Over four nights culminating on Halloween, the “Curse of the Sea Witch” descends on the Revolutionary City when Colonial Williamsburg’s “A Haunting on DoG Street” returns for a second year. Guests of all ages need not wait for frights, however – a whole month of Halloween-themed programs lurks in the colonial capital’s shadows.
Along with perennial evening program favorites like the Official Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Walk and “Ghosts Amongst Us,” which run nightly through late October, special programming at the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square and at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg add spook to the season.
At the Kimball Theatre, highlights include regular screenings of Alfred Hitchcock horror classics, the 1926 silent film “Faust” with live piano accompaniment, Oscar-winner Danny Boyle’s production of “Frankenstein” from the British Royal National Theatre, free G-rated Creature Features and the Williamsburg Old Time Radio Hour Presents “The War of the Worlds: The 1938 Radio Script by Howard E. Koch.”
Art Museums programming includes the weekly themed tours “In Memoriam” and “Wild, Weird, Spooky,” plus special events such as “Samhain and Halloween,” which explores the modern holiday’s Celtic roots, a talk on “Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia” and family-friendly songs and stories with “Things that Go Bump in the Night.”
“A Haunting on DoG Street” features free trick-or-treating for preregistered guests ages 12-and-under from 5-7:3o p.m. Oct. 28-31, thanks to the generosity of Mars Chocolate North America. At time of issue, registration remains available for trick-or-treating on Oct. 31. Trick-or-treaters can upgrade to “A Pirate’s Life for Me” ticket with access to activities such as a Haunted Tavern and Pirate Carnival for $15. “Curse of the Sea Witch” programming, which is not suitable for young children, runs from 8-10 p.m. each night and is open to guests with a special $25 ticket.
Schedule details for other October events follow. Programming is subject to change and ticket availability is limited. For more information visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com or call 855-296-6627 and follow Colonial Williamsburg on Facebook and @colonialwmsburg on Twitter and Instagram.