Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement

October 23 & 24 (All sessions sold out)
6-7:30 p.m. & 8-9:30 p.m. SOLD OUT

“Family Frights” at Jamestown Settlement, a Halloween-themed museum night for children and families, returns with a scary good time on Friday and Saturday, October 23 & 24. This year’s event has been adapted to ensure a safe environment for everyone – with reduced capacity, online ticketing only and mandatory protective masks.

To ensure health safety and social-distancing protocols, masks must be worn at all times and capacity is limited to 250 participants in two separate evening sessions each night from 6-7:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. Admission is $7 per child (ages 4-12), $3 per adult and free for children ages 3 and under.  All sessions are sold out.

In its seventh year, Family Frights offers plenty of frightful fun for families with the opportunity to explore haunted houses and trick-or-treat from a safe social distance starting at either the fort or ships as designated upon arrival. Costume-clad youngsters will meet princesses and pirates, witches and ghouls, carnival acrobats and classic movie monsters in themed outdoor areas of the museum transformed into spooky settings. Kids can receive candy – served safely from cauldrons and treasure chests with lengthy ladles and spoons – and pre-packaged crafts to take home.

Heading toward the 1607 ships’ pier, where specters dot the landscape, trick-or-treaters can climb aboard the re-created ships for their fill of tasty treasures. Among the adventures, encounter mythical sea creatures on the Susan Constant, sleuth through the classic board game “Clue” on the Godspeed, and jump on the “Good Ship Lollipop” – the Discovery. Smoke, lanterns and sound effects create a spooktacular setting in Jamestown Settlement’s re-created colonial fort, featuring haunted houses with more tricks and treats for youngsters to enjoy and meet some of their favorite characters from movies like “The Wizard of Oz.”

Safety Protocols

In response to COVID-19, we’ve made adjustments to operations so that everyone can enjoy the museum experience while following new safety protocols and social-distancing procedures. Masks are required to be worn properly while both indoors and outdoors throughout the entire event, and visitors must practice social distancing – maintaining at least six feet of distance between your party and those around you.

Important Information

• PARK IN MAIN PARKING LOT. Ticketholders are asked to park in the main visitor parking lot at Jamestown Settlement.

• BE ON TIME & BE PATIENT. Ticketholders are encouraged to be on time for their ticketed session (6 p.m. or 8 p.m.) to allow time to move through the ticketing lines, each adapted to ensure social distancing.

• WEAR PROTECTIVE MASKS. To protect everyone’s safety, guests are asked to wear protective masks during this outdoor event following CDC guidelines. Children ages 3 and older are required to wear a protective mask, even outdoors. Masks will be available at the door.

• DISPLAY TICKET RECEIPT AT CHECK-IN. Ticketholders are asked to bring their order confirmation on their mobile devices or bring a printed copy.

• LIMITED CAPACITY. To ensure everyone’s safety, capacity is limited to 250 guests per session. Upon entry, groups of 125 guests each will begin their visit at either the ships’ pier or the fort.

• RESPECT ENDING TIMES. After each 90-minute session, bells will sound to signal departure of guests. Guests are asked to be respectful of ending times to allow staff to clean and sanitize high-touch areas before the next group of guests arrive.

• FOLLOW THE FAMILY FRIGHTS RULES. We rely on you and your family’s cooperation and support to follow social-distancing protocols to ensure that it’s a fun, spooky – and safe – event for everyone.

• QUESTIONS? Call Jamestown Settlement Visitor Services at (757) 253-5112.

Event Admission

All four sessions of Family Frights are sold out. Each party must include at least one adult over age 18 and printed ticked order confirmation presented upon arrival. Tickets not available onsite or at the door. Annual passes and other discounts do not apply. Rain date of Sunday, October 25.

Highlights of Past Family Frights

Jamestown SettlementAbout Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement, administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, features world-class exhibitions, immersive galleries and films, and living-history experiences in re-creations of a Paspahegh town, three 1607 ships and a 1610-14 fort. The museum connects visitors with the lives of the Powhatan, English and west central African cultures that converged at 17th-century Jamestown. For more information, call (757) 253-4838.


Updated October 5, 2020