Hampton Roads 2021 Trick or Treating & Halloween Events Guide

Halloween is almost here!

Celebrate safely this year and check out the following guidelines for Hampton Roads.


Trick-or-Treating in Chesapeake is for kids up to age 14, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

  • If you are giving out treats, turn on your porch/exterior lights.

  • Remove any objects in your yard that might be a hazard.

  • Drive slowly during the evening and watch for children.

  • Make sure your child can navigate safely. Long costumes and masks can make navigating streets and yards difficult.

  • The hours for trick or treating are 6-8 p.m.

  • Trick or treating is open to children up to 14 years old

Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism and Chesapeake Public Library will host “Trek or Treat.’ on Friday. The event runs from 3 to 6 p.m.

Also on Friday, Tidewater Community College’s Chesapeake campus is hosting a “Trunk or Treat” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by an outdoor showing of “Hocus Pocus” at 7:30 p.m.


Trick-or-Treating for ages 12 and younger from dusk until 8 p.m.

A drive-thru “Trunk or Treat” will run from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Y.H. Thomas Community Center, 1300 Thomas St.

Newport News

Trick-or-Treating for ages 12 and under, no later than 8 p.m.

The city’s annual “Spooktacular” is happening Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. There will be a drive-thru and walk-up event at Doris Miller Community Center, 2814 Wickham Ave.; the following locations are drive-thru only:

  • Brittingham Midtown Community Center, 570 McLawhorne Drive

  • Denbigh Community Center, 15198 Warwick Blvd.

  • Temple Baptist Church, 235 Harpersville Road

The city also offered trick or treat alternatives from the Virginia Dept. of Health


Trick-or-Treating for ages 12 and under, no later than 8 p.m.  The City of Norfolk offers safety guidelines here.

Selden Market and the Slover library are teaming up to host a Trick-or-Treat Carnival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with carnival games and prizes, food and treats, balloon artists, photo booths and more. Children, teens and adults can sign up for a costume contest online.


In Portsmouth, Trick-or-Treating happens from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. for children 12 years old or younger.

Thursday, the Hampton Roads Community Health Center, 664 Lincoln St., is hosting a “Trunk or Treat” at 5:30 p.m.


In Suffolk, trick-or-treating is for children 12 and younger. Trick-or-treating ends at 8 p.m.

The Office on Youth is hosting a drive-thru “Trunk or Treat” Sunday, 6 to 7 p.m. at the East Suffolk Recreation Center, 138 S 6th St. Organizers want people to stay in their cars during the event.

Virginia Beach

Trick-or-Treating begins at dusk on October 31 and ends at 8 p.m. for children 12 years of age and younger.

Lynnhaven Mall is hosting a mall-wide trick-or-treat from 4 to 6 p.m.

York County

Trick-or-treat hours in York County are from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Halloween night. Children age 12 or younger may trick-or-treat and should be accompanied by an adult.

York County offered the following “safe or scary” guidelines for trick-or-treating:

• Incorporate a cloth or surgical mask into your costume
• If you go trick-or-treating, do so in small groups outdoors, or enjoy other outdoor
• Wash your hands before you eat any candy
• Track local virus transmission rates and take extra precautions where rates are high
• Get the COVID-19 vaccine (age 12+) and your flu shot

• Avoid indoor parties, gatherings and crowded doorsteps
• Please don’t invite trick-or-treaters inside your home
• Avoid using a costume mask as a substitute for a surgical/cloth mask
• Please do not trick-or-treat if you feel sick

In addition, York County Fire Chief Stephen P. Kopczynski and York-Poquoson Sheriff
J.D. “Danny” Diggs offer these additional safety measures for individuals participating in

• Carry hand sanitizer with you and use often
• Consider not allowing children to take candy directly from neighbors and stay six feet away from others not in your family group.
• Residents are asked to turn on porch lights to identify homes that wish to receive trick-or-treaters. Please avoid houses where porch lights are off.
• Remind children to be careful, watch for traffic, and to use flashlights.
• Make sure costumes and shoes fit properly to avoid tripping hazards.
• Purchase Halloween costumes (including wigs, capes and props) that feature a “flame-resistant” or “flame-retardant” label.
• Consider wearing bright and/or light-colored costumes, which are easier to see at night.
• Carry a flashlight or light-stick, and attach “glow-in-the-dark” items or reflective tape to the front and back of children’s costumes. Make sure your trick-or-treater can see and be seen.
• Have an adult accompany younger children.