Spectacular Halloween programming returns to Colonial Williamsburg October 28 to 31 as sea witches summon Blackbeard’s ghostly crew from their graves to do their bidding.
Halloween frights and fun for all ages return to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area for four nights October 28-31. “A Haunting on DoG Street: Curse of the Sea Witch” promises family-friendly festivities early each evening followed by spookier action for older — and bolder — souls once the sun sets.
This year’s event builds on the success of Colonial Williamsburg’s first-ever “Haunting on DoG Street” program in 2015, which drew more than 10,000 guests to the historic area. Compliments of Mars Chocolate North America, free trick-or-treating returns for pre-registered guests ages 12 and younger during nightly kid-friendly programming from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
“Our first Halloween spectacular was a success thanks to the generosity of Mars Chocolate North America, the creativity of the team here at Colonial Williamsburg, and most of all to the community’s enthusiastic response,” said Robert Currie, Colonial Williamsburg director of entertainment. “‘A Haunting on DoG Street’ is back this year bigger and better, and guests can expect new fun, spooks and surprises to top last year’s amazing programming.”
Pre-registered children accompanied by an adult can trick-or-treat at historic sites and shops along Duke of Gloucester (DoG) Street with a free Mars trick-or-treat bag provided by Colonial Williamsburg. Through a continued collaboration with the Teal Pumpkin Project, young guests with food allergies may claim a special trick-or-treat bag and collect allergen-free treats at designated historic area sites.
For families with young children seeking extra Halloween fun, “A Pirate’s Life for Me” tickets can be added to trick-or-treating registration for $15. “Pirate” tickets include a pirate carnival, games, plays and activities around the Charlton Stage, a costume contest, storytelling and a spooky haunted Raleigh Tavern until 7:30 p.m.
At 8 p.m., the streets darken as the “Curse of the Sea Witch” descends upon the iconic buildings of the historic area. Someone has stolen Blackbeard’s severed head, and in the hands of a sea witch it is a source of unimaginable power. The sea witches have now cursed the town, summoning Blackbeard’s ghostly crew from the dead. Join in the wicked fun as the sea witches search for the infamous Captain’s elusive head. Until it is found, the curse will not be lifted!
Highlights of the nightly 8 to 10 p.m. programming — recommended for guests ages 13 and older — include a Tavern of Terror, an interactive experience at the Gaol and a macabre Dance with the Dead at the Capitol featuring live music. Charlton Stage will also screen the 1926 Technicolor classic silent film “The Black Pirate,” starring Douglas Fairbanks, accompanied by live commentary by Colonial Williamsburg’s undead pirates.
“Curse of the Sea Witch” tickets are $25. Guests must redeem ticket vouchers at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center the night of the event, where they will receive a wristband for admission to their purchased programs. Free parking is available at the Visitor Center, and free “spooky bus” rides to and from the “Haunting on DoG Street” events are available until 11 p.m.
Concession offerings such as hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn, pretzels, beer, hot cider and hot AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate will be available nightly behind Shields Tavern and from carts on Duke of Gloucester Street. After the festivities, guests are encouraged to stay and enjoy colonial hospitality at the Chowning’s Tavern garden, where regular menu offerings will be served — including beer in souvenir skull mugs — until 11 p.m.
Tickets and free trick-or-treating registration availability are limited, and free trick-or-treating is available only to guests who pre-register online. Costumes are not permitted after 7:30 p.m. Program tickets and trick-or-treating registration are available online at colonialwilliamsburg.com/haunting or by calling 855-296-6627.