Halloween Happenings 2017

Halloween Happenings 2017

It’s the spookiest time of year in the Burg! Grab your favorite ghouls and gals and plan your Halloween with our comprehensive list of Halloween parties, festivals and events! We’ve sorted them out into: “Super Scary” which are best for adults and teens, “Not-So-Scary” for kids and families and “Running Scared” which are 5Ks and running events!

Super Scary

Meet the Ghosts- Oct 27-29 and 30-31

From its Colonial past to the horrors of four major Civil War battles, Fredericksburg is one of the MOST haunted cities in America! Let the costumed guide navigate you through the paranormal combining the past with stories and folklore of the still lurking dead! Call 540-226-8378 to schedule a tour.

Fredericksburg Visitor Center Parking Lot, 706 Caroline St.



Belle Grove Plantation Paranormal Spooktacular- Oct 28

Paranormal Investigation with a paranormal team. Special All Hallows Eve Investigation on Halloween.

Belle Grove Plantation. 9221 Belle Grove Drive, King George, Virginia 22485. 540-621-7340. www.bellegroveplantation.com


Carriage Ghost Tour- Nightly in October

Fredericksburg, “America’s Most Historic City,” is also considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the country. Join us to see if you can find any undead on one of our 60 minute carriage Ghost Tours through historic downtown Fredericksburg. This tour is appropriate for all ages, so bring the entire family to search for those who still walk the streets after death!

Fredericksburg Visitor Center. www.oldetownecarriages.com


Halloween Haunt at KD- through Oct 29, starting at 7pm

Features ghastly creatures emerging from the darkness, highly-intense and bone-chilling attractions and some of the most hair-raising rides on the planet like the Intimidator 305 and Dominator roller coasters! NEW attractions this year! This event is not recommended for kids.



Fright Night in the Burg- Oct 26 5-7pm

Celebrate Halloween w/ a fun filled carnival and costume contests at the Dorothy Hart Community Ctr. Ages 3 – 5 will compete for most original and cutest while ages 6 – 8 and 9 – 11 will compete for most original and funniest! A family costume contest will take place and only one will be crowned “Best in the ‘Burg!” Judging will start at 6:15 pm, so be on time! Pre-registration recommended. Cost: $6. One adult is free w/ each paying child. $2 for each additional adult. www.fredericksburgva.gov/parksandrec


Belvedere Plantation Fall Harvest FestivalOct 28-29

Get lost in the Maize Maze or just take pictures at the Pumpkin Patch! There’s plenty of fun and barnyard games to keep everyone in the family occupied! There’s also wagon rides and roaring campfires to wind the day down! Open Weekends Sep-Nov 4 and Tues-Fri during the week!

Fall Harvest Festival


Treats in the Streets Downtown Fredericksburg-Oct 28 11-2pm

Trick-or-treating at downtown shops, and lots of fun at Riverfront Park! Learn safety tips for trick-or-treating and enjoy fun activities! Free!

Riverfront Park & Downtown Fredericksburg


4th Annual Fall Festival and Halloween Golf Cart Parade- Oct 28-29. 10 am – 5 

The Colonial Beach Fall Festival includes craft and food vendors, pony and hay rides, games, inflatables, crafts, fire pit and ends with the Halloween Golf Cart Parade. Free!

Town Hill, Colonial Beach


F’burg Fall Family Festival- Oct 29 3 – 6 pm.

From hay rides to inflatables and carnival games, it’s fun for the entire family!

Spotsy Towne Centre. Free!


Spooky Stories- Oct 30 7pm

Listen if you dare to tales that will chill and thrill you, appropriate for grades K-6.

Porter Branch Library. librarypoint.org


Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Dominion- through Oct 29

Kings Dominion is not all scary in the fall. It’s all fun and no fear. Our daytime Halloween-themed events on select Saturdays and Sundays are geared towards children and families. Your favorite rides are also open during the day in Planet Snoopy. Kids Costumes are encouraged!



Creepy Crawly Carnival at Massad YMCA

Halloween festivities will once again be at the Massad Y! Games, haunted house, wicked fairy tales haunted trail ride, obstacle course, hay maze, pumpkin carving & more! Carnival area with crafts, games, treats and dancing.

212 Butler Rd, F’burg, 22405. www.family-ymca.org/about-us/news-events


Trick or Treat Mt Vernon- Oct 27-28 3:30-6:30pm

Participate in a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft in this unforgettable evening. A children’s costume parade around the Mansion will begin at 5 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for most fang-tastic “George” and “Martha” costumes! Cost: $12/Adult & $6/Child. Buy tickets at www.mountvernon.org

Running Scared

Scare Away Dravet 5K -Oct 28 9a-noon

Let’s find a cure for this catastrophic form of Epilpesy and put Dravet Syndrome to rest. Dress up for trick or treating as there will be a costume contest and many other family friendly Halloween activities to be announced soon.

Old Mill Park. Register at https://dravetfoundation.rallybound.org/5k-for-dravet-virginia


One Eyed Zombie Terror Trail 5K -Oct 28 4-6pm

Grab your running gear, and prepare to run for your life. Chose to either be a survivor or a zombie as you navigate 5 kilometers of forest trails and roads, while negotiating obstacles. Zombies and survivors run on separate clocks, as the survivors get a 30 second head start and try to out run the living dead. Each runner will have a life belt, and the zombies will try to take flags from it. Each flag taken adds 5 seconds to the survivors time, and takes 5 seconds from the zombies time. Registration is $25 for both survivors and zombies. All proceeds benefiting Special Olympics. For more information contact Caledon State Park, or Justyn Cox the race director at 540-205-5300 or howlincoyote10k@hotmail.com

Caledon State Park, 11617 Caledon Rd, King George


Halloween 5K & Monster Mile- Oct 28. 7:30 – 10 am. Get EXCITED because the most spooktacular race in the Stafford area is back with a new course this year! Prizes for the top finishers and best costumes! Put on your favorite costume, lace up your running shoes, and join us for our 2nd Annual Halloween 5K and Monster Mile!

