Halloween Events



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HALLOWEEN FUN IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA – It’s a fun and spooky time of year with lots of Halloween activities and events throughout Fairfax County for all ages. Some are family friendly and appropriate for all ages and some are geared towards older kids and adults. We’ve even included some for the pets! Check out our list below for Halloween celebrations, haunted houses, parades, costume contests and trick or treating events.

(Please click on the links below for any updates or changes to the scheduled events.)

October 5 – October 29 – Lake Fairfax Park, Reston
The Glow – A Jack O’Lantern Experience: THE GLOW is 1/3 mile trail filled with over 5,000 hand carved jack o’ lanterns. You will experience everything from artistically detailed single pumpkin carvings to amazing, larger-than-life structures. THE GLOW is a family friendly event also featuring fall food and beverages and live demonstrations with our carvers! Come GLOW with us! This event is for people of all ages. Children 2 years old and under are FREE. **Various dates and times. There are a limited number of tickets for each time slot and advanced tickets are required.

October 6 – October 31 Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
Madhaunter’s Madhouse: Virginia’s scariest haunted attraction returns to the Workhouse for a new year of screams and scares! Madhaunter’s Madhouse is an indoor and outdoor maze of terror that will have you jumping out of your skin at every turn, complete with heart pounding scares and custom made special effects. Come visit Madhaunter’s Madhouse and experience the madness for yourself! The haunt is recommended for ages 13 and older. Opens at 7pm; Fridays and Saturdays in October, 11pm closing; Sundays and Halloween, 10pm closing. Dates of event: Oct. 6/7, 13/14, 20/21/22, 27/28/29/31. Tickets can be purchased online or on-site.

Now thru November 4 – Cox Farms, Centreville, VA
Cox Farms Fields of Fear: Haunted House type of event. Experience the dark side of Cox Farms as it turns into Fields of Fear. Attractions include Dark Side Hayride, Cornightmare, the Forest & the Firegrounds, Back from the Dead Clowns, Bonfire, Dark Maze, Music, Entertainment and more. It’s so much fun, it’s scary. Fields of Fear is open every Friday and Saturday night September 22-November 4, 2017. **Please note:: Fields of Fear is not recommended for children under 12 years old. All under 14’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (18+ years old).

October 13 – Hemlock Overlook Park, Clifton, VA
Friday the 13th Free Movie Night: Join Adventure Links for our FREE October Halloween Movie Night series under the stars at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park! Every Friday night in October we’ll be showing a Halloween movie on our outdoor movie screen. Grab your friends, bring a blanket, and enjoy a free scary movie!
Our second movie is the original FRIDAY THE 13TH (Rated R) on Friday, October 13th at 7:30pm. **This event is not recommended for children.

October 13 – 14 – Downtown Fairfax City
Fairfax City Ghost Tours: Guided tour of Haunted Historic Downtown Fairfax. Unexpected chills and stories of the spirited individuals who may still roam Old Town Fairfax. Cider and treats provided. Suitable for ages 12 and up.
Dates: Fridays, Oct. 13 & 20 and Saturdays, October 14 & 21
Times: 7pm & 9pm
Location: Old Town Square Fairfax, 10415 North Street Fairfax, VA 22030
Cost: $15 – Pre-Registration Here Advised

October 14 – Town Green, Vienna, VA
Halloween on the Green: Bring your little goblins to the Town Green beginning at 10:30 a.m. for spook-tacular fun at Halloween on the Green. Until 12:30, boys and ghouls can enjoy spooky crafts, games and prizes, storytelling, moon bounces, petting zoo, entertainment, treats to eat, a visit from Vienna Singing Princesses, and a chance to carve or paint their own pumpkin, while supplies last. Costumes are encouraged.

October 20 – Hemlock Overlook Park, Clifton, VA
Hocus Pocus Free Outdoor Movie Night: Join Adventure Links for our FREE October Halloween Movie Night series under the stars at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park! Every Friday night in October we’ll be showing a Halloween movie on our outdoor movie screen. Bring a blanket and enjoy a free movie! Our third movie is HOCUS POCUS on Friday, October 20th at 7:30pm. Join us for everyone’s favorite Halloween movie!

