The pandemic may have put a damper on a lot of things so far in 2020—like weddings, graduations, birthday parties—but that doesn’t mean Halloween is cancelled! There are still ways to have spooky, socially-distanced fun and make some boo-tiful memories with your kids.
Halloween Activities for Families in Chester
Fun on the Farm
When it comes to classic autumn activities near Chester, you can’t go wrong with a visit to a farm, orchard, or corn maze. Whether you’re looking to pick apples and drink cider, choose the perfect jack-o’-lantern carving pumpkin from the patch, or just have some fun with the corn maze and fall festivities, we’re lucky to have plenty of cool destinations nearby, including:
- Ashland Berry Farm – This pumpkin patch boasts over 30 acres and 39 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds. It’s decorative gourd season, baby! Carve ‘em, paint ‘em, put ‘em on your porch.
- Chesterfield Berry Farm – You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy visiting and learning about a real working farm, but it sure doesn’t hurt! If your kids love big trucks and equipment they’ll get a kick out of visiting this working farm. You can also go home with hand-picked pumpkins or farm-fresh produce from the Farm Market.
- Gallmeyer Farms – Open from 8 am to dark every night through October 31st, Gallmeyer Farms is a fall wonderland you just have to experience for yourself. Admission is FREE with free activities also included, like kids’ pony rides and a hay bale maze. You can also purchase pumpkins, gourds, fall vegetables, honey, and autumn decorations like chrysanthemums and hay bales.
- Believe it or not, there are too many pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and other autumnal entertainments to list here, so check out this list of fall fun farms.
The fall season isn’t complete without some festival fun, and the Richmond area does not disappoint. There are tons of awesome fall festivals coming up this month, including:
- Richmond Octoberfest
- 2nd Street Festival
- Multiple spooky walking tours of downtown Richmond
- The Richmond Folk Festival
- The Richmond Mac & Cheese Festival (Come hungry!)
- The Pecan Festival
- Gourds, Goblets, and Ghouls at Hanover Vegetable Farm
- Spooky S’mores and Creepy Campfire at historic Maymont
- Spooktacular Fall Festival at John Tyler Community College
- Sensory Friendly Fall Festivals with crafts, (non-scary) costumes, and treats for everyone (including non-candy treats), all designed with sensory-friendly fun in mind.
Roller Skating Adventures
Of course, no roundup of fun fall ideas is complete without roller skating! If you know how to change your skate wheels to outdoor wheels and back, you can take advantage of the beautiful weather to go skate in your neighborhood or local park. Don’t forget to wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads, and a wrist guard.
You can also join us for one of our upcoming skate sessions, from Thursday and Friday Family Nights to Tuesday skate classes to Christian Music Night. Want to get extra cool points from your crew? Book a private event and enjoy having the skating rink all to yourselves!