You have your kids’ costumes picked out—three Wonder Woman outfits—and the trick-or-treating bags ready. But do you know where to go, what to do, and how to ensure everyone gets to bed on time? Here’s your quintessential 2017 Halloween guide to getting through the trick-or-treat season in Roanoke.
Best Roanoke Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat
Not every Roanoke or Salem neighborhood is an excellent source of trick-or-treating fun. Some are just better equipped to treat your kids to treats (and a safe environment). Here are some favorite local neighborhoods to bring your pillowcases to on October 31st.
- Near Grandin Village – The entire Grandin Village area is a hotspot for your Halloween adventures. Some residents trick-or-treat in the areas off Memorial Ave, including Mountain View Terrace and Greenwood Rd.
- Salem, VA – The areas off of Broad and Union (near Roanoke College and the Salem Farmer’s Market) are prime real estate for treats, not tricks.
- Hollins – Old Mountain Rd and Beaumont Rd offer quiet streets and plenty of homes.
- Lynchburg, VA – Knollwood Dr is a common place to see costumed trick-or-treaters.
- Cloverdale – The Apple Tree subdivision near Cloverdale is a popular neighborhood on October 31st. With dozens of homes throughout the area, there should be plenty of porch lights on.
- The Groves – Southwest Roanoke is home to Cave Spring and The Gardens and Groves neighborhoods. It’s a quiet place with lots of subdivisions.
- South Roanoke – While this area may be home to Mill Mountain Zoo and the Roanoke Memorial Hospital, it also has LOADS of trick-or-treat neighborhoods to walk through.
Halloween Events near Roanoke for Kids & Adults
- Spooky Sprint 5K (Saturday, October 28th, 9:30am) – This Halloween 5K race in Roanoke is suited for anyone, from families with pets to avid runners. Costumes are encouraged and proceeds go to the West End Center for Youth. Visit wecspookysprint.com for pricing and other details.
- Candy Corn Express Diesel Train Ride (Saturday, October 28th, 1:00pm) – These family-friendly train rides will begin at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Costume-clad kiddos can hop on the caboose all afternoon for just $3 (with paid admission to museum). Check out downtownroanoke.org for more information.
- Trick or Tribute Halloween Block Party (Saturday, October 28th, 7:00pm) – Hosted by Martin’s Downtown bar, this adults-only Halloween bash will feature live music by local Roanoke tribute bands. Prepare to dress in your best David S. Pumpkins costume, as judges will award one winner of the costume contest. Visit Martin’s website for more event details.
- 2017 Grandin Chillagefest (Saturday, October 28th, 1:00pm) – Both kids and adults can have a blast at this year’s Chillagefest in Roanoke! For just $5, you can enjoy the entire day’s festivities, including tons of kid’s games and activities, costume contests, face painting, live music, and much more. Plus, there will be craft beers and other local brews on tap. Click the “Going” button on their Facebook events page!
- Mill Mountain Zoo’s “Zoo Boo” (Saturday, October 28th, 11:00am) – The season’s best weather is almost behind us, so be sure and experience the Roanoke Zoo Boo before the snow comes! “Spooktacular” arts and crafts, live performances, a kid’s costume contest, and trick-or-treating are all on the agenda when you visit Mill Mountain Zoo this year. Obtain more details at mmzoo.org.
- Skeleton Festival (Saturday, October 21st, 4:00pm) – Contract an early bout of Halloween-itis by heading to Harrisonburg’s Skeleton Festival. Downtown businesses will give handouts during trick-or-treating hours, followed by an “All Ages Party” and costume competition at the Turner Pavilion. Dress your canine in a hot dog get-up, and he might bring home some mustard (aka. a trophy). Read more about this annual Halloween event in Harrisonburg, VA.
- Pumpkinfest (Saturday, October 28th, 10:00am) – Salem’s Farmer’s Market is home to a whole lot of fresh produce, but it’s Pumpkinfest that you’ll go crazy for. Come vote for your favorite pumpkin, play some games, jump in a bouncy castle, and bid on your Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern. Trick-or-treating will run from 10 to 11am, and all other activities will follow. Get more details at salemva.gov.
- HalloWine (Friday, October 27th, 7:00pm) – Adults can act like kids while savoring in adult beverages at this year’s HalloWine event in Blacksburg, VA. Hosted by Beliveau Estate Winery, this adults-only Halloween party will offer prizes, live music, and (of course) tons of wine. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased by reviewing their Facebook page.
- Trick-or-Treating in Vinton (Tuesday, October 31st, 3:00 to 5:30pm) – If you’re a stay-at-home parent in need of a break, bring the gang to Downtown Vinton in Roanoke, VA. Over 40 businesses will be handing out treats to children during the afternoon—all while you shop! Visit theroanoker.com for more details about this annual Halloween event.
Trick-or-Treating Tips for Parents
With Halloween falling on a weekday (ugh), it won’t be easy to fit everything into one night. Here are some tips to ensure this Halloween goes off without a hitch.
- Stick as closely to your kids’ normal routine as possible. You’ll thank yourself, as will their teachers.
- Limit the chocolates, sweets, and bonbons. You know the drill.
- Pack warm clothes. Even if a sweatshirt hides those Wonder Woman bracelets, it’s better than constantly wiping away runny noses and warming freezing fingers.
- Give your kids flashlights or glow sticks/necklaces. They’ll like them, and you’ll be able to keep a better eye on them while they venture into the spooky night.
- Create an “If You Get Lost” plan, and be sure your kids understand what to do if they lose sight of you. Write your cell number inside their costume or candy receptacle, and tell them to ask a homeowner or another trick-or-treating family to help.
- Go over these Halloween safety tips for more ideas.
One final tip: If you drive to a Roanoke or Salem neighborhood for goodies, be sure you’re staying safe. Lots of young kids will be crossing streets willy-nilly, which can result in accidents. Consider visiting our Roanoke car dealerships to buy or lease a new car with advanced safety technology, such as Pedestrian Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control, to reduce those risks.
Find and contact your nearest Berglund Auto Group dealership to browse our current fall car specials on new vehicles and used cars for sale in Roanoke, Salem, and the Bedford areas. Rated as the “Best Overall Car Dealership” by the Roanoker, we’ll be happy to find you your automotive “treat” this Halloween!
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