Halloween in Northern Virginia: Haunted Trails and Trick-or-treating

Halloween in Northern Virginia is a fun mix of spooky and not-so-spooky events plus trick-or-treating hosted by local businesses and towns. 2022 Halloween events are listed below in three groups:

  • scary fun throughout October
  • not-so-scary family fun throughout the month
  • trick-or-treating and Halloween weekend events
  • We also list annual events that are TBA or canceled for 2022.

We will continue to update listings for 2022 as events are announced.

We expect traditional trick-or-treating will be held in most towns this year. Halloween 2022 is on a Monday so many events are scheduled on the weekend (Oct 29-30). There are so many ways to enjoy the spooky season in Northern VA.

Adult and Scary 2022 Halloween in Northern Virginia Events

Spooky Halloween decor

Haunted Trails in Northern Virginia are a fun place for teens and adults to enjoy an extra scary night out. The haunted trails listed below are gear to older visitors and may be too intense for young children. Follow the website links to purchase tickets and check for weather-related closures.

Cox Farms Fields of Fear, Centreville, Sep 23 – Nov 5

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. After the frights, hang out by the bonfire with music, games, and food.

Find more Autumn fun in our guide to the best Fall Festivals in Northern Virginia.

Workhouse Haunt, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Oct 1 – Nov 5

Northern Virginia’s scariest haunted trail returns to the Workhouse Arts Center in 2022. Zombies, swamp creatures, and more creepy characters terrify those brave enough to walk through the abandoned buildings at the Workhouse campus.

The Haunt walk-through trail is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays plus Halloween. Timed entry tickets start at $30. Many dates will sell out so get your tickets early. 7:00 – 11:00, Sunday to 10:00.

Death Comes to Carlyle House, Alexandria, Fridays in October

Experience an evening tour of Carlyle House (rumored to be haunted) mansion and learn about death and mourning in the 18th century. Reservations are required. Tours will be led through the house on the hour; $12, 6:00 – 9:00.

Shocktober, Leesburg, Oct 8

Sadly, the most frightening mansion in Northern VA has closed and will not be offering haunted tours in 2022. Instead, the organizer is hosting a one-night Shocktober Haunt Party and concert featuring They Might Be Giants. General admission tickets start at $40. Pre-party starts at 6:00; concert at 8:00

Clifton Haunted Trail, Buckley Park, Clifton, Oct 29

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 scary skits with live actors, including local legend The Bunnyman. Ticket prices have not been announced for 2022 but were previously $18/$13 online for adults/12 and under and $20/$15 day of event. The haunted trail is likely too intense for younger kids. 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

Not So Scary Halloween in Northern VA Fun

Halloween in Northern Virginia includes these not so scary events
Not-so-scary Halloween decorations

Ghosts and Graveyards Tours, Alexandria, Sep – Oct

Join a Colonial-costumed guide on a lantern-lit walk through Old Town Alexandria. Hear ghost stories, legends, folklore, unsolved mysteries, tales of romance, and angry ghosts looking for revenge. $15/$10 adult/children (geared to 9 and older).

Halloween House & Trick or Treat Trail, Reston, TBA

Meet a fun cast of Halloween characters and animals at Reston's Walker Nature Center. The nature-themed Trick or Treat Trail and Halloween House are non-scary and kid-friendly. Registration required, $12/$15 for residents/non-residents; 6:00 – 8:45

Monster Mash, Village at Leesburg, Oct 2

The Village at Leesburg is getting into the Halloween spirit with pumpkin carving. trick-or-treating, cookie decorating, and more. Wear your costume and bring your costumed pet to join in the Halloween parade. Free; 3:00 – 6:00.

Halloween on the Green, Vienna, Oct 15

Head to the Vienna town green for spooky crafts, games, a petting zoo, live entertainment, and more. The event is free but registration is required. Free; 10:30 – 12:30.

Trunk or Treat Trail, Fairfax, Oct 19

The City of Fairfax Police Department is holding a fun Trunk or Treat Trail for a safe Halloween. Get the kids in costume and head over to the Fairfax Government Center to walk trunk-to-trunk for Halloween treats. Music and decorations add to the fun. Free but registration is required, 6:00 – 8:00.

Halloween Family Fun Day, Reston, Oct 22

Get the little ones dressed in their Halloween costumes and head to the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods for free family-friendly entertainment. Enjoy a one-man band and puppeteer then try your hand at carnival games. Activities are designed for ages infant – 8. Follow the link to register.

Boo at the Zoo, Roer's Zoofari, Reston, TBA

Join Roer's Zoofari for a fun-filled Halloween. Guests will get candy at walk-through and safari drive stations. The event runs all day and also features a pumpkin patch, scavenger hunt, and more. $32/$20 ages 12+/3-11.

Boo at the Pool, Reston, Oct 22

Here's a fun event for kids 6 months to 9 years old. Swim for bobbing treats or dive for treats on the bottom of the pool. Every participant gets a goodie bag and there are prizes for poolside costumes. Advanced registration required.

Halloween Parade, Vienna, Oct 26

Don't miss Vienna's 76th annual Halloween Parade. The 2022 theme is Time Machine so get ready to travel through Vienna's part, present, and future. The parade includes floats, bands, costumed kids, and more. Free; 7:00 pm.

Halloween Weekend in Northern VA: Trick-or-Treating, Parades + More

Here are more ways you can celebrate and trick-or-treat during Halloween weekend, both before and on Halloween night 2022.

Ghost Town, Burke Lake Park, Oct 29 – 30

The annual Burke Lake Ghost Train is expanded this year to a family-friendly Ghost Town. Take a ride on the miniature train and the carousel, play in the bounce house, and enjoy trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, and more. Allow extra time for a picnic and a stroll around the lake. Tickets are $15 and will likely sell out. 11:00 – 5:00.

