Colonial Williamsburg adds alternative history, ‘monster musick’ to Halloween programming

This year's Halloween festivities will include “spooky” carriage rides through the Historic Area. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg)
This year’s Halloween festivities will include “spooky” carriage rides through the Historic Area. (Courtesy Colonial Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG — Vampires, werewolves, and witches of all ages take notice: a “Haunting on DoG Street” is returning for its third season in Colonial Williamsburg.

The Historic Area is set to host multiple Halloween-themed programs for families and even a “frightfest” for adults, according to a Colonial Williamsburg news release.

Programs will run through the month of October, but will start Oct. 5 with the premiere of Colonial Williamsburg’s first new ghost tour in roughly a decade, the release said.

Other new programs — “The Trial of a Patriot” and “Monsters, Mayhem and Musick” — will begin mid-month and end on Halloween.

“The Trial of a Patriot” is a live action alternative history in which the “American Rebellion of 1776” was destroyed by the British. King George III orders the arrest of the American Patriots and plans to try them for seditious, treasonous acts, according to Colonial Williamsburg. The program will run nightly from Oct. 15 to Oct. 31.

“Monsters, Mayhem and Musick” is a musical showcase of 17th and 18th-century harpsichord, flute, strings, and song. The event will run twice nightly on Oct. 17, 27, and 31. The production is not suitable for children younger than seven years old, according to Colonial Williamsburg.

The “Haunting on DoG Street” will climax in two days of trick-or-treating and a one-night-only “frightfest” event called “The Mad Revenge of King George III,” the release said.

The “Mad Revenge of King George III” will feature a Revolutionary City emptied by a war lost. Guests will have the opportunity to walk through the Capitol’s halls and grounds to step into the madness of King George III’s mind, the release said. The program will run Oct. 28 from 7-9 p.m.

Additional programming on Duke of Gloucester Street includes a Jack O’Lantern walk on the five days running up to Halloween and “spooky” carriage rides through the Historic Area.

Even more events will be happening at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg as the museums offer frightening exhibits, themed tours, musical performances and storytelling events on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month, including a performance of Edgar Allan Poe on Oct. 31.

Registration for the trick-or-treating event is limited and tickets cost $2 to support Colonial William’s education and preservation efforts. Guests with food allergies are welcome to attend and can claim a special trick-or-treat bag along with allergen-free treats. 

Tickets for “The Mad Revenge of King George III” cost $25. Special tickets are required for the “spooky” carriage rides and evening programs. The performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Nevermore!” requires $5 special ticket.

For more information on tickets and times click here.

This article was published in partnership with Southside Daily’s sister publication, WYDaily. 

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