October 20 – 21 – Downtown Fairfax City
Fairfax City Ghost Tours: Guided tour of Haunted Historic Downtown Fairfax. Unexpected chills and stories of the spirited individuals who may still roam Old Town Fairfax. Cider and treats provided. Suitable for ages 12 and up.
Dates: Fridays, Oct. 13 & 20 and Saturdays, October 14 & 21
Times: 7pm & 9pm
Location: Old Town Square Fairfax, 10415 North Street Fairfax, VA 22030
Cost: $15 – Pre-Registration Here Advised

October 20 – October 22 – Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington, DC
Boo At The Zoo: Boo at the Zoo features more than 40 treat stations and after-hours access to exhibits, including the Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center and Great Cats. Kids will love grooving to the music on the entertainment stage, featuring kids scary-oke. And don’t miss the extreme pumpkin-carving demonstrations! By the end of the evening, your Boo at the Zoo treat bags will be brimming with your favorite chocolates, snacks and souvenirs.
Treat stations will include goodies for all ages, including adult treats like craft beer and food tastings.
Boo at the Zoo is appropriate for children ages 4 to 12. All guests ages 2 and older, including adults, must purchase a ticket. Purchase tickets online at the link above.

October 21 – Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Air and Scare at the Air and Space Museum: Explore the spooky side of air and space at Air & Scare, our annual Halloween event at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. Arrive in costume to get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy safe indoor trick-or-treating. Event time: 12pm to 5:30pm. Free admission, $15/parking.
Note: For safety purposes, full-face masks are prohibited on visitors over 16 years of age.
Air & Scare is one of our most popular annual events. Please be aware of high-volume attendance and allow for additional time for parking and security screening.

October 21 – 22 – Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station, VA
Ride the Halloween Ghost Train: All Aboard the Ghost Train at Burke Lake Park on Oct. 21 & 22 and Oct. 28 & 29. Open 10:15am to 5:45pm and tickets are $6.00.

Dog in a fancy hatOctober 21 – Lake Accotink Park, Springfield, VA
Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest: Show off your pet’s unique personality and compete for special prizes and treats! All dogs must be leashed and friendly toward other dogs, children and people of all ages. Gather at Lake Accotink Park’s large pavilion to witness the best in canine creativity. One registration per handler/dog. Human must register. Register at the link above thru Fairfax County Parktakes.

October 21 – Lake Accotink Park, Springfield, VA
Fall Fest at Lake Accotink: Halloween-themed mini-golf and haunted wagon rides are available from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lake Accotink marina. Dig for treasures on Scare-Away beach. Registered participants receive a trick or treat goodie bag! Bring flashlights in case you stay after the sun goes down. For more information, call 703-569-0285. Register at the link above thru Fairfax County Parktakes.

October 22 – Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, VA
Huntley Meadow-Ween!: (3-15 yrs) Would you like to trick-or-treat in the wetlands? Join us and celebrate the season with Halloween-themed activities, crafts and pumpkin painting. 1pm. Register at the link above thru Fairfax County Parktakes.

October 25 – Town of Vienna, VA
71st Annual Halloween Parade: Each year, the Town recognizes parade winners at a Town Council meeting in November. Judged categories include youth band, float with music, youth performer, antique/classic vehicle, adult band, float without music, and adult performer. The public is invited to attend the meeting to find out who won in each category!
Kids are invited to walk in the parade in their Halloween costumes. No registration is required; meet at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot at United Bank, 374 Maple Avenue E. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

October 25 – Fairfax Corner, Fairfax, VA
Spooky Tots: Join us on the Plaza at Fairfax Corner on Wednesday, October 25th from 10:30am until 12:30pm for our annual Spooky Tots event! Enjoy:
Trick-or-treating at participating shops and restaurants.
A Balloon Twister and Face Painter
Music, Pumpkin Decorating, Games, Giveaways and More!
Costumes are encouraged! Make sure to bring bags for your treats and goodies.

October 26 – Mosaic District, Fairfax, VA
Bootique Trick or Treating: Trick or treat your way around Mosaic, grab a bite at one of their many kid-friendly restaurants, then settle in for a screening of “Hotel Transylvania” at 6:30pm in Strawberry Park.
Pet Costume Contest: Bring your fur babies to Undeniable Boutique between 5-7pm for their first annual Halloween Pet Costume Contest! First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the most creative pet getups across Mosaic. Winners will be announced at 7:15pm and notified by email.