Air and Scare Family Day, Air and Space Udvar-Hazy, Oct 29

The Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center's popular Halloween event is back in 2022! The annual event was held outside last year but will be held indoors and outdoors in 2022. Arrive in costume for safe outdoor trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloween-themed activities.

Timed entry tickets are required but free and this event will likely sell out. Note that real and costume weapons are prohibited and masks are not permitted inside the museum. Free admission, $15 parking; 10:00 – 3:00.

Old Town Trick-or-Treating, Alexandria, Oct 29

Old Town rolls out the orange carpet for all the ghouls and goblins this year. Visit Old Town Alexandria in your spookiest costumes to collect treats from participating restaurants, shops, and attractions. Free; 12:00 – 4:00.

Spirits and Spirits, Occoquan, Oct 29

Costumed kids of all ages can join in the costume parade and contest in downtown Occoquan. Allow time to visit the Haunted Maze and Spirit Garden and vote for your favorite decorations and costumes at area businesses. The parade begins at 10:00; free.

Family Trunk or Treat, McLean Community Center, Oct 29

Get your costume on and enjoy music, games, food, contests, and loads of candy treats at the Old Firehouse in McLean. Free, registration required; 5:00 – 10:00.

Holiday Crafts and Treats, Old Town Manassas, Oct 29

Join the Halloween fun in Historic Downtown Manassas. Trick-or-treat at local merchants, join in family-friendly activities, and enter the Halloween parade and costume contest. Free, 10:00 – 4:00.

Trick or Treating at Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Oct 29

Trick-or-treaters head 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, a boo-tiful Halloween craft, and a children’s costume parade. This event sells out and is held rain or shine. The event is $25/$15 for adult/youth; 2:00 – 6:00.

Clifton Haunted Trail, Clifton, Oct 29

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. Ticket prices have not been announced for 2022 but were previously $18/$13 online for adults/12 and under and $20/$15 day of event. The haunted trail is likely too intense for younger kids. 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

Spooky Sprint, Occoquan Regional Park, Oct 30

Put on your Halloween costume and get ready to run in the 4th annual Spooky Sprint Fun Run and 5K. The Brickmaker paved course is family, stroller, and pet friendly so dress up the whole gang. Registration is $25/$20 for adult/youth. 1.3-mile Fun Run starts at 8:45 and 5K starts at 9:00.

Allow extra time to visit the new Women's Suffrage Memorial and head across the river to visit historic Occoquan.

Old Town Doggie Trick-or-Treating, Alexandria, Oct 30

Dress your furry friend in your Halloween finest and head to Old Town Alexandria for trick-or-treating fun. Begin your visit at The Dog Park store to register and pick up a bag of doggie treats then walk to participating stores to pick up more boo bags. Free; 1:00 – 5:00.

Fall Frolic, Lee-Fendall House, Alexandria, Oct 30

Kids 3 to 12 enjoy safe and seasonal fun in the garden of the Lee-Fendall House during the Fall Frolic. Wear your Halloween costumes and join in crafts, a ghost hunt, a Trick or Treat walk, and more. Purchase timed entry tickets in advance. $5/$15 adult/kids 1-18; 10:00 – 4:00.

Halloween Bark Bash, Leesburg, Oct 30

The 3rd annual Halloween Bark Bash is a fun day for dogs and their people. Enjoy trick-or-treating, music, a costume contest, and adorable adoptable dogs. Free; Noon – 3:00.

Halloween Spooktacular, Great Falls, Oct 31

Children up to age 12 are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for the Halloween Spooktacular. Visit the Haunted House, enjoy trick or treating with local merchants, and enter your costumed pets in the pet parade. Free; 5:00 – 7:00; Pet Parade 4:00 – 4:45.

Halloween Weekend Events TBA in 2022

These Halloween weekend events have not announced plans yet, but we hope they'll return in 2022. Check back for updates.

Del Ray Halloween Parade, Alexandria, TBA

Don your best Halloween costume and join in one of Del Ray's favorite traditions. The annual Del Ray Halloween Parade welcomes children, pets, and strollers in costumes to march in their favorite Halloween costumes. Prizes are awarded in multiple categories including Best Decorated Stroller and Best Pet Costume. Free; 2:00 – 4:00.

Haunted Trail, Salamander Resort, Middleburg, TBA

Walk a family-friendly .6 mile haunted trail featuring 10 scenes with live actors. The trail is geared to kids 4 – 12. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Tickets are $14, 3 and under free, purchase online. 6:30 – 8:30.

Mosaic Halloween, Mosaic District, TBA

Visit your favorite Mosaic stores all day to trick-or-treat, then stop by Strawberry Park for face-painting from noon to 6:00. At 6:00, grab a spot on the lawn for a free outdoor showing of The Addams Family on the big screen.

Trick-or-Treat at Reston Town Center, Reston, TBA

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). Noon – 4:00.

Malloween Trick-or-Treating, Tysons Corner Center, TBA

Head to the Plaza Concourse where Fairfax County Police Department will be handing out candy. American Scream will provide some spooky entertainment and have face painters for any last-minute touch-ups. Then trick-or-treat at the 50+ participating stores. Free; 3:00 – 5:00.

Mall-o-ween, Fair Oaks Mall, TBA

Bring your costumed little ones to Fair Oaks Mall on Halloween for the 31st annual trick-or-treat at the mall event. Costumed 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.

Bonus Party Fun for Halloween in Northern Virginia

Make these ghoulish fingers part of your Halloween in Northern Virginia party fun.
Ghoulish Halloween Fingers appetizer

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

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 in Northern Virginia!

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  1. looking forward to trick or treating, and other. can you send me a va travel guide and map in the mail that is updated.

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