Skeleton Festival Downtown Harrisonburg Virginia

Saturday, October 19th



Skeleton Festival is back on Saturday, October 19th in downtown Harrisonburg!

Trick-or-treat at local businesses from 2-4pm, and don’t miss the spooky (but not too spooky) activities and detours scattered throughout downtown! Find even more festivities on Court Square, including kid, dog, and adult costume contests, weird science lab, tarot card readings, wacky shacks, goober globs and, of course, whisker biscuits.

More information to come! RSVP on Facebook and stay up to date on the latest:

Kids with Halloween skeleton decoration


Use the Candy Map to plan your stops during Skeleton Festival trick-or-treating! Nearly 50 businesses and organizations are participating–look for the orange balloons outside storefronts!


Halloween candy map activity
Downtown streets fall time

Schedule of Events:

2pm-4pm: Trick-or-Treating at participating downtown businesses and organizations. Pick up a candy map at the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor’s Center (212 S Main St) or at the HDR info tent on the south-eastern corner of Court Square.

2pm-4pm: Activities throughout downtown, including Explore More Discovery Museum’s (not too) spooky obstacle course in Denton Park, tarot card readings, music from DJ Ryan Clark and Jaguardini, a Haunted Library at MRL, Weird Science Lab with JMU chemistry students, face painting at Larkin Arts, photo booths from the Rosy Co., a caramel apple dipping station at Heritage Bakery & Cafe, slime pot & witches brew at Pendleton Community Bank, monster painting wall, and much more!

3pm: The cast of Annie will perform some of their biggest hits from the show in front of Massanutten Regional Library

3:50pm-4pm: performances by Dance & Company on Court Square

4pm-5:30pm: Dog, kid, and adult costume contests on Court Square, emceed by Chris and Mike Howdyshell of Bingo is Life. No pre-registration required!

7:30pm-8:30pm: Haunted Harrisonburg Ghost Tour. Get your tickets here

Smiling women dressed in scarecrow costumes at Halloween event downtown


Are you jazzed about Skeleton Fest? Us too! If you want to be a part of the team that makes this awesome community festival happen, check out the full list of volunteer opportunities here:


Street Closures & Parking

Downtown Harrisonburg will be open and accessible to vehicular and pedestrian traffic for the majority of the day–drivers do not need to avoid downtown because of the festivities! However, the following streets will be closed to during Skeleton Festival. We encourage drivers to allow for extra travel time and to be mindful of street closures and alternate routes to parking.


Recommended Parking

Free parking is located throughout downtown and labeled with blue & gold signs. View our downtown parking map for free public parking options. Please check the road closures that will prohibit street and lot parking in these locations between 2am-6pm. The Municipal Lot/Farmer’s Market lotWater Street and Elizabeth Street Parking decks will remain open!

Street Closures

From noon-6pm:

  • Court Square will be closed

From 1pm-5pm:

  • Main Street (between MLK Way and Rock St) will be closed

Skeleton Fest would not be possible without the support of our generous sponosors!

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