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Halloween 2018 in Northern Virginia: Scares Fun and Trick-or-treating

Halloween 2018 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 2018.

Scary Halloween 2018 Fun

Cox Farms Fields of Fear, Centreville, Weekends Sep 21 – Nov 3

Older kids and teens head 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. In 2018, the scares are open Friday and Saturday nights, September 21 to November 3. $15, 7:30 – 11:00 pm.

Cox Farms Fields of Fear

Photo credit: Cox Farms Fields of Fear

Madhaunter’s Madhouse, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Weekends Oct 5 – 31 (select nights)

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 and on Halloween. $20, 7:00 – 11:00.

Coffin Workhouse Arts Madhouse

Your coffin awaits, Workhouse Arts Center Madhaunters

Rocky Horror Picture Show, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Oct 19 – 21, 26 – 28

Rocky Horror Picture Show is a rock and roll musical comedy featuring hit songs like the notorious “Time Warp”. You’ve seen the movie, but you haven’t seen Rocky Horror Show until you’ve seen it ‘live’! Contains mature content and adult language and humor. Sat and Sun 8:00 pm; Sun 5:00. $20 – $35

Clifton Haunted Trail, Buckley Park, Clifton Oct 27

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 2018 Fun

Halloween 2018 includes scary and not so scary events

Halloween Safari, Bull Run Mountains, Broad Run, Oct 20, 26, 27

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. $8 advance/at the door. 7:00 – 8:30.

Fall Fest at Lake Accotink Park, Oct 20

Head to the Lake Accotink marina for carnival games, a creepy tractor ride, miniature golf, tasty foods, and a bonfire on the beach. For animal lovers, don’t miss the special talk at 2 p.m. on those Halloween-themed birds – crows. Join park naturalists to learn about crows and visit with some special feathered guests. To further put you in the Halloween spirit, stick around for a talk at 4 p.m. on bats. Ticket prices vary by activity; 1:00 – 7:00.

Ghost Train, Burke Lake Park,  Oct 27 – 28

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. $6 per passenger. 10:00 – 5:00.

Halloween Campfire, Riverbend Park, Oct 27 – 28

Riverbend Park hosts a “Halloween Adventure” the weekend of October 27-28 that includes a wagon ride, scarecrows, sweets, stories and s’mores around the campfire. Bring a flashlight. $15; 5:00 – 7:00.

Haunted Occoquan Short Tours, Occoquan, Oct 27

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 Short Tours are 45-minute family-friendly walking tours that take in the haunted buildings and sites. Tours depart Mamie Davis Park every hour 11:00 am – 5:15. $7.50 per person, first come, first served.

All Hallow’s Eve Celebration, Sully Historic Site, Oct 27

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.

House of Reptiles and Night Ride, Ellanor C. Lawrence Park, Oct 27

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; 5:00 to 8:00.

Halloween 2018 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 20

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.

Halloween on the Green, Vienna, Oct 24

Bring your little goblins to Vienna for a Halloween Parade. Enjoy costumes and floats, marching bands, performances, and fun as the parade moonwalks down the road for the 72nd time. Costumed children and families who wish to march in the parade should meet at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of United Bank. Parade begins at 7:00. Free.

Bootique, Mosaic District, Oct 25

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

Spooky Tots, Fairfax Corner, Oct 25

Join the fun on the Plaza at Fairfax Corner’s annual Spooky Tots event. Enjoy trick-or-treating, music, giveaways, and more. Wear your costume and bring a goodie bag. Free; 10:30 – 12:30.

BOO-stravaganza, Frying Pan Park, Oct 26

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 for fun, games, and a wagon ride plus treats and a small pumpkin. $10, reservation required. 6:00 pm.

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

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 $14/$8 for adult/children; 3:30 – 6:30.

Trick-or-Treat at Reston Town Center, Reston, Oct 27

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.

Trick-or-Treat with the Boo-tiques, Old Town Alexandria, Oct 27

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; 10:00 – 5:00.

Halloween Boo-Bash, Springfield Town Center, Oct 27

Head to Springfield Town Center for a witching good time at the Hocus Pocus themed Halloween Boo Bash. Come dressed to impress for trick or treating throughout the center and wicked fun activities including pumpkin decorating, crafts, and a DJ. Free; 2:00 – 5:00.

Del Ray Halloween Parade, Alexandria, Oct 28

Don your best Halloween costume and join thousands of participants in one of Del Ray’s favorite traditions. The annual Del Ray Halloween Parade welcomes children, pets, and strollers in costumes to march and show off their finest and scariest Halloween garb. Prizes are awarded in multiple categories including Best Decorated Stroller and Best Pet Costume. 2:00 – 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 ghoulish games and a kids costume contest. Free; 10:00 – noon.

Boo at the Zoo, Roer’s Zoofari, Reston, Oct 31

Join Roer’s Zoofari in costume for a fun-filled Halloween. Local businesses will be sponsoring trick-or-treat booths, passing out candy to little ghouls as an opportunity to showcase their business and services. The event runs all day. $20.

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; 5:15 – 7:30.

Bonus Fun

Halloween Fingers appetizer

Halloween Fingers appetizer

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

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 2018!

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