Family Frights at Jamestown Settlement

October 22 & 23, 2021
6-7:30 p.m. & 8-9:30 p.m.

2021 Family Frights

“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 22 & 23. This year’s event has been adapted to ensure a safe environment for everyone – with reduced capacity, online ticketing only and protective masks encouraged. Tickets are not yet on sale.

To ensure health safety and social-distancing protocols, capacity is limited to 350 people during two separate evening sessions each night at 6-7:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. Admission is $10 per child (ages 4-12), $5 per adult and free for children ages 3 and under.

In its eighth year, Family Frights offers plenty of frightful fun for families with the opportunity to explore themed houses and trick-or-treat from a safe social distance starting at either the fort, riverfront or ships as designated upon arrival.

As the sun goes down, the outdoor areas transform into sci-fi and fantastical Halloween themes offering a night of trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, decorated houses and spooky ships. Costume-clad youngsters will meet princesses and pirates and witches and ghouls 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. The Cigar Box String Band also will be on hand to entertain trick-or-treating families.

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. In Jamestown Settlement’s re-created colonial fort, take in a dramatic “Space Opera” where youngsters can enjoy tricks and treats and meet some of their favorite science fiction characters in a setting that’s out of this world. Smoke, lanterns and sound effects create a spooktacular in the riverfront area, featuring a Harry Potter-themed Forbidden Forest with wizards and goblins reminiscent of the Hogwarts’ founders.

2020 Family Frights

Safety Protocols

In response to COVID-19, we’ve made adjustments to operations so that everyone can enjoy the museum experience while following safety protocols and social-distancing procedures. Visitors are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing – maintaining at least six feet of distance between your party and those around you. Learn more about our safety protocols.


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, ENCOURAGED. To protect everyone’s safety, guests are encouraged to wear protective masks during this outdoor event following CDC and Virginia health guidelines. Children ages 3 and older are encouraged to wear a protective mask. 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 350 people per session. Upon entry, groups will be separated to 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 – Online Only

Tickets will be available online only. Admission is $10 per child (ages 4-12), $5 per adult and free for children ages 3 and under.

Each party must include at least one adult over age 18 and printed ticket order confirmation presented upon arrival. Tickets not available on site or at the door. Annual passes and other discounts do not apply. Rain date of Sunday, October 24.


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 during regular operating hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (757) 253-4838.