“Hampton Haunts” A Halloween Guide for the City of Hampton

Summer may have come to an end, but as quickly as we’ve emptied the sand from our beach bags, we realize that with fall leaves comes one very exciting holiday… HALLOWEEN. Mark your calendars now for the following events during the entire month!

 Fort Monroe Ghost Walk | October 20-21

Come and discover where history meets mystery! Learn the hidden secrets of Fort Monroe’s rich 400 year history during the guided ghost walks. Special priced tickets go on sale in September. Tours are rain or shine. Please be advised that this is a walking tour and most of the areas of the tour are not handicapped accessible. This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Fort Monroe. 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 night of tour. www.fmauthority.com

Hampton Horror Tours | October 23-27 

These 60-minute tours include eerie tales of Old Hampton and the Coastal Virginia area. The tour will encounter actors portraying the first witch recorded in America, ghosts of Civil War soldiers, pirates from Blackbeard’s Crew, a speakeasy proprietor, escaped prisoners, yellow fever victims, and more characters from the city’s tales of mystery and the macabre. Each tour will include the grisly side of Hampton history; special surprises and a spooky lantern tour of the St. John’s Church graveyard, and other points of fright along Queen Street and around downtown Hampton. Hampton History Museum. 6:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. $10 advance, $12 at the door. www.hamptonhistorymuseum.org

Rocky Horror Picture Show | October 26 

Grab your fishnets, and dance your way to The American Theatre’s creature feature presentation of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! Coming this October, audiences will TIME WARP back to the 1970s and shimmy the night away to the voices of Magenta, Frank-N-Furter & Riff Raff on The American Theatre’s silver screen. Dust off your gold sequin top hat, snap on your rubber gloves and lace up your corset for some harmless musical fun—a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas! The American Theatre. 8:00 p.m. $10. www.hamptonarts.net

Bluebird Gap Farm Festival | October 28 

On Saturday, October 28, check out the return of the Blue Bird Gap Farm Festival! The event, held rain or shine, will include awesome activities and events like punkin’ chunkin’, live entertainment, happy hay rides, and more! There will also be craft beer and food available for purchase. Best of all, the event is free and open to the public. Bluebird Gap Farm. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily. Free. www.hampton.gov/bbgf

Downtown Hampton Halloween Block Party October 28

Hampton takes to the streets for a fun-filled street fair including live music by Buck Shot, cold refreshments and plenty of activities for the young and old. Dog Costume Contest at 6:30 p.m. Best Costume Contest at 8:30 p.m. Downtown Hampton. 6:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. Free Admission. www.hamptonblockparty.com


And don’t forget about pumpkins! Wood’s Orchards Farm Market is the perfect place to find carve-worthy pumpkins this year, offering a selection ranging from $3-$45, and varying from small to very large pumpkins, with a whole field of white pumpkins. Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays

“The Nutcracker” at the Ferguson Center

Gather the family and make plans to attend the amazing performance of The Nutcracker. Enjoy the beauty and brilliance of Hampton Roads’ most exciting classical ballet of the Holiday season. The Nutcracker will take place Saturday, December 17th at the Ferguson Center for the Arts.

This magical story of a small girl’s dream on Christmas Eve has delighted audiences of all ages since 2004. The production features magnificent costumes and scenery, dazzling special effects and showcases an outstanding cast of over 80 performers. The show begins at 7pm and tickets starts at $28.

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit fergusoncenter.org.

“Star Wars Opening Weekend” at Paragon

Attention Star Wars fans! Paragon City Center is hosting a Star Wars Extravaganza beginning Thursday night, December 15th. In honor the opening weekend of ‘Rogue One, A Star Wars Story’, moviegoers will experience an event like no other.

Thursday December 15th – Saturday December 17th, guests are invited to partake in festivities including building your own storm trooper, photo ops with special guests and Star Wars characters, a light saber display and more! Power 94.7 will be live-streaming from the theater lobby. Order your tickets now to ensure a spot!

For more info and to purchase tickets, visit the Facebook Event Page.

“Space Jam 20th Anniversary” at Paragon

We cannot believe it’s been 20 years since Space Jam came out in theaters! Wednesday, November 16th, bring the family out to Paragon to celebrate the 20th Anniversary. Enjoy the 1996 live-action-animated sports comedy film on the big screen again. This event will also feature a Looney Tunes short film. Don’t miss the experience to share with your little ones. The show starts at 7pm.

Tickets are available at paragontheaters.com.

“Cirque du Soliel” at Coliseum

“A riot of energy” is the idea behind Cirque Du Soleil’s newest live performance. OVO will be at the Hampton Coliseum September 7th-11th.  Based upon the intriguing life of insects and everything in their world, this show will be absolutely enchanting. Experience such segments as “amazing ants, flexible fleas, colorful ecosystem, silky spiders and crazy crickets”.

Cirque Du Soleil is the largest theatrical production in the world. The traveling show was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers and has since become an incredibly popular event to attend. Follow the ‘insects’ on an energetic adventure throughout their world, both physically and emotionally.

For more info, visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo

To purchase tickets, click here.

“Music Man” Now at PCT

Live entertainment for the entire family is offered this summer at The Peninsula Community Theater in Newport News. Expect to laugh hysterically and fall in love with this Tony Award winning musical. You’ll get to see several generations of families perform together for the first time. Paul Lawrence and his daughter Addie, of Williamsburg are performing on stage together as well as Ingrid Holzer-Miller and her daughter Joelle from Yorktown.

Paul has been doing shows at the Peninsula Community Theater for 20 years now but this is Addie’s first. Addie and Joelle were inspired to pursue musical theater thanks to their parents. Miller has been sitting in each rehearsal at the theater since the age of 6.

The story is based on a fast-talking traveling salesman and conman, Harold Hill, who promises to organize a band for the people of River City, Iowa. Intending to charge them with instruments and lessons, he brings excitement to the town but actually knows nothing about music. His master plan is to skip town with the cash, not teaching a thing. However after falling in love with Marian the librarian, Hill will become a respectable citizen by the end of the show. This is definitely a summer activity the entire family will enjoy.

For more info, visit http://www.pctlive.org/

Where: Peninsula Community Theater, 10251 Warwick Blvd, NN
When: Friday July 29 through Aug 20.
Shows: 8pm Friday-Saturday, 2.30pm Sunday
Tickets: $18 for adults, $12 students, $17 seniors and Military