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Tricks, Treats and NoVA’s Halloween Events for Kids

Posted by The Editorial Desk / Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011

We gave you the scary, we gave you the cuddly, and now here’s a rundown of some of NoVA’s best trick-or-treating events for kids.

Angry Birds pumpkin.

Angry birds pumpkin! Courtesy Lyndsey Beltran.

Air & Scare is one of the area’s biggest kids events.  The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly hosts this Halloween extravaganza.  Indoor trick-or-treating is just the beginning.

Watch cartoons in the IMAX theater or take your picture with various “Star Wars” characters.  Magicians will be wandering the floor, showing off their skills.  And of course, plenty of candy will be involved.  The sponsor is, after all, Northern Virginia’s own Mars Chocolate North America, LLC.

Stock up on candy and fun on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Free admission, but parking is $15.


Photo courtesy Shutterstock/Bochkarev Photography.

Trick-or-treating in shopping centers is a classic activity, and Alexandria’s Old Town boutique district participates in a big way.  “Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques” features over 25 boutiques, each with plenty of treats to go around.  A few of the boutiques will offer family-friendly tricks as well.  The festivities occur on Saturday, Oct. 29 during store hours.  Participating stores will be displaying a “Trick or Treat with the Boo-tiques” poster in their windows.

Here’s some more info on Alexandria’s Halloween activities from our shopping blog, SWAG.

Vienna’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens is one of NoVA’s seriously underrated gems, and I’m pleased to see that they’re joining in the Halloween fun.  Meadowlark’s always-beautiful landscape will be specially transformed for their “Trick or Treat Through the Haunted Woods.”  Ghosts and goblins will be out and about, and treat stations add to the festivities.

Don’t worry–despite the haunted woods moniker, it’s quite the kid-friendly event.  It’s recommended for ages 6-14.

We all know Halloween involves free candy, but how does all the free candy you can grab sound?  Throw in a contest for an Xbox 360 and an iPod touch and you’ve got the makings for the best Halloween ever.  Octoberblast’s flashlight candy hunt is replete with games, popcorn and candy, and the whole event is totally free.

The flashlight candy hunt occurs simultaneously at two locations, Leesburg and Winchester, on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Don’t forget–this is by no means a comprehensive list.  Here some other great ideas, and here are some that specifically involve delicious Halloween-based food and drink.

Matt Basheda