Bone-Chilling Spooks and Fun

October 5, 2015

What are you doing this month? I plan to enjoy the crackle and snap of autumn to the fullest and hope you’ll join me at some of the activities I’m going to describe below!

Enjoy a magical autumn evening by the lakeshore at Motts Run Reservoir. Come walk a lantern-lit trail past spooks and other surprises to the amphitheatre for hot chocolate and marshmallow roasting.  Adults and kids of all ages will be enchanted by the fading sunset, crackling campfire, chirping crickets, and near-full moon. Then, as the embers die down, and everyone finds their seat on benches and straw bales our skit-stories will begin. We’ll get you laughing and have little ones holding mom’s hand a little tighter as costumed characters emerge from the dark woods to engage the audience. There will be a bit of the macabre, and a great deal of humor; young and old alike will be enthralled in the moment!

DSC_1522.jpgSome of our spooky stories involve characters from history or local ghost stories, others are derived from fairy tales, television, and still others come straight from the depths of our imagination!  Created by our Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation nature programs staff, this eight-year-old event is supported by an additional twenty community volunteers. The teens and adults who present Spooky Stories have as much fun as any audience member, often vying for acting spots or assistance with special effects. For naturalists Linda Bailey and Mimi Dempsey, it is a highlight of the autumn season!  As Linda Bailey says, “It is such fun to see a character connect with an audience member or have a small child come up front to be a part of a skit. The whole evening is so wonderful, from the wood smoke, to the moonlight on the lake, and the laughter.  It’s pure enchantment!”

While Spooky Stories is great fun for the entire family and everyone is welcome, we recommend that children be at least five years old and able to sit quietly for nearly an hour. Pre-registration is required for every body, the cost is $6 per person, including adults. Tickets must be purchased in advanced and in person at the Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal Street.  You may call 540-372-1086 x213 for more information. Be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket if the night is chilly. Plan on arriving at Motts Run Reservoir (6300 River Road, Fredericksburg, 22407) on Friday, Friday,  October 23 (rain date 24th) by 6:30 as the trail to the lakeshore opens at 6:40.  The event will wrap up around 8pm. 


But that’s not all! We also have another enjoyable Halloween event for the kids. DSC_0022.JPG

Calling all ghastly, ghouls, spooky spirits and wicked witches!  Celebrate Halloween with a fun- filled carnival and costume contests at Fright Night in the Burg on Friday, October 16 at the Dorothy Hart Community Center.  Dress the whole family up in their festive best to win in one of the following contests:

  • 3yrs – 5yrs:  Most original and cutest costume
  • 6yrs – 8yrs most original and funniest
  • 9yrs -11yrs most original and funniest
  • Entire Family – Only one family will be crowned “Best in the Burg”

Judging will start at 6:15pm so make sure you are on time!


Pre-registration is recommended and can be done online.  $6 **One adult is free per paying child.  $2 per additional adult

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