Looking for some fun activities to {pumpkin-}spice up your weekends this Fall? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of 25 Autumn activities around the state you won’t want to miss!

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Festivals
Haunted Houses
Farms and Pumpkin Patches
Apple Orchards and other Outdoor Activities

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Festivals

Put on your best costume, and head downtown for a pre-Halloween bash on Saturday, October 21st! There will be trick-or-treating at local businesses, food, contests and a party at the Turner Pavilion!

On Saturday, October 14th from 11:30am-5:30pm, Massanutten Resort will have rockin’ live music, food vendors, $3 chairlift rides, and other activities! Purchase your ticket in advance online for $5.

Make the short, scenic drive to Waynesboro on Saturday, October 14th, 10:00am-5:00pm and Sunday, October 15th, 12:00pm-5:00pm to see the streets covered in works from 150 artists! There will be something for everyone: printmaking, painting, woodwork, jewelry, and more! There will also be local music, delicious food trucks, and craft beer for purchase. 

Are you a huge fan of all things Harry Potter? Hold onto your pointed hat, because this is the most magical event yet! The weekend of September 22nd-24th, historic downtown Staunton will be transformed into the village of Hogsmeade. Local businesses turn into shops from the famous book series, and there will be plenty of wizard-themed activities and food for everyone. It’s free to go, but some activities will have a fee. Don your house robes and apparate on over to Staunton!

Spend a day at Graves’ Mountain Lodge on Saturdays and Sundays in October, 10:00am-4:30pm to experience the beautiful Fall weather, live music, yummy food, hay rides, apple picking, and plenty more activities for all ages. Parking and admission are free! 

Plan for an outing along beautiful Skyline Drive on Saturday, September 23rd, 10:00am-5:00pm to eat some of the mouth-watering creations that will be offered at this festivity. The menu includes all things apple, from pulled pork sandwiches with apple-spiced BBQ sauce, to apple cobbler. There will also be cider tastings, live music and other fun-filled activities!

Do you like bluegrass music, antiques, and crafts? If so, then this is the festival for you! The drive to Buchanan will be well worth it once you experience all this celebration has to offer on Saturday, October 7.

Head East to Belvedere Plantation to enjoy pumpkin picking, corn mazes, zip lines, and more this Fall. They’re open weekends September 30th-November 4th, weekdays October 3rd-27th, and the Fall Finale Festival takes place Friday-Saturday, November 3rd-4th.

Make the beautiful drive down 81 to Christiansburg any weekend from Friday, September 29th, to Sunday, October 29th to visit the pumpkin patch voted best in the state by Virginia Tourism! They also offer a haunted corn maze, ice cream, horse rides, and more. Check their website for specific dates and prices. Leashed dogs are welcome!

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Haunted Houses

Shake and shiver your way through this spooky trail in the woods, and shoot zombies at Fear Forest’s new second attraction, Fear Crops. Tickets are $13 per person per event, or $18 combo per person. They’re open Fridays, Saturdays and some Thursdays from October 6th-28th. They’re also open October 30th and 31st!

Every Friday and Saturday in October from 6:30pm-10:30pm prepare to be scared at this professional level haunted trail. The best part about this frightening experience is that all proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with special needs. Get your ticket for $15, have a ghostly good time, and support a great cause!

There are tons of new attractions at this interactive haunted house. Grab up to six friends weekend nights in October, as well as Halloween, and get your screaming voice ready. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate for $15.

  •  Haunts of Richmond, Richmond
  • Shadows of Shockoe Tour (130 mi)
  • Capitol Hill Tour (131 mi)
  • Church Hill Chillers Tour (131 mi)

These walking ghost tours are on Friday and Saturday evenings at 9:00pm through October 31st, with 7:30pm tours added some nights in October. Hear local stories of paranormal activity in some of Richmond’s oldest neighborhoods!

What’s better than getting to ride the roller coasters, as well as experiencing the scare zones offered at Kings Dominion this Fall? At 7:00pm, all sorts of frightening beasts descend on the park. Check their website for tickets and dates.

Even though this is one of the farthest attractions we listed, Howl-O-Scream is certainly worth it. Make the trek to one of the best amusement parks in the country to visit the creepy creatures lurking in the shadows this Fall. With seven haunted houses, and tons more sinister attractions around the park, this is one event not to miss if you enjoy all things spine-chilling.

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Farms and Pumpkin Patches

This local farm has events of all kinds this Halloween season. Don’t miss The Great Pumpkin Party on October 31st, where the public is welcome to trick or treat around the farm from 3:00pm-7:00pm. Wear a costume, participate in the pumpkin smashing, and enjoy some delicious fall-inspired treats. Check their website for all the events they’re hosting this Autumn!

Haven’t made it to the “puppy farm” yet? Now’s your chance! The colors on the farm are breathtaking when the leaves start to change. . . not to mention all the gorgeous Golden Retrievers. Gap View is open Monday-Sunday til 7:30pm. Call ahead to reserve an appointment, and be sure to make a $5 donation!

With farm animals, a corn maze, ice cream and other treats, what’s not to love? The $10 ticket includes all sorts of fun activities, including pumpkin picking. Make the trip September 30th-October 29th, Friday 3:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm.

Open 8:00am-6:30pm daily through the end of October, Fall attractions include hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, bounce house and blow up obstacle course, and more! They also offer the Red Vein Haunted House for those looking for something a little scarier. Check out their website to see information about the Gourds, Goblets, and Ghouls Festival, too!

Decided to head to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens? This pumpkin patch is along the way! Pumpkinville is open daily from 9:00am-8:00pm Sunday-Thursday, and 9:00am-9:00pm Friday and Saturday. Pick your own pumpkins and enjoy all the other exciting things they have to offer!

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Apple Orchards and other Outdoor Activities

This orchard has more than 25 varieties of apples that you can pick yourself! Guests are welcome to enjoy the beautiful scenery around the orchard and bring a picnic lunch. Check their website to see estimates for when certain types of apples will be ready for harvest. Their hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Drive over to one of the most beautiful areas surrounding the ‘Burg on Saturday, September 30th for a fee-free day to celebrate National Public Lands Day. Head for a hike, pack a picnic, or even go camping—without paying the normal $25 to enter!

A favorite of some of the Daily Duke team members, a trip to Carter Mountain Orchard is not to be missed this Fall! Check with staff before picking, because not all areas of the orchard are open each day. Carter Mountain is open daily 9am-6pm, with extended Fall hours Thursdays til 9:00pm through September 28th; on Saturdays, October 7th, 14th, and 21st they’re open 8:00am-7:00pm.

There will be live music, food, pumpkin brews, as well as the main event: smashing of a giant pumpkin at this awesome festival. Be sure to bring a chair, and purchase your $5 ticket online before you go! The Great Pumpkin Smash is Saturday, October 7th at 11:00am. 

Is all that E-hall already contributing to the dreaded Freshman Fifteen? Run it off at this Fall-themed race! There will be German food, beer, and music at the event. The 5k is on Saturday, October 14th at 10:30am. It costs $25 to register, and registration ends on October 13th.

Is there something we missed? Leave us a comment with an event you’re looking forward to in Virginia this Fall!

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