Haunted tours in Colonial Williamsburg sure to frighten

Looking to get Spooked?Looking to get spooked?  

Every night this fall or autumn, the town of Colonial Williamsburg turns into every ghoul-lover’s paradise with over a handful of ghost and haunted programs to take a part in for adults and children alike.

Take part in the witch trial of Grace Sherwood of 1706; listen to the stories of the ghosts of slaves and criminals who haunt today’s town of Colonial Williamsburg; or encounter pirates like Blackbeard.  

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5 Spooky haunted programs in Colonial Williamsburg this autumn

1) Ghosts Amongst Us

Court HouseWhen the sun goes down, Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area has a haunted history to tell.  During the one-hour walking tour, Ghosts Amongst Us, guests enter sites known for their supernatural inhabitants and meet Colonial Williamsburg ghosts who still roam the town today.  The one-hour Ghosts Among Us tours take place daily from 7 to 8:30pm (excluding Sundays) from Aug 31 to Nov 26 and is not appropriate for children under 12.

2) Crime & Punishment

Step back in time and meet three people from the past who are intimately familiar with the crimes and punishments of colonial justice and who may be ghosts or may be real. During the walking tour, Crime and Punishment, guests hear of sentences handed down from 18th-century Virginia courts and decide for themselves how effective they were.  The tour goes from Oct. 6-Nov. 24 with several tours from 7pm and onward.  Not appropriate for children under 12.

3) Cry Witch!

Head to the Colonial Capitol for a re-enactment of a dramatic trial.  During the program, guests can question the witnesses, weigh the evidence and determine the guilt or innocence of the “Virginia Witch,” Grace Sherwood who was tried in 1706.  The program can be seen at the Capitol and Courthouse at 7:30 and 9 p.m. on most days and is not appropriate for children under 12.

Governor's Palace4) Listen my Children

Bring the entire family to this gathering where you’ll hear fun and interesting stories. Storytellers will share their tales by firelight as young and old hear some of the same legends that entertained families of centuries past.  The program lasts approximately 45 minutes and is good for children of any ages.

5) Pirates Among Us!

Visit the Pirates Among Us tour where you can meet the ghosts of pirates.  When the notorious Blackbeard hoisted his flag, it signaled to his victims that their time on earth was up.  But now, Blackbeard is dead, and many of his crew have been tried and hanged here in Williamsburg.  On this walking tour, meet ghosts and ghouls of his crew and hear their own unique tales of knowing and working with this most famous of pirates.  You may even be persuaded to join his spectral band of fellows as they haunt the streets searching for kindred spirits.  

For more information on visiting Colonial Williamsburg or on these tours, go to: www.history.org .

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