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Halloween 2017: Northern Virginia Scares Fun and Trick-or-treating

Halloween 2017 in Northern Virginia is a fun mix of spooky and not-so-spooky events plus trick-or-treating hosted by local businesses and towns. Events are listed below in three groups: scary fun throughout October, not-so-scary family fun throughout the month, and trick-or-treating options for the weekend leading up to Halloween 2017.

Halloween 2017 Scary October Fun

Cox Farms Fields of Fear

Photo credit: Cox Farms Fields of Fear


Cox Farms Fields of Fear, Centreville, Weekends thru Nov 4

Older kids and teens flock to Cox Farms at night for the Fields of Fear, featuring scares in the corn maze, forest trail, and wagon rides, plus music, games, food, and hanging out by the bonfire. This year, the scares start on September 22nd and continue every Friday and Saturday night through November 4.

Madhaunter’s Madhouse, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Weekends Oct 6 – 7, 13 – 14, 20 – 22, 27 – 31

Coffin Workhouse Arts Madhouse

Your coffin awaits, Workhouse Arts Center Madhouse


Northern Virginia’s scariest haunted attraction returns to the Workhouse. 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. The madhouse will be open every weekend in October. $20, 7:00 – 11:00.

Friday the 13th Fun and Frights, Mosaic District, Oct 13

Pack your candy corn and blankets and watch a pair of cult classic horror films in Strawberry Park. Kicking the night off with a scream is a showing of Creature From the Black Lagoon, followed by the original and terrifying zombie apocalypse Night of the Living Dead.

Leesburg Hauntings Tour, Leesburg, Oct 20 – 21, 27 – 28

Guests will be led by a guide through historic homes and businesses in historic downtown Leesburg, where costumed storytellers will relate the history and the ghostly tales of each site. Best for adults and ages 10 and older. $25; multiple tours from 6:00 – 9:00.

Haunted Occoquan Ghost Tours, Occoquan, Oct 24 – 30

This quaint town along the Occoquan River boasts numerous ghosts and features walking ghost tours throughout the year. Get a glimpse of the Indian who allegedly appears in a bathroom mirror at a local restaurant, talk to store owners who have had their merchandise strewn around and look for the young man who haunts a busy street corner. $14/7 adults/children.


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Spirits of Manassas, Manassas, Oct 28

The scene of two bloody battles during the Civil War; and a century and a half of local history since, Manassas has seen it all. From the encroachment of war on the community, a devastating fire, local tragedy, or villainous crimes, creepy stories and eerie happenings will be part of the evening fun. $15/7.50 adult/12 and under; 7:00-8:00.

Clifton Haunted Trail, Buckley Park, Clifton Oct 28

A trail of terror awaits in Clifton’s Buckley Park, so watch out for monsters and stick to the trail. The PG-13 rated trail includes two dozen scary skits with live actors, including local legend The Bunnyman. Tickets are $15/$10 for adults/12 and under (though the trail is likely too intense for younger kids). 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

Not So Scary Halloween 2017 October Fun

Halloween friends

Halloween on the Green, Vienna, Oct 14

Bring your little goblins to the Town Green for spook-tacular fun at Halloween on the Green to 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. 10:30 – 12:30.

Haunted Occoquan, Occoquan, Oct 25 – 31

Occoquan dresses up in its spooky finery and the Ghosts of Occoquan are ready for you to tour the historic and haunted town; at least 20 of it’s buildings are thought to be haunted. Haunted Occoquan Tours are family-friendly walking tours that take in the haunted buildings and sites. Follow the link for tour times and to reserve a spot. $14/$7 adults/children; tours begin at 8:00 pm

Ghost Train, Burke Lake Park, Oct 21 – 22, 28 – 29

The annual Burke Lake Ghost Train returns with a ride on the miniature train through Halloween decorated woods, with costumed characters performing scenes from popular children’s stories. The Ghost Train is geared to young children so the event is more fun than fear. The carousel will also be open, and you can follow your ride with a picnic and a stroll around the lake. $4 per passenger. 10:00 – 5:00.

All Hallow’s Eve Celebration, Sully Historic Site, Oct 28

Treat yourself to Halloween fun and facts at Sully Historic Site’s annual celebration, designed to shed light on centuries-old customs that evolved into the Halloween traditions of today. Find your way through a maze, make a decorative pumpkin to take home, visit the outbuildings to see and smell stew cooked in a pumpkin shell and learn about “soul cakes.”  Children can come in costume and bring a bag to collect sweets as they trick or treat at different locations around the site. $10; 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

Fall Fest at Lake Accotink Park, Oct 21

Enjoy Halloween-themed mini-golf and haunted carousel rides at the Lake Accotink marina. Play as many rounds as you want and ride as many times as you want. Registered participants receive a trick or treat goodie bag. Bring flashlights in case you stay after the sun goes down. $8; 4:00 – 8:00.