October 26 – October 29 – Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge No. 2188, Fairfax, VA
Fairfax Halloween Spooktacular: Come experience a Halloween like you’ve never seen! From Thursday the 26th – Sunday the 29th, we’ll be packing the Elks Lodge with Halloween food, films, and frightful festivities for all ages!
Don’t miss out on our fang-tastic bill of fare:
-The Ghost Roast: Bottomless barbecue from the 29 Diner!
-The Monster Madhouse Maze: A guided haunted house tour!
-The Silver Scream: Classic monster movies every night on our big outdoor screen!
-Friday Night Rock Concert: The Monster Madhouse and Stormin’ Norman bands shake their bones onstage!
-Costume contests with prizes!
-Octoberfest-style outdoor biergarten!

October 27 – Old Town Hall, Fairfax City
Halloween Hullabaloo: Bring your kids to Old Town Hall before the last Rock the Block concert of the year for trick-or-treating and games! 6pm to 7pm.

October 27 – Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon, VA
Boo-Stravaganza at Frying Pan Farm Park: Come celebrate the Halloween season with this variety event at the farm. Ghouls, princesses, and superheroes come to the indoor arena to start the extravaganza. Attendees enjoy a variety of themed games, dare to enter the slightly-spooky BOO barn, and take a wagon ride through the woods at night. Finish the evening with a small treat bag for the road. Register at the link above thru Fairfax County Parktakes.

October 27 – Herndon Community Center, Herndon, VA
Spooktacular: Enjoy ghoulish games, a spooky craft and a children’s show. Fee covers all activities, magic show, and a treat bag. Get more boo for your buck and register early; parents must accompany children at the event. Games and crafts will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m., show will be from 7:30-8:00 p.m. Age: 3 – 8 Fee: $10/child in advance or $15/child on day of event.

October 27 – November 4 – Whitehall Farms, Clifton, VA
Nu Puppis and White Hall Farm Present: “The Wood” A Haunted Hike at Whitehall Farm, located at 12523 Popes Head Road, Clifton, VA 20124. This event is for ages 16+.
On a chilly Fall evening, we invite you to come explore the isolated trail at White Hall Farm. The trail winds through roughly a mile of thick forest. What lurks in the dark? What comes out at night? What’s in the woods behind White Hall Farm? There’s only one way to find out….
The Haunted Hike will be open between 7PM and 10:30PM on the following dates: Friday 10/27, Saturday 10/28, Sunday 10/29, Thursday 11/2, Friday 11/3, Saturday 11/4. Tickets are $10.

October 27 – Alexandria City Marina, Alexandria, VA
Bark or Treat Canine Cruise: Come out with your costumed canine and cruise to some Halloween tunes along the Potomac! We will have Halloween treats on board. Be sure to have your four-legged friend in their best costume. October 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $18 adults; $12 ages 2-11; dogs free
Alexandria City Marina, 1 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA 22314

Trick or Treat sign

October 27 – 28 – Mount Vernon, VA
Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon: Participate in a special scavenger hunt, take a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and create a boo-tiful Halloween craft in this unforgettable evening. A children’s costume parade around the Mansion will begin at 5PM and prizes will be awarded for the best George and Martha costumes! Trick-or-Treating at Mount Vernon takes place rain or shine.

October 28 – George Mason, Fairfax, VA
Witch Watch: George Mason Student Government Presents Witch Watch on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12pm to 3pm. Join us for candy and fun! Free parking with be available. GMU Merten Hall Lawn, 4441 George Mason Blvd.

October 28 – Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA
Lake Anne Plaza’s Boo & Brews Halloween Event: Join us for fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Dress to scare, spook or trick! Free! Pumpkin Painting, Pet Treats and Goody Bags, Restaurant Beer Gardens.
12:30 – 3:30 PM Live DJ
12:30 – 1:30 PM Pet Costume Registration
1:30 – 3:00 PM Pet Costume Contest
4:00 – 6:00 PM Live Music — Holly Montgomery Band
6:00 PM Band performances at Lake Anne Brew House, Kalypso’s Sports Tavern, and
Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar

October 28 – Springfield Town Center, Springfield, VA
Halloween Fest!: Join us for Halloween Fest on Saturday, October 28, from 2:00pm-5:00pm. Once again, Carnegie Master of Mystery will be wowing us with his Very Spooktacular Magic Show at 2pm and 3pm! Kids can also participate in craft activities*, get their face painted and decorate a mini pumpkin – all in Grand Court.

