Skeleton Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 2 – 5 PM

Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance is thrilled to be bringing back an in-person Skeleton Festival for 2022! This family-friendly festival will feature trick-or-treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, and more! Check back soon for a list of activities as we welcome in spooky season with our community.

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Featured Activities

  • Trick-or-Treating at 40+ downtown businesses
  • Costume Contest (3:30 – 4 PM)
  • Pumpkin Decorating Showdown
  • Sip & Stroll

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COSTUME CONTEST

Come to Skeleton Festival dressed your best and sign up for the in-person costume contest on the Court Square lawn! This competition is open to all ages (and species!). A judging committee will select the winners of the following categories.

CATEGORIES

Pet

Pre-K (under 5)

Elementary School (5 – 11 years old)

Middle/High School (11 – 18  years old)

Adult (18+ years old)

Duo/ Group

To enter, sign up at Court Square on the day of the event. The costume contest will be taking place from 3:30 – 4 PM.

HDR reserves the right to disqualify contestants. Fraudulent activities and inappropriate submissions will be monitored and led to disqualification.

PUMPKIN DECORATING SHOWDOWN

Does your pumpkin have what it takes to beat the rest? Bring your gourd-tastic creation to Skeleton Festival and find out! Entries will be displayed on the Court Square lawn and event participants will get to vote on their favorites during the festival event. The winner with the most votes in the household and corporate categories will be announced at 4:30 PM from Court Square.

This competition is open to all ages. Pumpkins may be carved, painted or decorated in any other manner. Entries may be dropped off the Friday before the event at Pendleton Community Bank, or during the festival.

HDR reserves the right to disqualify contestants. Fraudulent activities and inappropriate submissions will be monitored and led to disqualification.

 

Smiling women dressed in scarecrow costumes at Halloween event downtown

VOLUNTEER!

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, signup to be an event volunteer here:

 

IN NEED OF A COSTUME?

Find the perfect costume at Glen’s Fair Price Store. Looking for a retro vibe? Check out Heartworn Vintage or Water Street Bohemian to fulfill all your throwback needs! There are also some great options for the kids at Harrisonburg’s newest toy destination – Alakazam Toys.

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

Are You Interested in Being a Sponsor or Vendor for this Event?

We are still accepting sponsorship and vendor requests for Skeleton Fest 2022! Interested? Learn more about sponsorships by downloading our Sponsorship Packet, or learn more about our Vendor Application here. Questions? Send Grace Routhier an email at grace.routhier@harrisonburgva.gov.