Jeff Rouse Swim and Sport Center. Sign up at racetimingunlimited.com

Habitat for Humanity Fundraising 2017

Habitat for Humanity Fundraising 2017

Habitat for Humanity Fredericksburg

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For over a decade, Coldwell Banker Elite has been a proud supporter of the Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity.  Every year, Coldwell Banker Elite hosts a number of events to raise money for the Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity.  Below you will find a list of events that Coldwell Banker Elite will be hosting for our Habitat for Humanity efforts.  Join us at these fun events to raise funds for this wonderful program!  To find out more details on each event, click the event graphic.


Coldwell Banker Elite will be holding a wine tasting event for the Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity featuring General’s Ridge Vineyard wines and live music performed by the “Hard to Tell Band.”

When: September 21, 2017

Time: 6-8 PM

Where: Dockside Restaurant and Tiki Bar. 1787 Castlewood Dr. Colonial Beach, VA 22443

Price: $20




Fredericksburg’s Best: Parks Edition

Fredericksburg’s Best: Parks Edition

parks edition

The leaves may be turning red and gold but there are still a few nice weekends left to take a leisurely walk through our local parks and let the kiddos run wild on the playground! Luckily for you, we’ve done the hard work of picking out the most fun playgrounds, most unique recreation areas and overall best parks in the area! Our picks were chosen because of their unique amenities, awesome playground equipment, convenient bathrooms and adjacent sports fields! These aren’t ranked but if you want to go test out how cool each of these parks are, be our guest and report back!

  1. Curtis Memorial Park in Stafford is perfect for your more adventurous excursions! It’s a beautiful wooded park with the usual nature trails, picnic shelters, baseball diamond, playground, volleyball and tennis courts, but it’s also got a SKATE PARK!! as well as an Olympic-size swimming pool and wading pool with water umbrella for children. Check out the 91-acre fishing lake and 18-hole public golf course while you’re there!
  2. Kenmore Park is in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, on the corner of Kenmore Ave and Mary Ball Street. There’s something for the whole family here with 8 tennis courts, a tennis practice wall, basketball court, soccer field, children’s play equipment, and a toddler play area. It’s also within walking distance to the City Dog Park and the Canal Path, which is a shady, paved path perfect for strollers!kenmore park
  3. Old Mill Park is another awesome downtown Fredericksburg park, right on Caroline Street! If you’re looking for scenic views of the Rappahannock while you play on the soccer field, Old Mill Park is for you! It has convenient restrooms, playground equipment, and picnic shelters for when you’ve had enough exercise. You might notice a few old buildings near the park—the “Old Mill District” still contains a few structures related to the area’s once prominent mill industry, like the old Myers and Brulle’s Germania Flour Mill. There are QR codes along this trail with links to informational pages, if you’re interested in the history of the area!old mill park
  4. Alum Spring Park is Fredericksburg’s best-kept secret located at the end of Greenbrier Drive! It is wooded so it stays cool even on the hottest days, has a fitness trail, a renovated picnic shelter, picnic tables, restrooms, grills, play equipment, and walking paths. These amenities are awesome but the park itself is actually really historic! Not only was the “alum spring water” supposed to have curative powers that almost turned Fredericksburg into a health resort, but the area was use
    d as a hospital during the Revolution and eventually a gristmill and a sawmill!   Find out more about the colorful history of Alum Spring Park!alum spring park
  5. Loriella Park is in Spotsylvania, just off Leavells Rd. This park takes advantage of its wide open spaces by featuring one of the area’s finest disc golf courses! Disc golf is easy to play and a cheap way to while away an afternoon! Loriella Park also has a public pool, baseball diamond, 2.9 miles of wooded trails, a shaded playground with infant swings, lighted tennis courts, a covered picnic area located next to the playground and restrooms.loriella park
  6. Patriot Park is a massive park located right behind the Ron Rosner YMCA, in Spotsylvania. It has baseball diamonds, basketball courts, a 3.1 mile fitness trail, multi-purpose fields, a large enclosed playground with infant swings and a covered picnic area with restrooms. Not only does Patriot Park have all the usual bells and whistles, it also has a giant amphitheater where concerts are held during the summer!patriot park
  7. Dixon Park is the City’s newest park, just a few minutes from the heart of downtown.  With 1.5 miles of walking trails, a big pool that’s super popular in the summer, playground equipment, multiple sports fields, restrooms and nature preserve areas, there’s plenty of room to roam! Make sure to snap a pic with the cool sculpture at the entrance—one of the many sculptures that just popped up all around Fredericksburg, thanks to the Fredericksburg Arts Commission’s new Public Sculpture project!

    dixon park

    The artist, David Boyajian, and “Dancing Milkweed IV”

Let us know if you have a favorite park that should be added to this list and what makes it so special!

Halloween Coldwell Banker Style

Halloween Coldwell Banker Style

“This year, we at Coldwell Banker are celebrating Halloween at home through the lens of one woman’s memory of Halloweens past and how it shapes her home today. From graveyards in front yards to chaos in the hallways and an overactive doorbell, there are elements that I’m sure each of us can relate to from our own memories of home.”


Halloween is a special day at home. The house is filled with fun and laughter which is the best treat you can ask for. This is where traditions are born. This is home.