Hungary Road in Glen Allen. The event takes place Saturday, December 4, 11 am to 1:30 pm.

What to expect:

  • The social hour includes Henna design for ladies, face painting for kids, Islamic Artifacts table, Ask Imam Booth, try the Hijab booth, and exclusive VR (Virtual Reality) glasses to let viewers experience Islam in 360 degrees
  • Break for lunch
  • Presentation on Islam, common misconceptions, working together with other faiths, etc.
  • Question and answer session
  • Tour of the Mosque, witnessing of the Congregation Prayer, and gift-giving to guests

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Hermitage Richmond hosting second annual “Illumination on the Lawn”

From December 4 until January 6, the grounds at Hermitage Richmond will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland display of holiday lights and reindeer from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This ongoing event is free to attend for the whole family — including pets.

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This holiday season, Hermitage Richmond is inviting the community to bundle up and enjoy some festive fun and holiday magic.

The senior living community in Ginter Park is inviting the community to join them for their second annual holiday tradition at Hermitage Richmond — Illumination on the Lawn.

From December 4 until January 6, the grounds at Hermitage Richmond will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland display of holiday lights and reindeer from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This ongoing event is free to attend for the whole family — including pets.

“We are thrilled to once again bring to life our new Richmond annual tradition, and look forward to bringing the joy of the holidays to everyone with our festive light displays,” said Amy Chapman, Executive Director of Hermitage Richmond. “There are brand new displays this year that are sure to amaze our residents, as well as new and returning guests of all ages!”

Hermitage Richmond is located at 1600 Westwood Ave., Richmond, VA 23227.

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