Then, Treat-or-Treat around the shopping center from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Participating retailers will have a picture of an orange pumpkin hanging at the front of their store or restaurant. Stop by Guest Services and receive your Trick-or-Treat bag. Come dressed in your costumes for the show and Trick-or-Treating!
Please note, NO masks (above the age of 9) or weapons of any kind permitted for costumes. No RSVP necessary.
*Crafts will be given to the first 500 children who attend. Suppies are limited.

October 28 – Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
Trick or Treat at Reston Town Center: Costumed children can celebrate Halloween with visits to participating retailers and the Information Center for treats and goodies. Look for the pumpkin flyer in the window. Come to the Pavilion for photos! Saturday, October 28, 12 – 4 pm.

October 28 – Fairfax High School, Fairfax City
City of Fairfax Band – Ghoultide Scarols: Music of the “Ghoultide Season,” with music by Bach, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Camille Saint-Saens and guests featured in Thomas Pavlechko’s Ghoultide Scarols, yuletide carols set in minor keys with Halloween-themed lyrics. Event held at Fairfax High School at 7:30pm. Tickets $15.

image of two people dressed as zombiesOctober 28 – Tysons Biergarten, Tysons Corner, VA
Bier-O-Ween: Join us Saturday, October 28 at 8 PM – 2 AM for Tysons Biergarten’s spooky Bier-O-Ween Celebration! There will be free candy, $300 prize for best costume, Halloween specials, and much more! Free Admission.

October 28 – Bungalow Sports Grill, Franconia, VA
Halloween Costume Party at Bungalow Sports Grill: Join us for a Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 28th for a chance to win a $100 cash prize. Two $100 cash prizes will be given out. One for Best Male Costume and one for Best Female Costume. Drawings for the cash prize will be at 11:00 PM.

October 28 – Potomac Overlook Regional Park, Arlington, VA
Halloween Party and Haunted Nature Center: Join us at the park for a grand Halloween party, snacks, arts and crafts, storytelling, and guided hikes through the woods. People of all ages are welcome! Cost is $15 per participant for the party, $20 per participant includes the Haunted Nature Center experience. Children 3 and under are free. Advanced reservations and payment required. 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Register at the link above.

October 28 – Historic Town of Clifton, VA
Clifton Haunted Trail: The Clifton Haunted Trail is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 7-10 p.m. We are proud to announce the return of this spooky annual event that winds through Clifton’s 8 Acre Buckley Park. This year will include several new terrifying skits including re-enactments, popular scary movie scenes and plenty of frightening lighting and props. Parents should accompany children along the Trail. NO flashlights allowed in the park. Arrive early since this popular event tends to get crowded during the later hours. Hardy shoes are recommended. Adult Ticket: $15.00, 12 and under ticket: $10.00. Buy Tickets online till Oct. 25th. **The Trail is very scary. Please understand that the show may be too intense for kids who cannot discern fantasy from reality of what appears to be happening. You certainly know your kid better than anyone, so we suggest you bring young children at your own discretion!

October 28 – Falls Church Community Center, Falls Church, VA
Halloween Carnival: The carnival has been a popular event for children for more than 30 years. Infants through sixth graders are invited to enjoy carnival games, a moon bounce, crafts, a haunted house, candy, and a live creepy creature show featuring the spookiest reptiles in nature. Costumes welcome! The community center is located at Community Center, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church, VA 22406. The cost is $2 per child ages 2 and up; free for adults and children under 2.  6pm to 8:30pm.

October 28 – Shannon Airport, Fredericksburg, VA
3rd Annual Harvest Festival Airshow Fly-In: Bring your kids for “Trick or Treat” aviation style! See The Shannon Air Museum,
While Attending the 1st Airshow in 36 Years at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg 10am to 4pm.

