Fall Fun at Nauticus!

Nauticus will offer spooky fun for both adults and children this fall with the return of a popular after hours walkng tour, "Ghost Tales & Pirate Trails" in October and November, as well as kid-favorite "Haunticus at Nauticus" on Friday, October 23.

"Ghost Tales & Pirate Trails," a 90-minute walking tour in in downtown Norfolk's Freemason Historic District, brings to life some true stories of ghosts, real pirates and and other tales of the macabre, featuring some of the more gruesome events from Norfolk's past. Participants will learn some chilling, grisly, and fascinating facts about one of the oldest parts of town and its ghosts. Did Jack the Ripper really live here in Norfolk? Come and listen to the evidence! Walking tours are Fridays and Saturdays from October 9 through November 20 at 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. The cost is $10 per person with special rates for children, groups and Nauticus members. Please note that the tours are not recommended for children under seven. Reservations and prepayment required, as groups cannot exceed 20 people. Call (757) 664-1000.

This year "Haunticus at Nauticus" gets even spookier by moving to the evening hours. On Friday, October 23, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., pirates take the helm as we ready for our National Geographic Real Pirates exhibit in November - but you won't have to walk the plank! Take part in a pirate relay, dance with Radio Disney, learn about pirates arrr-ound the world on our Science on a Sphere, explore a haunted pirate ship and more! A showing of our Creature Feature short film will include a visit from special guests courtesy of Animal Jungle. If you're hungry after all the fun, Outtakes Café will be open from 5 to 7 p.m. $3 for Nauticus members, $5 for non-members, Call (757) 664-1014 to pre-register. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum will also be hosting Halloween events that night, including ghost stories, a scavenger hunt and guided lantern tours of the Battleship Wisconsin.

Posted on 02 Oct 2009