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NoVA’s Scariest Halloween Events!

Posted by The Editorial Desk / Monday, October 24th, 2011

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011

It’s Halloween week.  Halloween has transformed over the past decade or so to a major, multi-faceted holiday.  But one of its oldest traditions is scariness.  So if it’s scares you’re looking for, here are some of NoVA’s best events.

Arlington’s Zombi Race is one of the best Halloween events I’ve ever heard of.  Zombies are more popular than ever these days, and I’m surprised it took this long for an event like this to surface.

It’s brilliantsign up as either a zombie or a human (this just in–zombie tickets are sold out), and make sure to dress the part.  Then navigate through a series of checkpoints scattered throughout the city.  You don’t even have to navigate by foot.  Feel free to use public transportation, though private vehicles like bikes and cars are banned.  If you’re a zombie, try to “infect” as many people as possible by simply tagging them.  If you’re a human, avoid getting tagged; but if you are tagged, you’re now a zombie.

Zombi Race flyer photo. Courtesy Frawg Stomp Event management.

Oh, and further adding to the awesome factor:  the race starts and ends at Bailey’s Pub and Grill, with discounted food and drinks for racers before and after the event.  Just make sure to register ahead of time–registration on the day of the race is not allowed.  And you gotta be 21, too.   Run for your life on Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.  It costs $30 per person.

Halloween Woods turns Algonkian Park in Sterling into a chaotic nightmare.  This event’s been around for a few years, and truly lives up to its scariness.  In fact, their website includes a disclaimer that children, pregnant women, and people with heart conditions should not participate.

The woods open at 7 p.m. and tickets are available until as late as 11 p.m.  Take your pick of dates from Oct. 28-31.  Tickets are $15 each.

Manor House Madness in Leesburg should be another super creepy event.  The Greenway Manor House will turn into an insane asylum filled with all sorts of disturbing residents.  Somewhat ironically, the event is put on by The Edge Youth Ministry.  But testimonials for prior events make clear that the organizers don’t hold back.  It’ll be scary.  And best of all, it’s totally free.  If you want to get scared this Friday night, be there from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Manor House Madness from Destiny Church on Vimeo.

And if you’re hungry after all that scaring, don’t worry–we put together a Halloween food and wine guide.  And here are some less scary but just as fun events.

Matt Basheda

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