Halloween Safari, Bull Run Mountains, Broad Run, Oct 27 – 28

Halloween Safari Bull Run Mountains Conservancy

Halloween Safari Bull Run Mountains Conservancy


Join a fun, night-time hike through the Bull Run Mountains, as a guide leads you along the trail where you will meet native “wildlife” that perform natural history skits. There is a new cast of animals each year, and you can also enjoy face painting, Halloween snacks, hot cider, a bonfire, and live music. Bring a flashlight and wear good hiking shoes for this great family outing. $7/10 advance/at the door. 7:00 – 9:00.

House of Reptiles and Night Ride, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Oct 28

Test your courage and challenge your fears and phobias at the All Hallows Eve House of Reptiles (and other crawling creatures) at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Roast s’mores at the campfire and then sit back for a wagon ride through a moon-lit meadow. $10; 7:00 to 8:30.

Halloween Wagon Ride, Riverbend Park, Oct 28

Take a fun wagon ride on the not-so-scary side at Riverbend Park. Find out about the animals whooo are out at night, listen for bats and meet one of the park’s not so scary animals. Bring a flashlight. $8; 11:30 and 1:30.

Halloween 2017 Trick-or-Treating and Parades

Trick or Treat Reston Town Center

Trick-or-treating at Reston Town Center


Air and Scare Family Day, Air and Space Udvar-Hazy , Oct 21

See the spooky side of air and space at the Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center’s popular annual Halloween event. Arrive in costume for safe indoor trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities. (Full face masks prohibited on 16 and older.) The tiniest visitors can check out the Tot Zone to play dress-up and hear a story. $15 parking; noon – 5:30.

Bootique, Mosaic District, Oct 26

The annual trick-or-treat night returns to Mosaic District Swing by Strawberry Park to pick up your bags from Mosaic reps, and then hit the streets for some candy. Free; 5:00 – 7:00

BOO-stravaganza, Frying Pan Park, Oct 27

Reserve a spot for the little ones (9 and younger) at the BOO-stravaganza. Come to the Indoor Arena Barn dressed in your favorite costume anytime between 6 and 8 pm for fun, games,and a wagon ride plus treats and a small pumpkin. $10, reservation required.

Trick or Treating at Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Oct 27 – 28

Trick-or-treaters return to historic Mount Vernon for an afternoon of fun and history. Activities include a special scavenger hunt, a wagon ride on the 12-acre field, and a boo-tiful Halloween craft. A children’s costume parade around the mansion begins at 5:00. The event is $10/$5 for adult/children; 3:30 – 6:30.

Trick-or-Treat at Reston Town Center, Reston, Oct 28

Costumed children can visit participating retailers and the Information Center for treats and goodies on Halloween afternoon (look for a pumpkin flyer in the window). Free; 12:00 – 4:00.

Haunted Happenings, Old Town Manassas, Oct 28

Grab the family and your dog for a wickedly good time in Historic Downtown Manassas. The activities will be held in all of Historic Downtown Manassas. Historic Downtown merchants will be providing candy for trick-or-treating, and there will be lots of goulish games and a kids costume contest. Free; 10:00 – noon.

Halloween at the Mill, Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, Oct 28

Dress up in your Halloween costume, and get ready for some not-so-spooky fun. Create Halloween crafts, enjoy hands-on activities, see a grain grinding demonstration, and trick-or-treat around the site. This is an on-going event; drop by any time between noon and 3:00. Pre-register online and save on admission; $5 at the gate. noon – 3:00.

Trick-or-Treat with the Boo-tiques, Old Town Alexandria, Oct 28

Start trick-or-treating early and stop by the dozens of shops of the Old Town Boutique District dishing out treats to goblins and ghouls of all ages. Free; 2:00 – 6:00.

Del Ray Halloween Parade, Alexandria, Oct 29

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 Children, pets and strollers in costumes are invited to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb with prizes in different categories. Free; 2:00 – 4:00.

Halloween Spooktacular, Great Falls, Oct 31

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. Free; 5:00 – 7:00.

Mall-o-ween, Fair Oaks Mall, Oct 31

Bring your costumed little ones to Fair Oaks Mall on Halloween for the 30th annual trick-or-treat at the mall event where kids go store to store collecting candy in a safe, indoor environment. This is one of the largest indoor Halloween events of its kind in the Washington D.C. area and it gets extremely busy. Free; 5:30 – 7:30.

Boo & Brews at Lake Anne, Reston, Oct 29

Dress up with your doggy, kitty, or other furry critter and head to Lake Anne Plaza for a Howl-o-ween costume contest, with games, treats, prizes and a Yappy Hour for the big people. A DJ and pet parade will add to the fun. Free; 12:30 – night.

Bonus Fun

Here’s an easy, fun appetizer to serve on Halloween:

Haloween Fingers appetizer

Ingredients: cheese sticks, slivered almonds, marinara sauce

To make: Trim tops of cheese sticks and add “knuckle” lines with a butter knife. Stick on almond sliver “fingernails” with a little honey. Sprinkle the underside with a little salt and pepper and serve with marinara sauce. Ooooh, spooky!

Whichever event you choose, we wish you a safe and Happy Halloween 2017!

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Virginia things to do Halloween. Halloween 2017 in Northern Virginia is a fun mix of spooky and not-so-spooky events plus trick-or-treating hosted by local businesses and towns.

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