October 28 – 29 – Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station, VA
Ride the Halloween Ghost Train: All Aboard the Ghost Train at Burke Lake Park on Oct. 21 & 22 and Oct. 28 & 29. Open 10:15am to 5:45pm and tickets are $6.00.

October 29 – Del Ray, Alexandria, VA
21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade: Don your best Halloween costume and join thousands of participants in one of Del Ray’s favorite traditions. The 21st Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade begins at Mount Vernon Ave., south of E. Bellefonte, and continues down to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center play fields at Mount Vernon and Commonwealth Avenues. Children, pets and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb with prizes in different categories. The parade and all activities are free! Please note that both judging for Best Decorated Stroller and registration for Best Pet Costume will begin at 1:30 p.m. Parade begins at 2pm.

October 29 – Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, Fairfax Station, VA
Halloween at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum: Halloween at Fairfax Station (1:00-4:00 p.m.)
Halloween starts early at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. A day of fun Halloween activities will be available for the whole family.
Children in costume will receive a ticket for free admission to a future Station event. Trick or Treat goodie bags will be given to all children.

October 29 – Providence Presbyterian Church, Fairfax, VA
Trunk or Treat Event: come and join us for our 2nd
annual Trunk Or Treat! Fun for the whole family! We are taking the back parking lot and making it a fun, safe place for kids to celebrate the Fall season by going from themed and decorated trunk to trunk. The grass field will also be filled with fun outdoor games. Please support the event by coming 15 minutes early and being a Tricked out Trunk Hero! Pick an idea or theme for you and your car, and bring some candy or prizes to hand out.

October 29 – Church of the Good Shepherd, Burke, VA
Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival: Come to the Good Shepherd parking lot for our Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival Celebration. Join us for games, trunk or treating, a bounce house, s’mores, crafts, and a costume parade. Come with your car or without, in costume or not, but with treats for our children as we celebrate fall. Join us afterward in the atrium for a complimentary chili and cornbread supper. 5pm to 7pm.

October 29 – Dog’s Downtown, Chantilly, VA
Howl-O-Ween at Dog’s Downtown: Dog’s Downtown is hosting a Howl-O-Ween Party! Bring your pups out and come join us for some spooky treats, music, costume contests, games, prizes, goody-bags and much-more fun!
All dogs must be on non-retractable leashes. 11am to 2pm.

October 30 – Fairfax City
Trick or Treating at City of Fairfax Buildings: Children are invited to come safely trick-or-treat at any of the following City of Fairfax buildings between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
City Hall – 10455 Armstrong Street
Green Acres – 4401 Sideburn Rd
Sherwood Center – 3740 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax Museum & Visitor Center – 10209 Main Street

October 31 – Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA
Family Fun Mall-O-Ween: Join us for our 30th Annual Mall-O-Ween on Tuesday, October 31st from 530-730PM!
Candy stations throughout the center
Spooktacular Lab by the Children’s Science Center Lab in Grand Court West
Plus, a special guest appearance for trick-or-treaters.

October 31 – Great Falls Shopping Center, Great Falls, VA
Halloween Spooktacular and Pet Parade on the Green: Trick or treat! Children up to age 12 are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costume, experience the Haunted House, and enjoy trick or treating with local merchants in a safe environment right in the heart of town. 5pm to 7pm at Great Falls Village Centre Green & Great Falls Shopping Center.
Pet Parade on the Green will be held at 4pm to 4:45pm. Bring your pet on a leash dressed up in its favorite costume! Parade begins at the East Parking Lot near Grandmother’s Back Room. Judging at 4:30, Prizes for Special Categories. Pets must be cleared from the area by 4:50. Children are encouraged to wear their best Halloween costume, experience the Haunted House, and enjoy trick or treating right in the heart of town.

November 4 – 5 – Cox Farms, Centreville, VA
Pumpkin Madness: Bring your used jack-o’lanterns and recycle them! Find out what happens to pumpkins after Halloween. We’ll Drop them from the High Drop
We’ll Squish them with the Squisher
We Smash them with the Smasher
You can Stomp them in the Stomping Grounds!
Sat and Sun, 10am-5pm (last admission 4 PM).


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