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Halloween Season Brings 'Family Frights' to Jamestown Settlement

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., October 2, 2014 – “Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement,” a Halloween-theme museum night for elementary-school-age children, debuts Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25. Trick-or-treating, ghostly tales, grizzly games and a spooky straw maze are among activities offered from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on both dates. A costume parade begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Sound effects, smoke and lanterns will create a ghostly atmosphere in Jamestown Settlement’s living-history areas. Along with trick-or-treating at buildings in the re-created early 1600s fort, families can explore a friendly haunted house. At the 1607 ships’ pier, visitors can search for treasure aboard a haunted Susan Constant.

Children can opt for frightening face painting; make cornhusk witches, ghost garlands and creepy critters; compete in games like eyeball-in-a-spoon races; and join a zombie shamble to a monster mash dance at the end of the evening.

The Jamestown Settlement Café will offer family dinner specials starting at 5:30 p.m. on both evenings, and the museum store will be open 5:30 to 7 p.m. for last-minute costume accessory needs.

Admission to “Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement” is $7 per child, ages 4 through 12, and $3 per adult. Children 3 and under are free. Each party must include at least one adult over age 18. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at hif.ciniva.net or at Jamestown Settlement. Event tickets also will be available at the door.

Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, is located at 2110 Jamestown Road. For more information, call (757) 253-4838.